Friday, September 19, 2014         


A flowing lake of 2,100-degree lava continued to bear down a path headed for Pahoa town Thursday as schoolchildren went home with notices, businesses braced for the worst and Hawaii island's utility company made plans to keep power running. Story »

Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kea­loha on Thursday defended his handling of a high-profile domestic abuse case involving an officer while a group of female lawmakers condemned his department for what they described as a pattern of botching such cases. Story »

A new scheduling system will provide Handi-Van riders more precise pickup times beginning Oct. 16. Currently, only hourly pickups are offered. City Transportation Services Director Michael Formby said under the new system, a rider can ask to be picked up at 9:20 a.m. versus 9 a.m.  Story »

Rhea Suh, an assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior, will become president of the Natural Resources Defense Council in January. Suh presided over meetings exploring the possibility of re-establishing a government-to-government relationship with Native Hawaiians. Story »

The state has agreed to eliminate a rule requiring permits for protests at the Capitol and other state properties. In a settlement reached in federal court earlier this month, the state said it will repeal a requirement for groups of 25 or more to obtain a permit to demonstrate on state property. Story »

Calling 18 pounds of crystal meth­am­pheta­mine a huge amount of drugs, but taking into consideration the youth of the Los Angeles man who carried it in a backpack, a federal judge in Hono­lulu sentenced him to about four years in prison for his role in a Hawaii drug ring. Story »

With the November election approaching, Circuit Judge Karen Naka­sone said Thursday she would rule on whether to dismiss a legal challenge to state Rep. Calvin Say's residency by the end of this month. Story »

A retired Hawaii Supreme Court associate justice is among the nominees being considered to fill one of four vacancies on the University of Hawaii Board of Regents created by resignations over the state's financial disclosure law. Story »

Atsuo "Aji" Miura, a Maui resident who received a Distinguished Service Cross for gallantry in action in 1952 during the Korean War, died Sept. 1 at Kula Hospital. He was 85. Miura did not talk about his experiences in the Korean War. Story »

A Honolulu City Council bill that would ban sitting and lying down on sidewalks in 11 different commercial regions of Oahu narrowly moved out of the Zoning and Planning Committee on Thursday, setting up a final vote before the full Council next month. Story »

Honokaa Elementary and Hono­kaa High & Intermediate schools, which closed at midmorning Thursday due to a pesticide odor that sickened about 50 people, will reopen Friday. Fire personnel tracked the odor to a nearby home where a pesticide was sprayed. Story »

A new study says Hawaii has the worst-performing highways in the nation. The report by the Reason Foundation, a libertarian think tank in Los Angeles, said Wednesday that Hawaii also has the least cost-effective highway system.  Story »

For Friday, September 19, 2014
Girl, 4, died after being trapped in car • Body recovered from car that plunges 60 feet
For Friday, September 19, 2014
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For Sunday, September 14, 2014
Each Sunday, the Star-Advertiser publishes Oahu vital statistics for marriage licenses and birth certificates filed with the state Department of Health's Vital Statistics System. The statistics cover the five-business-day period ending the Thursday of the previous week.
For Friday, September 19, 2014
Armed robber holds up Longs Drugs • Police officer arrested in sex assault • Man injured in drive-by BB gun shooting
For Friday, September 19, 2014
Grace Fulton Chase • Ronald Lawrence Costa • Patrick Dieudonne • Sterling Kealanui Foster • Nida Valiente Gervacio • Malvern Gilmartin III • Blecilda Siador Halili • Bradley Herbert Kawika Halliwell • and more
While I sat at the bus stop in Haleiwa — pretty well beat from having ridden my bicycle from the Hygienic Store in Kahaluu — I turned and looked away from the roadway, and a tired glance introduced me to the Waialua Courthouse.  Story »

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A dozen years ago, Wahiawa resident Ray Santana caught a story on the nightly news about the Rolling Thunder Ride for Freedom, an annual cross-country motorcycle ride in support of prisoners of war/missing in action, and decided on the spot that he just had to do it. Story »

Question: Whatever happened to proposed changes in state law on the use of cellphones while driving? Story »

I recently received an email with the subject "Crab on V-land beach." (V-land, or Velzyland, is a North Shore surf spot.) Reader Bill Quinlan wrote, "I have attached two photos of a dead crab we found this afternoon. Story »

QUESTION: Now that the Waialae Avenue resurfacing project is completed, a bike lane has been added on both sides of the street. While I am thrilled to have a bike lane to promote alternative forms of transportation, as well as safety for the riders, it appears that we are no longer coning during rush hour. Story »

The primary election was a lesson in comeuppance as we "flASHback" on August's news that amused and confused: Story »

A rule of good management is to never let anybody get comfortable in a bad situation. That's why the City Council was right to rein in the homeless overrunning Waikiki by giving police tools to clear the sidewalks and control urinating and defecating in public spaces. Story »

Equinox derives from Latin for "equal night," actually referring to equal length of day and night. It is not true that day and night are exactly the same length everywhere around the globe, but they are nearly.  Story »

There are several remarkable sky events in August, including gatherings of Jupiter with Venus in the morning sky and of Mars and Saturn in the evening. We also have the return of the Perseids, one of the most reliable meteor shows. Story »


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