Wednesday, December 24, 2014         


 Discovery of plus-size pest raises questions
A coconut crab that somehow made its way to Oahu is causing concern about whether there could be others around.  Story »
Lava from Kilauea Volcano has stalled — again providing a reprieve to beleaguered Pahoa residents who last week feared it would reach the area's most vital shopping center by Christmas.  Story »

The cost of state government will rise to $12.6 billion in the fiscal year that starts July 1, an increase of about 4 percent over the current year, due largely to contractual requirements such as health benefits and raises negotiated by the previous administration, Gov. David Ige said Monday in unveiling his proposed budget for the next two-year cycle.  Story »

Advocates are lauding a new court protocol that is designed to ensure that any Hawaii child seriously injured in foster care gets legal help to determine whether to pursue damages.  Story »

The Kauai Police Department could become the first law enforcement agency in the state to use body cameras next summer.  Story »

A recent study commissioned by the Hawaii Tourism Authority has identified tens of thousands more home-based vacation rentals advertised online than the agency thought were available.  Story »

An outbreak of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus appears to have spread on Waianae pig farms. The state Department of Agriculture detected the virus at four additional farms in Wai­anae, according to a news release Tuesday. Story »

A flash-flood watch was in place for the entire state Tuesday night. It was expected to remain in effect until 6 p.m. Wednesday. Story »

Local telecomunications executive Albert Hee appeared in U.S. District Court on Tuesday to face federal tax evasion and tax fraud charges.  Story »

A Hawaii island man assumed the role of "judge, jury and executioner" in a 2013 slaying, a judge said Monday in handing him a life sentence for second-degree murder.  Story »

For Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Hiking, more golf fill Day 4 of Obama's stay • Man arrested for allegedly hitting officer • Drowning victim is identified; and more
For Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Bank robbery is Honolulu's third in a week • Motorcyclist who died after crash is ID'd
For Monday, December 22, 2014
Victoriano Ramiscal Acidera • Dolores Quidilla Pacolor Aquino • Mavis Cowan Cook • Rosaline Ah Moi Downie • Concepcion Andres Francisco • Maximiliaan R. George • Lillian Tsutami Hasegawa • May Kam You Ing • Edward Masuo Kawakami • and more
For Tuesday, December 23, 2014
The Honolulu Star-Adver-tiser strives to make its news report fair and accurate. If you have a question or comment about news coverage, call city editors at 529-4747 or email city-editors@staradvertiser.com.
In a major course shift to the Hoku­le‘a’s journey around the world, the canoe’s escort vessel, the Hiki­ana­lia, will sail home early to Hawaii next year and be replaced by a boat capable of towing craft across vast ocean stretches,   Story »

For Sunday, December 21, 2014
Each Sunday, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser publishes Oahu vital statistics for marriage licenses and birth certificates filed with the state Department of Health's Vital Statistics System.
Huialoha Church marks its 155th birthday this year and so it is fitting to celebrate this historic structure in one of these columns. It is perhaps more fitting to recognize the person who was the major mover behind the restoration of Huialoha, Carl Lindquist, who died with his wife, Rae, tragically in a flash flood five years ago on Thanksgiving Day.  Story »

 Island Images

When it came to throwing a holiday party, the good folks at MC&A and Island Partners Hawaii knew how to do it right. Story »

Question: Whatever happened to the missing person's case of Kimberly Day Jacobs, who was last seen at her Waikiki apartment in August 2008? Story »

The surf is up. The water is murky. It's windy, rainy and cold. I'm not complaining — Hawaii winters have their own splendor. But blustery conditions have been keeping me out of the ocean. Story »

Question: A private waste company picks up our garbage but leaves liquid waste on the street adjacent to a storm drain. This is very evident by the oily, smelly residue on the street.  Story »

David Ige completed his improbable quest to unseat an incumbent governor and will be sworn in Monday. His first challenge is getting constituents to remember his name and stop calling him Anybody-But-Abercrombie. Story »

It's time to start closing out 2014, so I offer 10 favorite news quotes that nicely framed the year: From former Gov. Neil Abercrombie: "We're back, we're on track, we're in the black." It turned out that he forgot the most important part: "I'm getting sacked." Story »

Greek mythology has Prometheus sneaking up to Olympus to steal fire from the gods. A scientific look back through prehistory visualizes a gradual process of exploration that reached a point where people learned to make and control their own fires. Story »

December is a time of returns in the skies. Venus, Saturn and Mercury reappear; the Geminid meteor shower -- one of the year's most reliable -- comes back in the middle of December; and the Southern Cross makes its return to Hawaii's predawn sky. Story »


Homes For Vets
Former Marine Tony Dias, himself the son of a career military man, is spreading the word that our veterans are eligible for VA home loans with no down payment. Read More »
Frank De Lima Spills Da Beans
The first time I met Frank De Lima, I was 16 and he just got off stage at the Noodle Shop in Waikiki. I was blown away by his charisma and timing. Read More »

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