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Scott Enright, chairman of the Board of Agriculture, said that he wasn’t sure why the board hadn’t put the application forward for a vote in previous years, but said that the Plant Quarantine Branch, which oversees such permits, has historically been “very conservative about what has moved forward.”

UH wants to bring Zika to Hawaii

Updated on  May 31, 2016 at 5:00 pm

UH wants to bring Zika to Hawaii

Updated on  May 31, 2016 at 5:00 pm

Newswatch

Lawsuit blames Big Isle police for man’s death

The family of a Hawaii island musician who was shot and killed in 2013 is suing the Hawaii County Police Department over claims that it allowed his identity as a confidential informant to be released. Read More
Updated on  May 30, 2016 at 10:25 pm

911 Report

Suspect arrested after man dies of fight injuries

A 48-year-old man died Monday of head injuries from an early morning fight at a North School Street gas station, police said. Read More
Updated on  May 30, 2016 at 10:24 pm

Vital Statistics

Vital statistics

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. The statistics cover the five-business-day period ending the Thursday of the previous week. Read More

Kokua Line

No self-sufficiency deadline is imposed by Housing First

Question: If a homeless veteran qualifies for Housing First and gets an apartment, does it last forever? I mean, does the stipend last forever, or is there a time limit for how long you can stay in the apartment before you have to start paying for it on your own? Read More
Updated on  May 31, 2016 at 12:33 am

Lee Cataluna

For some, a lack of evidence only proves the conspiracy

John Steinbeck wrote that in “The Winter of Our Discontent” and though he was writing fiction, the passage applies to modern media. It applies especially well to the final report of the Kauai Joint Fact-Finding Group on pesticide use on the island. Read More
Updated on  May 28, 2016 at 9:42 pm

Keep Hawaii Hawaii

ALAN KARCHMER ILLUSTRATION
                                The 30-acre National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration campus on Ford Island stretches from the shoreline by the piers to the island’s old runway.

Ford Island NOAA facility’s design is centered on history

ALAN KARCHMER ILLUSTRATION
                                The 30-acre National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration campus on Ford Island stretches from the shoreline by the piers to the island’s old runway.

Updated on  April 30, 2016 at 11:40 pm
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is a vast and complex federal government agency affecting almost every American. NOAA says its responsibilities reach from “the surface of the sun to the ocean floor.” Read More

Incidental Lives

COURTESY RICHARD GIMA
                                Richard Gima: 
                                The Dubai, United Arab Emirates, resident grew up on Lanai but learned about the world when he was in high school

Horizons expanded in youth for islander living in Mideast

COURTESY RICHARD GIMA
                                Richard Gima: 
                                The Dubai, United Arab Emirates, resident grew up on Lanai but learned about the world when he was in high school

Updated on  May 30, 2016 at 11:08 pm
As a child, Richard Gima took special pleasure in family vacations to the mainland and neighbor islands, trips that seemed a special luxury to many of Gima’s friends on Lanai. Read More

fl(ASH)back

Isles would have hit jackpot if rail had been Powerball

May has careened by like a runaway train as we “flASHback” on the month’s news that amused and confused. Read More
Updated on  May 28, 2016 at 8:58 pm

Facts of the Matter

ASSOCIATED PRESS / NOVEMBER 2014
                                Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences winners Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna arrive at the second annual Breakthrough Prize award ceremony in Mountain View, Calif. More prizes are likely in their future.

CRISPR gene editing offers promise for treating defects

ASSOCIATED PRESS / NOVEMBER 2014
                                Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences winners Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna arrive at the second annual Breakthrough Prize award ceremony in Mountain View, Calif. More prizes are likely in their future.
A new gene editing technique called CRISPR-Cas9 has turned the biology world upside down and will have an immeasurable effect on genetic and molecular biology research in the coming years. Read More

Volcanic Ash

Getting rail to Middle Street would be best use of funds

The debate over whether to complete Oahu rail to Ala Moana Center or stop at Middle Street needn’t be either/or. Read More
Updated on  May 21, 2016 at 9:49 pm

Whatever Happened To

No criminal charges filed against sisters

Skywatch

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3 planets will brighten isles’ night sky in June

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Updated on  May 28, 2016 at 9:08 pm
Sky watching will be very good in the islands in June. A trio of bright planets is visible in the evening sky, including Mars, which remains unusually bright throughout the month. Jupiter and Saturn are clearly visible from the midevening sky as well. Read More

Ocean Watch

COURTESY SUSAN SCOTT
                                Australians call these foram shells mermaid’s pennies; they’re common on the Great Barrier Reef.

Diverse array of ‘pennies’ comes from marine critters

COURTESY SUSAN SCOTT
                                Australians call these foram shells mermaid’s pennies; they’re common on the Great Barrier Reef.

Updated on  May 28, 2016 at 12:42 am
While sailing north through the reefs and islands of Great Barrier Reef National Park, our routine is to sail in the morning, choose one of the nearly endless protected island anchorages, stop there for the night and explore. Read More

Shining Stars

Rockers donate to HCC

Rock band Motley Uke recently made a donation to the metal shop at Honolulu Community College. Read More