Monday, December 22, 2014         


 Nanakuli house fire linked to child playing with lighter
The fire destroyed a single-story wooden home on Mohihi Street and injured a 37-year-old woman as she was rescuing her son inside, said fire Capt. James Todd. Story »
Hawaii's military history pops up in unexpected places. Sometimes it's right underfoot. Or under dive fin. The latter was the case in 1977, when three friends who were spearfishing in Kai­lua Bay found the wreck of a World War II-era P-40 Warhawk fighter in relatively shallow water. Story »

A federal judge says a Cali­for­nia-based labor contracting company and a Maui pineapple farm are responsible for paying $8.7 million in a discrimination lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on behalf of 82 Thai workers who were brought to Hawaii as farm laborers. Story »

After allowing marijuana to be used for medical purposes in 2000, Hawaii was widely envisioned to be the first state that would legalize marijuana in America. Instead, 14 years later, there's no legal way for patients to obtain marijuana without growing it themselves.  Story »

Mayor Kirk Caldwell is supporting the commission's decision to wait until a possible FBI investigation concludes before looking into allegations of police misconduct in a federal case involving the police chief's stolen mailbox. Story »

Obama ventured from his vacation rental home in Kai­lua to spend the day at the beach and the golf course before ending the evening at Mori­moto in Wai­kiki for dinner with friends. Story »

It's slim pickings for hungry pet lizards and amphibians this holiday season as production problems at Hawaii's only major cricket supplier have created a statewide shortage. Story »

Lava from the flow almost took over the village's main road in October before stalling 480 feet away. Now it's heading toward a marketplace vital to the community's well-being. Story »

Maui County film and tourism officials are planning to produce a safety video to be played at airports and in hotel rooms throughout the island to help educate tourists on ocean- and hiking-related dangers. Story »

For Monday, December 22, 2014
FBI names new head to Honolulu Division
For Monday, December 22, 2014
Morning crash kills man on motorcycle • Woman charged with felony abuse of man • Suspect held in assault on police officers • Man allegedly chokes woman in car • Police arrest 3 in vehicle thefts • Agency warns of phone scam
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 Friday, December 19, 2014
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser strives to make its news report fair and accurate. If you have a question or comment about news coverage, call Ed Lynch, managing editor/news, at 529-4758.
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND » As hundreds of onlookers watched from shore, six Pacific canoes converged Sunday for a rare beachside reunion to celebrate how far they’ve come and to honor Hokule’a, the Hawaiian vessel that started their push to keep   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 »

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However entertaining the competition of developmental theories might be, ultimately there's little sense in trying to parse the effect that devoting himself to ballet had on Jacob Ly's life from whatever innate ability to focus and excel that Ly may have already possessed. 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 »


Honoring Ancestors Through Art
Leonardo da Vinci, the Italian Renaissance artist known for his painting of “The Last Supper,” managed to resurrect one of the most revered biblical scenes of all times through his artwork. Read More »
Making Beautiful Music For All Hawaii
Hawaii Symphony Orchestra (HSO) was founded in 2011 by a group of community leaders to carry on the legacy of Honolulu Symphony, which performed from 1902 to 2009. Read More »

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