Saturday, May 02, 2015         


 Path to privatization cleared
Maui Memorial Medical Center and two other state-owned medical facilities could be privatized under a bill given final approval by state lawmakers Friday night, clearing the way for a possible takeover by the nonprofit Hawaii Pacific Health or another operator.  Story »
 Committee passes 5-year extension
A proposal to extend Oahu's rail tax has cleared its biggest hurdle yet, with state House and Senate negotiators agreeing to a new finance deal for the island's cash-strapped public transit project.  Story »
Despite an all-out political push reinforced by some of the best-known lobbyists in the state, an effort to establish state-regulated dispensaries to distribute marijuana to legally registered patients in Hawaii remains in limbo.  Story »

The alleged scam artist whose failed promise to arrange a Stevie Wonder concert for the University of Hawaii prompted a legislative investigation, unseated the UH athletic director and touched off a firestorm of public recrimination was ordered to prison Friday after failing to properly secure the $100,000 bond that allowed him to remain free for the last two years.  Story »

Only one bill has survived this year's legislative session out of the dozen or so aimed at stepping up enforcement and tax collections for Oahu's burgeoning home-based vacation rental market.  Story »

Nearly a century after a 14-year-old Boy Scout whose troop was named for Queen Liliu­oka­lani became Hawaii's first Eagle Scout, the Aloha Council honored its 10,000th Eagle Scout at an awards dinner Friday.  Story »

A 70-year-old pedestrian died Friday after she was struck by a pickup truck in Kapo­lei. Guillerma Balanza was crossing Kama­aha Avenue in a marked crosswalk shortly after 5 a.m. when she was struck by a 2004 Ford pickup truck traveling northbound near the intersection of Keku­li­lani Loop.  Story »

Passengers aboard Hawaiian Airlines Flight 24 to Oakland, Calif., heard the alarm in the pilot's voice when he announced shortly after takeoff Friday they would be returning to Kahu­lui Airport.  Story »

Despite word that Chi­cago was chosen by President Barack Obama to host his presidential library, University of Hawaii officials said Friday they remain confident — and even excited — about their chances of landing some component of the overall center.  Story »

A federal review found it takes three to four times as long for the average federal highway project to get started in Hawaii as compared with other states. Story »

For Saturday, May 2, 2015
Landowner plans Waikapu project • H-1 lane closures set for next week • Police warn of uptick in scams seeking ‘advance fee'; and more
For Saturday, May 2, 2015
The body of a male swimmer was recovered Friday afternoon off Yokohama Bay, and lifeguards rescued his two companions, according to the city Emergency Services Department.
For Saturday, May 2, 2015
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For Sunday, April 26, 2015
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.
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It may come as new information to some that tourism got its initial funding in the 1800s from a small plot of land in a small saloon at the corner of Nuuanu Avenue and Merchant Street in downtown Honolulu. How is that possible?  Story »

It's one thing to know your school motto, another to act on it, and most certainly another to act on it on a coral atoll some 2,285 miles from home. Story »

Gravity is the glue that holds the universe together. It keeps us anchored to Earth, keeps the planets in orbits around the sun, keeps the sun in orbit around the galactic center and keeps our Milky Way galaxy ensconced in the local galactic cluster. Story »

Question: City Prosecutor Keith Kaneshiro says his office continues to prosecute high-ranking white-collar criminals who victimize Honolulu businesses. Story »

Q: How much is the fine for a person riding unbuckled in the back seat of a car? • Q: Why was Reynolds Recycling asked to vacate its leased spot in Mililani? • Two "Going Green" one-stop, drop-off recycling events Story »

It's the last Sunday of April and time to "flASHback" on the month's news that amused and confused. Story »

The first time my granddaughter Sloane played guitar in public was at a recital a few months after she began taking lessons at 7, grouped with nine other students to strum Taylor Swift and Bruno Mars songs. Story »

Every May, the Hawaiian Islands experience the first of the two "overhead sun" days for the year. This phenomenon is unique to the tropics; so, like seeing the Southern Cross, Hawaii is the only state where you can experience the overhead sun.  Story »

Rock-boring sea urchins have riddled the reef in so many parts of my favorite snorkeling area, it's a wonder there are any rocks left at all. Story »


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