Friday, April 17, 2015         


 Speakers say UH has failed as sacred mount's steward
Hundreds of mostly Native Hawaiians joined hands at UH-Hilo to raise a chorus of opposition before a panel whose members largely weren't in their positions when the $1.4 billion project was approved in 2010 on land subleased by the university. Story »
 Supreme Court rejects kidnapping conviction over reference to death
Toi Nofoa was acquitted in 2011 in the murder of his ex-girlfriend — gunned down as she sat in her sport utility vehicle in a Kapo­lei neighborhood just days before she was scheduled to testify against him for allegedly kidnapping and threatening her in 2008. Story »
A meeting slated for next week at which Mayor Billy Kenoi typically would appear to make his county budget request before the Hawaii County Council could also serve as an opportunity for Big Island voters to ask questions about his personal use of the county's purchasing card, but the embattled mayor might not show up. Story »

The owners of more than 1,000 acres of brush and forest that burned in a Maka­kilo fire last summer are suing the parents of the twin 7-year-old boys who started the blaze. Story »

The Army plans to destroy 10 decades-old chemical weapon warheads found between 2009 and 2012 at a Schofield Barracks firing range — the last of such weaponry discovered during clearance work for a Stryker vehicle "Battle Area Complex" training area. Story »

Rail board meetings will be broadcast on local cable television starting next week, thanks to a push by the public and lawmakers for more transparency into the cash-strapped transit project. Story »

Police have opened a second-degree murder investigation after a possibly deliberate hit-and-run crash killed a motorcyclist on the H-1 freeway near Kunia on Wednesday night. Story »

A 19-year-old woman killed Wednesday in a car crash in Wai­ma­nalo was an outstanding alumna of Saint Francis School, where many were mourning her death Thursday. Story »

A 21-year-old student pilot who had been flying a Cessna 172 aircraft shortly before it crashed Tuesday at Hilo Airport said Thursday the accident was caused by a sudden loss of engine power. Story »

U.S. Pacific Fleet's senior enlisted leader was relieved of his duties Thursday after an investigation found that he "had not performed up to the high standards of his office," the Navy said. Story »

For Friday, April 17, 2015
The percentage of Hawaii's public high-school students who said they have tried e-cigarettes more than tripled to 17.6 percent in 2013.
For Friday, April 17, 2015
Ex-prosecutor Karamatsu charged with DUI • Hit-and-run driver injures moped rider • Plea deal bans Maui man from driving for life
For Friday, April 17, 2015
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For Sunday, April 12, 2015
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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 »

St. Francis School senior Hulita Drake is a gifted artist, an accomplished stage actress and a skilled air rifle competitor. She has a close and loving family. She was accepted to every university to which she applied. Story »

I watch a lot of science documentaries on TV. Many (but not most) are well done, but only rarely is there one that does not commit a serious error, either by stating facts incorrectly or out of context, misrepresenting facts, making erroneous conclusions from facts, or misusing or misunderstanding physical laws. Story »

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

Q: Is it considered distracted driving in Hawaii for a driver to be drinking a soda or eating a cookie while driving? Is it against the law to use a hand-held GPS (Global Positioning System) device while driving? What about the new Apple Watch? Is it going to be an issue here? Story »

Some survived the Ides of March better than others as we "flASHback" on the month's news that amused and confused. Story »

You seldom get a second chance to make a first impression, but Gov. David Ige may have found a way with his inspired appointment of respected conservationist Suzanne Case to head the Department of Land and Natural Resources after he was forced to withdraw development lobbyist Carleton Ching. Story »

The astronomy highlight of April 2015 is a total eclipse of the moon that occurs very early this Saturday. Story »

While snorkeling last week, I noticed that some Hawaiian dascyllus were mostly gray, some were nearly all white, and further on, they were black with a white spot on each side. Story »


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