Wednesday, July 30, 2014         


 Final debates cover taxes, style
In their final face-to-face encounters before the Demo­cratic primary, Gov. Neil Abercrombie and state Sen. David Ige on Tuesday quarreled over taxes, preschool and leadership style but did not identify any new policy differences that might help voters choose between them.  Story »
Hawaii foster parents this month received their first pay raise since 1990, but the increase is far from enough for those who filed a class-action lawsuit claiming foster parents are underpaid. "It's still woefully inadequate," Hono­lulu attorney Paul Alston said Tuesday.  Story »

U.S. State Department Special Agent Christopher Deedy demonstrated for state jurors in his murder retrial Tuesday how he showed Kollin Elderts his badge and also pointed out to them where on the McDonald's restaurant security video he did that.  Story »

A 26-year-old homeless man, who police say may be responsible for several robberies on Oahu, used a knife to threaten a cashier and hid his face with a scarf when he allegedly robbed a Wai­pahu restaurant Saturday morning, according to court documents.  Story »

Haleakala National Park on Maui is reporting an unusual abundance of silverswords currently in bloom. The rare ahina­hina, found nowhere else in the world, is flowering atop the summit at the Kala­haku Overlook as well as along 4- to 6-mile hikes into the summit basin along the Sliding Sands Trail.  Story »

Rim of the Pacific war games are wrapping up with dozens of ships heading back to Pearl Harbor on Wednesday and Thursday after spending several weeks at sea working on interoperability in an increasingly interconnected Asia-Pacific region.  Story »

Island-born actor James Shi­geta leaves a legacy in Hawaii. Shigeta briefly attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa, as well as the University of Southern Cali­for­nia and New York University, but his studies were interrupted when he joined the Marines during the Korean War.  Story »

University of Hawaii President David Lassner apologized Tuesday that a reported attempt by him to remove UH-Manoa Chancellor Tom Apple has become "a public spectacle."  Story »

Honolulu Police and Fire Department helicopters are back in the air after the city issued an interim contract to maintain them.  Story »

For Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Tropical depression gains power • Hanabusa, Schatz report funds • Lawsuit demands ability to use medical marijuana; and more
For Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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For Wednesday, July 30, 2014
A 70-year-old Hono­lulu man was in critical condition Tuesday after he was struck by a reversing pickup truck in Kapa­lama.
For Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Vivian M. Cabral • Douglas Etsuo Ginoza • Wilfred Kenji Higa • June Yoneko Hishinuma • Hideo Komine • Winifred Kono • David Hiwa Kalani Laemoa • Alice Puanani Lono and more
Of the six major lighthouses spotted around the islands, the Kilauea Lighthouse on the North Shore of Kauai is so popular that it draws a half-million visitors a year, which ranks it ninth among all visitor attractions across the state.  Story »

 Island Images

When Kekoa James was weighing options for his Eagle Scout project, he could easily have opted for something low-key, low-fuss, and -- as far as such things are possible -- low-stress. Story »

Question: Whatever happened to the Department of Education's plans to provide laptops for all Hawaii public school students and teachers? Story »

Big Island resident Michelle Chow emailed last week about an injury she suffered while surfing. Story »

Question: Is it true that people who are registered to vote are more likely to be chosen for jury duty? This is a widespread belief and the reason for the low voting record. Story »

With the election less than two weeks away, candidates are getting in their final licks and so shall we in our "flASHback" on the month's news that amused and confused: Story »

Back in the 1990s when the Internet's impact on news began to be felt, media critic Jon Katz accused newspapers of what he called "raging old-fartism." Story »

There has been increasing discussion about preparedness in STEM subjects. The focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics often drifts away from the central issues that subliminally affect all of us, specifically in mathematics.  Story »

There are several remarkable sky events in August, including gatherings of Jupiter with Venus in the morning sky and of Mars and Saturn in the evening. We also have the return of the Perseids, one of the most reliable meteor shows. Story »


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‘Keiki In The Kitchen’ Recipe Contest
The “HMAA Keiki in the Kitchen: Food, Fitness & Fun” contest is calling on young chefs statewide to submit their best recipes. The deadline is Aug. 10. Read More »
Enforcement Lax On Improper Signs
I spotted a huge side-of-building political ad against fluoridated water on Kapahulu Avenue. It does not qualify as a site-of-business ad under our law since it’s not advertising surfboards — the interior business. It’s advertising unfluoridated water. Read More »

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