Friday, December 19, 2014         


 Rail price tag soaring
Facing lagging revenues and soaring costs, Oahu's rail transit system finds itself at yet another crossroads. The 20-mile, 21-station project is now on course to cost anywhere between $550 million and $700 million more than originally thought. Story »
With legal opinion nationally shifting toward marriage equality, justices on the state Supreme Court on Thursday took a skeptical view of a state House lawmaker's challenge to Hawaii's marriage law.  Story »

A 23-year-old woman who was attacked in her Kailua home Sunday fought off her assailant, taking away his knife after he had stabbed her multiple times, and breaking away when the attacker then tried to strangle her. Story »

The University of Hawaii will wait until after the legislative session to decide whether to raise tuition in the fall, officials told lawmakers Thursday. UH President David Lassner said the university has drafted a budget that assumes no tuition increases. Story »

June 30 2014 Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard said it plans to hire 731 workers this fiscal year, a significant boost for high-paying jobs at the state's largest industrial employer. The shipyard has 4,523 civilian workers and 462 military members. Story »

Gov. David Ige described the Pahoa community as being "upbeat" as it contends with ongoing threats tied to the so-called June 27 lava flow. "It's very encouraging to see the community come together," he said. Story »

Hawaii County plans to appeal a federal judge's ruling invalidating a county law restricting genetically modified crops on the island. The County Council voted 5-4 to appeal the ruling, West Hawaii Today reported Thursday.  Story »

A 13-year-old Hawaii island boy who drowned after jumping off a sea cliff was remembered Thursday as fun-loving and mischievous. Hawaii island police said an autopsy Thursday determined that Gwyneth Agustin Borromeo, also known as Jayson, drowned. Story »

A 33-year-old Mountain View woman was in custody Thursday after officers said she drove a stolen car at them Tuesday in an attempt to flee. In response, an officer fired a shot at the vehicle, which continued south on Route 11 toward Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, police said.  Story »

An infant found dead in a Waikiki hotel room on Nov. 26 died of asphyxia, the Honolulu Medical Examiner's Office said Thursday. The manner of death has been classified as a homicide. Story »

For Friday, December 19, 2014
Kauai woman gets 10-year term for drugs • Sunlight, satellite to brighten the night
For Friday, December 19, 2014
Hawaii island police have arrested a person of interest in connection with the robbery of a convenience store in Kona. Kona patrol officers arrested Kelly Marie Brightbill in Kalaoa at 3:10 a.m. Thursday while investigating a suspicious vehicle call.
For Friday, December 19, 2014
Masaji Abe • June Leilani Akau • Stephen Ka'opu'ulani Beirne • Louise Roendahl Belt • Theodore Takashi Chinen • Alvin Jayme Cogo • Satsuki Funai • Craig Louis Huff • Joseph Iaea • Hanako Miyoshi Ishida 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 14, 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. The statistics cover the five-business-day period ending the Thursday of the previous week.
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 »

 Island Images

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 »

Can an electric eel kill a horse? The question came to me last week after a Vanderbilt University researcher published details about how South American river eels catch fish. The nearly sightless eel sends out two electric pulses that cause a hiding, motionless fish to twitch. 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 »

Since Florida-based NextEra Energy announced it will buy Hawaiian Electric for $4.3 billion, many public officials have hoped the new owner will better HEI's dismal record on reducing fossil fuels and cutting rates. 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 »


We All Can Be ‘Cooking Hawaiian Style’
Just in time for Christmas gift giving, the cookbook features recipes from the well-known celebrities and chefs who have been on the show, along with their interesting and entertaining stories. Read More »
Whither Polygamy
Those of us who espoused same-gender marriage on the grounds that government should not control whom we marry find ourselves in a bit of a pickle about polygamy. Read More »

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