Thursday, December 25, 2014         


 Church's spirits still soaring
Attendance at Sunday Mass at St. Rita Catholic Church in Nanakuli is usually wall-to-wall, but this day there's a traffic jam along Farrington Highway because a driver hit a fire hydrant and a geyser of water is shooting 40 feet into the air a block away from the church.  Story »
A federal judge has agreed to reduce by six months the amount of time former Hono­lulu police officer Michael Steven Chu must spend under court supervision.  Story »

Honolulu City Council candidate Tommy Waters' challenge to the 41-vote victory by his opponent, Trevor Ozawa, in the November election was rejected Wednesday by the Hawaii Supreme Court, paving the way for Ozawa to be sworn in at Honolulu Hale next week.  Story »

State officials issued a reminder this week that coastal fishing will be prohibited in the Waikiki-Diamond Head Shoreline Fisheries Management Area in 2015.  Story »

It's been eyed in past decades as a site for a resort, a golf course and a private club. Now a historic property on Oahu's North Shore is again slated for development.  Story »

Kauai firefighters rescued 62 hikers stranded in Kalalau Valley on Wednesday after several streams flooded and became impassable, Kauai County said.  Story »

When Jean Ogata of Hawaii Kai saw the Honolulu Star-Advertiser's nomination request for the annual Heroes Next Door series, she immediately thought of her own neighbors. Story »

What do two world leaders do when they find themselves on the same Hawaiian island on Christmas Eve? If you're President Barack Obama and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, you round up a few aides and make common cause on the golf course. Story »

A blizzard warning was extended until 6 a.m. Thursday for the summits of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa. Snow on the mountains is common, but a blizzard is unusual.  Story »

For Thursday, December 25, 2014
War games to raise noise level • Static lava lets merchants get ‘some relief'
For Thursday, December 25, 2014
Police are seeking witnesses or information in the stabbing death of a 53-year-old man at Tantalus.
For Thursday, December 25, 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 Tuesday, December 23, 2014
The Honolulu Star-Adver-tiser strives to make its news report fair and accurate. If you have a question or comment about news coverage, call city editors at 529-4747 or email city-editors@staradvertiser.com.
In a major course shift to the Hoku­le‘a’s journey around the world, the canoe’s escort vessel, the Hiki­ana­lia, will sail home early to Hawaii next year and be replaced by a boat capable of towing craft across vast ocean stretches,   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 »

 Island Images

When it came to throwing a holiday party, the good folks at MC&A and Island Partners Hawaii knew how to do it right. 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 »


Homes For Vets
Former Marine Tony Dias, himself the son of a career military man, is spreading the word that our veterans are eligible for VA home loans with no down payment. Read More »
Frank De Lima Spills Da Beans
The first time I met Frank De Lima, I was 16 and he just got off stage at the Noodle Shop in Waikiki. I was blown away by his charisma and timing. Read More »

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