Sunday, April 19, 2015         


 Guests at vacation rentals, B&Bs spend less on their island getaways
Todd and Stephanie Samuel, visitors from Pasco, Wash., shaved hundreds of dollars off their most recent Hawaii vacation by staying in a North Shore short-term rental that they booked online.  Story »
 State computer system initiative: Too huge, too costly
Three years ago the state unveiled a $5 million, 1,300-page plan to modernize and trans­form the state's antiquated computer and information technology systems — an initiative that former Gov. Neil Abercrombie praised at the time as a "key initiative" in the administration's New Day Plan.  Story »
War correspondent Ernie Pyle was killed by a Japanese machine gunner a lifetime ago, but 14-year-old Cole Turner didn't forget about the 70th anniversary of the reporter's death on Saturday.  Story »

Honolulu police are investigating the vehicular accident that resulted in the death of a pedestrian in McCully as a negligent homicide.  Story »

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources has proposed establishing new rules to address user conflicts at Kahaluu Bay in Kailua-Kona.  Story »

Those guiding Oahu's rail transit project are struggling to come up with the cash to finish building the system, but another challenge still looms down the track: How will the island pay for the rail line's operations once it's up and running?  Story »

The hiker who died Friday in a fall from Makapuu Tom-Tom Trail was identified Saturday as Darlene Feliciano, 27, an avid hiker and popular supervisor at the Keeaumoku Street Walmart.  Story »

A group of Native Hawaiians wants to bring back a centuries-old island burial practice that it says is more environmentally friendly than some modern interment methods.  Story »

For Sunday, April 19, 2015
Expect round-the-clock roadwork on H-1 • Maui rapist gets 60-year term • Fumes shut part of post office
For Sunday, April 19, 2015
Suspect in fatal hit-run released • Paddler is rescued off Molokai
For Friday, April 17, 2015
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For Sunday, April 19, 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. The statistics cover the five-business-day period ending the Thursday of the previous week.
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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 »

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 »

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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