Sunday, December 28, 2014         


In the past five years, city Department of Planning and Permitting officials have fined just 8 percent of the short-term rental owners whom they investigated for violating isle laws.  Story »

It took Ken Zitz nine years, but on May 1, 2006, First Tee of Oahu officially became a chapter of the national First Tee program. On its second anniversary, Zitz's labor of golf love had expanded to Maui and Molokai and was re-christened First Tee of Hawaii.  Story »

courtesy imageThis rendering shows the proposed headquarters facility for the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. A government-affiliated program that supplies dozens of scientists and other expertise to the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command is being cut at the same time Congress is demanding more recoveries and identifications from the Hawaii-based organization.  Story »

Oahu residents seeking to become more involved in the community are being sought as candidates for the city's 33 neighborhood boards in 2015.  Story »

The widespread proliferation of mostly illegal vacation rentals on Oahu is pitting neighbor against neighbor, highlighting the city of Honolulu's inability to enforce its own laws, and likely leaving millions of tax dollars uncollected.  Story »

President Barack Obama and the rest of the first family spent a third consecutive day lounging at the beach on Saturday.  Story »

Some Kauai residents are anxious about two apparent fuel tanks that washed up about a mile apart on the Garden Island's north shore.  Story »

A former state Department of Land and Natural Resources administrator who served the people of Hawaii for 28 years has died at age 71.  Story »

After almost a week of no activity, the lava flow front endangering a Pahoa shopping plaza advanced about 15 yards on Saturday.  Story »

For Sunday, December 28, 2014
Snorkeler who died off Maui is identified • Lanai theater closed since 1990s reopens • Visiting hours canceled at Big Isle prisons
For Sunday, December 28, 2014
Suspected ordnance found off Maui beach • Boy, 2, hurt in scooter collision with car
For Sunday, December 28, 2014
Lillian Eiko Anzai • Sheri Anne Clark • Caroline Kuhaile Dennis • Edith Kurahara Fukunaga • Betty Jean Gomes • Victoria Kehaulani Lee Holokai • Yatsuru Helen Tomita Imamura • Sam Rang Kong • Betty Toyoko Koseki • and more


For Sunday, December 28, 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 the city editors at 529-4747.
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 »

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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 »

It's the last weekend of 2014 and time to review the year "flASHback" style 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 »

January is a particularly good month for planets, with clear, good views of all five of the naked-eye planets during most of the month. Story »


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Adjusting To Life In America
There is a segment of our population very familiar with the plight of being second-class citizens. Arriving in America with hope of a new start in the land of opportunity, they face the reality of what it's like to be an 'alien.' Read More »

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