Tuesday, September 1, 2015         


Company trying to buy Hawaiian Electric responds to critics

By Kathryn Mykleseth
NextEra Energy Inc., the company looking to buy Hawaiian Electric Industries Inc., countered its critics in a state filing Monday, promising to bring down fixed costs on customer bills while helping Hawaii meet its 100 percent renewable electric power goal.

Lawmaker fined over fundraisers

By Gregg K. Kakesako
In the first campaign spending violation ever prosecuted by the state attorney general's office, five-term state Rep. James Tokioka pleaded no contest Monday in Honolulu District Court and agreed to pay a fine of $1,000 for filing an incomplete and inaccurate campaign committee report.

Highway cash can aid city’s rail, says politician

By Marcel Honoré
U.S. Rep. Mark Takai is touting a new proposal that he says could help the state reduce its more than $600 million backlog in federal highway projects and, at the same time, help ease the Honolulu rail project's budget problems.

State seeks outside help to go after tax cheats

By Kevin Dayton
State tax officials plan to hire a private collection agency to chase down tax delinquents, with a special focus on mainland accounts involving relatively long-term tax debtors who owe larger amounts.

Murder suspect in isles to return to Tennessee

By Star-Advertiser staff
A 19-year-old murder suspect arrested on an out-of-state warrant waived his right to challenge extradition in state court Monday and agreed to return to Tennessee.

Hilo, Lihue set records for temperature and rain

By Michael Tsai
A record high temperature in Hilo and historically heavy rainfall in Lihue on Monday capped an August for the ages in local weather.

Odd lights not work of aliens

By Star-Advertiser staff
A falling Russian satellite created mysterious lights in the sky seen over Diamond Head in Waikiki and across the state Sunday night.

Sub from Pearl docks at Guantanamo Bay

By William Cole
The USS Columbus out of Pearl Harbor did something on a recent deployment that a U.S. submarine hadn't done in roughly a half-century: It made a port call at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

And the winners are ...

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Sep 1, 2015
We asked you to send us your best summer photos, and nearly 600 of you responded. Finalists’ photos were featured throughout August in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. A big mahalo to all who entered. It wasn’t easy, but our judges picked the top three. Here they are. Congratulations!
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