Wednesday, August 20, 2014         


 Experts say 'albizia monster' threatens all islands
One alien tree species — the albizia — has been fingered in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Iselle as the primary culprit for leaving Puna a quagmire of damaged houses, blocked roads, downed power lines and blackouts.  Story »
Roughly 1 in 6 Hawaii public school teachers were deemed highly effective for the 2013-14 academic year under the state's newly implemented teacher evaluation system, while most educators were rated as effective.  Story »

A 25-year-old man told a federal judge in Honolulu Tuesday that he was trying to help his family when he used counterfeit money at a Waikiki discount store where he worked as a security guard.  Story »

U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa said Tuesday that she will not legally challenge her Democratic primary loss to U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz, but the congresswoman urged the state Legislature to look into the election process to ensure every vote counts.  Story »

High-ranking U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs officials from Washington, D.C., and Hawaii on Monday heard directly from island veterans about their long list of frustrations that include delays and the high cost of getting VA medical treatment on Oahu.  Story »

A free housing summit will be held Saturday to provide valuable information to military veterans and active duty members on government homeownership programs.  Story »

The Maui Police Commission has received nearly 20 applications from those seeking to become the county's next police chief.  Story »

For Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Ex-Marine's life term for murder upheld • Lowell draws Karina away from isles • 300 customers regain power after Iselle; and more
For Wednesday, August 20, 2014
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For Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Ex-investigator charged in theft of state pay • Motorcyclist killed on Ala Moana Boulevard
For Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Rosa Galinato Bagoyo • Walter Crandall Chang • Kenneth Z. Conley • Ralph J. DeStefano • Glen Douglas • Henry Grace Sr. • Bratton Puna Helekahi • John Cecil Isaac • Rhoda Kealoha and more
Over the years, very wealthy Americans have often left behind pretentious residential structures. In many cases these castles and manors have been willed to the public for their enjoyment after their owners have gone to the afterlife. Story »

 Island Images

Ken Hiraki wanted to make sure his daughter Maya's 15th birthday last year would be memorable. Birthday luau? Those are for babies. Spa day? So done. Slumber party? Zzz. Story »

Question: Whatever happened to the student dormitories that the University of Hawaii-West Oahu agreed to provide for Hawaii Tokai International College's adjacent campus in the Kapolei area? Story »

A couple weeks ago, I had one of those days when my brain felt like an iPod shuffle stuck on fast forward. Deadlines, chores, errands, family and a hundred other things raced through my head until I finally gave up trying to work. Turning off the computer, I went for a walk in a nearby park.  Story »

Question: Would it be possible for you to find out why the bathrooms at Punchbowl cemetery (near the Visitors Center) are in such disrepair? My wife and I attended services for my dad there in mid-July and went there again at the end of July.  Story »

In a national article on Gov. Neil Abercrombie's demise, local blogger Ian Lind commented that in a small state like Hawaii it's almost impossible to rebrand yourself once public opinion turns bad. Story »

University of Hawaii President David Lassner's decision to fire Manoa Chancellor Tom Apple barely a month after his own appointment has raised the frustration of UH critics to a fever pitch. Story »

There has been increasing discussion about preparedness in STEM subjects. The focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics often drifts away from the central issues that subliminally affect all of us, specifically in mathematics.  Story »

There are several remarkable sky events in August, including gatherings of Jupiter with Venus in the morning sky and of Mars and Saturn in the evening. We also have the return of the Perseids, one of the most reliable meteor shows. Story »


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