Sunday, December 21, 2014         


 Years after medical marijuana law, patients still struggle to get it legally
After allowing marijuana to be used for medical purposes in 2000, Hawaii was widely envisioned to be the first state that would legalize marijuana in America. Instead, 14 years later, there's no legal way for patients to obtain marijuana without growing it themselves.  Story »
Firefighters, police, paramedics and even a couple of big-wave surfers jumped into action last week at Kapiolani Community College, learning how to save as many lives as possible in tough situations. Story »

President Barack Obama spent the first full day of his Christmas vacation in Hawaii as he usually does — on the golf course. According to press pool reports, Obama left the Kailua luxury rental where he and the rest of the first family are staying shortly after 11:30 a.m. Saturday. Story »

In 2012, a 6-year-old foster child was sexually assaulted by a 17-year-old foster youth living in the same home. It was believed to be one of three cases since 2010 in which a Hawaii child was sexually abused while in foster care. Story »

A gas leak caused traffic gridlock along South King Street near Keeaumoku Street early Saturday afternoon. Police dispatch said firefighters called for traffic assistance after a gas leak was reported at 1275 S. King St. about 11:10 a.m. Story »

A University of Hawaii astronomer is part of a team that has discovered a "super-Earth" using a creative approach to make up for a mechanical glitch aboard the star-gazing Kepler spacecraft. The newfound planet is 2 1⁄2 times the size of Earth. Story »

A combination of federal regulations and community-based conservation measures is needed to protect popular wild spinner dolphins in Hawaii, according to scientists from Duke University. Story »

Severe arthritis in Marlina Tinoco's knees, ankle and back had forced her to take time off from work as a grocery cashier in 2012, but with only temporary disability insurance and her boyfriend's job loss, she fell behind in her rent and utility bills.  Story »

Hawaii County Civil Defense officials opened Railroad Avenue at noon Saturday to provide an alternate emergency-access route in and out of Pahoa as the Kilauea lava flow continues to advance toward the area's main highway. Story »

For Sunday, December 21, 2014
Arm of driver gets severed in traffic crash • 500 gallons of sewage flows onto road
For Sunday, December 21, 2014
Woman, 18, injured in Pearl City accident • Attempted murder investigation launched • Suspect sought in Waianae stabbing
For Saturday, December 20, 2014
Adelaide Aveiro • Kingston Bao Kinn Chung • Virginia Dayton • Dionisia Bautista Dumlao • Edwin J. Kondo • Harold Jun Fai Lau • Rogene Ledesma • Walter Mutsuo Murakami • Midori Ogawa • and more
For Friday, December 19, 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 Ed Lynch, managing editor/news, at 529-4758.
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND » As hundreds of onlookers watched from shore, six Pacific canoes converged Sunday for a rare beachside reunion to celebrate how far they’ve come and to honor Hokule’a, the Hawaiian vessel that started their push to keep   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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However entertaining the competition of developmental theories might be, ultimately there's little sense in trying to parse the effect that devoting himself to ballet had on Jacob Ly's life from whatever innate ability to focus and excel that Ly may have already possessed. 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 »

Can an electric eel kill a horse? The question came to me last week after a Vanderbilt University researcher published details about how South American river eels catch fish. The nearly sightless eel sends out two electric pulses that cause a hiding, motionless fish to twitch. 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 »


2014 FBWA Kimona Ball
Filipino Business Women’s Association Foundation hosted its 2014 Kimona Ball at Dole Cannery Ballroom. Read More »
RECIPE: Wasabi Mustard Potato Salad
For your next luau or office potluck, make this recipe and make some new friends. There is a new potato salad in town — and here it is. Read More »

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