Saturday, December 27, 2014         


After quickly reaching its goal of raising $10,000 to help save endangered birds on Kauai, the first-of-its-kind, crowdsourced fundraiser by the Kaua‘i Forest Bird Recovery Project has now doubled down on its ambitions while reaching people from as far away as Bulgaria and India. Story »

Jason Hills describes the process of his latest project as he walks the beach where he grew up — the beach he works every day to protect. "I've been building a boat for a week," he explained on Kai­lua Beach near Castles surf break. Story »

One year after the little fire ant was discovered on Oahu, state agricultural officials continue to battle the stinging pest described as among the world's worst invasive species. A multiagency team was mobilized to respond to the ant invaders. Story »

The lobby of the Hilo Nani­loa Hotel has been moved down a floor, signaling that long-awaited renovations to the 383-room building have begun. Oahu-based developer Ed Bushor said he's optimistic they will obtain a loan to pay for an estimated $12 million in improvements. Story »

Three businesses were evacuated Friday morning when a garbage truck caused a gas leak at a Salt Lake bakery, a fire spokes­man said. No injuries were reported, said Hono­lulu Fire Department spokes­man Kevin Moku­le­hua. Story »

The electricity bill for the city's streetlights could be cut in half under a plan proposed by Mayor Kirk Caldwell to replace about 51,700 low-pressure sodium street lights with light-emitting diode (LED) lamps over the next few years. Story »

The state Department of Health, the Fall Prevention Consortium and The Plaza at Moana­lua are recognizing four residents for their dedication to promoting fall prevention efforts in Hawaii. Story »

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are sending their prayers and best wishes to those celebrating Kwanzaa. The Obamas say in a statement that the Kwanzaa celebration highlights the rich heritage of African-Americans. Story »

Hawaii County officials continued Friday to monitor breakouts of lava upslope from the Kilauea Volcano flow front that stalled Monday afternoon. The leading edge of the June 27 lava flow remained about 0.4 mile from Pahoa Marketplace. Story »

Hawaii's Gov. David Ige has appointed five Cabinet members. Ige says all of the appointees have a leadership style that will move Hawaii forward for the benefit of the public. Some are staying on from the previous administration. Story »

For Saturday, December 27, 2014
2 westbound lanes on the H-1, Nimitz to close due to repairs • Alleged gunshot during dispute leads to arrest • Options offered for recycling Christmas trees
For Saturday, December 27, 2014
Suspect in assault on Christmas Eve appears in court • Vandalism at park in Kalihi forces restroom closure
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For Saturday, December 27, 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 »

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 »


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