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                                Peter Kema Sr. and Jaylin Kema are being held in a Hilo cellblock in lieu of bail in the murder of their son, Peter “Peter Boy” Kema Jr.

Parents arrested, charged with murdering ‘Peter Boy’

Updated on  April 28, 2016 at 10:36 pm

Parents arrested, charged with murdering ‘Peter Boy’

Updated on  April 28, 2016 at 10:36 pm

Newswatch

Summit to focus on WWII internment

Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor will participate May 17 in the “National Youth Summit on Japanese American Incarceration in World War II.” Read More
Updated on  April 28, 2016 at 10:50 pm

911 Report

Woman allegedly beat man, stole cane

A 34-year-old Honolulu woman is to appear in Honolulu District Court in May after she was charged with beating up a 67-year-old man at a downtown park. Read More
Updated on  April 28, 2016 at 10:49 pm

Vital Statistics

Vital statistics

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. The statistics cover the five-business-day period ending the Thursday of the previous week. The dates listed do not necessarily reflect the actual marriage or birth date, just when the information was filed. Marriage announcements do not represent all those filed, only those who consented to the release of the information. Read More

Kokua Line

City ethics body handles anonymous complaints

Question: Is there a way for a city employee to file an anonymous complaint against his or her bosses for stealing taxpayer resources? If so, how? I need to stay anonymous, at least until I know the complaint is being taken seriously, because I’m afraid I will lose my job. Read More
Updated on  April 28, 2016 at 11:02 pm

Lee Cataluna

COURTESY KAIULANI ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
                                Some people say they see an image of Princess Kaiulani in photos of an April 6 arson fire, right, that damaged Kaiulani Elementary School’s 117-year-old banyan tree. The tree was grown from a cutting of the princess’s favorite tree. The photo at left shows Princess Kaiulani as she looked in 1897.

Princess’s image is spotted in the blaze of a beloved banyan tree

COURTESY KAIULANI ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
                                Some people say they see an image of Princess Kaiulani in photos of an April 6 arson fire, right, that damaged Kaiulani Elementary School’s 117-year-old banyan tree. The tree was grown from a cutting of the princess’s favorite tree. The photo at left shows Princess Kaiulani as she looked in 1897.

Updated on  April 28, 2016 at 11:21 pm
As flames roared around the base of the historic banyan tree earlier this month, several people took pictures to document the vandalism. Read More

Keep Hawaii Hawaii

COURTESY PHOTO ILLUSTRATION
                                Four pairs of 600-pound gates at Iolani Palace were meticulously restored, with a local artist hand-painting the state seal on each gate.

Project restores the luster of Iolani Palace’s old fence

COURTESY PHOTO ILLUSTRATION
                                Four pairs of 600-pound gates at Iolani Palace were meticulously restored, with a local artist hand-painting the state seal on each gate.

Updated on  April 3, 2016 at 1:56 am
Fences and walls can stir strong feelings. Think of the Berlin Wall or the proposed wall between Mexico and the U.S. Through the centuries fences and walls have caused controversy, bloodshed, turmoil and conquest. Read More

Incidental Lives

COURTESY PHOTO
                                Maryknoll School junior Lisa Kam started a nonprofit with her cousins to promote Earth-friendly initiatives.

Teen earns scholarship for community service

COURTESY PHOTO
                                Maryknoll School junior Lisa Kam started a nonprofit with her cousins to promote Earth-friendly initiatives.

Updated on  April 25, 2016 at 10:53 pm
When Lisa Kam was in the sixth grade, she and her older cousins Mark Flores and Xavier Imperial decided they needed to do something to save the environment. Read More

fl(ASH)back

Orange is the new black for Republicans in Hawaii

The 2016 presidential clown car passed through Hawaii as we “flASHback” on March news that amused and confused. Read More
Updated on  March 26, 2016 at 9:26 pm

Facts of the Matter

ASSOCIATED PRESS
                                A compass reading was taken before a sensor was installed at a seismic station last week by the Oklahoma Geological Survey near Waynoka, Okla. The magnetic compass remains a powerful tool even in our high-tech age.

Magnetic field helps guard Earth and guides travelers

ASSOCIATED PRESS
                                A compass reading was taken before a sensor was installed at a seismic station last week by the Oklahoma Geological Survey near Waynoka, Okla. The magnetic compass remains a powerful tool even in our high-tech age.
Using nothing but a compass as a navigational tool, ancient mariners from China to Sumer navigated the world’s oceans. Even in the modern age of GPS, the magnetic compass is anunfaltering navigational tool for seagoing vessels, airplanes and hikers on the ground. Read More

Volcanic Ash

Fixation on memes thwarts serious political discussion

I was discussing the presidential election with my 12-year-old granddaughter, who was impressively well-informed and articulate. Read More
Updated on  April 23, 2016 at 9:50 pm

Whatever Happened To

No criminal charges filed against sisters

Skywatch

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Mars’ close proximity will brighten May sky

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Updated on  April 23, 2016 at 11:43 pm
May should be a great sky-watching month in Hawaii. Mars will be brighter and closer this May than any time in the past 10 years; Jupiter and Saturn dance in the midevening sky; Mercury transits the sun on May 9; and throughout the islands, the first of the year’s two “overhead sun” days occur, a phenomenon unique to the tropics. Read More

Ocean Watch

COURTESY SUSAN SCOTT
                                This bird’s black face, ringed with white, marks it as a male. He is due to take off any day now for Alaska, where he’ll try to woo a mate.

The kolea are set to depart on their 3,000-mile journey

COURTESY SUSAN SCOTT
                                This bird’s black face, ringed with white, marks it as a male. He is due to take off any day now for Alaska, where he’ll try to woo a mate.
The past few weeks our Pacific golden plovers, or kolea as we call them here in Hawaii, have looked so stunning in their spring attire, I’ve often had to stop and stare. Now it’s time to say farewell. Read More

Shining Stars

Rockers donate to HCC

Rock band Motley Uke recently made a donation to the metal shop at Honolulu Community College. Read More