Monday, October 12, 2015         


Tsutsui yearns for bigger role

By Sophie Cocke
When Shan Tsutsui awoke one morning in December 2012, his mind was made up: He was going to tell then-Gov. Neil Abercrombie that he was passing on becoming his lieutenant governor — the post left vacant when Brian Schatz was appointed to the U.S. Senate to replace the late Sen. Daniel Inouye.

Behind the veil

By Sophie Cocke
Last month, Gov. David Ige traveled to the Big Island to conduct official government business.

State completely drought-free but dry months might be ahead

By Timothy Hurley
After 10 years or so of unshakable drought, Maui’s Ulupalakua Ranch is now sporting a striking coat of green.

Suspect Vegas firm moves to isles

By Susan Essoyan
A Las Vegas-based company rated “F” by the Better Business Bureau because of the number of complaints it triggered on the mainland is moving into the Hawaii market, offering help with college admissions and financial aid.

Rail official criticizes contractor's staffing

By Marcel Honoré
Ansaldo Honolulu JV, the firm that won the largest contract in state history to deliver rail’s train cars and signaling system, recently understaffed key job positions at a “critical juncture” of the transit project, according to the agency overseeing rail.

Chinese ship to visit Pearl Harbor

By William Cole
A Chinese army-navy ship will visit Pearl Harbor this week, a stopover that comes with tensions mounting between the United States and China in the South China Sea.

Hawaii Opera’s ‘Flute’ charms with impressive leads, staging

By John Berger
There are at least two ways to enjoy Hawaii Opera Theatre’s 2015-2016 season-opener production of “The Magic Flute.”

Churches striving to answer city’s call

By Dan Nakaso
Mayor Kirk Caldwell grew visibly frustrated as he recalled standing in front of a room filled with Oahu religious leaders and asking them to house a homeless family, but not a single one stepped up.

Enrollment lags at UH but tuition, degrees on the rise

By Nanea Kalani
Fall enrollment across the University of Hawaii system dropped for a fourth-straight year — something the unversity anticipated, but said it is working to reverse.

DHHL fights state for more funding

By Sophie Cocke
The state attorney general and beneficiaries of Hawaiian homelands are millions of dollars apart on how much support they believe the state should provide to the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands three years after the Hawaii Supreme Court rebuked the state for years of underfunding the agency.

Religious sign at Marine base is staying put

By Rob Shikina
A “God bless the military” sign is staying up at the Marine base in Kaneohe, despite cries from a religious freedom group that the message is unconstitutional.

Extra scrutiny would stall bikeways, advocates say

By Gordon Y.K. Pang
Cycling enthusiasts are opposing a bill aimed at providing greater public and City Council scrutiny of planned city bikeways, maintaining it would only delay putting in place badly needed bike lanes and other accommodations.
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