The price tag for the contract covering Hawaii's 13,500 public school teachers has climbed to more than $388 million now that the teachers union has negotiated additional compensation for the remaining two years of the deal. Story »
Sylvia Luke: The head of the House Finance Committee wants a stronger commitment from the city on rail funding.
Key state lawmakers in the House still want Oahu's rail tax cut in half if it is to be extended — and they also aim to put an end to any talk of neighbor islands enacting a surcharge to help fund transportation-related projects in their respective counties. Story »
Contract ratification meetings for members of two units of the Hawaii Government Employees Association were suspended by the union Thursday, a development that will delay indefinitely any agreement or raises for about 14,400 state, city and county workers. Story »
Hawaii pop singer-turned-educator Glenn Medeiros is the new president of Saint Louis School. Medeiros and Sione Thompson, the new school principal, were introduced to students at a Thursday afternoon assembly on the Kaimuki campus. Story »
A 42-year-old city bus driver will be extradited to Las Vegas to face 12 counts of alleged child sex crimes. Circuit Judge Dexter Del Rosario on Thursday approved the extradition order for Rodney Hosino, a bus operator for Oahu Transit Services for the past 15 years. Story »
The state spent $13.88 million on what was dubbed the "FAST" project to replace an out-of-date computer system in the state Highways Division, but the new system still doesn't work, and Gov. David Ige finally stepped in last month to cancel the project. Story »
Public schools will no longer be required to tally the number of "instructional" minutes students receive throughout the school year under revisions made to a 2010 law that mandates minimum learning time. Story »
Giovanni Nicosia has a history of joking with his girlfriend about seeing a "tornado cloud," but the matter was no joke Thursday. "When I got on Ka Uka (Boulevard), I said, ‘Look, it's a tornado,'" the 31-year-old Mililani resident said he told his girlfriend. Story »
The owner of Affordable Casket & Moanalua Mortuary is facing charges that he pocketed more than $90,000 of state death benefit money meant for survivors who paid him for burial, cremation and funeral services of loved ones. Story »
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.
It may come as new information to some that tourism got its initial funding in the 1800s from a small plot of land in a small saloon at the corner of Nuuanu Avenue and Merchant Street in downtown Honolulu. How is that possible?
I watch a lot of science documentaries on TV. Many (but not most) are well done, but only rarely is there one that does not commit a serious error, either by stating facts incorrectly or out of context, misrepresenting facts, making erroneous conclusions from facts, or misusing or misunderstanding physical laws. Story »
The first time my granddaughter Sloane played guitar in public was at a recital a few months after she began taking lessons at 7, grouped with nine other students to strum Taylor Swift and Bruno Mars songs. Story »
The trouble with taking pictures of scorpionfish, called nohu in Hawaiian, is that I often delete the photos thinking I missed whatever fish I was trying to shoot. Then later I wonder what happened to my scorpionfish pictures and find them in the recycle bin. Story »