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Approval of a proposed constitutional amendment on the November ballot that would allow the state to spend public funds on private preschool programs is uncertain as support for the initiative continues to wane. Story »

The developer will meet with the 500 Ihilani hotel employees Saturday afternoon to unveil a plan that will include a new 15-story tower with 150 luxury homes, the first Four Seasons-branded estates in the islands. Story »

The 59-year-old victim of a stabbing in Kalihi told police that his attacker repeatedly said he wanted to kill the victim during the attack, according to court documents. Arnold Diederichs, 43, is charged with second-degree attempted murder.  Story »

Matson has pleaded guilty to federal criminal charges tied to last year's disastrous 233,000-gallon molasses spill in Hono­lulu Harbor, but a federal judge won't yet approve the shipping company's $1 million plea agreement until he's certain that it is legal. Story »

A new insect to Hawaii that could have potentially devastating effects on leafy vegetables has been found on Maui. State agricultural officials Friday said the painted stink bug, or Bagrada hilaris, was found in a garden being tended by students at Maui Community College. Story »

Madame Pele appeared determined to take out Cemetery Road, her first victim, Saturday morning. Director Darryl Oliveira said Friday's assessment showed lava coming from the Kilauea Volcano advanced about 300 yards within 24 hours at a pace of about 15 yards per hour. Story »

Elementary school custodian James Holt passed a lie detector test declaring his innocence, his lawyer said Friday after a state judge granted the prosecutor's request to dismiss a sexual charge against Holt. Story »

Three so-called "environmental justice" bills became law this week in a ceremony held only several hundred feet from the Wai­anae Valley Road property where silt and sludge from a Hawaii Kai Marina dredging project was illegally dumped. Story »

Burglars who broke into Lau­pa­hoe­hoe Community School during Hurricane Ana made off with master keys and cash, saddling the tiny school with a $10,000 bill to rekey the whole campus. The public charter school is appealing to the community for help and support.  Story »

Teah Laupapa, 13, a student from Kapo­lei Middle School, is one of three U.S. representatives in the To­yota Dream Car Art Contest. She received a letter of commendation from the city's Office of Culture and Arts. Story »

Large sections of coral reef on Windward Oahu and parts of Kauai are continuing to suffer from high ocean temperatures, raising the risk that they will die, scientists said Friday. Corals stressed by warm waters continue to expel algae. Story »

For Saturday, October 25, 2014
Thefts cost Kauai County $86K • Plea changed to guilty in slaying
For Saturday, October 25, 2014
Fire destroys Ewa Beach home, displaces 2 • Kauai police detain teen burglary suspect • Sexual assault reported in East Honolulu
For Saturday, October 25, 2014
Crispin Calaparan Agngarayngay • Robert Natad Agor • Henry Norimi Azeka • Ruth Mildred Castle-Burleson • Sharon Mari Chinen • Berenice Grand • Larry Michael Haux • Tomiko Furuike Idemoto • and more
For Friday, October 24, 2014
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After waiting nearly a week for the right weather to sail, crews aboard the Hokule’a and Hikianalia left the Samoan Islands on Thursday and launched the fourth leg of the Hawaii-based canoes’ around-the-world journey. The two canoes departed Pago Pago   Story »

Columns
The Cooke family has contributed so much during the years to the Honolulu community in business, in the arts and in education. In one form or another, most of the physical manifestations of these contributions still exist, which can be attributed to the family's deep love for Hawaii.  Story »

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When a powerful storm blew the roof off a Molo­kai Ranch storage building across from the family home, Hor­cajo and his brothers collected sheets of corrugated metal debris, flattened them with hammers and rocks, and fashioned a small seafaring vessel. Story »

Question: Whatever happened to the Kapoho Vacationland subdivision on Hawaii island, where a storm surge from Tropical Storm Iselle pushed debris into anchialine ponds?  Story »

Pacific Ocean, 22 degrees South, 163 degrees East » After sailing thousands of miles through the tropical Pacific, I'm no longer surprised by how few whales and dolphins appear offshore. Story »

Question: Hurricanes that form in the East Pacific travel west for 2,000 miles on a track that would take them south of Hawaii. But when they near Hawaii they tend to turn north or northwest, threatening Hawaii. Why? Why don't they keep traveling west? Story »

The proxy election is scarier than the real one as we "flASHback" on September's news that amused and confused: Story »

The 2014 governor's election, which could shape public policy in Hawaii for the next eight years, has devolved into a shabby battle of guilt by association between the two major-party candidates. Story »

We've all heard of virtual reality, but virtual water is the current buzz phrase among water conservationists. According to the World Water Council, virtual water is the amount of water that is embedded in food or other products.  Story »

There are several remarkable sky events in August, including gatherings of Jupiter with Venus in the morning sky and of Mars and Saturn in the evening. We also have the return of the Perseids, one of the most reliable meteor shows. Story »

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