Wednesday, December 17, 2014         


 New DHHL permit process approved
The Hawaiian Homes Commission on Tuesday approved sweeping changes to the basic framework for the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands' controversial month-to-month land leasing program, authorizing reforms intended to make the process more transparent and more fair. Story »
The union for Hawaii public school teachers says some of its members are being caught up in lengthy investigations for alleged misconduct that 7 out of 10 times results in clearance of wrongdoing by schools — but their reputations are maligned in the process. Story »

The federal criminal case against the man accused of stealing Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha's mailbox has been dismissed and the FBI might now be looking into the Honolulu Police Department's handling of the case. Story »

Prosecutors on Tuesday charged a 30-year-old man with second-degree attempted murder in the stabbing of a 23-year-old woman in a Kailua home invasion. Story »

Fisheries management officials are considering changes that could have profound effects on the catch and sale of popular island fish — from yellowfin ahi to deep-water species such as opakapaka and onaga. Story »

An area for viewing cooled lava will open in Pahoa on Wednesday, even as a breakout from Kilauea Volcano continued advancing toward a shopping center and prompted the closure of a gas station. Story »

A state appeals court has overturned the manslaughter sentence of a Waipahu man found guilty of fatally stabbing his cousin because the prosecutor urged the judge to impose a harsh penalty "to send a message to the Micronesian community." Story »

The Kauai County Council has approved a new rule that asks reporters and media organizations to provide a week's notice before shooting photos or video at their meetings. Story »

Hawaii County police are investigating after an officer fired a shot during an incident involving a stolen pickup truck whose driver allegedly drove toward police in Puna. Story »

For Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Kailua security zone set for Obama's visit • Trust seeks protection for agricultural land • Hawaii County Council to vote on GMO appeal
For Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Motorcyclist critically hurt in Wahiawa • 5 rescued after kayaks flip in rough surf • Help sought in search for bank robber • Coast Guard ends search for missing teen
For Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Simeona Aina • Harry Kalani Armitage • Reynalda Bueno Batoon • Marlin Lee Canterbury • Kay Naomi Shoji Cera • Lin Loy Kuualoha Chang • James Wah Soong Chun • Ronela Z. Cielo • Jada Togitoto Fina’i • Penelope Fukumitsu • and more
For Thursday, December 18, 2014
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AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND » As hundreds of onlookers watched from shore, six Pacific canoes converged Sunday for a rare beachside reunion to celebrate how far they’ve come and to honor Hokule’a, the Hawaiian vessel that started their push to keep   Story »

For Sunday, December 14, 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. The statistics cover the five-business-day period ending the Thursday of the previous week.
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 »

 Island Images

However entertaining the competition of developmental theories might be, ultimately there's little sense in trying to parse the effect that devoting himself to ballet had on Jacob Ly's life from whatever innate ability to focus and excel that Ly may have already possessed. 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 »

Can an electric eel kill a horse? The question came to me last week after a Vanderbilt University researcher published details about how South American river eels catch fish. The nearly sightless eel sends out two electric pulses that cause a hiding, motionless fish to twitch. 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 »

Since Florida-based NextEra Energy announced it will buy Hawaiian Electric for $4.3 billion, many public officials have hoped the new owner will better HEI's dismal record on reducing fossil fuels and cutting rates. Story »

Some say they have seen it, but most never have. Others say it does not exist, and yet others think they have seen it but really have not. The green flash occurs in that fleeting, nearly subliminal instant just as the top of the sun dips below the horizon before the mind can really wrap around it.  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 »


The Best Gifts For Eric Lee
Eric Lee has played with some of Hawaii’s best bands, yet remains rather anonymous to many. That’s about to change. Read More »
Where The Lights Are Brightest
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