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By the time she was 2, the child had lived most of her life with the same two Oahu foster parents. The toddler had developed a strong bond with the couple and their family and considered their residence her home, according to court documents. Story »

The sun is rising on this midweek day through pink-tinted clouds as early risers pad along Ala Moana Beach Park's paved walkway area. Brenda Wong Yim, a 56-year-old fit enough to run a marathon on short notice, is warming up a group of about a dozen women and a few men. Story »

Defensive line coach Lewis Powell begins going over his starters up front, one by one. Before long, he's named nearly half of the 14 players he oversees in fall camp. Generally only three defensive linemen will see the field at a time as the Rainbow Warriors operate in a new 3-4 base scheme. Story »

Harrison Flores is a hefty guy. A wrestler in high school, he is used to an active routine. But even for Flores, at 250 pounds and 6 feet 1 inch tall, working on a deconstruction team for Re-use Hawaii is physically demanding work. Story »

From the towering cliffs of the Na Pali Coast to the majesty of Waimea Canyon, from the emerald highlands of Waialeale all the way down to the 50-plus miles of white-sand beaches, Kauai is drop-dead gorgeous. Story »

By 2030, more than a third of Hawaii residents will be neighbor islanders, a reality that observers predict will almost certainly have repercussions big and small for everything from the state’s economy to its politics.  Story »

 Hung jury  
A mistrial was declared Monday after a Circuit Court jury could not reach a verdict on whether State Department special agent Christopher Deedy should be convicted or acquitted of second-degree murder for a 2011 shooting in Waikiki. Story »

Jim Camit and Glen Maghanoy are neighbors, friends and sons of Kahuku Sugar Mill workers. They both grew up in plantation housing, where there was a sense of shared destiny that blurred property lines. Story »

Photos by Krystle Marcellus / kmarcellus@staradvertiser.comShelly "Sparky" Souza, a five-year employee of Simply Ono, prepares a plate lunch. At top, Cora Stevens, left, and Harris Sukita, co-owners of Simply Ono, and Souza pose with their lunch wagon in Kalihi. Chopping an onion, washing dishes and operating a cash register are job tasks at Simply Ono, a mobile food business. But those tasks also are a form of corporate giving for the catering and lunch wagon operator on Oahu. Story »

“The burn,” as Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o termed it, was only seconds in coming after the disappointment of the Heisman Trophy announcement last month. As Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel’s name — and not Te’o’s — was called at the presentation of the 78th Heisman Trophy in New York, “I just felt that burn,” Te’o said. “I can’t really describe it." Story »

The ongoing eruption of Kilauea's East Rift Zone has lasted longer — and spewed out more lava — than any other in at least the last half-century of the volcano's history. Perhaps most remarkable of all, the Kilauea eruption is still going strong. Story »

It is dawn on Lanai. Yellow and orange hues wash over the island. Yet this dawn is unlike any ever seen on Lanai before. It is the onset of a new era for Hawaii's second-smallest populated island, though it is unclear at this stage whether the changes ahead will be uplifting and beneficial for the people who call Lanai home.  Story »

Everywhere Jean Higgins looked from her spot near the outdoor screen at Sunset on the Beach, she could see people. A sea of faces stretched before her.  Story »

Shelters in Hawaii often have room for more residents, but persuading the chronically homeless to take advantage of those openings can be a tough sell. Mainlanders, meanwhile, are filling more shelter beds as some become overwhelmed by Hawaii's high costs and others use shelters as their go-to housing option. Story »

Adapt and evolve. It's key to success in many jobs, but perhaps none more crucial than in coaching. When change is the only constant, with new players every season and the sport itself continually being tweaked, it becomes a matter of relate or become irreleva Story »

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 »

2013 September 9 FTR - Carl Wheeler. Carl Wheeler admits to being a math geek. His love affair with numbers began early in life. Now at age 81, the retired math teacher continues to tutor math students at Kapiolani Community College and spends his summers assisting teachers in South Africa.  Story »

PUUNENE » The steady roar of motors and fans pulsates through the dim, cavernous factory along dusty Cane Haul Road. An elaborate jungle gym of pipes, conveyor belts, giant rollers and mills stretches the length of the humid building. Story »

Oahu motorists have long complained about the poor condition of our roads, prompting Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s new plan to spend $150 million to get ahead of the problem. Story »

CTY - Homesteader G. Frank Cummings, Jr. walks amid trash and debris at Camp Faith, a parcel of land belonging to Hawaiian Homelands once occupied but since abandoned and neglected, on Thursday, April 4, 2013 in Anahola on the island of Kauai.  (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser). Dozens of tenants are leasing more than 38,000 acres of mostly undeveloped land from the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands for as little as pennies per acre monthly.  Story »

For only the second time in 14 years, the state is scheduled to begin nonbinding mediation to try to resolve a class-action lawsuit over its failure to issue timely homestead awards to Native Hawaiians.  Story »

Elvis may be long gone, but you can find him around Hawaii if you know where to look. The singer visited the isles often over the course of 20 years, performing, vacationing and donating time and money to local causes. Elvis Presley loved it here, and fans here loved him as well. Story »

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2014 / OCTOBER 23
Talking story with Hawaii's leading businesses. Highlights from this edition: Exciting times for Kapolei for single family homes and condominiums • Use your equity and borrow smarter • Center keeps laser-sharp focus on health issues • Lao temple finds new home in Waipahu

2014 / JULY 3-6
At Ala Moana, we're celebrating 4th of July for our 23rd consecutive year, with four days of 20% savings, live musical entertainment and our fireworks spectacular at Ala Moana Beach Park. (Also: Enter to win a trip for four to Maui!)

2014 / MAY
Gov. Neil Abercrombie, Mayor Kirk Caldwell, U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono, U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz, U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and its' sister publications recognize and honor our service members for the month of May.

When it comes to celebrating all that Hawaii has to offer, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser stands at the forefront of honoring the Islands' best. We proudly present this ear's collection of "Hawaii's Best" awards - as determined by you, the people.

2014 / MAY 6-12
National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6th and ends on May 12th, Florence Nightingale's birthday. As of 1998, May 8 was designated as National Student Nurses Day, to be celebrated annually. Learn more about the American Nurses Association (ANA) and affiliated organizations.

American Carpet One and its generations of local employees continue to have Hawaii's residences and businesses covered with first-rate flooring products and valuable community service projects, proving that even after four decades, the company is about so much more than just carpet.

Learn all about the summer programs offered around the islands. Mahalo to: Assets School • Chuck E. Cheese • City & County's Summer Fun Program • Dr. Takahashi Juku • Epic Foundation • Hanahau'oli School • Hawaii Baptist Academy • Hongwanji Mission School • and more

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser's food and dining writers, with the help of the newspaper's readers, compiled this guide to the best places to eat on Oahu. The top awardees were honored Oct. 14 at the annual Honolulu Star-Advertiser 'Ilima Awards, a benefit event for Diamond Head Theatre, our partner in this guide.

2013 / DECEMBER 15
'Twas the night before Christmas, and all through your house The shopping was done, except for your spouse. You look at your list and make check marks with care, And Suddenly realize many people aren't there. Here's our holiday gift guide, the last, number five!

2013 / DECEMBER 8
The holidays are upon us and what better way to celebrate the season than shower our loved ones with gifts, right? That's why we're providing you the third of five gift guides, as a token of our appreciation for allowing us into your homes and businesses through our publications. Plus there's a chance to win a Las Vegas trip for two, too!

2013 / NOVEMBER 27
Can you believe the holidays are once again upon us? Fun for some, stress for many others. That's why starting today, we're sending you the first of five gift guides as a token of our appreciation for allowing us into your homes and businesses through our publications. Plus there's a chance to win a Las Vegas trip for two, too!

Get everything on your list for the holidays! Here's a few ideas: Yoga pants • Gourmet chocolates • Vintage guitars • Chinese pretzels • Tree skirts • Board shorts • Surfboards • Cookie cutters • Candles • Hand-painted ornaments • Ukulele lessons • Golf clubs • Comic books • and more from Ward Centers.

2013 / NOVEMBER 14
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser and The Association of Fundraising Professionals presents a guide to Hawaii's leading philanthropic endeavours. Inside: Sunetric • Long's Drugs • Hawaii Community Foundation • Catholic Charities Hawaii • Hospice Hawaii • Goodwill Industries of Hawaii, Inc • Alternate Energy Inc • and more

With a seemingly endless array of potential challenges and roadblocks facing local businesses, the Chamber of Commerce of hawaii works diligently to help remove or mitigate these hurdles and focuses on initiatives that will have a positive impact on Hawaii's business climate.

2013 / MARCH 18-24
It's seven blissful days of shopping euphoria, including Hawaii's 6th annual premier fashion event runs March 18-24 • Receive the limited -edition umbrella designed exclusively for Shop a Le'a • Over 100+ store offers to enjoy throughout the week, special events and runway shows

2013 / JULY 4-7
At Ala Moana Center, we're celebrating 4th of July for our 22nd consecutive year, with four days of family fun and community festivities. Join us for 20% savings, live musical entertainment and the main event - our fireworks spectacular

2013 / MAY
Gov. Neil Abercrombie, Mayor Kirk Caldwell, U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono, U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz, U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and its' sister publications recognize and honor our service members for the month of May.

Learn all about the summer programs offered around the islands. Mahalo to: Academy of the Pacific • American Film Scott Rogers Studio • Assets School • Ballet Hawaii • City & County's Summer Fun Program • Dr. Takahashi Juku • Epic Foundation • Halau Lokahi • Hanahau'oli Summer School • Hawaii Technology • and more

The university's high ranking and big funding numbers took many by surprise, including people in the local business communities. However, they reflect the success the university has achieved in moving its research forward. What would happen with even more strategic attention?

No one recognizes the best better than Honolulu Star-Advertiser readers, who once again have designated their favorite retailers, professionals, food and dining hangouts, locations and activities for the 2013 "Hawaii's Best" awards.

2013 / DECEMBER 11
Perhaps you're starting to feel a bit of stress as December 25 approaches and that holiday shopping for loved ones is still not done. Do you feel as if you're running out of ideas and time? Not to worry as you now have the fourth of five gift guides. Plus there's a chance to win a Las Vegas trip for two, too!

2013 / NOVEMBER 28
As we celebrate Thanksgiving Day, many of us are planning and gearing up for the biggest shopping day of the year ... Black Friday! Here's the second of five gift guides to help you in your task of finding the best gifts for your family and friends. Plus there's a chance to win a Las Vegas trip for two, too!

ThanksGetting Day is the biggest shopping event of the year! Collect a limited-edition Big Santa Bobble with gift purchases from over 290+ stores and restaurants.

2013 / NOVEMBER 29
Thank goodness it's Black Friday! We've got a list of savings from retailers in Kahala Mall. Inside: Details on how to win an International Round-Trip for Two with Hawaiian Airlines, participate in prize giveaways at the Center Court, enjoy live music from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m., and more.

2013 / OCTOBER 17
Credit unions are not in business to make a profit. Credit unions all over the world are a united front focused on you, the members, with an unwavering belief in the philosophy of "people helping people."

The Aloha 'Aina REALTOR Awards program was established by the Honolulu Board of REALTORS in 1998 as a way of recognizing and rewarding REALTORS for extraordinary service for their clients, colleagues and the community

Learn all about back-to-school programs offered around the islands. Inside: Assets School • Ballet Hawaii • Central Union Preschool • Dr. Takahashi Juku • Holakeiki Spanish School • Hongwanji Mission School • Kama'aina Kids • Kid Potential • Kumon Math & Reading Centers • and more

History proves that natural disasters can strie at any time, and with few buffers between the islands and surrounding landmasses, Hawaii serves as a primary target for potential destruction. Inside: Developing an emergency plan. The dos and don'ts during a hurricane. Advice on food, water storage. Pet-friendly tips.

This Memorial Day the crowds gathering at Ala Moana Beach Park will not be gazing at the giant, glowing sun sinking into the ocean, but rather at the thousands of tiny lights floating out to it.

The Merrie Monarch Festival honors King David La'amea Kalakaua, Hwaii's last king, who reigned from 1874 to 1891. Kalakaua, nicknamed the "Merrie Monarch," is credited with reviving Hawaiian cultural practices and arts that had been suppressed for many years by missionary teachings. Here is our annual coverage.

2014 FBWA Kimona Ball
Filipino Business Women’s Association Foundation hosted its 2014 Kimona Ball at Dole Cannery Ballroom. Read More »
RECIPE: Wasabi Mustard Potato Salad
For your next luau or office potluck, make this recipe and make some new friends. There is a new potato salad in town — and here it is. Read More »

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