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Saturday, April 19, 2014         
GROWING PAINS
Beyond Oahu
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 »
BIG ISLAND: ABOUT THIS PROJECT
mcfadden 5834.jpg>>GY AP7/1.16.07/GREGORY YAMAMOTO PHOTOMarsha McFadden There are myriad facets to Hawaii island — the raw power of Kilauea volcano, the trendy Kona Coast, sleepy Hilo, the roots of Hawaiian royalty, the ranching traditions of pani­olo country.

A land of verdant pastures, rugged aa, snow-capped peaks and sun-splashed beaches, the Big Island easily accommodates rustic living, world-class resorts, mom-and-pop shops, cutting-edge astronomy, marine science and geothermal energy. Story »

INFOGRAPHICS • GALLERIES

PAHOA >> When a drugstore chain and two fast-food eateries set up shop at the entrance of this old plantation town in 2011, “Keep Pahoa Pahoa” grew from a bumper sticker slogan used by a handful of town leaders to the mantra for a communitywide campaign. Story »

SSC - Commuters stand in line as early as 2:45am in order to secure a spot on the two-hour commute aboard the Hele-On bus to South Kohala on Friday, March 8, 2013 in Hilo on the Big Island of Hawaii.  (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser). HILO » For nine years, Kenneth Kapeliela has taken the 3:30 a.m. bus from his home in Hilo to his hotel job in Wai­ko­loa, a two-hour drive away. Story »

HAWAIIAN OCEAN VIEW ESTATES >> This outpost on the slopes of Mauna Loa has long had a reputation as the "wild, wild west," a haven for drugs, for anything goes, and for people who wanted little to do with the outside world. Story »

KONA >> When people come to see Dr. Anthony DeSalvo at Kona Community Hospital, they're usually pretty sick, and they usually have more than one medical problem.  Story »

HONOKAA >> Jim Cain doesn't sugarcoat it: Farming is tough work. Profits can fluctuate from year to year, making long-term planning both vital and next to impossible. It's not a 9-to-5, and it's rarely five days a week. It requires commitment and passion and a joy for working outdoors. Story »

PUNA >> In recent years Hawaii families and mainland retirees have flocked to this sprawling district to snap up property still within reach for those with low to moderate incomes. Story »

PUNA >> Among major byways in Hawaii County, you can't get much worse than Keaau-Pahoa Road for hazards or congestion. Story »

PAHALA >> When thinking about the future of this town, residents say, it's important to first consider its past. In particular, to consider the year everything changed. Story »

HONOKAA >> Tucked away in a small asphalt lot on Honokaa High's campus, about two dozen carpentry students toiled away at their sawhorses. Hard hats and safety goggles on, measuring tape and saws out. Story »

HILO >> Just about every year since 1965, Hawaii Community College career technical students have demonstrated the skills they've learned in class by building a home for a family in need. Story »

The Neighbor Islands Series
2013/04/28
Small towns and neighborhoods on Hawaii island are at a critical juncture — hoping to carve out an economically viable future while preserving a sense of community and local culture.
2013/09/08
Central Maui has been at the forefront of recent commercial and residential growth on the Valley Isle — including the reach of development sprawling out from the old towns.
NEW! 2013/12/15
Residents of the state's fourth-largest island — home to about 5 percent of Hawaii's residents — are now preparing for a future that will include a growing population.
 

POLL QUESTION
Should a minimum-wage increase, to about $10 hourly, be delayed for small businesses until 2019?
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UH Senior Fashion Show
The 48th annual University of Hawaii Senior Fashion Show is set for April 27 at Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, featuring the designs of seven senior and seven junior designers. Read More »
 
BRUNO MARS
BRUNO MARS AND traveling party are in town, here after their final night in Japan and ready for three nights in Hawaii at the Blaisdell beginning Friday. Welcome home, Bruno! Read More »