The Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s most-read stories of 2019 reflected our readers’ interest in local personalities. From Punahou School graduate Michelle Wie tying the knot to the corruption trial of Honolulu power couple Louis and Katherine Kealoha, readers took an interest in the highs and lows of Hawaii’s renowned.
Readers also gravitated toward success stories in the islands, such as the first Filipino Army National Guard general officer in Hawaii, a local restaurateur’s retirement after a long career, and a hiker’s rescue after she went missing for weeks in a forest.
If you missed any of these news stories in 2019, catch up on your reading now.
Two tropical storms lined up for a potential hit of the islands, but veered away and instead delivered rain and high surf to the islands.
In one of the largest public corruption cases in Hawaii’s history, former Honolulu police chief Louis Kealoha and his wife, former deputy prosecutor Katherine Kealoha, were found guilty of conspiracy and obstruction of justice.
One of the Mountain West Conference’s top returners got booted from the University of Hawaii football team.
Another cyclone formed in the Pacific with the potential to impact Hawaii.
Punahou School alumna Michelle Wie announced her marriage to Jonnie West on her Instagram account.
Watch the viral video of a local diver swimming with a great white shark off Oahu.
Additional details came to light in the aftermath of the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard shooting that resulted in the death of two male civilian employees.
Kuhio Highway on Kauai was briefly closed by protesters in June to stop tourists from entering.
Beth Chapman shared the challenges of moving Da Kine Bail Bonds and battling throat cancer.
A Farrington High School graduate became a general officer in the Army National Guard.
Hawaii residents bundled up as winter weather descended upon the islands.
A 35-year-old physical therapist and yoga instructor got lost for more than two weeks in an upcountry Maui forest.
A Hawaii man was accused of sending unwanted food deliveries, repairs and even prostitutes to a Utah family.
Fans gathered in Waikiki to say goodbye to reality TV star Beth Chapman.
Hundreds of Sunny Garcia’s fans and friends took to social media to pray for his survival.
A veteran Hawaii restaurateur retired after many decades in the restaurant business.
A video camera captured a suspect allegedly stealing the wallet of an elderly man who was paying for fish in Chinatown.
A California man swimming off Maui became Hawaii’s first fatal shark attack victim in four years.
The Chapmans announced the closing of their Queen Emma Street store.
Reality TV star Beth Chapman was recovering at home following an emergency lung surgery.