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COURTESY STATE DEPARTMENT OF HAWAIIAN HOME LANDS
                                Kalama‘ula homestead on Moloka‘i, one of the first homestead communities established under the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act.
Community, officials mark 100th anniversary of Hawaiian Homes Commission Act with mixed reactions

One hundred years ago the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act, which set aside about 203,000 acres of former crown and government lands in the Hawaiian kingdom for homesteads, was signed into law by President Warren Harding. On Friday, its centennial anniversary, community members, officials and legislators marked the occasion with mixed reactions. Read more

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                                When Yoshiaki Fujitani served in the Military Intelligence Service during World War II, he visited his dad, who was interned in New Mexico.
Revered Hawaii bishop and nisei veteran Yoshiaki Fujitani dies at 97

Rev. Yoshiaki Fujitani dedicated his life and career to serving the islands’ diverse communities. As bishop of the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii for 12 years, he advocated for inclusivity — passionately working to expand services, while collaborating with a diverse group of religious leaders. Read more

Waianae parade to celebrate 2 UFC conquerors

Thousands of Waianae Coast residents are expected to come out in full force today to celebrate their hometown heroes — UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway and welterweight Yancy Medeiros. Read more

Bill would bar viewing mobile devices while crossing street

Pedestrians caught looking at mobile electronic devices, including cellphones, while crossing the street could be fined under a bill before the Honolulu City Council. But the amount pedestrians could be fined is still up for debate. Read more

City Council puts off action on retail bag fee

The Honolulu City Council has again deferred action on a bill that would require retailers to charge a fee for checkout bags and ban so-called compostable plastic bags. Read more

Council vote revives Thomas Square bill

The City Council voted Wednesday to override Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s veto on a bill that would block the transfer of Thomas Square to the Department of Enterprise Services from the Department of Parks and Recreation, citing concerns that the move could commercialize much-needed green space. Read more

Input sought on renovation of cemetery

Darrell Salvador remembers the beauty of Sunset Memorial Park from many years ago as a child — a well-maintained Pearl City cemetery with no overgrown grass or weeds. Read more

Building inspection measure deferred

A City Council committee last week deferred a bill that would require periodic inspections and mandatory corrective action for unsafe conditions at commercial buildings, condominiums and apartments three stories or higher — a measure introduced in the wake of a fatal Ala Moana Center accident in which a railing collapsed. Read more

Internment camp exhibit portrays hardships, fears

Entering a room at Hawaii’s Plantation Village in Waipahu takes visitors back to a time of war and fear. A model Japanese bomber plane hangs from the ceiling, and next to it is a replica guard watchtower and interrogation tent. There are processing tags at the tent and signs emblazoned with “interrogation” and “stop” in bold lettering. Read more

Thomas Square, sit-lie bills vetoed by mayor

Mayor Kirk Caldwell vetoed bills Friday that block the transfer of Thomas Square to the Department of Enterprise Services from the Department of Parks and Recreation and expand the city’s controversial sit-lie ban, citing legal and other concerns. Read more

Yearlong project to study habitats of Hawaiian owl

State officials have launched a project to study the pueo in an effort to better understand the owl’s ecology on Oahu and to develop standardized surveying methods and management practices. Read more


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