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Mark Ladao is a staff writer at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. He earned two Bachelor's degrees from the University of Hawaii at Manoa — one in biology and another in journalism.


Although a graduate of Moanalua High School, he spent most of his childhood around the San Francisco Bay Area, Calif., before moving to Hawaii, where he has lived his entire adult life.


Ladao's immediate family has since moved from Hawaii, but he has come to enjoy Honolulu's island-urban hybrid lifestyle despite the expensive cost of living.


He considers Hawaii his home, and as a reporter he hopes to understand it more through those who have considered it their home for much longer.
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                                A portion of Midway Atoll in the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument.
Fishing council questions monument’s spillover benefits

The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council is again challenging the reported benefits of the Papaha­naumokuakea Marine National Monument — this time by directly questioning the legitimacy of a recent study on the spillover effects the monument’s expansion area has on marine life. Read more

                                A white tip reef shark and other reef denizens glide over healthy coral at the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument.
Hearing for fishing rules at monument set for Oahu

A public hearing to discuss fishing regulations at the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument will be held on Oahu as fisheries managers decide how to encourage noncommercial fishing within the monument. Read more

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                                The annual Makahiki at Puuloa, better known today as Pearl Harbor, was held Saturday at Rainbow Bay Marina at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. Among the activities were hula performances.
Makahiki unites community and military

The annual Makahiki at Puuloa, better known as Pearl Harbor, was held at Rainbow Bay Marina Saturday morning in an effort to familiarize the public, and especially those in the military, with Native Hawaiian culture and history. Read more

Studies provide insight into Waikiki beach erosion

University of Hawaii researchers used drone surveys of Waikiki to figure out how sand moves around its beaches over time, and their findings suggest that sea-level rise and more “extreme” waves will exacerbate beach erosion. Read more

                                Above, Christian Fink, left, Emmanuel Dei and Ellie Rymer load their car with packaged water.
Water main repair timeline unknown

The Navy says it does not yet have a timeline for when it will be able to fully repair a broken 36-inch water main, leaving the 93,000 people who depend on its water system to continue conservation measures and keep boiling their household water until further notice. Read more

                                A white tip reef shark and other reef denizens glide over healthy coral at the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, created in 2006 by then-President George W. Bush.
Council to consider fishing rules in marine monument

Possible changes to fishing regulations within the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument could allow cultural fishing practices, although such changes are also viewed as “harmful” to Native Hawaiian traditions. Read more

                                Duncan Kealoha Mahi was arrested Saturday in Hilo.
Missing teen found safe at Hilo restaurant

A quick-thinking employee at a Hilo restaurant helped rescue a 15-year-old kidnapping victim Saturday after the teen convinced her alleged captor that she was hungry and needed something to eat. Read more

                                The Waioli Kitchen & Bakeshop celebrated the 100th anniversary of its predecessor, the Waioli Tea Room, with speakers, music, hula and food Friday at the historic Manoa landmark. Above, Char Puahi, left, and Bonnie Ng-Emmons from Metro Christian Church performed hula to the song “The Hawai‘i Blessing.”
Popular Waioli Tea Room in Manoa celebrates 100th anniversary

Despite an illustrious history dating back to 1922, the tearoom had been closed for four years before the Andersons decided to open their bakeshop, prioritizing job training for graduates of substance abuse treatment programs and those recently released from incarceration. Read more

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