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CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                <strong>“The first 10 miles, from East Kapolei through this area (Halaulani Rail Station) to Aloha Stadium, the target date to have it ready is 10/20.”</strong>
                                <strong>Andrew Robbins</strong>
                                <em>The executive director and CEO of the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation is pictured above at Wednesday’s news conference at the Halaulani Rail Station at Leeward Community College</em>
Honolulu’s rail will be ready to run by Oct. 20, HART chief Andrew Robbins says

Not only will the first 10 miles of the Honolulu rail system be completed by December 2020 as predicted, but it will be ready to run three months earlier, by Oct. 20, announced a sanguine Andrew Robbins, executive director and CEO of the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation, at a Wednesday press conference overlooking the Halaulani Rail Station at Leeward Community College. Read more

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                                “The Penguin Book of Mermaids” was edited by two University of Hawaii colleagues: Cristina Bacchilega and Marie Alohalani Brown.
Book Review: Much ado about mermaids

“The Penguin Book of Mermaids” was edited by two University of Hawaii colleagues: Cristina Bacchilega and Marie Alohalani Brown. Read more

LYLE MYERS / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER
                                The center of a silversword plant’s rosette is seen close up.
How humans have helped silverswords survive

As numbers of wild plants have dwindled, Haleakala National Park staff and affiliated scientists have been gathering seeds from flowering silverswords and cultivating the seedlings in greenhouses. Read more

COURTESY CESTARI / WORLD SURF LEAGUE
                                Caio Ibelli of Brazil, a graduate of BWRAG lifesaving classes, advanced to Round 4 of the 2019 Billabong Pipe Masters after winning Heat 10 of Round 3 at Pipeline on Wednesday.
Tailored for surfers, lifesaving classes benefit all

On Thursday the first mega-swell of the winter closed out Pipeline on Oahu’s North Shore, where the Pipe Masters competition was called off — but at Maui’s Peahi the World Surf League’s Jaws Big Wave Challenge ran in towering waves. Read more

DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Jack Johnson and his wife, Kim Johnson, held an informational and celebratory blessing Friday for the land and buildings that their nonprofit Kokua Hawai‘i Foundation acquired in Haleiwa town. Jack, standing center, and Kim, kneeling center, helped plant an ulu tree.
Jack and Kim Johnson open a North Shore gathering and learning place

Despite the pressures of development and increased tourist traffic, much of Haleiwa seems wrapped in a Brigadoon-like time warp, with a laid-back, neighborly sensibility that’s reflected in the music of North Shore native Jack Johnson and the green lifestyle he enjoys with educator Kim Johnson, his wife and muse, with whom he founded Kokua Hawai‘i Foundation in 2003. Read more

STAR-ADVERTISER
                                <strong>Carissa Moore: </strong>
                                <em>She returned home to Oahu after taking her fourth win in world surfing and qualifying for the Olympics </em>
Hawaii surfer Carissa Moore wins big at home with crowd

Waikiki, the ancient cradle of surfing, was recharged with youthful energy Wednesday morning as a cheering crowd greeted Carissa Moore, who was crowned world surfing champion on Maui two days before, who stood smiling, head and shoulders garlanded with lei, beside the towering, flower-decked statue of srufing legend Duke Kahanamoku with his longboard. Read more

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