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Maui ends legal fight over pollution

Maui County has decided not to appeal the latest U.S. District Court decision regarding pollution from its Lahaina sewage treatment plant, ending a lengthy legal battle that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Read more

                                Roy French, middle, has been struggling since his wife, Melissa Santos, died four years ago. This year his right leg had to be amputated because of an infection and he was unable to return to work. He and his children, clockwise from top left, Chase, 12, Erin, 16, and Matthias, 6, had to move in with family and are living on his disability income. He especially wants some clothes, video games for the kids and hula classes for his daughter. Erin holds a photo of Santos.
Good Neighbor Fund: Family needs help starting over

Roy French says he doesn’t want anything special for Christmas. “I’d be happy with a Christmas card with our name on it,” he says in a way that makes you believe he really means it. Read more

                                A meteor from the Perseid shower cuts across Orion’s Belt above Joshua Tree National Park in California. Orion’s Belt, known in the Pacific as Heiheionakeiki (the string game of the children), is an easily recognizable constellation visible across the globe.
Skywatch: Watch meteors zoom by and days change length throughout December

The four stars that form the corners of Ka Lupe a Kawelo, the Great Square of Pegasus, are excellent pointer stars that show the direction of both the north and south celestial poles, and serve as an indicator of the path they take across the night sky as they move from the eastern to the western horizon. Read more

                                The Pearlridge Center parking lot was filled with cars as shoppers converged at the mall to take advantage of Black Friday deals on Friday. Law enforcement officials said it’s important for consumers to safely store their purchases while at the mall.
Hawaii officials urge safe shopping and sober driving

With packages piling up on doorsteps and parties filling family calendars, police and community partners are urging the public to be vigilant and celebrate the season responsibly now that COVID-19 emergency restrictions have been relaxed. Read more

                                Jane Yonamine opened a pearl shop in Tokyo in 1964 and worked with many famous clients. The Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii recently unveiled a display honoring her, hoping to inspire other young women and entrepreneurs.
New display honors pioneer businesswoman Jane Yonamine

For the Yonamine family, selling pearls was more than a business. It was a family affair and a way of life, said Amy Yonamine Roper, who worked at the pearl shop that her mother, Jane Yona­mine, opened in Tokyo in 1964. Read more

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