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                                A man walks along a closed pier on Waikiki Beach in Honolulu.

COVID-19 flight assistance program renewed as visitor counts kick up

COVID-19 flight assistance program renewed as visitor counts kick up


                                Sen. Breene Harimoto speaks in the State Senate Chambers on March 26, 2018.
State Senate to hold memorial service for late Sen. Breene Harimoto

The Hawaii State Senate will hold a memorial service for the late Sen. Breene Harimoto on Tuesday in the Senate Chamber. Read more

911 Report

2 allegedly robbed at gunpoint in Keeaumoku area

A male suspect allegedly robbed two people by gunpoint in the Keeaumoku area late Wednesday. Read more

Vital Statistics

Vital statistics: June 12-18, 2020

Each week, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser publishes Oahu statistics for marriage licenses and birth certificates filed with the state Department of Health’s Vital Statistics System. Read more

Kokua Line

                                Magic Island (Aina Moana) parking lot at Ala Moana Regional Park. Pictured are runners passing by the lot on Wednesday, April 29, 2020.
Kokua Line: Magic Island parking lot expected to reopen by end of the year

Question: The parking lot at Magic Island has been under reconstruction for several months now. In passing the site every morning for my daily walk, I see no construction activity for weeks while the early morning park users, like myself, scramble up and down the park access road at 5 a.m. looking for a space to park. Does Parks and Recreation have a completion schedule? Read more

Lee Cataluna

                                A Honolulu Rail Transit train is seen parked at the Halaulani Rail Station at Leeward Community College.
Lee Cataluna: Work from home era may leave rail behind

What if one of the after­-effects of COVID-19 is that Oahu doesn’t need rail as much anymore? Read more

Incidental Lives

Incidental Lives: Family-run business thrives on a set of old-school values

If you want to do business with Miller Industries, you’ll need to pick up the phone and have an actual conversation with an actual human being or, better, stop by the shop on Kalihi Street, where you can have that same actual conversation face to face with one of those human beings. Read more


                                “Securing raises in a collapsed economy was a major show of political muscle by Hawaii Government Employees Association chief Randy Perreira,” writes David Shapiro. “He was so moved that he’s now letting legislators keep on their masks when they smooch his bottom.”
David Shapiro: Pandemic or not, legislators open vault for public workers

It’s the last Sunday in June and time to “flASHback” on the month’s news that amused and confused. Read more

Facts of the Matter

                                A photon’s transit from the center of the sun outward into space takes tens of thousands of years, but it requires only a few minutes to reach Earth once it emerges. An airplane is juxtaposed with the rising sun.
Facts of the Matter: Light that radiates from sun is many thousands of years old

Light from the sun takes a mere eight minutes to travel to Earth across nearly 100 million miles of empty space. But it takes 120,000 years to travel just 400,000 miles from its origin in the sun’s core to its surface. Read more

Volcanic Ash

                                Pedestrians on Thursday walked by a sign on the window of an ABC Store on a Kalakaua Avenue sidewalk that announces that face masks are available.
David Shapiro: Can’t we find bigger things than face masks to fight over?

The political and cultural wars over wearing face masks to fend off the coronavirus get more confounding by the day. Read more


                                Members of Geocaching, a GPS treasure-hunting group, gather at Skygate Park to observe Lahaina Noon. The phenomenon, unique to Hawaii, occurs when the sun is directly overhead and results in objects casting very little or no shadow. At the moment of Lahaina Noon the shadow of the Skygate sculpture (as well as those of the Geocaching members) was centered directly below it.
Skywatch: Observe shadow magic during Lahaina Noon

July brings to the night sky the third of the year’s four seasonal star families, Manaiakalani, the Chiefly Fishing Line. Read more

Ocean Watch

                                The kolea population is unknown because the last census was in 1968. With a new website started,, the public can contribute sightings to get an estimate on the population size.
Ocean Watch: Citizen scientists needed to track kolea in Hawaii

This is not a farewell column. It’s a see-you-soon-in-another-place column. I wish everyone the best in these challenging times, and look forward to continuing our connection. Read more

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