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BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM / Feb. 2
                                Travelers emerge from the customs area of Daniel K. Inouye International Airport wearing masks.

Coronavirus’ effects predicted to slow down Hawaii’s economy

Coronavirus’ effects predicted to slow down Hawaii’s economy

Newswatch

JAMM AQUINO / 2019
                                Twinkle Borge poses for a portrait at Pu‘uhonua o Wai‘anae. The homeless group has reached a major milestone with a second $150,000 grant from the Nareit Hawaii Community Giving Initiative.
Pu‘uhonua o Wai‘anae buys 20-acre land parcel

Pu‘uhonua o Wai‘anae has reached a major milestone with a second $150,000 grant from the Nareit Hawaii Community Giving Initiative. Read more

911 Report

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Louis Kealoha left federal court on June 27 following a guilty verdict.
HPD officer charged in connection with assault on half brother and former police chief Louis Kealoha

Louis Kealoha is free on bail pending sentencing next month on conspiracy and obstruction charges. He is seeking a divorce from his wife, Katherine Kealoha, a former deputy prosector, who awaits sentencing from jail. Read more

Vital Statistics

Vital statistics – Feb. 14-20, 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

CHRISTINE DONNELLY / KOKUALINE@STARADVERTISER.COM Illegal off-roading has degraded Wawamalu Beach, directly makai of Kealahou Street at Kalanianaole Highway in East Oahu.
Kokua Line: East Oahu beach suffers from chronic off-roading

Who is responsible for the beach just east of Sandy Beach Park in East Oahu? It’s outside that park, but next to it. Off-roaders are tearing up the beach there. Read more

Lee Cataluna

LEE CATALUNA / LCATALUNA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                A bed roll and a water jug sit at the Hawaii Kai bus stop and Kiss and Ride parking area in preparation for a night’s stay.
Lee Cataluna: No solutions offered for Hawaii Kai bus stop of horrors

The City’s “Kiss and Ride” bus stop on Keahole street in Hawaii Kai across City Mill has been beset by problems for years. 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

fl(ASH)back

BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                State Health Director Bruce Anderson, Lt. Gov. Josh Green and State Epidemiologist Dr. Sarah Park met with news media to provide an update to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus at the State Dept. of Health on Feb. 10.
David Shapiro: No need coronavirus tests when Hawaii leaders are psychic

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

Facts of the Matter

ASSOCIATED PRESS / 2019
                                The devastating fusarium fungus’ arrival in Latin America last year spells trouble for the survival of the popular Cavendish banana. A man sells bananas near a quarantined banana plantation near Riohacha, Colombia, that has been affected by the fungus.
Column: Popular banana variety faces fatal fungal threat

Lowly bananas are the world’s most popular fruit. Sadly, the yellow fruit is in danger. Read more

Volcanic Ash

BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell addresses the news media during a press conference on Jan. 19.
David Shapiro: The stink of rail will follow Kirk Caldwell wherever he goes

It’s rich to see Mayor Kirk Caldwell posing as the voice of truth on Oahu’s floundering $9.2 billion rail project. Read more

Skywatch

EUROPEAN SOUTHERN OBSERVATORY
                                A comparison of Betelgeuse from the beginning and end of 2019 shows that the star has been getting fainter, though scientists are not sure why.
Skywatch: 5 of our fellow planets will be visible in March

The sun continues its northward trek, crossing the equator and entering the Northern Hemisphere on March 19, the spring equinox. Read more

Ocean Watch

COURTESY CRAIG THOMAS
                                This man regretted using the machete he was holding in his left hand to swipe at a honeybee stinging his right arm. The move added stitches to the sting.
Ocean Watch: Bee mail offers some stinging comments

Explaining studies published in scientific journals is an interesting part of my job. I work hard to get the facts right, but when I don’t I appreciate corrections. Read more

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