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                                The sun sets at the Gran Telescopio Canarias at the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory on the island of La Palma in the Canary Islands, Spain. TMT officials are looking at the Canary Islands as a backup location if the plan to build on Mauna Kea fails.

A TMT partner in India wants the telescope to be built in Canary Islands

A TMT partner in India wants the telescope to be built in Canary Islands


High-surf warning in effect for north and west shores of Oahu, Kauai, Maui, Molokai and Niihau

Surf will build to 25 to 35 feet this morning through tonight then decrease to 20 to 28 feet Sunday along the north and west shores of Kauai and Niihau, and the north shores of Oahu, Maui and Molokai. Read more

911 Report

                                Waimea Bay
Nearly 50 ocean rescues made on Oahu’s north and west shores

Nearly 50 rescues were made on Oahu’s north and west shores as of 4 p.m. today, according to the Honolulu Emergency Services Department. Read more

Vital Statistics

Vital statistics – Jan. 17-23, 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

                                Roadside memorials — like the one shown for those who died in a crash on the corner of Ala Moana Boulevard and Kamakee Street Jan. 28, 2019 —are supposed to be removed within 30 days of installation.
Kokua Line: Aging roadside memorial in Hawaii Kai mistaken for stored property along sidewalk

What you assumed were a homeless person’s belongings left at the intersection of Lunalilo Home Road and Ahukini Street appear instead to be remnants of a “roadside memorial” erected after a fatal accident there in 2018. Read more

Lee Cataluna

                                Maui Mayor Mike Victorino greets Big Island Mayor Harry Kim on Wednesday on the opening day of the legislative session.
Lee Cataluna: Measures for struggling residents represent a good start

As in all things, there’s a big gap between saying you’re going to do something and then actually doing it. Doing it well is an even bigger stretch to span. 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


                                Gov. David Ige gives the State of the State address in the House chamber at the state Capitol. Behind him are (l-r) Senate President Ron Kouchi, House Speaker Scott Saiki, Lt. Gov. Josh Green and Hawaii Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald.
David Shapiro: Surviving the Legislature means lifeboats and oven mitts

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

Facts of the Matter

                                A paper boat floats in flooded St. Mark’s Square in Venice, Italy. Changes in sea level are acutely felt in Venice, a city built on tiny islets amid a series of canals; during a period of severe flooding in November, high tidal waters peaked at 5 feet above sea level.
Column: Technology helps provide accurate measure of sea level

Sea level exists as a concept for us. No measurement can define a “global” sea level. Such a thing does not exist. In reality it can only be what we define it to be at a given time. Read more

Volcanic Ash

                                Gov. David Ige and legislative Democrats described as “bold” their agreement to increase the minimum wage, provide low-income tax relief, facilitate affordable housing on state lands and expand preschool, but the near-term impact is likely incremental.
David Shapiro: Hawaii lawmakers speak boldly of plans but act with timidity

The Legislature has rightly focused its 2020 session on our economic refugees being forced to leave Hawaii because of high living costs, but it’s doubtful the fixes they’ve put on the table will stop the exodus anytime soon. Read more


                                Astronomers couldn’t imagine their luck when there were able to identify a nearby spiral galaxy as the origin of a repeating fast radio burst. Gemini Observatory on Mauna Kea played a key role in this exciting discovery.
Skywatch: Planets, stars will shine brightly in February sky

The winter starline is known as Kekaomakali‘i, the bailer of Makali‘i. Read more

Ocean Watch

                                The mystery squid from Lanikai Beach. Inset shows the squid’s teeth that line the rim of the tentacles’ suckers, which encircle its black beak.
Ocean Watch: Squid’s teeth could offer a new type of plastic

Just when I’m feeling discouraged about plastic pollution (Midway can do that to a person), I discover that researchers are working on a solution that sounds like science fiction: squid sucker teeth. Read more

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