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                                Amid concerns by businesses some are calling for the city and state to do more to clean up unsanitary conditions in Chinatown with this pile of trash on a Maunakea St. sidewalk that has been sitting for four days near Pauahi St., Monday, February 17, 2020.

Chinatown leaders advocate for more sanitation measures

Chinatown leaders advocate for more sanitation measures


                                Former state Sen. Will Espero announced Friday he will vie for the Honolulu City Council District 9 seat that’s now occupied by Councilman Ron Menor.
Former state Sen. Will Espero announces Council run

Former state Sen. Will Espero announced Friday he will vie for the Honolulu City Council District 9 seat that’s now occupied by Councilman Ron Menor. Read more

911 Report

Man pulled from North Shore waters has died

A man who was swept into the ocean on the North Shore of Oahu on Saturday has died, authorities said. Read more

Vital Statistics

Vital statistics – Feb. 7-13, 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

                                Cyclists take in an orange sunset at Ala Moana Beach Park in Honolulu.
Kokua Line: Close call inspires question about ‘invisible’ bicyclist riding at night

Question: I almost hit a person cycling Ewa on Nimitz Highway near Sand Island Road the other night. He/she was wearing dark clothes, the bike had no light or reflectors and hence was almost invisible in an area with few street lights. Read more

Lee Cataluna

                                Construction of the HART mass transit rail line where the airport rail station will be located at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport. The International Parking Garage is on the left.
Lee Cataluna: Messaging on rail project changing

Recently the messaging about the rail project has changed, and that is disconcerting. It is one thing to not know how much the dang thing is going to cost. It’s another to not know if anybody is going to ride it. 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

                                Mathematics is evident in all areas of life, including less obvious ones like textiles. Elisabetta Matsumoto, an assistant professor of physics at the Georgia Institute of Technology, sewed a Klein quartic quilt that contains 24 seven-sided polygons, with three meeting at each vertex.
Column: Our brains are hard-wired to process mathematics

Imagine a world without patterns, a featureless, colorless canvas of nothingness. Read more

Volcanic Ash

                                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


                                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

                                A salt-sprayed honeybee got sand stuck to its body and wings and left a staggering trail, right, at Kailua Beach.
Ocean Watch: Ocean spray and wind can ground beach bees

Why, people ask, do we see so many honey bees near the shoreline on windward beaches? One reader last week thought the bee she saw was digging. Read more

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