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                                Mayor Kirk Caldwell on Wednesday signed a measure establishing accelerated “courtesy” building inspections for commercial projects across from Nohona Hale, background left, which provides 111 micro-unit affordable studio rental apartments. Behind Caldwell were Layne Machida, left, president of Civil-Mechanical Contractor and the General Contractors Association; Councilman Ron Menor; Marshall Hickox, president of the Building Industry Association of Hawaii; and Gladys Quinto Marrone, CEO of BIA Hawaii.

New ‘courtesy’ building inspections could speed up commercial projects

New ‘courtesy’ building inspections could speed up commercial projects


                                Tropical moisture is expected to move in from the south on Friday, bringing unstable, wet weather from east to west across Hawaii over the weekend.
More rain in store for weekend, more record temperatures set in Kahului

The heat index — how it feels like when temperature and relative humidity are combined — is expected to reach 99 degrees in Kapolei, 98 in Kahului and Lihue, and 96 in Honolulu today Read more

911 Report

                                A woman and two men were apparently bitten by a shark or sharks this morning off Haleiwa, according to city emergency personnel.
3 suffer apparent shark bites while snorkeling off Haleiwa

EMS treated all three patients on scene but they refused to go to an emergency room. Read more

Vital Statistics

Vital statistics, Sept. 6-12

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. The dates indicate when the information was filed. Read more

Kokua Line

Courtesy Department of Land and Natural Resources
Kokua Line: State aims to have new dock at Maunalua Bay by mid-July

Question: When is the Hawaii Kai boat ramp scheduled to be finished? A lot of fishermen and pleasure boaters are being inconvenienced and exposed to hazardous conditions without a pier to drop off and pick up individuals. Read more

Lee Cataluna

                                Gov. David Ige held a news conference Friday addressing the spate of social media posts about government employees, officials and departments. Next to the governor is a visual aid showing a post from Puuhonua o Puuhuluhulu.
Lee Cataluna: Casting aspersions is not leadership

Death threats and talk of attacks on government employees on social media or in phone messages are absolutely wrong and to be condemned and, to the degree appropriate, prosecuted. Absolutely. No question. 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


Column: David Ige, Harry Kim play ‘who’s on first?’ as mauna protests grow

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

Facts of the Matter

Column: Space may be too vast to find intelligent life beyond Earth

Where is ET? After nearly 50 years of searching for intelligent signals from space, astronomers have yet to receive a single verifiable signal of intelligent origin. Read more

Volcanic Ash

Volcanic Ash: City leaders playing hide-the-pea in rail financing scheme

Few believe the city will complete Oahu rail to Ala Moana Center for the $9.2 billion total it projects, and we hear much speculation about the real final construction tab. $10 billion? $12 billion? $15 billion? Read more


Skywatch: Hawaii’s telescopes help unravel mysteries of supernovas, black holes

Jupiter and Saturn will both be prominent in the early-evening sky in September. Read more

Ocean Watch

Ocean Watch: Finding joy with a turtle and her entourage

Some days, it’s hard to keep working to save the animals I love when it seems as if the entire world is mired in disaster. Read more

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