Local News

Djou supports allowing vets to bypass VA for health care

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 04:59
Major candidates for the soon-to-be vacant Hawaii 1st Congressional District seat are calling for reforms at the troubled Department of Veterans Affairs but are stopping short of calling for the resignation of Secretary Eric Shinseki.

Kokua Line: State can send inspector to tackle noise on Sundays

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 04:59
A while back on a Sunday, a roofing company worked a full day on a neighbor's house. I called the state Department of Health to report this violation of noise law and got a recording machine as they are not open on Sunday.

Newswatch

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 04:59
Lt. Gen. John Toolan Jr., commanding general of I Marine Expeditionary Force, has been nominated to serve as commander of Marine Corps Forces Pacific, the Pentagon announced this month.

911 Report

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 04:59
Woman accused of assaulting boyfriend • Crash victim is identified on Big Island • Maui shed fire causes $11,500 in damage • Playground welcomes kids in Kona

Obituaries

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 04:59
Felicidad A. Ancheta • Lourdes Jacob Bactad • Dora M. Bednarski • Amisone Feleti • Karen Frances Field • Saffery Shigematsu Higa • Richard Hiroshi Kodama • Caroline Kam In Lee • and more

Mayor lobbies to raise hotels' property tax rate

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 04:59
Citing the need to raise money "to address the homeless situation in Wai­kiki," Mayor Kirk Caldwell is making a last-minute push for City Council members to increase proposed property tax rates on hotel and resort owners further.

Votes reflect different ideals on privacy

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 04:59
In his first important vote after being appointed to the U.S. Senate in December 2012, U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz weighed in against a five-year extension of the federal government's expanded power to conduct electronic surveillance against terrorist targets outside the United States.

‘Watered-down’ bill loses support

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 04:59
U.S. Rep. Colleen Hana­busa on Thursday voted against a bill that would restrict the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of phone rec­ords, arguing that it was too watered down.

HCDA pushed governor for veto

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 04:59
The Hawaii Community Development Authority privately recommended that Gov. Neil Abercrombie veto a bill curtailing its power, arguing that the bill would not necessarily improve transparency and accountability of an authority under public scrutiny over the redevelopment of Kaka­ako.

OHA seeks opinions on nation building

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 04:59
The Office of Hawaiian Affairs will hold a special meeting Thursday to gather public comment on the agency's nation-building efforts — the possible first step in what may lead to a delay in the proc­ess.

Ige pledges to restore the public's confidence in government

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 04:59
State Sen. David Ige told Demo­crats on Sunday that many voters have lost faith in state government and believe too many decisions are being made on behalf of special interests, not the public's interest.

Obituaries

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 04:59
Scott Kalani Bush • Gloria Buenavista Campos • Mary A. Clemente • Shizume Izumi • Masae Morita • Paul Taira Nakaura • Charles William Ricketts • Barbara Jane Rodrigues • and more

Busy voyaging canoe crews catch breath before departure

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 04:59
All the public ceremonies, tours and extended farewells in Hawaii are pau. Now all that's left for the crews of Hokule‘a and Hikianalia are to make some last-minute canoe fixes, take a few deep breaths and sail around the world.

Hawaii couple aid in rebuilding villages devastated by disasters

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 04:59
Hawaii lawmaker John Mizuno and his wife, May Besario Mizuno, are visiting the Philippines to assist in rebuilding efforts after natural disasters last autumn.

Ige takes stand against amendment on preschool funding

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 04:55
In a stark policy difference with Gov. Neil Abercrombie, state Sen. David Ige said Tuesday he opposes a constitutional amendment that would allow public money to be spent on private preschool.

Ex-reporter Mary Zanakis will run for lieutenant governor

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 04:55
Mary Zanakis spent two dec­ades as a news reporter with KITV and KHON. "I think I could contribute to the betterment of Hawaii's people," she said.

Thunderstorms create havoc all around Oahu

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 04:55
Intense thundershowers knocked out electricity, disabled traffic signals and flooded streets and highways around Oahu on Sunday.

Girl Scout leads peers to decorate vets' graves

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 04:55
When Girl Scout Marissa Lum decided to do her Gold Award proj­ect to produce lei for decorating the Memorial Day graves at the Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery, she had no idea the effort would blossom so.

Charter school's class of 9 graduates is its first

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 04:55
Kamaile draws from a cross section of high-need populations. More than 80 percent of students qualify for free or discounted lunch, 14 percent require special-educational accommodations, 13 percent are learning English as a second language and 14 percent are homeless.

Kokua Line: ‘No left turn when coned’ also applies to driveways

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 04:55
Question: What are the rules regarding turning left into driveways across a contra-flow lane? On Kapiolani Boulevard in the Ala Moana area, a contra-flow lane is set up going Ewa in mornings and Diamond Head in afternoons.