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Scuba divers grapple over collecting fish for aquariums

Sat, 05/17/2014 - 04:51
A filmed underwater confrontation between an environmentalist who wants to shut down the aquarium fish industry in Hawaii and a collector who gathers the fish and sells them for a living has put a spotlight on a long-running conflict over the business.

Obituaries

Sat, 05/17/2014 - 04:51
Rowena Anne Ahakuelo • Randall K. Apilando • John Deane • Geoffrey C. Gasmen • Bernard Israel Geller • Jason Masaharu Hirasaki • Hazel Hisae Hoke • Julianne L. Holbron • and more

Hokule‘a to be fumigated to eliminate ant infestation

Sat, 05/17/2014 - 04:51
Days before they're scheduled to leave Oahu for a long-anticipated sail around the world, crews of the Hokule'a are working to eradicate an ant infestation affecting part of the vessel, according to Polynesian Voyaging Society officials.

Role in cocaine conspiracy results in guilty plea, prison

Sat, 05/17/2014 - 04:51
An Anna Miller's bakery manager was taken into federal custody Tuesday after pleading guilty to a drug conspiracy charge.

Effort informs of domestic workers' rights

Sat, 05/17/2014 - 04:51
Gov. Neil Abercrombie signed a bill into law last year that protects domestic workers under the state's labor and civil rights laws. And now state agencies, community advocates and service providers are launching a multilingual public education campaign to spread the word.

Embezzlement at credit union generates 2 more guilty pleas

Sat, 05/17/2014 - 04:51
Two former employees of the credit union that serves TheBus workers face up to 30 years in prison each after pleading guilty Tuesday to embezzlement.

More same-sex couples choosing Hawaii for weddings

Sat, 05/17/2014 - 04:51
Members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities have opened up business and tourism opportunities throughout the state.

Some UH regents appear open to adjusting tuition increases

Sat, 05/17/2014 - 04:51
Members of the University of Hawaii Board of Regents' budget committee Tuesday hinted at the possibility of providing some tuition relief to students as early as next spring.

Schofield troops to depart for mission in Afghanistan

Sat, 05/17/2014 - 04:51
About 110 Schofield Barracks soldiers stood at attention Tuesday as they prepared for something increasingly rare: a deployment to Afghanistan.

Family sues Mao Organic Farms over death at farmers market

Sat, 05/17/2014 - 04:51
The family of a 27-year-old woman who was fatally injured by a truck at Kapiolani Community College Farmers' Market has filed a lawsuit against Mao Organic Farms and the truck driver.

Newswatch

Sat, 05/17/2014 - 04:51
EPA cites geothermal plant for violations • Public meetings will cover GMO, pesticide rules • Mounting costs halt bid to build animal shelter

Obituaries

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 04:59
Luz Egan Abanes • Leonida Forniloza Amore • Josephine Barney • Nancy Toyoko Baum • Juanita Damma Biazo • Sixto Constantino • Romulo Celis Dascil • Rosalinda May Dumlao • and more

Extra $10M from hotel tax funds health plans, eases rate hikes

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 04:59
The bump in hotel tax revenue that state lawmakers offered Hawaii's counties this legislative session was a glass-half-empty raise. Mayors wanted a return to a 44.8 percent share of the transient accommodations tax.

Corrections

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 04:59
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser strives to make its news report fair and accurate. If you have a question or comment about news coverage, call Ed Lynch, managing editor/news, at 529-4758.

OHA executive defends letter to Kerry

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 04:59
Appearing with more than 100 supporters at the Office of Hawaiian Affairs offices Monday, OHA Chief Executive Officer Kama­na‘o­pono Crabbe didn't back down in his flap with OHA trustees over the letter he sent to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry asking for a legal opinion on whether the Hawaiian kingdom still exists as an independent nation under international law.

New plan targets taxes for hotels, pricey homes

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 04:59
While Mayor Kirk Caldwell has suggested increases in tax rates for pricey investment and hotel/resort properties, City Council Budget Chairwoman Ann Koba­ya­shi is proposing increasing the burdens on high-priced homes and lessening the hike on hotels and resorts.

Waitlist to open for families seeking housing vouchers

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 04:59
After nine years the city is opening up the waitlist on its Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program from Thursday through May 21, the Department of Community Services announced Monday.

Speed possibly contributes to deaths of 2 Maui drivers in separate crashes

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 04:59
Speed appears to be a factor in two Maui crashes that killed the drivers Sunday night and Monday morning, police said.

4 defendants plead not guilty in sweepstakes machine case

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 04:59
The remaining four defendants in the racketeering and gambling case involving Products Direct Sweepstakes machines pleaded not guilty Monday morning in state court.

Oahu homeless count rises for the sixth year

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 04:59
The number of homeless people rose in January for the sixth consecutive year, according to the 2014 Point in Time survey the city is releasing Tuesday.