Local News

Chess champs get moving at defending title

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 04:50
Eighth-grader Quguang Wang is new to Hawaii, new to the English language and new to chess. He didn't win a single game in his first open chess tournament last fall.

Castle gets award-winning principal

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 04:50
Though she's just been selected as Castle High School's new principal, Sheena Alaiasa already knows many of her students well. Some of the Windward school's 1,551 students were in Alaiasa's class when she taught elementary school.

Language of bills stokes overreach concerns

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 04:50
Four measures designed to address illegal dumping and stockpiling have advanced out of the City Council Zoning and Planning Committee despite questions about the potential for unintended consequences negatively affecting the public.

Second-in-command officer is fired from position at Kauai missile range

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 04:50
The second in command at the Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai was relieved of his duties Thursday due to "unsatisfactory performance," the Navy said Friday.

911 Report

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 04:50
Waipahu fire is believed to be intentional • Pedestrian hit by car was Kaneohe man • Body found near Magic Island is identified

Newswatch

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 04:50
Kamehameha lane in Pearl City to close • Hilo man accused in robbery of store • Kauai rescue costs $3,560 in overtime, fuel

Opponents of death penalty dismayed

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 04:50
The possibility that former Hawaii soldier Naeem Williams could face execution is troubling for some folks in a state where the death penalty has not been imposed since 1944.

Ex-soldier convicted in murder of 5-year-old daughter

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 04:50
A federal jury returned a guilty verdict Thursday for the first person in the state to stand trial for a death penalty crime. The jurors deliberated for less than a day and a half in U.S. District Court before finding former Schofield Barracks soldier Naeem Williams guilty of capital murder.

Obituaries

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 04:46
Linda Louise Dormer Caldwell • Mildred Wai Sem Chun • Thelma Yuriko Darisay • Solomon Kaailua Espinda • Gail Yoshie Masuoka Kuramoto • Henry Stanley Leite • and more

Stowaway's journey puts runaway problem in spotlight

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 04:46
SAN JOSE, Calif. » The flight of 15-year-old Yahya Abdi from San Jose to Maui in a jetliner's wheel well has captivated minds worldwide, in part because of its rarity: He is one of just 25 people known to have survived such a feat.

Obituaries

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 04:46
Dennis R. Alfafara • Norma Vega Castillo • Ida Jane Keli'iokalani Hanapi Chun • Robert Vincent Anduha Tuupoina Evans • Eleanor Holt Fung • Leua Matagiolo Gaisoa • and more

Corrections

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 04:46
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.

Jury convicts Marine of murder

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 04:46
A Marine who admitted killing a prostitute in his Waikiki hotel room last year was found guilty Thursday of "murder while engaging in an inherently dangerous act," a crime punishable by a maximum of life in prison without the possibility of parole, the Marine Corps said.

Teenage driver killed in plunge off Maui cliff

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 04:46
Isaiah Pu-Akima, 17, was wrapping up a pig-hunting trip Thursday when the vehicle he was driving went off Hana Highway in Honomanu in East Maui and plunged 300 feet, exploding into flames, according to his Hana High School volleyball coach, Manuel Oliveira.

Probation lets man go to rehab

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 04:46
A state judge has granted probation to a 28-year-old man so he can continue drug rehabilitation and repay the nearly $32,000 he stole to maintain his addiction.

Education Department backs 4.5 percent raises

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 04:46
The state Department of Education supports the annual 4.5 percent raises an arbitration panel awarded to principals and other educational officers earlier this week, according to a statement released Wednesday by the department.

Lawmakers extend window for abuse lawsuits, add liable parties

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 04:46
Giving victims of childhood sexual abuse more time to seek justice, state lawmakers agreed Thursday on a bill that would extend a unique window to file lawsuits for another two years and include the state and counties among the potentially liable.

Bills on prostitution exemption, 'revenge porn' advance at Capitol

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 04:46
A bill to ramp up penalties for sex traffickers and to prohibit police from engaging in sexual penetration during prostitution investigations passed in a joint House-Senate conference committee Thursday, along with a bill that would criminalize so-called "revenge porn."

Delay proposed to Turtle Bay deal

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 04:46
State House Speaker Joseph Souki suggested Thursday evening that the decision on whether the state should spend $40 million to preserve land near Turtle Bay Resort could wait until next session.

City asks Council to delay Handi-Van audit

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 04:46
The City Council Transportation Committee is moving forward with plans to audit the Handi-Van program. But the committee also agreed to a request to delay the start of the audit to allow the impact of planned improvements to be assessed.