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Mayors seek taxing authority

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 05:57
Hawaii's four county mayors said Wednesday that they want state lawmakers to give them each the power to enact a surcharge on the state general excise tax of up to 1 percent even though all said they have no immediate plans to use it.

Legislators take UH to task over 'pressure' from TV ad

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 05:57
House lawmakers are peeved over a public service announcement they say is aimed at pressuring the Legislature to fund the controversial pharmacy college building at the University of Hawaii at Hilo.

Activists pound poi at state Capitol event

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 05:57
As Senate and House leaders proposed ways to propel the state toward a more prosperous future, a hui of community groups rang in the 2014 legislative session by gathering in the Capitol courtyard to honor the past by continuing one of Hawaii's most-revered ancient practices: pounding taro into poi.

Principal retired in late 2013 amid state scrutiny

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 05:57
Kaiser High School Principal John Sosa retired at the end of the year, three months after the state Department of Education placed him on leave as it conducted an internal investigation.

Community criticizes developer's tower No. 2 in Waikiki

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 05:57
Opposition is building to plans from Los Angeles-based PACREP LLC to construct a second tower in its Ritz-Carlton Waikiki Beach Residences complex — an addition the developer and proponents say could bring a much-needed boost to an aging and constrained tourist destination.

Ramen burger madness

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 05:57
Honolulu residents got the opportunity to try one of the biggest U.S. food crazes Wednesday, and they turned out in droves. More than 300 people purchased more than 700 ramen burgers, brought to Hawaii for the first time by New York chef Keizo Shimamoto at the Kakaako pop-up venue Taste.

Fatal stabbing occurred near other Kailua crime scenes

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 05:57
Scott MacMillan, who went from being a chef at a popular Kailua restaurant to living on the streets, was fatally stabbed Monday night near a business building where he slept at night along Uluniu Street, business people and friends said Wednesday.

Seed firms on Kauai report data on pesticide use to state

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 05:57
The state Department of Agriculture posted on its website Wednesday the amounts of restricted-use pesticides sprayed on fields by biotech companies on Kauai in December under the agency's voluntary disclosure program.

Perilous surf due on north and west shores

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 05:57
Surf of up to 35 feet is expected on the north shores of Oahu, Kauai, Nii­hau, Maui and Molokai this afternoon into Friday. The National Weather Service has issued a high-surf warning that also includes the west shores of Kauai, Oahu and Molokai.

Lawmaker was first female U.S. marshal

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 05:57
Faith Patricia Evans, who served in the state House of Representatives from 1974 to 1980 and was the nation's first female U.S. marshal, died Jan. 9 at Castle Memorial Medical Center, after a prolonged illness due to a muscle-debilitating disease, her family said. She was 76.

Kokua Line: Residents notified by letter that census taker will call

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 05:57
Question: About 6:30 p.m. one day, a man came to my door saying he was from the Census Bureau collecting information about how many people lived in the house, their age, race and health. He showed me his badge, but I did not look at it long because the porch was dark. I told him I was not interested and also told him someone had come before. Is this legitimate?

Spending bill heads to Obama, staves off shutdown

Sat, 01/18/2014 - 05:55
WASHINGTON »Congress sent President Barack Obama a $1.1 trillion government-wide spending bill Thursday, easing the harshest effects of last year's automatic budget cuts after tea party critics chastened by October's partial shutdown mounted only a faint protest.

New York Times: Rising Asian-American populace grapples with elder care issues

Sat, 01/18/2014 - 05:55
SOUDERTON, Pa. » Two thick blankets wrapped in a cloth tie lay near a single pillow on the red leather sofa in Phuong Lu's living room.

Newswatch

Sat, 01/18/2014 - 05:55
Fuel tank has possible leak • Police seek info on missing mom • Lightning eyed as cause of fire

911 Report

Sat, 01/18/2014 - 05:55
Back-to-back robberies show similarities • Soldier arrested in New Year's Eve theft

Island Images

Sat, 01/18/2014 - 05:55

Firm buying rental properties wants to delay paying the city

Sat, 01/18/2014 - 05:55
The selected buyer of 12 rental complexes is asking for an additional six months to a year to pay a large share of $142 million it promised to Honolulu -- and 20 more years to pay the rest, city administration officials said Tuesday.

Make affordable housing a priority, officials are urged

Sat, 01/18/2014 - 05:55
The message delivered at the annual Diocese of Honolulu's Red Mass, held on the eve of opening day at the Legislature, stressed stepping up collaboration in providing affordable housing for Hawaii's most vulnerable residents.

Ambitious evaluation plan lacks resources, critics say

Sat, 01/18/2014 - 05:55
Lawmakers took the Department of Education to task Tuesday for moving ahead with a "Cadillac" version of a new performance-based teachers evaluation system, saying resources to implement it are "grossly underfunded."

Legislature honors its past

Sat, 01/18/2014 - 05:55
The state House and Senate will open the 2014 legislative session this morning by honoring the past and celebrating the 55th anniversary of statehood. Hundreds of former lawmakers have been invited to attend the opening-day ceremonies, and each chamber has prepared booklets that document the state's legislative history.