Local News

First lady's stay with Oprah on Maui frustrates some residents

Sun, 01/12/2014 - 05:58
Call it Kailua Lite. Much like President Barack Obama's annual two-week stay on the shores of Kailua Bay, first lady Michelle Obama's detour to Maui is causing disruption and a bit of annoyance in the neighborhood surrounding pal Oprah Winfrey's Kula estate.

State will fund preschool, Abercrombie insists

Sun, 01/12/2014 - 05:58
Gov. Neil Abercrombie says he's confident lawmakers will back his administration's plan to fund public pre-kindergarten classes in the coming school year -- an important first step toward launching a comprehensive early childhood learning system that could eventually include partnering with private preschool providers to serve all of the state's 4-year-olds.

2 arrested in real estate fraud scheme

Sun, 01/12/2014 - 05:58
The FBI arrested two Oahu women Wednesday in connection with a real estate debt elimination scheme. Jennifer McTigue, 46, and Sakara Blackwell, 38, were arrested at their homes in Aina Haina and Kahala, respectively, according to a statement released by the Honolulu FBI office.

3 accused of altering computer records

Sun, 01/12/2014 - 05:58
The state attorney general said in court documents that the principal, elementary school vice principal and school secretary at Myron B. Thompson Academy likely accessed the state Department of Education's computer system to change employee attendance records to match false changes they made to the school's paper records.

Alien species alarm re-sounded

Sun, 01/12/2014 - 05:58
Last year, a mosquito capable of spreading dengue fever began showing up at Honolulu Airport. And on Dec. 23 at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, state inspectors found coconut rhinoceros beetles, or Oryctes rhinoceros -- insects capable of destroying palm and coconut trees as well as sugarcane.

2 tenants fret 2 different outcomes of potential sale of city rental units

Sun, 01/12/2014 - 05:58
Christy Decker worries she may need to relocate from Chinatown Gateway Plaza if the city's deal to sell 12 rental housing complexes to Honolulu Affordable Housing Partners LLC succeeds. Five blocks away, Lynne Ditchen worries that she won't see promised improvements at Winston Hale if the deal fails.

Counsel won't back down on ethics advice

Sun, 01/12/2014 - 05:58
Attorneys for the city will continue to offer advice on ethics policies to city officials and employees despite concerns that doing so encroaches on the role of the Ethics Commission.

Kokua Line: Relatively late mail delivery blamed on Christmas rush

Sun, 01/12/2014 - 05:58
Question: During the last year we have been receiving our mail delivery around 5 p.m. As it got closer to the Christmas season, we have been getting our mail around 6 p.m. when it is dark and I can understand that situation.

Island Images

Sun, 01/12/2014 - 05:58

‘Matrix’ lawsuit pits Maui man against Warner Bros.

Sat, 01/11/2014 - 05:59
WAILUKU » A Hawaii man has filed a $300 million copyright infringement lawsuit, claiming the "Matrix" trilogy of science fiction films has striking similarities to his screenplay. Playwright Thomas Althouse of Maui claims 166 instances in the movies are similar to parts of his 1992 screenplay, "The Immortals."

Corrections

Sat, 01/11/2014 - 05:59
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.

New York Times: An affair? France shrugs, but its leader calls for privacy

Sat, 01/11/2014 - 05:59
PARIS » The photographs show a stout man of middling height striding out of an ordinary-looking Parisian apartment house, a helmet and a dark visor obscuring his face. He gets on a motorized scooter and zooms away into the 8th Arrondissement.

New York Times: A fork? De Blasio's way of eating pizza is mocked

Sat, 01/11/2014 - 05:59
NEW YORK » The pizza arrived, steaming and delectable, a smoked-mozzarella-and-sausage pie presented to Mayor Bill de Blasio like a gilded offering to a visiting caliph.

Government misconduct shakes up procedures in meth trial

Sat, 01/11/2014 - 05:59
A judge has dealt federal prosecutors in a Hawaii meth ring trial a setback by ruling that the government was "sloppy" and "tardy" in providing discovery materials to the defense.

14 enter pleas of not guilty in prostitution racketeering

Sat, 01/11/2014 - 05:59
Fourteen people accused by federal prosecutors of involvement in a street gang's sprawling prostitution ring that spanned dozens of cities and states entered not-guilty pleas Thursday.

Newswatch

Sat, 01/11/2014 - 05:59
Shark sighted by Maui stand-up paddler • Windward Oahu aircraft noise to increase • Safety work closing Waimea Bay all month and more.

911 Report

Sat, 01/11/2014 - 05:59
Car passenger killed by crash into tree • 3 injured in Waimanalo highway collision

Corrections

Sat, 01/11/2014 - 05:59
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.

State investigating dentist whose patient died

Sat, 01/11/2014 - 05:59
The state Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs has begun an investigation of Kai­lua dentist Dr. Lilly Geyer after a 3-year-old girl fell into a coma while she was in the dentist's chair and later died.

State revenue projection revised downward to 3.3%

Sat, 01/11/2014 - 05:59
The state Council on Revenues on Tuesday lowered the state's revenue forecast for this fiscal year, expressing some doubt about the rate of Hawaii's economic growth.