Local News

New Year's Eve firecrackers said to be quieter than usual

Sun, 01/05/2014 - 05:52
Much of Oahu experienced a quieter-than-usual New Year's Eve, which may have been due to a shortage of fireworks.

Mochi tradition builds family bonds

Sun, 01/05/2014 - 05:52
The Uejo family of Nuu­anu makes mochi the old-fashioned way — pounding sweet rice smooth with wooden mallets in a huge stone mortar — as their ancestors did when they immigrated from Okinawa to Hawaii island in the early 1900s.

Elections stand to change political contours

Sun, 01/05/2014 - 05:52
An election season that could alter Hawaii's political landscape for a generation, Gov. Neil Abercrombie's push to allow public funding of private preschool programs and the continuing quest by state and county leaders to deal with housing demand and homelessness are issues expected to dominate local headlines in 2014.

New York Times: Foreign visitors drawn to isles' shooting ranges

Sat, 01/04/2014 - 05:56
Kenji and Hiromasa Ozawa, a father and son vacationing on Oahu, spent Christmas morning hiking up Diamond Head.

New Zealand prime minister is Obama's new golf buddy

Sat, 01/04/2014 - 05:56
President Barack Obama paid a visit late Thursday afternoon to the cemetery where his grandparents are interred, then took his daughters to Hono­lulu Zoo.

Corrections

Sat, 01/04/2014 - 05:56
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.

Invasive little fire ant rides hapuu to Oahu

Sat, 01/04/2014 - 05:56
After knocking around the neighbor islands for at least 15 years, a little ant with a powerful sting — described as being among the world's worst invasive species — has finally landed on Oahu.

Makani Kai plane was damaged severely, federal report finds

Sat, 01/04/2014 - 05:56
The airplane in a Dec. 11 crash, in which state Health Director Loretta Fuddy died during rescue efforts, sustained "substantial damage" after a loss of engine power, according to a preliminary report Monday from the National Transportation Safety Board.

Custom has fish flying out of stores

Sat, 01/04/2014 - 05:56
While Tuesday was New Year's Eve, for many fish markets across Oahu, the day was more like Christmas. Neighborhood seafood stores around the island did their best to keep up with the relentless demand for new-year ahi — a Hawaii tradition — as customers poured through their doors.

Lanikai residents put tongues in cheeks for New Year parade

Sat, 01/04/2014 - 05:56
Lanikai residents plan to clamor and — this year — cry out in their neighborhood streets today for the annual Woes Parade, a play on the iconic Rose Parade.

Radio 'innovator' influenced isle airwaves

Sat, 01/04/2014 - 05:56
Ask him anything about radio and how to make it better, and he would tell you, in specific detail. He was sought out for such answers and spoke from decades of experience and constant research.

911 Report

Sat, 01/04/2014 - 05:56
Waves knock trio into rocky lagoon • 3 arrested in recovery of stolen rental car • Pair held in fraudulent use of credit cards • Sex assault lands Waipahu man in jail • Robbery in Kaimuki park nets 2 arrests

Newswatch

Sat, 01/04/2014 - 05:56
Hawaii County police arrested a 28-year-old Puna woman Monday afternoon in connection with a recent drug-related explosion at a butane honey oil lab on Hawaii island, police said.

Drone Test Site

Sat, 01/04/2014 - 05:56
Hawaii has been selected to be a test bed for increased drone flights as the Federal Aviation Administration seeks to create rules of the air and incorporate an ever-expanding number of the flying robots into the nation's airspace.

Higher rates OK'd for HMSA, Kaiser over care act costs

Sat, 01/04/2014 - 05:56
The state has approved rate hikes for reinstated health plans that were set to be canceled today because they did not meet the requirements of the Affordable Care Act.

Marriage law, Deedy trial, GMO distinguished year

Sat, 01/04/2014 - 05:56
The emotionally charged special session of the Legislature that led to Gov. Neil Abercrombie's signing of the Hawaii Marriage Equality Act was the top local news story of the year, but also dominating the headlines were shark attacks, including two fatalities, a massive molasses spill, the Christopher Deedy murder trial and GMO restrictions:

Family hike at Makiki follows morning golf for Obama

Sat, 01/04/2014 - 05:56
President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, dined with friends at Alan Wong's restaurant Monday night after the family went on a two-hour hike on Makiki Valley Loop Trail. Earlier, the president went for a morning round of golf with friends at the Royal Hawaiian Golf Club in Maunawili.

New York Times: U.S. military ship readied for mission to destroy Syria's chemical weapons

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 05:49
PORTSMOUTH, Va. >> Months after diplomats declared that they had come up with a plan and a timetable to dispose of Syria’s lethal chemical weapons - and with the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to the weapons inspectors - the centerpiece of the mission, a workhorse U.S. military ship that will ferry the weapons to sea for destruction, remains here in port, waiting like a sad bride for her groom.

New York Times: Battle for survival may yield the rain forest’s diversity

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 05:49
The diversity of a tropical rain forest can be hard to fathom for people who have not seen one. Three acres of jungle may be home to more than 650 species of trees - more species than grow in the entire continental United States and Canada combined.

Obituaries

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 05:49
Beatrice Akina • Vicky Haruko Almeida • Lloyd Koichi Amasaki • Fumiko Arakaki • William Lauriano Bacoro • Joann Bettinger Best • Joe Wah Chang • Ah Mo Ching; and more