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College student aims to establish local music program


Updated on  January 20, 2018 at 10:29 pm
Christopher Yick had a dream of someday coming home, “Like LeBron going back to the Cavs,” he said, but instead of hoops, it’s strings. The dream has changed a bit since he left Hawaii for college. Now, the focus is more on the team and the town. Read More

Somebody needs to get fired over false missile alarm


Updated on  January 17, 2018 at 11:30 am
Somebody ought to be fired, and if it’s not the person who actually sent out the doomsday text, then it’s those along the chain of command who think saying, “Sorry, it won’t happen again” will suffice. Read More

Community would help homeless if a good solution is presented


Updated on  January 5, 2018 at 9:57 pm
The homeless people who stubbornly set up camp along the Kakaako Waterfront were rousted (again), offered help and temporary shelter (again) but instead (again) took up residence a few blocks mauka on another public space, Mother Waldron Park. Read More

Theater artist greets new year with high hair drama


Updated on  December 30, 2017 at 11:53 pm
All those typical New Year’s resolutions? Friston Hookano has gotten a jump on them already. Read More
 

Islanders speak volumes with silence

First of all, things are changing, and it is no longer true that Hawaii operates on a “don’t make waves,” “no talk stink,” “the nail that sticks up gets the hammer” kind of code. Read More
Updated on  December 28, 2017 at 10:17 pm

Bank employee bonuses add to hopeful signs for workers


Updated on  December 26, 2017 at 9:52 pm
You can just imagine the flurry of emails and texts that whizzed around between bank executives and board members starting last Friday afternoon. Read More

Waipahu may be the most festive town on the island


Updated on  December 23, 2017 at 9:42 pm
Stars flashing, lights pulsing over handrails, LED icicles cascading from tarpaulin carports — it can be argued that Waipahu is the most Christmassy town on the island. Read More
 

Family of robbery victim, 94, asks for help


Updated on  December 21, 2017 at 12:08 am
On Saturday around 6 p.m., a 94-year-old woman answered her apartment door at Pohai Nani retirement community thinking it was her grandchild. Read More

Even the smallest hole in the road can sink political ambitions


Updated on  December 19, 2017 at 9:57 pm
The crime rate can be way down, the city can be almost litter-free, the lines at the DMV and for summer fun registration can be magically nonexistent, but none of that matters in a voter’s assessment if there is a single ill-placed pothole. Potholes can make or break the career of a local politician. Read More

Aloha Airlines employees plan reunion to mark 10 years since shutdown


Updated on  December 16, 2017 at 9:20 pm
In March, it will be 10 years since Aloha Airlines shut down. This is a story about a reunion being planned for Aloha employees, but also about how the soul of the airline has lived on past the company’s abrupt end. Read More

Amid cancer fight, Hirono’s force seems to grow

Mazie Hirono said her piece, turned away from the camera and I swear, icicles formed and broke in that D.C. hallway because she was so cold. Read More
Updated on  December 15, 2017 at 12:44 am

Better locks won’t solve Hawaii problems rooted in mental illness

Last month, a psychiatric patient deemed dangerous, a man who had admitted to a brutal murder for which he was found not guilty by reason of insanity, slipped away unnoticed from the Hawaii State Hospital and managed to get all the way to California before anybody reported he was gone. Read More
Updated on  December 13, 2017 at 2:07 pm

Last person to finish marathon makes friends along the way


Updated on  December 12, 2017 at 1:59 pm
At 4 p.m. Sunday, Richard Kiyabu Jr. was heading home on Kalanianaole Highway. Read More

Wave-riding, rat-hunting adventures fill Hemmings’ memoir

Fred Hemmings has some stories to tell. He’s like that one relative you’re happy to see at holiday dinners because you know he’ll keep things interesting with his anecdotes. Read More

The wave of #metoo reckonings has not reached Hawaii yet


Updated on  December 7, 2017 at 11:50 pm
There is still a culture of quiet in place here. People deal with things in their own way and want to keep dirty stuff private, even if they’re the innocent victim. Read More

New chief’s straight talk a remarkable change for HPD


Updated on  December 5, 2017 at 11:53 pm
Something amazing happened over the weekend. The Honolulu Police Chief held a press conference. Read More

Attack siren causes mass nonhysteria in Waikiki


Updated on  December 3, 2017 at 10:04 am
You can’t hear the warning sirens on parts of Waikiki Beach. Yeah. There are apparently lots of places where the sirens can’t be heard. Read More

HPD officers recognized for acts of bravery


Updated on  December 1, 2017 at 7:57 pm
Michael Mochizuki has been bugging me to cover the Honolulu Police Department quarterly awards. Read More

Black Friday shifted quickly from calamity to holiday

The answer was supposed to be “Christmas!” It was an easy question, and it was posed to a child of about 6 — an age when Christmas is presumed to be on a child’s mind all year long. Read More
Updated on  November 28, 2017 at 10:20 pm

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