Hawaii Independent Staff

New year brings Hawaii civil unions, updated insurance consumer protection laws Education: Hawaii struggles in its Race to the Top
Hawaii students held signs opposing Furlough Fridays in 2010.
Hawaii same sex couples to ring in 2012 with civil union celebration
Signs in support of Hawaii civil unions stacked at the State Capitol in January. File Photo
Payroll tax cuts officially extended, Obama bound for Hawaii
President Barack Obama pauses after signing H.R. 3765, the “Temporary Payroll Tax Cut Continuation Act of 2011,” in the Oval Office on Friday, December 23. Photo by Pete Souza -- White House
Verbatim: Following futher payroll tax cut delays, Obama calls Washington ‘dysfunctional’
President Barack Obama delivers remarks on the impasse in Congress over the payroll tax cut extension during a statement in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on Thursday, December 22. Photo by Pete Souza -- White House
Hawaii Democrats are struggling → Godzilla lives again at Doris Duke Theatre
Godzilla comes to the Doris Duke Theatre at the Honolulu Academy of Arts. Courtesy Photo
Abercrombie says new budget will make immediate impact without raising taxes
Gov. Neil Abercrombie and State Budget Director Kalbert Young submit the Supplemental Budget for Fiscal Year 2013. Courtesy Photo
City urges residents to recycle Christmas trees City reminds women about fire fighting job opportunities Lack of oversight failing Hawaii’s charter school students
Members of the newly constructed Hawaii Charter School Task Force met with school officials for the first time in July. Courtesy Photo
HTY seeks national student poetry contest entrants Parade to honor WWII veterans
World War II Veterans will be honored over two days this weekend.
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State receives $14.4 million federal grant to help connect Hawaii residents to health care State says planned PV installations at Kauai schools will save $30 million
Gov. Neil Abercrombie announces plans to power Hawaii's public schools with solar energy. Courtesy Photo
Flash Flood Watch issued for Oahu, Molokai, Maui, and Hawaii Island through Wednesday Hirono: Let’s stop wasting time and give our middle class families a tax cut Rail: City Department of Corporation Counsel responds to federal judge’s ruling HonoluluTraffic.com calls judge’s motion a victory for anti-rail activists Murphy’s to benefit children’s charities with gift wrapping party
Donated gifts will go to children's charities.
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City enhances ambulance service from Makiki to Moanalua
The City has enhanced ambulance service.
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Doris Duke Theater to feature novels to film with ‘Bookish!’ series
Doris Duke Theater will feature the Academy Award-winning film From Here to Eternity.
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UH Manoa’s Kuykendall Hall planned to be Hawaii’s first zero net building
UH Manoa's Kuykendall Hall may see a $36 million facelift as part of a White House initiative to create buildings that operate completely independent of fossil fuels. Photo by Drew Wertheime
Abercrombie touts sale of General Obligation Bonds, State’s credit rating
A rainy-day view of the Hawaii State Capitol. The number eight is found throughout the building, signifying the eight major Hawaiian islands. There are eight columns in the front and back of the building, groups of eight mini-columns on the balcony that surrounds the fourth floor and eight panels on the doors leading to the Governor’s and Lieutenant Governor’s chambers.
Executive Chef first to open at Kailua Town Center’s Phase 3 Verbatim: UH law school mourns passing of professor Jon Van Dyke
Professor Van Dyke joined the faculty at the UH law school in 1976, teaching Constitutional Law, International Law, International Ocean Law, and International Human Rights. The William S. Richardson School of Law has created a tribute page for Professor Jon Van Dyke. To send a private message to Professor Van Dyke's family or to contribute to an album of photographs of Professor Van Dyke, email [email protected] Courtesy Photo
Ansaldo rail contract signed
Rail moves forward with Ansaldo's signing a contract with HART.
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Lā Kū‘oko‘a: Volunteers plan to hand-type 60,000 pages of Hawaiian language newspapers
Dozens of newspapers were published in Hawaiian between 1834 and 1949 and were read by an avid and highly literate public. Image by Bishop Museum
State says it spent less than expected on APEC
President Barack Obama concludes the APEC events with a speech at Koolina. Photo by Travis Quezon
Announcement: Kawaiahao Church construction proceeding, more iwi expected to be uncovered BOE member Brian De Lima to speak at Hawaii Island education forum Rail archaeology study to cause street closures Downtown
An archaeological survey will determine rail's cultural impact in Downtown Honolulu.
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UH, DHS release homeless services report
A homeless encampment has taken root at Old Stadium Park in Moiliili.
Photo by Jamie Winpenny
Fatal helicopter crash in East Molokai Shooting adds to local tension, APEC protesters call for justice
The above flyer, bearing the photo of a Kailua man who was shot over the weekend, has been circulated online. Hawaii groups are rallying in the name of the victim, Kollin Elderts, who was allegedly murdered by an armed agent here in Honolulu for APEC.
Arrested Occupy Honolulu members seek community support
Honolulu Police arrested demonstrators taking part in a peaceful protest at Thomas Square this weekend. Courtesy Photo
HPD announces more City parks and facilities closures for APEC security
Several popular Honolulu parks and facilities will be closed to the public during APEC activities.
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ALERT: Heavy rains may bring flash flooding to Oahu, Hawaii Island
A satellite projection from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) of an early November storm over Hawaii.
City to hold public meeting on Ewa Development Plan APEC security restricts traffic cam access
Video for Honolulu traffic cams will be inaccessible to the public during APEC.
City issues sewer work traffic advisory Kakaako development adds 650-foot tower to seaside landscape
A rendering from the Hawaii Community Development Authority depicts planned structures for 690 Pohukaina.
APEC security delays holiday camping permits
Oahu campers will have to wait for holiday permits due to APEC security.
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City dedicates $11M Kalihi-Palama Transit Facility
The Kalihi-Palama Transit Center is intended to help reduce Oahu traffic congestion.
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ACLU offers APEC peaceful protest assistance
The "Occupy" movement is the latest example of organized peaceful protest. Courtesy Photo
Occupy Honolulu welcomes the public to send another message to ‘Wall Street’
Hundreds gathered at Magic Island for Occupy Honolulu's Call To March on October 15. Courtesy Photos
City announces Honolulu’s ‘APEC plan’ Play by acclaimed Okinawan writer premieres at Orvis
Fay Chun and Jim Phelps star in The Cocktail Party. Photo by Dennis Nishihara
Community paint exchange aims to make recycling easier on Maui
A Maui community effort encourages paint recycling. Courtesy Photo
Rail work accidentally interrupts Honolulu’s ability to view traffic Mark Glick to head State Energy Office Hawaii Energy puts a bounty on ‘energy hogs’
This chart shows the barrels of oil used to generate electricity each month in Hawaii. Electricity consumes about 30 percent of Hawaii's imported oil. The good news is that the oil usage is sloping downward. However, the decrease is most likely due to the economic downturn. Data from the State of Hawaii's Department of Business, Economic Development, & Tourism (DBEDT)
World Invitational Hula Festival changes venue
The World Invitational Hula Festival will be held at Blaisdell Center. Photo by Brian Schuckburgh
Let’s Move! event encourages healthy living in Leeward Oahu Zombie pub crawl rises up for charity in Chinatown Friday
The zombies are coming!
Rediscover respect: Hawaii LGBT students, workers remembered on National Coming Out Day Unite Here Local 5 to send another message with ‘Boycott Hyatt’ rally
Unite Here Local 5 rallies outside of the Hyatt Regency in Waikiki in September. Courtesy Photo
Officials seek anti-bullying plan for every Hawaii school
8th graders at Kealakehe Intermediate School on Hawaii Island took part in an Anti-Bullying March this summer. Courtesy Photo
Free admission, transport to UH Football, Wahine Volleyball for students Ex-HI GOP legislator John Carroll to run for U.S. Senate
Former state legislator John Carroll will run as a Republican for U.S. Senate
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The ARTS at Mark’s Garage to hold Haunted Garage auditions USS Missouri invites public to ‘plant one on” to honor WWII vets
Robert and Virginia Rosborough of New York reenact this famous WWII Times Square kiss while at the Battleship Missouri Memorial
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Waialae Ave. traffic study to close lane, limit parking Oil in the Alley to go electric at Improvaganza
Oil in the Alley on stage.
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2012 Congressional Medal of Honor convention in Honolulu
(L-R) Army, Navy/Marine Corps, and Air Force medals of honor.
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Princess Kailuani Elementary to receive sustainable landscaping facelift
Native plants will be installed at Princess Kaiulani ELementary's Kalihi campus.
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Rail soil testing to close Kamehameha Hwy lanes in Pearl City
Soil testing for the planned rail project will close lanes of Kamehameha Highway in Pearl City.
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Kahi Mohala Behavioral Health celebrates renovations Alapai Street lane closures begin Thursday UH receives grant for invasive snail study
Apple snails threaten our ecosystem, including taro.
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Court upholds rail contract decision
Rail as planned Downtown.
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Pacific Roller Derby to honor troops
Pacific Roller Derby in action.
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First Annual Lanikai Surf Festival to celebrate the ocean lifestyle
Lanikai is the perfect place to celebrate the ocean lifestyle.
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5 Hawaii high schools honored by PBS Hawaii
2011 HIKI NO Award winners from 5 Hawaii high schools
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President Obama challenges Congress to pass American Jobs Act
President Barack Obama addresses Congress on his American Jobs Act.
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Hyatt Regency Waikiki union workers walk off job
Striking Local 5 workers.
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Kumu Kahua Theatre presents ‘Cane Fields Burning’
Evelyn Leung in Cane Fields Burning.
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White House calls on Americans to petition federal government, 5,000 signatures to get there
Marine One prepares for landing on the White House South Lawn. The U.S. Administration is trying to guide social media toward government participation. Photo by C.M. Fitzpatrick
City Reapportionment Commission to discuss redistricting proposals Kauai community forum: Lawmakers to talk about budget, highway projects UH Manoa dean search is on Thielen to speak at European wave energy conference
A prototype wave farm in Scotland.
Iolani Palace to offer living history tours to commemorate Queen’s birthday
Iolani Palace celebrates Queen Liliuokalani's birthday on Sunday.
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City sewer projects to impact Oahu traffic Maui County seeking vendors for Philadelphia flower show
The theme of the Philadelphia Flower Show is "Hawaii, Islands of Aloha."
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Hawaii Island senator to hold ‘frank’ public forums Grant ties Native Hawaiian education opportunities to support of Haleakala development Grant ties Native Hawaiian education opportunities to support of Haleakala development
An artist's rendition of the Advanced Technology Solar Telescope atop Haleakala.
Verbatim: Major conflicts of interest with Honolulu Rail Transit consulting firm
A preliminary rendering of the Pearlridge rail station. Courtesy Photo
Honolulu City Council to discuss fuel tax, electrical and gas projects HPD reminds Oahu drivers about checkpoints, don’t drink and drive Roller derby ladies skate for school drive
In 2008, Pacific Roller Derby brought back the excitement of roller derby back to Honolulu. Courtesy Photo
City bill proposes public video surveillance during APEC Honolulu City Council committee to discuss commercial activity at public parks UH president says proposed 46 percent tuition increase is ‘reasonable’ Hilo charter school files lawsuit against school board, Ethics Commission Alzheimer’s Association walk looking for participants Honolulu info accessible through new City apps UH researchers working on early detection of liver cancer 9/11 remembrance ceremony scheduled at Tamarind Park Brush fires the cause of Molokai 911 outage yesterday