• Kakaako affordable apartments slow to gain momentum

    The owner of a new Kakaako affordable rental apartment complex is trying to drum up tenant interest this evening with live music plus free cocktails and food after slow leasing activity since August.
    Development firm Gerding Edlen plans a “grand opening” from 5:30 to 9 p.m. to show off model units and amenities at Keauhou Lane, its 209-unit midrise at 502 Keawe St.
    The company began accepting rental applications Aug. 18. Yet despite what industry analysts and government officials des
  • Zipper Lane potholes damage 9 vehicles in rush hour traffic

    The state Department of Transportation responded Monday to multiple reports of vehicles with damaged tires on the Zipper Lane near the merge of the H-1 and H-2 freeways.
    Nine motorists needed help from the Freeway Service Patrol for tires damaged during the morning rush hour commute over a large patch of uneven roadway, with what appear to be multiple layers of potholes. On weekdays the Zipper Lane is open from 5:30 to 9 a.m.
    The FSP helped eight drivers change their tires on the spot, and had t
  • Woman, 49, killed by truck while sunbathing

    A 49-year-old Paia woman died after she was struck by a vehicle Sunday while sunbathing near the top of a hill at Hookipa Beach Park on Maui.
    She has been identified as Pascale Lelan.
    Police said a 20-year-old Haliimaile man operating a silver 2006 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck climbed over a small grass hill next to the lower parking lot of the beach park at approximately 5:04 p.m. Sunday and struck Lelan.
    Lelan was taken to Maui Memorial Medical Center where she later died.
    Police are investigati
  • Tech View: Consider potable water when preparing for the next storm

    As University of Hawaii civil engineering professor Amarajit Singh detailed in an Island Voices op-ed, after a major storm it’s inevitable that raw sewage, storm runoff and other contaminants will leach into our municipal water supplies. Once the system has been compromised, it may be weeks until our water is potable again.
    In short, if the city’s water system is out of commission, you’re going to be responsible for your own drinking water. In an emergency don’t count on
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  • Subway dives into delivery service

    Subway Restaurants is hoping convenience-obsessed Americans will eat more subs if they’re delivered.
    The chain is partnering with UberEats, GrubHub Inc., DoorDash Inc. and Postmates Inc. to start delivery from almost 9,000 of its about 26,000 U.S. restaurants. More stores will offer the service in “coming months,” the company said in a statement Friday.
    Subway is fighting to reverse a slump amid deepening restaurant competition and discounts.
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  • Strike leaves some guests grumbling

    California visitor Ericka Kreeb was counting on a honeymoon in paradise when she splurged on the pricey Sheraton Maui and all the pampering that it entailed.
    Instead, she found herself in the middle of a strike zone. No housekeeping. No towel service. No nightly turn-down. Limited on-property restaurant choices, especially for a vegetarian. No bar attendants to bring those cute tropical drinks with the little umbrellas to her chaise longue by the pool.
    What did she get? Undesired wake-up calls w
  • Some at UH support ballot question despite union

    Although a ballot question on authorizing a surcharge to support public schools is opposed by the University of Hawaii faculty union, a group of more than 118 university faculty and graduate students Monday came out in support of it — arguing approval of the proposal is a way to provide necessary funding to make improvements in a public education system that grossly lags behind others in the country.
    Calling itself Hawaii Scholars for Education and Social Justice, the group says it backs t
  • Shoppers reminisce after Sears’ filing

    The closure of Sears, one of Hawaii’s most venerable general merchandise stores, may not be immediate, but the end is near, retail analysts say.
    “It’s kind of like a bygone era,” said Mike Hamasu,director of consulting and research at Colliers International.
    Sears Holdings Corp., which owns Sears and Kmart stores, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Monday and announced it will shutter 142 storesby year’s end, adding tothe closure previously announced of 46 u
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  • Police lieutenant faces trial on tax fraud charges

    A Honolulu police lieutenant is scheduled to stand trial in December on charges that he filed false state income tax returnsfor the years 2011-2016.
    Eric Y.N. Yiu appeared Monday in state Circuit Court for his arraignment. His lawyer, Howard Luke, pleaded not guilty on his behalf to six counts offiling fraudulent tax returns. Circuit Judge Colette Garibaldi scheduled Yiu’s trialfor the week of Dec. 17. Yiu, 54, remains free on $11,000 bail.
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  • Nuuanu blaze causes $250K in damage

    Fire investigators were unable to determine the cause of a fire that damaged a home in Nuuanu on Sunday.
    Eleven units with 41 firefighters responded to the fire that broke out at 32 Kauila St. shortly before 3 a.m. Sunday. They brought the fire under control at approximately 3:35 a.m. and extinguished it at 5 a.m.
    Honolulu Fire Department spokesman Capt. Scot Seguirant said a group of squatters was reportedly residing under the unoccupied structure and were heard on the property before the fire
  • New clinic aims to reduce number of feral cats

    Dr. Kasey Carter, the Hawaiian Humane Society’s chief veterinarian, has spent the past three weeks spaying and neutering feral cats and dogs in the society’s new specialized clinic, which is gearing up to sterilize 8,000 dogs and cats a year.
    Friends and donors of the Hawaiian Humane Society today are scheduled to tour the $1.1 million Community Spay/Neuter Clinic, as it’s officially known, with the goal of reducing the number of so-called “free-roaming” dogs and ca
  • Marjorie Ziegler, director of Conservation Council for Hawaii, dies at 62

    Marjorie Yasue Fern Ziegler, a passionate advocate for Hawaii’s wildlife and wild places, died unexpectedly at age 62 at her family’s home Wednesday, according to the Conservation Council for Hawaii.
    Raised with a love of nature, Ziegler served as the council’s executive director since 2003 when she became its first full-time staff member. Before that, she worked as a resource analyst for 14 years for the Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund, now known as Earthjustice, protecting end
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  • Kokua Line: Precision on license form helps ensure mail delivery

    Question: Did they ever find out why people aren’t receiving their licenses? What number are we supposed to call? I didn’t pay attention at the time, but now it’s my license that is missing and my temporary is expiring.
    Answer: Oahu residents who applied using their current address and haven’t received their permanent Hawaii driver’s license or state ID in the mail after six weeks should call 768-9128. This is a recorded line. Leave a brief, clear message that inclu
  • Incidental Lives: Mom, tutor join forces to help girl beat dyslexia

    Kapiolani Barber and her husband, Bruno Stempel, knew their daughter needed help, but three years of following every lead and researching every angle had left them with more questions than answers.
    The girl was obviously bright, yet her natural intelligence just didn’t translate to the classroom. By the first grade she was already behind and struggling for footing. Each new school year brought the prospect of losing more ground.
    Barber and Stempel had met with teachers and principals and D
  • General election absentee voting underway

    Voting in the 2018 general election has begun now that the county clerks on three islands sent out tens of thousands of absentee mail-in ballots during the past week.
    The Elections Division of the Kauai county clerk’s office mailed ballots to about 14,000 absentee mail-in voters over the weekend, and those voters should begin receiving their ballots today.
    On Maui a spokeswoman for the clerk’s office said 29,280 ballots were mailed out Oct. 9, and the clerk’s office on Hawaii i
  • Fifth Ward Village condo tower, ‘A‘ali‘i, ready to rise

    Construction is set to start on a condominium tower in Kakaako that will begin to fill in the middle of the Ward Village community planned largely on old retail and warehouse property.
    Developer Howard Hughes Corp. held a groundbreaking ceremony Monday for the tower, called ‘A‘ali‘i.
    The tower will be the fifth to rise out of what Hughes Corp. envisions will be 16 towers and 1 million square feet of retail space on 60 acres in the area formerly known as Ward Centers.
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  • City sued over damage caused by flooding

    The executive director of the Hawaii Public Housing Authority is suing the city over damage caused to his home by April’s flooding.
    Hakim Ouansafi is suing not in his official capacity, but as a homeowner. And he is suing on behalf of hundreds of other East Oahu homeowners who suffered damage from the April 13 flooding. Ouansafi filed a class-action lawsuit in state court on Friday.
    The lawsuit claims that the damage to his home was caused not just by runoff, as the city claims, but also b
  • Second tower adds 245 units to The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach

    The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach will open its Diamond Head tower today, completing a high-demand project that was so successful for the company that it could prompt further Hawaii expansion.
    The opening of the tower adds another 245 oceanview residences to Ritz-Carlton’s Waikiki offerings, which began with the controversial opening of the company’s ‘Ewa Tower in July 2016. Altogether, the project, which is the largest Ritz-Carlton Residences in the world, now offers
  • Second tower adds 245 units to Ritz-Carlton hotel property

    The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach will open its Diamond Head tower today, completing a high-demand project that was so successful for the company that it could prompt further Hawaii expansion.
    The opening of the tower adds another 245 oceanview residences to Ritz-Carlton’s Waikiki offerings, which began with the controversial opening of the company’s ‘Ewa Tower in July 2016. Altogether, the project, which is the largest Ritz-Carlton Residences in the world, now offers
  • Roadwork to close H-1 near Kapolei

    A section of the H-1 freeway near the Kapolei interchange was closed Sunday night and will continue to be closed nightly until Friday as part of the second phase the Kapolei Interchange Complex project.
    Westbound lanes will be closed between the Makakilo Drive overpass to the Campbell Industrial Park/Barbers Point Harbor offramp (Exit 1) from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. through Thursday.
    Eastbound lanes will be closed between the Campbell Industrial Park/Barbers Point Harbor offramp (Exit 1A) and the Wake
  • Rivals compete for Ewa Beach Senate seat

    Matt LoPresti and Kurt Fevella are old Ewa Beach political adversaries whose rivalry is so intense that they have, at different times, called the police on one another.
    Now, the two are facing off for the right to replace state Sen. Will Espero, who gave up his long-time state Senate 19th District (Ewa, Ewa Beach) seat to run for lieutenant governor.
    LoPresti, 44, is the Democratic state representative for Ewa, Ewa Beach, Ewa Villages, Ewa Gentry and Ocean Pointe since 2014, while Fevella, a 51-
  • ‘Monster houses’ bill is criticized as not addressing the cause of the problem

    The draft of a bill designed to crack down on Oahu’s illegal large-scale houses, or so-called monster homes, is already drawing fire — and it hasn’t even gotten its first public hearing.
    The influential Building Industry Association of Hawaii said the Department of Planning and Permitting’s proposal misses the mark, addressing symptoms of the problem but not the cause.
    Marshall Hickox, BIA Hawaii president-elect, said there’s very little in the DPP bill that his org
  • Man shot in head at game room dies

    A 28-year-old man who was shot in the head in an illegal game room in Kalihi last month has died.
    Honolulu police say the man was pronounced dead Sunday. They had previously identified him in court records as Pitulo Vaipapa.
    Prescott S. Kesi, 34, is in custody for the shooting. His bail is $500,000.
    Honolulu District Judge James Kawashima on Oct. 8 found probable cause to have Kesi stand trial for attempted murder after listening to evidence presented in a preliminary hearing. One of the witness
  • Kokua Line: Get paperwork together for second shot at shredding

    Question: Auwe! You didn’t give us enough notice of the free shredding. I need a few days to get my paperwork together and time to arrange a ride since I don’t drive anymore. When is the next one?
    Answer: This Saturday (Oct. 20) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the upper parking lot of Hickam Federal Credit Union’s Pearl City branch, at 1260 Kuala Street.
    You can drop off two business-size boxes of personal documents, which will be destroyed on site, according to a news release from th
  • Kauai’s mayoral candidates prioritize affordable housing

    Two County Councilmen vying for the mayor’s seat for Kauai County are promising to tackle scarce affordable housing and traffic congestion, which are among the main concerns of isle residents.
    Mayoral candidates Derek Kawakami and Mel Rapozo each said they would improve the quality of life for constituents facing a growing population and housing shortage.
    Kawakami, 41, said he would explore turning existing infrastructure into possible projects for affordable housing. “We have a back
  • HPA didn’t stop adult-student affair, report says

    A female supervisor at the Hawaii Preparatory Academy boy’s dormitory on the Big Island was having sex with a male student and officials didn’t do anything to stop her even though they knew or should have known it was happening, according to an independent investigation commissioned by the school.
    The boy’s parents discovered the affair after reading text messages the faculty member sent to their son.
    HPA Head of School Robert McKendry said in a written statement that the schoo
  • Holiday shoppers less likely to procrastinate

    DAYTON, Ohio >> Fewer shoppers plan to procrastinate when it comes to holiday shopping this year, as the peak of the shopping season approaches next month.
    Last year, nearly a quarter of shoppers waited until December to begin looking for gifts, down to about 16 percent this year, according to a survey from BestBlackFriday.com.
    While shopping won’t start as late for many people, sales are gravitating closer to the most active part of the biggest shopping season of the year. About 65
  • Hawaii Preparatory Academy didn’t stop adult-student affair, report says

    A female supervisor at the Hawaii Preparatory Academy boy’s dormitory on the Big Island was having sex with a male student and officials didn’t do anything to stop her even though they knew or should have known it was happening, according to an independent investigation commissioned by the school.
    The boy’s parents discovered the affair after reading text messages the faculty member sent to their son.
    HPA Head of School Robert McKendry said in a written statement that the schoo
  • Firefighters rig rope system to rescue hiker from crevasse

    Maui County firefighters engineered a rope system to rescue a 27-year-old man who fell approximately 60 feet down a little-known trail on Saturday.
    At 6:26 p.m., firefighters responded to an area near mile marker 28 on Piilani Highway, where they found a the man who had fallen from the edge of the trail and was lodged into a crevasse. He had been hiking with a female companion who was uninjured and able to direct rescue crews to his location.
    The man was alert but suffered open fractures to his
  • Volcanic Ash: Putting school tax on ballot lets unions sidestep debate

    Public education was one of the big issues under discussion in 2008 when Hawaii voters last faced a ballot question to convene our first constitutional convention since 1978.
    One hot topic was whether Hawaii’s statewide school system, the only one of its kind in the nation, should be decentralized and rebuilt around the schools and their communities. Advocates felt legislative efforts to shift decision-making and resources from the state office to the schools came up far short.
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