Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Pirates of the Caribbean brings Hollywood to Hawaii, well-being tops in the nation, Oahu hotels expect improvement, survey anti-smoking, more top news

It's Hollywood in Hawaii, as the Black Pearl arrives.  That's the ship featured in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" films.

One of the stars of "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" isn't waiting around for Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz to hit wardrobe and makeup.

A national survey reports Hawaii finally leads America in something good: our sense of well-being.

There was a stunt scare at Kualoa. Firefighters thought they needed to save a life.It turns out the "emergency" was an action scene being filmed near Chinaman's Hat.

Hawai'i's hotel executives expect to see some improvement in Waikīkī bookings this year but caution that the recovery may take longer on the Neighbor Islands.

Mayor Mufi Hannemann's personal attacks on Gov. Linda Lingle are hurting the city's plans for rail transit, according to rail supporter and candidate for governor U.S. Rep. Neil Abercrombie.

Ninety-two percent of respondents in a recent survey agreed that a portion of Hawai'i's tobacco settlement monies should be dedicated for programs to reduce smoking among minors and to other quit-smoking programs, the Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Hawaii said Monday.

Living legend Dorothy "Auntie Dottie" Thompson, 89, waves to the crowd of friends and family members who press in to congratulate her Saturday after her award as the YWCA Hawaii Island Remarkable Person for 2010 in a ceremony at the YWCA community hall on Ululani Street.

Last December, 16-year-old June Mohr, of Kailua-Kona, rang bells for The Salvation Army during its holiday collection drive and sent 50 care packages to soldiers overseas.

Nobody saw it or heard anything, but the evidence was gruesomely evident the next morning: 17 sheep and goats in three paddocks on an Olinda property, dead.

While New Orleans and the nation celebrates Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, here in Hawai‘i, the population celebrates the day before Lent as Malasada Tuesday, or Malasada Day