Monday, March 8, 2010

Tax breaks help tourism, shark fins under attack, Honolulu newspaper employees discuss media merger with union, more top Hawaii news

State tax breaks helped finance a bank commercial, a Merrie Monarch Festival television special and music videos produced by a Honolulu Symphony Orchestra affiliate.

A study of plastic debris floating in the Pacific between Hawaii and California shows researchers have been sharply understating the amount of trash there.

Hawai'i public schools have begun testing a new online version of the state's annual assessment exam, which officials say will be a better gauge of student progress than the current paper-pencil test, once it is rolled out next school year.

A state senator wants to ban shark fins in Hawaii, not just for conservation reasons, but because the animal is considered a native Hawaiian deity.

Norman and Jennifer Shishido, of Kaimukī, readily acknowledge that mopeds are a convenient, relatively inexpensive means of transportation for many people

Hundreds of employees at Hawaii's two largest newspapers gathered for what was described as a "somber" meeting Sunday night

Hundreds of Star-Bulletin and Advertiser employees met at Washington Middle School for several hours Sunday afternoon to talk over their uncertain futures.

Getting called to put out a fire. That's what a former Honolulu fire captain is used to doing.

Fire crews on the Big Island were working Saturday night to contain a stubborn brush fire in Waikoloa.

More than 300 acres of fountain grass and open land had been consumed,

An 86-year-old Puna man is desperately seeking justice for his murdered son and closure for himself.

Less than eight hours after another two lives were lost in separate accidents on Queen Kaahumanu Highway, Kealakehe High School students took a stand against drunken driving on Saturday.

Kula Hospital has received $5 million in state funding to add 15 long-term beds - a long-awaited development that would relieve Maui Memorial Medical Center of some patients occupying acute-care beds.

Koloa School is one of the few schools that does not have a school garden, Suzanne Kashiwaeda said Friday.

The Kauai County Charter Review Commission last week advanced a proposal that, if approved by voters, would simultaneously broaden and weaken the scope of the Code of Ethics, specifically its rules governing contracts.

A long-term plan that hopes to transform downtown Lihu‘e into a pedestrian paradise replete with sidewalk cafes, outdoor shopping areas, landscaping and streetscapes took another step toward becoming reality when the Kaua‘i County Council unanimously passed it Wednesday.