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Decriminalization remains on table; legalization dead

February 16, 2014 HONOLULU — A bill to legalize recreational marijuana in Hawaii died in committee Thursday. But state lawmakers advanced a measure that could decriminalize possession of up to an ounce of the drug. more »»

Governor names new state health official

February 16, 2014 HONOLULU (AP) — Gov. Neil Abercrombie is naming a pediatrician and administrator to lead the state Department of Health. Abercrombie said in a statement Friday Dr. more »»

State driver’s license test will soon be available in Hawaiian

February 15, 2014 HONOLULU — Even though Hawaiian is one of the official languages of the state, Hawaii residents won’t be able to take driver’s license exams in the language until next month. more »»

Kauai council OKs $75K for defense in GMO case

February 14, 2014 LIHUE (AP) — The Kauai County Council has authorized spending $75,000 to hire attorneys to defend a new law regulating the use of pesticides and genetically modified crops by large agricultural... more »»

Ukulele could become state instrument

February 13, 2014 HONOLULU — Its frisky four strings are the sound of Elvis’ “Blue Hawaii,” of Tiny Tim tiptoeing through the tulips and lately, beyond all reason, of a popular “Bohemian Rhapsody” cover. more »»

Hawaii may elbow therapists out of ads

February 12, 2014 HONOLULU — Massage, spa and escort ads would be restricted under a bill Hawaii lawmakers are considering. The bill targets ads that use the words “massage,” “relaxation,” “escort,” “spa” or “body rub. more »»

Measure takes aim at ‘nasty’ fire ants

February 11, 2014 HONOLULU — Of all the ants in all the world, Hawaii had to get bitten by this one. more »»

Businesses oppose bills proposing stiff taxes on e-smoking devices in the state

February 11, 2014 HONOLULU — Hawaii lawmakers on Monday advanced bills that could heavily tax electronic smoking devices in the state. more »»

Legislature in its 4th week

February 10, 2014 HONOLULU — Big crowds flooded committee hearings last week at the Hawaii Legislature to stump for better regulation of solar power and to push against taxes on electronic smoking devices. more »»

Uproar ends sale of dead sharks

February 10, 2014 HONOLULU (AP) — A Honolulu gift shop has stopped selling bottles containing dead baby sharks following an online uproar. more »»

Ticket sales set record for Bruno Mars’ Hawaii shows

February 9, 2014 HONOLULU (AP) — Tickets for three upcoming Bruno Mars concerts at a Honolulu arena sold out in less than two hours, setting a record for the venue. more »»

Bill to make lying to authorities a crime

February 8, 2014 HONOLULU — Lying to police who are investigating a crime would become at least a misdemeanor under a bill Hawaii lawmakers are advancing. more »»

Student discovers snail in lunch

February 7, 2014 HONOLULU (AP) — Officials at a high school on Hawaii’s Big Island say they’re increasing the level of food inspection at its cafeteria after a student found a snail in his lunch. more »»

Drivers could see exemptions to cell ban

February 7, 2014 HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii drivers would be able to check their cellphones for traffic or weather information while driving, under a bill state lawmakers are considering. more »»

N.Y. teen’s parents aim to endow Hawaii rescuers

February 7, 2014 HONOLULU (AP) — The parents of a New York teen swept out to sea during a Hawaii hiking and kayaking tour plan to use money from settling their wrongful death lawsuit to fund first responders who... more »»

Samaritan’s car stolen after crash

February 6, 2014 HONOLULU — One minute, Jennifer Jones was stopping to help the victims of a one-vehicle crash she witnessed while driving on a Honolulu freewa. more »»

Hawaii may nudge its people to save for long-term care

February 5, 2014 HONOLULU — Hawaii may be getting ready to spend half a million dollars to remind its aging population: Start saving now for long-term care. Lawmakers on Tuesday considered a $7. more »»

Honolulu rail system project expected to progress in ’14

February 4, 2014 HONOLULU (AP) — Despite an unresolved case in federal court, Oahu’s planned rail transit project is scheduled for significant construction work in 2014. more »»

State / In Brief

February 3, 2014 Body of missing man found at park HILO— The body of a missing man has been found at Akaka Falls State Park on the Big Islan. more »»

5 bills draw Hawaii lawmakers’ attention

February 3, 2014 HONOLULU — Hawaii lawmakers this week will consider a bill that could make lying to police illegal and another that would give adopted children full access to their birth records once they turn 18. more »»



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