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July 14, 2013
The Associated Press

Six paintings taken from Midway to Oahu

HONOLULU - Six large 1940s paintings from Midway Atoll are in a new home at the Pacific Aviation Museum in Pearl Harbor.

The 8-by-12-foot murals depict scenes symbolic of U.S. involvement in World War II. The images include planes aboard an aircraft carrier, troops storming a beach and a battleship at sea.

They were painted by Victor Nels Solander, whose Seabee unit was stationed on Midway in 1944 and 1945. The paintings hung inside Midway's theater until recently.

Today Midway is a national wildlife refuge.

Refuge manager Sue Schulmeister said in a statement that the theater's walls and ceiling have been deteriorating and she knew the paintings would be lost if they weren't moved to a more stable environment.

The murals are on loan to the museum for at least four years.


Judge urges reconsideration of rail route

HONOLULU - A Hawaii federal court judge says Honolulu officials should reconsider a planned city rail line that ends at a shopping mall instead of the University of Hawaii's Manoa campus.

Judge Susan Oki Mollway in a letter Monday on behalf of the court says a tunnel path under Beretania Street should be considered as a more prudent route.

The rail route is the subject of a federal lawsuit.

The Honolulu Star Advertiser reported that Mollway and other Hawaii judges have recused themselves from the case. They say a route near the court building poses a security risk.

A report by rail officials last month said tunneling under Beretania Street would be too expensive.

Mollway says she's surprised her letter caused a stir and that judges were speaking in their administrative role, not a judicial role.


Rail art program sees strong interest

HONOLULU - A committee is reviewing hundreds of submittals to create public art in stations of Honolulu's planned rail system.

The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation said more than 400 art submittals were received by the deadline, which was extended by a week.

The authority put out a nationwide call for artists for the $5 million public art program. The project will highlight work created by artists who have a strong understanding of and affinity for Hawaii's history and culture.

After review by the transit art committee, those who qualify will compete for 25 art opportunities.


Production starts on new 'Five-0' season

HONOLULU - Production is starting on the fourth season of the CBS TV series "Hawaii Five-0."

Executive Producer Peter Lenkov gathered with the cast and crew for a traditional Hawaiian blessing Wednesday to celebrate the start of a new season.

The show is a contemporary take on a classic series about an elite crime-fighting team starring actors Alex O'Loughlin and Daniel Dae Kim.

CBS is planning a September premier on Waikiki Beach.


Honolulu council OKs park smoking ban

HONOLULU - The Honolulu City Council is moving to ban smoking at city parks, beaches and bus stops.

The council passed two bills covering the bans Wednesday. Mayor Kirk Caldwell is expected to sign the measures.

Currently the city bans smoking at only some beaches, including Ala Moana and Sandy's.

Supporters say the broader ban would help the environment and make public recreational spaces healthier for beach and park users. But opponents say the prohibitions would go too far and encroach on people's rights.


'Go for Broke' vets awarded Bronze Star

HONOLULU - Two "Go for Broke" veterans in their 90s are being belatedly recognized for their service in World War II.

Ninety-one year-old Seichi Sakaida and 92-year-old Clarence Tamayori both served in the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, a segregated unit of mostly Japanese-Americans.

KHON reported that Hawaii Army National Guard Col. Roberts Lesher formally presented the men with Bronze Star medals Wednesday.

The 442nd Regimental Combat Team is the most highly decorated military unit in U.S. history for its size and length of service.



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