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University of Hawaii athletics must tackle fiscal woes


BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - HONOLULU — The University of Hawaii Athletic Department has faced a series of fiscal and staffing troubles in recent months, leading legislators, administrators and regents to debate the future of the state’s only athletic program. With an annual budget of around $30 million, the athletic department has operated in the red for 11 […]

December 17th, 2014 | Posted in Today in Hawaii | Read More »

Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders coach Hawaii's military youth

Photo by Dan Devens

KANEOHE - Eleven Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders were in Hawaii this week as a part of the team’s effort to reach out to military families stationed here. Over the weekend, the Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders worked with grade school cheerleaders whose parents are stationed at the Marine Corps Base Hawaii. The Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders also attended three separate […]

December 16th, 2014 | Posted in Today in Hawaii | Read More »

Ben Jay resigns early as University of Hawaii's AD

Ben Jay, Athletics Director, University of Hawaii

HONOLULU - Citing family issues, University of Hawaii Athletics Director Ben Jay announced Tuesday he will resign six months from now in June 2015. After two years on the job, he potentially leaves behind a department deficit of $3 million for the next director to contend with. The department has struggled with finances, reporting a budget deficit […]

December 10th, 2014 | Posted in Today in Hawaii | Read More »

US Coast Guard, Police, Prepare for First Family's Holiday Arrival

Kailua security zone (US Coast Guard)

KAILUA – The now familiar signs that President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, daughters Sasha and Malia and First Dogs will be arriving in Hawaii for Christmas are appearing in the close knit beachside community on Oahu’s windward side. On Wednesday, Honolulu police conducted roadside drills along the route the President’s caravan takes, from the H-1 Freeway beginning around the Joint Base Pearl […]

December 10th, 2014 | Posted in Today in Hawaii | Read More »

Man gets 33 months in prison after threatening to decapitate congresswoman

Aniruddha Sherbow

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN- HONOLULU -Threatening to decapitate a congresswoman has landed a former Hawaii resident in federal prison. Aniruddha Sherbow, 44, was sentenced Monday to 33 months in federal prison after threatening to “beat” and “decapitate” U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii. The threats began in 2011 when Gabbard was a member of the Honolulu City Council and […]

December 9th, 2014 | Posted in Today in Hawaii | Read More »

Six weeks behind bars for seven lives? Pflueger released from prison months ahead of schedule

James Pflueger

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - HONOLULU – James Pflueger’s Oct. 15 sentencing in Kauai’s 5th circuit court caused a great stir in the islands after he was given just seven months in prison on a reckless endangering charge. Pflueger, 89, had earlier pleaded "no contest" to recklessly causing the deaths of 7 people when his Ka Loko […]

November 29th, 2014 | Posted in Special Investigation,Today in Hawaii | Read More »

University of Hawaii won't talk about sex education program

NOT THE THREE R’S: McDermott holds up a copy of notes from an 11-year-old student enrolled in the sex education classes in the state’s public schools. (file photo)

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - HONOLULU – Hawaii State Rep. Bob McDermott is slamming the University of Hawaii over its refusal to disclose data collected from middle school students during a controversial sex education program. The Hawaii State Department of Education conducts “Pono Choices,” a sex education program for 11-, 12- and 13-year-olds, in partnership with university researchers […]

November 25th, 2014 | Posted in Today in Hawaii | Read More »

Hawaii political action committee under fire for non-disclosure

IS IT A CRIME? Former Gov. Ben Cayetano convinced campaign spending commissioners to refer his complaint against a super PAC that targeted him during the 2012 election to the prosecutor for further criminal action

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - HONOLULU – Hawaii’s state campaign spending commissioners want the Honolulu city prosecutor to investigate a case brought by former Gov. Ben Cayetano against Pacific Resource Partnership’s political action committee. Pacific Resource Partnership, an affiliate of the Hawaii Carpenters Union, didn't disclose several hundred thousand dollars it spent on consultants in an effort […]

November 21st, 2014 | Posted in Today in Hawaii | Read More »

Hawaii’s billions in unfunded retirement liabilities part of national trend


BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - HONOLULU — A new report from State Budget Solutions, a national nonprofit organization focusing on states’ fiscal responsibility, warns it’s time for newly elected state officials in Hawaii and throughout the country to address unfunded liabilities in the retirement system. The share of Hawaii’s $30-billion unfunded liability per resident is $21,852, the seventh highest […]

November 20th, 2014 | Posted in Today in Hawaii | Read More »

Ag giants sue to stop Maui’s anti-GMO initiative


HONOLULU — Monsanto Co. and Dow Chemical Co. are challenging a law in Maui County. The law, approved by voters Nov. 4, bans cultivation and experiments with genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. The agricultural giants filed a lawsuit Thursday in federal court. The companies seek to prevent the law from going into effect and invalidate it altogether. […]

November 18th, 2014 | Posted in Today in Hawaii | Read More »

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