Honolulu News for May 15th 2013

State will spend $87000 on mailing blunders
(Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Advertiser). Two erroneous mailings to 250,000 Quest health insurance members will cost state taxpayers $176,254. The Department of Human Services Med-Quest Division, which manages the Medicaid health insurance More…

Jurors deliberate in Honolulu highway rampage case
HONOLULU (AP) — There wasn't enough evidence presented to prove the Wahiawa man accused of going on a deadly Honolulu highway shooting rampage intended to kill, his defense attorney told jurors in his closing argument Tuesday. Jurors began More…

2 Honolulu Zoo workers selected as semi-finalists in wildlife TV contest
2 Honolulu Zoo workers selected as semi-finalists in wildlife TV contest. 1 hour ago. A pair of educators working at the Honolulu Zoo may have a new job. Stephanie Arnie and Charles Lee are both semi-finalists in the mutual of Omaha Wild Kingdom “Wild More…

Apologetic Hawaii mechanic to buy new copter, car
HONOLULU (AP) — The mechanic who is taking the blame for last week's helicopter crash landing in downtown Honolulu says he's buying a new copter for the company that leased the aircraft. He's also buying a new car for the college student whose parked More…

State will spend $87000 on mailing blunders
(Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Advertiser). The state said the cost of two erroneous mailings to 250,000 Quest health insurance members totaled $86,888. The Department of Human Services Med-Quest Division, which manages the Medicaid health insurance More…

Water 'billing fee' double the trouble
~~<p>Honolulu water ratepayers' response to a doubling of the billing fee is suffering from what could be described as Last Straw Syndrome. Costs are going up on everything, including the water rates. The boost is meant to cover long-overdue More…

Hawaii refracts on team names; 'Rainbow' back
HONOLULU — Hawaii's athletic department is scrapping a plan to drop the word "Rainbow" from its men's teams' nicknames. The university announced Tuesday it is changing its football, baseball and other men's team nicknames to the Rainbow Warriors – a More…

Honolulu highway rampage trial nears conclusion
HONOLULU (AP) — A pastor's son accused of going on a Honolulu highway shooting rampage and killing a mother of 10 will not be testifying in his defense. Toby Stangel stood in court Monday as the judge informed him of his rights to testify or remain More…

Featured Art Exhibition: 'Landscape in New World' at Honolulu Museum of Art
Today, we feature the 'Landscape in the New World' exhibition at the Honolulu Museum of Art in Hawaii! Fascinated by the mountain ranges of North America, captivated by the volcanoes and rainforests of the tropics, and comforted by the pastoral More…

Two Honolulu zoo workers selected as semi-finalists in Wildlife tv contest
A pair of educators working at the Honolulu zoo may have a new job. Stephanie Arnie and Charles Lee are both semi-finalists in the mutual of Omaha wild kingdom “Wild Guide” contest. The winner gets $10,000 dollars and will host a new online show about More…

Container ship rescues sailor 425 miles off Kiribati's Christmas Island in
HONOLULU, Hawaii – A container ship rescued a 58-year-old Australian mariner who called for help after the autopilot system on his vessel failed. The U.S. Coast Guard said Tuesday the Kota Wangi's crew rescued the man Monday night. He was about 425 More…

HONOLULU Magazine wins at Hawaii Publishers Association Pa'i
HONOLULU Magazine took home nine awards on May 9 from the Hawaii Publishers Association's annual Pa'i Awards. More…

Honolulu highway rampage trial nears conclusion
HONOLULU (AP) — The murder trial against a pastor's son accused of going on a Honolulu highway shooting rampage and killing a mother of 10 is wrapping up. Closing arguments in Toby Stangel's trial are expected Tuesday. Jurors will likely begin More…

Rail authority seeking artwork for stations and facilities
Mayor Kirk Caldwell and Dan Grabauskas, executive director of the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation, spoke about the public art program for rail stations today outside of Honolulu Hale. (Krystle Marcellus/kmarcellus@staradvertiser.com More…

Hawaii Guard helps in hunt for drug smugglers
According to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser (http://is.gd/h2Zzz1 ), two Guard helicopters from Hilo, with between five and 10 soldiers, are flying missions along a portion of the 1,250-mile border on the Rio Grande River. The Guard says the deployment of More…

Pacific Wings pulling out of Hawaii
It now only serves Honolulu, Kahului and Kona in addition to Hoolehua. Its final day of service in Hawaii will be June 15. Parent company Pacific Air Holdings, which is based in Mesa, Ariz., also operates New Mexico Airlines. Pacific Wings was founded More…

TSA confiscates gunpowder at Honolulu airport
Routine screening of checked baggage at Honolulu Airport last week turned up two one-pound cans of black powder which were confiscated. Transportation Security Administration said the two cans of rifle powder were discovered May 8 in a bag bound for a More…

Where's The Pork? Honolulu City Council Dishes Out The Earmarks
Millions of dollars in taxpayer funds are being funneled to nonprofits and other special interest groups with little public vetting or oversight through a series of earmarks placed in Mayor Kirk Caldwell's budget by Honolulu City Council members. This More…

An Aloha State of mind – Vancouver Sun
Norwegian spawned cruising in Hawaii by berthing three ships in Honolulu to visit the islands. Good idea, but there was too much capacity and service suffered. Only one of Norwegian's ship remains, the 2,100-passenger Pride of America, and its prices More…

Honolulu's Thomas Square Upgrade Steeped In Controversy
Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell has more to think about than just planting grass and building statues if he wants to successfully renovate Thomas Square. The downtown park has been the central battleground in debates over free speech and homelessness for More…

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