State disaster fund depleted

The state of Hawaii depleted its Major Disaster Fund in response to Tropical Storm Iselle, according to a Thursday letter sent by Gov. Neil Abercrombie to President Barack Obama seeking federal assistance.

Local News

Kahakai CERT meeting Thursday

The Kahakai Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is holding a community meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Kahakai Elementary School in Hawaiian Beaches.

Local Sports

State

Gov. candidates talk economic development

KAPOLEI, Oahu — Hawaii can stimulate its economy and generate jobs without raising taxes, the state’s four gubernatorial candidates said during a forum Tuesday.

Domestic abuse law draws criticism

HONOLULU (AP) — A new Hawaii law that makes domestic violence a felony if it’s committed in the presence of children has been criticized as excessive and vague.

Features

A Foodie in Walla Walla Washington

Walla Walla, Washington, is known for its sweet onions and great wines. We drove from Portland, Ore., and picked up Bob and Christine at the Walla Walla Airport. Harold, Yoshie, Tommy and Wendy were also at the airport but somehow, their GPS took them to the corn and wheat fields of Walla Walla and they finally showed up an hour or so later to our home for the next few days, Cameo Heights Mansion in Touchet. And here I thought they started to drink Washington wines without us!

When is a pineapple ready to pick?

A loha, Garden Guy — I have a white pineapple patch and it is producing many pineapples. I do not know how to tell when a white pineapple is ripe.

Community

Kahakai CERT meeting Thursday

The Kahakai Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is holding a community meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Kahakai Elementary School in Hawaiian Beaches.

Boy Scouts of Hawaii honors CPB CEO John Dean

The Aloha Council of the Boy Scouts of America recently presented its Hawaii’s Distinguished Citizen Award to Central Pacific Bank CEO and Chairman John C. Dean at its annual awards dinner on Oahu.

Benefit held for storm victims

Mahalo to all of the employees of the County of Hawaii who helped with storm relief efforts by collecting and donating 809 pounds of food, water and supplies for Kokua Puna, a drive for those affected by Tropical Storm Iselle. On Friday, Aug. 22, people gave 723 pounds of food and water, and 86 pounds of nonfood supplies, along with donations of $220. Collected items were given to Hawaii Island United Way and the Hawaii Food Basket for distribution in Puna.

Entertainment/People

Kahilu shows to be broadcast on HPR

Kahilu Theater in Waimea will present the first of three “Applause From The Kahilu” concerts Sunday at 4 p.m. The concert will showcase Hawaii Island artists and will be recorded for broadcast by Hawaii Public Radio.

Commentary

Picking on for-profit colleges

By 2020, America will once again have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world.” So President Obama told Congress in his 2009 State of the Union address, when he called on every American to commit to at least one year or more of higher education or career training.

United States: Wrong-way nation

Gov. Rick Perry of Texas is running for president again. What are his chances? Will he once again become a punch line? I have absolutely no idea. This isn’t a horse-race column.

Nation

Federal prosecutions not easy in police shootings

WASHINGTON — As the Justice Department probes the police shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old in Missouri, history suggests there’s no guarantee of a criminal prosecution, let alone a conviction.

IG: Shoddy care by VA didn’t cause Phoenix deaths

WASHINGTON — Government investigators found no proof that delays in care caused veterans to die at a Phoenix VA hospital, but they found widespread problems that the Veterans Affairs Department is promising to fix.

American woman is being held hostage in Syria

WASHINGTON — The Islamic State militant group is holding hostage a young American woman who was doing humanitarian aid work in Syria, a family representative said Tuesday. The 26-year-old woman is the third American known to have been kidnapped by the militant group.

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