Tax Freedom Day celebrated

For the past three and a half months, you’ve been working for Uncle Sam and his state counterpart. Let’s call her Auntie Aloha. Today, you start working for yourself.

Local News

OCP advises about mortgage rescue scam

Hundreds of distressed homeowners facing foreclosure in Hawaii were likely misled by a loan modification program operated by the Homeowner Legal Assistance Association (HLAA), a Florida corporation, for approximately 17 months in 2009 and 2010, according to an investigation conducted by the Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs’ (DCCA) Office of Consumer Protection (OCP).

Local Sports


Expanded infertility coverage weighed

HONOLULU — When Piilani Smith was diagnosed with infertility at the doctor’s office and chose to pursue fertility treatment, she was shocked by what she learned.


Things people never say in hospice

Four years of my professional life were spent working in hospice. Director of bereavement and pastoral care. Simply put, four of the best years of my life. Creative, energizing and a daily learning curve. A downer? Absolutely not! Quite the opposite. More hopeful, inspirational, meaningful.

Let’s Talk Food: 16th annual Hilo Culinary Classic

Hollyn Johnson, the photographer for the Hawaii Tribune-Herald, did a wonderful job taking photos at the 16th annual Hilo Culinary Classic on Friday, April 4, which were featured in the Tuesday, April 8, Grinds section. Her photos made all entries look so tantalizing!


HTFG conference expands to 6 locales

The 24th annual Hawaii International Tropical Fruit Conference will be staged Sept. 12-14 on Maui, and will continue Sept. 15-19 with daylong mini-sessions on Molokai, Oahu, Kauai and the Big Island, in Hilo and Kona.

State museums association to host annual event April 25

The Hawaii Museums Association annual membership meeting and conference — “Museums 20/20: Vision &Visitors” — is slated for 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, April 25, at the Manoa Grand Ballroom at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii in Honolulu.


Piano quartet spanning Pacific concludes Concert Society season

With the help of well-known Honolulu virtuosos Iggy Jang on violin and Jonathan Korth playing the piano, plus powerhouse string players from either side of the Pacific Ocean, the Hawaii Concert Society is reviving a popular musical form from the 19th century to conclude its 2013-14 season.



Social Security halts collection of old debts

WASHINGTON — The Social Security Administration is suspending a program in which thousands of people were having their tax refunds seized to recoup overpayments that happened more than a decade ago.


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