Wealth gap bad for state’s tax revenue

HONOLULU — A new report on the nation’s growing income gap finds that stagnant wages for most Americans have dampened consumer spending, and that’s bad for states like Hawaii that depend heavily on sales taxes to keep their governments running.

Proposed cesspool rules create a stink

A draft plan by the state Department of Health is raising a stink among local real estate agents and builders who say proposed rules requiring that septic tank systems replace cesspools could add $10,000 to the price of a new home and make buying and selling existing homes less affordable.

Local News

Police warn of phone scam

Police are warning the public about a telephone scam from a caller claiming to be from Publisher’s Clearing House.

Local Sports

Musings from Manoa: Football identity is “Just win, baby’

HONOLULU — It may not improve University of Hawaii football coach Norm Chow’s Q rating, and it may not fill up the stands at Aloha Stadium as quickly as athletic director Ben Jay would like … but the Rainbow Warriors appear to have developed their 2014 identity:

College soccer: UHH men sink Chaminade

The match was scoreless, but the University of Hawaii at Hilo achieved its first objective — forming a solid structure defensively — in the early-going against Chaminade.


Exhibit explains OGG code

WAILUKU, Maui (AP) — A new exhibit at Kahului Airport will help travelers understand the meaning behind the Maui airport’s three-letter code.


Should you switch to a gluten-free diet?

I was very intrigued by the August issue of Cooking Light regarding gluten-free foods. It states that although only 1 percent of the population suffers from celiac disease, more than 30 percent of Americans avoid gluten. This trend has created a $105 billion a year business.

Some Christians arm selves as Middle East perils mount

QAA, Lebanon — Every day about sunset, dozens of residents of this small Lebanese Christian village on the border carry their automatic rifles and deploy on surrounding hills, taking up positions and laying ambushes in case Muslim extremists from neighboring Syria attack.


AVID seeks Kealakehe High tutors

AVID, or Advancement Via Individual Determination, is seeking volunteers to facilitate tutoring sessions at Kealakehe High School.

Wiliwili fest set for Sept. 27 at Waikoloa Stables

The Waikoloa Dry Forest Initiative will host this year’s Wiliwili Festival from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, in Waikoloa Village. The Wiliwili Festival will be a fun, free educational event for all ages and will be held at the Waikoloa Stables.

Hawaii Ecotourism Association will honor 17 tour operators

Seventeen tour operators will be recognized by the Hawaii Ecotourism Association (HEA), a local nonprofit organization that protects Hawaii’s unique natural environment and host culture by promoting responsible travel, at their Annual Awards Luncheon on Sept. 17 at the Hilton Waikiki Beach Hotel on Oahu. The luncheon will also celebrate HEA’s 20th anniversary.


Season opener to feature chamber music

Chamber music concerts usually come in standard packages — performances by string quartets, wind quintets, brass quintets, piano trios and soloists with piano accompaniment.


China’s human rights abuses demand a tougher approach

They kept him in a cell so small he could walk barely two steps in any direction. There was no sunlight, no ventilation; just one five-watt bulb, burning dimly 24 hours a day. He was allowed nothing to read and no one to speak with, not even the guards. They fed him one piece of bread and one bowl of watery cabbage a day.


House GOP moves ahead on Syrian rebel training

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers raced Monday to authorize an expanded mission to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels before heading back to the campaign trail, with House Republicans preparing legislation backing a central plank of President Barack Obama’s strategy against the Islamic State group.


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