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A young man tries to keep dry while crossing under a bridge at Ala Moana Beach Park. The white bridge is a popular landmark at the park. Parkgoers stroll across it, and children often can be found under it, trying to catch tilapia.

Deborah Booker • The Honolulu Advertiser

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2001 enters Hawai'i relatively peacefully
Hawai'i rang in the New Year on a quieter note last night, a dramatic contrast to the deafening, smoke-shrouded, 24-hour bomb-fest of a year ago. But a house fire in Palolo believed caused by fireworks, and other incidents, kept firefighers busy through the night.

Special ed computer system may literally pay off
A computer system designed to ease compliance with a special education mandate could end up making money for the state Department of Education.

Court critical of Human Services in custody case
The Department of Human Services, in the past criticized for giving children back to unfit parents, now finds itself criticized in an unusually blunt decision by the state appeals court for taking a young girl away from her mother.

Here's what will be open or closed today, New Year's Day

Genetics seen as 'new industry'
With the genetic-research market booming, Hawai'i medical research groups are positioning themselves and forming partnerships so the state can cash in on the growth.
Wai'anae residents take on landscaping
In a final drive to complete phase two of the Wai'anae green gateway project, volunteers will work the next five Saturdays digging holes, planting trees and clearing brush along Farrington Highway fronting Lualualei Beach Park.
Hawai'i briefs
Rescues keep lifeguards busy; Candle blamed for house fire; Kalihi man hit by bus dies; Essay contest under way; Straub summer project offered; Drowned man identified; Tsunami siren test canceled
All signs point to great whale season
The whale season is off to a splashing start, according tour operators and other ocean observers.
Ferry service returning to Moloka'i, Maui
A new Moloka'i-to-Maui ferry is expected to be running as early as the end of this month, providing a welcome economic boost to the island with the state's highest unemployment rate.
United Way drive results vary by Isle
United Way agencies on the Neighbor Islands report mixed results from their fund-raising campaigns as each responds to different economic conditions that determine how widely workers open their wallets for charity.
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Bob Image Bob Krauss
Hawai'i is step ahead on identity
Our Honolulu's premier statistician, Bob Schmitt, predicts that Hawai'i will lead the nation in a trend that the new U.S. census is about to document: identity, trying to decide who we are.
Lee Image Lee Cataluna
Year of Dragon flew by gently
After being bruised by the brutal storms of tragedy in 1999, the year 2000 brought some blue skies for Hawai'i.

Jan Image Jan TenBruggencate
Surge in logging not likely
Most of our Christmas trees and our lumber come from elsewhere, as does cardboard in which holiday presents are boxed. Still, most oppose the idea of more actively logging Hawai'i's back country.
Mike Image Mike Leidemann
When did we all stop caring?
I always thought Hawai'i was the place where we took care of one another. So imagine my surprise and hurt the other day when I read that we're not even in the top 25 of states when it comes to caring.

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