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"Sirens of the Sea," from left, Paula Simpson, Cindy Hunter and Barb Hannum, started the new year off early and bright. Participants in the Lanikai parade ranged from the whimsical Jogcuar to the politically Pregnant Chad. See story.

Richard Ambo • The Honolulu Advertiser

New Year's fireworks were plentiful, deadly
Hopes for a safer, quieter New Year's Eve were dashed when an onslaught of illegal aerial fireworks and backyard pyrotechnics ignited fires that killed one person, injured another and burned three homes on O'ahu late Sunday night.

First baby of 2001 was long-awaited
The first child born in Hawai'i this year has been in the planning for seven years. Parents Erika and Ramon Ruelas had delayed having a second child because their first child was born prematurely seven years ago.

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Arbitrators give firefighters 10 percent raise
More than 1,700 Hawai'i firefighters should see their pay increase about 10 percent by July 2002, an independent arbitration panel has ruled.
First-class stamps hit 34 cents on Sunday
The cost of a first-class stamp increases to 34 cents on Sunday. New "USA First-Class" stamps are on sale, as are 2 billion one-cent stamps to supplement leftover 33-cent stamps.
School assignments pending for Leeward District students
DOE Leeward District Superintendent Hazel Sumile faces a tough decision about which students will be moved from the popular Mauka Lani Elementary and sent to the less crowded Barbers Point Elementary.
Lanikai answers loudly to who's in charge
Any attempt to sleep off the excesses of New Year's Eve were blown away in Lanikai yesterday morning by a traditional parade featuring a school band, blasting horns, a rock band and noise aplenty.
Hawai'i Briefs
Waipahu man shot to death; Body found inside car; Wai'anae board cancels meeting; Traffic safety rallies planned; Team plans fund-raiser; Neighborhood Board seats open; Group seeks tax preparers.
Advertiser Christmas Fund grows to $105,903.55
Contributions from generous Islanders to The Advertiser's Christmas Fund have grown to $105,903.55. Here is a list of recent donations.
Big Island replacing bridges damaged in November floods
Crews should begin work within two weeks to replace four bridges in Pahala on the Big Island that were heavily damaged by torrential rains in November.
Kilauea's 18-year eruption far from longest, experts say
The continuing, 18-year eruption at Kilauea volcano on the flank of Mauna Loa has been an ever-present force of nature, claiming 187 structures and luring an unknown number of people to their deaths.
Moloka'i plants could receive new protections
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced a proposal to establish new protections for 32 endangered plants on Moloka'i, including five species that exist only on the Friendly Isle.
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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
Cayetano message says little
Ben and Vicky's holiday message came into the newsroom and made its way to my desk. I searched in vain for a highlighter pen. But forget the pen. Get me a machete.
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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