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Chi Hon Lum of the Chung Chung Alumni Association writes New Year wishes on red paper, which will be sold for fund-raising. The red paper, wai chun, offers wishes such as prosperity and good health.

Richard Ambo • The Honolulu Advertiser

Schools appeal for cash
State schools chief Paul LeMahieu yesterday urged lawmakers to save millions of dollars worth of programs left out of the governor's executive budget, calling Hawai'i's schools "a system which badly needs investments in its foundation."

Fireworks custom has roots in China
What started a century ago as a humble Chinatown celebration of popping firecrackers to chase away spirits on the New Year has evolved into a multimillion-dollar underground fireworks industry in Hawai'i.

Honolulu Advertiser SPECIAL REPORT
. In a special report, "The State of the Hawaiian," The Advertiser examines the impact of political decisions on the status of Hawaiians and the soul of the 'ohana.

Hotel union orders sensitivity training
Officials of the hotel workers union here have been ordered to implement "sensitivity training" among more than 10,000 members to counter "a perception of ethnic favoritism" pitting Filipino members against others.
UH study finds 11 more Jupiter moons
University of Hawai'i astronomers have found 11 new moons around Jupiter, bringing the total to 28. They hope to find 100 more this year.
Bus-budget policy proposed
City Council Transportation Chairman Duke Bainum yesterday said he will propose that the city create a policy that city bus riders pay 25 percent to 30 percent of the annual costs of operating the public transit system.
Mayor shakes up coroner's office
Dr. Alvin Omori, the city's longtime chief medical examiner, is out of his job as head of the coroner's office. Mayor Jeremy Harris did not renominate Omori for the job.
Police arrest Nu'uanu fugitive
Heavily armed police swarmed on a Nu'uanu apartment yesterday and arrested a 24-year-old parole violator with a history of violence, and weapon and drug offenses.
Murderer receives second life term
Samuel Cooper Jr. was sentenced yesterday in Circuit Court to a second life term with parole for murder — this time for the May 1999 strangulation of Honolulu symphony volunteer Fred Cramer.
Prayers replace sadness of arson in Kailua
A charred altar and burned floor stand as evidence that the church on North Kainalu Drive was a target of arson Saturday. But in the aftermath of the fire, a sense of unity has replaced the sadness of an act of violence.
Kamilonui Valley cemetery protests continue
The 69 acres of land where Kamval LLC wants to build a cemetery, crematorium and mortuary has a checkered past. Previously planned projects have been rejected.
Forest preserve seeks big volunteer force
The Nature Conservancy of Hawai'i has completed its five-year master plan for the Honouliuli Preserve and is now seeking volunteers to carry out its mission of "exemplary stewardship."
Isle doctors rate well above average in HMSA survey
Hawai'i physicians received a better than passing grade from a majority of patients responding to the second annual Hawai'i Medical Service Association's Member Satisfaction Survey, released yesterday.
OHA trustees to review projects hanging in limbo
Office of Hawaiian Affairs trustees on Thursday are expected to review some ambitious projects, including OHA's proposal to buy the old downtown U.S. Post Office.
Four foundations pledge $2.3 million to Bishop Museum science center
Four of Hawai'i's largest foundations have pledged a total of $2.3 million to Bishop Museum's planned science learning center, the museum announced yesterday.
Delay urged on new Big Island police chief
A member of the Hawai'i County Police Commission said Mayor Harry Kim is applying "unusual pressure and influence" on the panel with his request to delay for several months a decision on hiring a new police chief.
Homeless center in West Maui proposed
An improving economy and tight housing market on Maui have created a boon for landlords, who can charge premium rents. But there's a downside: Many low-income residents can't afford the increasing cost of housing.
Neighbor Island briefs
Kona man rescued after boat sinks; Tiffany store in Wailea robbed; Big Isle reports power failure; Squatters leave Keaukaha site
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Bob Image Bob Krauss
Here's why pro golfers love to go to Kapalua
Kimberly Mikami Svetin is manager for activities at the Ritz-Carlton resort on Maui. One of the amenities at the Ritz is a tuxedo-clad butler who draws bubble baths for guests at $50 a bath. That includes a bottle of champagne.
Lee Image Lee Cataluna
Someone hiding truth on Peter Boy
There are 60 cases open at the Missing Child Center-Hawai'i, but the case of Peter Boy Kema is different. No one calls about this child.
Jan Image Jan TenBruggencate
Lawsuits a catch-22 for agency
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Hawai'i has in recent years made a consistent complaint when it is sued to force compliance with environmental laws: It says the lawsuits, instead of helping, are in fact getting in the way.
Mike Image Mike Leidemann
Find the answers in the questions
Sometimes, reading the newspaper raises a lot more questions than it answers. Most of the newspaper stories at the start of this year have left me wondering who has those answers. All I've got are questions.

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