Bush inaugurated America's 43rd president
George Walker Bush was inaugurated the 43rd president of the United States in a chilling drizzle yesterday, promising he can ease suffering and heal the wounds of warring ideologies if Americans will follow the guidance of a power larger than ourselves and be citizens, not spectators.
Hula shines through cold rain
Hawaii splashed color on a gray, drizzly inaugural parade yesterday as smiling members of a Mainland hula halau marched and danced down Pennsylvania Avenue in traditional costumes.
Army fails to dispel Makua concerns
The Army yesterday gave tours to show what its proposed live-fire training in Makua Valley would entail, including limited maneuvers, but opponents remained unconvinced that safety measures are enough to protect the environment as well as cultural and historic sites.
'Outrigger' telescopes would target giant planets
Astronomers hope to build a cluster of four small outrigger telescopes on the fringes of the two matched Keck 33-foot mirror telescopes atop Mauna Kea, with the goal of using their combined power to develop images of large planets around distant stars.
Pearl Harbor receives ambulance upgrade
Federal public safety officials have unveiled an advanced ambulance service for the Pearl Harbor naval complex area that they hope will save lives and provide quicker response in emergencies.
New lawmaker settles with school
To settle a policy dispute, Kamehameha Schools will pay state Rep. Guy Ontai for his teaching contract although he won't be on campus this year.
Kailua High outgrows access
Waimanalo residents and neighbors of Kailua High School want a new access to the campus from Kalanianaole Highway that doesnt go through a residential area.
Plan for coral reef reserve not ready
Although White House officials had pressed to finalize a protection plan on the coral reef reserve that Bill Clinton created in the Northwestern Hawaiians Islands before President George W. Bush took office, there is still no final decision.
Sisters make St. Joseph a success
Four Franciscan nuns from Syracuse, N.Y., were the first contingent of Catholic sisters who helped found the St. Joseph Elementary and High Schools. They and those who followed will be honored Saturday.
Neighbor Island briefs
Big Island police effective on DUI; Chemical testing planned for pests; Kauai residents endure blackouts; Hula o Leilani to hold annual show
Governor's mansion revisited
Jim Bartels, curator of Washington Place, stumbled over a plaque hidden behind a water-valve assembly in a clump of wild orchids on the lawn of the governors mansion. Thereby hangs a delightful tale of patriotism, cultural complexity and show business.
Rare birds socializing again at Midway
The golden gooney, or short-tailed albatross, is expanding is numbers at Midway Atoll, but not through mating. The short-tailed albatross is among the most endangered seabirds in the world.
Perverse proverbs learned at home
You learn a lot of things when you stay home from work for a couple of days. Here are a few truths I learned around the homestead recently. Call them perverse proverbs (with a tip of the hat to William Blake).