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Toyota Prius named Best-Value New Car

Toyota Prius named Best-Value New Car

HONOLULU Toyota Hawaii today announced the Toyota Prius has won top honor from Consumer Reports, which ranked America’s original hybrid as BEST VALUE for a new car, for a second year in a row.  Consumer Reports, a not-for-profit source of information that is neither influenced nor associated with any commercial interest, noted in its report, “…the (Honda) Civic costs more to own in the long run, and it can’t match the Prius’ combination of fuel efficiency, versatility, roominess, and outstanding reliability.”

Island Insurance Foundation pledges $50,000 in support of the Hokuele'a Worldwide Voyage

Island Insurance Foundation pledges $50,000 in support of the Hokuele'a Worldwide Voyage

The Island Insurance Foundation has pledged $50,000 to the Polynesian Voyaging Society in support of the voyaging canoe Hokule`a and its sister vessel Hikianalia’s Worldwide Voyage. The Island Insurance Foundation’s $50,000 pledge will entail a $10,000 donation for each of the five legs that comprise the Worldwide Voyage.

Recently, the Hokule`a and Hikianalia traveled together for the first time to complete the first of five legs, navigating 1,000 miles around the state. The final leg of the Worldwide Voyage is scheduled to be completed in 2017 with the entire journey taking both vessels 45,000 nautical miles, circumnavigating the Island Earth, with visits to more than 60 ports in more than 20 countries.

Honolulu man charged in 2011 fatal hit-and-run

HONOLULU (AP) - A Honolulu driver suspected of striking and killing a college student in a crosswalk two years ago has been charged with fleeing the scene of a fatal accident.

The Honolulu Star Advertiser reports 31-year-old Dominic Franklyn was indicted Wednesday on the felony charge in the death of 19-year-old Mariah Danforth-Moore of Oneida, Wis.

His bail is set at $11,000.

Danforth-Moore was a student at Hawaii Pacific University.

Honolulu police say Danforth-Moore on Nov. 20, 2011, was in a crosswalk on Kamehameha (KAHM'-me-HAHM'-me-ha)' Highway when a car traveling toward Kaneohe (kahn-ee-OH'-hay) struck her.

She died at Castle Medical Center.

Franklyn turned himself in two days later. He was arrested but not immediately charged.

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HONOLULU – Safeway Hawaii stores across the state are partnering with each island’s food bank – Hawaii Foodbank on Oahu and Kauai; Maui Food Bank; and The Food Basket on the Big Island – to launch the “Help Us End Hunger” food drive this holiday season.

The “Help Us End Hunger (Every Bag Counts)” effort makes it easy for shoppers to donate to local food banks by filling grocery bags with items the food banks need most. The specially packed grocery bags containing Safeway and Kraft food products include canned tuna, peanut butter, pasta, and canned vegetables. The bags are available for $10 each at all Safeway Hawaii stores through December 25.

Hawaii Meth Project Announces Winners of Statewide “Break the Ice” Art Contest

Announcement of social media-driven art contest winners kicks off first-ever national Meth Awareness Week

The Hawaii Meth Project today announced the winners of its statewide “Break the Ice” art contest to kick off the first-ever national Meth Awareness Week, observed November 30 through December 7. The “Break the Ice” art contest was aimed at communicating the risks of methamphetamine, and provided a way for teens to be recognized for their artistic ability while learning about the harmful effects of this drug.

City seeks to renew botanical garden pig contract

HONOLULU (AP) - Damage caused by feral pigs at Honolulu's Hoomaluhia Botanical Garden has increased since a contract allowing federal workers to trap the animals ended nearly two months ago.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the $51,754 contract expired Sept. 30.

City spokesman Jesse Broder Van Dyke says the contract was not automatically renewed and was under review as the city faces an operating budget shortfall.

Broder Van Dyke says that after seeing damage from feral pigs, the city is again approaching the Honolulu City Council to renew the contract.

Workers from a U.S. Department of Agriculture office captured 232 feral pigs at gardens from 2007 to 2013.

Most were at Hoomaluhia. Supervisor Alma Phocas says 50 to 70 wild pigs come from wooded sections of the garden after dark and cause damage.

Brewbaker’s $1M Endowed Fellowship Fuels Plant Breeding Research at CTAHR

Brewbaker’s $1M Endowed Fellowship Fuels Plant Breeding Research at CTAHR

Veteran University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa plant breeder and corn expert Dr. James Brewbaker has established an endowed fellowship with outright and estate gifts totaling $1 million. The James L. Brewbaker endowed fellowship will assist full-time graduate students who are studying plant breeding in the Department of Tropical Plant and Soil Sciences at the UH Mānoa College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR).