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December 3, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
Hawaii officials have shut down an area of water just off the southern coast of Maui after a kayaker was killed in an apparent shark attack there Monday. It was the second such death in Maui this year, continuing a worrisome trend for Hawaii after a decade of relative quiet that has been disturbed by an increase in shark attacks over the last two years. On Monday, Patrick A. Briney, 57, of Stevenson, Wash., was fishing and kayaking with a friend somewhere between Maui and the tiny island of Molokini -- which is about 2 1/2 miles off Maui's south shore -- when his friend heard him cry out, according to the Maui County Police Department.
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December 2, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
Same-sex marriages began on Monday in Hawaii as the place where the initial battles for gay marriage recognition started decades ago became the latest state to authorize the ceremony. Sixteen states and the District of Columbia have legalized same-sex marriage, though Illinois won't begin gay weddings until June. “We started this battle 23 years ago and we get to finish it tonight,”  Honolulu Pride Chairman Michael Golojuch Jr. told reporters early Monday morning.
NEWS
December 2, 2013 | By Jay Jones
A wedding ceremony for less than $100? A beautiful setting -- Hawaii -- and some bargain prices may mean big business in the Aloha State, where same-sex marriages begin Monday. “We anticipate a huge increase in spending in the state of Hawaii from the LGBT market,” Neal Miller of Atlanta's Neal Miller Travel Co. told Travel Weekly . “We expect larger celebrations, larger groups of folks coming to Hawaii with couples choosing to bring their families along with them.” Citing a paper from the University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization released in July, U.S. News on NBC News reported that same-sex marriage could add nearly $70 million a year to Hawaii's economy.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 14, 2013 | By Ed Stockly
Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of Nov. 10 - 16, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies     SERIES Undercover Boss Dutch Bros. Coffee president works under cover on a coffee plantation in El Salvador in this new episode. 8 p.m. CBS The Carrie Diaries Carrie (AnnaSophia Robb) pitches Larissa (Freema Agyeman) an article on Adam Weaver (Chris Wood)
NATIONAL
November 14, 2013 | By Soumya Karlamangla
A judge refused Thursday to block implementation of Hawaii's new gay-marriage law in court Thursday morning, clearing the way for the state to issue its first-same sex wedding licenses.  Hawaii Rep. Bob McDermott had asked for a temporary restraining order to delay any marriages until the court can rule on whether the law conflicts with a 1998 constitutional amendment that gave the Legislature the power to limit marriages to those between a...
NATIONAL
November 13, 2013 | By Soumya Karlamangla
Hawaii became the 15th state to legalize same-sex marriage Wednesday as Gov. Neil Abercrombie signed a bill into law that will allow gay weddings as soon as Dec. 2.  "Finally, today now all those who have been invisible will be visible to themselves and the whole world," Abercrombie said before he sat down and signed the bill. Abercrombie said that he never thought he would "have both the opportunity and responsibility" to do something as profound as the legalizing of same-sex marriage.
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November 13, 2013 | By Soumya Karlamangla
Hawaii's approved same-sex marriage bill, which Gov. Neil Abercrombie is slated to sign Wednesday, is likely to face litigation Thursday to stop it from taking effect.  Over the last few weeks as the Legislature debated SB1 -- which passed through the Senate 19 to 4 on Tuesday afternoon -- the Honolulu Capitol rotunda was crowded not only with cheering supporters of gay marriage, but opponents who chanted “Let the People Vote” and...
NEWS
November 12, 2013 | By Jay Jones
The popular, low-cost Kauai Sands Hotel is welcoming guests to one of “America's Prettiest Towns” -- Kapaa on the island of Kauai -- with a special offer that includes a free rental car and breakfast. The “Free Car Promotion” at the beachfront Kauai Sands includes an upgraded, pool-view room, a compact car and parking. Hotel guests also get a free continental breakfast. Rates are $135-$149 a night. The offer is good through Dec. 24. The hotel is near art galleries, boutiques and restaurants in Kapaa, recently singled out in Forbes magazine . One of the judges of the “Prettiest Towns,” travel writer Andrew Evans, sang the praises of the sleepy Kauai community.
NATIONAL
November 12, 2013 | By Soumya Karlamangla
Hawaii's state Senate passed a same-sex marriage bill Tuesday, sending it to the governor.  Gov. Neil Abercrombie has said he will sign the bill, which passed the Senate 19 to 4. It had already passed the state House.  Now, same-sex marriage bills are awaiting the governor's signature in both Hawaii and Illinois. If both chief executives sign the measures, as expected, the total number of states permitting gay marriage would rise to 16. The District of Columbia also permits gay marriage.
NATIONAL
November 12, 2013 | By Soumya Karlamangla
With Gov. Neil Abercrombie expected to sign a same-sex marriage bill as early as Wednesday morning, Hawaii is poised to become the 15th state to legalize gay weddings. SB 1 has been awaiting Abercrombie's signature since the Hawaii Senate passed the bill Tuesday afternoon in a 19-4 vote. If he gives the bill his OK, couples would be able to marry as soon as Dec. 2.  The legislation in the Aloha State is just the latest in a recent flurry of activity regarding same-sex marriage rights.
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