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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.
November 9, 2013 | By Soumya Karlamangla
Hawaii is poised to join the list of states to allow same-sex marriage after the state's House of Representatives on Friday night approved a bill legalizing such unions. Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie has said he would sign the bill, SB1. The state's Senate passed a similar bill, 20 to 4, late last month. The House vote culminated an extraordinary committee hearing in which 5,000 people signed up to testify on the bill. Most of the debate Friday centered on amendments that would broaden exemptions for churches and religious organizations that do not want to be involved in gay weddings.
November 9, 2013 | By Soumya Karlamangla
When Hawaii's House of Representatives passed a same-sex marriage bill late Friday, the state joined a wave of activity -- mainly of lawsuits and legislation -- that has been rapidly growing since  the U.S. Supreme Court struck down parts of the Defense of Marriage Act in June. After a 12-hour marathon session, the Hawaii House passed SB1 with a 30-19 vote just after 10 p.m. on Friday. The action came just three days after lawmakers approved same-sex marriage legislation in Illinois.
November 8, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
A judge has said he is open to hearing a case about the constitutional validity of any law allowing same-sex marriage in Hawaii, if a measure is passed by the Legislature and signed by the governor. A group opposing same-sex marriage had sought a temporary restraining order to block the governor from signing any measure passed by the Legislature, said attorney Jack Dwyer, who represents the group. But Circuit Court Judge Karl Sakamoto ruled Thursday that action would be premature, Dwyer said.
November 5, 2013 | By Jay Jones
If you're planning a Star of Honolulu dinner cruise in December, better check your calendar. Oahu's popular sailing trip will be closed part of the month. The ship , which has been welcoming guests aboard its sunset sailings for 55 years, will be in dry dock Dec. 11-23. Dinner cruising will resume on Christmas Eve and will also be available on Christmas Day. Whale watching trips return Dec. 26. At 232 feet long, the Star of Honolulu is the largest vessel of its kind in Hawaii.
October 15, 2013 | By Jay Jones
In true Disney style, the Aulani, the leeward Oahu resort that opened in August 2011, is giving customers what they want: a larger water park and a new eating spot. Beginning Saturday, the Aulani resort will expand its Waikolohe Valley water play area with the opening of Ka Maka Landing. It features include an infinity pool, a splash zone for younger children and a new poolside cafe. The pool boasts an infinity edge overlooking a 9-acre, blue lagoon with a white sand beach.
October 13, 2013 | By Gary Klein
USC cornerback Anthony Brown had not played or practiced since suffering a knee injury in the season opener against Hawaii. The junior, however, practiced Sunday, offering possible help for a Trojans secondary that was exposed the last two games. Brown, who started the opener, worked with the first-team defense during a one-hour practice that was conducted without helmets or pads. Defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast also spent extra time with Brown after the workout.
October 9, 2013 | By Neela Banerjee
Scientists have determined when the climates of numerous locations around the world will shift to a new, hotter normal as a result of higher greenhouse gas emissions, according to a study released Wednesday in the journal Nature. The tropics appear most likely to be the first to shift to an unprecedented new climate, perhaps as early as the next decade, the analysis shows. The average location on Earth could experience a substantially different climate by 2047 if human beings continue to do little to rein in emissions of heat-trapping gases, the report warns.
October 8, 2013 | By Jay Jones
There's a new entry in the ever-evolving hotel scene in Hawaii, and it has a desirable oceanfront location in posh south Maui. The Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort & Spa becomes the 10th property to bear Hyatt's intimate Andaz brand and the first at a resort destination. After passing over an entry footbridge spanning an infinity pool, guests are invited to slip off their shoes and wiggle their toes in a sandpit that's right in the lobby. Tablet-carrying hosts eliminate the need for the traditional check-in desk.  Lodging choices include 297 guest rooms and suites, including seven luxurious villas boasting two to four bedrooms each.
October 3, 2013 | By Ed Stockly
Customized TV Listings are available here: Click here to download TV listings for the week of Sept. 29 - Oct. 5, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies       SERIES MasterChef: Junior  The young cooks participate in a mystery box challenge, then have one hour to create a restaurant-quality burger in this new episode. 8 p.m. Fox The Neighbors When the family gets cut off financially, Jackie (Toks Olagundoye)
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