December 12, 2013 Loretta Fuddy was director of Hawaii's Health Department. In 2011, she verified the authenticity of President Obama's birth certificate. So-called birthers had questioned where he was born. Fuddy was killed Wednesday in the crash of a small plane off the island of Molokai.
December 2, 2013 Six same-sex couples got married in Hawaii shortly after midnight Monday morning, taking advantage of a new law in the first hours of its first day in effect. The state's Legislature approved the Hawaii Marriage Equality Act in a recent special session.
November 13, 2013 Hawaii and Illinois are set to join 14 other states in legalizing same-sex marriage, representing the culmination of a landmark year for the gay-rights movement. Activists hope to build on their recent momentum and make inroads over the next four years in the 33 states where same-sex couples are not allowed to marry .
November 12, 2013 The bill cleared the state Senate on a 19-4 vote, with the chamber's lone Republican joining three Democrats to oppose the measure.
November 9, 2013 The state is an especially important symbolic win for gay rights advocates. It was there where the first legal challenge seeking equal treatment was filed in the '90s.
October 27, 2013 The gay marriage debate is nothing new to Hawaii. In 1990, gay couples applied for marriage licenses there and helped start the national debate that resulted in the Defense of Marriage Act.
September 13, 2013 Authorities say the sweet slick has suffocated thousands of fish and could lead to an increase in predator species in the area.
September 12, 2013 About 233,000 gallons of the sticky substance were spilled into part of Honolulu Harbor on Monday. Thousands of ocean creatures were killed as the molasses sinks to the bottom. "Everything down there is dead," a diver says.
August 22, 2013 Jana Lutteropp, a 20-year-old from Germany, lost her arm in the attack during a snorkeling trip last Wednesday. She is the first person to die from a shark attack in Hawaii in more than nine years.
August 1, 2013 The state is implementing a controversial pilot program that offers some homeless people a way to leave Hawaii and reunite with family members in other states. A noteworthy critic of the plan is the department in charge of implementing it, which foresees a costly administrative burden.
July 29, 2013 Flossie could become the first tropical cyclone in recorded history to hit the Big Island head on. It is the first to make landfall on the islands since 1992.
May 23, 2013 After Oprah Winfrey's friend and health adviser learned that 90 percent of the food on Maui is flown or shipped in from outside, he convinced her to turn a portion of her estate on the island into a farm. Winfrey is giving away the food she's now growing on 16 acres of land, but it may soon be for sale.
March 10, 2013 WVTFWith only about 1,000 full-blooded Hawaiians left in the world, preserving native island culture is a huge challenge. One way to do this: teach students and other island residents the ancient art of making poi, a dish that's been feeding native Hawaiians for centuries.
December 21, 2012 President Obama and others remember the Senate's most senior member for his long public service and dedication during a funeral service Friday in Washington, D.C.