It was a short but busy week for us.

We launched our new multimedia feature, FOCUS, an audio slideshow that chronicles the rich culture and diversity of Hawaii. It seemed appropriate to kick it off with a look at a local paddler who lives the history of Hawaii in his sport.

Political campaigns are starting to pick up again now that Labor Day is behind us, kids (including college kids) are back in school and people are generally paying attention again. The national conventions are over and that means political TV commercials are starting to reappear in earnest, including those for local candidates. We’re still tracking them in our Public File series.

Meanwhile, here are 10 more stories you won’t want to have missed:

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