The Year In Pictures
NEWS » THE YEAR'S TOP 5 STORIES
RICHARD WALKER / JUNE 7, 2005
A Honolulu Fire Department helicopter drops water on a brush fire in Kunia, one of many that scorches West Oahu. CLICK FOR LARGE
1 » West Oahu brush fires close schools and a health clinic, disrupting people's lives, burning thousands of acres and costing tens of thousands of dollars to fight.
2 » Lawmakers argued for years about the merits of a gasoline cap before the law finally goes into effect Sept. 1. Hurricane Katrina injects wild fluctuations into local fuel prices.
FL MORRIS / NOV. 30, 2005
Children hold hands on the sidewalk in front of the Sun Tak Seafood Restaurant as they wait to be transported by ambulance. They were aboard a bus that was involved in an accident with a dump truck at the intersection of 9th and Waialae avenues in Kaimuki. CLICK FOR LARGE
» The Iraq war remains a major concern for Hawaii, a state that has contributed heavily to the effort. The year has its share of deaths: a National Guardsman, an Army Reserve sergeant, 26 Kaneohe Marines and a Pearl Harbor sailor.
4 » Kamehameha Schools withstands intense pressure for its 117-year-old policy of restricting admission to native Hawaiians. But on Aug. 2 a panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rules 2-1 that the admission policy is "unlawful race discrimination." Kamehameha is petitioning for a rehearing.
5 » Residents pour their aloha by the bucketful, raising money and supplies for tsunami relief in southern Asia. Many others travel to aid in recovery and reconstruction.
BUSINESS » THE YEAR'S TOP 5 STORIES
DENNIS ODA / MARCH 1, 2005
Cynthia Tudisco, at left, hugs her son, Nicholas Tudisco, after he is sentenced to eight years with parole in the death of Elizabeth Kekoa. Tudisco was racing his car on the H-1 freeway and caused the accident that killed Kekoa. CLICK FOR LARGE
1 » Hawaii's visitor industry brings in a benchmark 7 million visitors in 2005, leaving residents and professionals asking, "What next?"
2 » Could Hawaii's record-shattering property market -- a boon to homeowners and the real estate industry but a bane to renters and frustrated home buyers -- finally be ready to slow down?
GEORGE F. LEE / SEPT.1, 2005
Youth Outreach client Angie pauses for a cigarette and hugs the safe-house mascot "Star." Located in Waikiki, the safe house gives temporary shelter and health education to runaway children on the streets of Waikiki. CLICK FOR LARGE
» Hawaii's robust economy and strong job creation make history in August when the unemployment level drops to 2.6 percent -- its lowest in 15 years.
4 » Alexander & Baldwin wins the right to develop a $650 million "urban village" on the Kakaako Waterfront in partnership with the state, but a potential fight looms in the Legislature.
5 » Hawaiian Airlines, after 26 months, emerges from bankruptcy and keeps competitor Aloha Airlines from climbing out before the end of the year, as had been planned.
SPORTS » THE YEAR'S TOP 5 STORIES
JAMM AQUINO / AUG. 28, 2005
Herbert Aliviado Sr., front below, raises a triumphant finger after Ewa Beach wins the World Series Championship against Curacao. Family and friends are on hand at Aliviado's residence in Ewa to show support for the team. CLICK FOR LARGE
1 » Ewa Beach wins the national Little League title. For a 10-day stretch in August, these youngsters capture the hearts and minds of local baseball and non-baseball fans alike.
2 » Waipahu native Brian Viloria is the newest edition of the Hawaiian Punch. He wins the World Boxing Council light flyweight belt with a crushing knockout of Eric Ortiz.
DENNIS ODA / NOV. 19, 2005
University of Hawaii basketball coach Riley Wallace walks off the court at the Stan Sheriff Center after beating Michigan State to win his 300th game. CLICK FOR LARGE
» Teen golfer Michelle Wie turns pro in the fall and signs deals with Nike and Sony to become the $10 million-dollar baby.
4 » The University of Hawaii basketball team opens the season with a blowout win over then-No. 4-ranked Michigan State. The win is No. 300 for coach Riley Wallace.
5 » Bryan Clay captures the gold medal in the decathlon at the World Track and Field Championships and celebrates by running around the track draped in an American flag.
FEATURES » THE YEAR'S TOP 5 STORIES
CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / MAY 5, 2005
The senior class of St. Andrew's Priory School sings "I Hope You Dance" during the Ascension Day Coral Cross Ceremony. The ceremony includes awards of scholarships, the dedication of the Coral Cross, songs, presentations and the celebration of school's founding by Queen Emma on May 30, 1867. CLICK FOR LARGE
1 » "Lost," the ABC series made in Hawaii, wins television's Emmy Award for dramatic series in its freshman year.
2 » The Hawaii International Film Festival turns 25. Jeannette Paulson, the "Story Lady of Kaimuki," hit on this cinematic way of publicizing the East-West Center's mission, and the festival has become the major market for Asian films.
CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / JULY 3, 2005
4-year-old Kanai Nakanelua Kobayashi, poses with people dressed as characters from "Star Wars" at the Bishop Museum's "Cosmic Comet Collision" party. The museum goers watch a NASA satellite collide with a comet as it gathers scientific data. CLICK FOR LARGE
» Don Ho, who not only crashed an airplane while serving as an Air Force pilot but also survived Waikiki night life in the swinging '60s, finally has trouble with his heart. He makes history by undergoing an experimental medical procedure in Thailand.
4 » After years of false starts, the Bishop Museum completes its Science Learning Center, another step in becoming a world-class, lifelong-learning facility.
5 » The Grammy Awards introduce a category of Best Hawaiian Music. The winner of the first-ever award is "Slack Key Guitar, Volume 2" -- over favorites Keali'i Reichel and the Brothers Cazimero.
FL MORRIS / DEC. 6, 2005
Spc. Sebastian Feary and his girlfriend, Summer Stone, share a quiet moment as he and some 300 soldiers of the Hawaii Army National Guard, 1st Battalion, 487th Field Artillery return home in time for Christmas. The soldiers, deployed for almost a year in Kuwait, are greeted by family and friends at Scofield Barracks.