Public viewing at palace for ‘last Hawaiian princess’

HONOLULU (AP) — The casket bearing the 96-year-old heiress long considered the last Hawaiian princess went on public display Sunday in the downtown Honolulu palace that benefited from her wealth. Abigail Kinoiki Kekaulike Kawānanakoa’s casket, handcrafted from a 165-year-old koa tree that fell during a 2021 storm on the Big Island, arrived at ʻIolani Palace … Read more

Another COVID Christmas brings anxiety, but also optimism

Christmas came around the world on Saturday amid a surge in COVID-19 infections that separated many families, overwhelmed hospitals and curbed religious observances as the pandemic was about to spread into a third year. However, there were homilies of hope, as vaccines and other treatments become more available. Pope Francis used his Christmas address to … Read more