State auditor plans to retire
HONOLULU - Hawaii's state auditor is retiring at the end of the year.
Marion Higa plans to retire Dec. 31 after 21 years on the job. She is midway through her current eight-year term and joined the auditor's office almost 42 years ago.
The 70-year-old Higa told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser that she will retire to help her daughter with her two children while her son-in-law is in South Sudan to assist with democracy efforts there.
Higa said she hopes to do more traveling. One of her goals is to travel to North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska and Mississippi. Those are the only states that Higa said she had yet to visit.
Hotel makes village out of gingerbread
HONOLULU - A Waikiki hotel used 250 gallons of icing and 150 gallons of dark chocolate to create a miniature global village out of gingerbread.
The gingerbread village on display in the lobby of the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani features replicas of London's Tower Bridge, the Eiffel Tower, a pagoda from Yakushiji Temple in the ancient Japanese capital of Nara and Hawaii's own Iolani Palace - the only royal palace in the U.S.
The hotel will display the village through Jan. 2.
State will expedite roof inspections
HONOLULU - The state will be conducting roof inspections at state facilities following a collapse at a high school auditorium.
The Farrington High School auditorium roof collapsed on Nov. 23 amid heavy rains.
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported that the state had decided to conduct inspections of roofs at schools, designated disaster shelters and other state facilities.
Gov. Neil Abercrombie said Monday that the state will expedite inspections of roofs that are aging, due for replacement or in need of repairs.