HONOLULU (KHNL) - A popular eatery shuts down, the beauty industry takes an unusual economic hit and a young man's punishment gets reduced. These are the most viewed stories on KHNL.com.
Number 3: Popular eatery shuts down
"It's a sad thing for the whole community, it's bigger than just losing a restaurant it's losing the things the restaurant contributes," said customer Barbara Aguilar.
A long time Oahu restaurant goes belly up. The weakening economy is blamed for many customers, cutting back on eating out. The empty tables at Compadres show signs of the struggling economy. And even for those used to hearing about hard economic times, Compadres' closing is still difficult news to swallow.
Number 2: Beauty industry takes unusual economic hit
"It's affected our business and it's the first time in history. We've been through two recessions. We've never seen anything like this before," said Paul Brown.
The beauty industry tends to stay strong when the economy gets ugly. But for the first time in history, it's hurting. In the Paul Brown Institute's 37 years in business, the owner says, clients are booking less frequently, and less tourist traffic is cutting into revenues.
Number 1: Young man's sentence gets reduced
"Armed robbery, sexual assault, home invasion burglaries, pistol whipping somebody who was a senior citizen, as well as shooting somebody," Peter Carlisle, Honolulu prosecutor, said.
A small victory for a young man who's serving 11 life terms for a crime spree five years ago, that ended with a shooting. Prosecutors dropped their request for extended sentencing, which means his punishment was reduced.
Instead of 11 life terms, the 22 year old is left with one life sentence plus 60 years.