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Instability, distrust still mire Police Department


Updated on  September 23, 2017 at 11:05 pm
It rankled when former police Chief Louis Kea­loha, facing a federal corruption investigation for allegedly involving the department in a family legal dispute, was paid $250,000 by the Police Commission to go away. Read More

Schatz gains traction with hawkishness over climate


Updated on  September 16, 2017 at 10:08 pm
Hawaii U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz is one of the few congressional Democrats who broken from a consensus in the party to hold fire on climate change politics while hurricane victims in Florida and Texas recover. Read More

Rail has run the mayor flat broke in credibility


Updated on  September 3, 2017 at 12:30 am
Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s trail of debt on Oahu rail is strewn with loose words and broken promises. Read More

Management, not funding, of rail needs to be explored


Updated on  August 19, 2017 at 10:32 pm
State legislators are focused on the wrong question heading into their Aug. 28 special session on Oahu’s $10 billion runaway train. Read More

Sticking up for the little guy is never such a bad move


Updated on  August 12, 2017 at 10:52 pm
Many in Hawaii have mixed feelings about Attorney General Doug Chin’s multiple lawsuits challenging President Donald Trump’s Muslim travel ban. Read More

Tillerson offers hope for solution on N. Korea


Updated on  August 5, 2017 at 8:01 pm
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson offered the first hope in a while of a path to peaceful resolution of the Korean nuclear crisis that has Hawaii, Alaska and ultimately the U.S. mainland in the crosshairs. Read More

Isle leaders intently keep blind eye on rail’s budget


Updated on  July 22, 2017 at 9:09 pm
Mayor Kirk Caldwell, the City Council, the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation and the state Legislature have made a culture of looking the other way when it comes to the financial and managerial lapses that have doubled the cost of Oahu rail to $10 billion and delayed its opening by six years. Read More

Governor mixes it up with typical complacency


Updated on  June 24, 2017 at 10:33 pm
It’s the last Sunday in June and time to “flASHback” on the month’s news that amused and confused. Read More

Leeward GOP silence over rail missteps is deafening

You can tell all you need to know about the irrelevance of the Hawaii GOP as an opposition party by the cheerleading of two of its most prominent elected officials for the deficit-ridden Oahu rail project. Read More

Souki’s House career lasted 35 years for good reason

It would be negligent to let the 2017 Legislature get too far away without voicing an appreciation of Rep. Joe Souki, who resigned as House speaker at the session’s end. Read More

Mayor’s claim of not using tax deduction garbles truth


Updated on  May 17, 2017 at 4:07 pm
Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s past use of a property tax exemption for historic homes that allowed him to pay only $100 to $300 for several years has come back to haunt him as the city considers raising property taxes to cover rail deficits. Read More