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Akaka defends affable political style in new memoir


Updated on  November 19, 2017 at 3:52 pm
Dan Akaka was 52 when first elected to public office, winning a U.S. House seat in 1976. He recounts the journey in his new memoir, “One Voice: My Life, Times and Hopes for Hawai‘i,” written with Honolulu Star-Advertiser journalist Jim Borg. Read More

State Hospital escape shows unacceptable acceptance by legislators


Updated on  November 18, 2017 at 10:43 pm
Randall Saito’s escape from the Hawaii State Hospital sent Gov. David Ige and state legislators running to the microphones to declare it “unacceptable.” You think? Read More

Renovation of Blaisdell is nice, but not necessary


Updated on  November 11, 2017 at 10:45 pm
The wildly escalating cost of Oahu rail has a way of poisoning other city projects, even when they seem unrelated. Read More

HPD officers’ wide support for new chief signals hope

The strong show of support for new Honolulu police Chief Susan Ballard by fellow officers at her swearing-in bodes well for her chances of lifting the department out of the funk left by the corruption scandals of federally indicted former Chief Louis Kealoha. Read More

Choice of new police chief turns fumble to touchdown


Updated on  October 28, 2017 at 10:59 pm
It’s the last Sunday of ­October and time to “flASHback” on the month’s news that amused and confused. Read More

Sound bites aren’t the ticket to Ige’s re-election


Updated on  October 22, 2017 at 8:38 am
If Gov. David Ige and his advisers really think his low voter approval and perceived vulnerability are only because he hasn’t communicated his success, they could face a grim primary election night. Read More

Hawaii could face the same winds of scorn that hit Puerto Rico


Updated on  October 15, 2017 at 7:30 pm
Hawaii should pay special attention to President Donald Trump’s shameful bullying of Puerto Rico as the U.S. commonwealth staggers from a historically devastating hurricane. Read More

Little medical scrutiny in medical pot screenings


Updated on  October 7, 2017 at 10:36 pm
Even before the state’s medical marijuana law is fully implemented, some legislators are talking about making marijuana legally available to all adults for recreational use. Read More

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