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Lisa Fowler: Hawaiian Humane Society’s new CEO


Updated on  November 30, 2017 at 6:50 pm
Construction of Hawaii’s first high-volume spay-and-neuter clinic is underway at the Hawaiian Humane Society’s Moiliili shelter. Read More

Many hurdles ahead in farming our land


Updated on  November 19, 2017 at 2:11 pm
Stepping up local food production in our island state is a sensible goal. With greater access to fresh, homegrown products, Hawaii could reap economic, environmental and health gains. Read More

Gavin Thornton: Hawaii Appleseed co-director helps the poor, and aims to untangle the state budget process


Updated on  November 3, 2017 at 1:37 am
Shortly after graduating from the University of Virginia’s law school in 2002, while working as an attorney in Legal Aid Society of Hawaii’s Kona office, Gavin Thornton discovered that the state had been overcharging public housing tenants for more than a decade. Read More

Jones Act: Keep afloat or let it sink?


Updated on  October 21, 2017 at 7:37 pm
Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria prompted the Trump administration to last month issue waivers to a restrictive maritime shipping law in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico. The temporary lifting of the Jones Act aimed to help speed delivery of relief supplies to areas reeling from storm damages. Read More

John Hara: The distinguished architect emphasizes environmentally friendly projects


Updated on  October 26, 2017 at 11:09 am
Architect John Hara’s practice is devoted to planning and design of sites and buildings, with an aim to continually “redefine the contemporary language” of Hawaii’s architectural traditions. Read More

David Earles: Hopes to help build a healthy future for troubled zoo


Updated on  October 5, 2017 at 6:42 pm
Last year was a difficult one for the Honolulu Zoo. After long grappling with trouble spots such as inconsistent annual city funding and instability in leadership due to a revolving-door situation in the director’s post, it lost accreditation with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Read More

Bobby Lee: The firefighters union chief sees hard lessons in the Marco Polo condo fire


Updated on  September 22, 2017 at 1:09 am
The Hawaii Fire Fighters Association (HFFA) serves as the bargaining representative for some 1,900 active-duty and 1,000 retired firefighters in Honolulu, other counties and firefighters protecting our state airports. Read More

Hawaii tourism headed for another record-breaking year


Updated on  August 27, 2017 at 9:22 am
With monthly and midyear visitor arrivals topping expectations, there’s a good chance that Hawaii will hit its full-year forecast: a record-breaking 9.1 million visitors. Read More

Mariana Gerschenson: Professor targets Hawaii’s struggle with diabetes


Updated on  August 24, 2017 at 6:59 pm
The concept for the Center of Biomedical Research Excellence in Diabetes at the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine began taking shape about five years ago. Read More

Green power making most of green light?


Updated on  July 14, 2017 at 8:55 pm
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser asked Blue Planet Foundation, a clean-energy focused nonprofit, and the state’s dominant electric utility, Hawaiian Electric Co., to weigh in on progress toward the state’s renewable goal. Read More

Head of city’s climate change office wants to build a resilient Honolulu


Updated on  June 8, 2017 at 5:05 pm
In the run-up to November’s general election, the city’s Charter Commission told voters that passage of a proposed amendment to Honolulu’s “Constitution” would establish a central point for contending with sustainability-related stewardship of our natural resources for present and future generations. Read More

New GOP Hawaii head Ostrov sees strength in core beliefs, diversity


Updated on  May 26, 2017 at 12:42 am
When Shirlene DelaCruz Ostrov, the newly elected chairwoman of the Hawaii Republican Party, started college, she had no interest in politics. Read More

AARP CEO: Seniors living longer evolves workforce


Updated on  May 21, 2017 at 1:18 am
Thirteen years from now, 1 in 4 Oahu residents will have celebrated their 60th birthday. And as a state, demographers say, Hawaii is aging more rapidly and living longer than any other state. Read More

Facing child abuse: Changes 20 years after Kema case


Updated on  April 22, 2017 at 6:52 pm
Nearly two decades have passed since 6-year-old Peter “Peter Boy” Kema was reported missing from his Hawaii island home. And at long last, some closure is near in the troubling case of child abuse and neglect. Read More

Hazama has a passion for building better communities


Updated on  March 30, 2017 at 7:14 pm
Dean Hazama is now in his fifth year on the city’s Planning Commission, currently serving as chairman of the nine-member panel. Read More