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                                Volunteer Sweetie Kuehu, left, interviews Aedrea Waggoner, who is homeless, along Kalakaua Avenue during the 2017 Point In Time homeless census and count.

Help homeless help themselves

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                                Volunteer Sweetie Kuehu, left, interviews Aedrea Waggoner, who is homeless, along Kalakaua Avenue during the 2017 Point In Time homeless census and count.

Updated on  March 27, 2017 at 6:46 pm
Anyone who’s been tempted to tell a homeless person to “get a job,” should consider House Bill 1281, which does the same thing — only more charitably. Read More

Medicine and moral reasoning necessary for sound legislation

The state House Committee on Health’s recent decision to defer the bill on assisted suicide shows how good medical practices combined with sound moral reasoning can help to protect Hawaii’s people, including the most vulnerable in our state. Read More
Updated on  March 28, 2017 at 12:27 am

A better way to treat box jellyfish stings

Angel Yanagihara, a Hawaii researcher who studies the toxicology of box jellyfish, wanted to set the record straight about useful treatments for a sting. Read More
Updated on  March 27, 2017 at 6:28 pm
CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Aerial view of the Thomas Square renovation in January.

Improve use, management of Thomas Square

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Aerial view of the Thomas Square renovation in January.

Updated on  March 27, 2017 at 11:24 am
This summer, when wooden panels now blocking the street view of Thomas Square come down, a new blanket of grass and an irrigation overhaul, among other needed upgrades, will greet the public. Read More
COURTESY PIXABAY
                                “If the city is now saying it is fair to charge for city trash pickup, isn’t it also fair to charge all properties a fair property tax?” writes Ewa Beach resident Earl Arakaki.

Minimum property tax doesn’t seem fair

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                “If the city is now saying it is fair to charge for city trash pickup, isn’t it also fair to charge all properties a fair property tax?” writes Ewa Beach resident Earl Arakaki.

Updated on  March 24, 2017 at 7:14 pm
The proposed city budget neglects to include any increases in the minimum property tax rate for those enjoying city services at a ridiculous rate. Read More
COURTESY PIXABAY
                                “We need to remind our elected representatives that they have an obligation to enact public policy that addresses systemic inequities that make the lives of low-income earners such a struggle,” writes Jeff Gilbreath, executive director of Hawaiian Community Assets, a housing counseling agency.

Tax credits would lift unfair burden on low-income taxpayers

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                “We need to remind our elected representatives that they have an obligation to enact public policy that addresses systemic inequities that make the lives of low-income earners such a struggle,” writes Jeff Gilbreath, executive director of Hawaiian Community Assets, a housing counseling agency.

Updated on  March 27, 2017 at 12:33 am
Continuing media coverage of families reduced to living on the streets and the lag in building enough affordable housing should challenge all of us to ask if we are doing enough to develop solutions. Read More
 
COURTESY PIXABAY
                                “We believe we can keep our keiki safe when they sleep no matter who is caring for them. Let’s have a collective conversation about how we put babies to sleep and not let a single child be silenced by our own silence,” write Pankaj Bhanot, director of the state Department of Human Services, and Dr. Virginia Pressler, director of the state Department of Health.

Don’t be silent about protecting sleeping infants from harm

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                “We believe we can keep our keiki safe when they sleep no matter who is caring for them. Let’s have a collective conversation about how we put babies to sleep and not let a single child be silenced by our own silence,” write Pankaj Bhanot, director of the state Department of Human Services, and Dr. Virginia Pressler, director of the state Department of Health.

Updated on  March 24, 2017 at 7:32 pm
The death of a newborn or infant is always a heartbreaking tragedy, especially as we search for reasons why or things we could have done differently. Read More
COURTESY PIXABAY
                                Lyft, which entered the Oahu market in 2014, just joined competitor Uber on Maui, Kauai and Hawaii island, signs that both companies are bullish on the future.

Ride-hailing goes island hopping

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                Lyft, which entered the Oahu market in 2014, just joined competitor Uber on Maui, Kauai and Hawaii island, signs that both companies are bullish on the future.

Updated on  March 24, 2017 at 7:16 pm
Neither new regulations nor opposition from the taxi industry seem able to slow down the ride-hailing business in Hawaii. Read More
 
COURTESY PIXABAY
                                The state’s network of 15 airports are transit points for more than 17 million passengers. Many of these passengers are visitors whose tourism dollars float the Hawaii economy. And the airport leaves a lasting impression, on arrival and on their departure. It would be critical for the state to do all it can to ensure that impression is a good one.

New authority can improve state’s airports

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                The state’s network of 15 airports are transit points for more than 17 million passengers. Many of these passengers are visitors whose tourism dollars float the Hawaii economy. And the airport leaves a lasting impression, on arrival and on their departure. It would be critical for the state to do all it can to ensure that impression is a good one.

Updated on  March 24, 2017 at 7:37 pm
All it takes is one look at Honolulu International Airport to know something’s wrong. Broken-down bathrooms. Leaks, broken tiles. Read More
COURTESY NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION
                                Mesophotic coral ecosystems, such as this one found at 230 feet in Maui’s ‘Au’au Channel, are populated with many of the same fish species found on shallow reefs and among the environments scientists are studying. President Donald Trump is proposing to cut NOAA’s budget by at least 20 percent, which have serious implications for Hawaii.

Who needs the EPA and NOAA? Hawaii does

COURTESY NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION
                                Mesophotic coral ecosystems, such as this one found at 230 feet in Maui’s ‘Au’au Channel, are populated with many of the same fish species found on shallow reefs and among the environments scientists are studying. President Donald Trump is proposing to cut NOAA’s budget by at least 20 percent, which have serious implications for Hawaii.

Updated on  March 24, 2017 at 6:49 pm
President Donald Trump’s first budget proposal, which he named “America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again,” is a declaration of war on the environment. Read More
COURTESY PEACE CORPS
                                Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet visited Hawaii during Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month and spoke at the East-West Center in May 2016. She talked about the future of the corps and congratulated UH Manoa on its No. 20 ranking on the Peace Corps’ 2016 Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities list.

East-West Center a valuable resource

COURTESY PEACE CORPS
                                Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet visited Hawaii during Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month and spoke at the East-West Center in May 2016. She talked about the future of the corps and congratulated UH Manoa on its No. 20 ranking on the Peace Corps’ 2016 Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities list.

Updated on  March 26, 2017 at 12:08 am
President Donald Trump’s budget would eliminate support for the East-West Center here in Honolulu. It costs $20 million to maintain the East-West Center. Trump’s proposed wall would cost $21 billion. Read More
CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Hawaii Attorney General Douglas Chin, left, and Gov. David Ige discussed the state’s legal challenge to President Donald Trump’s travel ban at a press conference March 15.

Blue states wield power to fight Trump

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Hawaii Attorney General Douglas Chin, left, and Gov. David Ige discussed the state’s legal challenge to President Donald Trump’s travel ban at a press conference March 15.

Updated on  March 24, 2017 at 7:33 pm
Federalism matters. That was the unmistakable message of state Attorney General Douglas Chin’s successful legal challenge to President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration. Read More
CRAIG T. KOJIMA / 2015
                                Rep. Cynthia Thielen measures the height of a hemp plant at the first harvest of the University of Hawaii’s Industrial Hemp Research Project in Waimanalo. Thielen is a leader in promoting hemp farming as an agricultural mainstay. She says she’s fighting to rebuild the moderate GOP, which has proven to be its best version for helping citizens.

GOP needs to return to moderate roots

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / 2015
                                Rep. Cynthia Thielen measures the height of a hemp plant at the first harvest of the University of Hawaii’s Industrial Hemp Research Project in Waimanalo. Thielen is a leader in promoting hemp farming as an agricultural mainstay. She says she’s fighting to rebuild the moderate GOP, which has proven to be its best version for helping citizens.

Updated on  March 24, 2017 at 7:36 pm
We have an unrecognizable GOP in Hawaii. Let’s restore Republicanism as it should be. Read More
CRAIG T. KOJIMA / 2016
                                The Rotary Club of Honolulu has launched a major fund-raising drive with a goal of $450,000 cash needed to convert a weedy empty lot at Centennial Park into an open-space oasis.

Support green space in Waikiki

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / 2016
                                The Rotary Club of Honolulu has launched a major fund-raising drive with a goal of $450,000 cash needed to convert a weedy empty lot at Centennial Park into an open-space oasis.

Updated on  March 24, 2017 at 7:35 pm
The most welcome development on the horizon for the high-rise jungle of Waikiki may be the one that preserves a tiny spot where development is absent. Read More
COURTESY PIXABAY
                                “All of us here are immigrants; we all came from other places, and found here a unique place where people of all races and creeds may live together in relative harmony, cooperation and respect,” writes Aiea resident Mark Yasuhara, in support of the travel ban challenge.

Travel ban challenge good for democracy

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                “All of us here are immigrants; we all came from other places, and found here a unique place where people of all races and creeds may live together in relative harmony, cooperation and respect,” writes Aiea resident Mark Yasuhara, in support of the travel ban challenge.

Updated on  March 24, 2017 at 6:14 pm
It was never our desire to disrespect the presidential office; rather, we believe we enhance that office and America’s democracy when we respond boldly and contribute effectively to the debate. Read More
COURTESY POLYNESIAN VOYAGING SOCIETY / 2016
                                Just one generation of neglect, and the Hawaiian language could be gone.

Ka mohala ‘ana mai o ka ‘ōlelo kanaka

COURTESY POLYNESIAN VOYAGING SOCIETY / 2016
                                Just one generation of neglect, and the Hawaiian language could be gone.

Updated on  March 24, 2017 at 6:20 pm
Synopsis: The Hawaiian language is making a comeback from the brink of death. The initial shift away from a thriving history, however, should serve to remind us of its fragile nature. Just one generation of neglect, and it could be gone. Read More
COURTESY PIXABAY
                                Hawaii is not the only place in where the medical-aid-in-dying bill is playing out in 2017.

Medical aid in dying will have to wait

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                Hawaii is not the only place in where the medical-aid-in-dying bill is playing out in 2017.

Updated on  March 25, 2017 at 12:10 am
Lawmakers this week shelved the latest medical-aid-in-dying bill at the State Capitol, when SB 1129 was deferred in the House Health Committee on Thursday. But Hawaii is not the only place in where this difficult issue is playing out in 2017. Read More
COURTESY PIXABAY
                                This week, Hawaii lawmakers took a step in the right direction by advancing House Bill 552, a measure that seeks to secure the benefits established by the ACA (“Obamacare”) when that law was enacted in 2010.

Protect Hawaii’s health policies

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                This week, Hawaii lawmakers took a step in the right direction by advancing House Bill 552, a measure that seeks to secure the benefits established by the ACA (“Obamacare”) when that law was enacted in 2010.

Updated on  March 23, 2017 at 8:13 pm
The campaign against the Affordable Care Act hit a wall Thursday, with the Republican congressional leadership unable to muster the votes to pass its replacement. Read More
CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Jesse Souki is executive director of the Hawaii Community Development Authority.

HCDA executive director balances needs of developers

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Jesse Souki is executive director of the Hawaii Community Development Authority.

Updated on  March 23, 2017 at 8:15 pm
Jesse Souki is executive director of the Hawaii Community Development Authority, a state agency that has oversight of land uses in Kakaako, Kalaeloa and Heeia — the latter being a site where preservation more than development is the concern. Read More

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