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                                Sunday is the deadline for the city to submit its financial recovery plan — the blueprint for how HART plans to make up for a funding shortfall, estimated at up to $3 billion. Without that plan, the FTA could withhold the remainder of the federal subsidy, leaving the city to close an additional gap.

City bumbles in pitching rail plan

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                Sunday is the deadline for the city to submit its financial recovery plan — the blueprint for how HART plans to make up for a funding shortfall, estimated at up to $3 billion. Without that plan, the FTA could withhold the remainder of the federal subsidy, leaving the city to close an additional gap.

Updated on  April 27, 2017 at 5:57 pm
Here’s the positive element of this week’s rail conference at the state Capitol: More of it’s been out in the open. That’s a plus for transparency in conference committee discussions that are usually behind closed doors. Read More
CRAIG T. KOJIMA / APRIL 17
                                Lenny Klompus is with milling equipment used to fashion aluminum into unique parts for the robots.

Head of robotics program helps tech-savvy students succeed

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / APRIL 17
                                Lenny Klompus is with milling equipment used to fashion aluminum into unique parts for the robots.

Updated on  April 27, 2017 at 6:08 pm
Lenny Klompus, who has helped shape the thriving robotics movement in Hawaii, serves as president and board chairman at Hawaii Friends of Robotics. Read More
GEORGE F. LEE / 2016
                                State Department of Transportation Director Ford Fuchigami

Fuchigami deserves praise, not criticism

GEORGE F. LEE / 2016
                                State Department of Transportation Director Ford Fuchigami

Updated on  April 27, 2017 at 6:05 pm
Many of us have run airport concessions for years, which means for years we have been frustrated witnesses to the inefficiencies that plague the airports system. Read More
COURTESY PHOTO
                                What’s also known as “Stairway to Heaven” comprises about 4,000 steps that ascend the sheer walls of the Koolau Mountains, rimming Windward Oahu’s Haiku Valley. The original installation dates back 75 years, when it was a wooden stairway that enabled a technological feat that was amazing for its time.

Time running out for Haiku Stairs

COURTESY PHOTO
                                What’s also known as “Stairway to Heaven” comprises about 4,000 steps that ascend the sheer walls of the Koolau Mountains, rimming Windward Oahu’s Haiku Valley. The original installation dates back 75 years, when it was a wooden stairway that enabled a technological feat that was amazing for its time.

Updated on  April 27, 2017 at 5:54 pm
There really is nothing quite like Haiku Stairs. If it is to be saved, there really should be a private entity willing to save it, rather than leaving it to the taxpayer to assume the liability and the maintenance costs. Read More
COURTESY PIXABAY
                                “State lawmakers are opening the floodgates to more spending, and at the same time, planning to soak Hawaii taxpayers,” writes Joe Kent, vice president of Research for the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii.

Budget still bigger, even with ‘trim’

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                “State lawmakers are opening the floodgates to more spending, and at the same time, planning to soak Hawaii taxpayers,” writes Joe Kent, vice president of Research for the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii.

Updated on  April 26, 2017 at 5:36 pm
Next year’s state budget will increase by more than $1 billion, but you wouldn’t know it by reading the local newspapers. Read More
 
CRAIG T. KOJIMA / MARCH 8
                                The rail construction near the Makakilo Quarry.

Bring rail to street level from Middle Street to Downtown

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / MARCH 8
                                The rail construction near the Makakilo Quarry.

Updated on  April 26, 2017 at 5:49 pm
The remaining segment from Middle Street through Downtown, just over 3 miles in length, can be completed seamlessly using street-level rail, at a tremendous savings of time and money. Read More
DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                The Waikiki Community Center is the latest victim of soaring construction coasts. The center’s preschool expansion project came in nearly triple their anticipated costs.

Waikiki Community Center needs a hand

DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                The Waikiki Community Center is the latest victim of soaring construction coasts. The center’s preschool expansion project came in nearly triple their anticipated costs.

Updated on  April 26, 2017 at 5:38 pm
Honolulu’s soaring construction costs don’t discriminate, it seems. While the rail transit project has seen cost estimates more than double, the Waikiki Community Center has seen costs triple — from an estimated $25,000 to $80,000 for a new preschool classroom. Read More
 
CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Hawaii teachers and supporters march from the Neal Blaisdell Center to the state Capitol in support of the Hawaii State Teachers Association in February. HSTA members have been given an exceptionally good contract offer that’s up for a ratification vote on Thursday.

HSTA deal could prove expensive

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Hawaii teachers and supporters march from the Neal Blaisdell Center to the state Capitol in support of the Hawaii State Teachers Association in February. HSTA members have been given an exceptionally good contract offer that’s up for a ratification vote on Thursday.

Updated on  April 25, 2017 at 5:17 pm
Members of the Hawaii State Teachers Association have been given an exceptionally good contract offer that’s up for a ratification vote on Thursday. Read More
CRAIG T. KOJIMA / FEB. 27
                                Senate Ways and Means Chairwoman Jill Tokuda

Tokuda’s stance on rail correct

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / FEB. 27
                                Senate Ways and Means Chairwoman Jill Tokuda

Updated on  April 25, 2017 at 5:33 pm
It would not be unreasonable to fund rail from a fraction of the income tax collected on Oahu, but it is grossly unfair to use the excise tax for that purpose. Read More
STAR-ADVERTISER / 2012
                                Former Gov. Ben Cayetano

Cayetano’s ad sends wrong message

STAR-ADVERTISER / 2012
                                Former Gov. Ben Cayetano

Updated on  April 25, 2017 at 5:26 pm
We have serious concerns about the ad placed in The Washington Post by former Gov. Ben Cayetano calling on Donald Trump to cut funding for the rail project, which is already halfway built. Read More
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Let market drive use of electric cars

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Updated on  April 25, 2017 at 5:28 pm
There are about 5,000 electric vehicles on Hawaii’s roadways. This number is one-half of 1 percent of the approximately 1 million light vehicle passenger cars and trucks operating in Hawaii in 2017. Read More
COURTESY SCRAM VIA KUT
                                With approximately 1,000 arrests for repeat drunken driving annually in our state, Hawaii should be able to take advantage of all available solutions to combat this problem. Not only will the proposed legislation save lives, but it will help make our community a safer place to live, work and visit.

DUI ankle monitors are effective

COURTESY SCRAM VIA KUT
                                With approximately 1,000 arrests for repeat drunken driving annually in our state, Hawaii should be able to take advantage of all available solutions to combat this problem. Not only will the proposed legislation save lives, but it will help make our community a safer place to live, work and visit.

Updated on  April 25, 2017 at 5:34 pm
House Bill 306, which would require repeat drunken drivers to wear an alcohol ankle monitor as a condition of bail, should be seen for what it is — a smart, proven solution to cut down on repeat drunken driving in Hawaii. Read More
DAN NAKASO / DNAKASO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Misty Kela‘i, Executive Director of the mayor’s office of culture & the arts (in white holding bowl), blesses 42 newly renovated apartments at the corner of Pi’ikoi and Hassinger streets that will be used to house the homeless.

YIMBY more welcoming than NIMBY

DAN NAKASO / DNAKASO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Misty Kela‘i, Executive Director of the mayor’s office of culture & the arts (in white holding bowl), blesses 42 newly renovated apartments at the corner of Pi’ikoi and Hassinger streets that will be used to house the homeless.

Updated on  April 25, 2017 at 5:25 pm
With homeless encampments becoming so visible — in some cases, taking over public sites and sidewalks — it’s easy to lose sight of compassion for those who are truly struggling. Read More
CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Tom Gorak

Confirm Gorak for seat on PUC

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Tom Gorak

Updated on  April 24, 2017 at 7:09 pm
When even the opponents of a nomination have good things to say about the nominee, there’s likely good reason to rethink that opposition. Read More
DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                This is a view of the progress of construction of the HART mass transit rail line (the overpass on the right) as it crosses the Aiea Interchange No. 4 (on the left) near the Aiea Cemetery and the Aloha Stadium parking lot along Kamehameha Hwy. (that the car is on) in Halawa.

Keep GET surcharge instead of tax hike

DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                This is a view of the progress of construction of the HART mass transit rail line (the overpass on the right) as it crosses the Aiea Interchange No. 4 (on the left) near the Aiea Cemetery and the Aloha Stadium parking lot along Kamehameha Hwy. (that the car is on) in Halawa.

Updated on  April 25, 2017 at 4:14 pm
It is too late to cancel the rail transit project, so why not extend the general excise tax surcharge indefinitely — first to complete the rail to Ala Moana Center and then to help finance the operation once it starts? Read More

Business leaders should promote living wage

It’s time to ask ourselves if we expect way too little of businesses. Even when businesses fail — or engage in criminal behavior as Wells Fargo did — the golden parachutes for those at the top are commitments the law largely protects. Read More
Updated on  April 24, 2017 at 7:00 pm
Mike Markrich is a Kailua-based research consultant and freelance writer.

Punitive lawsuits would put lifeguards in dangerous waters

Mike Markrich is a Kailua-based research consultant and freelance writer.

Updated on  April 24, 2017 at 7:02 pm
Drowning is the leading cause of death among visitors and it seems to be going up every year. Hawaii’s rate of visitor death by drowning is 13 times the national average. Read More

Legislative debate goes off the rails

Nobody ever said the legislative process is logical. And if they did, the current upheaval over the vote to extend the Honolulu rail project tax would prove them wrong. Read More
Updated on  April 24, 2017 at 7:15 pm
Rat lungworm parasite.

Fight rat lungworm with best practices

Rat lungworm parasite.

Updated on  April 23, 2017 at 7:30 pm
The official name, angiostrongyliasis, is daunting enough, made even more frightening by the nickname “rat lungworm” disease. Read More

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