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BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Over 1800 Scouts and “scouters” (the family, friends and supporters of scouts) gathered at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl for the Boy Scout’s Memorial Day Good Turn event, a tradition that dates back to 1945, where participants decorate every grave marker with a miniature American flag and lei.

Honor fallen by helping veterans

BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Over 1800 Scouts and “scouters” (the family, friends and supporters of scouts) gathered at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl for the Boy Scout’s Memorial Day Good Turn event, a tradition that dates back to 1945, where participants decorate every grave marker with a miniature American flag and lei.

Updated on  May 28, 2017 at 7:43 pm
A nation reveals itself not only by the men and women it produces, but also by those it honors and remembers. That’s a paraphrase of a timeless line in a speech President John F. Kennedy delivered more than five decades ago. Read More
DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                The Outdoor Circle, a nonprofit organization, works to keep Hawaii clean, green and beautiful for future generations. People sit in the grass at Kapiolani Park, with a view of Diamond Head in the background.

Outdoor Circle’s grassroots help preserve isles’ natural beauty

DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                The Outdoor Circle, a nonprofit organization, works to keep Hawaii clean, green and beautiful for future generations. People sit in the grass at Kapiolani Park, with a view of Diamond Head in the background.

Updated on  May 28, 2017 at 7:36 pm
The Outdoor Circle has been in the news lately, regarding its stance on several issues related to proposed legislation regarding private sponsorships of city parks and facilities, and the potential signage associated with that sponsorship. Read More
BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                More than 50,000 people, both Hawaii residents and visitors to the island, are expected to attend the annual Lantern Floating Hawaii ceremony.

Lantern Floating eases personal losses, stirs hope for peace

BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                More than 50,000 people, both Hawaii residents and visitors to the island, are expected to attend the annual Lantern Floating Hawaii ceremony.

Updated on  May 29, 2017 at 12:20 am
Today, more than any other time I can remember, the vision and mission behind Lantern Floating Hawaii ceremony is most appropriate. Read More
CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL/CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Zebra doves warmed themselves on markers at the National Cemetery of the Pacific in Punchbowl.

Punchbowl staff help and comfort visitors

CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL/CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Zebra doves warmed themselves on markers at the National Cemetery of the Pacific in Punchbowl.

Updated on  May 28, 2017 at 7:58 pm
It’s a comfort to know we can count on the personnel at the National Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl, a resting place for our military individuals who have served our country and are resting in peace. Read More
BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                More than 50,000 people, both Hawaii residents and visitors to the island, are expected to attend the annual Lantern Floating Hawaii ceremony.

Pacific Ocean becomes a spiritual river

BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                More than 50,000 people, both Hawaii residents and visitors to the island, are expected to attend the annual Lantern Floating Hawaii ceremony.

Updated on  May 28, 2017 at 7:39 pm
Lantern Floating Hawaii combines Memorial Day with Japan’s “toro nagashi” observance for those who have died. Read More
COURTESY PIXABAY
                                Homebuilders must realize, above all, that Honolulu is their city, too, and they have to step up. Nobody should want a colony of crystal towers rising where so many people live in the shadows — and on the streets.

All must partner to build housing

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                Homebuilders must realize, above all, that Honolulu is their city, too, and they have to step up. Nobody should want a colony of crystal towers rising where so many people live in the shadows — and on the streets.

Updated on  May 26, 2017 at 8:35 pm
Homebuilders must realize, above all, that Honolulu is their city, too, and they have to step up. Nobody should want a colony of crystal towers rising where so many people live in the shadows — and on the streets. Read More
ASSOCIATED PRESS / 2015
                                The Maunakea Observatories, the University of Hawaii and the state Department of Education have partnered to help expand research-based STEM 
opportunities for high school students. The Gemini Telescope, right, and 
Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope on Hawaii’s Mauna Kea near Hilo.

Made-in-Hawaii future starts today

ASSOCIATED PRESS / 2015
                                The Maunakea Observatories, the University of Hawaii and the state Department of Education have partnered to help expand research-based STEM 
opportunities for high school students. The Gemini Telescope, right, and 
Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope on Hawaii’s Mauna Kea near Hilo.

Updated on  May 26, 2017 at 8:43 pm
Another quiet revolution in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education was sparked in Hawaii’s education system and has reached ignition. Read More
 
COURTESY PIXABAY
                                To help Hawaii’s coral reefs recover from bleaching, we need to protect and maintain a healthy population of the herbivorous fish that are essential to reef ecosystems.

Plentiful reef fish will help coral thrive

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                To help Hawaii’s coral reefs recover from bleaching, we need to protect and maintain a healthy population of the herbivorous fish that are essential to reef ecosystems.

Updated on  May 26, 2017 at 8:42 pm
To help Hawaii’s coral reefs recover from bleaching, we need to protect and maintain a healthy population of the herbivorous fish that are essential to reef ecosystems. Read More
 
CHRISTINA CHUN / CCHUN@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Kauhale Kakaako Apartments at 860 Halekauwila St. is seen behind 404 Ward Avenue.

‘Affordable housing’ is mere catch-phrase

CHRISTINA CHUN / CCHUN@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Kauhale Kakaako Apartments at 860 Halekauwila St. is seen behind 404 Ward Avenue.

Updated on  May 26, 2017 at 8:39 pm
I continue to read with bewilderment that our politicians continue to throw around the term, “affordable housing.” What exactly is that? Is it a subsidized $100 a month studio for a homeless family? Is it a $150,000 house for folks trying to get into a home? Not likely. Read More
COURTESY U.S. NAVY / 2014
                                A close-up of the wet spot in the concrete below Tank 5 at the Red Hill Underground Fuel Storage Facility. Since the 2014 leak, the Navy has stepped up testing of drinking and groundwater and added monitoring wells.

Red Hill fuel tanks need swift remedy

COURTESY U.S. NAVY / 2014
                                A close-up of the wet spot in the concrete below Tank 5 at the Red Hill Underground Fuel Storage Facility. Since the 2014 leak, the Navy has stepped up testing of drinking and groundwater and added monitoring wells.

Updated on  May 26, 2017 at 7:42 pm
The very existence of the Red Hill tanks was a state secret until the early 1990s, when the facility was declassified. Now, with its strengths and flaws under glare of public scrutiny, it’s time to finalize a plan of action for the site’s future and promptly get the job done. Read More
COURTESY PHOTO
                                “With sand volleyball, we would support championship-level University of Hawaii athletics, honor our veterans, preserve a local icon, and sustain a gem on both the National and State Registers of Historic Places,” writes Moiliili resident Karin Lynn on the fate of the Waikiki Natatorium.

Save Natatorium as sand volleyball site

COURTESY PHOTO
                                “With sand volleyball, we would support championship-level University of Hawaii athletics, honor our veterans, preserve a local icon, and sustain a gem on both the National and State Registers of Historic Places,” writes Moiliili resident Karin Lynn on the fate of the Waikiki Natatorium.

Updated on  May 26, 2017 at 7:50 pm
With the upcoming, always-chicken-skin Memorial Day ceremony at the Waikiki Natatorium Sunday morning, I gladly endorse letter-writer Christopher Brown’s recommended disposition of this unique treasure. Read More
CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Keauhou swept the awards by winning the nine categories they were nominated for at the 40th annual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards.

Nā Hōkū ʻōlinolino o kawaihuelani

CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Keauhou swept the awards by winning the nine categories they were nominated for at the 40th annual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards.

Updated on  May 26, 2017 at 7:54 pm
Synopsis: Congratulations to the group Keauhou for the Nä Hökü Hanohano awards it has received. Read More
DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Christina Kishimoto

High hurdles for new schools chief

DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Christina Kishimoto

Updated on  May 25, 2017 at 6:51 pm
Christina Kishimoto will have to not only hit the ground running but also nimbly traverse some challenging terrain when she takes over the helm at the state Department of Education. Read More
DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Shirlene Ostrov is the new state chair for the Hawaii Republican Party.

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

DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Shirlene Ostrov is the new state chair for the Hawaii Republican Party.

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
DENNIS ODA / STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Construction workers work on the third rail line (it’s the rail that provides the electrical lines to provide the power for the rail cars) for the HART mass transit rail line that is between the Rail Command Center and the rail overpass of H-1 by Leeward Community College.

Rail will ease travel; aina already changed

DENNIS ODA / STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Construction workers work on the third rail line (it’s the rail that provides the electrical lines to provide the power for the rail cars) for the HART mass transit rail line that is between the Rail Command Center and the rail overpass of H-1 by Leeward Community College.

Updated on  May 25, 2017 at 7:06 pm
I was somewhat perplexed while reading a Waikiki writer’s rail-themed letter in the May 22 Star-Advertiser (“Ugly and night-idling rail is deplorable”). Read More
PHOTO COURTESY HAWAII DEPT. OF AGRICULTURE
                                Originally from South America, Little Fire Ant (LFA) is considered among the world’s worst invasive species. LFA are tiny ants, measuring 1/16th inch long, are pale orange in color and move slowly.

Get out, little fire ants — and stay out

PHOTO COURTESY HAWAII DEPT. OF AGRICULTURE
                                Originally from South America, Little Fire Ant (LFA) is considered among the world’s worst invasive species. LFA are tiny ants, measuring 1/16th inch long, are pale orange in color and move slowly.

Updated on  May 26, 2017 at 12:23 am
The good news: A Mililani Mauka neighborhood where little fire ants were first found three years ago is now free of the tiny pest that packs a sting nasty enough to cause blindness in animals. Read More
COURTESY PIXABAY
                                On any given day, there are nearly 428,000 children in foster care in the U.S., according to estimates. The 2,766 kids in foster homes in Hawaii, along with the adults who care for them, deserve something far better than petty politics from a state that espouses ohana values.

Reconsider; allot foster-care funds

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                On any given day, there are nearly 428,000 children in foster care in the U.S., according to estimates. The 2,766 kids in foster homes in Hawaii, along with the adults who care for them, deserve something far better than petty politics from a state that espouses ohana values.

Updated on  May 24, 2017 at 6:10 pm
Foster parents tend to be big-hearted people, willing to share their home and give their time to disadvantaged children. Such generosity can be key to a healthy and happy future for a child who has been abused or neglected. Read More
COURTESY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES
                                Public advocacy will alert your elected representatives that the renowned and stunning Napali Coast State Wilderness Park deserves increased management as Hawaii’s largest and most remote state park.

Na Pali Coast state park demands, and deserves, support

COURTESY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES
                                Public advocacy will alert your elected representatives that the renowned and stunning Napali Coast State Wilderness Park deserves increased management as Hawaii’s largest and most remote state park.

Updated on  May 24, 2017 at 6:19 pm
Social media comments advocating the need to improve management and remove people who establish illegal campsites, desecrate cultural and archaeological sites, and pollute the environment with rubbish and human waste are right on target. Read More
JAMM AQUINO / 2006
                                “Imagine Siri not just navigating, but doing all the driving — for everyone. Talk about polite. Not to mention the end of road rage,” writes Kalihi resident Kevin O’Leary on self-driving cars.

Yearn for driverless cars amid busy roads

JAMM AQUINO / 2006
                                “Imagine Siri not just navigating, but doing all the driving — for everyone. Talk about polite. Not to mention the end of road rage,” writes Kalihi resident Kevin O’Leary on self-driving cars.

Updated on  May 24, 2017 at 6:29 pm
I look forward to self-driving cars to solve most of the pilot-error problems we currently suffer through on a daily basis. Read More

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