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Rail’s last segment fraught with risk


Updated on  September 21, 2017 at 6:52 pm
Honolulu’s taxpayers can be forgiven if they’re still quite nervous about the “recovery” financial plan that in theory puts the city’s fiscally troubled rail project back on track. Read More

Public paying for rail, not politicians


Updated on  September 22, 2017 at 5:48 pm
Andy Robbins, the new executive director of the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation, is quoted as saying, “We have to manage the project to this budget. 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

Threatened iiwi (scarlet honeycreeper) needs help


Updated on  September 21, 2017 at 6:50 pm
With slightly more than 500 listings (80 animals and 424 plants), Hawaii is the nation’s hands-down endangered and threatened species capital. Largely responsible for that ranking: island isolation and pests. Read More

Kaiser adults poor role model for youth sports


Updated on  September 20, 2017 at 7:14 pm
The homecoming football game, a time-honored tradition on a high school’s Homecoming Week calendar, won’t happen for Kaiser High School this year. And that’s a real shame. Read More

Foul breeders spark call for pet-store ban


Updated on  September 20, 2017 at 7:26 pm
Hawaii’s Legislature would do well to follow California’s lead and become the second state that bans pet stores from selling dogs, cats and birds. Read More
 

A fond farewell to animal activist Burns


Updated on  September 20, 2017 at 7:12 pm
In one’s professional life, a sure hallmark of success is to have your good name closely and positively linked with your company’s. Read More

Make long-term plans to protect Ka Iwi coast


Updated on  September 19, 2017 at 7:23 pm
An ongoing community effort aimed at preserving the Ka Iwi coastline started in the early 1970s, when plans were in the works to develop lands between Sandy Beach and Makapuu as a resort and residential site. Read More

Feral cats cause ecological harm


Updated on  September 19, 2017 at 7:45 pm
Some are up in arms over proposed changes to the state Department of Land and Natural Resources’ feral cat rules. Why should we tolerate wild felines any more than dogs? Read More
 

A good teacher can be a leader, too


Updated on  September 20, 2017 at 7:02 pm
Back in June, I was inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame in Emporia, Kansas, the first Hawaii teacher to be selected. Read More

Safety videos for tourists can scare you straight


Updated on  September 20, 2017 at 1:05 am
It’s not a lighthearted welcome-to-Hawaii viewing for visitors, but it’s must-see TV. Search for Real Hawaii TV on YouTube to find them. Read More

Support local food processors


Updated on  September 18, 2017 at 7:19 pm
Even if the Waialua Community Kitchen cannot be reopened, plainly there is a need for something very much like it to serve North Shore farmers and food businesses, and for others of its kind to support farm-to-table operations statewide. Read More

Liberals dominate Emmy Awards show


Updated on  September 18, 2017 at 7:32 pm
The Emmys reached their lowest ratings after a political Donald Trump-bashing show (“Hulu hits a home run,” Star-Advertiser, Sept. 18). Read More

Hula halau look for alternative lodging in Hilo


Updated on  September 18, 2017 at 7:18 pm
There probably is no easy cure for the problem of unconventional hula halau accommodations at the Merrie Monarch Festival, which swamps Hilo each year. Read More

Keep vendors off Waikiki sidewalks


Updated on  September 17, 2017 at 8:14 pm
Commercial activity needs to be kept in its place. Most merchants would agree with that — particularly those in the majority, who pay for the place in which they do business. Read More

Rich celebrities pollute the planet


Updated on  September 18, 2017 at 5:54 pm
I always find it extremely annoying to be lectured by highly overpaid celebrities and entertainers about global warming and climate change, when these people are the biggest personal polluters on the planet. Read More

Some angst as Coast Guard cutter leaves Hilo


Updated on  September 17, 2017 at 8:12 pm
No doubt having a Coast Guard cutter in one’s very own back yard for 27 years brings a high level of comfort and security. So Hawaii County, understandably, is feeling daunted by Saturday’s departure of the cutter Kiska, which has left Hilo Harbor for good and is en route to its new Guam home port. Read More

Careful on state rental lease deal


Updated on  September 15, 2017 at 6:11 pm
What counts is how any initiative plays out in practice, and Hawaii’s track record for affordable housing development sets off some alarm bells about this one. Read More

Reject state harbors’ inhumane cat rule


Updated on  September 17, 2017 at 5:13 pm
DOBAR should follow UH-Manoa’s lead and collaborate with HHS to effect humane solutions to animal problems at its boat harbors instead of doing what is expedient. Read More

Amid DACA, U.S. soul fight starts here


Updated on  September 15, 2017 at 6:31 pm
We stand with all immigrants and their families in Hawaii and across America. Read More

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