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UH must change to keep students

Updated on  July 28, 2017 at 12:37 am
Headcount enrollment at the University of Hawaii’s flagship Manoa campus dipped below 20,000 in fall 2014 for the first time more than 10 years — and the ongoing slide is expected to continue this fall. Read More

Don’t overreact about sprinklers

Updated on  July 27, 2017 at 7:42 pm
Your coverage of the Marco Polo fire is beginning to look more like a campaign against owners (and potential sellers) of sprinklerless condos than a real danger signal. Read More

Bulbouts change historic streetscape

Updated on  July 26, 2017 at 7:41 pm
Your editorial, “Give Chinatown changes a chance” (Star- Advertiser, Our View, July 21), omitted key points regarding bulbouts. Read More

Complete Streets needed to make Honolulu ‘age friendly’

Updated on  July 26, 2017 at 7:11 pm
Change is difficult. It is especially intractable when it comes to people in their cars and businesses, no matter how worthy the goal. So it is with the trial Complete Streets project in Chinatown. Read More

Taking a tentative look at a fire safety mandate

Updated on  July 26, 2017 at 7:14 pm
It’s heartening to see city leaders prepping for a hard look at Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s proposal requiring sprinklers in residential high-rise towers. Read More

Put safety first for high-rises

In the aftermath of the tragic fire that killed three people at the Marco Polo condominium tower, the debate is growing about whether sprinklers should be required in high-rise projects built before they were mandated in the mid-1970s. Read More

Self-driving cars better than rail

Updated on  July 25, 2017 at 6:51 pm
Self-driving cars will eliminate the need for a high-occupancy mass transit system like our rail project. Read More

PV solar struggles to stay afloat

Updated on  July 26, 2017 at 12:55 am
To say that the solar industry in Hawaii is experiencing some challenges is like saying that someone with a serious, if not life-threatening, illness is dealing with some health problems. Read More

Hu Honua project would cause environmental damage

First they want to cut down decades-old eucalyptus trees on Hawaii island. Then they want to truck the logs on ill-maintained county roads, up to 60 miles per trip, and up to 72 round trips per day. Read More
Updated on  July 25, 2017 at 6:31 pm

An unsatisfying end to Peter Boy Kema saga

Updated on  July 25, 2017 at 6:29 pm
Closure is what’s expected when a long-anticipated end to a story finally arrives. But it’s difficult to imagine that the family of Peter “Peter Boy” Kema Jr. will really find it. Read More

EVs beyond need for free parking

Updated on  July 24, 2017 at 6:56 pm
Some would say that Hawaii is perfectly suited for a large-scale conversion, over time, to electric vehicle (EV) technology. Commuting distances are usually short enough to fit within the range of a single battery charge. Read More

EV owners don’t need special perks

Updated on  July 25, 2017 at 4:08 pm
Why give owners of electric vehicles any freebies? Case in point: free parking at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport for 30 days and free parking in municipal lots (“Airport parking perk well used,” Star-Advertiser, July 22). Read More

Find common ground to make buildings safer

Updated on  July 24, 2017 at 6:51 pm
The tragic high-rise fire at the Marco Polo Condominiums reminds us all of the fragility and sanctity of human life. Read More

Neighbors want to hear more from Kahala Hotel

Updated on  July 24, 2017 at 6:58 pm
The Kahala Hotel & Resort wants to expand its outdoor wedding ceremonies to three state parcels from two and add other guest-focused beach attractions. Its owner, Resorttrust, has also expressed a “commitment to be a good neighbor.” Read More

Maintain progress for charter schools

Updated on  July 23, 2017 at 7:03 pm
In 2012, amid several cases of glaring misuse of public education funds and administrators faulted for hiring their relatives, the Legislature moved to reform the state’s charter schools program, which had been more focused on support services rather than accountability standards. Read More

Consider adopting local children first

Updated on  July 23, 2017 at 7:16 pm
Yes, there needs to be regulation that recognizes the rights and needs of birth parents (“Unethical adoptions are a big business,” Star-Advertiser, Island Voices, June 11). Read More

CDC paints bleak picture of Hawaiian health

Updated on  July 23, 2017 at 7:18 pm
There’s not much news from the conclusion of a new federal study has made about Native Hawaiians — not to most Hawaii residents, anyway. Read More