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Cashing in on hemp slowly but surely

Updated on  June 24, 2017 at 7:57 pm
Why all the hoops to jump through to put a new crop into the ground, especially considering that Hawaii agriculture needs replacements for sugar? The issue here is that hemp and marijuana are two varieties of the same species: cannabis sativa. Read More

Hemp uses? Snacks, rope, fabric, hempcrete

Updated on  June 24, 2017 at 7:56 pm
Centuries ago, governments not only allowed hemp cultivation, they encouraged it: The plant produced fiber useful for cordage and cloth essential to ship-building. Read More

Lasting pledge to nurture the health of our lands and oceans

Updated on  June 17, 2017 at 6:48 pm
Now that Hokule‘a’s Worldwide Voyage is ending, our next journey begins: keeping our Promise to the Pae ‘Aina. Read More

Voyage inspired many worldwide, and the mission’s just begun

Updated on  June 17, 2017 at 6:50 pm
The Malama Honua Worldwide Voyage has created a path for collaboration founded on ancient knowledge that compels me to add my voice to the chorus of hope that this historic journey has orchestrated. Read More

After 42,000 miles, more to sail

Updated on  June 17, 2017 at 6:43 pm
This is Hawaii’s voyage. We couldn’t do it without Hawaii behind us, and we are forever grateful to the thousands of people from across the fabric of society who supported Hokule‘a and Hikianalia on this voyage, whether it be through donations, research, preparation, training, time, encouragement or prayers. Read More

SNAP benefits link up with healthy farm fare

Updated on  June 2, 2017 at 7:35 pm
There are two sets of “food stamp beneficiaries” shopping at the Blaisdell Farmers Market every Wednesday. Read More

SNAP food aid stirs debate

Updated on  June 2, 2017 at 7:30 pm
President Donald Trumps budget proposed deep cuts to whats been popularly known for a half-century as food stamps. When that news broke recently, a lot of people in Hawaii swallowed hard. State Rep. Bob McDermott, however, wasnt among them. Read More

AARP CEO: Seniors living longer evolves workforce

Updated on  May 21, 2017 at 1:18 am
Thirteen years from now, 1 in 4 Oahu residents will have celebrated their 60th birthday. And as a state, demographers say, Hawaii is aging more rapidly and living longer than any other state. Read More

Unlocking the B&B, TVU conundrum

Updated on  May 6, 2017 at 7:42 pm
It may be the desire for revenue — desire by the government, not the homeowner — that finally forces Oahu to confront its regulatory problem with short-term rentals. Read More

S.F., Airbnb reach pact on vacation rentals

Updated on  May 6, 2017 at 7:04 pm
The land-use conflict arising from vacation rentals can be resolved — or, at least, San Francisco has managed to settle the issue for itself. Read More

North Korea: Defusing the tension

Updated on  April 28, 2017 at 6:35 pm
North Korea’s nuclear policy seems based on a simple, but fatally flawed, premise; namely that its quest to put a nuclear warhead on an intercontinental missile and launch it at the United States will somehow ensure the security of the nation and regime. Read More

Facing child abuse: Changes 20 years after Kema case

Updated on  April 22, 2017 at 6:52 pm
Nearly two decades have passed since 6-year-old Peter “Peter Boy” Kema was reported missing from his Hawaii island home. And at long last, some closure is near in the troubling case of child abuse and neglect. Read More

Wise policies, such as over transportation, key for future

Updated on  April 14, 2017 at 8:13 pm
What will our 100 percent renewable transportation system look like? Nobody’s crystal ball can tell us for sure. But we see a glimpse of the future in the clean transportation options that are available today. Read More

Tomorrow’s leaders learn today about stewardship

Updated on  April 14, 2017 at 8:16 pm
When we create hope and purpose in Hawaii’s youth, positive change becomes contagious. An inspired and empowered next generation of leaders can create a domino effect that results in healthier ecosystems, stronger communities and a better Hawaii for tomorrow. Read More

Military helps build green strength via partnerships

Updated on  April 14, 2017 at 8:14 pm
April is Earth Month, which makes this the perfect opportunity to reflect on the mutually beneficial and strong relationships we share in Hawaii. Read More

Respite from ACA repeal-and-replace

Updated on  April 7, 2017 at 9:28 pm
To observers at the state level, the health-care reform enterprise is seemingly rudderless in the U.S. Capitol these days. So leaders of local health-insurance markets are finding there is only one useful coping strategy: Pick up an oar, and row as best you can. Read More

Raise your hand: Trump’s exclusionary, unprofessional

Updated on  March 31, 2017 at 8:12 pm
The Trump administration has brought neither greatness nor jobs back to America, as promised, but rather has intensified concerns about the future of our nation. Read More

Raise your hand: Trump good for business, border security

Updated on  March 31, 2017 at 8:13 pm
Despite President Trump’s raucous behavior, the Trump administration’s foreign and domestic policies have brought far more good than harm to our country. Read More

New landfill site elusive, but HPOWER burning more waste

Updated on  March 17, 2017 at 7:22 pm
City officials have made progress at turning a mountain into a molehill — the mountain being Oahu’s mammoth heap of trash. But the fact remains that there will always be excess material, and the need to stow it someplace. Read More

Only bad options on North Korea

Updated on  March 11, 2017 at 8:57 pm
Making foreign policy is often a matter of choosing the least bad from a list of bad options. Read More

Friend or foam? Push is on to ban foam food containers

Updated on  March 3, 2017 at 8:12 pm
Pointing to more than 100 cities and counties across the U.S. that have EPS foam bans, supporters say it’s time for the Aloha State to make the green-minded move toward foam-free food service products. Read More