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                                Peter “Peter Boy” Kema Jr.

Facing child abuse: Changes 20 years after Kema case

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                                Peter “Peter Boy” Kema Jr.

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
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                                Electric vehicles are the fastest-growing segment of new cars in Hawaii. With plummeting battery costs, this technology works equally well in buses. Cities around the world have already started the transition to electric buses as a cheaper option than diesel.

Wise policies, such as over transportation, key for future

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                                Electric vehicles are the fastest-growing segment of new cars in Hawaii. With plummeting battery costs, this technology works equally well in buses. Cities around the world have already started the transition to electric buses as a cheaper option than diesel.

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
BRUCE ASATO / 2016
                                Tasha Mero, an intern with Kupu, puts items out on display in the Donation Station on Cooke Street. Kamehameha Schools and Kupu opened a Donation Station in Our Kakaako where anyone involved in education - from preschool to high school - is invited to enter and pick up free educational supplies and furniture for use in classrooms.

Tomorrow’s leaders learn today about stewardship

BRUCE ASATO / 2016
                                Tasha Mero, an intern with Kupu, puts items out on display in the Donation Station on Cooke Street. Kamehameha Schools and Kupu opened a Donation Station in Our Kakaako where anyone involved in education - from preschool to high school - is invited to enter and pick up free educational supplies and furniture for use in classrooms.

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
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                                Don Heacock, state biologist with the Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Aquatic Resources, excavates a turtle nest at Pacific Missile Range Facility.

Military helps build green strength via partnerships

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                                Don Heacock, state biologist with the Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Aquatic Resources, excavates a turtle nest at Pacific Missile Range Facility.

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
COURTESY PIXABAY
                                The result of the unresolved health-care reform “repeal and replace” battle in Washington, D.C., has been that states have little choice but to go back to basics.

Respite from ACA repeal-and-replace

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                                The result of the unresolved health-care reform “repeal and replace” battle in Washington, D.C., has been that states have little choice but to go back to basics.

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
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                                “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,” writes Rene Hutchins, a Castle High School student.

Raise your hand: Trump’s exclusionary, unprofessional

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                                “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,” writes Rene Hutchins, a Castle High School student.

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
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                                “Despite President Trump’s raucous behavior, the Trump administration’s foreign and domestic policies have brought far more good than harm to our country,” writes Dominic Boland, a Damien Memorial School student.

Raise your hand: Trump good for business, border security

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                                “Despite President Trump’s raucous behavior, the Trump administration’s foreign and domestic policies have brought far more good than harm to our country,” writes Dominic Boland, a Damien Memorial School student.

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
 
CRAIG T. KOJIMA / 2014
                                The HPOWER waste-to-energy facility in Campbell Industrial Park has been able to increase the amount of garbage diverted from landfills due to expansion. A giant claw, above, picked up trash at the facility.

New landfill site elusive, but HPOWER burning more waste

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / 2014
                                The HPOWER waste-to-energy facility in Campbell Industrial Park has been able to increase the amount of garbage diverted from landfills due to expansion. A giant claw, above, picked up trash at the facility.

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
PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY BRYANT FUKUTOMI / BFUKUTOMI@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                To forestall North Korea from achieving a nuclear missile capability, there are basically six options. All have serious downsides.

Only bad options on North Korea

PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY BRYANT FUKUTOMI / BFUKUTOMI@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                To forestall North Korea from achieving a nuclear missile capability, there are basically six options. All have serious downsides.

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
 
DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                The University of Hawaii-Manoa has had a ban of polystyrene foam containers since 2013. Donna Ojiri, general manager of Sodexo, which operates 10 eateries at the UH-Manoa campus, showed some of the enviro-friendly food service products.

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

DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                The University of Hawaii-Manoa has had a ban of polystyrene foam containers since 2013. Donna Ojiri, general manager of Sodexo, which operates 10 eateries at the UH-Manoa campus, showed some of the enviro-friendly food service products.

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
STAR-ADVERTISER / 2008
                                In April 2008, James Faria addressed state legislature during a conference where ex-offenders spoke about the challenges of life after prison. Faria has spent most of his life in and out of prison and now is a productive member of society. He attributes his success to the Being Empowered and Safe Together (BEST) program in Maui. Now, there are bills that would implement pilot programs that advocates hope will help to reduce the OCCC population and generate more success stories like Faria’s.

Problem with prisons: Build justice, not jails, for public safety

STAR-ADVERTISER / 2008
                                In April 2008, James Faria addressed state legislature during a conference where ex-offenders spoke about the challenges of life after prison. Faria has spent most of his life in and out of prison and now is a productive member of society. He attributes his success to the Being Empowered and Safe Together (BEST) program in Maui. Now, there are bills that would implement pilot programs that advocates hope will help to reduce the OCCC population and generate more success stories like Faria’s.

Updated on  February 25, 2017 at 6:28 pm
The bottom line is that jails and prisons are making us poorer, not safer. We can’t build our way out of these social challenges in Hawaii by constructing more jails and prisons. Read More
DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                At Roosevelt High School Thursday, college instructor Jay Stout answered a question from Jennifer Xiao as Ren Nakamura looked on during an Early College speech class.

Never too Early for College

DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                At Roosevelt High School Thursday, college instructor Jay Stout answered a question from Jennifer Xiao as Ren Nakamura looked on during an Early College speech class.

Updated on  February 3, 2017 at 9:04 pm
Karen Lee has assembled a lot of data points to support the push for Early College, a program in which high school students earn tuition-free credits toward both their diplomas and a future college degree. Read More
CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                An aerial photo of Thomas Square’s renovation was taken Thursday, with the Blaisdell Concert Hall and Arena complex seen at upper left of the image.

Re-imagining Thomas Square

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                An aerial photo of Thomas Square’s renovation was taken Thursday, with the Blaisdell Concert Hall and Arena complex seen at upper left of the image.

Updated on  January 28, 2017 at 6:03 pm
Some upgrades to Thomas Square are now underway behind wooden barriers framing the park. Elements of the city administration’s proposed vision for subsequent improvements, however, are continuing to prompt objections. Read More

Vacation-rental tax: Hard to catch elusive funds

There are two kinds of legitimacy, as far as vacation rentals are concerned: complying with taxpaying duties, and abiding by land use laws. Read More
Updated on  January 13, 2017 at 8:22 pm
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                                In this Dec. 16, 2016, file photo, President Barack Obama speaks during a news conference in the briefing room of the White House in Washington. Obama is entering the closing stretch of his presidency, an eleventh-hour push to tie up loose ends and put finishing touches on his legacy before handing the reins to President-elect Donald Trump.

Obama’s Hawaii Legacy: Roots grow global stature for state

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                                In this Dec. 16, 2016, file photo, President Barack Obama speaks during a news conference in the briefing room of the White House in Washington. Obama is entering the closing stretch of his presidency, an eleventh-hour push to tie up loose ends and put finishing touches on his legacy before handing the reins to President-elect Donald Trump.

Updated on  January 7, 2017 at 7:24 pm
To the rest of America, he is the nation’s first African-American president. To Hawaii, he is the son of a many-cultured set of islands that are doing a better job than most in learning how to live together. Read More

Random acts of kindness

In the spirit of this holiday season, we invited readers to write in about random acts of kindness. Read More
Updated on  December 23, 2016 at 6:37 pm
STAR-ADVERTISER / MAY 2012
                                President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will both visit Pearl Harbor on Dec. 27.

Abe’s Pearl visit: Tend tree of Japan-U.S. partnership

STAR-ADVERTISER / MAY 2012
                                President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will both visit Pearl Harbor on Dec. 27.

Updated on  December 16, 2016 at 7:47 pm
Pearl Harbor and Hiroshima-Nagasaki represent book-ends enwrapping the most devastating era in Japan-U.S. relations, the Pacific War. Read More

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