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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
 
ASSOCIATED PRESS
                                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

ASSOCIATED PRESS
                                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

Activism, from TMT to Standing Rock

An alliance among native groups across the country was evident in the recent Standing Rock pipeline protest on Sioux territory in North Dakota, and in the Mauna Kea protest against the Thirty Meter Telescope. Read More
Updated on  December 9, 2016 at 7:43 pm
DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Office of Hawaiian Affairs trustees Robert Lindsey Jr., left, Dan Ahuna, Colette Y. Machado and Kelii Akina were sworn in Thursday at the Na Lama Kukui board room. A raucous session would soon follow, as a new chairperson was selected.

Turning points on Native Hawaiian affairs

DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Office of Hawaiian Affairs trustees Robert Lindsey Jr., left, Dan Ahuna, Colette Y. Machado and Kelii Akina were sworn in Thursday at the Na Lama Kukui board room. A raucous session would soon follow, as a new chairperson was selected.

Updated on  December 9, 2016 at 7:59 pm
There have been tremors felt through the Hawaiian-rights landscape lately, surely portents of change ahead in 2017 and beyond. Read More
STAR-ADVERTISER / 2001
                                The Arizona Memorial, Battleship Missouri Memorial and Ford Island are seen from the air. Oil still seeps from the wreckage of the USS Arizona.

Pearl Harbor’s 75th: Forge wise future with alliances

STAR-ADVERTISER / 2001
                                The Arizona Memorial, Battleship Missouri Memorial and Ford Island are seen from the air. Oil still seeps from the wreckage of the USS Arizona.

Updated on  December 3, 2016 at 3:05 pm
As we commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Dec. 7 attack on PearlHarbor and remember the horrific war that followed, we must continue to look forward to preserve the policies andforce postures that have provided stability and promoted U.S. national interests in the Asia-Pacific in recent decades. Read More

Pearl Harbor’s 75th: Honor past, inspire future

Seventy-five years ago, young military service members on Oahu — most of them in their teens or early 20s, and most away from home for the first time — went about their daily lives. Read More
Updated on  December 3, 2016 at 3:05 pm
Associated Press
                                In November, high school students protested Donald Trump’s presidential election victory in San Francisco. Thousands of high school students took to the streets in cities across the country since Trump’s election to protest his proposed crackdown on illegal immigration and his comments about women. It’s an unusual show of political involvement on the part of young people who can’t even vote yet — and experts say it could lead to increased activism when they are adults.

After divisive election, it’s about respect and commonalities

Associated Press
                                In November, high school students protested Donald Trump’s presidential election victory in San Francisco. Thousands of high school students took to the streets in cities across the country since Trump’s election to protest his proposed crackdown on illegal immigration and his comments about women. It’s an unusual show of political involvement on the part of young people who can’t even vote yet — and experts say it could lead to increased activism when they are adults.

Updated on  November 27, 2016 at 9:06 am
When a grain of sand becomes lodged in the soft tissue of an oyster and getting it out isn’t an option, the oyster responds with a secretion that eases the irritation; gently applied, again and again and again. Read More

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