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                                A dramatic contrast is seen between healthy coral, left, in the Capricorn Group of Islands in the Great Barrier Reef, and dead table corals, right. Scientists surveying the Great Barrier Reef in November said it had suffered the worst coral die-off ever recorded after being bleached in warm waters.

Major bomb aimed at climate science

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                                A dramatic contrast is seen between healthy coral, left, in the Capricorn Group of Islands in the Great Barrier Reef, and dead table corals, right. Scientists surveying the Great Barrier Reef in November said it had suffered the worst coral die-off ever recorded after being bleached in warm waters.

Updated on  April 22, 2017 at 6:45 pm
Who thinks climate scientists are terrorists? Apparently President Donald Trump, whose proposed budget will devastate federal climate science for years to come, as explained by Scientific American and others. Read More
CRAIG T. KOJIMA / MARCH 8
                                Rail construction in Kapolei area, near the Makakilo Quarry.

Rail rationale is solid, so be creative

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / MARCH 8
                                Rail construction in Kapolei area, near the Makakilo Quarry.

Updated on  April 22, 2017 at 6:48 pm
If members of the Legislature want to punish city officials for getting us into the current mess, what better way than to take control and take the credit for giving the people of Oahu a system that truly fulfills its promise? Read More
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Make “moderate income” housing a reality

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Updated on  April 19, 2017 at 7:32 pm
“Moderate income: tending toward the mean or average … a family of moderate income” Read More
CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                A resident at a safe house in Makiki posed for a photo in the communal area of the facility. The city opened the facility in November 2016 which can accommodate up to twenty women seeking refuge from domestic violence, sex assault or human trafficking.

Safe House protects abuse victims

CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                A resident at a safe house in Makiki posed for a photo in the communal area of the facility. The city opened the facility in November 2016 which can accommodate up to twenty women seeking refuge from domestic violence, sex assault or human trafficking.

Updated on  April 18, 2017 at 6:51 pm
The Honolulu Prosecutor’s Safe House is a product of many years of experience in the prosecution of domestic violence cases. Read More
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                                As we think about the future of our kupuna and other loved ones needing skilled nursing care, it’s vital that we ensure nursing facilities have the resources they need to provide high-quality care to those in need.

Inflation weakens nursing homes

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                As we think about the future of our kupuna and other loved ones needing skilled nursing care, it’s vital that we ensure nursing facilities have the resources they need to provide high-quality care to those in need.

Updated on  April 18, 2017 at 6:58 pm
As we think about the future of our kupuna and other loved ones needing skilled nursing care, it’s vital that we ensure nursing facilities have the resources they need to provide high-quality care to those in need. Read More
 

Science can protect Hawaii’s environment

The word “science” means many things to different people. While some see science as nerdy and boring, others are in awe of the discoveries that have been made and the technologies that change our lives. Read More
Updated on  April 17, 2017 at 7:37 pm
DENNIS ODA / 2015
                                Through efforts such as the YMCA of Honolulu’s youth development and healthy living programs, homeless children can build self-esteem, interact with peers, practice social skills, and find opportunities to build friendships and family relationships. A child rides his bike on Olomehani Street at the site of a former homeless encampment in Kakaako.

Aiding families in flux starts at home

DENNIS ODA / 2015
                                Through efforts such as the YMCA of Honolulu’s youth development and healthy living programs, homeless children can build self-esteem, interact with peers, practice social skills, and find opportunities to build friendships and family relationships. A child rides his bike on Olomehani Street at the site of a former homeless encampment in Kakaako.

Updated on  April 14, 2017 at 8:01 pm
The visual impacts of homelessness in our community are serious and heartbreaking, and at times, this critical social and economic issue seems so daunting that it is difficult to see what impact we can make. Read More
 
CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                A pinwheel garden on the state Capitol lawn marks Prevent Child Abuse Hawaii’s Pinwheels for Prevention campaign, which shows the organization’s commitment to protecting Hawaii’s keiki.

It’s up to all of us to help keep kids safe

CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                A pinwheel garden on the state Capitol lawn marks Prevent Child Abuse Hawaii’s Pinwheels for Prevention campaign, which shows the organization’s commitment to protecting Hawaii’s keiki.

Updated on  April 14, 2017 at 8:08 pm
Children deserve great childhoods. April is National Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month, and Prevent Child Abuse Hawaii wants everyone to be a part of protecting all of our state’s children. 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

ASSOCIATED PRESS
                                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
                                HB 165 would require boards to provide notices by email and to post meeting agendas on a website for easy public access. Those agendas, however, provide minimal notice about what a government board will consider.

Bring Sunshine Law into 2017 with online notices, postings

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                HB 165 would require boards to provide notices by email and to post meeting agendas on a website for easy public access. Those agendas, however, provide minimal notice about what a government board will consider.

Updated on  April 12, 2017 at 5:57 pm
We are on the precipice of a great generational shift in open government. Let’s do the public’s business the same way we live — using electronic communications. Now is the time to bring the Sunshine Law into the 21st century. Read More
AGUTTES.COM
                                A cape that had been offered for sale by French auction house Aguttes is from Rainer Werner Bock’s collection.

Native artifacts are public treasures

AGUTTES.COM
                                A cape that had been offered for sale by French auction house Aguttes is from Rainer Werner Bock’s collection.

Updated on  April 11, 2017 at 6:14 pm
As a kanaka maoli, it was heartbreaking to hear recently that a prominent Hawaiian cultural artifacts collector, Rainer Werner Bock, put up for auction more than 1,000 items at the Aguttes auction house in Paris. Read More
CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                City and state officials and grass-roots organizations, in a news conference Thursday,announced the victory of a 40-year campaign to protect the Ka Iwi Coast Mauka Lands from development in perpetuity.

Ka Iwi coastline is legacy for generations to come

CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                City and state officials and grass-roots organizations, in a news conference Thursday,announced the victory of a 40-year campaign to protect the Ka Iwi Coast Mauka Lands from development in perpetuity.

Updated on  April 10, 2017 at 7:31 pm
The purchase and preservation of the last “capstone” piece of the Ka Iwi coastline was an example of the power, magic and effectiveness of public-private partnerships. Read More

Budget decisions tough, but housing is a top priority

Affordable housing advocates have a bold vision of Honolulu in 10 or 20 years: We see the rail project completed and the housing developments along the rail line providing sufficient affordable rental housing for all who need it. Read More
Updated on  April 10, 2017 at 7:28 pm

Youth correctional facility lagging in education, opportunity

In 2006, Hawaii entered into a settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice following serious allegations of mistreatment of youth and inadequate services at the Hawaii Youth Correctional Facility (HYCF) in Kailua. Read More
Updated on  April 9, 2017 at 7:38 pm

Prosecutor’s restrictive ‘Safe House’ no way to help victims

The Safe House has been open for six months and has served four victims at an annual cost to the city of $400,000 to $500,000, and already it is the target of much deserved criticism. Read More
Updated on  April 10, 2017 at 12:08 am
COURTESY PIXABAY
                                The Hawaii Legislature is looking at taking the first steps to help people save and help small businesses provide a simple, inexpensive way to help their workers better prepare for retirement.

Workers need better retirement path

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                                The Hawaii Legislature is looking at taking the first steps to help people save and help small businesses provide a simple, inexpensive way to help their workers better prepare for retirement.

Updated on  April 7, 2017 at 9:40 pm
The Hawaii Legislature is looking at taking the first steps to help people save and help small businesses provide a simple, inexpensive way to help their workers better prepare for retirement. Read More
STAR-ADVERTISER / 2014
                                Project developer Stanford Carr, center, led a tour of the low-income housing tower Halekauwila Place in Kakaako.

Give reserved housing rules a fair shake

STAR-ADVERTISER / 2014
                                Project developer Stanford Carr, center, led a tour of the low-income housing tower Halekauwila Place in Kakaako.

Updated on  April 7, 2017 at 9:43 pm
Did you know 1 out of every 3 condominium units completed in Kakaako last year was affordable to first-time home-buyers who otherwise would not be able to afford housing in this community? Read More

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