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Being a landlord didn’t make us rich

Updated on  June 23, 2017 at 8:37 pm
My husband and I recently celebrated our golden anniversary. We have been landlords for 47 of those 50 years. At the end of this year, we hope to end this saga. Read More

Trumpcare would devastate isle families

Updated on  June 23, 2017 at 8:39 pm
Health care is a right, not a privilege reserved for those who can afford it. It’s personal to each and every one of us. And I’m fighting to make sure everyone in Hawaii can afford the quality health care that might one day save their life. Read More

Bigger debt, lower wages hamper female college graduates

Women attending colleges and universities have come a long way. The good news is that now 57 percent of students earning bachelor’s degrees from American colleges and universities are women. Read More

Enough is enough: Cut losses, end rail project

Updated on  June 20, 2017 at 12:23 am
According to the June 23, 2006, Honolulu Advertiser, rail’s estimated cost had just gone up substantially … to a shockingly high $3 billion. Read More

State needs to enforce environmental law on Kauai

Updated on  June 19, 2017 at 1:39 pm
It’s called the Garden Isle. But on the west side of this lush island, the trade winds help powerful restricted use pesticides (RUPs) leave their signature on small clusters of homes and schools and the apparently pristine beaches frequented by surfers and local families. Read More

Undeterred, Hawaii chooses renewables

Updated on  June 17, 2017 at 6:24 pm
Our congressional delegation has worked hard to make climate change a priority, but it’s clear that, at least for now, we can’t count on the executive branch in Washington to take seriously this threat. Read More

Safety top priority for medical cannabis

Updated on  June 17, 2017 at 6:23 pm
As we continue to make progress, we are confident we will successfully address new dilemmas to create a medical cannabis dispensary system that is effective, efficient and safe for Hawaii’s patients and public. 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

UH study found early education benefits

Updated on  June 13, 2017 at 5:52 pm
The study’s findings add much to understanding that preschool children are capable of cognitive learning earlier and beyond that traditionally thought possible. Read More

State carbon tax could be a game-changer

A $40 carbon tax levied on Hawaii’s 19 million tons of annual carbon emissions would yield $760 million a year — an amount roughly equal to about 1 percent of Hawaii’s economy. Read More
Updated on  June 12, 2017 at 6:28 pm

Title IX’s legacy goes beyond athletics

Updated on  June 9, 2017 at 7:55 pm
On June 23, Title IX turns 45. If it weren’t for Title IX — or the Patsy Mink Equal Opportunity in Education Act as it’s now known — many women would have been denied access to athletics and the associated scholarships. Read More

Unethical adoptions are a big business

Updated on  June 9, 2017 at 7:54 pm
More than 15 years ago, I testified with a group of advocates concerned about the trafficking of children from the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI). Recently we’ve also become aware of a resurgence of RMI adoptions being run through Hawaii. Read More

A school’s success can’t be measured through rankings

Updated on  June 7, 2017 at 5:33 pm
Schools are not defined by a single measure, whether a single test score or composite measure that sums up multiple measures into a single score or label. Read More

Manage Thomas Square as a park

Updated on  June 6, 2017 at 5:19 pm
For the protection and preservation of our free and open public parks to benefit the people of Honolulu in the greater public interest, it is now the City Council’s public duty to demonstrate credibility by honoring its unanimous vote on the passage of Bill 23. Read More

10-cent bag fee will promote use of reusables

Updated on  June 5, 2017 at 7:35 pm
The Honolulu City Council will soon make a final decision on a bill to encourage the use of reusable bags. Read More

Unscrupulous adoption practices abuse Marshallese mothers, families

Updated on  June 2, 2017 at 6:59 pm
From late 2016, there has been concern of incidents that out-adoptions have returned to Hawaii; pregnant women brought here in groups with the intent to give their children over to adoptive families who come here from the mainland and leave with little awareness of the personal and cultural impacts of their good intent. Read More

Handi-Van’s popularity creates financial burden

Updated on  June 4, 2017 at 12:20 am
TheHandi-Van is at risk of becoming unsustainable in coming years. It is not about having enough passenger fare revenue to balance next year’s budget; it is about how we will cope with the rapidly increasing demand for the service. Fares cover only about 4 percent of TheHandi-Van operating costs; property taxes cover the balance. Read More

Despite obstacles, robotics is truly inspirational

Updated on  June 2, 2017 at 7:19 pm
With more than 6,000 robotics teams dedicated to spreading the importance of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), the FIRST Robotics international competition fosters a unique learning environment based on mentorship and a true desire to advance technology for a better future. Read More