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                                Andrea Freeman

Law prevents Supreme Court from appointing TMT master

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                                Andrea Freeman

Updated on  January 18, 2017 at 9:33 pm
Perhaps no issue in Hawaii’s recent history has created more controversy and confusion than the legal proceedings surrounding the attempt to build the Thirty Meter Telescope on the sacred land of Mauna Kea. Read More

Civic engagement begins early

As Hawaii’s state Legislature convenes its annual session today, our community will take great interest in the various discussions, debates and decisions of our lawmakers. Some of those watching may not yet even be able to vote. Read More
Updated on  January 17, 2017 at 7:27 pm

Dolphin Quest provides highest animal care

Dolphin Quest, one of Hawaii’s most beloved attractions, recently achieved certification for animal welfare from the American Humane Conservation program, assuring visitors that the animals living there receive the highest level of humane care. Read More
Updated on  January 16, 2017 at 7:39 pm

Women’s March building peace leaders

We know marching the day after the Jan. 20 presidential inauguration isn’t enough. Post Women’s March, we will be creating action plans focused on inclusivity and policy-making. Read More
Updated on  January 15, 2017 at 12:35 am
STAR-ADVERTISER / MAY 2014
                                Launched on May 17, 2014, the Malama Honua Worldwide Voyage is taking the Hokule‘a, shown here with the Hikianalia, on a journey to spread the message of sustainability and “caring for our island Earth.”

Hawaii can navigate climate-change currents

STAR-ADVERTISER / MAY 2014
                                Launched on May 17, 2014, the Malama Honua Worldwide Voyage is taking the Hokule‘a, shown here with the Hikianalia, on a journey to spread the message of sustainability and “caring for our island Earth.”

Updated on  January 15, 2017 at 12:49 am
America’s upcoming political transition has many waiting for the policy implications of a sharply different presidential perspective. Read More
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                                Bennette Misalucha

USDA report confirms that plant pesticides are used safely

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                                Bennette Misalucha

Updated on  January 12, 2017 at 12:15 am
Over and over again, misinformation is shared about the safety of GMO (genetically modified organism) crops due to pesticide use. Read More

‘Death with dignity’ not best option

Back in the spotlight in Hawaii again is the push for physician-assisted suicide/euthanasia, this time packaged by politicians as a sanitized version “allowing life-ending medication.” Read More
Updated on  January 10, 2017 at 6:52 pm
 

Remember the civilians killed on Dec. 7, 1941

The 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor has come and gone. Kudos must be given to the many individuals who put together a host of programs to honor the military men and women who were killed on or who survived “the date that would live in infamy.” Read More
Updated on  January 9, 2017 at 6:55 pm
STAR-ADVERTISER / 2012
                                In the photo above, folks packed the state Land Use Commission meeting on June 8, 2012, when the panel was poised to vote on the 11,750-home Ho‘opili project proposed for Ewa. After many years of controversy and review by state and city agencies, the masterplanned community broke ground last September.

LUC separates housing facts from myth

STAR-ADVERTISER / 2012
                                In the photo above, folks packed the state Land Use Commission meeting on June 8, 2012, when the panel was poised to vote on the 11,750-home Ho‘opili project proposed for Ewa. After many years of controversy and review by state and city agencies, the masterplanned community broke ground last September.

Updated on  January 8, 2017 at 12:27 am
The state Land Use Commission feels that the public should have a clear understanding of the land use process in Hawaii. Read More
 

Caregivers need the help of legislators

I watch my parents with a deep sadness as the sun sets on their long and useful lives. My mother, 85, once a nurse, has just joined my father, 95, once a doctor, on the terrible journey with Alzheimer’s. Read More
Updated on  January 6, 2017 at 7:12 pm
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                                Luciano Minerbi

City can develop affordable housing without excessive giveaways

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                                Luciano Minerbi

Updated on  January 4, 2017 at 8:07 pm
There already is too much “low density, low rise” (sprawling single-family subdivisions) on Oahu, and too much of “high density, high rise” (towers too tall, above 12 stories) in urban Honolulu. A third way is available. Read More

OHA must empower Hawaiians

Has the Office of Hawaiian Affairs been serving the needs of the community? According to OHA’S new board chairperson, Rowena Akana, “OHA needs to get back to some of the basic needs that people have,” implying that we have not. But this is false. Read More
Updated on  January 3, 2017 at 4:54 pm
ASSOCIATED PRESS
                                President Barack Obama, right, toured Midway Atoll in the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument with Superintendent Matt Brown in September.

Obama protected nation’s natural wonders

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                                President Barack Obama, right, toured Midway Atoll in the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument with Superintendent Matt Brown in September.

Updated on  January 2, 2017 at 6:43 pm
President Barack Obama leaves office three weeks from now having done more than any other leader in our time to defend clean air and water and preserve public oceans and lands. Read More
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                                This is the view of the construction of Honolulu’s rail transit line as seen from the Aiea interchange looking toward the Aloha Stadium parking lot along Kamehameha Highway.

Support completion of rail transit line

DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                This is the view of the construction of Honolulu’s rail transit line as seen from the Aiea interchange looking toward the Aloha Stadium parking lot along Kamehameha Highway.

Updated on  January 4, 2017 at 6:06 pm
In a few days, the gavels in the state House and Senate chambers will fall and our Legislature will be back in session. Read More
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                                Richard Turbin

East-West Center’s visionary leader

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                                Richard Turbin

Updated on  December 29, 2016 at 3:51 pm
The important work of the East-West Center cannot be overestimated. It is a Hawaii treasure with more than 60,000 alumni who are leaders in politics, government, business, education and journalism throughout Asia. Read More
COURTESY SAN DIEGO ZOO / SEPT. 15
                                The nearly extinct Hawaiian crow, or ‘alala, has demonstrated the ability to use tools. Using tools is an exceptionally rare skill in the animal kingdom.

Forests hear call of ‘alala

COURTESY SAN DIEGO ZOO / SEPT. 15
                                The nearly extinct Hawaiian crow, or ‘alala, has demonstrated the ability to use tools. Using tools is an exceptionally rare skill in the animal kingdom.

Updated on  December 26, 2016 at 7:05 pm
The forests on the island of Hawaii once rang with the cacophonous — sometimes almost human-sounding — cries, screams and yells of the Hawaiian crow, or ‘alala. Read More
COURTESY NATIONAL ASTRONOMICAL OBSERVATORY OF JAPAN
                                An artist’s rendering shows the Thirty Meter Telescope against the backdrop of other Mauna Kea telescopes.

TMT case requires appointment of court master

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                                An artist’s rendering shows the Thirty Meter Telescope against the backdrop of other Mauna Kea telescopes.

Updated on  December 21, 2016 at 7:27 pm
The Thirty-Meter Telescope (TMT) proceedings are rapidly headed in a downward spiral, but there is an opportunity to correct this situation. Read More

Hawaiian Air needs to share record profits with its pilots

Hawaiian Airlines passengers planning to catch a flight in the near future are right to feel uncertain about whether their trip might be canceled given the company’s unwillingness to reach an agreement with its pilots. Read More
Updated on  December 21, 2016 at 7:28 pm

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