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JAMM AQUINO / JAN. 23
                                Patricia Kona, middle, who is homeless, lit a cigarette while being interviewed by volunteers Jim Quimby and Jean Adair-Leland during the 2017 Point in Time homeless count in Waikiki.

Coordinated efforts helping homeless

JAMM AQUINO / JAN. 23
                                Patricia Kona, middle, who is homeless, lit a cigarette while being interviewed by volunteers Jim Quimby and Jean Adair-Leland during the 2017 Point in Time homeless count in Waikiki.

Updated on  May 23, 2017 at 6:24 pm
The Institute for Human Services (IHS) has been involved in the current Waikiki effort and would like to offer some insights to the improved numbers, and encourage further collaborative efforts going forward to help the homeless in Waikiki. Read More
CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Homeless structures line Iwilei Road to King Street.

More homeless, more creative housing

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Homeless structures line Iwilei Road to King Street.

Updated on  May 23, 2017 at 6:23 pm
After being accosted by a homeless woman recently, I decided to do research on our homeless issue and here’s what I learned. Read More

Encourage youth to seek help for mental issues

For nearly 70 years, Mental Health Awareness Month has been nationally recognized in May to shine light on the mental disorders affecting an estimated 1 in 5 people in the U.S. each year. Read More
Updated on  May 22, 2017 at 7:43 pm
KAT WADE / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER
                                States have the authority to accept the medical use of controlled substances, which is how Hawaii accepted the medical use of marijuana in 2000 and created its own state-regulated medical use of marijuana program.

Regulations must align to support use of medical pot

KAT WADE / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER
                                States have the authority to accept the medical use of controlled substances, which is how Hawaii accepted the medical use of marijuana in 2000 and created its own state-regulated medical use of marijuana program.

Updated on  May 19, 2017 at 8:27 pm
It’s well past time for our state lawmakers, our state executive office and our congressional representatives to step up to the plate and support the state-accepted medical use of marijuana in Hawaii, for the sake of our patients, because it’s the right thing to do. Read More
DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Construction of the HART mass transit rail line station on Farrington Hwy. near Leoole St. in March.

Build needed housing, rail in tandem

DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Construction of the HART mass transit rail line station on Farrington Hwy. near Leoole St. in March.

Updated on  May 19, 2017 at 8:14 pm
So, what’s our biggest problem today: Is it shelter, or commute? It’s both. And we should fix both. By putting them together. Put homes next to the rail stations, and you get more ridership. A lot more. It needs more. And that is in the works. Read More
 
COURTESY PIXABAY
                                Two atheists have sued a number of churches on Oahu that rent vacant public schools for their worship services, claiming the churches have defrauded the state government by exceeding the terms of the rental contracts.

Phony allegations against Hawaii churches dangerous for all

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                Two atheists have sued a number of churches on Oahu that rent vacant public schools for their worship services, claiming the churches have defrauded the state government by exceeding the terms of the rental contracts.

Updated on  May 17, 2017 at 6:30 pm
The common and constitutionally protected practice of allowing religious and community groups to rent vacant public buildings for their meetings is under attack in Hawaii’s courts. Read More
 
COURTESY PIXABAY
                                If we truly want what’s best for our children — no matter their nationality, economic standing, color or creed — it will have to be preceded by peace for everything else to truly matter.

Put peace, homes in kids’ future

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                If we truly want what’s best for our children — no matter their nationality, economic standing, color or creed — it will have to be preceded by peace for everything else to truly matter.

Updated on  May 16, 2017 at 6:17 pm
We have an obligation to do our part to insure that we leave the world a little bit better for the sake of our children, each in our own way. Read More
Stephen Hinton is the Hawaii Republican Party’s House District 45 chairman.

New energy could revive long-flagging Hawaii GOP

Stephen Hinton is the Hawaii Republican Party’s House District 45 chairman.

Updated on  May 15, 2017 at 7:46 pm
Theoretically, in a two-party system of governance each exists naturally as either the policy-establishing majority or as the opposing minority. Read More
COURTESY PIXABAY
                                Throughout our nation’s history, immigrants have overcome hardships and become a constant source of demographic dynamism and economic vitality. Immigrants are taxpayers, entrepreneurs, job creators and consumers. But the immigration system is broken and in need of an overhaul.

The new sanctuary movment: Congregations and immigrants

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                Throughout our nation’s history, immigrants have overcome hardships and become a constant source of demographic dynamism and economic vitality. Immigrants are taxpayers, entrepreneurs, job creators and consumers. But the immigration system is broken and in need of an overhaul.

Updated on  May 13, 2017 at 6:45 pm
Religious organizations can do much to support immigrants. Read More
DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                The Hawaii State Legislature closed at the State Capitol on May 4. House Speaker Scott Saiki, right, says the House and Senate recognize the need to convene a special session to resolve the rail issue.

Legislators passed useful bills; rail remains open

DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                The Hawaii State Legislature closed at the State Capitol on May 4. House Speaker Scott Saiki, right, says the House and Senate recognize the need to convene a special session to resolve the rail issue.

Updated on  May 14, 2017 at 12:33 am
Leaders of the Legislature’s two chambers were asked to share their insights on the just-concluded session. Senate President Ron Kouchi declined; House Speaker Scott Saiki provided this commentary. Read More
COURTESY PIXABAY
                                The few municipalities with the vision and leadership early on to set a course to develop around multimodal systems — integrating rail with bicycle and pedestrian systems, along with roadways — have become the most desirable places in the country to live and do business.

Clean transport part of visionary future

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                The few municipalities with the vision and leadership early on to set a course to develop around multimodal systems — integrating rail with bicycle and pedestrian systems, along with roadways — have become the most desirable places in the country to live and do business.
Visionary leadership in working toward a multimodal transportation system with 100 percent clean energy as a goal, would steer Hawaii toward a more beautiful, more enjoyable and more affordable future. Read More
DENNIS ODA / 2014
                                The month of May is nationally recognized as “Military Appreciation Month.” In 2014, the Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii hosted a military appreciation event at the state Capitol as a part of its first-ever Chamber Week.

Military adds much to our communities

DENNIS ODA / 2014
                                The month of May is nationally recognized as “Military Appreciation Month.” In 2014, the Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii hosted a military appreciation event at the state Capitol as a part of its first-ever Chamber Week.

Updated on  May 13, 2017 at 6:44 pm
Hawaii is the aloha state, so this month is our opportunity to show our aloha to our military community and remember the sacrifices they have made. Read More
DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Construction of the rail guideway was seen in February as it crossed the Aiea Interchange No. 4, near Aiea Cemetery and the Aloha Stadium parking lot. Amid debate over rail’s future, some continue advocating for other technologies.

Analysis outlines benefit, possibility of maglev for Oahu rail

DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Construction of the rail guideway was seen in February as it crossed the Aiea Interchange No. 4, near Aiea Cemetery and the Aloha Stadium parking lot. Amid debate over rail’s future, some continue advocating for other technologies.

Updated on  May 10, 2017 at 6:34 pm
An analysis of costs considering conversion of Honolulu’s rail to a magnetically levitated (maglev) system reveals that an elevated project can be accomplished in under $6.8 billion. Hence, there should be no further extension of the general excise tax, requiring no further monies for construction. Read More
COURTESY SWEAT + SOUL
                                Getting to Sweat + Soul is an easy walk from the planned Kakaako rail station, which will be incorporated into the Keauhou Lane and Keauhou Place residential and commercial complex. The founder and owner of the fitness studio is hoping this will bring a bright future to her business.

Kakaako business owner’s hopes are riding on rail’s success

COURTESY SWEAT + SOUL
                                Getting to Sweat + Soul is an easy walk from the planned Kakaako rail station, which will be incorporated into the Keauhou Lane and Keauhou Place residential and commercial complex. The founder and owner of the fitness studio is hoping this will bring a bright future to her business.

Updated on  May 10, 2017 at 6:24 pm
It’s said you have to be an optimist to be a successful small business owner. Count me in as an optimist. I’m looking to a bright future for my fitness studio, thanks in part to Honolulu’s rail system. Read More
CRAIG T. KOJIMA/ CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                On the makai side of Aala Park on King St., a homeless tent.

Defining an ‘unsheltered’ Hawaiian

CRAIG T. KOJIMA/ CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                On the makai side of Aala Park on King St., a homeless tent.

Updated on  May 10, 2017 at 12:48 am
Any time now, the results of the annual Hawaii homeless “Point In Time” count will be announced. Read More
DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                This is a customer with many plastic bags containing containing his groceries he got at Times Supermarket in Kahala and unloading them in his car.

10-cent fee will increase plastic bag problem

DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                This is a customer with many plastic bags containing containing his groceries he got at Times Supermarket in Kahala and unloading them in his car.

Updated on  May 9, 2017 at 12:38 am
The Honolulu City Council will be voting on Bill 59, CD2, on Wednesday in the final hearing of this measure. Read More
COURTESY PHOTO
                                Despite a guard at the gate blocking access to the Haiku Stairs in Kaneohe, many people found a way to make the climb.

Reopen Haiku Stairs as public treasure

COURTESY PHOTO
                                Despite a guard at the gate blocking access to the Haiku Stairs in Kaneohe, many people found a way to make the climb.

Updated on  May 6, 2017 at 7:24 pm
We need to hold our public officials accountable for the way they spend their time, and our money. It is high time that the Stairs were reopened for all to enjoy. Read More
COURTESY PIXABAY
                                “The tourism consortium, airlines and airline passengers simply want sensible progress and unfettered airport management. By now, all should see that a completely hands-off approach by the state is the best way forward,” writes Richard Hill, a 16-year Hawaii resident and former board chairman for Reno Tahoe Airport Authority.

Fear, inaction not progress for airports

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                “The tourism consortium, airlines and airline passengers simply want sensible progress and unfettered airport management. By now, all should see that a completely hands-off approach by the state is the best way forward,” writes Richard Hill, a 16-year Hawaii resident and former board chairman for Reno Tahoe Airport Authority.

Updated on  May 6, 2017 at 7:25 pm
The airport authority will be the creation of a proud state when it ultimately flies. And, by planning for success, not fearing failure, fly it will. Read More

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