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Review threatens marine wildlife

Updated on  August 23, 2017 at 9:59 am
Sometimes it’s the things we don’t notice that are the most deadly. Read More

Kahuku wind farms won’t destroy wildlife

Updated on  August 21, 2017 at 7:38 pm
Recent quotes made by opponents of the Na Pua Makani Wind Energy project in Kahuku need to be put in perspective (“Group pushes for revision of wind farm’s plan to protect endangered bats,” Aug. 9, Star-Advertiser). Read More

Charlottesville’s chilling deja vu rattles U.S. racial progress

Updated on  August 18, 2017 at 7:26 pm
Charlottesville. A distinct chill of fear went through my body when I saw the terrifying images of torch-carrying white supremacists descend on a church filled with congregants on the night of Aug. 11. A church — again. Read More

Homelessness: Restructure land, building constraints

Updated on  August 18, 2017 at 7:42 pm
As a designer, I think there must be a design solution to our housing problem. Not just structures, but the design of the whole housing system. Read More

Homelessness: Ohana zones, not sweeps, offer value

Updated on  August 18, 2017 at 7:42 pm
Two years ago, I spent a week in the Kakaako homeless camp. Since then, I’ve continued spending time on Oahu’s streets each week. Read More

Don’t increase TAT to fund rail project

Updated on  August 18, 2017 at 7:25 pm
We are as dismayed as anyone with Oahu rail’s cost escalation and the massive revenue diversion from other needs. But if rail needs further funding, it should come exclusively from extending the current Oahu GET surcharge. Read More

Best way to commute? Without a car

Updated on  August 18, 2017 at 7:23 pm
I wouldn’t commute daily by car on Oahu if you paid me $5,000 a year. I would lose money. Read More

Lawmakers can advance affordable housing with rail

Updated on  August 17, 2017 at 12:08 am
In all of the debate about how best to fund the Honolulu rail project, it’s important that we don’t lose sight of why a majority of Oahu voters have twice voted to support it. Read More

Federal cuts threaten local nonprofits

Updated on  August 15, 2017 at 6:22 pm
Nonprofit organizations must build their capacity to advocate on behalf of their communities and amplify their voices through collaboration. Read More

Hawaii has proud history of women in leadership

Updated on  August 14, 2017 at 7:19 pm
Aug. 18, 2017 — this Friday — marks the 97th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, the “Women’s Right to Vote” amendment. This occasion is the perfect time to recognize the contributions of women in Hawaii’s government and public service. Read More

Real cost of OT abuse? Pension spiking

Updated on  August 11, 2017 at 7:19 pm
Overtime abuse by public employees has a hidden cost that far exceeds the overtime pay they receive. Read More

DOE must fix Maui school bus snafu

Updated on  August 12, 2017 at 6:05 pm
The DOE has within its power the ability to immediately correct the school bus driver shortage problem on Maui, but has not yet taken any action by stating the current contractor is in default. Read More

U.S.-North Korea: Congress must do more to protect Hawaii

Updated on  August 11, 2017 at 7:08 pm
With its latest and escalating actions, North Korea again reminded us of the constant dangers to the safety and security of our western states, and none more so than Hawaii. Read More

For Peter Boy, justice was denied

Updated on  August 8, 2017 at 7:05 pm
The July 24 sentencing of Peter J. Kema, Sr. is what you’d expect when justice is delayed for two decades. Read More

Don’t give Hilton special break for fireworks show

Updated on  August 7, 2017 at 7:27 pm
A recent commentary complaining about the state Land Board’s imposition of a $250 fee for Hilton Hawaiian Village’s weekly Friday fireworks show is a reminder of the unequal treatment that exists between locals and the hotel industry (“Hilton’s fireworks show deserves better than DLNR fee hike,” Island Voices, Star-Advertiser, June 29). Read More

Internet without net neutrality should make everyone nervous

Updated on  August 4, 2017 at 6:07 pm
It will take millions of Americans speaking out on this issue to save net neutrality. Now is the time to think about your internet service provider — and stop this administration from destroying the internet as we know it. Read More

Loss of TMT would do cultural damage

Updated on  August 4, 2017 at 6:37 pm
The judicial veil draped over the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) is now lifted with the findings and decision of contested case hearing officer Riki May Amano that the project should proceed. Read More

Diabetes mars Hawaii’s healthy rank

Updated on  August 4, 2017 at 6:34 pm
Many diseases are on the rise within the Aloha State. Diabetes, which affects approximately 1 in 3 residents, is the seventh leading cause of death in Hawaii and is an obstacle that many residents have to overcome. Read More