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CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL/CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Zebra doves warmed themselves on markers at the National Cemetery of the Pacific in Punchbowl.

Punchbowl staff help and comfort visitors

CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL/CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Zebra doves warmed themselves on markers at the National Cemetery of the Pacific in Punchbowl.

Updated on  May 28, 2017 at 7:58 pm
It’s a comfort to know we can count on the personnel at the National Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl, a resting place for our military individuals who have served our country and are resting in peace. Read More
CHRISTINA CHUN / CCHUN@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Kauhale Kakaako Apartments at 860 Halekauwila St. is seen behind 404 Ward Avenue.

‘Affordable housing’ is mere catch-phrase

CHRISTINA CHUN / CCHUN@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Kauhale Kakaako Apartments at 860 Halekauwila St. is seen behind 404 Ward Avenue.

Updated on  May 26, 2017 at 8:39 pm
I continue to read with bewilderment that our politicians continue to throw around the term, “affordable housing.” What exactly is that? Is it a subsidized $100 a month studio for a homeless family? Is it a $150,000 house for folks trying to get into a home? Not likely. Read More
COURTESY PHOTO
                                “With sand volleyball, we would support championship-level University of Hawaii athletics, honor our veterans, preserve a local icon, and sustain a gem on both the National and State Registers of Historic Places,” writes Moiliili resident Karin Lynn on the fate of the Waikiki Natatorium.

Save Natatorium as sand volleyball site

COURTESY PHOTO
                                “With sand volleyball, we would support championship-level University of Hawaii athletics, honor our veterans, preserve a local icon, and sustain a gem on both the National and State Registers of Historic Places,” writes Moiliili resident Karin Lynn on the fate of the Waikiki Natatorium.

Updated on  May 26, 2017 at 7:50 pm
With the upcoming, always-chicken-skin Memorial Day ceremony at the Waikiki Natatorium Sunday morning, I gladly endorse letter-writer Christopher Brown’s recommended disposition of this unique treasure. Read More
DENNIS ODA / STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Construction workers work on the third rail line (it’s the rail that provides the electrical lines to provide the power for the rail cars) for the HART mass transit rail line that is between the Rail Command Center and the rail overpass of H-1 by Leeward Community College.

Rail will ease travel; aina already changed

DENNIS ODA / STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Construction workers work on the third rail line (it’s the rail that provides the electrical lines to provide the power for the rail cars) for the HART mass transit rail line that is between the Rail Command Center and the rail overpass of H-1 by Leeward Community College.

Updated on  May 25, 2017 at 7:06 pm
I was somewhat perplexed while reading a Waikiki writer’s rail-themed letter in the May 22 Star-Advertiser (“Ugly and night-idling rail is deplorable”). Read More
JAMM AQUINO / 2006
                                “Imagine Siri not just navigating, but doing all the driving — for everyone. Talk about polite. Not to mention the end of road rage,” writes Kalihi resident Kevin O’Leary on self-driving cars.

Yearn for driverless cars amid busy roads

JAMM AQUINO / 2006
                                “Imagine Siri not just navigating, but doing all the driving — for everyone. Talk about polite. Not to mention the end of road rage,” writes Kalihi resident Kevin O’Leary on self-driving cars.

Updated on  May 24, 2017 at 6:29 pm
I look forward to self-driving cars to solve most of the pilot-error problems we currently suffer through on a daily basis. Read More
BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                “In the best of all worlds, which we don’t have in this situation, it would be nice if the Ala Moana Center offered to pick up some of the cost for the last leg of the rail right up to their front door,” writes Kaneohe resident Art Todd.

Tap Ala Moana Center to help rail

BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                “In the best of all worlds, which we don’t have in this situation, it would be nice if the Ala Moana Center offered to pick up some of the cost for the last leg of the rail right up to their front door,” writes Kaneohe resident Art Todd.

Updated on  May 23, 2017 at 6:18 pm
I wonder if any of our state and county politicians have noticed how this bottomless-pit electric train project has transformed from a public accommodation project into a private vehicle for the owners, resident stores, their workers and customers of the Ala Moana Shopping Center? Read More

Restitution for stolen funds is a charade

About the May 17 article, “Official admits he stole $3 million from school”: As the financial future gets tougher, episodes like this are going to be more common. Read More
Updated on  May 22, 2017 at 8:20 pm
 
COURTESY PIXABAY
                                “…there were several vitally important energy bills that were deferred this session, most infuriatingly, because of political horse-trading,” writes Kailua resident Rachel Schutz.

Legislature falls short on clean energy

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                “…there were several vitally important energy bills that were deferred this session, most infuriatingly, because of political horse-trading,” writes Kailua resident Rachel Schutz.

Updated on  May 19, 2017 at 9:24 pm
When I vote for a legislator, I want to know that they are doing everything in their power to address the issues I care about, and that they are driven by their own moral compass, not by political tit for tat. Read More
DENNIS ODA / 2016
                                “Hawaii Energy has been effective in educating our communities about energy savings and implementing rebates and incentive programs,” writes Mililani resident Jennifer Ignacio.

Find way to keep Hawaii Energy vital

DENNIS ODA / 2016
                                “Hawaii Energy has been effective in educating our communities about energy savings and implementing rebates and incentive programs,” writes Mililani resident Jennifer Ignacio.

Updated on  May 19, 2017 at 7:44 pm
I was disappointed to read about the cuts to the Hawaii Energy programs due to GEMS (Green Energy Market Securitization). Read More
 
COURTESY PIXABAY
                                “The fact is, the only way to know that gambling and lottery would or would not generate revenue is to legalize it once and for all to put this issue to rest,” writes Kahuku resident Noel Muraki.

Legalize gambling to end guesswork

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                “The fact is, the only way to know that gambling and lottery would or would not generate revenue is to legalize it once and for all to put this issue to rest,” writes Kahuku resident Noel Muraki.

Updated on  May 19, 2017 at 7:24 pm
It is time to stop guessing, assuming and comparing this state to 40-plus other states on gambling (lottery) as a resource (money) for the state general fund that would operate state departments as another alternative. Read More
CRAIG T. KOJIMA / APRIL 3
                                Hawaii Habitat for Humanity and Appleseed built this accessory dwelling unit (ADU) on the Capitol lawn to raise awareness about statewide housing needs.

Rules must change to aid ADU dwellings

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / APRIL 3
                                Hawaii Habitat for Humanity and Appleseed built this accessory dwelling unit (ADU) on the Capitol lawn to raise awareness about statewide housing needs.

Updated on  May 18, 2017 at 6:00 pm
I would like to ask the City Council to direct the city Department of Planning and Permitting to publish a map of Oahu showing ADU (accessory dwelling unit)-eligible and non-eligible areas. Read More
COURTESY PIXABAY
                                “Hawaii ranks 47th in the nation for low-income students’ participation in school breakfast. Expanding the free meals program is one important improvement,” writes Nicole Woo.

Kudos to schools for more free meals

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                “Hawaii ranks 47th in the nation for low-income students’ participation in school breakfast. Expanding the free meals program is one important improvement,” writes Nicole Woo.

Updated on  May 17, 2017 at 6:05 pm
While it is true that only “20 percent of conventional public schools in the islands” will be participating in the Department of Education’s free school meals program next year, only 89 of them are eligible for this federal program. Read More
ASSOCIATED PRESS
                                Then-FBI Director James Comey speaks to the Anti-Defamation League National Leadership Summit in Washington earlier this month.

U.S. democratic system in danger

ASSOCIATED PRESS
                                Then-FBI Director James Comey speaks to the Anti-Defamation League National Leadership Summit in Washington earlier this month.

Updated on  May 16, 2017 at 6:23 pm
The firing of James Comey is an excellent example of the danger our democratic system is in. Read More
BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                A motorist drives to avoid the potholes.

North Shore roads badly need attention

BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                A motorist drives to avoid the potholes.

Updated on  May 15, 2017 at 7:59 pm
For the past two months, the city has been resurfacing back streets in Haleiwa and Waialua where there is only traffic from the local residents. Read More
COURTESY PIXABAY
                                SB 1240 reflects a reasoned compromise that allows existing commercial aquarium businesses to slowly phase down, with no new fish-capture licenses to be granted, saving 1-5 million fish yearly.

Mahalo for saving Hawaii’s reef fish

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                SB 1240 reflects a reasoned compromise that allows existing commercial aquarium businesses to slowly phase down, with no new fish-capture licenses to be granted, saving 1-5 million fish yearly.

Updated on  May 13, 2017 at 6:36 pm
Ask Gov. David Ige to sign SB 1240, so all our keiki will get to see these beautiful fish for generations. Read More
COURTESY PIXABAY
                                “Should tourism be allowed to run roughshod over the very real needs of the people who live and work and contribute to Hawaii?” writes Kailua resident Mollie Foti.

Vacation rentals can domino out residents

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                “Should tourism be allowed to run roughshod over the very real needs of the people who live and work and contribute to Hawaii?” writes Kailua resident Mollie Foti.

Updated on  May 13, 2017 at 6:43 pm
Expedia, a national vacation rental business, pays for a study that concludes — no surprise here — that vacation rental houses are vital to our tourist industry. Read More
COURTESY PIXABAY
                                Dolphins in Hawaii feed offshore at night, and return to near shore waters to rest during the day. Being pursued by boats during their resting hours borders on harassment and shouldn’t be allowed.

Leave dolphins alone to feed, rest

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                Dolphins in Hawaii feed offshore at night, and return to near shore waters to rest during the day. Being pursued by boats during their resting hours borders on harassment and shouldn’t be allowed.

Updated on  May 12, 2017 at 7:31 pm
Dolphins in Hawaii feed offshore at night, and return to near shore waters to rest during the day. Being pursued by boats during their resting hours borders on harassment and shouldn’t be allowed. Read More
COURTESY PIXABAY
                                “We would like to thank the Legislature for continued support of the Department of Education amid a conservative economic outlook,” writes Cheri Nakamura, HE‘E coalition director.

Educational equity will help all succeed

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                “We would like to thank the Legislature for continued support of the Department of Education amid a conservative economic outlook,” writes Cheri Nakamura, HE‘E coalition director.

Updated on  May 11, 2017 at 6:57 pm
In the state budget, the Legislature not only addressed ongoing basic needs but also, and importantly, included additional funding for Hawaiian education, special education and community engagement. Read More
CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Mayor Kirk Caldwell and the Department of Parks and Recreation announced Monday the construction of two new sand volleyball courts at Ala Moana Regional Park. It is one of several upgrades planned for the park.

Ala Moana Park on brink of privatization

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Mayor Kirk Caldwell and the Department of Parks and Recreation announced Monday the construction of two new sand volleyball courts at Ala Moana Regional Park. It is one of several upgrades planned for the park.

Updated on  May 10, 2017 at 6:17 pm
What an awful vision for a favorite beach park — unless, of course, the only green one envisions is the dollar kind. Read More
JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                The Sheraton Waikiki, left, and Royal Hawaiian Hotel.

Hotel tax hike isn’t very much

JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                The Sheraton Waikiki, left, and Royal Hawaiian Hotel.

Updated on  May 9, 2017 at 7:14 pm
Like many in Hawaii, I was very disappointed that the state Legislature failed miserably to come to grips with the problem of funding the rail project. Read More

Democrats squabble without Republicans

What happens when you throw out most of the Republicans in the Legislature? We have none in the Senate and only five in the House. Read More
Updated on  May 9, 2017 at 3:27 pm

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