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Hawaii’s Democratic Party chairman focuses on environmental, social justice

Updated on  November 17, 2017 at 5:51 pm
The Democratic Party of Hawaii represents almost the entire political spectrum in the state. That’s the way DPH Chairman Tim Vanderveer sees it. Read More

Gavin Thornton: Hawaii Appleseed co-director helps the poor, and aims to untangle the state budget process

Updated on  November 3, 2017 at 1:37 am
Shortly after graduating from the University of Virginia’s law school in 2002, while working as an attorney in Legal Aid Society of Hawaii’s Kona office, Gavin Thornton discovered that the state had been overcharging public housing tenants for more than a decade. Read More

John Hara: The distinguished architect emphasizes environmentally friendly projects

Updated on  October 26, 2017 at 11:09 am
Architect John Hara’s practice is devoted to planning and design of sites and buildings, with an aim to continually “redefine the contemporary language” of Hawaii’s architectural traditions. Read More

CFS’ new head, Karen Tan, focuses on help, “from twinkle to wrinkle”

Updated on  October 12, 2017 at 6:37 pm
Karen Tan now occupies a different job at the nonprofit Child & Family Service — president and chief executive officer, moving into her office at the health and human services agency’s downtown location. Read More

David Earles: Hopes to help build a healthy future for troubled zoo

Updated on  October 5, 2017 at 6:42 pm
Last year was a difficult one for the Honolulu Zoo. After long grappling with trouble spots such as inconsistent annual city funding and instability in leadership due to a revolving-door situation in the director’s post, it lost accreditation with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Read More

Bobby Lee: The firefighters union chief sees hard lessons in the Marco Polo condo fire

Updated on  September 22, 2017 at 1:09 am
The Hawaii Fire Fighters Association (HFFA) serves as the bargaining representative for some 1,900 active-duty and 1,000 retired firefighters in Honolulu, other counties and firefighters protecting our state airports. Read More

Brennon Morioka: The former HART deputy director leads HECO’s efforts to expand use of electric vehicles

Brennon Morioka, 48, newly the Hawaiian Electric Co. manager for electrification of transportation — dealing with electric vehicles of all kinds and the systems that link them to the power grid — has been on the learning curve a few times already. Read More

Mariana Gerschenson: Professor targets Hawaii’s struggle with diabetes

Updated on  August 24, 2017 at 6:59 pm
The concept for the Center of Biomedical Research Excellence in Diabetes at the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine began taking shape about five years ago. Read More

DOH official takes on medical cannabis dispensaries

Updated on  August 18, 2017 at 12:09 am
Keith Ridley knows something about business, starting with the master’s in business administration from the University of Hawaii. Read More

John Bravender: Meteorologist keeps a wary eye on Pacific hurricanes

Updated on  August 11, 2017 at 1:11 am
John Bravender, who grew up in Michigan, knew he wanted to pursue weather sciences from his college days in the Midwest; his mother worried about his career choice, as mothers do. Read More

Ku‘ulei Williams: Head of Aloha Harvest rescues food for those who need it most

Updated on  July 21, 2017 at 6:16 pm
Aloha Harvest trucks pick up quality edibles that restaurants, caterers, groceries, food distributors and other purveyors would otherwise pitch, and make same-day deliveries to agencies serving the needy. Read More

The executive director of Bikeshare Hawaii wants Honolulu to become a biking city

Updated on  July 13, 2017 at 6:42 pm
Lori McCarney pedaled in, checked in her bike in an empty stall and sat down for an interview at Auahi and Keawe streets, fronting the ninth most popular out of 89 Biki stations in Honolulu. Read More

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