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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

Damien Kim: HART’s chairman remains bullish on completing rail project


Updated on  June 29, 2017 at 7:09 pm
Damien Kim, wearing the hat of business manager of the electrician’s union, has seen a lot of construction projects in his time, all embedded with risk and worry. Read More

The state’s top consumer protection officer wants Hawaii residents to beware of scams


Updated on  June 16, 2017 at 12:32 am
Stephen Levins, executive director of the state Office of Consumer Protection (OCP), has recently graduated into the class of people especially protected by Hawaii’s laws against unfair or deceptive trade practices. Read More

Head of city’s climate change office wants to build a resilient Honolulu


Updated on  June 8, 2017 at 5:05 pm
In the run-up to November’s general election, the city’s Charter Commission told voters that passage of a proposed amendment to Honolulu’s “Constitution” would establish a central point for contending with sustainability-related stewardship of our natural resources for present and future generations. Read More

Affordable-housing advocate lobbies government to do more for low-income residents


Updated on  June 2, 2017 at 12:25 am
Catherine Graham, one of the leading lights of the Housing Now! Coalition throughout the just-finished legislative session, would describe herself as a passionate advocate for affordable housing — but not any kind of expert. Read More

New GOP Hawaii head Ostrov sees strength in core beliefs, diversity


Updated on  May 26, 2017 at 12:42 am
When Shirlene DelaCruz Ostrov, the newly elected chairwoman of the Hawaii Republican Party, started college, she had no interest in politics. Read More

Longtime hotel honcho keeps active in the military


Updated on  May 18, 2017 at 6:05 pm
David Carey, the just-retired CEO of Outrigger Hotels and Resorts, now has more time for meetings as chairman of the Military Affairs Council at the Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii. Read More

Name in the News: Mike Packard leads Complete Streets


Updated on  May 11, 2017 at 7:11 pm
Five years ago, when the City Council adopted a Complete Streets ordinance, it joined an emerging nationwide movement. But the idea of underscoring safe multimodal travel in community design is not new to Oahu. Read More

Family Assessment Center director welcomes the homeless — and moves them along


Updated on  May 5, 2017 at 11:15 am
Adrian Contreras, keeps an eye on the 90-day turnaround window for families, who should move into permanent housing by then. On average, the Family Assessment Center reports it has met that target in its first six months of operation. Read More

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