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

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

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

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”

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

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

Kealoha Pisciotta: The activist leads the fight to keep the Thirty Meter Telescope off Mauna Kea

The fight is not over for Kealoha Pisciotta, who from her Big Island home for years has led the Mauna Kea Hui petitioners against the Thirty Meter Telescope. Read More
 

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

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

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

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

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

Diane Paloma: Incoming CEO of the Lunalilo Trust will support kupuna who need help

Lunalilo Home was established through a will drafted by Hawaii’s sixth monarch and first elected king, William Charles Lunalilo. Read More

Executive director of the Hawaii Children’s Action Network lobbies for children in need

The Merchant Street office occupied by Deborah Zysman, executive director of the Hawaii Children’s Action Network, is a long way from places most frequented by children. Read More

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

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

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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