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DOE makes better progress on misconduct cases

Updated on  July 20, 2017 at 6:57 pm
Limbo is not a good place for anyone to be left, and it does appear that the state Department of Education is improving on that front. Read More

The school year approaches, teachers or not

Updated on  July 19, 2017 at 7:14 pm
Ready or not, Hawaii’s school year gets underway in early August. Fully qualified teachers, however, are not in ready supply. Read More

Farewell to one of The Brothers Caz

Updated on  July 18, 2017 at 7:10 pm
The late Roland Cazimero made his mark on the musical scene in the early years of what’s known as the Hawaiian Renaissance. “Contemporary Hawaiian” became a musical genre, and Roland, who died Sunday, was one of its leading lights. Read More

Vaping among teens turns up asthma risk

Updated on  July 17, 2017 at 6:47 pm
While health effects tied to electronic cigarettes are still murky, a University of Hawaii survey has turned up a possible asthma concern. Read More

Your Airbnb room is a business, with rules

Updated on  July 14, 2017 at 9:11 pm
You can do what you like in your own residence — unless that residence is serving as a public accommodation. And then you’d better behave yourself accordingly. Read More

Another serve, another return to travel ban

Updated on  July 14, 2017 at 7:33 pm
Whomp! Ball’s back in your court. That’s the gist of the legal back-and-forth between Hawaii and the Trump administration over the nationally controversial “travel ban” involving six Muslim-majority countries. Read More

City close to closing plastic bag loophole

Updated on  July 13, 2017 at 6:50 pm
A bill that unites greenies and greenbacks in a rare “kumbaya” moment calls for a flat-out ban on checkout counter plastic bags, effect Jan. 1, 2020. Read More

Squaring off over a curvy road in Kalihi

Updated on  July 12, 2017 at 6:44 pm
Kalihi Street, which cuts through a slice of urban Honolulu like a knife, transforms suddenly into a meandering rural road as drivers head into the valley. Read More

Natatorium gets some high-powered support

Updated on  July 10, 2017 at 7:24 pm
When Friends of the Natatorium pitched a fresh plan to restore the long-shuttered Waikiki Natatorium War Memorial saltwater pool area last fall, Mo Radke, the nonprofit’s president, said: “Give us two years, I could show you the money.” Read More

Median home prices approaching astronomical

Updated on  July 9, 2017 at 7:03 pm
Talk about a hot seller’s market. Oahu single-family home prices are at a record high, with median cost at $795,000. Read More

Hawaii challenges delay of college loan rule

Updated on  July 7, 2017 at 6:36 pm
Hawaii is now among 18 states suing U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos over a move to scrap a loan-forgiveness rule in cases of deception and misconduct by for-profit universities. Read More

From banyans to golden trumpets at McKinley

Updated on  July 6, 2017 at 6:17 pm
Ask any McKinley High School graduate. The rows of banyan trees lining the front facing lawn, trimmed into neat lollipop shapes, have been part of the campus’ handsome appearance for decades. Read More

A fair increase in historic homes property tax

There can be, in fact, too much of a good thing. City Council members are thinking the degree of property tax benefit for those who preserve historic homes represents one good example. Read More
Updated on  July 5, 2017 at 1:39 am

Heroic deeds above the Moanalua Freeway

The Fourth of July is, after all, a day to celebrate heroes. So this one shouldn’t pass without a shout-out to two who responded to Friday’s stunning airplane crash and saved lives. Read More
Updated on  July 3, 2017 at 7:14 pm

Young ‘Iolani grad gets big NBA job

Being out here in the middle of the Pacific, with no pro team to call our own, it’s always more exciting to cheer on teams if they have ties to Hawaii. Read More
Updated on  July 2, 2017 at 6:51 pm

Waikiki gets a special visitor, with pup

Updated on  June 30, 2017 at 8:48 pm
It’s already a rare thing to see a monk seal out in the open, let alone one with a newborn pup. But for the next several weeks, folks are being treated to the ultra-rare sight of a monk seal, an endangered species, and her pup on the shores of Kaimana Beach in Waikiki. Read More

City Council looks to ban plastic bags, at last

Updated on  June 29, 2017 at 7:19 pm
A Honolulu City Council committee is advancing a plan to put in place a deadline through which checkout counter plastic bags will be banned, effective Jan. 1, 2020. Read More

Coming soon: a Donki in the supermarket

Updated on  June 28, 2017 at 7:36 pm
News that The Don Quijote Group is buying Hawaii’s Times Supermarkets chain raises a lot of questions for consumers. Read More