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Weigh in on where to put OCCC

Discussions on relocating the Oahu Community Correctional Center might be coming to a neighborhood near you. Read More
Updated on  January 18, 2017 at 9:23 pm

A sad end to the Akebono Theater in Pahoa

The history of the Akebono Theater in Pahoa, now destroyed by fire, is a bit blurred by time, described variously as the oldest theater in the state or just “one of the oldest.” Anyway, it’s roughly a century old, and that’s a lot of history to be reduced to ashes. Read More
Updated on  January 17, 2017 at 7:26 pm

Moffatt and Elvis, together again at the arena?

When the late Tom Moffatt was making concert promotion history by bringing Elvis here, the arena where most of his booked acts played was called the Honolulu International Center. Read More
Updated on  January 16, 2017 at 7:30 pm

Honor King’s legacy today and in days ahead

Today is the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, and for some reason, it seems more necessary than ever to honor the slain civil rights leader and his important messages of peace and racial equality. Read More
Updated on  January 15, 2017 at 6:55 pm

Squeezing into a (new) affordable apartment

Viewers of “tiny home” TV shows routinely marvel at the creative uses of space that allow residents of such homes to live comfortably. Versatile, multi-use furniture and fixtures are must-haves. Read More
Updated on  January 13, 2017 at 7:23 pm
                                U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz appears at an election night party at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii in Moiliili on Nov. 8.

Hawaii’s Schatz will wield a whip

                                U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz appears at an election night party at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii in Moiliili on Nov. 8.

Updated on  January 13, 2017 at 3:55 pm
Like “gaffer” in the filmmaking world, the term “whip” has the politically uninitiated scratching heads. A whip, in legislative parlance, is an enforcer — of votes. Read More

Hawaii’s race relations look better than most

Hawaii ranks as the nation’s most black-and-white integrated state, according to an analysis conducted in honor of next week’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Read More
Updated on  January 12, 2017 at 3:04 am

Make homes for the homeless a routine story

The city-owned modular rentals in Waianae would seem to be an excellent next step toward self-sufficiency for their new formerly homeless tenants, whose happy reactions were reported in Sunday’s Star-Advertiser. Read More
Updated on  January 9, 2017 at 6:56 pm

Budget chairwomen get tough with governor

At the Legislature, all roads lead to the money committees — House Finance and Senate Ways and Means — chaired by Rep. Sylvia Luke and Sen. Jill Tokuda, respectively. Read More
Updated on  January 8, 2017 at 7:34 pm

A millennial joins the state House

New legislator Chris Todd will have a steep learning curve — after all, he just got appointed to the state Legislature on Thursday, and the new session starts in just over a week. Read More
Updated on  January 6, 2017 at 6:13 pm

Lawmaker has her eye on $6 million

The state’s budgetary push-and-pull dislodges all kinds of nest eggs. In one legislative briefing Wednesday, out came a $6 million special fund earmarked for future repair and maintenance of the University of Hawaii Cancer Center. Read More
Updated on  January 5, 2017 at 8:49 pm

Pilots, boat captains should carry radio beacons

In the aftermath of the Coast Guard and the Maui Fire Department suspending rescue efforts, family and friends are continuing to search for three young people who were in a small plane that disappeared from radar Friday night, apparently descending into waters northwest of Molokai. Read More
Updated on  January 4, 2017 at 7:54 pm

Loss of ACA feature could hurt Hawaii businesses

As congressional Republicans ponder — threaten? — swift repeal of the Affordable Care Act, it’s imperative to remember that real people’s health coverage is at stake. Read More
Updated on  January 3, 2017 at 4:53 pm

Aloha and hana hou, Mr. President

Morning workout at Semper Fit gym in Kaneohe’s Marine Corps Base Hawaii. Check. A quick stop for shave ice. Read More
Updated on  January 2, 2017 at 6:44 pm

Early, early risers will greet first light of 2017

Gates to the Makapuu Lighthouse Trail parking lot will be open well before sunrise on Sunday. But if you rise early to commune with nature on the first morning of the new year, don’t expect to be alone. Read More
Updated on  December 30, 2016 at 6:57 pm

Time and competition pass KMart by

It seems like only yesterday that Honolulu residents, long deprived of the “big box store” experience, were clamoring for their first KMart. Read More
Updated on  December 29, 2016 at 6:30 pm

Seeking a green solution for Hamakua land

LHF Lopiwa LLC, the tenant currently managing the eucalyptus logging operation on land owned by Kamehameha Schools on the Hamakua coast of Hawaii island, is giving up its lease. The business plan — to harvest the trees for paper production — didn’t work out as Lopiwa hoped. Read More
Updated on  December 28, 2016 at 10:31 pm

A guide to Hawaii Kai’s homeless camps

Hawaii Kai state Rep. Gene Ward has posted on his personal website (gene-ward.com) a map detailing the locations ofhomeless encampments in the community. Read More
Updated on  December 27, 2016 at 7:29 pm