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Hemp will get to set down roots in isles

Hawaii could be poised for a hemp heyday. After years of test planting and wrangling over access to seeds (hemp is classified as an illegal drug under federal law), the state’s Industrial Hemp Pilot Program is now accepting applications for licenses to grow the fibrous plant. Read More
Updated on  April 18, 2018 at 6:52 pm

Rail and FTA unite political rivals, for now

After a Monday meeting with rail partners at the Federal Transit Administration, Mayor Kirk Caldwell and key City Council members reported reaffirming their pledge to make good on funding obligations. Read More
Updated on  April 17, 2018 at 6:42 pm

Flooded Kauai could use a helping hand

It’s too easy to write off the very cut-and-dried infrastructure problems of a place with the laid-back moniker, “The Garden Island.” Read More
Updated on  April 18, 2018 at 4:51 pm

Parks must be locked up at night

It is wholly lamentable that the city is locking up public-park facilities overnight, but wholly logical given the rise in repeated vandalism. Read More
Updated on  April 15, 2018 at 6:47 pm

Big-city contraflow comes to Hawaii island

There’s nothing like a contraflow lane to tell a once-rural community that Big City Lifestyle — or at least its bad-traffic component — is creeping closer. Read More
Updated on  April 12, 2018 at 6:37 pm

Don’t let left turns veer into political brawl

Micromanagement or good policy? That’s the question as the City Council and Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s administration tangle over allowing rush-hour left turns from Kapiolani Boulevard at the McCully Street and Atkinson Drive intersections. Read More
Updated on  April 11, 2018 at 6:37 pm

Hawaii won’t be a sanctuary this year

In the end, it seems, pragmatism got the better of progressive politics when it comes to the controversial “sanctuary city” bills. Read More
Updated on  April 10, 2018 at 6:20 pm

Gubernatorial candidates start their debates

And they’re off! It’s just three weeks into spring, but the election debate season has already started, with Hawaii’s main gubernatorial candidates taking on Native Hawaiian issues. Read More
Updated on  April 9, 2018 at 6:32 pm

Water main break can make case for BWS

Last week’s messy, ugly and surely expensive Dole Street water-main break that upheaved traffic and school schedules may have an upside for the Honolulu Board of Water Supply. Read More
Updated on  April 8, 2018 at 6:31 pm

Whale watchers have less to watch

Updated on  April 4, 2018 at 6:48 pm
Hawaii’s visitor arrival counts are going up in just about all categories. One exception: our 45-ton winter visitor. Read More

Governor chooses new BOE members

Remember when debate raged over whether the state Board of Education should be appointed or elected? Read More
Updated on  April 4, 2018 at 12:18 am

Hikers need tough warnings about dangers

Updated on  April 3, 2018 at 1:06 am
The tragic hiking accident in which a young man lost his life in an Olomana ridge fall serves as a reminder, on multiple fronts. Read More

Be safe on the freeway today

Updated on  April 1, 2018 at 7:15 pm
Today, as everyone heads back to daily routines after the Easter holiday, those drivers heading Ewa onto the airport viaduct will see a reminder of the traffic mess of Thursday afternoon: signs of a broken concrete barrier. Read More

‘Olelo stays put on the digital dial

Updated on  March 29, 2018 at 8:03 pm
Those who consider community-access TV to be must-see TV are surely applauding a state order that bars cable giant Spectrum from booting ‘Olelo’s familiar programming into the “digital Siberia” of higher-numbered channels. Read More

TheBus’ new Holo card will get you going

Updated on  March 28, 2018 at 7:49 pm
It does look like the city has made an apt name choice for its fledgling transit “smart” card, Holo — there are other words for “go.” Read More

Renewing your driver’s license? Be prepared

So, you’re one of the 66,500-plus people whose next renewal of a driver’s license or state ID means digging up original docs and standing in a long line? What you need — probably more than a sympathetic hug — is a hand. Read More
Updated on  March 25, 2018 at 7:37 pm

OHA must take hard look at its CEO

Following a recent state audit that slammed the Office of Hawaiian Affairs for lax spending tied to millions in discretionary funding, the agency’s Board of Trustees met behind closed doors Thursday to evaluate the status of their sole employee. Read More
Updated on  March 22, 2018 at 6:42 pm

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