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Low unemployment rate has a dark side

Hawaii’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate, which had been dropping in recent months, hit a new record low last month — 2.2 percent. Read More
Updated on  November 19, 2017 at 6:51 am

City Council committee delays foam-free future

With opposing sides squaring off over whether to ban petroleum-based polystyrene foam food containers, a City Council committee has deferred a bill that requires vendors to switch to compostable. Read More
Updated on  November 17, 2017 at 1:00 am

Time to rethink your blood pressure numbers

What’s in a number? Under new medical guidelines, a change in number has suddenly turned millions more people into hypertension patients than previously thought. Read More
Updated on  November 15, 2017 at 6:29 pm

HPD makes progress on sexual assault kits

It’s heartening to learn that the Honolulu Police Department will clear its backlog of nearly 1,400 sexual assault evidence kits, having them all sent out for testing by the end of this month. Read More
Updated on  November 14, 2017 at 6:32 pm

A proper scolding from the PUC chairman

The matter went before the high-powered state Public Utilities Commission, but really, it smacked of a grade-school squabble. Read More
Updated on  November 14, 2017 at 12:28 am

Rats! Construction work stirs up trouble at Halawa

Earlier this year, the ACLU of Hawaii Foundation asked the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate our overcrowded jails and prisons and to force the state to remedy the situation. Read More
Updated on  November 13, 2017 at 12:13 am
 

Could OHA manage Mauna Kea better?

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs is suing to get the state to end its lease of Mauna Kea summit lands to the University of Hawaii. Read More
Updated on  November 9, 2017 at 6:52 pm

It’s Hawaiian Telcom in Cincinnati

What started out 134 years ago in Hawaii as the Mutual Telephone Co. is a major step closer to becoming a Cincinnati Bell acquisition. Read More
Updated on  November 8, 2017 at 6:45 pm
 

Trump supporters, yes; agriculture experience, no

It’s unfortunate that President Donald Trump’s picks for Hawaii’s U.S. Department of Agriculture director posts appear to lack extensive experience tied to that industry. Read More
Updated on  November 6, 2017 at 6:37 pm

Police commission gets a fresh start


Updated on  November 6, 2017 at 12:24 am
With last week’s appointments of Gerard “Jerry” Gibson and Karen Chang, the Honolulu Police Commission is back to full strength, with seven members and a mission to give the Honolulu Police Department a fresh start. Read More

Hirono shows her strength amid cancer trials


Updated on  November 1, 2017 at 6:32 pm
Agree or disagree with her politics, there’s much to admire about U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono’s grit in her ongoing fight against cancer. Read More

Let’s have a safe and happy Halloween


Updated on  October 30, 2017 at 6:47 pm
Today is officially “BE SAFE, BE SEEN Halloween Pedestrian Safety Day,” as proclaimed by Honolulu Hale in tandem with Junior Police Officers (JPOs) at Ma‘ema‘e Elementary School. Read More

Adrift in the ocean with plenty of food


Updated on  October 29, 2017 at 6:42 pm
It’s not as if Jennifer Appel and Tasha Fuiava went off on their South Pacific sail on a lark. There were preparations to get the vessel, the Sea Nymph, up to speed. Read More

A visitor from beyond the solar system


Updated on  October 26, 2017 at 7:01 pm
Using a University of Hawaii telescope on Haleakala, an Institute for Astronomy researcher last week glimpsed our first spotted-by-telescope interstellar visitor. Read More

No need to panic, but prepare for nuclear attack


Updated on  October 23, 2017 at 6:38 pm
The prospect of a terrorist attack, especially one of the nuclear variety, is frightening, but the first public service announcement aimed at boosting preparedness has a keep-calm vibe. Read More

Think about another mumps vaccination


Updated on  October 22, 2017 at 6:51 pm
Mumps outbreaks have been occurring on college campuses across nation in recent years. Read More

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