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UH must change to keep students

Updated on  July 28, 2017 at 12:37 am
Headcount enrollment at the University of Hawaii’s flagship Manoa campus dipped below 20,000 in fall 2014 for the first time more than 10 years — and the ongoing slide is expected to continue this fall. Read More

Put safety first for high-rises

In the aftermath of the tragic fire that killed three people at the Marco Polo condominium tower, the debate is growing about whether sprinklers should be required in high-rise projects built before they were mandated in the mid-1970s. Read More

EVs beyond need for free parking

Updated on  July 24, 2017 at 6:56 pm
Some would say that Hawaii is perfectly suited for a large-scale conversion, over time, to electric vehicle (EV) technology. Commuting distances are usually short enough to fit within the range of a single battery charge. Read More

Maintain progress for charter schools

Updated on  July 23, 2017 at 7:03 pm
In 2012, amid several cases of glaring misuse of public education funds and administrators faulted for hiring their relatives, the Legislature moved to reform the state’s charter schools program, which had been more focused on support services rather than accountability standards. Read More

Stage set for advancing clean energy goals

Updated on  July 21, 2017 at 8:14 pm
For the first time in more than a decade, the Public Utilities Commission has accepted an updated Hawaiian Electric Co. plan detailing how it will reach the state’s goal of 100 percent renewable energy. Read More

Prepare with care for possible attack

When it comes to preparing for an attack from North Korea, it’s important to know the difference between fearmongering and preparedness. Read More

Give Chinatown changes a chance

Updated on  July 20, 2017 at 6:48 pm
Chinatown cradles a lot of Hono­lulu’s rich history, and over all that time, residents have developed habitual ways of paying a visit. Read More

Rebuild to fight invasive species

Updated on  July 19, 2017 at 7:39 pm
Protecting Hawaii’s environment against the damaging effects of invasive species is a matter of reducing risk as much as possible, using the available tools to their fullest extent. Read More

Learn from rail’s difficult history

Updated on  July 19, 2017 at 12:22 am
Focusing on course corrections, the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation’s board in June declined to proceed with a forensic audit — an independent accounting of the massive cost spikes and delays spanning the history of the ongoing rail project. Read More

Retrofit towers with sprinklers

Updated on  July 17, 2017 at 6:50 pm
There are no easy answers to draw from Friday’s tragic fire that killed three people at the Marco Polo condominium tower. Read More

Don’t create new armed park force

Updated on  July 16, 2017 at 7:12 pm
Mitigation of homelessness requires coordination among law enforcement and other government agencies and nonprofit organizations that provide necessary support services. Read More

Deter distracted walkers via fines

Updated on  July 14, 2017 at 8:22 pm
You’ll see it during rush hour in downtown Honolulu and elsewhere. Motorists inching through traffic and pedestrians crossing busy intersections. One thing many have in common is that their eyes are cast down, staring at their phones. Read More

State must block opioid epidemic

Updated on  July 14, 2017 at 7:45 pm
This week, Gov. David Ige announced a plan to distribute 20,000 opioid overdose rescue kits. Health care providers, first responders, pharmacists and others need to be equipped to intercede quickly in an overdose emergency and save lives. Read More

‘Plantation’ village offers families hope

Updated on  July 13, 2017 at 6:52 pm
It’s still just an empty piece of public land, but one with the promise of new opportunities for some 150 homeless families desperate for a bit of good fortune. Read More

Be careful with water catchment

Updated on  July 12, 2017 at 6:50 pm
Among the rustic charms of off-the-grid living, rainwater catchment can provide soft and clear water that’s good for drinking and bathing as well as washing dishes and laundry. Read More

City, state must agree on rail plan

Updated on  July 11, 2017 at 7:02 pm
The City Council is poised at its meeting today to authorize the issuance of bonds funding construction of the cash-strapped $8.2 billion rail project, if the votes come in as the mayor projects. Read More

Find a better way to avoid food waste

Updated on  July 10, 2017 at 7:48 pm
Not all good intentions have their optimal effect when they’re enforced as a matter of law. Read More

Biomass project deserves chance

Updated on  July 8, 2017 at 7:31 pm
Burning wood. It may be the oldest form of renewable energy, and yet making it part of the state’s portfolio has been a real challenge. Read More

Get control of wild ‘floatillas’

Updated on  July 7, 2017 at 6:32 pm
Here and elsewhere, the growing popularity and uncontrolled expansion of social media-fueled “floatillas” — featuring offshore boozing on everything from boats to cheap inflatable rafts — have led to calls to clamp down on such parties. Read More