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Build affordable rentals to last

The vision is a promising one, but one dares not hope too high, for fear of jinxing things. Read More
Updated on  November 20, 2017 at 12:17 am

Don’t give up on sprinklers

Updated on  November 17, 2017 at 6:21 pm
It’s not really a surprise that the City Council would hesitate to require older residential high-rises to install automatic fire sprinklers. Read More

New members can help HART board

Updated on  November 16, 2017 at 6:25 pm
The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) convened its Nov. 6 board meeting with four additional members — watchdogs sent by the Legislature to keep an eye on the city’s massively over-budget rail transit project. Read More

Hospital needs security overhaul

Updated on  November 15, 2017 at 6:31 pm
Nobody ultimately got hurt, fortunately, and for that Hawaii residents can be grateful. Read More

GOP’s tax plans would hurt Hawaii

The Republican proposals for tax reform are running into headwinds in Congress, which Hawaii residents may take as a hopeful sign. Read More
Updated on  November 14, 2017 at 6:34 pm

Build new jail at quarantine site

Aging and inefficient in its operations, Oahu Community Correctional Center in Kalihi houses more than 1,300 inmates in a facility originally designed for 628, but modified over the years to fit about 950. Read More
Updated on  November 13, 2017 at 6:53 pm

Isle families need affordable flights

Hawaii already holds the distinction — not always a welcome one — of being among the most remote spots on Earth. Read More
Updated on  November 13, 2017 at 12:13 am

Don’t rush into Blaisdell project

Updated on  November 10, 2017 at 6:30 pm
With the price tag for the city’s ongoing cash-strapped rail project looming large, Mayor Kirk Caldwell should press the pause button on a proposal for a large-scale Blaisdell Center makeover. Read More

Kealohas rack up legal bills, without a way to pay them

Updated on  November 11, 2017 at 7:48 pm
Innocent until proven guilty. That’s what taxpayers must keep in mind as the trial of disgraced former Police Chief Louis Kealoha and his deputy city prosecutor wife, Katherine, unfolds — with the public now forced to foot their legal bills. Read More

Strong leadership needed for HCDA

Updated on  November 9, 2017 at 7:22 pm
There are lots of reasons why this is not an opportune time for a change in leadership at the Hawaii Community Development Authority, not the least of which is that it’s been only a year since the last one. Read More

Police body cams are worth testing

Updated on  November 8, 2017 at 6:47 pm
In this era of video documenting nearly every moment of public life — and a lot of private moments, too — people have felt less than satisfied with taking official assertions on faith. Read More

Ensure access to kidney dialysis

Diabetes is hitting Hawaii hard. Due in part to the dice-roll of genetics, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders are two times more likely to have diabetes than other ethnic groups here. Read More
Updated on  November 7, 2017 at 7:18 pm

Hold hearing on harbor dispute

Kewalo Basin Harbor is a major asset of the Kakaako waterfront that’s owned by the state but under private management. Read More
Updated on  November 6, 2017 at 6:38 pm

Stronger measures needed on diabetes

Updated on  November 5, 2017 at 9:12 pm
Seven hundred new patients a year. That’s the count of Hawaii residents in need of kidney dialysis treatment. Read More

Housing’s future in high density

In the two decades since the Koa Ridge development first appeared on the drawing board, the planning landscape has shifted around it. Read More
Updated on  November 3, 2017 at 7:12 pm

Tax code change threatens Lahaina affordable rentals

A worrisome situation is unfolding at a Lahaina, Maui, low-income rental apartment project — and it’s likely a harbinger of things to come for similar apartments and their tenants. Read More
Updated on  November 3, 2017 at 6:38 pm

Much at stake as Trump visits Asia

Updated on  November 2, 2017 at 7:00 pm
President Donald Trump touches down at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam today, making his first visit to Hawaii as the nation’s chief executive. Read More

Let public review Airbnb tax deal

Updated on  November 1, 2017 at 6:23 pm
Hawaii has struggled for decades to deal rationally with its vacation rental problem — the problem being that this is a growing industry operating largely outside the law. Read More

Clamp down on ‘monster houses’

Updated on  October 31, 2017 at 11:23 pm
More frightful than a Halloween ghoul, “monster houses” are popping up in Honolulu and striking fear into already hemmed-in neighborhoods, with potential troubles tied to the jumbo-sized dwellings ranging from clogged traffic flow to stressed infrastructure. Read More

Recycling needs better fiscal plan

Updated on  October 30, 2017 at 6:50 pm
Reusing and recycling waste material would seem to be a cheaper way of life as well as being key to what’s now called “sustainability.” Read More

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