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Rail, pension fund top state’s agenda

State lawmakers, initially signaled that there would be cash to spare for their annual budget-making exercise, now find themselves instead in frustrating if familiar territory: choosing the winners and losers in the battle for taxpayer dollars. Read More
Updated on  January 18, 2017 at 8:54 pm

Vigilance needed in defense of women’s rights

This Saturday, the day after Donald Trump is sworn in as the 45th president of the United States, a crowd of several thousand is expected to gather on the grounds of Hawaii’s Capitol to deliver a message to local and national elected leaders, and to the world: Women’s rights are human rights. Read More
Updated on  January 17, 2017 at 7:28 pm

HPD settlement must be justified

In the next 24 hours or so, at its regularly scheduled Wednesday meeting, the Honolulu Police Commission is expected to make its decision public about any deal it’s striking withembattled Honolulu Police Department Chief Louis Kealoha, who has stated his intent to retire from HPD. Read More
Updated on  January 16, 2017 at 7:31 pm

New stadium needs private investment

Instead of today’s underused and rusting 50,000-seat facility, the Aloha Stadium Authority sees a vibrant future for a smaller stadium surrounded by development, which could include restaurants, shops, housing and easy access to the city’s rail line. Read More
Updated on  January 16, 2017 at 12:44 am

Require builders to build housing, not just pay a fee

Mayor Kirk Caldwell and other rail supporters have long pitched the city’s ongoing transit project as a golden opportunity for a much-needed boost in Oahu’s affordable housing inventory. Read More
Updated on  January 13, 2017 at 8:25 pm

HTA must open financial books

Hawaii tourism is an industry, indisputably part of the private sector, with businesses competing for their share of the marketplace. But it’s also the foundational element of the state’s economy, in which the public has invested heavily. Read More
Updated on  January 13, 2017 at 7:26 pm

Strict budgeting needed to sustain retirement system

A mere five months ago, it was reported that the state was enjoying a $1 billion treasury surplus after closing the fiscal year that ended June 30. What a difference a half-year makes. Read More
Updated on  January 12, 2017 at 6:46 pm

Protect access to Waikiki shore

The beach at Waikiki, famous around the world and visited by millions, isn’t much of a beach — literally. Read More
Updated on  January 12, 2017 at 2:29 am
                                President Barack Obama spoke during his farewell address at McCormick Place in Chicago Tuesday.

Obama maintains faith in America

                                President Barack Obama spoke during his farewell address at McCormick Place in Chicago Tuesday.

Updated on  January 10, 2017 at 6:52 pm
It seems fitting that President Barack Obama delivered his farewell address in Chicago, the city that became the focus of his family and his early political career. That’s where his public life really took shape, so it’s natural that he would want to end his presidency speaking before the bedrock of his political base. Read More

HPD panel must serve public first

There was a short-lived sense of relief when the city’s Police Commission announced late last week that Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha has agreed to retire and that the details of a sendoff package are being worked out. Read More
Updated on  January 9, 2017 at 6:59 pm

Public needs look at judicial nominees

The ever-present need for transparency in the process of judicial selection is underscored with last week’s public release of a finalists list for a seat on the Intermediate Court of Appeals, the second-highest court in the state behind the Hawaii Supreme Court. Read More
Updated on  January 8, 2017 at 7:36 pm

Don’t just dump ACA; reform it

America is stuck in an uncomfortable limbo ahead of any formal action by Congress to pursue an unwinding of the Affordable Care Act — “unwinding” being a term descriptive of a best-case scenario. Read More
Updated on  January 6, 2017 at 7:21 pm

Dolphins don’t belong in resorts

Plans in the works for the luxe Atlantis Resort project in West Oahu no longer include mention of swimming-with-dolphin activities — and that’s a good thing. Read More
Updated on  January 6, 2017 at 6:16 pm

Teacher-trip deal good for students

The state Ethics Commission and the teachers’ union have settled on a suitable middle ground in the battle over teachers’ involvement in arranging and chaperoning off-island trips for students. Read More
Updated on  January 5, 2017 at 8:46 pm

Minimum wage hike just a start

Two years ago, the Hawaii Legislature increased the state’s minimum wage by 50 cents in the first of four annual increases that will lift hourly pay to $10.10 next January. This week, it bumped up by 75 cents to $9.25. Read More
Updated on  January 4, 2017 at 6:39 pm

Fireworks rules too often ignored

Most Oahu kamaaina residents would affirm that New Year’s Eve was much calmer than those they remember before the partial ban on fireworks went into effect in 2011. Read More
Updated on  January 3, 2017 at 4:51 pm

Better trailhead needed for hike

Nobody expected hikers to converge to Maunawili Falls Trail in massive numbers, back when the city first granted the conditional use permit for a golf course abutting it. Read More
Updated on  January 2, 2017 at 6:46 pm

Hilo must prepare for tourism growth

Nearly a year ago, when the proprietor of Uncle Billy’s Hilo Bay Hotel announced its expected closure, a wave of nostalgia swept through Banyan Drive. Read More
Updated on  January 1, 2017 at 7:17 pm

Resolve to settle big issues in 2017

Resolution. On this day, the word references those promises we make to ourselves on New Year’s — pledges to lose weight, get fit, be nicer, and so on. Read More
Updated on  December 30, 2016 at 8:37 pm

City ethics rules need clarification

Clarity is key to ethical behavior in government. Elected officials need to be clear with the public about what outside interests could potentially could influence their decisionmaking. Read More
Updated on  December 30, 2016 at 6:53 pm

Promote use of EVs on isle roads

Hawaii is ideally suited to EVs: Daily commutes are relatively short and within range of a single charge. And EV charging at public charging stations during daylight hours takes full advantage of lower utility rates offered at that time. Read More
Updated on  December 29, 2016 at 6:12 pm