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                                Homebuilders must realize, above all, that Honolulu is their city, too, and they have to step up. Nobody should want a colony of crystal towers rising where so many people live in the shadows — and on the streets.

All must partner to build housing

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                Homebuilders must realize, above all, that Honolulu is their city, too, and they have to step up. Nobody should want a colony of crystal towers rising where so many people live in the shadows — and on the streets.

Updated on  May 26, 2017 at 8:35 pm
Homebuilders must realize, above all, that Honolulu is their city, too, and they have to step up. Nobody should want a colony of crystal towers rising where so many people live in the shadows — and on the streets. Read More
COURTESY U.S. NAVY / 2014
                                A close-up of the wet spot in the concrete below Tank 5 at the Red Hill Underground Fuel Storage Facility. Since the 2014 leak, the Navy has stepped up testing of drinking and groundwater and added monitoring wells.

Red Hill fuel tanks need swift remedy

COURTESY U.S. NAVY / 2014
                                A close-up of the wet spot in the concrete below Tank 5 at the Red Hill Underground Fuel Storage Facility. Since the 2014 leak, the Navy has stepped up testing of drinking and groundwater and added monitoring wells.

Updated on  May 26, 2017 at 7:42 pm
The very existence of the Red Hill tanks was a state secret until the early 1990s, when the facility was declassified. Now, with its strengths and flaws under glare of public scrutiny, it’s time to finalize a plan of action for the site’s future and promptly get the job done. Read More
DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Christina Kishimoto

High hurdles for new schools chief

DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Christina Kishimoto

Updated on  May 25, 2017 at 6:51 pm
Christina Kishimoto will have to not only hit the ground running but also nimbly traverse some challenging terrain when she takes over the helm at the state Department of Education. Read More
COURTESY PIXABAY
                                On any given day, there are nearly 428,000 children in foster care in the U.S., according to estimates. The 2,766 kids in foster homes in Hawaii, along with the adults who care for them, deserve something far better than petty politics from a state that espouses ohana values.

Reconsider; allot foster-care funds

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                On any given day, there are nearly 428,000 children in foster care in the U.S., according to estimates. The 2,766 kids in foster homes in Hawaii, along with the adults who care for them, deserve something far better than petty politics from a state that espouses ohana values.

Updated on  May 24, 2017 at 6:10 pm
Foster parents tend to be big-hearted people, willing to share their home and give their time to disadvantaged children. Such generosity can be key to a healthy and happy future for a child who has been abused or neglected. Read More
ASSOCIATED PRESS
                                People cry after a vigil in Albert Square, Manchester, England, on Tuesday, the day after the suicide attack at an Ariana Grande concert that left 22 people dead.

Remain vigilant against terrorism

ASSOCIATED PRESS
                                People cry after a vigil in Albert Square, Manchester, England, on Tuesday, the day after the suicide attack at an Ariana Grande concert that left 22 people dead.

Updated on  May 23, 2017 at 5:53 pm
This is a cancer that metastasized long ago. Regardless, the fight to save the patient must go on because there is no other moral choice. Read More
DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                People exit the Honolulu Zoo after a visit.

Zoo must step up urgency on fixes

DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                People exit the Honolulu Zoo after a visit.

Updated on  May 22, 2017 at 7:58 pm
Oahu residents want to have a zoo enough to give it a second chance — a series of second chances, in fact. A new infusion of hope came when the voters ratified the idea of a dedicated funding source for the Honolulu Zoo, a significant show of support. Read More
COURTESY PIXABAY
                                Hawaii’s public worker unions deserve a right to negotiate over issues that are core to their members’ pay and working conditions; the state and county officials who serve as their employer need the right to manage the labor force in the best interest of the taxpayers who foot the bills.

Bill gives too wide leeway to unions

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                Hawaii’s public worker unions deserve a right to negotiate over issues that are core to their members’ pay and working conditions; the state and county officials who serve as their employer need the right to manage the labor force in the best interest of the taxpayers who foot the bills.

Updated on  May 19, 2017 at 9:21 pm
It’s a difficult balance to strike, without a doubt. Hawaii’s public worker unions deserve a right to negotiate over issues that are core to their members’ pay and working conditions; the state and county officials who serve as their employer need the right to manage the labor force in the best interest of the taxpayers who foot the bills. Read More
 
COURTESY PHOTO
                                Artist rendering of the proposed retail and seaside space being developed by Haseko. The Haseko master plan is for retail Wai Kai Lagoon development at its Hoakalei Resort and Ocean Pointe communities in Ewa Beach.

Scrutiny needed for Ewa Beach retail village

COURTESY PHOTO
                                Artist rendering of the proposed retail and seaside space being developed by Haseko. The Haseko master plan is for retail Wai Kai Lagoon development at its Hoakalei Resort and Ocean Pointe communities in Ewa Beach.

Updated on  May 21, 2017 at 12:41 am
Haseko Development Inc. has been building out its Ewa Beach project for years, following a path with twists and turns. Hoakalei Resort is how the area is described more broadly, but it’s been a shape-shifter. Read More
COURTESY PIXABAY
                                Before the vaccine was first offered, 50 years ago, the virus was endured as a “universal childhood disease,” with roughly 200,000 cases reported annually. Officials say about 90 percent of Hawaii’s schoolchildren are now vaccinated for mumps.

Mumps outbreak is reminder of vaccination need

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                Before the vaccine was first offered, 50 years ago, the virus was endured as a “universal childhood disease,” with roughly 200,000 cases reported annually. Officials say about 90 percent of Hawaii’s schoolchildren are now vaccinated for mumps.

Updated on  May 19, 2017 at 7:15 pm
The highly contagious mumps virus hanging in Hawaii’s air has so far resulted in 47 cases — a 16-year high. The best way to avoid the disease: Get vaccinated. Read More
 
COURTESY PIXABAY
                                Rolled out as an innovation to boost Hawaii’s renewable-energy profile, GEMS is overdue for a course correction. Marketplace changes cannot always be anticipated, of course, but better cost-benefit analyses must be employed to salvage a program that now rates as a $150 million bust.

Don’t compound GEMS failure

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                Rolled out as an innovation to boost Hawaii’s renewable-energy profile, GEMS is overdue for a course correction. Marketplace changes cannot always be anticipated, of course, but better cost-benefit analyses must be employed to salvage a program that now rates as a $150 million bust.

Updated on  May 18, 2017 at 5:50 pm
While Hawaii Energy is far more successful than GEMS, ratepayers should not be saddled with a higher fee. GEMS is a flat-out failed experiment that the state government should not prop up beyond bare-bones accountability. The state also should look for any possibility to shrink the program’s scope. Read More
CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                A new gate, locked, has been put up at the access path to the beach at Portlock and the surf spot known as “Seconds.”

End beach access dispute for public

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                A new gate, locked, has been put up at the access path to the beach at Portlock and the surf spot known as “Seconds.”

Updated on  May 17, 2017 at 5:45 pm
Hawaii beachgoers are unaccustomed to being barred from beaches, which are deemed public by law and long tradition. Read More
CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Two years ago, the Point in Time measure showed Hawaii had the highest per capita rate of homelessness in the nation. While clearly more of a gauge than an actual pinpointing of the problem, such counts are useful to get a handle on the scope of homelessness and the taxpayer price tag for tackling it.

Homeless count but a tool toward more coordination

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Two years ago, the Point in Time measure showed Hawaii had the highest per capita rate of homelessness in the nation. While clearly more of a gauge than an actual pinpointing of the problem, such counts are useful to get a handle on the scope of homelessness and the taxpayer price tag for tackling it.

Updated on  May 16, 2017 at 6:25 pm
Now, less than a week after the results were released, the celebrating is winding down and the Sisyphean task of ending homelessness in the islands continues amid questions about the accuracy in pinpointing Oahu’s south shore figures. Read More
CRAIG T. KOJIMA / MAY 2
                                Rep. Cynthia Thielen’s attention to environmental issues has appealed to voters with more progressive leanings.

Root for isle GOP to regain footing

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / MAY 2
                                Rep. Cynthia Thielen’s attention to environmental issues has appealed to voters with more progressive leanings.

Updated on  May 16, 2017 at 7:16 pm
The Republican Party of Hawaii has known for years that its mission — to rebuild its political presence — would be a long-term project. Read More
COURTESY PIXABAY
                                An online survey now being circulated at UH-Manoa aims to update a 2006 report that found 21 percent of students were food insecure at that time. Students who are not distracted by grumbling stomachs fare better in their studies.

Free meals good, but hunger is not

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                An online survey now being circulated at UH-Manoa aims to update a 2006 report that found 21 percent of students were food insecure at that time. Students who are not distracted by grumbling stomachs fare better in their studies.

Updated on  May 13, 2017 at 6:39 pm
Classroom learning is no easy task when hungry. That’s why the state Department of Education’s move to expand its free breakfast and lunch program in low-income communities makes good sense. Read More
COURTESY CITY & COUNTY OF HONOLULU
                                A rendering of what the TOD plan has for mixed-use development with streetscape and public space improvements.

Condo plan must grasp TOD terms

COURTESY CITY & COUNTY OF HONOLULU
                                A rendering of what the TOD plan has for mixed-use development with streetscape and public space improvements.

Updated on  May 13, 2017 at 6:54 pm
The Hawaii City Plaza story is a cautionary tale for Honolulu, a not-so-gentle reminder that transit-oriented development (TOD) is a process with great potential but with risk, as well. Read More
COURTESY PIXABAY
                                Next year is the second half of the two-year legislative cycle, so bills could pick up where they left off. But residents — engaged voters in an election year — must insist that clean energy goes beyond campaign talk, and that policy-making politicians walk the walk.

Clean energy short-circuited by legislators

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                Next year is the second half of the two-year legislative cycle, so bills could pick up where they left off. But residents — engaged voters in an election year — must insist that clean energy goes beyond campaign talk, and that policy-making politicians walk the walk.

Updated on  May 12, 2017 at 7:46 pm
When NextEra Energy’s bid to take over Hawaiian Electric Co. failed last summer, it seemed Hawaii was re-energized to reclaim its own fuel destiny, to build on its laudable law to reach 100 percent renewable power by 2045. Read More
COURTESY PIXABAY
                                Gov. David Ige had sought a total approaching $200 million in affordable housing infusions, and by the end of the session, that figure had been cut nearly in half. Housing prospects from transit-oriented development are completely in doubt, with Honolulu’s rail financing shortfall still unresolved.

Needed housing funds fall short

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                Gov. David Ige had sought a total approaching $200 million in affordable housing infusions, and by the end of the session, that figure had been cut nearly in half. Housing prospects from transit-oriented development are completely in doubt, with Honolulu’s rail financing shortfall still unresolved.

Updated on  May 11, 2017 at 6:47 pm
Lawmakers lagged on advancing several state priorities for 2017, as observed in various less-than-glowing critiques of the session. But few of those areas took as tough a beating as affordable housing, which emerged in the end with about half the funds the governor had wanted. Read More
KAT WADE / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER
                                Recreational marijuana is now legal in eight states, and 28 states have various medical marijuana programs. But the drug remains illegal under federal law, and U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has made it clear that he’s no fan of cannabis.

Medical pot law aided by tweaks

KAT WADE / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER
                                Recreational marijuana is now legal in eight states, and 28 states have various medical marijuana programs. But the drug remains illegal under federal law, and U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has made it clear that he’s no fan of cannabis.

Updated on  May 10, 2017 at 6:05 pm
The state should strive to keep a tight grip on gate-keeping and integrity built into its evolving medical marijuana program, which promises to bring needed relief to registry patients. Read More
CRAIG T. KOJIMA/ CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                On Monday May 8, 2017 Mayor Kirk Caldwell and the Department of Parks and Recreation announced the construction of two new sand volleyball courts at Ala Moana Regional Park. At left of Caldwell is Michele Nekota, Director of Parks and Recreation.

Keep public park under city control

CRAIG T. KOJIMA/ CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                On Monday May 8, 2017 Mayor Kirk Caldwell and the Department of Parks and Recreation announced the construction of two new sand volleyball courts at Ala Moana Regional Park. At left of Caldwell is Michele Nekota, Director of Parks and Recreation.

Updated on  May 9, 2017 at 7:00 pm
Public-private partnerships can enhance services for government agencies that authorize them, as long as it remains a true partnership that is transparent to the public. Read More
MARLENA DIXO/HAWAII DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH VIA AP
                                A semi-slug on a nickel on the Big Island.

Collaborate to battle rat lungworm disease

MARLENA DIXO/HAWAII DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH VIA AP
                                A semi-slug on a nickel on the Big Island.

Updated on  May 8, 2017 at 6:39 pm
On this, everyone can agree: Rat lungworm disease, caused by an infestation of parasitic larvae affecting the brain, is every bit as ugly as its name. Read More
DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                This is a customer with many plastic bags containing containing his groceries he got at Times Supermarket in Kahala and unloading them in his car.

City should get serious about plastic bag ban

DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                This is a customer with many plastic bags containing containing his groceries he got at Times Supermarket in Kahala and unloading them in his car.
Five years ago this week a bill was signed into law with the aim of outlawing single-use plastic grocery bags on Oahu — and Hawaii became the first state nationwide in which each county had in place such a checkout counter ban. Read More

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