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Results proved value of voting

There really is no excuse for primary election turnout numbers as low as those Hawaii posted on Saturday, leaving the islands — still — in the basement of voter statistics nationwide. Read More

Pause for Ige, Tupola to hone ideas

Today’s editorial starts with a grace note: A sincere mahalo to all candidates who put time and effort into running for elective office. Read More

Big Isle must face economic threats

As a tourism destination, Hawaii always enjoyed its cachet as an exotic location that’s safe and comfortable for visitors. Read More

Your vote counts in today’s primary election

After months of political sound and fury, it all comes down to something significant today: primary election 2018. Read More

Give homeless bills a hearing

Homeless people need housing, not harassment — or so say some advocates opposed to the “sweeps” aimed at moving encampments from the streets. Read More

Fight distribution of 3-D gun plans

Hawaii has long had one of the lowest rates of gun violence in the country, thanks in part to our famously tolerant culture and strict gun laws. It’s a status worth protecting. Read More

Vote for change in OHA election

It’s been nearly two decades since the nation’s high court handed down the Rice v. Cayetano decision. Read More

Promote benefits of pre-K program

What are the barriers that keep families from enrolling their children in preschool? Read More

Updated rules can improve surf contests

Right now, waters edging more than seven miles of beaches along Oahu’s North Shore are typically gentle enough for novice surfing as well as swimming and snorkeling. Read More

Build on plan for affordable rentals

At last, a plan to develop more affordable rentals has emerged that could be equal to the task policymakers face. Read More

Not registered to vote? No problem

Every Saturday, we’ll present these short-take editorials that reflect on some of this week’s news. Read More

Big Isle will need long-term support

Based on Kilauea’s past history of eruptions in the Lower East Rift Zone, if the ongoing lava flow maintains its current high-volume groove, it could take months or even years to wind down. Read More

History stands tall at Thomas Square

Thomas Square has been elevated a bit closer to the status it has deserved: a favored green oasis in the city, with its distinct historical context, the Hawaiian flag topping the new flagpole, now in plain view. Read More

A good start on vacation rentals

In the late 1980s, the City Council adopted a measure that banned the opening of new bed-and-breakfast establishments or transient vacation units in all zoning districts except in hotel-resort zones. Read More

Voters should be wary of PAC ads

Perhaps it was only a matter of time before the advent of “super PACs” — a variant of the political action committee (PAC) — developed a higher profile in Hawaii politics. Read More

Challenge ruling on ‘open carry’

In recent decades, laws in many states have changed to permit more and more people to carry guns in public places — in plain view. Read More

Colleen Hanabusa is the best choice to lead Hawaii for the next four years

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser believes it’s time for another change in the state’s top leadership. Hawaii would best be served by U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa leaving Washington and moving in at the State Capitol’s fifth floor. Read More

Choose Jill Tokuda for Democrats, Steve Lipscomb for GOP

Former state Sen. Jill Tokuda has made the most persuasive case for that No. 2 spot, and she gets the Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s endorsement for the Democratic nomination. Read More

Strong candidates for City Council

There are 14 candidates vying for four district seats on the Honolulu City Council this year. All of them deserve a close look by voters. Read More

Races heat up in Windward, Central Oahu

House Districts 46-51, ranging from Central Oahu and all around the Windward coastline, rarely see the level of political churn visible in the primary election to be settled Aug. 11. Read More

Traffic, schools top concerns in West Oahu

Fourteen state House seats on Oahu have contested races in the Aug. 11 primary election. Here’s the second in a three-part listing of the Star-Advertiser’s endorsements. Read More

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