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CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Aerial view of the Thomas Square renovation in January.

Improve use, management of Thomas Square

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Aerial view of the Thomas Square renovation in January.

Updated on  March 27, 2017 at 11:24 am
This summer, when wooden panels now blocking the street view of Thomas Square come down, a new blanket of grass and an irrigation overhaul, among other needed upgrades, will greet the public. Read More
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                                The state’s network of 15 airports are transit points for more than 17 million passengers. Many of these passengers are visitors whose tourism dollars float the Hawaii economy. And the airport leaves a lasting impression, on arrival and on their departure. It would be critical for the state to do all it can to ensure that impression is a good one.

New authority can improve state’s airports

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                                The state’s network of 15 airports are transit points for more than 17 million passengers. Many of these passengers are visitors whose tourism dollars float the Hawaii economy. And the airport leaves a lasting impression, on arrival and on their departure. It would be critical for the state to do all it can to ensure that impression is a good one.

Updated on  March 24, 2017 at 7:37 pm
All it takes is one look at Honolulu International Airport to know something’s wrong. Broken-down bathrooms. Leaks, broken tiles. Read More
CRAIG T. KOJIMA / 2016
                                The Rotary Club of Honolulu has launched a major fund-raising drive with a goal of $450,000 cash needed to convert a weedy empty lot at Centennial Park into an open-space oasis.

Support green space in Waikiki

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / 2016
                                The Rotary Club of Honolulu has launched a major fund-raising drive with a goal of $450,000 cash needed to convert a weedy empty lot at Centennial Park into an open-space oasis.

Updated on  March 24, 2017 at 7:35 pm
The most welcome development on the horizon for the high-rise jungle of Waikiki may be the one that preserves a tiny spot where development is absent. Read More
COURTESY PIXABAY
                                This week, Hawaii lawmakers took a step in the right direction by advancing House Bill 552, a measure that seeks to secure the benefits established by the ACA (“Obamacare”) when that law was enacted in 2010.

Protect Hawaii’s health policies

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                                This week, Hawaii lawmakers took a step in the right direction by advancing House Bill 552, a measure that seeks to secure the benefits established by the ACA (“Obamacare”) when that law was enacted in 2010.

Updated on  March 23, 2017 at 8:13 pm
The campaign against the Affordable Care Act hit a wall Thursday, with the Republican congressional leadership unable to muster the votes to pass its replacement. Read More
COURTESY PIXABAY
                                HCDA’s board of directors plays a crucial role in setting the rules that guide development, enabling a planning and approvals process more coordinated and thoughtful than normally occurs through city permitting channels. That’s why the next two vacancies on the board are so important.

HCDA board needs diverse viewpoints

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                HCDA’s board of directors plays a crucial role in setting the rules that guide development, enabling a planning and approvals process more coordinated and thoughtful than normally occurs through city permitting channels. That’s why the next two vacancies on the board are so important.

Updated on  March 22, 2017 at 6:24 pm
HCDA’s board of directors plays a crucial role in setting the rules that guide development. That’s why the next two vacancies on the board, to be filled through appointment by Gov. David Ige, are so important. Read More
COURTESY PIXABAY
                                Stability is a struggle in Oahu’s surreal housing market, which has hit record prices in recent years — the 2016 median price for a single-family home posted at $735,000, which was more than double the mainland median of $313,600.

Ease Residential A property tax for local homeowners

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                Stability is a struggle in Oahu’s surreal housing market, which has hit record prices in recent years — the 2016 median price for a single-family home posted at $735,000, which was more than double the mainland median of $313,600.

Updated on  March 21, 2017 at 6:36 pm
Honolulu’s Residential A ordinance, which taxes homeowners at a higher rate for million-dollar homes that they don’t live in full time, was drafted with the intent of tapping wealthy and offshore Oahu homeowners with a revenue-generating levy. Read More
DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Members of the leadership team at the VA Pacific Islands Health Care System weekly walk through the agency’s main Oahu facility, the Spark M. Matsu­naga Medical Center, to talk to staff. The practice is among the initiatives management has launched to try to get workers more engaged in their jobs and the mission of the VA. Dr. Kathryn Ryder, deputy chief of staff, waits for an elevator as she makes her rounds.

Fix VA patients’ access to Choice

DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Members of the leadership team at the VA Pacific Islands Health Care System weekly walk through the agency’s main Oahu facility, the Spark M. Matsu­naga Medical Center, to talk to staff. The practice is among the initiatives management has launched to try to get workers more engaged in their jobs and the mission of the VA. Dr. Kathryn Ryder, deputy chief of staff, waits for an elevator as she makes her rounds.

Updated on  March 20, 2017 at 9:46 pm
The reputation of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ medical-care system, heavily tarnished by failures to deliver quality care in a timely way, seems to be slowly on the mend. Read More
 
COURTESY PIXABAY
                                Creating new departments under the Charter should be done with utmost care. For the sake of Honolulu’s tapped-out taxpayers, the Caldwell administration must start these efforts by making good on its own call for efficient and effective “lean and mean” new departments.

Control costs for new city agencies

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                Creating new departments under the Charter should be done with utmost care. For the sake of Honolulu’s tapped-out taxpayers, the Caldwell administration must start these efforts by making good on its own call for efficient and effective “lean and mean” new departments.

Updated on  March 17, 2017 at 7:47 pm
Back in November, voters approved most of the proposed 20 Honolulu City Charter amendments, including two that create two new agencies. Read More
COURTESY PIXABAY
                                The state will increasingly need to look after its own, where the poor and vulnerable are concerned. Safety-net programs should be bolstered with what state resources are available. Tax policy that supports this population, such as the earned income tax credit, will merit consideration.

Protect poor from federal budget cuts

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                The state will increasingly need to look after its own, where the poor and vulnerable are concerned. Safety-net programs should be bolstered with what state resources are available. Tax policy that supports this population, such as the earned income tax credit, will merit consideration.

Updated on  March 17, 2017 at 7:20 pm
The writing is on the wall, and even though the details won’t come into focus for a while, the basic message likely will remain: Hawaii leaders will have to change assumptions they make about federal funding. Read More
 
HOLLYN JOHNSON / TRIBUNE-HERALD
                                Steven “Happy” Stachurski, mentoring coordinator for HOPE Services, surveys a homeless woman for the Point in Time count in Downtown Hilo in January.

Help homeless get right with law

HOLLYN JOHNSON / TRIBUNE-HERALD
                                Steven “Happy” Stachurski, mentoring coordinator for HOPE Services, surveys a homeless woman for the Point in Time count in Downtown Hilo in January.

Updated on  March 17, 2017 at 6:44 pm
On any given day in Honolulu, a homeless person, living on the streets and minding his own business, will receive a citation or get arrested for breaking the law. This may satisfy law-and-order hard-liners — if they don’t look too closely at what happens next. Read More
ASSOCIATED PRESS
                                President Donald Trump spoke at the American Center for Mobility on Wednesday in Ypsilanti Township, Mich.

Travel ban dispute a waste of effort

ASSOCIATED PRESS
                                President Donald Trump spoke at the American Center for Mobility on Wednesday in Ypsilanti Township, Mich.

Updated on  March 16, 2017 at 5:41 pm
Forecasting the final standing of President Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban — and its legal challenge from the state of Hawaii — seems a fool’s errand. Read More
COURTESY PIXABAY
                                Local knowledge is an important factor for top government jobs — but it can be fulfilled along with another key criterion: administrative experience. There is no reason Hawaii shouldn’t look for both.

Ease hiring rule to get top talent

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                Local knowledge is an important factor for top government jobs — but it can be fulfilled along with another key criterion: administrative experience. There is no reason Hawaii shouldn’t look for both.

Updated on  March 15, 2017 at 6:11 pm
Some good candidates for top jobs can be overlooked. The time has come for the state to rethink this restriction and open the hiring doors a bit wider. Read More
CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Retired DOE principal Darrel Galera

Political twists mar BOE search

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Retired DOE principal Darrel Galera

Updated on  March 14, 2017 at 6:55 pm
The state Board of Education is embarking on a search to fulfill its most important duty: selecting a new public schools superintendant. Read More
DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Adrian Hong, president of Island Plastic Bags Inc., is holding two types of plastic bags that he is distributing.

10-cent bag fee would reduce waste

DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Adrian Hong, president of Island Plastic Bags Inc., is holding two types of plastic bags that he is distributing.

Updated on  March 13, 2017 at 6:46 pm
On the first day Honolulu’s plastic bag ban took effect, in July 2015, the need for tweaking was apparent. Read More
JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                The cement and concrete breakwater that juts into the ocean just outside the Royal Hawaiian and Sheraton Waikiki Hotels is seen last week on the beach at Waikiki. A leading surfer group is mobilizing against the state DLNR perferred plan to replace the failing Royal Hawaiian Groin with a new structure that is about 10 times larger than the current one.

Protecting beach top Waikiki priority

JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                The cement and concrete breakwater that juts into the ocean just outside the Royal Hawaiian and Sheraton Waikiki Hotels is seen last week on the beach at Waikiki. A leading surfer group is mobilizing against the state DLNR perferred plan to replace the failing Royal Hawaiian Groin with a new structure that is about 10 times larger than the current one.

Updated on  March 11, 2017 at 9:05 pm
Efforts to keep Waikiki Beach from washing away have a long history, dating back to the late 1920s. Read More
COURTESY PIXABAY
                                Now more than ever, solidarity is needed — among the U.S. and its allies in the region, South Korea and Japan; and between Trump and his strategists on the military and diplomatic fronts. Simple yet difficult, the need to remain steadfast is paramount.

As Korea heats up, cool heads needed

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                Now more than ever, solidarity is needed — among the U.S. and its allies in the region, South Korea and Japan; and between Trump and his strategists on the military and diplomatic fronts. Simple yet difficult, the need to remain steadfast is paramount.

Updated on  March 10, 2017 at 7:04 pm
Now more than ever, solidarity is needed — among the U.S. and its allies in the region, South Korea and Japan; and between Trump and his strategists on the military and diplomatic fronts. Simple yet difficult, the need to remain steadfast is paramount. Read More
DENNIS ODA / 2016
                                The Waikiki Transportation Management Association wants to see city law amended to create a nonprofit Waikiki transportation special improvement district that would set parking fees and make other transportation rules in the often-bustling, tourist-filled area.

City must oversee Waikiki traffic

DENNIS ODA / 2016
                                The Waikiki Transportation Management Association wants to see city law amended to create a nonprofit Waikiki transportation special improvement district that would set parking fees and make other transportation rules in the often-bustling, tourist-filled area.

Updated on  March 9, 2017 at 6:35 pm
Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s recent pitch to double the city’s parking fees in Waikiki and add five hours to daily metering has grabbed the attention of a nonprofit that’s now eager to take that money-making ball and run with it. Read More
COURTESY PIXABAY
                                Senate Bill 501 would require faith-based pregnancy counseling centers to provide plain-spoken information to clients or patients about the availability of abortion and birth control in Hawaii.

Don’t restrict info on women’s health

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                Senate Bill 501 would require faith-based pregnancy counseling centers to provide plain-spoken information to clients or patients about the availability of abortion and birth control in Hawaii.

Updated on  March 7, 2017 at 6:14 pm
Anyone seeking any sort of health care guidance and medical service should receive accurate and all-inclusive information in a confidential setting. That’s what we expect, and what our laws regulating health care settings demand. Read More

Reveal spending for IUCN meeting

Hawaii played host to what was broadly seen as a successful event last September: the World Conservation Congress presented by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Read More
Updated on  March 6, 2017 at 6:58 pm

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