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Kakaako affordability tightens up

• Updated on  June 22, 2018 at 10:58 pm
Every Saturday, we’ll present these short-take editorials that reflect on some of this week’s news. Read More

Reform policies on immigration

This should be the last straw: the dismaying spectacle of more than 2,300 migrant children, crying and confused, pulled from their parents at the U.S. southern border by armed immigration agents. Read More
Updated on  June 21, 2018 at 6:46 pm

Let riders know fare in advance

• Updated on  June 21, 2018 at 12:45 am
Honolulu’s old-guard taxicabs and new breed of ride-hailing companies, including Uber and Lyft, are similar in that they’re private transportation operations tethered to some city regulation, including safety assurances such as required background checks for drivers. Read More

Don’t rush into special session

Convening a special session of the state Legislature is supposed to be a rare occurrence. But then, so are volcanic eruptions. Read More
Updated on  June 19, 2018 at 6:20 pm

Coastal policies lack coordination

• Updated on  June 19, 2018 at 4:13 pm
For an island state, Hawaii agencies have a remarkably poor mastery of regulatory protection of shorelines. Read More

Don’t shortchange special-needs kids

It was a group of special-needs public school students who were deprived of the educational services due them, according to federal court rulings and the ultimate settlement. Read More
Updated on  June 17, 2018 at 7:01 pm

Don’t expand reach of TAT

• Updated on  June 15, 2018 at 7:06 pm
Hawaii’s transient accommodations tax (TAT) has always been levied solely on hotel, resort and timeshare industry rooms. But the typical range of amenities included in a nightly room rate has changed over the years. Read More

Revving up the EV campaign

• Updated on  June 15, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Every Saturday, we’ll present these short-take editorials that reflects on some of this week’s news. Read More

Home loan plan helps new buyers

Hawaii’s housing shortage crisis is so acute that there’s perfect sense in coming at it from myriad directions. Read More
Updated on  June 14, 2018 at 7:10 pm

Keep lava viewing safe, organized

Kilauea’s Puu Oo vent in the East Rift Zone has been churning out lava continuously for 35 years, adding about 500 acres of land to Hawaii island. Read More
Updated on  June 14, 2018 at 2:29 pm

Hope, wariness from Korea talks

There was cause for relief among Hawaii residents at the conclusion of Tuesday’s summit meeting convened by President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Read More
Updated on  June 12, 2018 at 6:50 pm

Build more housing for lowest incomes

The state has taken the first major step toward addressing its distressing housing shortfall in providing rentals for people lower on the income scale, with the passing and now enactment of House Bill 2748. Read More
Updated on  June 11, 2018 at 6:44 pm

Primary election a boon for voters

The 2018 campaign season is shaping up as an exciting one. That’s not something that Hawaii voters can say all that frequently about the local political landscape. Read More
Updated on  June 10, 2018 at 6:51 pm

Don’t put ceiling on ridehail fares

• Updated on  June 8, 2018 at 6:28 pm
Technology brings wonderful new options, but along with them, there’s this: It forces churn into business, disruption that does not settle down very comfortably or quickly. Read More

A win for reusable bags

• Updated on  June 8, 2018 at 7:04 pm
Every Saturday, we’ll present these short-take editorials that reflects on some of this week’s news. Read More

‘First year people’ left a rich legacy

In today’s polarized times and overheated debate over immigration, it’s too easy to lose sight of the myriad ways that immigrants have enriched and benefited American society. Read More
Updated on  June 7, 2018 at 7:33 pm

Respect religion and gay rights

Can a business open to the general public refuse service to a gay couple because of the owner’s religious belief that homosexuality, or same-sex marriage, is abhorrent before God? Read More
Updated on  June 6, 2018 at 6:55 pm

Focus job training on the homeless

Hawaii’s unemployment rate now hovers around the stunningly low ebb of 2 percent, a data point that can’t be read as anything but an improvement over the joblessness that soared a decade earlier. Read More
Updated on  June 4, 2018 at 6:36 pm

HART doesn’t need auditor transcripts

With the price tag for Oahu’s rail transit system now topping $8 billion — with costs climbing by more than $3 billion since late 2014 — a double-check of procedures guiding the flow of money is welcome. Read More
Updated on  June 3, 2018 at 6:45 pm

Evacuees need rapid rehousing

• Updated on  June 2, 2018 at 10:50 am
The fact that the Kilauea eruption is such a slow-moving disaster has made it all the more painful. Read More

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