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Fence not enough to secure hospital

Hardening physical barriers represents one way to improve security. Hawaii State Hospital has begun that task, to prevent a recurrence of last fall’s incomprehensible escape by a patient hospitalized rather than imprisoned after killing a woman in 1979. Read More
Updated on  January 18, 2018 at 12:48 am

Tourists could use some reassurance

On the heels of a sixth record-setting year, 2018 tourism forecasts call for a continued climb — 9.5 million visitors by year’s end. Read More
Updated on  January 16, 2018 at 6:58 pm

Too early for AG’s contingency fund

Any call for a new state or county contingency fund — a cash reserve set aside to cover possible future expenses — elicits varied responses. Read More
Updated on  January 15, 2018 at 6:38 pm

False alert reveals frightening gaps

Unbelievable. Un-freaking- believable. Two mornings ago, Hawaii residents and visitors woke to a postcard-perfect day, and to this emergency text alert: “BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.” Read More
Updated on  January 17, 2018 at 11:59 am

Crisis looming for health care

Updated on  January 14, 2018 at 1:00 am
Hawaii has been long touted for its mandatory employer-provided health insurance system, but Gordon Ito, the state insurance commissioner, has a dire warning. Read More

More changes in Kakaako

Hawaiian Electric Co. is launching a search for private-developer proposals so it can sell eight of its 10.7 acres across from Neal Blaisdell Center. Read More
Updated on  January 12, 2018 at 5:59 pm

Help give at-risk families stability

Sure, visitors now touching down from frigid mainland states and elsewhere envy our easy access to world-class shorelines and year-round T-shirt weather. Read More
Updated on  January 11, 2018 at 6:53 pm

TOD projects can ramp up economy

Hawaii lawmakers, who have struggled to make inroads in addressing the state’s housing shortage, know that time is running short to do so. Read More
Updated on  January 10, 2018 at 7:04 pm

Expand fight for safer campuses

The University of Hawaii’s first “Student Climate Survey on Sexual Harassment and Gender-based Violence” was conducted last January and February — several months before the #MeToo movement exploded. Read More
Updated on  January 9, 2018 at 6:42 pm

Settle lawsuit over foster parent pay

In December 2013, Hawaii foster parents filed a class-action lawsuit contending that the state was breaking federal law by failing to adequately pay them for care of foster children. Read More
Updated on  January 8, 2018 at 6:45 pm

Tough pot policy is unwarranted

Updated on  January 5, 2018 at 6:58 pm
The future of Hawaii’s medical marijuana program is in question, if not under outright threat. Read More

Respect wishes of communities

Changes in a community can be healthy, until it makes people unhappy. The difficulty lies in knowing where the line falls. Read More
Updated on  January 4, 2018 at 6:34 pm

Make plans for coastal erosion

The ebb and flow of tides along with beach erosion and flooding in low-lying areas have always been part of life in the islands. Read More
Updated on  January 3, 2018 at 6:28 pm

Mayor Wright deal raises housing bar

The redevelopment of the Mayor Wright Housing complex has been seen as a golden opportunity to narrow the gap between the demand for affordable rentals and the state’s capacity to fill it. Read More
Updated on  January 2, 2018 at 7:17 pm

New year brings hope, challenges

Welcome to 2018. This is an election year. And if there’s one thing recent events have taught us, it’s that elections have consequences. Read More
Updated on  December 31, 2017 at 2:39 am

Expect progress for UH pay raises

Updated on  December 29, 2017 at 11:58 pm
State lawmakers last week handed out packets to the University of Hawaii administration, containing something less welcome than the $800,000 in managerial pay increases that take effect on Monday. Read More

Mother Waldron Park closes, for now

Updated on  December 29, 2017 at 7:09 pm
Every Saturday, we‘ll present these short-take editorials that reflect on some of this week’s news. Read More

Too soon to buy $1M prison study

The condition of Hawaii state corrections facilities — overcrowded and outdated — has been a source of discussion for years. Read More
Updated on  December 28, 2017 at 6:58 pm

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