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Health care costs burden businesses


Updated on  February 9, 2018 at 6:39 pm
Health care costs are skyrocketing to the point where local small businesses can’t afford full-time employees. Read More

He hāwaʻe ʻiʻo ʻole ka unuhi


Updated on  February 9, 2018 at 6:44 pm
People are now allowed to provide testimony in Hawaiian during court proceedings. The catch is that an English translation must be provided. This is a vacuous concession. Read More

Steve Mechler: The Outdoor Circle’s president works to preserve Hawaii’s natural beauty


Updated on  February 8, 2018 at 6:38 pm
Founded in 1912, The Outdoor Circle’s plantings in public places began that year with 28 monkeypod trees in Aala Park, bounded by Nuuanu Stream and Chinatown, followed by bougainvillea vines along the canal on River Street. Read More

Bicyclists taking over pedestrian walkways

Your little pat on the back for the bicycle riders in the Biki program needs a little reality check (“More bicycles put drivers on notice,” Star Advertiser, Our View, Jan. 20). Read More
Updated on  February 9, 2018 at 5:42 pm

Another Super Bowl, another OCCC sickout

The sliver of good news is that despite a blitz of Super Bowl Sunday “sick calls” from Hawaii’s prison guards, staffing was sufficient to hold all programs, including visitation. Read More
Updated on  February 8, 2018 at 6:42 pm
 

Immigration isn’t top police priority

‘Ho‘okipa,” the concept of welcome, is a core value in Hawaii. While the “Ho‘okipa Welcoming Policy Act” is a lovely sounding name for the state’s proposed stance on immigration enforcement, perhaps its application to new legislation will mislead the public on what it’s about. Read More
Updated on  February 8, 2018 at 6:45 pm

With the flu, it’s not just about you — it’s about our ohana

One of the hallmarks of Hawaii is our sense of ohana, of taking care of one another. And as the flu season nears its peak, it is becoming clear that we need to act collectively now to care for one another, because this is no ordinary year. Read More
Updated on  February 7, 2018 at 7:10 pm
 

Homelessness repatriation program works

Legislation calling for matching funds to repatriate the homeless back to the mainland has been introduced by the state House and Senate Tourism Committee chairmen, Rep. Richard Onishi and Sen. Glenn Wakai, respectively. Read More
Updated on  February 7, 2018 at 7:09 pm

HI-EMA’s interim chief has tough road ahead

What a tough job these temporary gigs can be. Brig. Gen. Moses Kaoiwi, interim head of the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency, has said that he has no plans to apply for the permanent post. Read More
Updated on  February 7, 2018 at 7:11 pm

Protect reefs from sewage discharges

Thriving near-shore coral reef ecosystems are essential to shoreline protection, local fisheries and, of course, Hawaii’s tourism industry. Read More
Updated on  February 7, 2018 at 7:17 pm

Hawaii needs higher minimum wage

A few weeks ago, I listened to Gov. David Ige’s optimistic State of the State address before the Legislature and compared it with my view of the state. Read More
Updated on  February 6, 2018 at 6:53 pm

Seek compromise on HCDA proposal

Hawaii’s shortage of housing at all price points, but especially for families earning below the area median income, has become part of the seemingly permanent backdrop to life in the islands. Read More
Updated on  February 6, 2018 at 6:52 pm

Don’t move Olelo stations

I am very concerned that Spectrum will be relegating Olelo stations to higher- numbered stations, making them irrelevant in the daily news of our state (“Public access TV backers decry channels’ move,” Star- Advertiser, Feb. 1). Read More
Updated on  February 6, 2018 at 6:49 pm

The government can’t hire everybody

House Bill 1992 looks to be an unworkable workforce measure, seeking to study the feasibility of guaranteeing all Hawaii residents over age 18 a job in government. Read More
Updated on  February 6, 2018 at 6:50 pm

State Hospital needs more than an expensive fence


Updated on  February 6, 2018 at 3:19 pm
It’s been said before, but we’ll say it again: While there is concern over security at Kaneohe’s Hawaii State Hospital, building a fence estimated at over $17 million would be a waste of taxpayer dollars if patients can get the key (or combination) to the lock and escape. Read More

Oversight crucial for charter schools

A persistent drop in private school enrollment for the last decade has compelled the closure of 17 campuses in Hawaii. Read More
Updated on  February 5, 2018 at 7:06 pm

Olelo channels move unnecessary, wrong

Spectrum intends to move Olelo channels out to “channel Siberia” at the farthest end of the lineup (channels in the 180s). Read More
Updated on  February 5, 2018 at 4:17 pm

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