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Former employees reminisce about Liberty House days

Updated on  September 20, 2017 at 12:37 am
Winston Purdy hung the red-and-gold Liberty House flag outside the bar and arranged some of his souvenirs on a table just inside the door: Zooper Sale buttons, a menu from Hackfeld’s restaurant, a sign from the employee cafeteria. Read More

Schlep along all you want, kids, but not in the road

Updated on  September 9, 2017 at 9:07 pm
When Honolulu’s new “distracted pedestrian” law was passed earlier this summer, it seemed so … parental. Do we really need the threat of citations and fines to remind us to look where we’re going when we cross the street? Read More

Neighbor islands feel railroaded by Legislature

Criticism of last week’s special session of the state Legislature continues to churn on the neighbor islands. This one isn’t slipping quietly into the books. Read More
Updated on  September 7, 2017 at 10:27 pm

Hanabusa brings vigor to the race for governor

Colleen Hanabusa fought hard to get back to Congress. Really hard. She scrapped. She beefed. And that’s just the stuff we saw in public. Read More
Updated on  September 5, 2017 at 11:22 pm

Rail stirs up old rivalry felt among the islands

Updated on  September 3, 2017 at 10:17 am
Was anyone actually surprised that the discussion of the rail bailout at the Legislature this week turned into an us-versus-them beef? Read More

No carry the old toilet or centipedes, no grumble

How many of you want to spend your days picking up people’s old toilets? Not too many hands went up, right? Toilets are heavy. Toilets are gross. Read More
Updated on  August 29, 2017 at 10:30 pm

East Oahu park named for bay’s longtime guardian

Updated on  August 27, 2017 at 11:00 am
Ninety-year-old Joe Lukela III walked up to the sign bearing his grandfather’s name and it was like everyone gathered at the beach felt it at the same time. Some sighed, some wiped away tears. Something happened. Read More

If Kalihi is remade like Kakaako, then what?

A working group assembled by Gov. David Ige unveiled a plan for Kalihi’s future including co-working spaces, lofts and bike paths. Read More
Updated on  August 24, 2017 at 10:50 pm

At UH, ‘most beautiful’ depends on where you look

The University of Hawaii at Manoa gets on a list of the 30 Most Beautiful College Campuses in the world, and the first instinct might be to laugh at the irony and to shame the author of the article for not knowing what she’s talking about. Read More
Updated on  August 22, 2017 at 10:02 pm

Tourism’s growth has squeezed us into apathy

Updated on  August 19, 2017 at 11:07 pm
Even if tourists aren’t being loud and obnoxious, if the numbers are beyond a place’s capacity, everyone suffers. Read More

For most, life is not an either/or proposition

Updated on  August 18, 2017 at 12:25 pm
There is this strange evaluation that happens now in public places, a search for clues to tell you whether the people around you are on your side. Read More

Ige’s Twitter feed is sparse and sweet, and that’s Huge

Updated on  August 9, 2017 at 6:39 pm
When was the last time you heard somebody say, “Oh my God, did you see what Gov. David Ige posted on Twitter?” Read More

Fresh breath of life does not end lobbyist’s fight over death

John H. Radcliffe, a retired Hawaii lobbyist who became, as he puts it, the “poster child” for legalizing medical aid in dying in Hawaii, got some astounding news last month. Read More

Intense firefighter class girds those drawn to the siren’s call

With the horror of the Marco Polo fire top of mind, it’s hard to imagine that there are people who want very much to be the ones charging into danger and risking their lives to save strangers. Read More

Focus on why men behaved violently, not punishment

Updated on  July 29, 2017 at 10:12 pm
Two young Hawaii men, two reprehensible attacks on animals, two prison sentences handed down just 20 days apart. Read More

Marching to perfection a sweltering team effort

Updated on  July 27, 2017 at 10:18 pm
You know how you’re driving down Kalanianaole in your air-conditioned car and you see the kids marching on the Kalani High School field, their instruments glinting in the unforgiving sun, and you think, “Wow, those kids are INTO it”? Read More

Summer cultural camp a rite for ohana as much as for kids

The kids, all 290 of them, are calmly sitting on the gym floor dressed in their aloha-print best waiting for the program to start. Read More

Identities sought for two 442nd Regimental Combat Team portraits

Updated on  July 20, 2017 at 11:08 pm
These eight hand-drawn portraits have the elements of a good mystery — a murky provenance, the backdrop of war, clues that, so far, have led to dead ends and a sense of urgency to find the heroes in the pictures. Read More

Sprinkler issue needs creativity and urgency

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell moved quickly to call for changing the city Fire Code to mandate automatic fire sprinklers that would have saved lives and property in Friday’s fire at the Marco Polo high-rise. Read More
Updated on  July 18, 2017 at 10:15 pm

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