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BRUCE ASATO / 2012
                                Maui mayor Alan Arakawa, shown during an editorial board meeting, wants to close Waiehu Golf Course.

Plan to close golf course spells doom for Arakawa

BRUCE ASATO / 2012
                                Maui mayor Alan Arakawa, shown during an editorial board meeting, wants to close Waiehu Golf Course.

Updated on  March 29, 2017 at 8:16 am
Did somebody mention Alan Arakawa for governor in 2018? Read More
COURTESY PIXABAY
                                The drive from town to the Leeward Coast on a weekday afternoon requires preparation and forethought, fortitude and strategy. It is a simple fact but hard to image: some people endure this every day.

Ain’t no traffic like a commute to Waianae

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                The drive from town to the Leeward Coast on a weekday afternoon requires preparation and forethought, fortitude and strategy. It is a simple fact but hard to image: some people endure this every day.

Updated on  March 12, 2017 at 12:16 am
The drive from town to the Leeward Coast on a weekday afternoon requires preparation and forethought, fortitude and strategy. It is a simple fact but hard to image: some people endure this every day. Read More

Domestic violence bill has traces of sexism

Did you watch the Women’s March in January and think it was all about Trump? Keep your ears on. There’s work to do everywhere, including here at home. Read More
Updated on  March 8, 2017 at 2:39 pm
STAR-ADVERTISER / SEPT. 2016
                                A blessing ceremony for Hoopili, a 11,750 home community by developer D.R. Horton, at the end of Keahumoa Parkway in Kapolei. Left to right: Dennis Lombardi, Matt Farris, Don Tomnitz, Rep. Ty Cullen, Mike Murray, Mayor Kirk Caldwell, Jim Schuler, Gov. David Ige, Bob Bruhl, Sen. Mike Gabbard, Jason Frank, Cameron Nekota and Mike Jones.

Islander life comes down to decisions we live with

STAR-ADVERTISER / SEPT. 2016
                                A blessing ceremony for Hoopili, a 11,750 home community by developer D.R. Horton, at the end of Keahumoa Parkway in Kapolei. Left to right: Dennis Lombardi, Matt Farris, Don Tomnitz, Rep. Ty Cullen, Mike Murray, Mayor Kirk Caldwell, Jim Schuler, Gov. David Ige, Bob Bruhl, Sen. Mike Gabbard, Jason Frank, Cameron Nekota and Mike Jones.

Updated on  March 3, 2017 at 11:41 am
When older generations talk about what it was like growing up in Hawaii, particularly on the neighbor islands, the stories often land on the theme of choice. As in, there wasn’t much. Read More

Ohana places its aloha over a framework of malasadas

Malasadas have largely become something you buy at a certain bakery, stand in line for at a certain carnival or buy from a certain relative to support their school fundraiser. Read More
Updated on  February 28, 2017 at 10:01 pm
 
COURTESY PIXABAY
                                In the last two months, there has been a significant spike in invitations to visit classrooms and requests for help in setting up high school journalism programs, no doubt due to the national discussion of fake news, bias and flippant reporting, writes Lee Cataluna.

A reporter’s work can still move mountains

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                In the last two months, there has been a significant spike in invitations to visit classrooms and requests for help in setting up high school journalism programs, no doubt due to the national discussion of fake news, bias and flippant reporting, writes Lee Cataluna.

Updated on  February 25, 2017 at 10:53 pm
Not every story requires the kind of hardcore document-dig that this one did, and not every story has the impact that Andrew Gomes’ story has, but it is an example of why newspapers still matter and what classic journalism can still do. Read More
 
JAMM AQUINO / 2016
                                Hawaii head coach Dave Shoji waves while walking off the court after his 1200th career victory.

Women, girls knew pride and respect with Shoji

JAMM AQUINO / 2016
                                Hawaii head coach Dave Shoji waves while walking off the court after his 1200th career victory.

Updated on  February 22, 2017 at 3:33 pm
Yes, the record number of wins and all those championships. Yes, the thousands of fans who packed the arena and the decades of athletic excellence. Read More
COURTESY HISTORIC HAWAII FOUNDATION
                                Folks from Kauai are protesting the plan to shut down Lihue’s historic post office on Rice Street. The artwork above is front and center on a website dedicated to the effort. People are sending notes written on coconuts to the U.S. Postal Service.

Kauai residents campaign to save historic Lihue Post Office

COURTESY HISTORIC HAWAII FOUNDATION
                                Folks from Kauai are protesting the plan to shut down Lihue’s historic post office on Rice Street. The artwork above is front and center on a website dedicated to the effort. People are sending notes written on coconuts to the U.S. Postal Service.

Updated on  February 18, 2017 at 11:19 pm
In the era of Twitter feuds and email blasts, some Kauai residents are using a decidedly low-tech, high-kitsch form of messaging to save an even older method of communication. Read More

Watch them scratch and claw to stay in office

There is something — probably many things — wrong about the way laws are made at the legislative session each year. What should be a deliberate, thoughtful process becomes a melee. Read More
Updated on  February 17, 2017 at 6:07 pm
STAR-ADVERTISER
                                Gov. David Ige at a press conference after his 2017 State of State address on Jan. 23.

Ige could just fund schools, but that would be innovative

STAR-ADVERTISER
                                Gov. David Ige at a press conference after his 2017 State of State address on Jan. 23.

Updated on  February 15, 2017 at 9:49 am
Thousands of Hawaii public school teachers took to the streets Monday to demand pay raises. Read More
ASSOCIATED PRESS
                                Rep. Gene Ward is calling for “urine-free zones” where offenders could be fined for doing their business in public. “In Chinatown, it’s for real, you see it all the time,” Roads said. “If you live there for a couple of weeks, you’ll understand why.”

Sheesh — It’s come down to a shi shi bill?

ASSOCIATED PRESS
                                Rep. Gene Ward is calling for “urine-free zones” where offenders could be fined for doing their business in public. “In Chinatown, it’s for real, you see it all the time,” Roads said. “If you live there for a couple of weeks, you’ll understand why.”

Updated on  February 12, 2017 at 8:55 pm
What kind of world are we living in if lawmakers are talking about about fining people $2,000 for peeing in public? Read More
LEE CATALUNA / LCATALUNA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Potholes in Kaimuki Municipal Parking Lot.

Pitted, cratered parking lot somehow fits cool Kaimuki

LEE CATALUNA / LCATALUNA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Potholes in Kaimuki Municipal Parking Lot.

Updated on  February 9, 2017 at 9:55 pm
On an island where communities often struggle to find or hold on to their identity, Kaimuki manages to be self-assured, casual-hip and comfortably real. Read More
COURTESY SALVAGE THE RAIL
                                Rendering of street level rail on King Street in downtown Honolulu.

Street-level rail sounds good, then reality hits

COURTESY SALVAGE THE RAIL
                                Rendering of street level rail on King Street in downtown Honolulu.

Updated on  February 8, 2017 at 12:50 am
At this point you have to admire anyone who comes up with an idea, any idea, for trying to make chicken salad out of the mess of Honolulu’s rail project. Read More

In Hawaii, 2 degrees of separation is enough

There’s this thing that people in Hawaii do — it’s mostly sweet, sometimes a little silly, but it comes from good intentions. Usually. Read More
Updated on  February 5, 2017 at 5:10 pm
Craig T. Kojima / ckojima@staradvertiser.com
                                U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, here seen at the 2016 Kailua Independence Day Parade, has risen quickly in her political career.

Wannabes can’t match Gabbard’s star power

Craig T. Kojima / ckojima@staradvertiser.com
                                U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, here seen at the 2016 Kailua Independence Day Parade, has risen quickly in her political career.

Updated on  February 3, 2017 at 3:23 pm
Gabbard is a major influence in Hawaii’s legislative session even though she’s nowhere near the Capitol. Read More
COURTESY KITV
Cyrus Belt

Sign quietly marks boy’s tragic death — and life

COURTESY KITV
Cyrus Belt

Updated on  February 1, 2017 at 9:48 am
In a time of mass protests, loud demonstrations, fear and outrage on such a large scale, one quiet little sign above the freeway can still evoke such a gut-punch of a memory. Read More

Kauai goes a bit postal at prospect of change

On Wednesday, the Postal Service clarified that the proposal being considered is to consolidate retail operations from the Rice Street building with its Carrier Annex facility near the Lihue Airport. Read More
Updated on  January 28, 2017 at 11:59 pm
LEE CATALUNA / LCATALUNA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Tamara Barria Montana waves to morning town-bound commuters on Pali Highway by the scenic lookout past Wyllie Street.

‘Peace’ woman jumps to soothe, delight by waving along Pali

LEE CATALUNA / LCATALUNA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Tamara Barria Montana waves to morning town-bound commuters on Pali Highway by the scenic lookout past Wyllie Street.

Updated on  January 27, 2017 at 1:17 am
The lady in the flowing dress jumps and dances on the side of the road during morning rush hour, holding her sign and waving at everyone — waving even if they don’t wave back. Read More

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