Sandy brought widespread destruction to the country at a time when political campaigns had grown as tumultuous as the rain, flooding, snow and wind the superstorm hurled across the Eastern Seaboard and points west.
People love their pets. They lavish dogs and cats with the best foods they can afford, ornament them in cute collars, if not T-shirts and other human-oriented attire, and come Halloween, dress Fido and Felix in elaborate costumes.
No disrespect to the great state of New Jersey, the first to sign the Bill of Rights and the third to ratify the U.S. Constitution, but when you think of the Garden State, nestled in there south of New York and east of Pennsylvania, the foremost image that comes to mind isn't its beaches.
In April 2001, Hawaii's public school teachers went on strike, taking to sidewalks and street corners with picket signs after turning down a 14 percent increase in pay and benefits the state had offered.
Hop Sing grocery store disappeared from the corner in Palolo Valley at least half a century ago, but 10th Avenue Market a
couple of blocks away was there to supply the neighborhood with bologna and bread for lunch-bucket sandwiches, watercress
and a pound of ground for dinner, and dried cuttlefish and the best shave ice ever for Sunday afternoon snacks.
Growing up in Hawaii, June presented an interlude. Classes had ended and structured activities like summer school, church vacation programs and, as we moved into adolescence, requisite summer jobs had yet to begin.
The City Council, in particular member Ann Kobayashi, has been subject to mockery for a proposal that would make outlaws of
texting teens and Blackberrying businesswomen for simply holding their e-devices while plodding across Beretania Street.
State senators want to know which option the public would prefer: raising the general excise tax by an amount yet to be set or suspending for the next few years, possibly longer, a tax exemption granted to some businesses for particular transactions.
Among the arguments lawmakers use to justify their desire for an official palm-greasing policy, and the pending bill that would sanction freebies, is their need to be educated and their drawing power at fundraising parties and receptions.
If her constituents could have harnessed the flaming vitriol Kymberly Pine unleashed when the power went out in her district last week, they might have had plenty of thermal energy to keep the lights on.
As political turmoil tumbles through the Middle East and North Africa, the price of oil streams higher and the next thing you know, shipping companies that bring every 25-pound bag of rice, every sack of flour, every printer ink cartridge, spool of thread, Prada cashmere cardigan and monster truck tire to these fair islands are bumping up their prices.
On two successive days this week, Hawaii residents had the opportunity to hear their state and national leaders talk about dreams and aspirations — and deliver harsh reckonings of our economic and social realities.
At the risk of provoking the birther beast, let's talk about Gov. Neil Abercrombie's unrealistic quest to put down the delusion that President Barack Obama was not born in the United States and thus is ineligible to be its leader.
Imagine the activity at Dwayne's Photo today. At noon, the business -- housed in an unassuming gray warehouse-like building in the Kansas town of Parsons -- will stop accepting Kodachrome for developing.
Hawaii has a new governor, the president has infuriated Democratic leaders in Congress and his liberal voter base with a compromise tax package, and the WikiLeaks guy has been arrested on allegations of sexual assault while his organization continues to flood the world media with thousands of secret U.S. government documents.
No one could legitimately begrudge Linda Lingle some time off. The woman has endured 96 months or nearly 3,000 long days in a fifth-floor office in the state Capitol with people looking over her suited shoulders.
Few political prognosticators could have predicted that someday an election official would issue a statement about whether voters clad in gear from the World Wrestling Entertainment domain would be allowed at polling places.
A federal judge's order this week stopping the military from enforcing the "don't ask, don't tell" policy must have brought Fred Phelps and his Kansas cult to their knees, for the ruling folds over the prime targets of their venom as well as those they believe are enemies of America.
In response to a question asked of primary election candidates for state legislative seats, one fellow gave an incorrect answer. The question, for the Star-Advertiser's voter guide, was whether he would support a civil unions bill. His answer wasn't yes or no, but "none of your business."
A tug-of-war over a scrap of land in Haleiwa is quickly recognizable as a typical skirmish in Hawaii. On one side, there's a developer who wants to build something; on the other, individuals and community groups joined in the familiar "Save Our"-prefaced coalition to prevent that from happening.
Maybe he had a hot brunch date. Maybe he sensed that halftime of the UH football game on TV was counting down fast. Or maybe he had to go to the bathroom, which would account for his hopping from one black-rubber-slippered-foot to another behind me at the polling station Saturday.
As leader of a Methodist megachurch in Houston and a religious adviser to a Republican president, the Rev. Kirbyjon Caldwell ought to be a credible witness to attest to the fact that President Barack Obama is a Christian.
Poor Donovan Dela Cruz. Slow cash flow has forced the term-limited City Council member to give up his bid for the deluxe suite at City Hall and try instead for the more affordable quarters of the state Senate.
Few people had heard of Shirley Sherrod before Tuesday when she was caught in the pulverzing mill of race, politics and a quick-fire media and booted from her mid-level job with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
In the never-ending struggle to control or eradicate plants, insects, reptiles and other life forms that harm the native environment -- not counting humans -- the state wants to import a bug that biologists believe will stunt the growth and spread of strawberry guava.
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Mary Anne facilitates monthly Women on Wellness classes sponsored by NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Hawaii. The classes address themes including depression, self-esteem, abuse, violence, stress, anger and mind/body balance Read More »