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CRAIG T. KOJIMA / 2016
                                The Rotary Club of Honolulu has launched a major fund-raising drive with a goal of $450,000 cash needed to convert a weedy empty lot at Centennial Park into an open-space oasis.

Support green space in Waikiki

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / 2016
                                The Rotary Club of Honolulu has launched a major fund-raising drive with a goal of $450,000 cash needed to convert a weedy empty lot at Centennial Park into an open-space oasis.

Updated on  March 24, 2017 at 7:35 pm
The most welcome development on the horizon for the high-rise jungle of Waikiki may be the one that preserves a tiny spot where development is absent. Read More

Island Voices

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                “It is time for the Hawaii Legislature to protect our human right to autonomy in health care, including a legal option for medical aid in dying,” writes Malachy Grange, a retired registered nurse and Hawaii hospice volunteer.

Like other states, Hawaii is ready for medical aid in dying

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                “It is time for the Hawaii Legislature to protect our human right to autonomy in health care, including a legal option for medical aid in dying,” writes Malachy Grange, a retired registered nurse and Hawaii hospice volunteer.

Updated on  March 22, 2017 at 6:57 pm
It is time for the Hawaii Legislature to protect our human right to autonomy in health care, including a legal option for medical aid in dying. Read More

Letters

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                “All of us here are immigrants; we all came from other places, and found here a unique place where people of all races and creeds may live together in relative harmony, cooperation and respect,” writes Aiea resident Mark Yasuhara, in support of the travel ban challenge.

Travel ban challenge good for democracy

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                “All of us here are immigrants; we all came from other places, and found here a unique place where people of all races and creeds may live together in relative harmony, cooperation and respect,” writes Aiea resident Mark Yasuhara, in support of the travel ban challenge.

Updated on  March 24, 2017 at 6:14 pm
It was never our desire to disrespect the presidential office; rather, we believe we enhance that office and America’s democracy when we respond boldly and contribute effectively to the debate. Read More

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Off the News

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                Hawaii is not the only place in where the medical-aid-in-dying bill is playing out in 2017.

Medical aid in dying will have to wait

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                Hawaii is not the only place in where the medical-aid-in-dying bill is playing out in 2017.

Updated on  March 25, 2017 at 12:10 am
Lawmakers this week shelved the latest medical-aid-in-dying bill at the State Capitol, when SB 1129 was deferred in the House Health Committee on Thursday. But Hawaii is not the only place in where this difficult issue is playing out in 2017. Read More

Insight

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / 2014
                                The HPOWER waste-to-energy facility in Campbell Industrial Park has been able to increase the amount of garbage diverted from landfills due to expansion. A giant claw, above, picked up trash at the facility.

New landfill site elusive, but HPOWER burning more waste

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / 2014
                                The HPOWER waste-to-energy facility in Campbell Industrial Park has been able to increase the amount of garbage diverted from landfills due to expansion. A giant claw, above, picked up trash at the facility.

Updated on  March 17, 2017 at 7:22 pm
City officials have made progress at turning a mountain into a molehill — the mountain being Oahu’s mammoth heap of trash. But the fact remains that there will always be excess material, and the need to stow it someplace. Read More

Name in the News

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Jesse Souki is executive director of the Hawaii Community Development Authority.

HCDA executive director balances needs of developers

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Jesse Souki is executive director of the Hawaii Community Development Authority.

Updated on  March 23, 2017 at 8:15 pm
Jesse Souki is executive director of the Hawaii Community Development Authority, a state agency that has oversight of land uses in Kakaako, Kalaeloa and Heeia — the latter being a site where preservation more than development is the concern. Read More

Kauakukalahale

COURTESY POLYNESIAN VOYAGING SOCIETY / 2016
                                Just one generation of neglect, and the Hawaiian language could be gone.

Ka mohala ‘ana mai o ka ‘ōlelo kanaka

COURTESY POLYNESIAN VOYAGING SOCIETY / 2016
                                Just one generation of neglect, and the Hawaiian language could be gone.

Updated on  March 24, 2017 at 6:20 pm
Synopsis: The Hawaiian language is making a comeback from the brink of death. The initial shift away from a thriving history, however, should serve to remind us of its fragile nature. Just one generation of neglect, and it could be gone. Read More

On Politics

ASSOCIATED PRESS
                                “If Republican fiscal conservatives are holding elections-have-consequences parties, others, including those just hanging on, could discover that the consequences for Hawaii are bleak,” writes Richard Borreca.

Federal gov’s proposed belt-tightening will put huge squeeze on Hawaii’s budget

ASSOCIATED PRESS
                                “If Republican fiscal conservatives are holding elections-have-consequences parties, others, including those just hanging on, could discover that the consequences for Hawaii are bleak,” writes Richard Borreca.

Updated on  March 19, 2017 at 12:10 am
There is a flood of scary government budget news this month and it is likely to just get worse. Read More

Back in the Day

Oct. 16, 1964: Shoemaker, Hitch, Cool to Foreign Trade Zone

Every Sunday, “Back in the Day” looks at an article that ran on this date in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin. The items are verbatim, so don’t blame us today for yesteryear’s bad grammar. Read More
Updated on  October 14, 2016 at 6:16 pm