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CRAIG T. KOJIMA / 2016
                                Since the city began enforcing a controversial 2014 ban on people from sitting or lying on public sidewalks in Waikiki, the so-called “sit-lie” law has expanded to cover 15 communities islandwide. On Wednesday, the Council advanced two bills to expand sit-lie even further in areas of Kalihi and Iwilei (Bill 13), and Ala Moana and McCully-Moiliili (Bill 20).

Prompt homeless to get needed help

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / 2016
                                Since the city began enforcing a controversial 2014 ban on people from sitting or lying on public sidewalks in Waikiki, the so-called “sit-lie” law has expanded to cover 15 communities islandwide. On Wednesday, the Council advanced two bills to expand sit-lie even further in areas of Kalihi and Iwilei (Bill 13), and Ala Moana and McCully-Moiliili (Bill 20).

Updated on  February 24, 2017 at 6:04 pm
The city’s policy of “compassionate disruption” — clearing homeless people and their belongings from public sidewalks — appears to be gaining traction as a routine practice. Read More

Island Voices

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                Tax credits will go a long way toward relieving the acute financial stress of low-income earners. Trisha Kajimura, executive director of Mental Health America of Hawaii, says it’s time to help the most vulnerable by passing the Hawaii Tax Fairness bill.

Tax fairness bill would ease the stress on working families

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                Tax credits will go a long way toward relieving the acute financial stress of low-income earners. Trisha Kajimura, executive director of Mental Health America of Hawaii, says it’s time to help the most vulnerable by passing the Hawaii Tax Fairness bill.

Updated on  February 22, 2017 at 5:32 pm
The numbers are sobering: 1 in 5 people in America has a diagnosable mental health condition. Read More

Letters

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                Kakaako resident Amy Downard hopes there will be more community support to bring awareness to the DOE about services needed for our deaf and blind students.

Blind students need more services

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                Kakaako resident Amy Downard hopes there will be more community support to bring awareness to the DOE about services needed for our deaf and blind students.

Updated on  February 24, 2017 at 6:21 pm
Hawaii School for the Deaf and Blind is a school for the deaf and has not had a program for the blind in nearly 20 years. Read More

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Off the News

KAT WADE / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER
                                President Donald Trump’s administration warned on Thursday that it may disrupt the pot trade in eight states that have legalized recreational use, which it views as a violation of federal law.

President isn’t keen on recreational pakalolo

KAT WADE / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER
                                President Donald Trump’s administration warned on Thursday that it may disrupt the pot trade in eight states that have legalized recreational use, which it views as a violation of federal law.

Updated on  February 24, 2017 at 6:33 pm
President Donald Trump’s administration warned on Thursday that it may disrupt the pot trade in eight states that have legalized recreational use, which it views as a violation of federal law. Read More

Insight

DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                At Roosevelt High School Thursday, college instructor Jay Stout answered a question from Jennifer Xiao as Ren Nakamura looked on during an Early College speech class.

Never too Early for College

DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                At Roosevelt High School Thursday, college instructor Jay Stout answered a question from Jennifer Xiao as Ren Nakamura looked on during an Early College speech class.

Updated on  February 3, 2017 at 9:04 pm
Karen Lee has assembled a lot of data points to support the push for Early College, a program in which high school students earn tuition-free credits toward both their diplomas and a future college degree. Read More

Name in the News

DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Mateo Caballero, legal director of ACLU of Hawaii, is concerned for family members about crossing borders, given the current climate under the Trump administration.

Legal director of ACLU-Hawaii steps up as immigration becomes a hot issue

DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Mateo Caballero, legal director of ACLU of Hawaii, is concerned for family members about crossing borders, given the current climate under the Trump administration.

Updated on  February 24, 2017 at 2:46 pm
Mateo Caballero, legal director at the American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii, is watching the national debate over immigration and refugees with more than academic interest. Read More

Kauakukalahale

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                Pluto is currently labeled a “dwarf planet,” but despite this label, some people still don’t view it as a real planet.

Aia nō kahi ‘Ilioki ua pa’a i waho o ke anu

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                Pluto is currently labeled a “dwarf planet,” but despite this label, some people still don’t view it as a real planet.

Updated on  February 24, 2017 at 6:29 pm
Synopsis: New efforts are being made to reverse the 2006 decision to revoke Pluto’s status as a planet in our solar system. It is currently labeled a “dwarf planet”. Despite this label, it is not viewed by some as a real planet. Why then call it a “planet”? Read More

On Politics

ASSOCIATED PRESS
                                Richard Borreca writes how the state is planning to take more of your money for things it is doing already, as well as the “clear money grab” bills in store.

Residents, brace for a clear money grab by politicians

ASSOCIATED PRESS
                                Richard Borreca writes how the state is planning to take more of your money for things it is doing already, as well as the “clear money grab” bills in store.

Updated on  February 17, 2017 at 7:08 pm
So the good news is you get the bad news first: Taxes are going up. 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