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COURTESY PIXABAY
                                The state’s network of 15 airports are transit points for more than 17 million passengers. Many of these passengers are visitors whose tourism dollars float the Hawaii economy. And the airport leaves a lasting impression, on arrival and on their departure. It would be critical for the state to do all it can to ensure that impression is a good one.

New authority can improve state’s airports

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                The state’s network of 15 airports are transit points for more than 17 million passengers. Many of these passengers are visitors whose tourism dollars float the Hawaii economy. And the airport leaves a lasting impression, on arrival and on their departure. It would be critical for the state to do all it can to ensure that impression is a good one.

Updated on  March 24, 2017 at 7:37 pm
All it takes is one look at Honolulu International Airport to know something’s wrong. Broken-down bathrooms. Leaks, broken tiles. Read More

Island Voices

COURTESY NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION
                                Mesophotic coral ecosystems, such as this one found at 230 feet in Maui’s ‘Au’au Channel, are populated with many of the same fish species found on shallow reefs and among the environments scientists are studying. President Donald Trump is proposing to cut NOAA’s budget by at least 20 percent, which have serious implications for Hawaii.

Who needs the EPA and NOAA? Hawaii does

COURTESY NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION
                                Mesophotic coral ecosystems, such as this one found at 230 feet in Maui’s ‘Au’au Channel, are populated with many of the same fish species found on shallow reefs and among the environments scientists are studying. President Donald Trump is proposing to cut NOAA’s budget by at least 20 percent, which have serious implications for Hawaii.

Updated on  March 24, 2017 at 6:49 pm
President Donald Trump’s first budget proposal, which he named “America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again,” is a declaration of war on the environment. Read More

Letters

COURTESY PEACE CORPS
                                Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet visited Hawaii during Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month and spoke at the East-West Center in May 2016. She talked about the future of the corps and congratulated UH Manoa on its No. 20 ranking on the Peace Corps’ 2016 Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities list.

East-West Center a valuable resource

COURTESY PEACE CORPS
                                Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet visited Hawaii during Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month and spoke at the East-West Center in May 2016. She talked about the future of the corps and congratulated UH Manoa on its No. 20 ranking on the Peace Corps’ 2016 Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities list.

Updated on  March 26, 2017 at 12:08 am
President Donald Trump’s budget would eliminate support for the East-West Center here in Honolulu. It costs $20 million to maintain the East-West Center. Trump’s proposed wall would cost $21 billion. 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
                                “In Hawaii last year, 62 percent of the voters voted for Hillary Clinton, the highest percent in the nation. That is the GOP’s biggest local problem, and it is one they can’t solve by defending Trump,” writes Richard Borreca in this week’s column.

Hawaii’s ailing GOP won’t grow more popular while riding the coattails of Trump

ASSOCIATED PRESS
                                “In Hawaii last year, 62 percent of the voters voted for Hillary Clinton, the highest percent in the nation. That is the GOP’s biggest local problem, and it is one they can’t solve by defending Trump,” writes Richard Borreca in this week’s column.

Updated on  March 24, 2017 at 7:06 pm
The new state record is five — just five Republican Party members in the 76-member state Legislature. 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