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GEORGE F. LEE / 2016
                                The property at 690 Pohukaina Street is currently home to the construction office and parking lot of Keauhou Place and Fisher Hawaii. It’s been eyed for years for a school and mixed-use development. It’s one of three sites that show promise for the DOE to collect fees from developers in high-growth areas to offset the building of new schools.

Fees needed to build schools along rail line

GEORGE F. LEE / 2016
                                The property at 690 Pohukaina Street is currently home to the construction office and parking lot of Keauhou Place and Fisher Hawaii. It’s been eyed for years for a school and mixed-use development. It’s one of three sites that show promise for the DOE to collect fees from developers in high-growth areas to offset the building of new schools.

Updated on  February 24, 2017 at 7:25 pm
As in any wise college or educational savings plan, it’s good to contribute to the fund steadily and use time to help grow the needed money pot. That same concept should apply to the certain need for public schools that will be growing along the urban core of the rail transit route. Read More

Island Voices

DENNIS ODA / 2015
                                The Hawaii State Association of Counties (HSAC) seeks a more equitable state-county distribution of the transient accommodations tax, or TAT, which Hawaii visitors pay as part of the cost of their hotel rooms or vacation rentals.

Counties oppose removal of TAT share

DENNIS ODA / 2015
                                The Hawaii State Association of Counties (HSAC) seeks a more equitable state-county distribution of the transient accommodations tax, or TAT, which Hawaii visitors pay as part of the cost of their hotel rooms or vacation rentals.

Updated on  February 25, 2017 at 6:33 pm
If tourists pay a local visitor tax, shouldn’t the counties get their fair share of that revenue? Read More

Letters

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                Kailua resident Victor Meyers writes that it would be more sustainable if there was an annual luxury housing tax levied on new high-end condos and rentals that could pay for future needed schools.

Tax the rich to pay for schools, housing

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                Kailua resident Victor Meyers writes that it would be more sustainable if there was an annual luxury housing tax levied on new high-end condos and rentals that could pay for future needed schools.

Updated on  February 24, 2017 at 7:37 pm
The incessant chatter about how hard it is to find money to develop low-income housing is just that — chatter. Read More

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Off the News

BRUCE ASATO / 2016
                                The Waiea Tower, at right, on the corner of Ala Moana Blvd and Kamakee Street. It’s one of Howard Hughes’ luxury condo towers that have helped profits soar for the company.

Profits soar along the Kakaako waterfront

BRUCE ASATO / 2016
                                The Waiea Tower, at right, on the corner of Ala Moana Blvd and Kamakee Street. It’s one of Howard Hughes’ luxury condo towers that have helped profits soar for the company.

Updated on  February 24, 2017 at 7:44 pm
As if there was any doubt, there’s lots of money to be made from Howard Hughes’ luxury condo towers in Kakaako. Read More

InsightIsland Voices

DENNIS ODA / JAN. 27
                                Allan Octavio walked through a connecting corridor at the Oahu Community 
Correctional Center in Kalihi. Debate is swirling about rebuilding OCCC.

Problem with prisons: Old facilities hinder safety, efficiencies

DENNIS ODA / JAN. 27
                                Allan Octavio walked through a connecting corridor at the Oahu Community 
Correctional Center in Kalihi. Debate is swirling about rebuilding OCCC.

Updated on  February 25, 2017 at 6:29 pm
We can’t replace all facilities at once, but OCCC is a necessary start. Let’s do it because it’s the human thing to do. 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

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                House Speaker Joe Souki is tallying up the votes for SB 1129, which would allow a terminally ill person to get a prescription for medication to be self-administered to end the patient’s life. It will be a close vote, writes Richard Borreca. Legislators will get little political benefit, but the public benefit of voting for compassion and empathy is immense.

If Souki’s tallies are right, medically-assisted-death bill has fighting chance to survive

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                House Speaker Joe Souki is tallying up the votes for SB 1129, which would allow a terminally ill person to get a prescription for medication to be self-administered to end the patient’s life. It will be a close vote, writes Richard Borreca. Legislators will get little political benefit, but the public benefit of voting for compassion and empathy is immense.

Updated on  February 24, 2017 at 8:00 pm
Legislators will get little political benefit, but the public benefit of voting for compassion and empathy is immense. 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