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Our View

COURTESY CITY & COUNTY OF HONOLULU
                                A rendering of what the TOD plan has for mixed-use development with streetscape and public space improvements.

Ala Moana TOD leaves affordable housing wanting

COURTESY CITY & COUNTY OF HONOLULU
                                A rendering of what the TOD plan has for mixed-use development with streetscape and public space improvements.

Updated on  February 24, 2017 at 7:51 pm
More than any other rail station, the Ala Moana site is expected to bump up property values and tax revenues. 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

DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                This is a view of the progress of construction of the HART mass transit rail line as it crosses the Aiea Interchange No. 4 (on the left) near the Aiea Cemetery and the Aloha Stadium parking lot along Kamehameha Hwy. Aiea resident Mark Middleton anticipates that the rail tax surcharge will be approved as a permanent tax, and we should keep that in mind when re-election comes around.

Lawmakers happy to raise our taxes

DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                This is a view of the progress of construction of the HART mass transit rail line as it crosses the Aiea Interchange No. 4 (on the left) near the Aiea Cemetery and the Aloha Stadium parking lot along Kamehameha Hwy. Aiea resident Mark Middleton anticipates that the rail tax surcharge will be approved as a permanent tax, and we should keep that in mind when re-election comes around.

Updated on  February 25, 2017 at 6:56 pm
Two things our Legislature is really good at are taxes and spending. They’re going to keep the train tax and find new ways to tax even more things. 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

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