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ASSOCIATED PRESS
                                Pilaa Beach is owned by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg who last month dropped lawsuits seeking to buy out Native Hawaiians who own small parcels of land within his 700-acre Kauai estate. HB 860 aims to amend Hawaii’s quiet title law, to give descendants more of a fighting chance to retain their land entitlements if they so choose.

‘Quiet title’ law not good enough for Hawaiians

ASSOCIATED PRESS
                                Pilaa Beach is owned by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg who last month dropped lawsuits seeking to buy out Native Hawaiians who own small parcels of land within his 700-acre Kauai estate. HB 860 aims to amend Hawaii’s quiet title law, to give descendants more of a fighting chance to retain their land entitlements if they so choose.

Updated on  February 17, 2017 at 11:46 pm
A mere month after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg inadvertently rained attention onto the conundrum of kuleana land ownership, the Legislature is taking some needed, overdue steps toward aiding Native Hawaiians and others against the forced sales of such legacy lands. Read More

Island Voices

Ernie Martin is a City Councilman and former Council chairman.

State has major stake in success of Honolulu’s rail project

Ernie Martin is a City Councilman and former Council chairman.

Updated on  February 16, 2017 at 12:46 am
Last December, the Honolulu City Council, by an unprecedented 9-0 vote, reaffirmed its position on the completion of the Honolulu rail project to Ala Moana Center. Read More

Letters

DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                This is Chris Iseri handing a new sign to Lago Dozinn III, designating a bike lane on McCully St. last month to provide a mauka to makai connection from Waikiki to King St., as well as the UH Manoa area. Pauoa Valley resident Bob Vieira writes that the city should focus on fixing roads before adding more bike lanes.

Fix roads before adding bike lanes

DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                This is Chris Iseri handing a new sign to Lago Dozinn III, designating a bike lane on McCully St. last month to provide a mauka to makai connection from Waikiki to King St., as well as the UH Manoa area. Pauoa Valley resident Bob Vieira writes that the city should focus on fixing roads before adding more bike lanes.

Updated on  February 17, 2017 at 6:33 pm
Let’s complete our streets before the city and Complete Streets take over this entire island, our critically needed parking and our primary mode of transportation — our automobiles. Read More

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Off the News

COURTESY HAWAIIAN ELECTRIC CO.
                                Rail’s elevated guideway is too close to the power lines that run alongside it for Hawaiian Electric Co. crews to access those lines in the utility’s standard “bucket” trucks. The issue was neglected for years. Now, the city will buy special trucks that can maneuver in that space — a move that’s expected to be much cheaper than putting the lines underground.

Good news (sort of) from HECO and HART

COURTESY HAWAIIAN ELECTRIC CO.
                                Rail’s elevated guideway is too close to the power lines that run alongside it for Hawaiian Electric Co. crews to access those lines in the utility’s standard “bucket” trucks. The issue was neglected for years. Now, the city will buy special trucks that can maneuver in that space — a move that’s expected to be much cheaper than putting the lines underground.

Updated on  February 17, 2017 at 6:45 pm
Honolulu had a rare chance to feel a little upbeat about the overbudget rail project on Friday, learning that estimated costs have dropped by $140 million. 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

BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                As the field organizer for both the Drug Policy Forum of Hawaii and one of its projects, the Medical Cannabis Coalition of Hawaii, Wendy Gibson spends much of her time working to educate people about cannabis.

Nurse educates the public on health benefits of cannabis

BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                As the field organizer for both the Drug Policy Forum of Hawaii and one of its projects, the Medical Cannabis Coalition of Hawaii, Wendy Gibson spends much of her time working to educate people about cannabis.

Updated on  February 16, 2017 at 7:09 pm
Wendy Gibson, cannabis nurse, first became interested in the medical marijuana field by taking the opponent’s side. Read More

Kauakukalahale

COURTESY DREAMSTIME / TNS
                                Fathering children at an advanced age can carry severe consequences for their children’s health. The biggest surprise is the actual age that is considered advanced. It can be less than 40.

Māhuahua nā kīnā i ke o’o o ka māna’ai

COURTESY DREAMSTIME / TNS
                                Fathering children at an advanced age can carry severe consequences for their children’s health. The biggest surprise is the actual age that is considered advanced. It can be less than 40.

Updated on  February 17, 2017 at 6:41 pm
Synopsis: Many men will be surprised to learn that fathering children at an advanced age can carry severe consequences for their children’s health. There is an increased risk for certain afflictions that will be problematic for the child. The biggest surprise is the actual age that is considered advanced. It can be less than 40. Read More

On Politics

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Gabbard overreaches in lofty comparisons with Mink and Eisenhower

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Updated on  February 10, 2017 at 6:59 pm
Somehow Gabbard was able to mischaracterize the histories of both GOP President Eisenhower and our own late congresswoman. 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