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COURTESY U.S. NAVY / 2014
                                A close-up of the wet spot in the concrete below Tank 5 at the Red Hill Underground Fuel Storage Facility. Since the 2014 leak, the Navy has stepped up testing of drinking and groundwater and added monitoring wells.

Red Hill fuel tanks need swift remedy

COURTESY U.S. NAVY / 2014
                                A close-up of the wet spot in the concrete below Tank 5 at the Red Hill Underground Fuel Storage Facility. Since the 2014 leak, the Navy has stepped up testing of drinking and groundwater and added monitoring wells.

Updated on  May 26, 2017 at 7:42 pm
The very existence of the Red Hill tanks was a state secret until the early 1990s, when the facility was declassified. Now, with its strengths and flaws under glare of public scrutiny, it’s time to finalize a plan of action for the site’s future and promptly get the job done. Read More

Island Voices

COURTESY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES
                                Public advocacy will alert your elected representatives that the renowned and stunning Napali Coast State Wilderness Park deserves increased management as Hawaii’s largest and most remote state park.

Na Pali Coast state park demands, and deserves, support

COURTESY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES
                                Public advocacy will alert your elected representatives that the renowned and stunning Napali Coast State Wilderness Park deserves increased management as Hawaii’s largest and most remote state park.

Updated on  May 24, 2017 at 6:19 pm
Social media comments advocating the need to improve management and remove people who establish illegal campsites, desecrate cultural and archaeological sites, and pollute the environment with rubbish and human waste are right on target. Read More

Letters

COURTESY PHOTO
                                “With sand volleyball, we would support championship-level University of Hawaii athletics, honor our veterans, preserve a local icon, and sustain a gem on both the National and State Registers of Historic Places,” writes Moiliili resident Karin Lynn on the fate of the Waikiki Natatorium.

Save Natatorium as sand volleyball site

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                                “With sand volleyball, we would support championship-level University of Hawaii athletics, honor our veterans, preserve a local icon, and sustain a gem on both the National and State Registers of Historic Places,” writes Moiliili resident Karin Lynn on the fate of the Waikiki Natatorium.

Updated on  May 26, 2017 at 7:50 pm
With the upcoming, always-chicken-skin Memorial Day ceremony at the Waikiki Natatorium Sunday morning, I gladly endorse letter-writer Christopher Brown’s recommended disposition of this unique treasure. Read More

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Off the News

BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Scout Aidan Minami helps to decorate grave markers with lei at the Annual Good Turn Day of the Aloha Council, Boy Scouts of America, when Scouts place miniature flags and lei to decorate grave markers at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl, May 2016.

Boy Scouts take annual good turn to Punchbowl

BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Scout Aidan Minami helps to decorate grave markers with lei at the Annual Good Turn Day of the Aloha Council, Boy Scouts of America, when Scouts place miniature flags and lei to decorate grave markers at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl, May 2016.

Updated on  May 26, 2017 at 7:43 pm
The Aloha Council’s biggest annual service project, known as Memorial Day Good Turn, will get underway at midday Sunday. Read More

Insight

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Sign waving at the annual March for Meals rally in support of Kupuna Care took place in March.

AARP CEO: Seniors living longer evolves workforce

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Sign waving at the annual March for Meals rally in support of Kupuna Care took place in March.

Updated on  May 21, 2017 at 1:18 am
Thirteen years from now, 1 in 4 Oahu residents will have celebrated their 60th birthday. And as a state, demographers say, Hawaii is aging more rapidly and living longer than any other state. Read More

Name in the News

DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Shirlene Ostrov is the new state chair for the Hawaii Republican Party.

New GOP Hawaii head Ostrov sees strength in core beliefs, diversity

DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Shirlene Ostrov is the new state chair for the Hawaii Republican Party.

Updated on  May 26, 2017 at 12:42 am
When Shirlene DelaCruz Ostrov, the newly elected chairwoman of the Hawaii Republican Party, started college, she had no interest in politics. Read More

Kauakukalahale

CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Keauhou swept the awards by winning the nine categories they were nominated for at the 40th annual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards.

Nā Hōkū ʻōlinolino o kawaihuelani

CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Keauhou swept the awards by winning the nine categories they were nominated for at the 40th annual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards.

Updated on  May 26, 2017 at 7:54 pm
Synopsis: Congratulations to the group Keauhou for the Nä Hökü Hanohano awards it has received. Read More

On Politics

DENNIS ODA / 2016
                                The start of HART’s mass transit rail line is in East Kapolei along Kualakai Pkwy.

Rail debacle should prompt developers, bankers to step up

DENNIS ODA / 2016
                                The start of HART’s mass transit rail line is in East Kapolei along Kualakai Pkwy.

Updated on  May 25, 2017 at 5:58 pm
On Thursday, the enormity of Honolulu’s rail project problems smashed through the state Legislature. Read More