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COURTESY PIXABAY
                                Stability is a struggle in Oahu’s surreal housing market, which has hit record prices in recent years — the 2016 median price for a single-family home posted at $735,000, which was more than double the mainland median of $313,600.

Ease Residential A property tax for local homeowners

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                Stability is a struggle in Oahu’s surreal housing market, which has hit record prices in recent years — the 2016 median price for a single-family home posted at $735,000, which was more than double the mainland median of $313,600.

Updated on  March 21, 2017 at 6:36 pm
Honolulu’s Residential A ordinance, which taxes homeowners at a higher rate for million-dollar homes that they don’t live in full time, was drafted with the intent of tapping wealthy and offshore Oahu homeowners with a revenue-generating levy. Read More

Island Voices

CRAIG T. KOJIMA/ CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Rail construction in the Kapolei area, near the Makakilo Quarry.

Rail will help small businesses thrive

CRAIG T. KOJIMA/ CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Rail construction in the Kapolei area, near the Makakilo Quarry.

Updated on  March 21, 2017 at 6:30 pm
Over the many years that I’ve worked with business owners in Hawaii, I’ve found that most are willing to put up with short-term inconveniences if it’s for the long-term betterment of the community. That’s how we do things in Hawaii. Read More

Letters

CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Veterans say when they get their care from private physicians, instead of those at the Spark M. Matsunaga Medical Center or other VA facilities, the program allowing for that choice is marred by red tape.

Veterans Choice a good program

CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Veterans say when they get their care from private physicians, instead of those at the Spark M. Matsunaga Medical Center or other VA facilities, the program allowing for that choice is marred by red tape.

Updated on  March 21, 2017 at 6:26 pm
There is no question that Veterans Choice has added another layer of bureaucracy and takes longer. However, the program does find good health providers and the results are positive. Read More

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Off the News

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                An analysis released Monday by the Hawaii-based social investment fund Ulupono Initiative suggests that through a “design-build-finance” model, private third parties could pay for final miles and a transit hub — and get paid back after the project is pau. Thereby, taxpayers could pay for that transit stretch when they start to benefit from it.

Financing proposals get creative for rail

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                An analysis released Monday by the Hawaii-based social investment fund Ulupono Initiative suggests that through a “design-build-finance” model, private third parties could pay for final miles and a transit hub — and get paid back after the project is pau. Thereby, taxpayers could pay for that transit stretch when they start to benefit from it.

Updated on  March 22, 2017 at 1:32 am
State lawmakers and the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation cannot afford to simply dismiss an analysis released Monday by the Hawaii-based social investment fund Ulupono Initiative. 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

GEORGE F. LEE / GLEE@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Dean Hazama, chairman of the city’s Planning Commission.

Hazama has a passion for building better communities

GEORGE F. LEE / GLEE@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Dean Hazama, chairman of the city’s Planning Commission.

Updated on  March 16, 2017 at 5:51 pm
Dean Hazama is now in his fifth year on the city’s Planning Commission, currently serving as chairman of the nine-member panel. Read More

Kauakukalahale

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                Getting angry does not solve anything when we’re on the road. Let’s heed some of the words from our kūpuna.

Hōlapu ke ahi, koe iho ka lehu

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                Getting angry does not solve anything when we’re on the road. Let’s heed some of the words from our kūpuna.

Updated on  March 17, 2017 at 8:15 pm
Road rage is something probably everybody experiences, but we should find ways to curb it because the consequences may be permanent. Getting angry does not solve anything. Let’s heed some of the words from our küpuna. Read More

On Politics

ASSOCIATED PRESS
                                “If Republican fiscal conservatives are holding elections-have-consequences parties, others, including those just hanging on, could discover that the consequences for Hawaii are bleak,” writes Richard Borreca.

Federal gov’s proposed belt-tightening will put huge squeeze on Hawaii’s budget

ASSOCIATED PRESS
                                “If Republican fiscal conservatives are holding elections-have-consequences parties, others, including those just hanging on, could discover that the consequences for Hawaii are bleak,” writes Richard Borreca.

Updated on  March 19, 2017 at 12:10 am
There is a flood of scary government budget news this month and it is likely to just get worse. 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