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                                Sunday is the deadline for the city to submit its financial recovery plan — the blueprint for how HART plans to make up for a funding shortfall, estimated at up to $3 billion. Without that plan, the FTA could withhold the remainder of the federal subsidy, leaving the city to close an additional gap.

City bumbles in pitching rail plan

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                                Sunday is the deadline for the city to submit its financial recovery plan — the blueprint for how HART plans to make up for a funding shortfall, estimated at up to $3 billion. Without that plan, the FTA could withhold the remainder of the federal subsidy, leaving the city to close an additional gap.

Updated on  April 27, 2017 at 5:57 pm
Here’s the positive element of this week’s rail conference at the state Capitol: More of it’s been out in the open. That’s a plus for transparency in conference committee discussions that are usually behind closed doors. Read More

Island Voices

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                                Since major airports are financially self-sustaining through internal revenue sources and require no local tax proceeds, they are ideal candidates for governance models that operate as independent public agencies.

Authority would bring sound business practices to airports

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                                Since major airports are financially self-sustaining through internal revenue sources and require no local tax proceeds, they are ideal candidates for governance models that operate as independent public agencies.

Updated on  April 26, 2017 at 5:42 pm
Considering the importance of commercial airports to Hawaii, the Legislature should pass and the governor should sign SB 658, HD2. Read More

Letters

GEORGE F. LEE / 2016
                                State Department of Transportation Director Ford Fuchigami

Fuchigami deserves praise, not criticism

GEORGE F. LEE / 2016
                                State Department of Transportation Director Ford Fuchigami

Updated on  April 27, 2017 at 6:05 pm
Many of us have run airport concessions for years, which means for years we have been frustrated witnesses to the inefficiencies that plague the airports system. Read More

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Off the News

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                                Sears was the original anchor store for the now gargantuan Ala Moana Center.

Sears brings hardware back to Ala Moana

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                                Sears was the original anchor store for the now gargantuan Ala Moana Center.

Updated on  April 27, 2017 at 6:10 pm
There are lots of reasons to celebrate a homecoming of sorts for Sears Ala Moana. Read More

Insight

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                                Peter “Peter Boy” Kema Jr.

Facing child abuse: Changes 20 years after Kema case

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                                Peter “Peter Boy” Kema Jr.

Updated on  April 22, 2017 at 6:52 pm
Nearly two decades have passed since 6-year-old Peter “Peter Boy” Kema was reported missing from his Hawaii island home. And at long last, some closure is near in the troubling case of child abuse and neglect. Read More

Name in the News

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / APRIL 17
                                Lenny Klompus is with milling equipment used to fashion aluminum into unique parts for the robots.

Head of robotics program helps tech-savvy students succeed

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / APRIL 17
                                Lenny Klompus is with milling equipment used to fashion aluminum into unique parts for the robots.

Updated on  April 27, 2017 at 6:08 pm
Lenny Klompus, who has helped shape the thriving robotics movement in Hawaii, serves as president and board chairman at Hawaii Friends of Robotics. Read More

Kauakukalahale

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Aia ka ‘ai ma mua o ka i’a

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Updated on  April 21, 2017 at 7:33 pm
As we engage in the regenesis of Hawaiian, it is important to preserve whatever we can. Because most speakers today are first-language speakers of English, English word order tends to inform the new Hawaiian. We should attend to this lest it be said that we speak English in Hawaiian. Read More

On Politics

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / JAN. 23
                                Governor David Ige is preparing for a second statewide campaign — and it appears to be as low-key as his first attempts at state leadership, writes Richard Borreca in this week’s column.

Ige’s administration lacks needed victories

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / JAN. 23
                                Governor David Ige is preparing for a second statewide campaign — and it appears to be as low-key as his first attempts at state leadership, writes Richard Borreca in this week’s column.

Updated on  April 22, 2017 at 6:41 pm
Four years ago, the state Senate was wrapping up business for the year with a series of farewell toasts for its Ways and Means chairman, Sen. David Ige. Read More

Back in the Day

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                                A traditional Persian stew of chicken and eggplant is served alongside basmati rice with a crisp golden top and a plate of fresh herbs topped with nuts, radishes and a block of feta cheese. The herbs are eaten between bites of the stew, rice and yogurt.

Freshen palate with Persian cuisine

JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                A traditional Persian stew of chicken and eggplant is served alongside basmati rice with a crisp golden top and a plate of fresh herbs topped with nuts, radishes and a block of feta cheese. The herbs are eaten between bites of the stew, rice and yogurt.

Updated on  April 25, 2017 at 7:29 pm
Persian food is rich, colorful and delicious, and it offers refreshing flavor combinations that are unfamiliar to many local palates. Read More