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CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Hawaii teachers and supporters march from the Neal Blaisdell Center to the state Capitol in support of the Hawaii State Teachers Association in February. HSTA members have been given an exceptionally good contract offer that’s up for a ratification vote on Thursday.

HSTA deal could prove expensive

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Hawaii teachers and supporters march from the Neal Blaisdell Center to the state Capitol in support of the Hawaii State Teachers Association in February. HSTA members have been given an exceptionally good contract offer that’s up for a ratification vote on Thursday.

Updated on  April 25, 2017 at 5:17 pm
Members of the Hawaii State Teachers Association have been given an exceptionally good contract offer that’s up for a ratification vote on Thursday. Read More

Island Voices

COURTESY SCRAM VIA KUT
                                With approximately 1,000 arrests for repeat drunken driving annually in our state, Hawaii should be able to take advantage of all available solutions to combat this problem. Not only will the proposed legislation save lives, but it will help make our community a safer place to live, work and visit.

DUI ankle monitors are effective

COURTESY SCRAM VIA KUT
                                With approximately 1,000 arrests for repeat drunken driving annually in our state, Hawaii should be able to take advantage of all available solutions to combat this problem. Not only will the proposed legislation save lives, but it will help make our community a safer place to live, work and visit.

Updated on  April 25, 2017 at 5:34 pm
House Bill 306, which would require repeat drunken drivers to wear an alcohol ankle monitor as a condition of bail, should be seen for what it is — a smart, proven solution to cut down on repeat drunken driving in Hawaii. Read More

Letters

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / FEB. 27
                                Senate Ways and Means Chairwoman Jill Tokuda

Tokuda’s stance on rail correct

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / FEB. 27
                                Senate Ways and Means Chairwoman Jill Tokuda

Updated on  April 25, 2017 at 5:33 pm
It would not be unreasonable to fund rail from a fraction of the income tax collected on Oahu, but it is grossly unfair to use the excise tax for that purpose. Read More

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Off the News

DAN NAKASO / DNAKASO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Misty Kela‘i, Executive Director of the mayor’s office of culture & the arts (in white holding bowl), blesses 42 newly renovated apartments at the corner of Pi’ikoi and Hassinger streets that will be used to house the homeless.

YIMBY more welcoming than NIMBY

DAN NAKASO / DNAKASO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Misty Kela‘i, Executive Director of the mayor’s office of culture & the arts (in white holding bowl), blesses 42 newly renovated apartments at the corner of Pi’ikoi and Hassinger streets that will be used to house the homeless.

Updated on  April 25, 2017 at 5:25 pm
With homeless encampments becoming so visible — in some cases, taking over public sites and sidewalks — it’s easy to lose sight of compassion for those who are truly struggling. Read More

Insight

COURTESY PHOTO
                                Peter “Peter Boy” Kema Jr.

Facing child abuse: Changes 20 years after Kema case

COURTESY PHOTO
                                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

DENNIS ODA / APRIL 26
                                At 65, with two grown children, Max Sword’s attention can turn to his current goal to appoint “the best person we can find” to the top HPD job. All things being equal, a local resident has an advantage, Sword said, but all things aren’t always equal.

Head of Honolulu Police Commission leads search for next police chief

DENNIS ODA / APRIL 26
                                At 65, with two grown children, Max Sword’s attention can turn to his current goal to appoint “the best person we can find” to the top HPD job. All things being equal, a local resident has an advantage, Sword said, but all things aren’t always equal.

Updated on  April 20, 2017 at 6:11 pm
At 65, with two grown children, Max Sword’s attention can turn to his current goal to appoint “the best person we can find” to the top HPD job. All things being equal, a local resident has an advantage, Sword said, but all things aren’t always equal. Read More

Kauakukalahale

COURTESY PIXABAY

Aia ka ‘ai ma mua o ka i’a

COURTESY PIXABAY

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

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.

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