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Our View

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                By the end of April, the city and the semiautonomous Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation must provide a “recovery plan” for the Federal Transit Administration, a new financial blueprint showing how they intend to get to the finish line.

Consider new ideas for financing rail

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                By the end of April, the city and the semiautonomous Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation must provide a “recovery plan” for the Federal Transit Administration, a new financial blueprint showing how they intend to get to the finish line.

Updated on  March 29, 2017 at 5:27 pm
The financially handicapped rail project is at a critical juncture, its planners awaiting a signal. Either the city will be directed to continue construction to its completion, or that door will slam shut. Read More

Island Voices

NOAA
                                Papahanaumokukea encompasses extensive coral reefs supporting 7,000 marine species, and important habitat for the threatened green sea turtle, endangered Hawaiian monk seal, 22 species of seabirds and countless creatures yet to be discovered.

Agency overreaches in trying to roll back marine monument

NOAA
                                Papahanaumokukea encompasses extensive coral reefs supporting 7,000 marine species, and important habitat for the threatened green sea turtle, endangered Hawaiian monk seal, 22 species of seabirds and countless creatures yet to be discovered.

Updated on  March 29, 2017 at 5:59 pm
The Western Pacific Fisheries Management Council’s (Wespac’s) leaders vociferously opposed expanding Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, and now are asking the Trump administration to remove restrictions on commercial fishing there. Their actions are grossly inappropriate and possibly illegal. Read More

Letters

BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                A sidewalk closed for construction greets departing travelers at Honolulu International Airport. The airport has been plagued with delays in plans to modernize.

State needs leaders to manage airports

BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                A sidewalk closed for construction greets departing travelers at Honolulu International Airport. The airport has been plagued with delays in plans to modernize.

Updated on  March 29, 2017 at 5:34 pm
What the state of Hawaii needs are leaders who are committed and held accountable to get the state airport system where it should be. Read More

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Off the News

BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Tissue Culture Technician Marge Ortega works in the Tissue Culture Transfer Room separating clumps of sugar cane plants at the Hawaii Agriculture Research Center in Kunia.

A new growth industry for Hawaii sugar

BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Tissue Culture Technician Marge Ortega works in the Tissue Culture Transfer Room separating clumps of sugar cane plants at the Hawaii Agriculture Research Center in Kunia.

Updated on  March 29, 2017 at 6:05 pm
It’s hard to let go of something like sugar, which has left such an indelible mark on Hawaii. Perhaps we won’t have to. 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

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Jesse Souki is executive director of the Hawaii Community Development Authority.

HCDA executive director balances needs of developers

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Jesse Souki is executive director of the Hawaii Community Development Authority.

Updated on  March 23, 2017 at 8:15 pm
Jesse Souki is executive director of the Hawaii Community Development Authority, a state agency that has oversight of land uses in Kakaako, Kalaeloa and Heeia — the latter being a site where preservation more than development is the concern. Read More

Kauakukalahale

COURTESY POLYNESIAN VOYAGING SOCIETY / 2016
                                Just one generation of neglect, and the Hawaiian language could be gone.

Ka mohala ‘ana mai o ka ‘ōlelo kanaka

COURTESY POLYNESIAN VOYAGING SOCIETY / 2016
                                Just one generation of neglect, and the Hawaiian language could be gone.

Updated on  March 24, 2017 at 6:20 pm
Synopsis: The Hawaiian language is making a comeback from the brink of death. The initial shift away from a thriving history, however, should serve to remind us of its fragile nature. Just one generation of neglect, and it could be gone. Read More

On Politics

ASSOCIATED PRESS
                                “In Hawaii last year, 62 percent of the voters voted for Hillary Clinton, the highest percent in the nation. That is the GOP’s biggest local problem, and it is one they can’t solve by defending Trump,” writes Richard Borreca in this week’s column.

Hawaii’s ailing GOP won’t grow more popular while riding the coattails of Trump

ASSOCIATED PRESS
                                “In Hawaii last year, 62 percent of the voters voted for Hillary Clinton, the highest percent in the nation. That is the GOP’s biggest local problem, and it is one they can’t solve by defending Trump,” writes Richard Borreca in this week’s column.

Updated on  March 26, 2017 at 9:33 am
The new state record is five — just five Republican Party members in the 76-member state Legislature. 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