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COURTESY PIXABAY
                                While lawmakers are right to call for stepped-up public oversight of Hawaii Tourism Authority, an additional audit is an unnecessary overstep.

Curb HTA’s secrecy before seeking audit

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                While lawmakers are right to call for stepped-up public oversight of Hawaii Tourism Authority, an additional audit is an unnecessary overstep.

Updated on  March 28, 2017 at 6:09 pm
Tourism is our top industry, representing 20 percent of the state’s economy. While a recent steady rise in visitors is cheered for churning out more than $14 billion in economic activity annually, some legislators are knocking Hawaii Tourism Authority’s lack of transparency in how it spends of taxpayer dollars in promoting the state. Read More

Island Voices

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                “The new superintendent must be personally committed to transforming the existing DOE into a schools-centered system of education,” writes Randall Roth, a law professor at the William S. Richardson School of Law.

The search for a superintendent

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                “The new superintendent must be personally committed to transforming the existing DOE into a schools-centered system of education,” writes Randall Roth, a law professor at the William S. Richardson School of Law.

Updated on  March 28, 2017 at 6:20 pm
Recent developments affecting the state Department of Education raise interesting questions. For example, the school board announced that it would not renew the current superintendent’s contract — shortly after giving her a glowing evaluation. Read More

Letters

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / 2016
                                “Darrel Galera is still the absolute best candidate for superintendent [of the Hawaii Department of Education],” writes Aiea resident Nancy Wond. “No mainland search will find anyone better.”

Galera best pick to lead the DOE

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / 2016
                                “Darrel Galera is still the absolute best candidate for superintendent [of the Hawaii Department of Education],” writes Aiea resident Nancy Wond. “No mainland search will find anyone better.”

Updated on  March 28, 2017 at 6:16 pm
Finally, we got the perfect candidate for the superintendent of the Hawaii Department of Education: Darrel Galera, former principal and a lifelong dedicated and innovative educator. Read More

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Off the News

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                Without seeing the two girls who now famously were turned away from a United Airlines flight in Denver, nobody can judge whether their leggings really fell short of a reasonable dress code.

Leggings a good choice for cramped coach seats

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                Without seeing the two girls who now famously were turned away from a United Airlines flight in Denver, nobody can judge whether their leggings really fell short of a reasonable dress code.

Updated on  March 28, 2017 at 6:22 pm
It’s hard to imagine an anti-leggings policy would fly among casually dressed Hawaii travelers. 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