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Monday, March 30, 2015         

Editorials

Our View
 Help city map out 'important' Oahu ag lands
Calling the city's proposed chart of prime farmland a map of Oahu's Important Agricultural Lands (IAL) is a misnomer.  Story »
Island Voices
Thursday evening I got back from a terrific weeklong family vacation (in Kansas City, of all places, watching one of my sons participate in the terrific NAIA basketball national championship tournament). Story »

The state House of Representatives' approach to lump-sum budgeting for the University of Hawaii system in House Bill 500, HD1, recently passed by the House, reflects a different approach — an approach where insanity is avoided. Story »

For Monday, March 30, 2015
Charter schools can be excellent • College graduations a better indicator • Homeless at Capitol are an opportunity; and more

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For Monday, March 30, 2015
What started off this Legislature as a bill "relating to the transient accommodations tax" has supersized into a measure that now proposes to cover the $40 million needed for the Turtle Bay land deal as well as transfer authority for that conservation easement.
Insight
Hawaiian Electric is at the forefront in addressing a vast array of complex issues associated with Hawaii's clean energy transformation, and its goals -- including increasing renewables to 65 percent, tripling distributed solar and lowering customer bills 20 percent in real terms by 2030 -- are among the most ambitious in the nation. Story »

When Cynthia Cantero decided to cut her energy bill by installing a solar array on her home in Ewa Beach, she had no idea she was becoming a reluctant foot soldier in the battle over the future of the electricity system.  Story »

The Honolulu City Council faced full-scale community rancor over the proposed Ho‘opili development in Ewa, for which it is poised to approve rezoning in a few weeks. Story »

Recently, Gov. David Ige spoke about his energy policy, emphasizing the need for diverse solutions to break Hawaii's dependence on imported oil. At Hawaiian Electric, we couldn't agree more. Story »

There are a lot of people who could exit the H-1 — and stay off it — if they were more aware of the opportunity to do just that. Story »

Sunday Comic
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NAME IN THE NEWS
Activists often profess to work on behalf of those with no voice at the table, and in Marjorie Ziegler's case, the assertion is literally true. As executive director of the Conservation Council for Hawaii, she strives to protect Hawaii's native plants and animals — species that depend on human intervention to undo ravages caused by mankind's earlier missteps.


ON POLITICS
George Yokoyama was a junior at Hilo High School in 1945 when he punched the principal and then walked out.


KAUAKŪKALAHALE
Synopsis: Will David Matlin, the new athletic director of the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, be the savior of the athletics department?


BACK IN THE DAY
The last time Mauna Loa, the world's largest volcano, produced enough lava to cause any major concern to residents of Hilo was in 1942 when it came within 11 miles of the coastal city.

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