Saturday, May 23, 2015         


Our View
 Don't weaken public access
"Publicity is justly commended as a remedy for social and industrial diseases," Louis Brandeis famously wrote in 1913, three years before ascending to the U.S. Supreme Court. "Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants." Story »
Island Voices
Protesters screaming that Mauna Kea is a sacred place ignore the Hawaiian creation legend that explains why doing astronomy there fulfills the essence of what makes it sacred. Story »

The University of Hawaii was entrusted with Mauna Kea in 1968, being given a 65-year lease from the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources. In 1998, the state auditor submitted a meticulous analysis of the University of Hawaii's abysmal performance over the prior 20 years. Story »

For Saturday, May 23, 2015
Fine was peanuts for Hawaiian Air • Developers take from the poor • Maui bicyclists crowd walkers; and more


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For Saturday, May 23, 2015
Given how much we in Hawaii love our raw fish, it's concerning to hear that at least 53 people across nine states have come down with salmonella poisoning likely linked to raw tuna.
Recently, concerns have been raised about the current state of affairs at the Waikiki Aquarium. As Aquarium director for the past 11 years, I can offer my assurance that the facility is operating under the highest standards of excellence. Story »

I was hired by, and worked directly under, Andy Rossiter. The public should be very concerned about the management of the Waikiki Aquarium. I lasted six months there. Prior to joining the Aquarium staff, I had never been fired. Story »

For Oahu retailers, a key part of the business practice — packing up the merchandise sold — is about to change. At least one of them has been in rehearsal for the change for some time. Story »

The Waikiki Aquarium is seeking a curator to care for the animals and manage the exhibits staff. This should be a golden opportunity for a talented, skilled individual who wants to share and enlighten the public about the diversity of life in the sea. Story »

Efforts to pass statewide plastic bag regulations have failed in Hawaii, leaving retailers to contend with a range of different requirements for each county. Story »

Sunday Comic
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Young people concerned about their own health and the well-being of their generation propelled passage of legislation that has Hawaii poised to be the first state in the country to limit tobacco sales to people 21 and older.

If you can decide what is important, it isn't really that hard to find the money to fix it or make it better. For instance, this week Honolulu saw the big dogs get together to fix Waikiki Beach. And they are doing it by raising taxes.

Synopsis: The “TMT and Mauna Kea: Common Ground” series of presentations began May 19. There will be three more presentations, on May 27 at Kula'imano Community Center; June 2 in Pepe'ekeo; and June 9 at Laupāhoehoe Community Public Charter School Cafeteria. They are from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

A $215,000 appropriation has been written into the House-passed public works bill for a Pali Lookout tourist attraction. Spearheaded by representatives Frank W.C. Loo and Peter S. Iha, the appropriation would be used to build a lodge, rest rooms, restaurant and souvenir shops, as well as a lookout.


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