In the United States, a woman is assaulted or beaten every nine seconds. Twenty-five percent of all women will have experienced domestic violence in their lifetime. One in six women has been sexually assaulted, and one out of 12 has been stalked.
Recently, some caregivers and patients of Dr. K. Albert Yazawa were given notice that Hawaii Health Systems Corp. (HHSC) was not renewing his contract as medical director of Maluhia/Leahi long-term care facilities and physician at the Maluhia Geriatric Clinic.
Building Oahu’s first urban transit system provides both the opportunity and the responsibility to do things right. While we may have missed the mark on occasion, we are increasingly working to do better, to do things with respect and by listening to Oahu’s diverse communities
As a grandmother excited about the choices in Election Year 2012, I have recently been thinking about my own grandmother Martha, who was born in 1903. What an amazing journey we grandmothers have been on for the last century!
Hawaii would be well served if a review of laws governing burial discoveries were undertaken, as the Star-Advertiser has suggested ("Laws protecting iwi need review," Star-Advertiser, Our View, Oct. 5).
Six hours of feisty presidential and vice presidential debates made for good television. But they were nothing like the two recent televised hearings, totaling 131⁄2 hours, that were held by the Senate Special Committee on Accountability.
Developing community consensus on a preferred future is desirable if possible — for example, slower growth based on mostly high-spending visitors and other environmentally friendly industries that create more good jobs.
By Tony Becker, Gale Braceros, Lyle Halverson, Kevin Rathbun and Rodolfo Ramos
Over the years, Haseko's commitment to being a good neighbor has resulted in an active community stewardship program for Ewa Beach that has provided not only millions of dollars of infrastructure improvements, but also investment in area schools and financial support for numerous community organizations.
As parents or caregivers, we commit our lives to nurturing and protecting our children. But for our community to thrive, we must extend that care beyond our own children to those who have been dealt a tragic hand and who face emotional, physical or sexual abuse and/or the effects of poverty.
In a remarkable editorial on Nov. 2, the Star-Advertiser declared that developer D.R. Horton's plan for urban agriculture at their controversial Ho‘opili project did not pass scrutiny ("Ho‘opili ag conviction falls flat," Our View, Star-Advertiser).
Aquarium collectors drafted their own rules and reviewed them with the state Department of Land and Natural Resources to prepare for a public meeting on Nov. 17. One collector said that conservation is not an objective. What is the objective?
This week the United States is hosting the leaders in the Asia-Pacific region as part of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit. Among the many ideas being discussed, one, in particular, can wait no longer: We must secure key free trade agreements that will support our economy, our innovation-based industries, and jobs in the U.S.
APEC poses greater threats than traffic nightmares for Hawaii's people. Behind closed doors a policy is being devised that could raise medicine prices, drive down our wages, ban job-creating "Buy America" policies, undermine financial regulations aimed at controlling the banks that wrecked our economy while exposing Hawaiian ceded lands and environmental policies to challenge.
As we go about our daily lives, walking down the street, going to work, or paddling out for a surf, it is sometimes easy to forget that we are a country at war. Bullets flying in Afghanistan just seem so far away from our peaceful lives in beautiful Hawaii.
We should not let James Abts' recent commentary go unanswered, wherein he alleges that the Middle East "has been our major strategic concern since the end of the Cold War and will likely remain so for the indefinite future" ("Deficit crisis Is chance to cut military bloat," Star-Advertiser, Oct 9).
Honolulu now stands at the eve of hosting the leaders, officials, business executives and media of the 21 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation economies. Much of the discussion locally has naturally focused on the impacts and potential benefits that hosting the meetings will bring to our city and state. But why is APEC important on the global level, and what might its future hold?
This week, the eyes of the world will be on Hawaii as the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation convenes its 2011 meeting in the Aloha State. Locally there are understandable worries about traffic, security measures and the inconveniences we'll experience. And there are questions about what the long-term beneficial impacts will be for Hawaii.
By Jon K. Matsuoka, San Vuong and Patria Weston-Lee
With APEC approaching, government officials are scurrying to clean up Hawaii's streets and America's image by pushing the homeless out of the sight of foreign diplomats. This expensive practice not only reflects a mentality of blaming the victim, it effectively absolves government from meaningful attempts to address the real problem.
Recently, we recognized Enchanted Lake, Heeia and Hokulani elementary schools for several years of notable improvements in student learning. We also recognized seven outstanding teachers, naming Kailua High's Chad Miller as Hawaii's 2012 Teacher of the Year. Rather than standing as isolated islands of excellence, these schools and teachers are, in fact, at the forefront of much more dramatic change.
For Chinese people, Hawaii not only brings to mind beautiful beaches and coconut palms, but also sparks emotional thoughts about Dr. Sun Yat-sen, father of modern China, who led the 1911 Revolution 100 years ago.
Nearly 3 million men and women have volunteered to serve in our armed forces since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. These soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen left their families and risked their lives to fight for our freedoms overseas. They should not have to fight for a job when they come home.
The Honolulu Board of Water Supply is out of control.Over the past several years, BWS has had problems with overpaying management, vague workplace rules and lax fiscal standards.Now BWS seeks a rate increase totaling 70 percent over five years.
Hawaii, like almost all other states, is facing a budget crisis for Medicaid. This is due to the underlying rise in health care costs for everyone, increased enrollment due to the recession, and the fact that Medicaid is the insurer of last resort for the sickest, most expensive segments of our population.
In the last several years, China's leadership has placed high priority on shifting its economy from a "factory model" based on low-cost manufacturing of products designed elsewhere, to one that includes more original Chinese technology and design.
By Neil Abercrombie, Don Horner and Kathryn Matayoshi
Next week, when the first bells ring in schools across our islands, the movement to improve education in Hawaii will shift to a higher gear. This school year we are raising Hawaii's children to the top of our list of priorities.
Gov. Neil Abercrombie had to make a decision: Would he listen to the voices of concerned citizens fighting to keep fish factory farms from fouling Hawaii's pristine waters, or would he side with an industry that has repeatedly shown blatant disregard for the environment and animals by packing fish into pens and ponds so tightly that they have to be dosed with powerful drugs just to keep them alive, spreading disease and pollutants wherever they set up shop?
On U.S. and Hawaii constitutional grounds guaranteeing "one man/one vote" equity in representation, I encourage all Hawaii Island residents — and all neighbor islanders — to speak out now against the state Reapportionment Commission decision that robs Hawaii County voters of fair and equitable representation by denying the addition of a fourth senatorial seat for the island.
On Wednesday, this paper reported on a meeting sponsored by collection lawyers to discuss Act 48 — Hawaii's mortgage foreclosure reform. It appears this meeting was a gripe session for those who previously enjoyed a free ride on a fast track through a giant loophole in Hawaii's foreclosure law.
Few would argue that a college education creates opportunities for a better life. Community colleges, with their low cost and open access, are the entry point for many who have traditionally been left out of higher education.
Last weekend's elections in Thailand have opened yet another chapter in the ongoing Thai political drama, as the Pheu Thai Party, associated with controversial former prime minister and billionaire Thaksin Shinawatra, cruised to a decisive victory over the Democrat Party of outgoing Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva.
One of the great misconceptions surrounding the dispute between the mayor and the City Council over the Honolulu Authority for Rapid
Transportation (HART) is his idea that the Council wants to micromanage the transit project.
This weekend as we reflect on 235 years of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, we also note the irony that are at war with an enemy who seeks to destroy the thing we value above all else — our freedom.
Like some bizarre weapon of the former Soviet Union, Big Wind is finally being revealed for what it is: an engineering and financial tsunami that will enrich its backers and leave the rest of us far worse than before.
As a former legislator and chairman of the Honolulu City Council, I take serious issue with your editorial views that the Council should "Allow rail authority to do its job" (Star-Advertiser, Our View, May 23), and "Don't dilute HART's authority" (Star-Advertiser, Our View, June 23).
With media attention focused on puppy mills, what might be missed in the discussion is the important role reputable breeders play in providing potential pet owners with healthy, well-tempered, purebred animals.
For the last year Hawaii business boosters have optimistically projected a post-APEC Summit 2011 economic Golden Age: Silicon Valley high-tech firms launching software development centers, Chinese investments in Hawaii renewable energy, and Thai joint ventures in ocean farming.
Forty years ago, President Richard Nixon declared a "war on drugs" and identified drug abuse as "Public Enemy No. 1" in order to seize on a "war" that he thought he could win. After costing taxpayers about $1 trillion, this war — characterized by beefed-up law enforcement, prosecution of low-level drug offenses and mandatory minimum prison sentences — has had little to no effect on the supply of, or demand for, drugs in the United States.
The U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement would eliminate tariffs and other barriers, promote economic growth and strengthen economic ties between the United States and Korea. If approved, it would be the most commercially significant free trade agreement for the U.S. in 16 years.
Bravo to Gov. Neil Abercrombie for his recent selection of Terry Lock as the state's early childhood coordinator and the reallocation of funds to support Healthy Start, a nationally recognized child prevention program.
The recent vote by the University of Hawaii Board of Regents to continue operation of the Pacific Biosciences Research Center (PBRC)
is welcome news for the conservation community in Hawaii and the Pacific.
As a second-time member of the Maui Advisory Council to our current 2011 State Reapportionment Commission, I am pleased to see the commission's interest in the views of advisory council members and others on possible restoration of multimember legislative districts (MMDs) in the new plan.
It wasn't long ago when Hawaii's roadsides and rural areas were marred by abandoned cars, household appliances and other trash. This led the Honolulu City Council in 1991 to create an incentive program that made recycling economically feasible.
Gary Kubota's article about ultralight aircraft — "trikes" — and their safety leaves readers with a false impression ("Ultralights fly through loophole," Star-Advertiser, May 21). While "technically" much of the article is correct, it effectively misinforms readers.
Last fall during his campaign, Gov. Neil Abercrombie said that it is time for an agricultural renaissance in Hawaii, as more than 80 percent of our food is now imported; only 50 years ago about half of our food was produced locally.
Hawaii may be moving to center stage in the nation as the governor, Legislature and public sector unions work to address the state’s fiscal challenges in a positive way through negotiations and collaborative public service reforms.
Today marks the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's historic address before Congress, during which he set forth his visionary and ambitious goal toward "landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the Earth" — within a decade.
As a west side resident, I cannot believe that the same vocal minority is continuing to try to derail Honolulu's transit project, with total disregard for voters and communities forced to struggle with growing traffic woes.