By Marshall Hung
We are compelled to respond to recent mischaracterizations of the 801 South St. project that use an inaccurate definition of "workforce housing," which is what our project uniquely provides to Hawaii residents.
By Paul H. Achitoff
Recent enactment of Kauai Bill 2491 and the Hawaii County Council's passage of Bill 113 have set off a clamor for the state Legislature to strip the counties of authority to protect people and the environment from irresponsible agricultural practices.
By Bill Sheehan
Hawaii State Hospital (HSH) employees are valued and are valuable. Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, they provide support, nursing, guidance and monitoring for Hawaii citizens in our care.
By Stephen B. Kemble, M.D.
I attended the recent Hawaii 2013 Healthcare Summit, on how Hawaii is implementing the Affordable Care Act and trans- forming health care. The keynote address by Dr. Abraham Verghese was inspiring — all about the sanctity of the doctor-patient relationship and how health care should be focused on the living patient, not the "iPatient" in the computer.
By Marcus R. Oshiro
What happened to Common Cause Hawaii? How can it coldly dismiss the public sentiment and congratulate the Legislature for a special session that many considered a dog-and-pony show?
By Kristine Altwies
Like many working mothers, I worry about feeding my children the right foods, juggling play dates, work and school schedules and getting a few hours of sleep each night. But unlike most of my friends, I'm also focused on "my" children who live far away.
By Gary L. Hooser
The Kafkaesque threat by Syngenta attorney Paul Alston to sue the people of Kauai County for the right to spray their toxic chemicals next to schools, hospitals and homes is disturbing at best.
By Carmille Lim
The number of people who participated in the 2013 Legislature's recent special session was unprecedented. More than 25,000 pieces of testimony were submitted or presented orally; committee hearings lasted for several days; and hundreds gathered and camped out at the state Capitol.
By Allan Lock
As the years go by, it has become more and more difficult to build workforce and affordable housing in Hawaii and in particular, Kakaako. The last affordable housing project by the private sector in Kakaako was completed in 1996. Only now, 17 years later, is a second affordable workforce housing tower going up.
As stated in its public policies, the American Institute of Architects Honolulu Chapter (AIA Honolulu) supports the preservation of Hawaii's significant historic buildings, sites and districts. Hawaii's rich cultural past is represented by the structures constructed by various populations over the course of the islands' habitation.
By Charles Best
Thirteen years ago, I began teaching history at Wings Academy, a public high school in the Bronx. My new students and colleagues were awesome, but I could see that the school did not have the same resources as the schools I’d attended.
By Doreen Sturgess
Within the last week, CGI has become part of the public conversation as the state Department of Taxation (DOTAX) seeks funding from the Legislature to upgrade the current system we developed nearly 14 years ago.
By Joel Tanaka
The Nov. 6 article about the state tax collection system's problems was on point in what it revealed about large information technology companies that are awarded these contracts ("Persistent problems plague tax collection system," Star-Advertiser) — but more important, the quagmire that is inherent in state and federal governments' IT contract award processes.
By Anthony Aalto
The traffic generated by Koa Ridge — located between Mililani and Waipio — is expected to be so great that the federally funded Oahu Metropolitan Planning Organization estimates that by 2030, the commute from Mililani to Ala Moana will take two hours, one way.
By Belinda A. Aquino
Hundreds of World War II Filipino-American veterans will be honored on Nov. 16 in a luncheon at the Filipino Community Center, hosted by the WWII Veterans Celebration Committee and the Filipino-American Society of Hawaii.
By Eric K. Shinseki
Last month, President Barack Obama awarded the Medal of Honor to former Army Capt. William D. Swenson for heroism and gallantry above and beyond the call of duty in the Battle of the Ganjgal Valley on Sept. 8, 2009.
By Save Sandy Beach Initiative Coalition Leaders
This past Friday, Nov. 8, marked the 25th anniversary of the historic "Save Sandy Beach Initiative" vote in 1988, when Oahu residents took a stand to defend the wild nature of the Ka Iwi coast and said "no" to a city-approved, luxury subdivision that would have stretched more than a mile along the mauka side of Kalanianaole Highway from Sandy Beach Park to the 11th hole of the Hawaii Kai Golf Course.
By The Very Rev. Walter B.A. Brownridge
On Wednesday, I was among more than 40 clergy from a variety of Christian and other faith traditions, and over 70 lay people, who came to show support within the faith community in Hawaii for Marriage Equality in the form of Senate Bill 1.
By Reynolds Henderson
Since acquiring the Kahuku Village and Kahuku Golf Course in 2006 from the James Campbell Estate, Continental Pacific has continuously expressed its desire to create an opportunity for homeownership for those living in Kahuku Village 5.
By Alex Tiller
As recent reports of Hawaii ranking third in solar energy generation on a per capita basis and doubling its solar power capacity every year since 2005 suggest, we are making significant progress toward our goal.
By Edward Halealoha Ayau and Kainani Kahaunaele
There has been much reported about the views of clerics urging lawmakers to reject marriage equality. My wife and I fit the definition of traditional marriage as provided by these clerics, and we concur with the view that we must maintain tradition on the issue of the same-sex marriage bill -- with one key difference.
By Valerie Smith
On Thanksgiving Day 2009, I married the love of my life in British Columbia, Canada. Just before Thanksgiving this year, we will welcome home our first child. Despite holding a valid marriage license, as it now stands, our baby will be born into what Hawaii will only legally consider a civil union.
By Colette Y. Machado
The nation is watching Hawaii as our Legislature engages in a special session that Gov. Neil Abercrombie called to debate his proposed law to enact same-sex marriage. The bill threatens to breach the sanctuary of sacred boundaries long protected in this country.
By Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu
The debate over marriage equality in Hawaii has created much tension and division in our communities. It is time for Hawaiians who have been silent for so long on this issue to raise our voices...
By Tom Sagawa
Although some details have changed, Haseko's vision for Hoakalei Resort in Ewa Beach has not. We plan to create a vibrant waterfront resort community where residents, guests and community members will enjoy a sea of recreational spaces dedicated to healthy living, wellness and Native Hawaiian culture.
By Charles Djou
Several nations around the world are often referred to as only "nominal" democracies. Countries such as Russia, Belarus or Uzbekistan may appear to bear the trappings of a democratic government on paper.
By Rep. Gene Ward and Rep. Bob McDermott
Stirred by the governor's unilateral proclamation for a special session, public debate regarding same-sex marriage has raged in Hawaii for barely more than a month now.
By Tracy Ryan
The Libertarian Party believes in the equal rights of same-sex couples. We believe that support for the equal protection of law and for the neutrality of government are fundamental to building a free society.
By Dawn Morais Webster
Bishop Larry Silva says, "No matter what our sexual attraction may be, we are all equal as persons." Nonetheless his latest call to Catholics to fight marriage equality calls up images of transvestite cross-dressers overrunning the islands.
By Robin Fretwell Wilson
The U.S. Supreme Court's decision striking DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) sparked both Gov. Neil Abercrombie's proposed Marriage Equity Bill and Senate Bill 1, which the state Senate begins hearing today.
By Alan Isbell
"Teachers aren't against testing. Teachers invented testing." The person quoted is Jesse Hagopian, a nationally recognized Seattle teacher who led a boycott against standardized testing.
By David S. Chang
Emotions are running very high with the issue of same-sex marriage being considered for the upcoming special session, starting Monday. While opinions are very strong on both sides, I am deeply troubled by the escalating intensity of negative, hurtful and insensitive public rhetoric on both sides.
By Mayor Kirk Caldwell
The grants-in-aid Charter amendment was written to take political influence out of the decision-making process by creating a committee of Honolulu residents that would evaluate and rank all grant-in-aid applications.
By Cynthia Thielen
Clinging to an outdated business model, Hawaiian Electric Co. (HECO) is "doomed to obsolescence." This term surfaced in Bloomberg Business Week (Aug 22) and is used to describe electric utilities that cling to a model used since the invention of the light bulb.
By Marco Mangelsdorf
Remember the 1983 film with Tom Cruise and Rebecca De Mornay, "Risky Business"? Toward the end, after Cruise's character had to pay back all the money he made the night before to the pimp, Guido sarcastically asks, "Time of your life, huh kid?"
By Joan Chatfield
I am a committed Catholic and have been a Maryknoll sister for more than 60 years. A lifetime of teaching and working with people of all ages has taught me that we are all unique children of God.
By Dan Melton
The governor and members of the Legislature have taken oaths to support and defend the constitutions of the United States and the state of Hawaii, and also discharge their duties to the best of their abilities.
By Paul Singer
As part of National Dyslexia Awareness Month in October, Honolulu will join more than 50 cities across the nation tonight in screening "Dislecksia: The Movie," to raise awareness and shed light on this learning difference so that we can begin a meaningful conversation about how to help children with dyslexia succeed.
By Keith Hayashi
When it comes to public education in Hawaii, we're on the right path, and we continue to pursue excellence each and every day. Along that path, we are changing stereotypes. We are changing the way young people in this community are perceived.
Recently there has been a lot of discussion about the concern of many citizens for their fundamental right to transparency and accountability regarding the agribusiness industry's GMO (genetically modified organism) crops and chemicals, and this will continue to surface occasionally.
By Dean Okimoto
I have been a farmer for more than 30 years.
It disturbs me to see that our farmers, who are in the field every day trying to make a living and trying to move the bar on food sustainability in Hawaii, are under attack by members of their own community for using a tool — biotechnology — that is proven to be safe by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
By Timothy Roe
Having spent nearly 25 years caring for people who have suffered serious illnesses and injuries, including traumatic brain injury (TBI), I believe it is critical to the welfare of Hawaii’s youth that the Honolulu City Council pass Bill 62 requiring skateboard helmets for children 16 years and younger.
By Jessica dos Santos
Kahuku, where I was born and raised, is beset on three sides by development proposals that threaten to pave our beautiful aina, overburden failing infrastructure and tear local families apart.
By Wade Elston
On Sept. 6, Hawaiian Electric Co. (HECO) issued new regulations regarding future solar net-metering systems being installed. These wide-ranging but unclear regulations give HECO a lot of leeway to slow down solar installations and throw uncertainty on a thriving industry.
By Kalolaine Mataele Soukop
When I graduated from the Church College of Hawaii (now Brigham Young University-Hawaii) in 1962, Laie seemed to have reached a turning point. The college was now a fully accredited four-year university.
By Michael Markrich
He is 60 years old, attended public school and was later a graduate of one of Hawaii's most exclusive private schools, then went to a mainland university as well as the University of Hawaii.
By Julius Lannutti and Tom Berg
In response to the U.S. Department of Justice clarifying its marijuana policy last month, our state Legislature should hold hearings on permitting medical marijuana dispensaries, adult recreational usage and industrial hemp cultivation.
By Ka‘imi Nicholson and Steve Lohse
The debate about military action in Syria has reintroduced certain vocabu- lary back into the American lexicon, words last seen when the United States entered the war in Iraq: "irrefutable proof," "chemical weapons" and "justification."
By Jesse K. Souki
When it comes to recognizing the impact of climate change, Hawaii has picked its preferred future. It includes taking measures to ensure our communities are safe and resilient from extreme weather events, and that our public investments are based on the best available information.
By Jonathan Gillentine
Earlier this year, President Barack Obama provided a much-needed boost to the political will by advocating increased access to quality preschools, as research shows that high-quality preschool plays a vital role in school success.
By Kiersten Faulkner
Over the past few months, the Hawaii Community Development Authority (HCDA) has given development approval for at least nine new high-rises in the Kakaako district, and more are undoubtedly on the way.
By Matt Ho
Schools have emergency procedures in place, and although they’re continuously reviewed with all faculty and students, practiced and evaluated, their success also depends on parents’ cooperation.
By Erik K. Abe
Shocking is the best way of describing the pronouncement that the governor's same-sex marriage bill "clearly protects the rights of Hawaii's clergy," as Vanessa Chong of the American Civil Liberties Union made.
By Jonathan Durrett
My father came to the Islands from northeastern Kansas with the Air Force and married a local girl just after World War II. He grew up on a farm during the Great Depression and gleaned some degree of native wisdom.
By Walter Heen, Cliff Slater and Randall Roth
Construction on the rail project came to an abrupt halt 13 months ago when the state Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the city had violated state law by starting construction before completing the archeological survey.
By Kanoe Nāone
In an increasingly complex world, it's amazing to think that the most effective solution to reversing the trend of rising crime rates, breaking the cycle of poverty and creating a stronger economy is as simple as quality early childhood education.
By Vanessa Chong
Each of us has the fundamental and constitutional right to practice our religion as we see fit. Freedom of religion is one of our most cherished, shared values, and it protects all of us.
By Rep. Aaron Ling Johanson, Rep. Beth Fukumoto, Rep. Richard Lee Fale and Rep. Lauren (Cheape) Matsumoto
The heart of a strong democracy is built on a commitment to provide people the opportunity to voice their opinions.
By Richard Kelley
President Barack Obama wants Congress to approve bombing targets in Syria to deter that nation's dictator, Bashar Assad, from again gassing innocent civilians in that nation's civil war.
By Caitlin Pomerantz
Hawaiian Electric Co. (HECO) recently trumpeted the news that it will no longer require customers to pay for expensive studies before allowing them to switch to solar in certain areas.
By Marcus R. Oshiro
Of the 11 jurisdictions that have legislatively recognized same-sex marriage, only New Hampshire does not specifically exempt facilities held by religious organizations. Legislation passed in all states since 2009 have this exemption explicitly spelled out in their laws.
By Linda K. Menton
The Hawaiʻi Council for the Humanities (HCH) joins in the call for a renewed commitment to the humanities as outlined in a new national report, "The Heart of the Matter: The Humanities and Social Sciences for a Vibrant, Competitive and Secure Nation."
By Anthony Aalto
This week lobbyists for David Murdoch, the billionaire owner of Castle & Cooke, are trying to muscle the City Council's zoning committee into approving construction of Koa Ridge, a mega-suburb of up to 5,000 homes and half-a-million square feet of commercial space on the second-most productive food farm in the state.
By Carlyn Tani
Clara-Joyce Olds was mourning the death of her father from early-onset Alzheimer's disease in 1996, after having cared for him during his last days. "If I ever get this disease," she told her husband Mark, "I want you to put me in a home. I don't want to be a burden to you."
By Frank Camelio
The Syrian government's chemical weapons attack against its own people certainly meets the criteria of crimes against humanity, but how do the proposed U.S. strikes against the Syrian regime stand up to logical scrutiny?
By Randy Perreira
Many Hawaii workers celebrate Labor Day, a federal holiday since 1894, as the symbolic end of summer. While often regarded as a day for barbecues, family trips and parades, Labor Day observes the strength, hard work and dedication of America's workers.
By Dawn Morais Webster
Last week saw the commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech and the March on Washington. That pivotal event helped move politicians to begin breaking down the barriers that kept African-Americans from enjoying full equality.
By Andre Wooten
On the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, which marked a high-water mark in the civil rights movement for justice and rights denied to African-American citizens for a century, it is well to remember the sacrifices of Medgar Evers, the four girls killed in the Birmingham Church bombing, and scores of others killed in the struggle for civil rights.
By Thomas D. Farrell
By Thomas D.By any measure, Syria is a nation-state and the Assad regime, for better or worse, is its government. Under international law, nation-states may make war upon one another, but they should first declare it.
By Hilton Raethal
As I read a recent comment in the newspaper, an important realization struck me: There are people who think that if HMSA is paying more for health care benefits this year, it's a sign that our quality programs with doctors and hospitals aren't working.
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