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Hawaii’s aerospace potential extends to the stars

By George Ariyoshi Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 1, 2015
For over 50 years, Hawaii has been instrumental in advancing aerospace activities. Our state's mid-Pacific location, moon/Mars-like terrain, substantial resident expertise in a range of scientific and engineering disciplines, and academic and business partnerships with nations in Asia and the Pacific, are being leveraged to realize humankind's full potential in aeronautics and space exploration.

Fight for justice doesn't end with historic ruling on same-sex marriage

By Andrea Anderson and Jacce Mikulanec Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 28, 2015
Friday's historic U.S. Supreme Court ruling means that same-sex couples will now have the freedom to marry throughout our country, and LGBTQ citizens who are already married will be ensured recognition of their marriages across the borders in all 50 states.

Storm clouds threaten progress at UH

By Larry Meacham Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 28, 2015
We don't normally expect good news from a University of Hawaii administration that signed a weird contract when they hired Gib Arnold as basketball coach — $1.4 million upon termination! — and spent $1.2 million to fix the $200,000 Stevie Wonder blunder.

The search for Junichi

By Dan Nakaso
This year, on the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Okinawa, I found myself traveling to the island where it all took place.

Volunteer group helps seniors avoid Medicare scams

By Adele Ching Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 24, 2015
A recent article and editorial in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser about elderly victims of scams brought attention to a serious and growing problem in Hawaii and the nation ("Defrauding of elderly getting worse in Hawaii," May 24; and "Protect elderly from scammers," May 26).

Are your trees ready for hurricane season?

By Carol Kwan Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 21, 2015
Hurricane season is once again upon us with experts predicting an active season. Most people know what to buy for hurricane kits and have started stocking up. We may have emergency measures prepared for our pets, too.

Stopping TMT would be singular event that irreparably damages Hawaii's future

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 21, 2015
If the protests against the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) on Mauna Kea were to succeed, more than a project would be affected. The TMT is the bellwether for the role of science in our state's future.

NOAA's proposal to expand Maunalua Bay is unnecessary

By Judy Sobin Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 18, 2015
This past Saturday, my family and I participated in a sign-waving demonstration to inform our community about NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS) proposal to make Maunalua Bay a designated marine sanctuary.

Protests against NOAA's proposal are self-serving efforts

By Kathryn Wood-Meyer Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 18, 2015
Reading this past Sunday's Honolulu Star-Advertiser, the article entitled "Sign-wavers pan whale refuge plan" caught my attention. A picture of the protesters showed a woman waving a sign that said, "SAVE OUR BAY."

DLNR budget too small to meet its responsibilities

By Terry George Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 17, 2015
In 2013, the state launched the Community Fisheries Enforcement Unit (CFEU) to pilot a more effective approach to protect the near shore marine environment.

Rail line linking West Oahu to downtown will provide transit equity and efficiency

By Kamaki Kanahele, Satoru Abe and Ivan Lui-Kwan Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 14, 2015
Public transportation should be equitable and efficient. The limitations of our existing public roads and the dependence on the automobile are barriers to public transportation equity and efficiency.

Don't extend rail tax without more details

By John Brizdle Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 14, 2015
Gov. David Ige should veto House Bill 134, which would extend the rail general excise tax surcharge. Taxpayers and commuters need this veto to force the city to come back next year and provide full accountability and transparency regarding the rail project.

Affordable Care Act under siege and must be protected

By Chris Charbonneau Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 11, 2015
It may be hard to believe, but the Affordable Care Act (ACA) turned 5 years old this year. Since enacted, the ACA has cut the rate of uninsured Americans by one-third. Now, 16.4 million more people have insurance nationwide, including 37,000 additional people in Hawaii.

Kaiser doing what it can to keep health costs low

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 10, 2015
With the Hawaii Health Connector moving to the federal exchange program, we have one overriding concern: The thousands of members currently receiving health coverage through the exchange, who must remain a top priority throughout the transition.

Koko Crater Stables dying slow death at hands of perplexing city decisions

By Kimo Franklin Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 7, 2015
Koko Crater Stables (KCS) was established in Koko Crater approximately 55 years ago, and it is the last hint of the ranching and paniolo heritage that existed in Maunalua before suburbanization started Hawaii Kai in the early 1960s.

Did OIP cripple neighborhood boards?

By Michael J. Golojuch Jr. Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 7, 2015
At its May 27 meeting, the Makakilo/Kapolei/ Honokai Hale Neighborhood Board leadership rolled out a new rule regarding the public's ability to speak at the meetings.

Timing of accusations against UH vice chancellor suspicious

By Neil Abercrombie Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 4, 2015
I am writing this commentary as one who has been associated with the University of Hawaii for 56 years as a student, teacher, legislator, member of Congress and governor.

Young people fight tobacco addiction

By Stacy K. Evensen Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 3, 2015
Hawaii is poised to be the first state in the nation to have a law prohibiting sale of tobacco products and electronic smoking devices to those under 21.

Hawaii in forefront of responding to nursing needs

By Laura Reichhardt Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 3, 2015
Recently, a national survey reported that Hawaii is the second-worst state for nurses due to professional demands coupled with low annual salaries adjusted for cost of living, job openings and health care facilities per capita, competition and rising aging population.

There is much we can do to save our reefs

By Cynthia Hunter, Charles Birkeland and Robert Richmond Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, May 31, 2015
Around the world, ocean warming and acidification are commonly blamed for coral declines, but climate change is only part of the story. Up until now, the impacts of climate change on reefs in Hawaii have been much less destructive than the localized effects of overfishing, land-based sources of pollution and the destruction of habitats from coastal flood control and development.

Proposed senior housing project would help Chinatown move forward

By Dr. Joseph W.C. Young Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, May 31, 2015
Chinatown is Honolulu's historic and cultural center. It's a neighborhood that has seen boom and bust, and always endured. Chinatown is alive, yet in need of new life. We're now seeing our community rebound; a sense of pride is returning to Chinatown. It's cleaner, safer and attracting new businesses.

DuPont Pioneer proud to be a good neighbor in Waimea

By Richard McCormack Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, May 28, 2015
Kauai's trademark red soil can be found in many places on the island, but nowhere more prevalent than on the west side. In fact, the town of Waimea got its name, which means "reddish water," from the soil that for centuries has colored the Waimea River.

Administrative malfeasance is wounding the UH we all love

By Lilikala Kame'eleihiwa and Sarita Rai Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, May 28, 2015
Residential neighborhoods throughout Oahu are under increasing pressure as visitors venture out of the main tourist districts in search of "authentic" local experiences, aided as never before by technological tools that pinpoint formerly off-the-radar hiking trails, snorkeling spots and other attractions.

HSTA board deserves praise for ordering new elections

By Sharon Mahoe Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, May 27, 2015
Recently, the board of directors of the Hawaii State Teachers Association (HSTA) announced that it would be re-doing its state elections due to "irregularities in the voting process."

City's sit-lie ban must be followed by housing

By Ross Sasamura Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, May 27, 2015
The city's stepped-up enforcement efforts have made significant progress in clearing sidewalks and other public spaces, but new encampments will appear until we have sufficient transitional and permanent housing units to place homeless individuals and families, with access to supportive services.

A few wins for good government, but other ‘no brainer’ bills fail

By Carmille Lim Posted 11:40 a.m. HST, May 24, 2015
The start of the 2015 legislative session showed promise: this year, a record-breaking 400-plus democracy-related bills were introduced. While some measures were more helpful in strengthening our democracy than others, the volume of democracy-related bills alone was enough for us to tread with cautious optimism.

Food/excise tax credit better, but working poor need housing

By Jenny Lee and Victor Geminiani Posted 11:35 a.m. HST, May 24, 2015
This session resulted in small but concrete steps that suggest a Legislature that recognizes the struggles of low-income residents as a pressing issue, if not a top priority.

Efforts to aid keiki starting school, help college students get boosts

By Kathryn Matayoshi Posted 11:35 a.m. HST, May 24, 2015
As we bid aloha to approximately 10,500 graduating seniors in the Class of 2015, we take pride in knowing more public school students are prepared with essential skills and knowledge to succeed, as noted in the latest College and Career Indicators Report.

Failure of CARE Act, program cuts will adversely affect aging citizens

By Gerry Silva Posted 11:30 a.m. HST, May 24, 2015
The elderly did not do well in the 2015 Legislature. Expect more challenges next year if you want information and services to help mom and dad age in their homes.

Hawaii’s clean-energy future requires a commitment to develop biofuels

By Paul Zorner and Martin Sabarsky Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, May 24, 2015
A decade ago, Hawaii made a commitment to producing and using more renewable fuels, for cleaner air, a cleaner environment, reduced dependence on oil and greater local economic security.

Remember our fallen service members

By Elisabeth Olsen Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, May 24, 2015
For the past four years, I have had the honor of participating in the Lantern Floating Hawaii Ceremony representing all Gold Star Mothers and families worldwide.

Protesters use claims of sacredness for political agendas

By Kenneth R. Conklin Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, May 21, 2015
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.

UH turned Mauna Kea into a poorly managed industrial park

By Abigail Kinoiki Kekaulike Kawananakoa Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, May 21, 2015
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.

City administration ignores homeless, except in Waikiki

By Joey Manahan Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, May 20, 2015
​When the Waikiki "sit-lie" bill was under consideration, Mayor Kirk Caldwell and the Waikiki business community were in lock-step to get the bill passed expeditiously.

Ho'opili: A strong step in the right direction

By Mayor Kirk Caldwell Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, May 20, 2015
Today, I will sign the Ho‘opili housing bill into law. I want to explain the reasons why I believe Oahu needs a project like Ho‘opili, which allows for the construction of much-needed housing for local families, both market rate and affordable.

Work furloughs are vital to successful re-entry of prisoners back into society

By Nolan P. Espinda Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, May 17, 2015
The Department of Public Safety’s (PSD) Work Furlough Program is available to Hawaii inmates who fully complete all mandatory rehabilitative, treatment, educational and vocational programs.

TPP is a fast track to lower standards

By U.S. Rep. Mark Takai Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, May 17, 2015
Congress is being asked to take a huge leap of faith — to grant the administration fast-track authority to speed consideration of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) — and potentially any other trade agreements concluded through 2021.

Bicycling is a key ingredient in Honolulu's transportation future

By Ben Trevino Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, May 14, 2015
What do bicycles, microprocessor architecture and smart cities have to do with each other? I pose this question in observance of May as National Bike Month, this week as Bike to Work Week and this Friday as Bike to Work Day.

Pulling back the curtain on Kauai's agro-chemical neighbors

By Gary Hooser Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, May 14, 2015
The recent unanimous jury decision concluding DuPont Pioneer was guilty of causing harm to a small community on Kauai's west side is a clear victory. It has taken years for Waimea residents to finally hold DuPont Pioneer accountable, but unfortunately, this fight is far from over.

Higher education is the key to a living wage in Hawaii

By Karen Lee Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, May 13, 2015
What is the best investment one can make for one's own future and the future of our state? Invest in education beyond high school.

Hawaii tourism trends warrant discussion

By Dexter Choy Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, May 10, 2015
On these editorial pages, the question was raised: “At what point does the number of tourists arriving here each year become too many?” Answering the question involves many different perspectives.

Bill 32 would fix ‘Residential A’ flaws

By Schuyler "Lucky" Cole, Chris Lau and Randy Moore Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, May 10, 2015
The City Council needs to adopt Bill 32, now under consideration, and fix the unfair "Residential A" tax. Bill 32 would fix an ethical problem, shift the tax burden to the higher-end properties and raise the same amount of revenue.

Island Air seems hamstrung by analysis paralysis

By Franco Mancassola Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, May 7, 2015
The airline has endured its seventh consecutive quarterly loss, and, on the surface, these losses could be quite alarming. Having worked in the airline industry all my business life and understanding how accounting is done, I wonder what the losses really are.

Island Air needs to change its focus and its attitude

By Vic Craft Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, May 7, 2015
As a youngster, many of us heard from our parents or our teachers we were not living up to our potential. These were supposed to be words of encouragement. Island Air has failed to live up to its potential. It has failed to see the obvious.

Science and Native Hawaiian culture can co-exist

By Peter S. Adler Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, May 6, 2015
The dispute over Mauna Kea forces everyone to confront important and stubborn issues. Personally, I have been watching this and thinking a lot about what is sacred and what is secular. And what is profane, disrespectful and abusive to land and people.

Positive changes in youth services here show value of working together

By Punky Pletan-Cross Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, May 3, 2015
Last year, a short film called "ReMoved" circulated widely throughout social and mainstream media, receiving millions of views, multiple awards and thousands of comments from people around the world.

Biking or walking to school is beneficial

By Natalie Iwasa Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, May 3, 2015
In recognition of Honolulu Waldorf High School's 20th anniversary and Bike to School Day, which is set for May 6, we invited schools in the Niu Valley and Aina Haina areas to come up with a list of 20 non-motorized ways students can get to school.

Mauna Kea debate reflects difficulty of reconciling values

By Don Blakeley Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Apr 30, 2015
A diversity of voices are expressing different ways of understanding the identity and meaning of Mauna Kea. What is at stake is significant. The challenges concerning the proper allocation of value to places, creatures, and human enterprises are local and worldwide.

Visit to Hawaii showed how USDA is making a difference

By Krysta Harden Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Apr 30, 2015
As deputy secretary of agriculture, I am lucky to get an in-depth look at agriculture and our nation that few others do. Earlier this month, that feeling reached a whole new level as I traveled with U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono and met farmers and growers across the great state of Hawaii.

Atrazine widely used, and proven safe

By Walt Thistlewaite Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Apr 29, 2015
Pesticides, buffer zones and disclosure requirements are all issues that have engendered an active and often passionate debate at the county and state level for the last several years.

For affordable housing, don't let rail fail

By Bob Nakata Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Apr 29, 2015
As the legislative session comes into its final days, many crucial issues remain unresolved. One is the fate of Honolulu's rail transit system.

An increase in food /excise tax credit is overdue

By Jenny Lee Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Apr 29, 2015
Tax Day 2015 is just behind us, but we already know that high-income households will see a significant tax cut when they file next year.

With astronomy so important to Hawaii, respect is vital

By Gunther Hasinger Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Apr 28, 2015
Hawaii is the best place on Earth to observe the heavens. Astronomers are deeply grateful to the Hawaiian people for allowing access to the precious skies over Mauna Kea. Nearly every astronomical breakthrough in the last 50 years involved telescopes in Hawaii.

Ride-hailing a transit option that deserves to be embraced

By Brian Hughes Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Apr 28, 2015
After months of debate, our elected representatives in Hawaii continue to grapple with questions over the future of ridesharing.

Patients should know what a doctor might cost

By Mark Mugiishi, M.D. Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Apr 26, 2015
The leadership of the Hawaii Medical Association (HMA) and the Honolulu Star-Advertiser editorial board oppose recent language in HMSA's provider contract that requires doctors to discuss cost implications with patients who are going to be referred to an out-of-network physician.

Switch to maglev before it's too late

By By Frank Genadio and Amarjit Singh Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Apr 26, 2015
Recent correspondence concerning the rail project ranges from killing it completely and losing federal funding, to terminating the alignment at Aloha Stadium or Aala Park or placing it at grade.

State's pCard program is efficient and stringent

By Sarah Allen Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Apr 24, 2015
Since its inception in 2002, the state and county pCard (purchasing card) program has saved taxpayer dollars, increased buying power through rebates, improved efficiency through the reduction of paperwork, processing time and government employee hours, and has maintained stringent controls for protection and accountability.

Prescribing psychologists would help Hawaii health care

By Drs. Marie Terry Bivens and John Kurap Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Apr 23, 2015
Imagine that a loved one is suffering from a serious mental illness and has thoughts of hurting themselves or others, but can't get in to see a psychiatrist to get medication because there aren't any accepting new patients.

There's never been a better time to enroll in law school

By Avi Soifer Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Apr 23, 2015
Over the past five years, the number of applications to American law schools has dropped over 25 percent nationwide. High tuition, heavy student debt and a very tough job market in the nation's biggest cities are factors behind this decline.

'Why don't they stop harassing us?'

By C. Richard Fassler Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Apr 22, 2015
Mayor Kirk Caldwell's latest campaign against the Waikiki homeless presents numerous challenges.

Bill is promising sign Congress heeding educators and parents

By Roberta Mayor Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Apr 22, 2015
Kudos to U.S. Sens. Lamar Alexander and Patti Murray for crafting a compromise bipartisan bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) that surprisingly shows so much common sense and proposes greater flexibility to the states.

Many isle groups deserve thanks for caring for Hawaii

By Kim Hum Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Apr 22, 2015
Last month when the Zipmobile stalled, drivers lost just 25 percent of H-1 and Oahu's entire system of roadways was compromised. Most of us saw the impacts of this breakdown firsthand.

EVs still best choice, even with today's lower gasoline prices

By Murray Clay Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Apr 20, 2015
The recent gasoline price drop has finally put Hawaii below $4 a gallon and as low as $2.74 per gallon at Iwilei Costco. While it is cheaper to fill up now than it's been in years, the costs continue to fluctuate and we must decrease our dependency on imported fuels by bolstering Hawaii's electric vehicle (EV) momentum.

Tsunami-warning confab coincides with golden milestone

By Laura K. Furgione Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Apr 20, 2015
This week, Hawaii is hosting an international tsunami science symposium, on the 50th anniversary of the Pacific Tsunami Warning System — a coordinated effort by member nations to advance tsunami hazard assessment, warning and preparedness across the Pacific Rim.

Give keiki the great childhoods they deserve

By Aileen Deese Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Apr 19, 2015
Have you ever taken the time to ask: What do we want for our children? I believe that those who answer would say that we want our country to provide an equal playing field for all of our children; that we want all children to have great childhoods, to succeed in school, and to grow into healthy and productive citizens.

Airlines must consider threat from within

By Ted Pizzino Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Apr 19, 2015
The crash of Germanwings Flight 9525 in the French Alps sent a chill through our bones and served to remind us of the inexorable law of probability that sooner or later, another one of aviation's finest would attempt the unthinkable.

Recent mega-jam was signal to think creatively about traffic

By Todd Offutt Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Apr 16, 2015
If there was any lingering question about the need for rail, the recent mega-jam should put that to rest.

Payment reforms in federal bill will add burdens to doctors

By Stephen B. Kemble, M.D. Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Apr 16, 2015
Medicare's "sustainable growth rate" (SGR) formula, passed in 1997, required drastic cuts to physician fees annually.

100 percent renewable energy is better for local jobs

By Brian Ahakuelo Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Apr 15, 2015
A strong workforce is the backbone of Hawaii's utility industry. Nobody knows this better than the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1260, who represents over 3,200 members, nearly 1,500 of whom are dedicated linemen, operators, maintenance workers and others who create, maintain and administer our state's electrical system.

With traffic choking H-1, state should move to Kapolei?

By Kiran Polk Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Apr 15, 2015
Traffiggedon. That's the new term used by many to describe the type of massive traffic jam that recently forced West Oahu commuters to spend more than four hours on the road.

Psychiatrists, not psychologists, should prescribe medications

By Drs. Julienne Aulwes and Jeffrey Akaka Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Apr 15, 2015
Imagine someone who has never set foot in medical school writing prescriptions for powerful medications.

Should state buy Alii Place?

By Mark Hashem Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Apr 15, 2015
The contention that the state is racing down a path to purchase Alii Place is a false perception. The reality is the state is racing down a path to build a $270 million office building in Iwilei and House Bill 1366 is my way of trying to stop it by providing a more attractive option.

Save preschool opportunities for at-risk children

By Mike Fahey and Scott Morishige Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Apr 13, 2015
As most states are expanding early childhood education and access to quality care, Hawaii has cut back on early childhood services and has decreased overall funding for underserved and at-risk young children.

Energy cooperative ready to take root on Hawaii island

By Marco Mangelsdorf Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Apr 13, 2015
Imagine an electric utility company that's not beholden to far-flung shareholders and is instead directly responsible to its local customers.

Hopes high for Leeward side Humane Society

By Alicia Maluafiti Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Apr 12, 2015
For many of us in the animal rescue business, we work for love. We make a commitment of our own time, money and resources to care for the animals that society has forgotten.

Medical marijuana dispensary legislation needs to meet the highest standards

By Dr. Mark Tomita and Pat Loo Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Apr 12, 2015
In 2000, Hawaii's Legislature was the first in the nation to pass medical marijuana legislation to provide medical relief for the state's seriously ill.

Taking stock of the TPP

By Robert Reich and Richard Trumka Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Apr 12, 2015
This spring, President Barack Obama and Republican leaders in Congress want to use an outdated process used to pass the North American Free Trade Agreement more than 20 years ago — a rule called "fast track" — to force through trade deals without a real debate or any amendments.

Cutting through the noise to find a not-so-extreme TTP

By Peter A. Petri and Michael G. Plummer Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Apr 12, 2015
The Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, negotiations are in their final phase and the policy debate is in full swing. Unfortunately, it's shaping up as a debate about trees, not forests; it ignores the central goal of the TPP: to renew the Asia-Pacific trading system and firm up America's role in it.

Sacred places are an integral part of the human condition

By Leslie E. Sponsel Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Apr 9, 2015
The controversy over the construction of a new telescope on Mauna Kea is extremely difficult with no easy resolution. Perhaps it might help to consider sacred places in general.

Hawaii's schools are segregated based on parents' income

By Corey Rosenlee Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Apr 9, 2015
Education is the best way to improve social mobility. Unfortunately, Hawaii's underfunded public schools too often reinforce the existing social class and hence turn our class system into a caste system.

How charter school system in Hawaii is a success

By Lynn Finnegan Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Apr 8, 2015
On March 31, Hawaii's public charter schools were front page and center of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Haiku Stairs are historic treasure that should be reopened to public

By Vernon Ansdell Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Apr 8, 2015
The Haiku Stairs, also known as the "Stairway to Heaven," in Kaneohe, provide stunning, panoramic views of Windward and Leeward Oahu. Regrettably, ongoing problems with illegal trespassing have been commonplace since the closure in 1987.

Why charter schools?

By Tom Hutton Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Apr 8, 2015
Hawaii's public charter schools have appeared much in this newspaper of late, in both positive and negative lights.

Hawaii should rein in usurious payday loans

By Kim Harman Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Apr 8, 2015
Hawaii law allows payday lenders to charge families 459 percent APR (annual percentage rate) on 14- to 32-day loans.

Ala Moana Beach Park is the people's park

By Mayor Kirk Caldwell Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Apr 5, 2015
Frederick Law Olmsted, considered the Father of American Landscape Architecture, and designer of iconic parks such as Central Park in New York City and the Emerald Necklace in Boston, held that city parks are places of democracy.

Start planning for TOD at Pearlridge now

By Russ Grunch Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Apr 5, 2015
Honolulu is wasting valuable time by not planning on making rail useful and meaningful once it is built. Nowhere is this lack of planning more evident than the future Pearlridge rail station transit-oriented development (TOD) area.

Student success requires diversity, not standardization

By Joan Lewis Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Apr 2, 2015
Standardized testing for Common Core outcomes is an oxymoron. These two can never go together because the nature of standardized testing requires homogenized thinking, and is set up to determine a single correct answer.

Legislators so far have wisely resisted anti-GMO hysteria

By Allan Parachini Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Apr 2, 2015
Committees of the state House and Senate have wisely deferred or amended a passel of lousy bills that pretend to be public-policy approaches to pesticide abuse, but are really just propaganda instruments for a "movement" that behaves as though strident rhetoric must always trump logic and intelligent decisions.

City Council rushes to approve traffic-busting Ho'opili project

By Kioni Dudley Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Apr 1, 2015
Hate the terrible traffic on the H-1 freeway? It's going to get a whole lot worse. Does your commute take 1½ hours each way today? Get ready for 2½ hours. And likely even more, thanks to your City Council.

B&B owners just regular residents trying to get by

By Kathleen Baxter Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Apr 1, 2015
Those of us who host bed and breakfast guests in our homes hope that this will be the year we can finally come out of the shadows.

Lifeguards are essential for safety and their salaries should reflect that

By Monty Downs, M.D. Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Mar 29, 2015
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).

Lump-sum budgeting would give UH true autonomy

By Isaac Choy Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Mar 27, 2015
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.

Charter schools just allow DOE to avoid its responsibility

By John P. Milon Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Mar 26, 2015
The Hawaii Department of Education (DOE) presumably recognizes that the vigorous charter school movement in Hawaii is driven by a total lack of confidence in the department. Many parents simply do not believe that the DOE can deliver a reasonable education to their children.

Koreans also were detained at the Honouliuli POW camp

By Yong-ho Choe, Duk Hee Lee Murabayashi and Edward J. Shultz Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Mar 25, 2015
We are delighted and gratified that the former internment and POW camp at Honouliuli has just been officially designated as a site for a historical monument.

Check 'yes' box to limit special-interest politics

By Christine Trecker and Corie Tanida Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Mar 25, 2015
Every year, Hawaii taxpayers are given the choice of marking "yes" or "no" on their income tax return for $3 to go to the Hawaii Election Campaign Fund. Money from the fund is used to publicly fund state and county political campaigns.

Support governor's effort to close Turtle Bay easement deal

By Lea Hong and Doug Cole Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Mar 24, 2015
In the final days of last year's legislative session, Gov. David Ige, then chairman of the Senate Ways and Means committee, played a critical leadership role as the chief architect of the innovative financing bill to save the Turtle Bay coastline.

Civil rights tied to voter empowerment

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Mar 22, 2015
You're no doubt seeing a lot of emotional moments in the news this month revolving around Selma, Ala. There was the spectacle of 40,000 people pouring into Selma a couple of weeks ago for the 50th anniversary of the "Bloody Sunday" Freedom March, that pivotal and violent battle for voting rights.

Laws aimed at limiting pesticide use could rebound on responsible farmers

By Randy Cabral Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Mar 22, 2015
Hawaii farms and ranches come in all sizes. However, the majority of them are small family farms. Farmers care deeply about their families, their neighbors and their communities.

Hawaii must guard against deadly virus reaching its shores

By Michael Markrich Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Mar 19, 2015
Chikungunya is the name of a contagious virus most people in Hawaii are unfamiliar with. We should do everything we can to keep it that way. The virus comes from equatorial Africa. It causes severe joint pain and may be closer to Hawaii than most people would want to know.

The dreams of Hawaii's elders have much to tell

By Daniel Harris-McCoy Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Mar 18, 2015
Earlier this year, I began interviewing senior citizens living on Oahu about their sleep and dreams as part of the "Dreams of Hawaii's Elders Project," which I am conducting in partnership with Dr. Shari Kogan, director of Geriatrics at The Queen's Medical Center.

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