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It’s time to get serious about shortening the rail

By Bradley A. Coates Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Nov 25, 2015
Many smart people predicted long ago that the rail project would become a boondoggle. It isn’t the right fit for Hawaii — aesthetically, technologically or financially.

In support of welcoming refugees from Syria

By Kahu James Fung Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Nov 22, 2015
We deplore the senseless, cruel and evil taking of lives, especially in the name of a religious faith. In the aftermath of the Paris massacres at the hands of terrorist gangsters, there began to appear in social media and across internet sites, the too-predictable diatribes about the fanaticism of Islam, the hatred of "these people" who are intent on destroying Israel and her allies.

NextEra Energy has been a partner in protecting Florida's environment

By Eric Draper and Eric Eikenberg Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Nov 22, 2015
Electric utility operations require lots of water, and the Everglades and other ecosystems need fresh water.

Hawaii can forget about renewables if it allows NextEra to take over HEI

By Francis M. Nakamoto Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Nov 22, 2015
If there is any doubt about the future that NextEra will bring to Hawaii if it is allowed to take over Hawaiian Electric Industries Inc., one needs only to look at its history of anti-environmental, anti-renewable energy actions, as well as its very own published reports.

Western armies in Muslim lands prelude to disaster

By Thomas D. Farrell Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Nov 22, 2015
Some thoughts about the atrocity in Paris. While the Islamic State (IS) has been building its caliphate in Syria and Iraq, the West has been busy waging war against it.

Hawaii residents have a new way to get health insurance

By David Sayen Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Nov 19, 2015
For the past two years, some people who live in Hawaii have used the Hawaii Health Connector website to enroll in health insurance plans for themselves and their families. For 2016 coverage, they’ll now use; this is the website where Marketplace health plans can be purchased.

Protect sacred waiola of Moanalua from Red Hill fuel tanks

By Kahu “Roddy” Kamawaelualani Kawehi Akau Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Nov 18, 2015
As a descendant of the Kamawaelualani/Kahikilaulani ohana of the sacred ahupuaa of Moanalua, its guardians since time immemorial, and as konohiki of Moanalua Valley, it is my kuleana to do all I can to protect it.

Wahiawa on verge of constructing much-needed community health center

By R. Doug Aton Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Nov 15, 2015
The Wahiawa Center for Community Health (WCCH) is working hard to set a foundation to bring affordable, high-quality and accessible health care to the people of Wahiawa.

Hawaii's currrent system of trying to solve crisis of homelessness has utterly failed

By Michael Ullman Posted 1:36 a.m. HST, Nov 15, 2015
The simple truth is that the state of Hawaii, the City and County of Honolulu and the Oahu Homeless Continuum of Care have done an abysmal job in addressing homelessness in Hawaii.

Are profits being put ahead of people at Ala Moana Center?

By Tyler Dos Santos-Tam Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Nov 12, 2015
Today is the day. Ala Moana Center owner, General Growth Properties Inc., has been eager to open the mall’s new Ewa wing to capitalize on Black Friday, the frenetic post-Thanksgiving shopping day that marks the start of the retail holiday season.

State law restrains medical board from doing better

By Ron Kienitz Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Nov 12, 2015
In reading the recent three-part series, “Ailing Oversight,” regarding Hawaii’s Board of Medical Examiners, it rapidly became apparent the direction the writers were taking.

Protected bike lanes are key to a more livable city

By Anthony Aalto Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Nov 11, 2015
Sorry to burst the bubble of so many here, but we no longer live in the glorious past when Honolulu streets were reserved for single-occupant cars and everyone else, including pedestrians and cyclists, could beat it.

To deal with sharks, restore reef ecosystem

By Leighton Taylor Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Nov 8, 2015
Years ago, at the University-Manoa's Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, I was fortunate to be a junior colleague of Dr. Albert Tester, who had led an early shark-culling effort, the "Billy Weaver Shark Research and Control Program" in 1959-1960.

Na‘i Aupuni and stealing a nation — twice

By Anne Keala Kelly Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Nov 8, 2015
Na'i Aupuni is happening because the U.S. wants to extinguish Hawaiian rights to the crown and government lands of the Hawaiian Kingdom, about 40 percent of the archipelago.

Bill 68 would add unnecessary red tape to bike projects

By Natalie Iwasa Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Nov 4, 2015
In 2006 voters mandated that one of the priorities of the city Department of Transportation Services (DTS) is to make Honolulu a pedestrian-and bicycle-friendly city. After years of little effort, we finally have an administration that has taken on the task.

Follow in the footsteps of our kupuna

By Kawika K. Burgess Posted 1:37 a.m. HST, Nov 1, 2015
Today, the Native Hawaiian community is at a historic crossroad. We are faced with an opportunity, being facilitated by Nai Aupuni, to reorganize our lahui (community of people) and take the first steps on the long road toward rebuilding the nation.

It's unacceptable to accept homelessness

By Robert A. Stodden Posted 1:36 a.m. HST, Nov 1, 2015
When confronted with community challenges we consider unacceptable, we often intervene in ways that actually accept the problem as a fact of life -- as pointed out by columnist David Shapiro ("Accepting the unacceptable is a fact of life for Hawaii," Volcanic Ash, Star-Advertiser, Oct. 18).

Massive spending on rail transit harms honest taxpayers

By Susan Lai Young Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Oct 29, 2015
I’m not one of the 1 percent. I have lived in the same small apartment in the same Makiki neighborhood for the past 32 years. I just retired on a very small pension, Social Security and Medicare.

Literacy programs help disadvantaged children thrive

By Joanne Laird Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Oct 28, 2015
Child and family homelessness is at an escalating crisis. What happens in early childhood can impact for a lifetime. According to the National Center on Homeless Education, the impact of homelessness on children often leads to chronic stress and trauma from frequent moves; inconsistent relationships; lack of places to play; and witnessing domestic violence and substance abuse.

It’s time for us to define what matters for Hawaii’s energy future

By Christine Camp, Stanford Carr and Eddie Flores Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Oct 26, 2015
As concerned citizens, consumers of electricity, employers and business owners, we can no longer stay silent on the merger between NextEra Energy and Hawaiian Electric. It means too much to all of us to not take a position.

Attacks on Planned Parenthood endanger life-saving tissue donations

By Jennifer Elia Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Oct 25, 2015
As a public health and medical researcher, I feel compelled to address the ongoing attacks against Planned Parenthood.

United Nations is important not only internationally but also in our islands

By Joshua Cooper Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Oct 25, 2015
The United Nations is a creation of countries and civil society committed to proposing positive social change, protecting the planet and promoting human rights.

Partnerships bring learning disabilities services to the Pacific

By Michael K. Moore Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Oct 22, 2015
The pursuit of equal rights for individuals with disabilities is among the largest civil rights movements occurring at this time. For families with children who have newly identified disabilities, navigating public schools, Hawaii’s special education system and federal and state laws protecting children with disabilities is a complex and confusing undertaking.

Collaborative steps on homelessness must be sustained

By Bob Nakata and Catherine Graham Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Oct 21, 2015
This past weekend of Oct. 16-18 may have signaled the beginning of the collaboration on affordable housing and homelessness that will lead to the solving of Honolulu’s deep crises.

Let's allow death with dignity in Hawaii

By Mary Steiner Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Oct 18, 2015
Earlier this month, the death-with-dignity movement scored its greatest success in 20 years when California Gov. Jerry Brown signed the End of Life Option Act into law on Oct. 5.

Many approaches needed to counter Honolulu's crisis of homelessness

By Ernie Martin Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Oct 18, 2015
Now that the work to clear the Kakaako homeless encampment is complete, we need to work together and focus immediately on the rest of Oahu.

Options for Cancer Center are close it or raise cigarette tax

By Michele Carbone Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Oct 15, 2015
I take full responsibility: It was my “fault” that we built a very well-designed University of Hawaii Cancer Center building four months ahead of schedule and $17 million under budget.

Money politics delaying needed prison reform

By Sonny Ganaden and Lorenn Walker Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Oct 14, 2015
Hawaii spends millions contracting with the for-profit prison company Corrections Corporation of America (CCA).

Politics to blame for public schools not being air-conditioned

By Alan Isbell Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Oct 13, 2015
The phrase, “It’s for the kids,” is heard ad nauseam when it comes to justifying the policies of the education bureaucracy here, yet it has taken a public outcry to spur the Hawaii Department of Education to state its “concern” about over-heated classrooms.

Critics of restricted-use ag chemicals wildly exaggerate their use on Kauai

By Jan TenBruggencate Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Oct 11, 2015
It is great irony that Kauai, the county that uses the least amount of restricted-use agricultural chemicals of any Hawaii county, has been smeared as the ultimate pesticide bad guy.

Goal of 'Innovation Block' is to create high-paying jobs for people of Hawaii

By Robbie Melton Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Oct 11, 2015
The High Technology Development Corp. (HTDC) has received many comments and questions about our planned Innovation Block and the 80/80 initiative ("State plan envisions Kakaako tech park, 80K industry jobs," Star-Advertiser, Sept. 24).

New testing regime at public schools is a recipe for disaster

By Darrel Galera and Roberta Mayor Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Oct 8, 2015
Testing obviously plays an important role in educating children — particularly tests designed to help teachers identify the needs of individual students. The state’s new testing regime, called the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA), is quite different. It is not just unhelpful, but counterproductive.

Strengthening families leads to lifelong success

By Howard Garval Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Oct 7, 2015
Whether from the perspective of providing help or providing housing, the critical state of homelessness in Hawaii is an issue that affects our entire community. Helping families to not only survive but thrive goes well beyond providing basic needs and shelter, but it starts there as well.

Power-generation paradigm must change

By Gene Ward Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Oct 4, 2015
More than 40 elected officials have called for creating a cooperative instead of a HECO or NextEra -- but we should be able to get more than just a shot across the bow to negotiate a better deal with NextEra; we should be calling for a new power-generation model and not just a new ownership model.

Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 another milestone in U.S. civil rights law

By Wilfredo Tungol Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Oct 4, 2015
This Oct. 3 marked the 50th anniversary of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 (INA). The law is significant to immigrants who have come to the United States in the past five decades.

Let’s do more to ensure children not condemned to living on streets

By Luanna H. Meyer Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Oct 4, 2015
Since early August, nearly 100 people including 12 families previously living on Kakaako streets have been moved to shelters and other types of housing.

Public attacks on public school leaders should respect due process

By Randy Perreira Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Oct 1, 2015
There has been a disturbing trend lately in the form of public protests and attacks on our school leaders. These displays are flaring up around our state and are magnified by social and traditional media coverage.

Alaska Airlines CEO wobbly on issue of ‘kuleana’

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Sep 30, 2015
The chief executive officer of Alaska Airlines has a lot to learn about the meaning of kuleana.

Mauna Kea dispute actually a clash of religions

By Jean E. Rosenfeld Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Sep 27, 2015
Mauna Kea, the "white mountain," is sacred. To its protectors it serves as a temple, a place set aside where the world as they know and worship it began.

Let's fight to eliminate delays and cost increases in rail project

By Mayor Kirk Caldwell Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Sep 27, 2015
On Sept. 15, the City Council chairman and I were informed that there is a possible schedule slippage of a year or more for the rail project, at an increase to the budget of about $200 million.

DOE officials need to think outside of the sweat box

By Naomi Takamori Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Sep 24, 2015
I am very concerned about how the excessive heat and humidity we are experiencing in Hawaii is affecting our students and teachers. Our students are sitting in classrooms that are unbearably hot, yet are expected to function and learn in this environment. Teachers and students are suffering with heat exhaustion and dehydration.

California wildfire showed caring and compassion still rule

By Tina Doty Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Sep 24, 2015
It was an ordinary trip from Honolulu to our Napa Valley, Calif., home located on Howell Mountain above a small town named Angwin on Saturday, Sept. 12. Little did my husband and I know that one of the most destructive wildfires in the area was about to take hold on the other side of the mountain.

Warm oceans are a call to action to keep reefs healthy

By Kim Hum Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Sep 23, 2015
I jumped into the water recently off the Kohala coast in West Hawaii, expecting a refreshing reprieve from a long day working in the sun. What I got instead was a warm water bath that was more disturbing than it was invigorating.

State of Hawaii not immune to ‘denial of service’ hacking

By Capt. Cliff Bean Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Sep 22, 2015
The Office of Personnel Management. Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield. The unclassified network for the Pentagon’s Joint Staff. Sony.

Hawaii needs to decide if state should support Children and Youth Day events

By Suzanne Chun Oakland Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Sep 20, 2015
The Hawaii Legislature's Keiki Caucus is one of the oldest children's caucuses in the nation. It began in 1990. As a freshman legislator, I attended a legislative meeting in Rensselaerville, N.Y., and learned about a children's caucus.

Ethics Commission helping DOE bring school-related travel into compliance

By Susan N. DeGuzman Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Sep 20, 2015
Regrettably, an abundance of misinformation appears to be circulating about the state Ethics Commission’s position on state Department of Education teacher travel.

Likely job losses another reason to nix NextEra deal

By Stanley Chang Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Sep 17, 2015
Hawaii urgently needs more good jobs to enable our young people to work and raise families here. Perhaps the single biggest threat to jobs in Hawaii is the proposed takeover of Hawaiian Electric Industries by Florida-based NextEra Energy Inc., which could result in hundreds of employees losing their jobs out of the more than 2,000 the company currently employs.

There’s no job more challenging than raising kids

By Lisa Groulx and Kathi Kreinik Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Sep 16, 2015
What does it take for a nonprofit agency to stay in business for 40 years? First, it must meet an ongoing community need.

State should consider Kauai’s example of how to own, manage power utility

By Allan Parachini Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Sep 13, 2015
The announcement last week by the Kauai Island Utility Cooperative and a partner, SolarCity, that they will build the nation's first utility-scale solar generating station capable of storing electricity in batteries during the day to distribute during evening hours underscores stark contrasts in how Hawaii's people get their power.

Ethics Commission limits horizons of Hawaii’s public school students

By Edwin Kagawa and Aaron Kubo Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Sep 13, 2015
Students in Hawaii are at a disadvantage. Unlike their mainland counterparts, they have limited access to educational and cultural resources, such as museums and historical landmarks.

‘5-year rule’ for civil servants overseas hurts U.S.

By Robert D. Eldridge Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Sep 10, 2015
Most taxpayers are unaware that the U.S. government stipulates the length of time a civil servant working for the U.S. Defense Department at overseas installations can be abroad — to five “continuous” years.

Kakaako needs cleanup, but ‘sweeps’ not the answer

By Nessa Vierra Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Sep 9, 2015
When they swept us out of Downtown and Waikiki, police and county workers said, “Go to Kakaako.”

HECO suitor needs to provide tangible, firm commitments

By Kyle Datta Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Sep 6, 2015
It's a familiar story: A large merger is proposed that puts an important piece of Hawaii's future at stake. Questions are asked about the details of the merger and we're told, "Trust us, we've got this handled."

'Value-based' payment a threat to Hawaii health care

By Stephen B. Kemble Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Sep 6, 2015
The architects of the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) blamed high U.S. health costs on excessive and unnecessary care.

High-profile shootings belie truth that gun violence way down

By Dave Swann
Once again, a deranged person used a gun to kill innocent people. In this case, the shooter was thoughtful enough to film the murders on a GoPro camera so that millions of viewers could watch the killings, over and over again, if they chose to.

Hot classrooms a serious health and safety issue

By Jaci Agustin Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Sep 3, 2015
“Hot Damn!” as Bruno Mars says. Hawaii classrooms are on fire! Hawaii public schools started July 29, forcing students to sweat through academics. Average temperatures for Hawaii in July and August were in the 90s. The kicker is that 90 percent of public schools here do not have air conditioning.

Is '100 percent renewable' in Hawaii's future?

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Sep 2, 2015
The language we use to communicate and how it will be understood and interpreted will be different for each individual.

ADUs bill is manifestation of poor city planning

By Jeanne Ohta Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Sep 2, 2015
The City Council will vote Wednesday on Bill 20, which would allow accessory dwelling units (ADUs) and has been called the “silver bullet” to solve Honolulu’s housing problems.

Achieving the goal will be harder if the PUC allows NextEra to take over Hawaii’s primary electricity provider

By Isaac Moriwake and Marti Townsend Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Sep 2, 2015
A mega-takeover of a local electric utility. A locally mandated goal to increase renewable energy, including rooftop solar. A wave of opposition from government agencies, community groups and clean-energy advocates.

Na'i Aupuni process moving forward and welcomes all Native Hawaiians

By Kuhio Asam and William Meheula Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 30, 2015
Na'i Aupuni is an independent, nonprofit organization made up of a volunteer board of directors from the Hawaiian community.

Native Hawaiians are not 'indigenous' and sovereignty effort is discriminatory

By James Kuroiwa Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 30, 2015
American citizens of the state of Hawaii must challenge the constitutionality of Hawaii's Act 195. The Akina v. State of Hawaii (Office of Hawaiian Affairs) lawsuit filed in federal court on Aug. 13 challenges Act 195, which does not stand muster against the United States Constitution.

We all can play a role in working to prevent child abuse

By Aileen Deese and James M. Hmurovich Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 27, 2015
When we hear stories about former Subway spokesperson Jared Fogle, who has been charged with child pornography and child prostitution, it can be shocking. It can cause confusion. It can cause anger. And these reactions make sense.

Hawaii could lead nation by enacting carbon-emissions fee

By Jeffrey Kim Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 27, 2015
In June, I traveled to Washington, D.C., for a climate-change conference and had the honor of meeting James Hansen, a man called “the world’s most famous climate scientist” by The Washington Post.

Kakaako Makai’s master plan reflects public needs

By Michelle S. Matson, Wayne Takamine and Robert Crone Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 26, 2015
The master plan for Kakaako Makai, actively developed by community consensus and formally adopted by the Hawaii Community Development Authority in 2011, reflects the recreational and cultural needs and desires of the larger community for Honolulu’s remaining shoreline open space.

Inadequate paid maternity leave has devastating effect on families

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 23, 2015
I frequently hear from women in Hawaii who work full-time jobs and also serve as primary caretakers for their loved ones -- children, elderly parents, an ill spouse.

Alzheimer’s is ticking time bomb that needs immediate attention

By Steve Tam Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 23, 2015
Families rarely talk to friends about how Alzheimer’s disease is impacting them. However, there are more than 5 million Americans, including 26,000 Hawaii residents, living with Alzheimer’s disease

Where are we with rail? Way over budget, as predicted

By Cliff Slater Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 19, 2015
We have said many times that the city deliberately started building rail out in the country where it would experience the fewest problems and be able to lay enough track mileage that it would be impossible to stop the project. Starting in the city, it would have experienced grave difficulties and serious cost overruns.

Local School Wellness Policy aims to reverse rise of childhood obesity

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 16, 2015
America's children are starting down a road of disease and early death, being projected by medical journals as the first generation that may not outlive their parents.

Stronger commitment needed from Navy to stop fuel leakage at Red Hill

By Cullen T. Hayashida Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 16, 2015
As a longtime resident of Moanalua Gardens and an attendee at the June 18 community hearing on water concerns raised by the Red Hill fuel tanks, I came away with little assurance that the Navy, the Environmental Protection Agency and the state Department of Health were interested in community input to prevent a massive disaster.

DOE priority is to hire more special-education teachers

By Suzanne Mulcahy Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 13, 2015
As the newly appointed assistant superintendent of the Office of Curriculum, Instruction and Student Support, my passion for ensuring that every student learns, coupled with my experience as a teacher, fuels my focus on improving student and staff success in the area of special education.

Proceed with the TMT?

By Doug Simons and Hilton Lewis Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 12, 2015
The international astronomical community has converged in Honolulu. The timing — in the midst of the controversy surrounding the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) on Mauna Kea — has motivated some who oppose the telescope to engage these distinguished guests, hoping they will take a stand.

Preschool decision rooted in HCDA’s caution with public land

By John Whalen Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 12, 2015
Contrary to some misperceptions, the Hawaii Community Development Authority’s decision to cease negotiations with Seagull Schools for a 65-year lease of public land in Kakaako Makai was based on an extensive question-and-answer period during not only the most recent meeting, but also the board’s June 3 meeting.

TMT does not justify the desecration of Hawaiian places of worship

By Bill Meheula Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 12, 2015
Many well-respected thinkers are advocating for the completion of construction of two major telescopes on Mauna Kea and Haleakala.

Solar farms proposed by HECO will help meet energy goals

By Maureen C. Andrade, Ryan Park and Jeffrey Mikulina Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 11, 2015
As the clock ticks on taking meaningful action on climate change, so, too, does an opportunity to secure substantial amounts of low-cost renewable energy for Oahu residents.

Include full-time public-sector workers in fight for minimum hourly pay of $15

By Randy Perreira Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 9, 2015
We in the labor movement applaud strides being made to lift working people out of poverty and are heartened to see that the "Fight for $15," a national campaign to raise wages for fast-food and other underpaid workers, is gaining momentum.

Don’t sacrifice public oceanfront land just to raise money for maintenance

By Ron Iwami Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 9, 2015
Friends of Kewalos (FOK), a community nonprofit dedicated to protecting and preserving Kewalo Basin Park for the benefit of recreational users, opposes the current proposals for commercial development of Kewalo Basin Harbor.

City must make safety a priority at Hanauma Bay

By Bob Kern Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 7, 2015
Recent deaths at Hanauma Bay highlight dangers faced by people entering the ocean. The Friends of Hanauma Bay believe they occurred because the city has not created an environment that improves the safety of swimmers and snorkelers at the bay.

Visiting astronomers should meet with TMT ‘protectors’

By Tom Peek Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 6, 2015
Thousands of the world’s leading astronomers are in Hawaii for their triennial International Astronomical Union conference, a perfect kismet-like opportunity to learn firsthand why their noble and important profession has been tarnished during the protracted controversy over California’s Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) — yet another example of astronomers pitted against native people over a mountaintop.

TMT debate unfortunately part of larger political drama

By John Goody Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 6, 2015
With all the elevated rhetoric and demands surrounding the proposed Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea, some of us are in a quandary.

Compare benefits of nonprofit, for-profit utilities

By Tom Brandt Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 5, 2015
Gov. David Ige now opposes the NextEra takeover of Hawaiian Electric. The Maui mayor and Honolulu City Council chairman are interested in nonprofit customer ownership of the Hawaiian Electric Industries (HEI) utilities in their respective counties — similar to the 13-year-old Kauai Island Utility Cooperative and hundreds of electric cooperatives on the mainland.

Accessory dwellings can ease affordable housing shortage

By Kawika K. Burgess Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 4, 2015
Everyone knows there is a shortage of affordable housing on Oahu. According to City Council Resolution 14-200, more than half of all households statewide are paying more than 30 percent of their income toward housing.

Navy committed to keeping Oahu drinking water from Red Hill safe

By Rear Adm. John Fuller Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 2, 2015
Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility is a safe, reliable and modernized facility; the Navy is absolutely committed to keeping our drinking water safe.

Stopping TMT would be tragic for all in Hawaii

By Richard S. Miller, the Rev. Barbara Grace Ripple and the Rev. Samuel Cox Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 2, 2015
We are very supportive of many very serious grievances of the Hawaiian people, among them the terrible way our so-called criminal justice system, our educational system, our housing system and our health system has treated them and of the great and urgent need for reforms.

Flight school on Oahu could relieve critical pilot shortage

By Peter Forman Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 31, 2015

Sweeping the homeless toward crime and conflict

By James Koshiba Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 29, 2015
There’s been a lot of attention lately on rising crime in Kakaako. Headlines leave the impression that “the homeless” there have suddenly grown more lawless and violent.

Addressing sex trafficking

By Kimberly S.G. Chang and Nicole Littenberg Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 29, 2015
As doctors who provide care to victims and survivors of abuse and exploitation, we’ve witnessed firsthand the severe consequences of human trafficking.

Current law enforcement strategies work

By Keith Kaneshiro Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 29, 2015
Sex trafficking became a prosecutor’s priority when I returned to office in 2010.

NextEra committed to a more affordable, 100% renewable energy future for Hawaii

By Eric Gleason Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 26, 2015
Gov. David Ige’s recent comments raised important questions about our pending merger and Hawaii’s clean energy future, questions that we continue to work diligently and transparently to address with all of our stakeholders.

If NextEra can’t deliver what public wants, another option is a publicly owned utility

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 26, 2015
Last year I wrote in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser that Florida-based NextEra must be shown aloha and given a chance to share its plans. This is a pivotal moment for Hawaii — we have committed to cheaper renewable energy, and public demand for solar power and lower prices continues to grow

Family-friendly employment laws are win-win for Hawaii

By Shay Chan Hodges and Stephen West Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 23, 2015
Recently, U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, Hawaii lawmakers, business leaders, and worker and family advocates met at the state Capitol to discuss the need for mandated paid time off for employees with family medical issues.

Aloha ‘Aina patriots have right to be on Mauna Kea

By Sydney L. Iaukea Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 23, 2015
Which “emergency” are we talking about? After the June 24 rock incident on Mauna a Wakea, Gov. David Ige pledged, “We will do whatever is necessary to ensure lawful access.”

Don’t stop at short-term fixes in effort to solve housing crisis

By Bob Nakata and Catherine Graham Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 22, 2015
There is now a heightened sense of urgency to address the issues of homelessness and the actual creation of affordable rental housing.

Maui’s cardiac center is both necessary and successful

By Dr. Tracy Dorheim Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 22, 2015
The question has been posed on whether Maui’s 160,000-plus residents and its over-2 million yearly visitors deserve access to the state-of-the-art services and facilities that the Maui Memorial Medical Center (MMMC) Outpatient Clinic’s cardiac program provides.

It’s shameful that homeless keiki not being given placement priority

By Luanna H. Meyer Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 19, 2015
Progress in ending homelessness in Hawaii is disappointingly slow. Meetings of the Hawaii Interagency Council on Homelessness (HICH) have become a metaphor for that lack of progress, but a surprise on the June agenda featured three goals apparently agreed by agencies managing various initiatives to address homelessness:

Marine sanctuary plan coming together

By Allen Tom Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 19, 2015
For more than 20 years, the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary has protected humpback whales and their habitat in waters around the main Hawaiian islands of Kauai, Oahu, Lanai, Molokai, Maui and Hawaii.

Government should not reward incompetence at Office of Elections

By Sam Slom and Gene Ward Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 16, 2015
The state Elections Commission just voted behind closed doors to give a $10,000 pay raise to chief election officer Scott Nago, who will now be paid $90,000.

Give merchants, users time to adjust to plastic bag ban

By Lauren Zirbel and Sheri Sakamoto Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 15, 2015
The Hawaii Food Industry Association (HFIA) and Retail Merchants of Hawaii (RMH) wholeheartedly support the broadest use of reusable tote bags as the ultimate solution, in retailers’ preparation and initial response to the plastic grocery bag ban that went into effect July 1.

It's time to end net energy metering

By Mina Morita and Marco Mangelsdorf Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 12, 2015
With more than 50 years of experience between us, few in the state have been more involved in and supportive of the renewable energy cause in Hawaii than the two of us

Tax estimate included rail line extensions

By Mayor Kirk Caldwell Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 12, 2015
No politician wants to ask for the authority to extend a tax. For the largest public works project in Hawaii's history — a project that will improve the quality of life and provide transportation equity for generations — I believe the tax extension is necessary.

Imagine mutual respect and accommodation on Mauna Kea

By H. Gerald Staub Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 9, 2015
At least 1,700 years ago, Polynesians sailed northward across the vast Pacific, eventually landing upon a beautiful uninhabited island chain. The stars that illuminated their path were sacred to them, a matter of life or death on the greatest ocean on earth.

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