The Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) proposed for construction on Mauna Kea is something the people of Hawaii should support. It would keep the astronomical facilities in Hawaii at the forefront of research capabilities for decades to come.
While much attention is focused on the politicization of the federal Affordable Care Act and the struggles faced by the local nonprofit Hawaii Health Connector, great advances are being made to transform health care in Hawaii.
At a recent special meeting on pesticides hosted by the North Shore Neighborhood Board, a statement was made that the use of GMO crops represented a "pesticide-centered technology." This is a totally false statement; nothing could be further from the truth.
Many American cities now enjoy an amazing reversal of fortune. Once hollowed-out shells mainly for those too poor to move or those so rich they didn't have to deal with the poor cities are again filling up with educated and aspiring young people.
Juvenile justice has little mass appeal. No political race has ever been won or lost based on a juvenile justice platform. So, members of Hawaii's juvenile justice community are pleased the public is discussing the issue.
I quit the teaching business on the last day of August 2013. Retired. I closed the door behind me. I was done with it, and I am. Except for this... Near the end, public school teachers were being introduced to Danielson training, the current educational reform obligation.
Heard about community solar? The idea is simple. It allows anyone to hui up with others and benefit from solar panels installed anywhere on the grid — not just your own roof. Your share of the energy shows up as a lower electric bill.
There's a classic line from the movie "Die Hard," after several Federal Bureau of Investigation agents take over from the local constabulary to corral some terrorists and manage only to blow themselves up: "Guess we need more FBI guys," one of the locals comments.
Consumers and taxpayers are eyeing two important deadlines for the Hawaii Health Connector, the insurance marketplace established by the state Legislature in 2011 to provide access to health policies under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
In 1967, the fourth state Legislature passed Act 463, now popularly known as the State Ethics Code.
This important law governs all appointed and elected officials, protecting and informing both the public and the public servant about expected standards of conduct.
Since we are in the midst of another legislative session where ethics and lobbying reform legislation seem again to be dead on arrival, some comments about how governmental ethics is handled here in Hawaii are in order to help the public better understand the nature and magnitude of the problems we face — and perhaps what can be done to better the situation.
In life, the reasonable assumption is you get what you pay for. Put another way, you pay for what you get. Property taxes, for example, provide the means for each of the four county governments to provide basic services.
The recent Star-Advertiser article on the Hawaii Paroling Authority could have shined much-needed light on one of this state's most powerful and least accountable criminal justice institutions ("Reduced prison time angers victims' families," Feb. 9).
With Amazon's announcement of a drone delivery service, the Federal Aviation Administration's recent inclusion of Hawaii in its drone test program, and the frequent news of drone strikes in war zones, it seems impossible to get away from hearing about drones these days.
Recently the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) selected six sites to serve as test ranges to "allow the agency to develop research findings and operational experiences to help ensure the safe integration of UAS (unmanned aircraft systems) into the nation's airspace."
I'm a victim of Hawaiian Electric Co.'s anti-solar policies, and I'm shocked at the negligence it has displayed with little oversight or regulation. As a professional investigator, I've spent thousands of hours reviewing cases against businesses accused of wrongdoing.
Did you know that there is a country that has sentenced thousands of children to die in prison?
And did you know that that country is the only nation in the world that still locks its children up and throws away the key, in clear violation of international human rights law?
Publishing article after article and letters to the editor repeatedly asserting that Oahu's rail project ending at the Ala Moana Center will free up H-1 traffic jams is a disservice to our community. There is a term for this type of activity: "brainwashing."
Pedestrian deaths and injuries in marked crosswalks should grab everyone's attention. Why do pedestrians in hopefully "safe" marked crosswalks so often meet with injury or death? Why is there real risk, and how can the pedestrian improve chances of crossing alive?
House Bill 1889 is worthy of support from Hawaii residents and state lawmakers because it is a step in the right direction for dealing with our growing homelessness issue in a manner consistent with our rich history.
Hawaii’s public school students are achieving at remarkable levels — and in some areas, at levels never before seen here. In 2013, our fourth- and eighth-graders made among the highest gains in the nation in reading and math performance.
Kakaako's state Rep. Scott Saiki has introduced eight bills to rein in — and even abolish — the Hawaii Community Development Authority.
This agency has been destroying our community — the way a rogue City Council ruined Waikiki in the 1970s — instead of implementing plans that "meet the highest needs and aspirations of Hawaii's people."
One of the forces driving tourism is people's desire to experience something they cannot find at home. Those living in the mountains like traveling to the seashore. Some look for a different culture -- Americans traveling to China, Japanese to Europe, etc.
By Chip Fletcher on behalf of the Hawaii Shore and Beach
Preservation Association As a group of engineers, scientists, planners and community representatives concerned with management of the Hawaiian shoreline, we note that severe erosion, such as on Oahu's North Shore, has occurred before and is likely to occur again.
Taking away county authority to regulate agriculture and/or pesticides is both bad policy and bad politics. Last year Monsanto and its friends at the state Legislature attempted to slip through Senate Bill 727, literally taking away the counties' right to protect health and life.
In the 2012 election cycle, individuals and groups not directly connected to candidates spent over a billion dollars of so-called "independent expenditures" to influence the outcome of the elections — more than five times the amount spent in the 2008 election, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
While local media outlets have provided some details concerning the University of Hawaii Cancer Center and Director Michele Carbone, the real story behind this debacle, and numerous others, is the persistently questionable leadership decisions within the university system.
Hawaii families have much to celebrate. Public school children today learn a grade-and-a-half more content compared to 10 years ago. U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan termed Hawaii's gains on the recent National Assessment of Educational Progress "noteworthy" -- and we wholeheartedly agree.
In the ongoing federal trial of six persons accused of trafficking methamphetamines, U.S. District Court Judge Leslie Kobayashi recently ruled that despite Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan Loo's repeated failures to disclose evidence to the defense that he was legally and ethically obligated to disclose, she will not dismiss the case against the defendants.
Mayor Kirk Caldwell, like The Outdoor Circle, strongly opposes billboards in Hawaii.
However, as mayor representing all of Oahu's residents, including 220,000-plus daily bus riders, the mayor has an obligation to ask the tough questions, get the facts and make informed decisions.
As Hawaii enters the New Year, our focus should remain on preserving and developing the values and character that have allowed us to enjoy supportive, enriching lives, and maintaining the promise of Hawaii for the future.
In Hawaii, we know family comes first and generations take care of each other. We need to make sure our policies reflect these values and to help families who feel stretched thin attain economic security.
President Barack Obama recently said that "what drives me … as an American is to make sure that every striving, hardworking, optimistic kid in America has the same incredible chance that this country gave me."
What's the point of going to law school if you will face a big tuition bill and declining job prospects? That was the question posed in Nanea Kalani's excellent story, "Law less alluring as field of study" (Star-Advertiser, Dec. 23).
With apologies to all who worked so hard to preserve the city of Honolulu's stock of affordable rental housing in perpetuity, many of us have lost sight of how critical this affordable rental housing is for the people of Honolulu making $50,000 or less annually.
We appreciate the Honolulu Star-Advertiser's interest and recent article on the Hawaii State Teachers Association's (HSTA) legislative priorities for 2014 ("HSTA backs pre-kindergarten plan," Dec. 24).
Thank you for the editorial on the need to reform our juvenile justice system and endorsing the recommendations of the Hawaii Juvenile Justice Working Group that I served on ("Juvenile justice system needs reform," Star-Advertiser, Our View, Dec. 18).
In middle school I remember feeling so "grown up" when my parents first allowed me to go to the mall alone with my friends. In high school, getting my license and a car was one of the most liberating moments of my life.
As current and former faculty members of the University of Hawaii Cancer Center (UHCC), it is our duty to speak out about the egregious conduct of the center director, Dr. Michele Carbone, and the deterioration of our academic environment.
Gov. Neil Abercrombie's proposed supplemental budget includes funding to acquire prime Oahu agriculture land, invest in Molokai irrigation system improvements and the Waimea Homestead Community Agricultural Park, and fill state Department of Agriculture positions in pesticide, marketing and statistics programs.
A voluntary working group representing the state of Hawaii, local nonprofits, community members and Turtle Bay Resort is making real, tangible progress on a conservation plan that will leave a lasting legacy for Hawaii.
By University of Hawaii Cancer Center senior faculty
The University of Hawaii Cancer Center is a success that apparently some seek to derail. The new building is finished, and the center is running smoothly, despite contrary efforts of some disgruntled faculty.
Since the early 1990s, hundreds of research articles by fire departments, emergency medical services departments (EMS) and emergency room physicians have repeatedly shown that the use of lights and sirens (L&S) has been ineffective, even harmful.
The city Department of Planning and Permitting (DPP) should have rejected Turtle Bay Resort's supplemental environmental impact statement (SEIS) because it fails to accurately report the potential impacts of the proposed resort expansion.
Today, the state Board of Land and Natural Resources (BLNR) will issue its decision concerning the renewal of a long-term lease of Mauna Kea to the University of Hawaii, an important pre-condition to the construction of the Thirty-Meter Telescope (TMT).
Hawaii is special. As inhabitants of its largest city, we have a responsibility to protect it as best we can. Billboards have long been identified as a threat to the natural beauty of Hawaii, especially in urban communities.
It's long been said that unless people believe our court system is fair, it won't work. In that respect, former federal judge Sam King struck a mighty blow toward preserving respect for the federal judiciary, both in Hawaii and across the mainland, where he often served as a visiting judge.
What does Head Start preschool mean? It is giving young children the head start they need to become functioning members of a social and academic community of learners. The program has been around for 48 years for a very good reason. It works.
Youth today are more sexually active than in the past. Hawaii statistics show that more than 10 percent of middle-school students have had sexual intercourse; only nine states have higher rates of teen pregnancy; and many sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are contracted between the ages of 15-24.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Would you support a single-payer health insurance system for Hawaii (equivalent to Medicare for all)?
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