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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.

Charleston can lead us through the lessons of the Civil War

By Russell Motter Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 9, 2015
Three weeks ago, it may have sounded far-fetched to claim that the nation has been in a 150-year process of sorting through the cause and meaning of the Civil War. But the tragedy in Charleston, S.C., has helped provide clarity about the meaning of the Civil War for us today.

UH grad students urge law change to enable union

By Jonathan Dial and Nick Chagnon Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 8, 2015
Upholding the constitutionality of the state's laws is one of the key obligations of the governor.

Sexual health education is a community effort

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 5, 2015
We applaud the Hawaii Board of Education (BOE) on its recent decision to invest in the future health and well-being of our youth by changing its policy and requiring schools to provide students with comprehensive sexual health education.

Vote by Hawaii and other U.S. senators to stop use of torture is praiseworthy

By Eric T. Olson Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 5, 2015
While serving as the commanding general of the 25th Infantry Division in Afghanistan (2004-2005), I was the coalition commander of international forces during Operation Enduring Freedom.

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.

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