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How much more can we afford?

By Vicki Viotti
Dan Grabauskas has heard the arguments about why rail is costing too much and what can be done about it, and he's got a ready response for them.

High-stakes testing has detrimental impact

By Corey Rosenlee Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Sep 27, 2015
We need to start listening to our teachers, our parents and our students -- the people most affected by testing -- and end high-stakes testing. We should be teaching our children to be creative and to be problem solvers, not just test takers.

Students did well on challenging exams

By Terrence R. George and Harry Saunders Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Sep 27, 2015
As Hawaii's largest employers, we care deeply about the abilities of Hawaii's public school students. So what are we to make of recent news that slightly less than 1 out of 2 public school students met the standard in 2015?

Tightening the screws

By Shannon Tangonan
It's become a familiar, dispiriting tale of the porous government contract written by a state employee who may or may not have expertise in procurement.

Much ado about ADUs

By Vicki Viotti
When the proposal to allow "accessory dwelling units" finally becomes reality this week, nobody is sure just how much construction activity to expect. But city permitting offices, tipped off by phone inquiries of the level of interest, are preparing to be busy.

Building an ADU? You’ll need guidance

By Vicki Viotti
Architect Questor Lau, like others in his profession, see the legalization of accessory dwelling units (ADUs) as a good thing, filling a decided need. That doesn't mean people necessarily will be eager to rush into a brave new world without guidance, he said, delivered in plain English.

Lay of the land

By Shannon Tangonan
Gov. David Ige began the new year setting off an environmental firestorm of protests when he picked Carleton Ching to head the state Department of Land and Natural Resources.

The signing

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 30, 2015
Seventy years ago on Sept. 2, World War II officially ended with a surrender ceremony aboard the USS Missouri.

A pen that made history, lost to history, then found

By Paul Woo Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 30, 2015
Sept. 2, 2015, will mark the 70th anniversary of the formal surrender of Japan to the Allied Powers in Tokyo Bay.

Reflections on war and peace in the Pacific

By U.S. Reps. J. Randy Forbes and Mark Takai Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 30, 2015
On Sept. 2, 2015, we will gather with veterans, civilians, military dignitaries and our colleagues from Congress to commemorate the end of the Second World War in the Pacific.

DOE offers lessons in education system

By Vicki Viotti
This is not your father’s education system — or mother’s, either.

Education at a crossroads

By Vicki Viotti
Things are hot in Hawaii’s public schools and they’re likely to get hotter, in more ways than one. The 2015-2016 academic year has just begun, with temperatures as well as and tempers rising in classrooms unequipped with air conditioning.

A crisis that demands action

By Dennis Francis and Rick Blangiardi Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 23, 2015
If a serious hurricane, earthquake or tsunami were to strike Hawaii, the resulting disaster would be cause for a state of emergency. The city and state and federal government would be called into action and plans put into place to help those in need.

Charter school could soften COFA culture shock

By Vicki Viotti
Vidalino Raatior, candidate for a doctorate in education, remembers his own introduction to Western society. Coming from a small island of 400 people in Chuuk, the impersonality of American life was alienating.

Micronesians united

By Vicki Viotti
It’s called the Compact of Free Association (COFA), meaning that citizens of those Micronesian countries can migrate to the U.S. without the usual visas or other documents. Getting to Hawaii is easy.

‘History teaches us the horrors of war’

By Ed Hawkins Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 9, 2015
This weekend, the world observes the 70th anniversary of the atomic-bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki — and this week, the 70-year milestone of the end of World War II in the Pacific.

The trouble with TPP

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 2, 2015
The latest high-level negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership have just ended on Maui, with trade ministers of the 12 participating nations reaching accord on broad environmental protections but not on other key aspects such as drug patents.

Foreign investors could use TPP to challenge U.S. laws, leaving American interests without access to U.S. courts

By U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 2, 2015
I plan to oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership, but not because I oppose all free-trade agreements. My primary reason stems from a little-known provision called “investor-state dispute settlement,” or ISDS, that would provide foreign corporations a special right to challenge U.S. laws that hurt their bottom line.

The secrecy surrounding the trade agreement does not bode well for Hawaii, especially for our agricultural industry

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 2, 2015
For a long time, Hawaii’s economy was a stool with three legs: Tourism, defense and agriculture. Many families across our islands have stories of parents, relatives or others who immigrated to Hawaii to work in the sugar and pineapple fields.

Strength abroad starts here at home: We shouldn’t strengthen our foreign policy by weakening our domestic economy

By U.S. Rep. Mark Takai Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 2, 2015
When people hear “trade,” the first thing that comes to mind is giving opportunity to businesses to export or to expand their enterprise into other markets. In Hawaii, where some of our largest foreign partners are involved in the Trans-Pacific Partnership, it’s easy to understand why this is appealing.

Like other trade agreements, TPP likely will cause a massive loss of U.S. jobs — and at an unprecedented rate

By U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 2, 2015
The more we learn about the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, the less we like about it. Because of a woeful lack of transparency, the American people know very little about how this agreement will benefit multinational corporations at the expense of the American worker.

‘Employment first’ should be standard

By Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 26, 2015
For people with disabilities, architecture has improved. Yet attitudes and opportunities have not. Most of Hawaii’s working-age people with disabilities are not employed.

Individuals with disabilities have won significant victories

By Louis Erteschik Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 26, 2015
The nation marks the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act this week. Gov. David Ige signed a proclamation on Friday. For individuals with disabilities, the ADA represents the hallmark of their civil rights struggle.

Employers remain hesitant to hire qualified workers with disabilities

By Mary Beth Lum Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 26, 2015
On the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, there is much to be celebrated. People with disabilities now have better access to businesses, buildings, state and local government programs and services — including higher education, as well as increased opportunities for competitive employment.

BlackSand Capital: Financing the development businesses

By Vicki Viotti
The MacNaughton-Kobayashi pairing is such a family affair that it’s not surprising the marriage would produce a “child” — BlackSand Capital — and one that can serve the purpose of the parents, too.

Building Hawaii

By Vicki Viotti
The face of Kakaako is changing, and the contrasting elements can be seen literally side by side. In the midst of roadwork noise off Pohukaina Street, near graffiti art and other marks of an urban zone in transition, prospective Asian buyers pick their way through the dusty alleyway into the sales offices for Vida, one of the luxury condominiums going up in the neighborhood.

Celebrating 50 years of Medicare, Medicaid

By David Sayen Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 12, 2015
It's easy to forget that before 1966, roughly half of all American seniors were uninsured, living in fear that the high cost of health care could plunge not only them, but their families, into poverty.

Loss of Medicare funding threatens health care for Hawaii’s elderly

By Peter Sybinsky Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 12, 2015
Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has taken the Affordable Care Act (ACA) out of limbo, Hawaii policymakers must grapple with inequities in the law — because if they don't, over the next 10 years, the state's health care system could suffer significant implosion in much-needed health care resources.

Medicare underpayments, inflation hit hospitals and their patients hard

By George W. Greene Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 12, 2015
When does winning a race turn out to be bad for business? When you are a Hawaii hospital in 2015, in the new era of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Road to ratification begins with voters

By Christine Donnelly
Here is the tentative timeline for the election of delegates, the convening of the ‘aha and the possible ratification vote of whatever documents are drafted at the ‘aha.

The 'Aha

By Christine Donnelly
Volunteers blazing a trail to reorganize a sovereign indigenous government have been overshadowed in the headlines lately

Nature's court

By Associate Justice Michael D. Wilson Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 28, 2015
Creating environmental courts to achieve law-based protection of the environment is new to the United States. While 41 countries have developed environmental courts, the U.S. has only two — in Vermont and Hawaii — and Hawaii’s jurisdiction is the broadest.

Skeptics question need for specialized court

By Star-Advertiser staff
When creation of a new Environmental Court system was debated in the 2014 Hawaii Legislature, it drew hearty support — but also opposition.

Hale Mauliola has potential, but make room for children

By Connie Mitchell Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 21, 2015
The city administration recently announced its vision for an uplifting transitional service center at Sand Island for homeless individuals and couples as another offer of relief for unsheltered people.

Shelter won’t be enough; provide rent subsidies, too

By Scott Morishige Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 21, 2015
On Thursday, the state released the "Homeless Point in Time Count," which shows that the number of homeless individuals statewide has increased by 23 percent between 2011 and 2015.

Project offers innovations in sheltering and services

By Jun Yang Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 21, 2015
Oahu residents are demanding that something be done now to address homelessness. Hale Mauliola isn't just something: it's an innovative, well-thought-out approach that implements community feedback and national best practices to immediately help people in great need.

For-profit marijuana will be dangerous

By Marcus R. Oshiro Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 14, 2015
I believe marijuana has a place in the treatment of disease. However, for-profit growing and selling marijuana, even for medical use, is a dangerous and untested social experiment on Hawaii's people and is not consistent with local values and culture. Not-for-profit or co-ops or limited imports are viable alternatives.

DOH makes safety a top program goal

By Virginia Pressler, M.D. Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 14, 2015
In 2000, Act 28 made Hawaii one of the first states to authorize the use of marijuana to treat certain debilitating medical conditions. Act 28, however, was silent on how to legally obtain a patient or caregiver's first seed to cultivate their crop or otherwise legally acquire medical marijuana, leaving patients and even law enforcement in a conundrum.

Careful criteria will ensure safe access

By Carl Bergquist Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 14, 2015
With the passage of the medical marijuana dispensary bill House Bill 321, Hawaii is returning to the compassionate spirit that prevailed when our Legislature was first in the country to legalize medical cannabis in 2000.

Tourists, tourists everywhere

By Vicki Viotti
It's ready for the governor's pen, but it's probably more accurate to think of Senate Bill 519 as a work in progress, rather than a done deal.

Lost in translation

By Christine Donnelly
State Film Commissioner Donne Dawson hit a nerve with the assertion that filmmaker Cameron Crowe should have sought permission to use "Aloha" as the title of his new movie, because the word is imbued with far deeper meaning than its commercialized overuse as a term of goodwill implies.

Indifference to isles’ needy stems from unequal access to policymakers

By Colin Moore Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, May 24, 2015
It is a good time to be rich in Hawaii. During the past legislative session, taxes were cut by as much as 2.75 percentage points for families making over $400,000, while virtually nothing was done for the working poor.

Despite crisis on affordable units, lawmakers fall far short on funding

By Kevin R. Carney Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, May 24, 2015
Housing crisis? What housing crisis? Our state Legislature, based on the results of the 2015 session, seems to have forgotten that they acknowledged our state’s housing crisis in 2011.

Troubled waters: A debate grows over the management of the Waikiki Aquarium

By Andrew Rossiter Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, May 17, 2015
Recently, concerns have been raised about the current state of affairs at the Waikiki Aquarium. As Aquarium director for the past 11 years, I can offer my assurance that the facility is operating under the highest standards of excellence.

Why did the Waikiki Aquarium lose its accreditation?

By Leighton Taylor and Bruce Carlson Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, May 17, 2015
The Waikiki Aquarium is seeking a curator to care for the animals and manage the exhibits staff. This should be a golden opportunity for a talented, skilled individual who wants to share and enlighten the public about the diversity of life in the sea.

Aquarium suffers loss of cutting-edge research

By James B. Wood Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, May 17, 2015
I was hired by, and worked directly under, Andy Rossiter. The public should be very concerned about the management of the Waikiki Aquarium. I lasted six months there. Prior to joining the Aquarium staff, I had never been fired.

Rules on plastic bags vary by county

By Vicki Viotti
Efforts to pass statewide plastic bag regulations have failed in Hawaii, leaving retailers to contend with a range of different requirements for each county.

Banning the bag

By Vicki Viotti
For Oahu retailers, a key part of the business practice — packing up the merchandise sold — is about to change. At least one of them has been in rehearsal for the change for some time.

Keeping Koloa Plantation Days alive for all

By Melissa McFerrin Warrack Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, May 3, 2015
On the last Saturday of July each year, a few hundred community members bring their horses, their classic cars and a variety of floats, trailers and walking units to Koloa School to march in a parade through old Koloa town to the Annie Knudsen Ballpark, commemorating Kauai’s plantation roots and celebrating its diverse cultures.

Film festival shoots for the stars

By Robert Lambeth Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, May 3, 2015
For 35 years the Hawaii International Film Festival has been one of the nation’s primary sources in discovering features, documentaries and shorts from Asia made by Asians, films about the Pacific made by Pacific Islanders, and films made by Hawaii filmmakers that present Hawaii in a culturally accurate way.

Annual events offer unique experiences, share Hawaii

By Ron Williams Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, May 3, 2015
The Hawaiian Islands are unlike anywhere in the world. While our sun, sand and surf have made us a world-renowned dream destination, Hawaii is also a dynamic and vibrant place to live and visit.

Stepping up for school success

By Christine Donnelly
Standardized testing is in full swing in Hawaii's public schools, with about 93,000 students in grades 3-8 and 11 taking new, more difficult exams aligned with Common Core academic standards.

Ground Zero

By Star-Advertiser staff
Work on the proposed Thirty Meter Telescope atop Mauna Kea is temporarily halted — but much activity has swirled around the project since March 6, when the state Land Board signed off on a notice to proceed with construction

A sacred mountain, scarred by ambition

By By Jonathan Osorio, Shelley Muneoka and Candace Fujikane Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Apr 19, 2015
The Star-Advertiser's coverage of opposition to the Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea has recently focused on the opinions of Kānaka Maoli who support the project because it "has been done right," presumably in contrast to the 13 telescope projects preceding it.

Enrich our legacy by moving forward

By Alexis Acohido Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Apr 19, 2015
The Thirty Meter Telescope is committed to supporting Hawaii's next generation of STEM students. I am evidence of that. It helps sponsor the Akamai Workforce Initiative, which provides college students with internships at observatories and companies throughout Hawaii.

Letters to the Editor: Mauna Kea

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Apr 19, 2015
Get mad about poor education • Sacredness lies in knowledge • A yearning to know more • A spiritual place for navigators • Esoteric studies won't help us • Compromise on telescopes and more

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.

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.

Democracy by mail

By Vicki Viotti
Tony Green happily points out one of the advantages of voting by mail that many in his community enjoy the most: Once they send in the ballot, they drop off the list of undecided voters that campaign robo-callers care about.

NextEra: The right partner for Hawaiian Electric, Hawaii

By Eric Gleason Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Mar 29, 2015
Hawaiian Electric is at the forefront in addressing a vast array of complex issues associated with Hawaii's clean energy transformation, and its goals -- including increasing renewables to 65 percent, tripling distributed solar and lowering customer bills 20 percent in real terms by 2030 -- are among the most ambitious in the nation.

We need diverse energy solutions, including rooftop PV

By Jim Alberts Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Mar 29, 2015
Recently, Gov. David Ige spoke about his energy policy, emphasizing the need for diverse solutions to break Hawaii's dependence on imported oil. At Hawaiian Electric, we couldn't agree more.

Better technology threatens archaic utility monopolies

By John Farrell Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Mar 29, 2015
When Cynthia Cantero decided to cut her energy bill by installing a solar array on her home in Ewa Beach, she had no idea she was becoming a reluctant foot soldier in the battle over the future of the electricity system.

Leeward job fair hopes for home-grown talent

By Vicki Viotti
There are a lot of people who could exit the H-1 — and stay off it — if they were more aware of the opportunity to do just that.

Looking for an exit

By Vicki Viotti
The Honolulu City Council faced full-scale community rancor over the proposed Ho‘opili development in Ewa, for which it is poised to approve rezoning in a few weeks.

Does ‘Asian penalty’ block college entry?

By Christine Donnelly
Stress perennially rises this time of year for high-school seniors waiting to hear where they've been accepted to college, especially for those seeking entrance to the Ivy League and other extremely selective institutions.

A 40-year journey

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Mar 8, 2015
Forty years ago today, the voyaging canoe Hōkūle‘a embarked from Hakipu‘u/Kualoa on Oahu, on a journey to Tahiti; it was the first open-ocean voyage from Hawaii in 600 years using traditional, non-instrument wayfinding.

Dual worlds, one path

By Sam ʻOhukaniʻōhiʻa Gon III Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Mar 8, 2015
As a western-trained Ph.D. scientist and a Native Hawaiian kahuna kākalaleo, I have two lenses through which I look at the need for mālama honua, or caring for our place.

A voyage for future generations

By Nainoa Thompson Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Mar 8, 2015
When Hōkūle‘a entered the water for the first time in Kualoa 40 years ago, it was the beginning of a sail plan that has spanned generations and taken us on a 150,000-nautical-mile journey to reconnect a Pacific Ocean family of many people and cultures that share a history of voyaging and exploration.

Living culture, transforming education

By Randie Kamuela Fong Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Mar 8, 2015
Something profound had changed in the cosmos when the Hōkūle‘a first glided across the sands and entered the shimmering waters of sacred Kualoa in 1975 — it had been many centuries since a double-hulled voyaging canoe had graced Hawaiian waters.

Bills would give customers piece of the energy business

By Vicki Viotti
Most Hawaii electricity customers are not in a position to own a piece of the utility, as the members of the Kauai Island Utility Cooperative do, and prospects for doing so remain a long way off at best.

Who should own the electric company?

By Vicki Viotti
Historically, Hawaii residents have felt powerless where electric power is concerned — most are customers of Hawaiian Electric Industries (HEI) subsidiaries, all privately owned utilities. But history has been changing.

Consent on campus

By Christine Donnelly
The new "yes means yes" policy at the University of Hawaii is but the first step in the cultural shift needed not only to cull sexual predators from college campuses, but to instill healthier attitudes and behavior among even well-meaning young adults navigating an ever-evolving social landscape.

Putting the student-athlete

By Vicki Viotti
The classic understatement would be that the University of Hawaii Athletics Department has had a rotten year — or two or three — but that gives no cover to Ahahui Koa Anuenue, which has to be there with the money, in good times and bad.

A sporting chance

By Vicki Viotti
In its 48-year history, Ahahui Koa Anuenue has had its loyal supporters, but new fiscal realities are compelling the athletics fundraising organization to broaden its reach.

From hospital to home

By Christine Donnelly
Every year in Hawaii, an estimated 247,000 people care for ailing or frail loved ones at home.

Utilities line up supplies of natural gas

By Vicki Viotti
Hawaii is still a long way from having liquefied natural gas as a major component in its energy portfolio, replacing some of the oil used in electrical generation and filling the needs of customers who use gas directly.

The natural choice?

By Vicki Viotti
It all started, said Alicia Moy, about five years ago, when the two oil refineries serving Hawaii were contemplating pulling up stakes.

Build a healthy economy through sustainability

By U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jan 18, 2015
As we begin a new year and a new Congress, we have opportunities to accomplish a great deal to build a sustainable future that creates educational opportunities for our keiki, protects Medicare and Social Security for our kupuna, and strengthens our middle-class families for a healthy and secure economy.

Support military presence that bolsters our economy

By U.S. Rep. Mark Takai Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jan 18, 2015
As one of the newest members of Congress, I am honored to serve the constituency of the 1st Congressional District of Hawaii.

In a new Congress, Hawaii confronts new challenges

By U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jan 18, 2015
As the 114th Congress begins, I look forward to continuing to represent the people of Hawaii in the U.S. Senate. The landscape has changed with Republicans now in the majority, and new strategies will be needed to meet the challenges ahead.

Three priorities: economy, defense and civil liberties

By U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jan 18, 2015
I'm grateful to you — the people of Hawaii — for the privilege of serving our great state and country. We have much to share with the rest of the country, and the world, because only by embracing the spirit of aloha can Congress transcend the partisanship and self-interest that leads to gridlock.

Hawaii to Selma

By Vicki Viotti
On March 25, 1965, Martin Luther King Jr. led a march from Selma, Ala., to the state Capitol building in Montgomery, an event of massive impact in the annals of the civil rights movement.

Wringing a few laughs from a miserable 2014

By Dave Barry Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jan 4, 2015
It was a year of mysteries. To list some of the more baffling ones: A huge airliner simply vanished, and to this day nobody has any idea what happened to it, despite literally thousands of hours of intensive speculation on CNN.

Solution or smoke screen?

By Christine Donnelly
Skyrocketing use of electronic smoking devices (ESDs) by Hawaii youth, who "vape" nicotine at much higher rates than the national average, has galvanized anti-smoking advocates who want e-cigarettes treated the same as combustible cigarettes under state law.

War and Peace

By Adam Hochschild Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Dec 21, 2014
Go to war and every politician will thank you, and they'll continue to do so — with monuments and statues, war museums and military cemeteries — long after you're dead.

Betting on bicycles

By Vicki Viotti
Harrison Rue is administrator of the city's transit-oriented development (TOD) program, helping to direct the way the city intersects — and how all the other transit modes connect — with the rail project.

'The biggest public spaces are the streets'

By Vicki Viotti
Bikeway improvements, such as the cycle track Honolulu has just built, are not the only concern for Gil Penalosa and his advocacy group, 8-80 Cities, but they're a big part of it.

'You'll get killed out there!'

By John Delmar Anderson, Lauren Fay Bruner, Louis A. Conter, Donald Gay Stratton Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Dec 7, 2014
Today, Dec. 7, as has happened yearly for seven decades, survivors of the attack on Pearl Harbor and dedicated others were to gather at dawn to mark the calamitous event that plunged America into World War II.

‘A vital role in our everyday lives’

By Daniel A. Martinez Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Dec 7, 2014
This year's theme for the 73rd anniversary of Pearl Harbor is "Preserving the Memory." Some may ask: Why does the preservation of our national memory of December 7th garner such importance? How will the National Park Service at WWII Valor in the Pacific carry out the mission of preserving memory?

At the beginning, it was people ahead of politics

By Andrew Aoki Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Nov 30, 2014
When I met Neil Abercrombie in 2009, he asked me to be his deputy campaign manager. I was a person he didn't know, with no experience and, frankly, no interest in Hawaii politics. He put his trust in me, so I put my trust in him.

Throughout his career, a champion for equality

By Amy Agbayani Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Nov 30, 2014
Neil Abercrombie and I go way back. We first began our journey in the 1960s as University of Hawaii graduate students. When he was a freshman member of the House of Representatives, we worked together to save Operation Manong, a tutorial program for immigrant Filipino students.

In his wake, a legacy of broken promises

By Tom Coffman Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Nov 30, 2014
The legacy idea as it relates to Neil Abercrombie assumes there really was a legacy but it got lost in the shuffle of political defeat. In this tradition, I would have to credit the departing governor with appointing good Supreme Court justices.

Power to the schools

By Christine Donnelly
The call for school empowerment has intensified over the past year, as dictates by the federal government and the state Department of Education galvanized some principals and teachers to warn that students will suffer as local communities lose control of their neighborhood schools.

More affordable housing in works

By Vicki Viotti
The Hawaii Housing Finance & Development Corp. was created in 2006, when lawmakers decided that a single agency managing both public housing and the development of affordable housing through public-private partnerships was less effective than it could be.

A maze of regulations

By Vicki Viotti
If Oahu land-use authorities could channel their counterparts in Santa Clara, Calif., some affordable-housing developers in Hawaii would count that as a real plus.

VA has improved wait times and services

By Wayne L. Pfeffer Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Nov 9, 2014
As Veterans Day approaches, your VA Pacific Islands Health Care System would like to express our appreciation and thanks to all who have served, or are currently serving in the armed forces.

VA makes progress, but work isn't done

By U.S. Sen. Mazie K. Hirono Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Nov 9, 2014
Veterans Day is a time to remember and honor the contributions and sacrifices of our nation's veterans. Our thanks to the 120,000 veterans in Hawaii.

War vets struggle to overcome trauma

By Ronald Han, Iwie Tamashiro and Connie Mitchell Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Nov 9, 2014
America is a proud nation, where many leave their native countries for the dream of democracy and freedom. Yet, many men and women who risked their lives to protect our freedom and safety are homeless and broken.

State, hospitals sync Ebola response

By Vicki Viotti
The state Department of Health, with the Healthcare Association of Hawaii, has convened a working group to plan how Hawaii would respond in the event of a patient turning up with a history that makes them suspect for an Ebola infection.

On alert for Ebola

By Vicki Viotti
Hawaii's health-care officials express the fervent hope that current preparations to deal with a future Ebola patient will yield important public-health dividends.

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