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Synopsis: Don’t miss the new play by Haili'ōpua entitled, “My Boy, He Play Ball.”

Synopsis: The testifying of the Kū Kia'i Mauna at their trials in Hawaiian brings some potential benefits for the future.

Synopsis: The Hōkūle'a has just completed the most dangerous leg of its world-wide voyage under Nainoa Thompson’s careful navigation, which is exciting for Hawai'i.

Synopsis: Returning from a long break away from the Hawaiian music scene, Chad Takatsugi, formerly of the group ‘Ale‘a, has just released his new solo album: “Ahuwale.”

Synopsis: Honolulu County’s bulky refuse pickup is helpful for those who follow the instructions. But the careless discarding of trash and large items on the sides of the roads has the city looking “trashy.”

Synopsis: The emergence of Donald Trump as a serious candidate for president has proved to be more than just showtime. It is likely to increase turnout at the polls, something that has not been seen in a while. This does not bode well for supporters of the Hawaiian independence movement.

Synopsis: Who on earth would put explosive ingredients into poi? From the Hawaiian perspective that would be sacrilegious. It is, however, a concern for airport security. I guess there are people out there who are capable of that.

Synopsis: When we talk about “self determination,” why is it that we are always talking about a group of selves as if they were a united whole with no individual differences?

Synopsis: The use of research training and revolving funds (RTRF) by Univer- sity of Hawaii leadership to offset legal costs incurred by delays in construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope ultimately penalizes faculty, none of whom should be culpable for the unwise decisions of those who get paid the big bucks to make them.

Synopsis: One of our strong and beloved leaders, Leinaala Kalama Heine, has passed away.

Synopsis: The recent incident at Lahainaluna High School involving a speech by the principal admonishing the students that they would be punished if they did not settle down during a school assembly has generated a lot of hype calling for her removal. Sounds a bit like a lynch mob. Come on now.

Synopsis: Instead of having a single carpool lane, there should be a single lane set aside for low-occupancy vehicles. That would encourage people to use the rail.

Synopsis: Prognoses of the weather are all over the news, but do they actually benefit the public?

Synopsis: The finalists of the Ho'okūkū Mele A Mo'olelo, Poetry and Story Competition, are now online. Go to to listen to and vote for your favorite video. The winners will be announced in the beginning of September.

Synopsis: Our children have to study in the sweltering heat day after day; however, some adults get to leave work if the air conditioners break down.

Synopsis: The Warrior Recreation Center is a great gym with nice equipment.

Synopsis: Sovereignty Restoration Day is a monument reminding everyone that there are governments that enforced the idea of pono.

Synopsis: Perhaps the Legislature of Hawai'i needs help in finding appropriate solutions for the houseless population on O'ahu. Their current actions might not be sufficient.

Synopsis: The plastic bag reduction ordinance on O'ahu is a disgrace. There are certain types of products that are exempt from that law, namely, bags used to protect or transport prepared foods, beverages or bakery goods. And that is just the beginning.

Synopsis: State officials are quite crafty, but this type of smoke covering has been seen before in our history.

Synopsis: Is state Rep. Tom Brower telling the full story? Does he really want to work with the people living on the sidewalk near the Children’s Discovery Center in Kaka'ako to find solutions?

Synopsis: State officials need to fulfill the state motto, or change it.

Synopsis: There will be an island-wide solstice prayer vigil for Mauna Kea on Sunday, June 21.

Synopsis: Entries are now being accepted for the new Hawaiian poetry and writing competition. Entries must be in the Hawaiian language. The deadline is ka Lā Ho'iho'i Ea, July 31.

Synopsis: To act always with aloha is one of the core values mentioned by Gov. David Ige. Is everyone’s understanding of aloha the same?

Synopsis: Some dangerous hiking trails should be closed and violators should be fined and required to pay for any rescue costs.

Synopsis: The “TMT and Mauna Kea: Common Ground” series of presentations began May 19. There will be three more presentations, on May 27 at Kula'imano Community Center; June 2 in Pepe'ekeo; and June 9 at Laupāhoehoe Community Public Charter School Cafeteria. They are from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Synopsis: What are your roots? Freedom of journalistic expression was the fundamental message of the demonstration, but does the question of roots lie at the bottom of the shooting incidents which shook Paris in January and brought millions to the streets in solidarity with the murdered journalists of Charlie Hebdo?

Synopsis: This is the ninth year of Oncology on Canvas in Hawai'i. The exhibit is currently at Honolulu Hale from May 4 to May 22.

Synopsis: A mother in Baltimore demonstrates the meaning of a proverb. Also, a few Protect Mauna Kea events are coming up.

Synopsis: Aloha is showing strength in the Protect Mauna Kea movement. Here are a few events to show support and aloha for Mauna Kea.

Synopsis: Some events in Hawai'i and elsewhere to show support for Mauna Kea.

Synopsis: Beautiful hula on Thursday night. Congratulations to all the women who danced for the Miss Aloha Hula competition.

Synopsis: Admiration for the protectors of the land. It seems like neither side will give up. Is there a way to have a win-win situation?

Synopsis: Will David Matlin, the new athletic director of the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, be the savior of the athletics department?

Synopsis: A second beloved baby girl has blessed Edward Apiu Alika Apo and Katrina-Ann Rose-Marie Kapā'anaokalāokeola Oliveira.

Synopsis: Many people are wary of Gov. David Ige’s choice for chairman of the state Board of Land and Natural Resources.

Synopsis: Let’s send good thoughts and prayers for the family of Daylenn Pua. And take this as a lesson for future hikers to not hike alone, no matter how proficient.

Synopsis: The I Ulu I Ke Kumu Awards this year will honor Dr. Naleen Andrade, Mahi Beamer, Kūhiō and Claire Asam and Pōkā Laenui and Puanani Burgess for their extraordinary commitment and excellence in Native Hawaiian education. The I awards dinner will be held Saturday, March 7 at 5:30 p.m.

Synopsis: An exciting O'ahu Interscholastic Association Division I Championship game brings to mind one of our 'ōlelo no'eau, Pū'ali ka hau nui i ka hau iki.

Synopsis: Ka Hālau Hanakeaka, co-founded by Hailiopua Baker and Kaliko Baker, presents a new play, Lā'ieikawai. The play, all in Hawaiian, will be held at Kennedy Theater’s main stage on Feb. 20, 21, 27 and 28 at 8 p.m. And there will be two matinee showings on Feb. 22 and March 1 at 2 p.m. (There will be no subtitles; however, there will be a comprehensive audience guide to help with interpretation of the play.)

Synopsis: Domestic abuse has been around for ages. Hopefully it can end soon, with more victims speaking out.

Synopsis: Active-duty soldiers will be reduced to perhaps 420,000 soldiers throughout the United States. As usual, the American government does things without thinking about consequences.

Synopsis: A eulogy for a beloved mother who recently passed away.

Synopsis: The new bicycle lane is good but risky.

Synopsis: The first year of the College Football Playoff is off to a good start.

Synopsis: Maybe this new year will come with answers for important issues we faced in 2014.

Synopsis: Can an event or a program in Hawai'i be “too Hawaiian”?

Synopsis: Congratulations to Marcus Mariota and his family, and not just for all his awards.

Another football player from Hawai‘i has a chance to win the Heisman trophy.

Synopsis: Is Thanksgiving going to become obsolete?

Synopsis: Darren Wilson told his side of the story. Did he have justification for shooting Michael Brown in the top of his skull?

Synopsis: A number of students have demonstrated that the fight for what is right is the most enlightening experience to be gained at the University of Hawaii.

Synopsis: The 8th Interdisciplinary Colloquium on Proverbs in Tavira, Portugal, hosted by the Associação Internacional de Paremiologia/International Association of Paremiology (AIP-IAP), the Municipality of Tavira and the Hotels Porta Nova and Vila Galé, was a success, with representatives from about 30 countries sharing their research on paremiology.

Synopsis: A non-response to a “yes” or “no” question on a ballot initiative should be considered a “non” vote, not a “no” vote.

Synopsis: What would be a good mascot for the Rainbow Warriors and the Rainbow Wāhine? Maybe Kalo Man. Or maybe there needs to be two mascots.

Synopsis: Why doesn’t Disney make a movie about one of our strong women leaders?

Synopsis: There needs to be more education about the Ebola virus, so that we may be able to care for those who get sick anywhere, in the hospital, at home, etc., without contracting the virus.

Synopsis: Instead of building another telescope on Mauna Kea, why not build a different type of telescope?

Synopsis: The Ebola virus is separating families in Africa.

Synopsis: If Larry Ellison follows some of the mo'olelo of our ali'i, the people of Lāna'i will see a sustainable future.

Synopsis: The mayor of Honolulu signed into law Bill 42, Bill 43 and Bill 46. However, is Honolulu ready for these bills?

With football players and police abusing women, this is a perfect time for the 20th Annual Men’s March Against Violence, on Oct. 23.

Synopsis: Let’s focus on supporting the Rainbow Warriors instead of dwelling on what could have happened.

Synopsis: A new City Council bill raising the smoking age to 21 advances.

Candidates running for office should give half of all campaign funds raised to an account for disaster relief for Hawai'i.

Synopsis: If voting is so important, why hold the special election so soon?

Synopsis: It seems people are more prepared this time for the possible natural disaster, but a couple of different problems have arisen.

Synopsis: The removal of Tom Apple as chancellor of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa came as a surprise to students and faculty alike. Newly appointed President David Lassner’s explanation on Thursday added to the suspicion and confusion.

Synopsis: Hawai'i is in the era of enlightenment.

The event in Ukraine is very unfortunate. It may have been done by mistake, as the United States did in 1988.

Synopsis: The testimonies shared at the Native Hawaiian Recognition meetings truly proved that the Native Hawaiian Roll Commission, Kana'iolowalu, is not working for what the people want.

In loving memory of Richard Kuakini “Piggy” Kaleohano.

Synopsis: The poems from “Down on the Sidewalk in Waikiki” by Wayne Kaumualii Westlake, who passed away in 1984, have inspired 17 artists to create beautiful art currently exhibited at Gallery 'Iolani at Windward Community College. The exhibit will continue through July 3. Gallery 'Iolani is open 1- 5 p.m. Monday to Friday.

Synopsis: This is a dirge composed for my dear mother who passed on June 13, 2013. Some significant thoughts about her and the composition of this kanikau are also shared.

Synopsis: Support Hālau Lōkahi Public Charter School and ensure options to the state Department of Education system.

The art exhibit “3Rs: Respect, Responsibilities & Re-righting” highlights Native Hawaiian perspectives and approaches along the lines of the exhibition theme through visual exploration, definition and analysis, and synthesis.

Synopsis: Blame for the problems in the Veterans Administration hospital system is being attributed to one man, Gen. Eric Shinseki. What else is new? That’s the American way.

Synopsis: The 2014 World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education was successful.

Synopsis: Doing what one believes to be right must operate independently of the consequences of that action.

Synopsis: Can there be too much Hawaiianness at a University of Hawai'i event? Or any event, for that matter?

Synopsis: Only two candidates are left for the University of Hawai'i’s president position. Why only two? And why isn’t any indigenous person a candidate?

Synopsis: Beautiful hula this weekend and congratulations to the new Miss Aloha Hula, Ke'alohilani Tara Eliga Serrao of Ka Lā 'Ōnohi Mai O Ha'eha'e.

Synopsis: The federal government needs to take responsibility regarding the Compact of Free Association. But in the meantime, Hawai'i should not avert its eyes elsewhere and should offer paid health care benefits to Micronesians living in Hawai'i.

Synopsis: A wonderful Hawaiian language trip to Kaho'olawe.

Synopsis: What happens if the coqui frog gets on the endangered species list? Hawai‘i might be the only place where the coqui frog can repopulate.

Synopsis: “Haole” is a Hawaiian word the definition and appropriate usage of which should not be co-opted but defined instead within Hawaiian contexts.

Synopsis: Take care of our children. The things being testified about the treatment of Talia Williams are unbelievable.

Synopsis: Is recreational marijuana good for Hawai'i?

Synopsis: The I Ulu I Ke Kumu Awards will honor Kanaka Maoli leaders in education this year: Dr. Benjamin Young, Dee Jay Mailer, Māpuana de Silva and the Protect Kaho'olawe 'Ohana.

Synopsis: A story told to the author by a lady from Moloka'i about what a grandchild sees when she forgets what her tūtū tells her not to do.

Synopsis: An origin story of a name for 'Ewa.

Synopsis: If a bunch of college football players can accept a gay football player, why can’t everybody?

Synopsis: The land is most important.

Synopsis: Let’s begin looking right under our noses (in Hawai‘i) for the new president of the University of Hawai‘i.

Synopsis: Some of Hawaii’s legislators are finally thinking outside of the box, but, with a strange twist.

Synopsis: One more step forward in our language revitalization journey — the College of Hawaiian Language at the University of Hawai'i at Hilo blessed its new building last Saturday.

Synopsis: An important feature-length documentary, “I am Hāloa,” begins production this Wednesday, Jan. 15, at the Capitol. Go down to share your mana'o on camera about Hāloa and your relationship to Hāloa, and/or to also learn more about Hāloa.

Synopsis: Drinking and driving, how does it end?

Synopsis: Why are non-residents of Ni'ihau fishing on and around Ni'ihauā

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