Saturday, October 10, 2015         

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Taking Hawaii’s Pro Bowl overseas

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Oct 9, 2015
There are at least two ways to think about the National Football League possibly taking its annual all-star game, the Pro Bowl, on the road to foreign countries instead of Hawaii, where it’s been staged many times in the past and is scheduled for at least one more time, in 2016.

NBA should play games here more often

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Oct 8, 2015
If the NBA’s first preseason games in Hawaii in eight years, held Sunday and Tuesday at Stan Sheriff Center, carried a message of any sort, it is that Universit of Hawaii officials should strive harder to have NBA preseason games played at the UH campus more often.

Women in office boost our ranking

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Oct 7, 2015
Hawaii is rarely No. 1 in the nation for positive issues — it’s usually for the worst traffic or high housing prices.

Wilson Tunnel partially closed? It could be worse

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Oct 6, 2015
Despite assurances from state transportation officials that the Likelike Highway town-bound tunnel remains safe despite structural deterioration, some people must be feeling uneasy and opting for either the H-3 or the Pali Highway routes.

You never know when madness will flare

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Oct 5, 2015
It seems implausible that Umpqua Community College in rural Roseburg, Ore., would be the scene of a mass shooting that left at least nine victims dead.

It’s a crowded field vying to attend ‘aha

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Oct 3, 2015
There’s apparently no shortage of people wanting a seat at the ‘aha table. That constitutional convention of Native Hawaiians contemplating self-governance has drawn 209 candidates for 40 delegate slots.

An ocean filled with new finds

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Oct 2, 2015
Ain’t science grand? Earlier this week, news of liquid water on Mars had many gazing upward into space with renewed awe, imagining the possibility of other life forms. Now comes new discoveries that remind us about the wondrous Earth in which we live, including the many life forms in our deep-sea midst.

Everyone’s mad about Mars — and Matt

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Oct 1, 2015
Shades of Ray Bradbury! The discovery of liquid water on Mars has set our human world abuzz, for it raises ever higher the possibility of life forms on our planetary neighbor as well as potential for Earthling astronaut visits there — even habitation — in the future.

North Shore site gets long reprieve

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Sep 30, 2015
Well, if it involves natural, rugged shoreline on Oahu’s North Shore, that’ll be $45 million, please.

Another inexplicable reprieve for Honey Bee

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Sep 29, 2015
The state Board of Land and Natural Resources seems to be inexplicably sweet on Honey Bee USA, which again escaped having its lease terminated despite owing the state $425,890 in rent and other charges.

Pope Francis roams U.S. spreading aloha

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Sep 28, 2015
Pope Francis may have been 5,000 miles away on the East Coast, preaching to the powers-that-be in Washington and New York, but his message of peace and caring resonated everywhere, including here in Hawaii.

Stay aware of your surroundings

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Sep 26, 2015
The recent gunpoint robbery of a soccer mom waiting in her car while her daughter practiced at Kapiolani Park in broad daylight was a shocking crime, even in this day and age.

Kaiser takes on big task on Maui

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Sep 25, 2015
Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui was startled — as many may have been — to hear that Kaiser Permanente has been tapped to run the Maui public hospital system. It’s the first chapter in the state’s push to privatize the financially challenged state-run hospitals and clinics on the neighbor islands.

Time to pull the plug on Honey Bee USA

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Sep 24, 2015
It was the late, great Yogi Berra who said, “It ain’t over till it’s over.” That might well be a truism in baseball — but for one troubled Honolulu developer, it deserves to be over now.

Airlines have it in the bag with fees

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Sep 23, 2015
Whatever happened to the days when you could check two bags as an airline passenger and pay a fee only if a piece of luggage weighed more than 50 pounds?

A flood of money under the health care bridge

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Sep 22, 2015
The whole post-Connector era has dawned. It’s time to cross fingers and hope the worst is in the rear-view mirror.

It’s not much of a compromise but we’ll take it

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Sep 21, 2015
It was encouraging to learn that the “protectors” on Mauna Kea reached an agreement with the state Department of Land and Natural Resources to remove a large tent and end their 24-hour vigil near the summit.

Got milk? Yes, but none from Kauai yet

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Sep 19, 2015
In Hawaii, nothing is ever easy, it seems. On first blush, food security and sustainability would seem to be universally embraced goals.

Symphony ruling hits a sour note

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Sep 18, 2015
That gleam in your eye? You can thank the developer of Symphony Honolulu, which will be allowed to keep the super-shiny glass covering the luxury condominium tower rising at the corner of Kapiolani and Ward.

Perhaps profits went to Hee’s massage therapist

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Sep 17, 2015
It’s hard to fathom Albert Hee’s claim that his company, Sandwich Isles Communications Inc., has never turned a profit.

Have your say on Kakaako Makai

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Sep 16, 2015
Even as construction in Kakaako proceeds at a brisk pace, envisioning for the district continues.

A great weekend, at least in sports

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Sep 15, 2015
It sure was a roller coast ride over the weekend in the world of Hawaii sports. Saturday morning, we were greeted with the headline “UPSET! No. 16 Wahine down No. 2 Florida in 5 sets.”

Why give a ticket when a warning will do?

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Sep 14, 2015
Police cited about 10 cyclists in the heart of downtown Honolulu Wednesday as they rode along a stretch of sidewalk that fronts the Frank F. Fasi Municipal Building.

An unfortunate unintended consequence

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Sep 12, 2015
The job of safeguarding children at risk often falls to government — in Hawaii’s case, the Department of Human Services — where usually the concern is that enough precaution is taken.

UH Warriors take on the best

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Sep 11, 2015
Gulp. And "Go, Bows." There's so much inequity between the University of Hawaii and the Ohio State football programs that, as Star-Advertiser columnist Ferd Lewis noted, they might as well be on different planets.

In this heat, kids in school need their water

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Sep 10, 2015
When kindergartners ask for water, they should be allowed to drink from their water bottles — especially with the recent high temperatures. So it’s upsetting to hear allegations that a teacher at Mokapu Elementary School in Kailua has repeatedly denied 5-year-old students’ requests to drink water.

HPV vaccine worth considering

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Sep 9, 2015
This doesn’t make it any less vexing for Hawaii health professionals advocating for the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine, but this state is not alone in its slow adoption of the cancer-prevention treatment.

Lawmakers will have more money to fritter away

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Sep 8, 2015
State economists are projecting lawmakers will have $150 million more in the general fund to run government services.

Enjoy the day off, and watch out for robots

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Sep 7, 2015
Labor Day gives the employed honor for their work, in the form of a day when they don’t have to.

UH looking for a few good regents

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Sep 5, 2015
University of Hawaii regents take a lot of flak — not the least of which comes from the opinion section of this newspaper.

New homes make nice accessories

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Sep 4, 2015
Oahu’s new accessory dwelling unit (ADU) ordinance, which the mayor is poised to sign, seems to be an important element in any realistic strategy for increasing affordable rentals in this city.

Forget the bureaucracy; cool the classrooms

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Sep 3, 2015
Thank you, Corey Rosenlee, president of the Hawaii State Teachers Association, for suggesting the state Department of Education throw out its $1.7 billion plan to cool public schools across the state and instead use a hybrid, more nimble approach.

Campaign fine is a fine milestone

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Sep 2, 2015
For anyone concerned about transparency in political campaigns — and really, that should be all of us — a strong message was sent to both the public and politicians.

Share a car, get a parking spot

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Sep 1, 2015
Car sharing services — enabled by a new ordinance Mayor Kirk Caldwell just signed — should help Honolulu transition into a brave new world of unconventional commuting.

Preclearance will add to joy of arriving here

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 31, 2015
Gov. David Ige has publicly added his clout to the good idea of preclearance for Tokyo's Narita International Airport, which would ease travel for tourists coming to Hawaii from there.

Oh, now you hire an accounting expert

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 29, 2015
A certified public accountant with 29 years of experience is poised to be the newest board member of the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation, and thank goodness for that.

Get on board with ‘Shop & Dine’

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 28, 2015
The “Shop & Dine on the Line” program that the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation launched Wednesday to help businesses hurt by rail construction is long overdue.

Keep up the pressure to keep beaches clear

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 27, 2015
It’s good to see the state taking a vigilant stand against East Oahu homeowners whose vegetation is spreading beyond private property lines and into public access of the public shoreline.

FCC finally looks into Hee’s firm

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 26, 2015
It’s better late than never. The Federal Communications Commission has launched an investigation into the finances of Sandwich Isles Communications and its parent company, Waimana Enterprises, following the tax fraud conviction of its founder, Albert Hee.

Hawaii island hospitals seek good health

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 25, 2015
It was bound to happen sooner or later, but we’re glad to see it sooner. Preliminary talks have begun on private acquisition of the three ailing public hospitals on Hawaii island: Hilo Medical Center, Ka‘u Hospital and Hale Ho‘ola Hamakua.

This buyout idea is getting pretty serious

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 24, 2015
NextEra CEO Jim Robo and Hawaiian Electric Industries CEO Connie Lau will have to appear before the Public Utilities Commission and testify under oath about the $4.3 billion sale of HEI, if the state consumer advocate has his way.

Sen. Slom holds national distinction

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 22, 2015
Among those who this week publicly celebrated Hawaii’s 56th year of statehood was the Hawaii Senate Minority — and it was unanimous.

Another quiet Statehood Day

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 21, 2015
Call it Hawaii’s silent holiday. Friday is Statehood Day, also known as Admission Day, when Hawaii became the 50th state of the United States.

The ultimate in not-affordable housing

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 20, 2015
What does $41.8 million buy you these days? In Wailea, Maui, it’s a luxury home and secondary dwelling on a 4-acre lot with elevated views over Palauea Beach. • Outrigger canoes compete with thrill-craft

Theft of sensors puts public at risk

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 19, 2015
Thieves of the stream-monitoring equipment at Maui’s Seven Sacred Pools have essentially forced the closure of the famous pools at Oheo.

A healthy diet can keep dialysis away

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 18, 2015
It’s alarming indeed that Hawaii is seeing a boom in dialysis centers due to more chronic kidney disease — with no change in trend in sight. Unless, of course, folks start heeding the very simple yet very effective message to adopt a healthier, less sugary diet and a more active lifestyle.

The inflationary pause that refreshes

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 17, 2015
On paper, inflation in Honolulu during the first half of this year was barely discernible, and at this pace, stands to end 2015 at its lowest level since 2009. Good news indeed.

Kudos for repurposing portable classes

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 15, 2015
It’s certainly good to see the worthy concepts of reuse and recycle applied wherever they make sense, as they do in this case.

Student-athletes catch a break

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 14, 2015
The NCAA now allows schools to provide stipends to athletes, to cover costs that go beyond a scholarship. • Waipio on its way to Pennsylvania? The Little League baseball team from Waipio is once again in the hunt.

The bell rings for us, and the ideal of peace

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 13, 2015
Honolulu’s 22nd annual Nagasaki Peace Bell ringing ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. Friday, a free public event at the Frank F. Fasi Municipal Civic Center at Beretania and Lauhala streets. • Tennessee Titans suddenly 1 of our favorite teams

The fine art of documentation

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 12, 2015
The Honolulu Museum of Art filed a lawsuit to recoup $890,000 in payments made to a San Francisco art collector for five pieces of Southeast Asian art that have no written warranty of authenticity and indemnification.

Cancer Center hopes good guidance can be bought

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 11, 2015
Yet again, taxpayer funds will be paid to a consultant to come up with a sound business plan for a state-funded program.

Many folks were watching, but will they again?

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 10, 2015
Agree or disagree with them, Thursday’s presidential debate among the top Republican hopefuls was highly entertaining.

Let’s hope Laniakea wait is worth it

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 8, 2015
The roadside concrete barriers nearing Laniakea Beach will remain, it seems, while the combatants in this particular legal battle try to come to terms.

We lucked out, but stay prepared

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 7, 2015
It’s not time yet to breathe a big sigh of relief about the weather — but perhaps we’re allowed a small sigh with Guillermo downsized from a hurricane earlier this week. • ‘Nice to haves’ don’t come free

Productive communication goes both ways

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 6, 2015
Should the world’s top astronomers meet with opponents of the Thirty Meter Telescope? The Mauna Kea “protectors” want to share their views with the scientists. • Ensure public access to proposed fishing zone

Solar projects get a conditional yes

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 5, 2015
The developers — EE Waianae Solar, Kawailoa Solar, Lanikuhana Solar and Waiawa PV — wanted a prompt decision so they could make a 2016 deadline to qualify for federal tax credits, a program that is due to lapse.

Environmental disaster or a sugar high?

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 4, 2015
Times certainly have changed since even just 30 years ago.

Seizures for rail should not come as a surprise

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 3, 2015
It was to be expected, as the rail construction choo-choos toward town. The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation has drastically expanded the list of properties for which it wants the option to pursue condemnation and acquisition.

Don’t wait until it’s too late

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 1, 2015
Hurricane Guillermo is headed for Hawaii, so you know the drill. Gather up your survival supplies — canned food, bottled water, first-aid kits, batteries and so on — and keep a weather eye out.

Rail project gets a ‘big picture’ guy

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 31, 2015
That rasping you hear is the sound of heads being scratched over the hiring of Michael Burns, the new consultant tapped to evaluate the city’s $6 billion rail project.

Hawaii sugar industry provides case study for TPP negotiators

By Jack Roney Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 30, 2015
Diplomats from around the world have descended on Hawaii this week to negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, setting foot on the world’s most fertile sugar cane soil.

Victorino’s dark cloud has a silver lining

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 30, 2015
It was kind of sad to see how sad Maui native and major-league baseball star Shane Victorino was when commenting publicly just after his trade on Monday from the Boston Red Sox to the Los Angeles Angels.

Back to school, try to stay cool

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 29, 2015
Opening day has arrived for a new school year — and in the midst of ultra-hot weather, too. With the lucky few schools experiencing the exceptions, discomfort in the stuffy classrooms will be the rule.

Sometimes it’s just not easy to live in West Oahu

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 28, 2015
It was the triple threat for any community. Water line broken. Sewer line damaged. And, possibly worst of all, a section of the main arterial road serving the coast shut down.

Handover of registry didn’t inspire confidence

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 27, 2015
It is disappointing that the Native Hawaiian Roll Commission handed over such an unorganized registry of more than 100,000 people who could form the voting base for a Native Hawaiian government.

HECO’s ‘firm power’ not always so firm

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 25, 2015
This is supposed to be an old-school operation, right? The coal-fired generating plant that Hawaiian Electric Co. depends on is a conventional facility that should supply power reliably.

Criticism aside, they’re masterful

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 24, 2015
Perhaps Gary Arseneau has never lived in a far-flung place like Hawaii. The Florida artist has complained that the Honolulu Museum of Art’s exhibit of the sculptures of the French master Auguste Rodin comprised a set of “forgeries.”

Data on medical marijuana not too much to ask

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 23, 2015
No doubt, the state government has always excelled at making things more complicated than they need to be. That’s been the complaint from some doctors who are steeling themselves for an onslaught of requests for medical marijuana prescriptions.

Don’t muzzle ethics officials

By Star-Advertiser staff
The Honolulu Ethics Commission should revoke its misguided new media policy and leave it at that. The policy, only a month old, muzzles the commission’s executive director and effectively prevents him from explaining the commission’s advisory opinions.

Locally owned supermarket returns to Ala Moana

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 21, 2015
Foodland Super Market Ltd. was an original tenant of Ala Moana Center and its departure last December from Hawaii’s largest shopping mall was much lamented.

AARP wants us to care more about caregivers

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 20, 2015
AARP Hawaii is pointing to an estimate showing the work of family caregivers to be worth $2.1 billion in 2013.

Hee’s company has wrong vision?

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 18, 2015
Those willing to dismiss the story about Albert Hee’s conviction on tax fraud charges as a merely interesting page from the annals of corruption, remember: This is your money, too.

Solar plane can brighten learning

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 17, 2015
After a historic flight from Japan to Hawaii, the Solar Impulse 2’s crew is recharging its batteries, figuratively, while the solar plane does the same, literally.

It will always be the Gold Bond Building

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 16, 2015
There's no denying that refurbishment of the 677 Ala Moana building vastly improves its appearance. We'll have to see how the $14 million renovation investment made by its owner, Redico, pays off. So far, that part looks good, too, with an uptick in tenant occupancy.

Transgender rights recognized

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 15, 2015
The tide seems to have turned in favor of those advocating for transgender rights, as well as for equality regardless of sexual orientation, and this has been a banner week. Nationally the military is moving on a study about lifting the ban on transgender members of the service.

Hawaii resists Big Tobacco in favor of health

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 14, 2015
So often Hawaii is seen as bringing up the rear in asserting a policy shift, but this time it’s the Californians who are lagging.

Kudos to EMS for successful pilot project

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 13, 2015
Let's all agree that efficiency in government is a good thing. Thus, we heartily applaud the city Emergency Services Department for its successful pilot project: converting to 12-hour work shifts that yielded a $700,000 drop in overtime costs last fiscal year.

Mauna Kea 'incidents' don't look good

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 11, 2015
A variety of incidents documented by rangers atop Mauna Kea belie protesters' claims of respectful and peaceful opposition to construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope.

Horner turns in education gavel

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 10, 2015
The goal of Hawaii’s educational policymakers should be to improve the public schools so much that they become the first choice of middle-class parents who so often now scrape by to pay their children’s tuition at private schools.

Ron Bright, a magnet for arts education

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 9, 2015
There are countless teachers whose students remember them as personal heroes, but few left the imprint of Ron Bright’s years in education.

Takes lot of green to live green

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 8, 2015
Let's face it: Most of us will never have the resources it takes to buy a solar-power storage battery at today's prices and go "off the grid," as entrepreneur Henk Rogers does.

Kaiser expands to Kauai, with a tether to Oahu

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 7, 2015
It's a consequence of the population increase on Kauai that Kaiser Permanente is, at long last, opening its first clinic on the Garden Island, come January.

Solar aircraft inspires, like Hawaii's voyagers

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 6, 2015
It was fitting that Nainoa Thompson welcomed a pioneering Swiss pilot to Hawaii on Friday, climbing up to the cockpit to greet Andre Borschberg, who in flying the Solar Impulse 2 from Japan had completed the longest and most dangerous leg of the solar-powered global journey.

Arrive early to see Kailua's fireworks

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 4, 2015
Everyone loves their nearest Fourth of July fireworks show, but Kailuans have always been particularly proud of their beachside exhibition.

Foregoing surfing might be worth it

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 3, 2015
For keiki o ka aina, sea and sand are a big part of life in Hawaii. Just ask Barack Obama and Marcus Mariota. • It’s a given in the airline industry that leisure travelers are especially sensitive to fluctuations in ticket prices.

Justice for goat farmers remains elusive

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 2, 2015
In this case, the wheels of justice turned so slowly that they simply ground to a halt. And that’s unfortunate for the owners of the Kahuku Goats farm. • It’s only been a day since the plastic bag ban has been in effect on Oahu, the last island to adopt that environmental policy, though in a somewhat softened form.

Good program loses good coach

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 1, 2015
The Positive Coaching Alliance is no namby-pamby organization where every player gets a trophy and the scoreboard doesn't count at all.

Police shield can't cover up bad-cop behavior

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 30, 2015
Once again, the power of video has given the public a rare, needed glimpse into misconduct by police.

Marine life gets in on the fun of being tracked

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 29, 2015
Marine biologists, using lightweight, miniaturized electronic tags and satellite telemetry, can track the movements of a single fish, from birth to maturity, over vast expanses of ocean.

So the rocks were just 'found' there, eh?

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 27, 2015
It is not in Gov. David Ige's low-key nature to make bold pronouncements, but in the Thirty Meter Telescope standoff, the state needs the firm tone he finally took on Friday.

Lions set to prowl streets of Waikiki

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 26, 2015
The largest convention in Hawaii this year starts today and it should be a roaring good time for the 20,000 or so people from around the world. • There are a lot of reasons to cut Hawaii slack whenever the critique of its inhospitable business climate becomes a news item.

Hawaii students take it to the next level

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 25, 2015
Best of luck to the Hawaii students competing in Canada this week in a contest that will test their marine-based science and engineering skills.

Go easy on how to boost EV sales

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 24, 2015
Just because the sale of electric vehicles is falling below targets, it seems state energy officials are doing just that. They're considering rebates as part of an incentive plan to lure new EV buyers.

A good decision for public health and our youth

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 23, 2015
It's refreshing to see Hawaii lead the way on an important public-health initiative that more cities and states are likely to adopt in the coming years.

Sea cucumbers seem to need a friend right now

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 22, 2015
Reports of mass harvesting of sea cucumbers off Oahu and Maui triggered alarm bells among conservationists and state officials, and for good reason.

Church massacre was racist terrorism

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 20, 2015
The massacre of nine black people at a historic African-American church in Charleston, S.C., was more than a hate crime; it was a case of domestic terrorism.

City offices head on down the road

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 19, 2015
First came Honolulu Hale — the original City Hall — then Kapolei Hale, the city’s government hub in the Second City out west. • Ride-sharing, van pools, telecommuting and staggered work hours to mitigate traffic are not new ideas.

Current compromise plan is best for Natatorium

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 18, 2015
The longer a well-founded, long-standing and controversial plan to raze most of the Waikiki War Memorial Natatorium is delayed, the more the project will cost. • Monday's Kapahulu gas-line break that kept flames shooting 20 feet into the air for hours was a mesmerizing yet terrifying scene.

Kudos to Hirono for honoring Talia

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 17, 2015
It's encouraging to see U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono pick up the cause of "Talia's Law" before Congress, named after 5-year-old Talia Williams, who was killed July 2005 after months of horrendous torture by her father and stepmother while he was stationed at Schofield Barracks.

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