President Barack Obama treated the press conferences held just before leaving for his Hawaii vacation as the last chance to leave a good impression for the year. But even given the Democrats' electoral drubbing, the 2014 edition had a rosier tinge than the year before.
Marcus Mariota charmed with the best of 'em, holding his own on Monday night's "Late Show with David Letterman," counting down the Top 10 list. • Rock climbers assume a certain level of risk simply by participating in the activity, and most of them know what they are getting into.
Once again, the Honolulu Marathon proved its credentials as an international event, especially in the elite class of runners. • Ensuring that the ocean is not overharvested with impunity is the right instinct. That's what the state BLNR is trying to do.
An infusion of federal funds rightly brings preschool to Hawaii charter schools, which deserve the same sort of options available to regular public schools. • The agreement by the Honolulu City Council on Wednesday to pay $250,000 to an alleged victim of police abuse is lamentable.
The estranged son of a Hawaii fisherman rescued after 12 days at sea looks forward to seeing his father for the first time since the 1990s. • Teachers could simply turn to Google and type in "lesson plan" and "volcanoes" and get ideas and materials for their classroom. However, there's no topping the real thing.
The health questions. The emotions. The misinformation. If there's one contentious issue in our midst that urgently needs mediation, it's genetically modified organism (GMO) crops and products. • Add this to the evidence that human beings are among the most adaptable creatures on the planet: Some Big Island folks are learning to like coqui frogs.
The state Campaign Spending Commission upheld the public interest by voting 3-1 to refer complaints against the Pacific Resource Partnership Political Action Committee for possible criminal prosecution.
"Live, work, play." By now, we've all become familiar with this simple but effective catchphrase in tandem with Kakaako's ongoing redevelopment. On Tuesday, a public forum, "The Pedestrian Experience in Kakaako," will discuss a vision for the area from the pedestrians' perspective.
Hawaii folks generally like that visitors find the islands spectacular. We count on it, in fact. But when that spectacle is fraught with as much danger as a lava flow, close encounters are an undeniably bad addition to the itinerary.
It's delightful seeing "3" as the first digit on those gas-station price signs, isn't it? As the Star-Advertiser reported a few days ago, the statewide average cost for a gallon of gas has dropped below $4 for the first time since March.
It's a $50,000 message that all public officials need to hear and heed.
The Honolulu Ethics Commission has imposed its largest-ever civil fine: on former City Councilman Romy Cachola for multiple alleged violations of city ethics laws.