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For Wednesday, May 27, 2015
No good deed goes unpunished? • Is there an app for avoiding tickets?
For Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Tax department keeps taxpayers waiting • Lost baggage more than inconvenient
For Monday, May 25, 2015
Keeping lid on tuition increases a wise move • Protect our ocean: Check those pipes for leaks
For Saturday, May 23, 2015
Given how much we in Hawaii love our raw fish, it's concerning to hear that at least 53 people across nine states have come down with salmonella poisoning likely linked to raw tuna.
For Friday, May 22, 2015
Any time strides are made or upheld to allow the public to "follow the money" on political campaign donations, they should be hailed. • The general mainland ignorance of Waimanalo Bay and its splendors have made for a blissful beach experience for those who know the secret.
For Thursday, May 21, 2015
Gov. David Ige should sign into law the sex-trafficking bill unanimously approved by the Legislature. • The Japanese auto supplier Takata is not having a good week. The next several years likely won't be so hot, either.
For Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Doi had success in and out of politics • Looking better at Convention Center
For Tuesday, May 19, 2015
A tough year for the HART board, too • Tragic Osprey accident hits close to home
For Sunday, May 17, 2015
The people who use Central Oahu Regional Park — and there are many — are elated by the enactment of a bill that creates a dedicated fund for user fees charged at the park.
For Saturday, May 16, 2015
Kudos to Neighborhood Board voters • Helping others sometimes problematic
Carl Sandburg dubbed Chicago the "city of big shoulders" back in 1916, and today, it is still the city of big clout. Barack Obama may have spent his early years here, but he learned his political moves in Chicago, so it makes perfect sense that Chicago anchors the historic Obama presidential legacy and library.
For Friday, May 15, 2015
It took a catastrophe elsewhere to dislodge Hawaii as having the highest-priced gasoline in the nation. • Things happen in threes, they often say. Let it not be so with the ZipMobile.
For Thursday, May 14, 2015
The Hawaii County Board of Ethics deferred a complaint about Mayor Bill Kenoi's spending that even Kenoi's own lawyer characterized as misuse. • While much of the NFL Draft spotlight rightly went to Mariota, let's give a shout-out to Joey Iosefa, who's also seeing his pro dream coming true.
For Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Donating blood still a good choice • Police deserve our appreciation
For Tuesday, May 12, 2015
We just have to wonder what's being said — muttered, possibly — in the board rooms of Hawaii Pacific Health these days.
For Monday, May 11, 2015
Far be it for us to knock the state for trying to catch tax cheats — but the growing discontent among residents awaiting their tax refunds is palpable. Stories abound about folks who filed in February still waiting for their refunds today, nearly mid-May.
For Saturday, May 9, 2015
Near-death experience can change you • One more time for dancing bears
For Friday, May 8, 2015
In an unusual move, the 25-member body couldn't wait until the Legislature's Thursday adjournment so, two days prior, it ousted Sen. Donna Mercado Kim. • Hawaii is the first state to pass a statute which ensures that most movie theaters exhibit captions on at least two weekly showings of a movie.
For Thursday, May 7, 2015
Transgender people need identifying documents that reflect how they present themselves to the world. • Oahu voters have until May 15 to cast digital ballots in Neighborhood Board elections.
For Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Appropriate home for AJA artifacts • Someone should act on Kenoi
For Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Last week's decision by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs to rescind its support of the Thirty Meter Telescope went down as a clear win for opponents of the project.
For Monday, May 4, 2015
For any group, it's not every day that the president of the state Senate drops in. Further, if she drops in with a warning, it's serious.
For Saturday, May 2, 2015
Let's hope the weather's not particularly inviting because it would be a good Saturday to just stay inside and watch all the great sports programming on TV.
For Friday, May 1, 2015
Prospects for preserving a lot of open space at Turtle Bay have brightened, with the governor announcing that a new deal was struck Thursday. • Lately, it seems UH keeps getting itself mired in contracts for its high-priced hires, shelling out more money than it's worth to make folks go away.
For Thursday, April 30, 2015
The fits and starts at Island Air under billionaire Larry Ellison's management may be more a timing issue than a death knell for interisland airline competition. • The countdown clock's ticking away and the suspense is building: Where's he going, and how high in the draft?
For Wednesday, April 29, 2015
How's about a consolation prize? • Good luck to Case on running DLNR
For Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Hawaii lawmakers have made strides for public health by approving a bill that raises the smoking age to 21 statewide, for all forms of tobacco and electronic smoking devices.
For Monday, April 27, 2015
Third time for Deedy is definitely not a charm • Another star in Saint Louis School's constellation
For Saturday, April 25, 2015
Consultants sure spend our money fast &bulll; Another reason Hawaii is wonderful
For Friday, April 24, 2015
It was quite the logistical feat last fall when some 1,700 students and 300 staffers were abruptly upended from seven schools in lower Puna, due to threat from approaching lava. • Another major study has confirmed what legitimate researchers have been saying for years: Childhood immunizations do not cause autism.
For Thursday, April 23, 2015
Remember trickle-down economics? It looks like the savings from lowered fuel prices have finally trickled down to airline customers, including the Hawaii-bound travelers.
For Wednesday, April 22, 2015
In government, ‘sunset' is illusive • Parking at zoo a bargain for now
For Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Gov. David Ige is known for a low-key style, but his announcement regarding the Thirty Meter Telescope was so understated that observers are left wondering how he actually feels about the astronomy project atop Mauna Kea.
For Monday, April 20, 2015
Sometimes if you want something done …• HART board members on track for their close-ups
For Saturday, April 18, 2015
Wow, Wie is playing really well • Bankoh banks on future customers
For Friday, April 17, 2015
Concerns about commercial activity in Maunalua Bay and conflicts among various users have prompted action by the Department of Land and Natural Resources. • It's excellent news that the unionized nurses working for the state-run hospitals have ratified their contract.
For Thursday, April 16, 2015
It's offensive to pretend to need a service animal • Your chance to help shape DOE school calendar
For Wednesday, April 15, 2015
AG takes a look at Billy Kenoi • Today's the day to file tax forms
For Tuesday, April 14, 2015
On social media, stars against the telescope • Lawmakers float the idea of another ferry system
For Monday, April 13, 2015
The injuries suffered by two groundskeepers at the Army's Makua Military Reservation last Monday raise anew difficult questions about the long-term impacts of live-fire military training.
For Saturday, April 11, 2015
In June 2011, the state raised expectations high on a long-overdue information technology overhaul when it appointed its first "state chief information officer."
For Friday, April 10, 2015
Things are looking a little sunnier in the solar power world these days. Not only did Hawaiian Electric Co. clear nearly 2,000 photovoltaic rooftop solar systems from its approvals backlog in March, but NextEra Energy is putting out some positive messaging about rooftop solar, too.
For Thursday, April 9, 2015
The breakfasts and lunches served at Hawaii's public schools are about the biggest bargains in town, even with prices rising. The hike that takes effect next school year will raise the price of breakfast 10 cents.
For Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Ige has good case for Suzanne Case • He ran out of second chances
For Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Online images reveal homeless behaving badly • Fleets of rented bikes poised to roam the streets
For Monday, April 6, 2015
TMT protest, and arrests, exemplify aloha • It doesn't hurt to dream, but don't forget reality
For Saturday, April 4, 2015
Mayor Caldwell makes a good call • HART director also makes a good call
For Friday, April 3, 2015
It seems reasonable that the U.S. Navy should be able to meet its defense goals while avoiding areas teeming with marine life. • The state Department of Transportation Highways Division's mismanagement of the ZipMobile breakdown left motorists gridlocked well into Tuesday night.
For Thursday, April 2, 2015
The creation of a national monument preserving the Honouliuli internment camp site is an immense gift to Hawaii and everyone who visits. • It's a simple sports formula. Want to sell tickets? Win games! That's what the University of Hawaii women's basketball team is doing, to the fans' delight.
For Wednesday, April 1, 2015
How ‘religious freedom' varies • Even tourism workers bummed
For Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Gabbard isn't challenging Hirono — yet • Watching HART meetings could be dramatic
For Monday, March 30, 2015
What started off this Legislature as a bill "relating to the transient accommodations tax" has supersized into a measure that now proposes to cover the $40 million needed for the Turtle Bay land deal as well as transfer authority for that conservation easement.
For Saturday, March 28, 2015
More caution needed for Kauai trail • Telescope protests need to remain civil
For Friday, March 27, 2015
Yes, it's not your imagination. Oahu is getting more crowded. Thanks to the number of births, the overall population rose to 991,788 in 2014. • Easily avoidable distractions contribute to far more car crashes involving teenage drivers than previously thought.
For Thursday, March 26, 2015
Somebody with the city is finally talking again about what's up with the archery range at Kapiolani Park, and it's about time. • Families on Maui can feel relieved that pediatricians will be on staff around the clock at Maui Memorial Hospital, but now the debt-encumbered hospital has another bill to pay.
For Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Government data from Grassroot • Hawaii students show proficienct
For Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Good luck to all in Aiea area when driving on H-1 • Hold off on increasing funding for HTA
For Monday, March 23, 2015
Good people needed to ensure good government • Obama home here more likely than Obama library
For Saturday, March 21, 2015
Stronger dollar has downsides • Ala Moana Beach Park not so large
For Friday, March 20, 2015
The theft case against the former program director at a Waianae homeless shelter raises serious questions about the oversight of state funding intended to help Oahu's most impoverished residents. • This week the news media and open-government interest groups have been marking the 10th anniversary of Sunshine Week, which spotlights the right to access public information.
For Thursday, March 19, 2015
The site of the Obama library has not been officially announced, but the president himself has made his preference clear. • Who will be the next University of Hawaii athletic director? An eight-person search committee have settled on a final choice.
For Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Full Senate faces critical decision • Coca-Cola gives it the old college try
For Tuesday, March 17, 2015
FDA makes progress on blood donations • Is paradise ready for ziplines?
For Monday, March 16, 2015
Once again, mathletes do public school proud • An undeniable conflict for Tokuda
For Saturday, March 14, 2015
There seems to be movement, after a long hiatus, for regulation of vacation rentals by the Honolulu City Council. The affected communities and this largely underground sector of the visitor industry find both good news and bad news in the bills that are moving.
For Friday, March 13, 2015
The University of Hawaii-Manoa medical and law schools soared in the latest rankings by U.S. News & World Report. • One can only imagine the confusion and scrambling that went on at the state Attorney General's Office for the case file involving former Gov. Ben Cayetano's complaint against the Pacific Resource Partnership's political action committee.
For Thursday, March 12, 2015
Congratulations are warranted for plaintiffs who put up for decades with shoddy living conditions at Mayor Wright Homes.
For Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Waianae coast is great grad site • East Oahu carnival wiser in Year 2
For Tuesday, March 10, 2015
21-to-smoke bill protects vulnerable youth • UH athletes show their true mettle
For Monday, March 9, 2015
Hawaii financially friendly to women, mostly • Malaekahana would stay ‘country' a little longer
For Saturday, March 7, 2015
Great news from Hawaiian Air, or not • Yes, indeed, it's a fitting coincidence
For Friday, March 6, 2015
The good news on the University of Hawaii football-ticket front is that season ticket prices will remain about the same as last year. The bad news, though... • It will be interesting to watch business at the new Target store in Kailua. Will shoppers embrace the no-plastic-bag policy the store is implementing, ahead of the city's ban taking effect in July?
For Thursday, March 5, 2015
The Public Utilities Commission welcomed all 28 groups that want to formally participate in the process weighing the proposed sale of Hawaiian Electric Industries to NextEra Energy Inc. • There are actually a few takeaway messages from those stories about Chinese nationals coming to undercover "birthing houses" in the U.S.
For Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Protect memory of the USS Utah • ACA helps Kaiser pad bottom line
For Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Tired of your desk job? Become a farmer • Good news on toxic emissions, mostly
For Monday, March 2, 2015
A special state House committee on Friday found that one of its most senior House colleagues, Speaker Emeritus Calvin Say, meets the residency requirements to continue representing his District 20.
For Saturday, February 28, 2015
Ige does his part to lure Obama library • World won't end if pot decriminalized
For Friday, February 27, 2015
In strictly monetary terms, the theft of a jar containing $200 isn't so surprising. But the fact that it was a donation jar for a little girl in desperate need of a heart transplant makes the theft mind-boggling, and outrageous. • This week's cause for relief comes in the decision by the state Senate to shelve a proposed constitutional amendment initiative that calling for a public vote to reverse the semi-autonomy voters granted to the University of Hawaii 15 years ago.
For Thursday, February 26, 2015
Honolulu has reasons to exhale with the news that Hitachi Ltd. has bought the unprofitable AnsaldoBreda SpA and 40 percent of Ansaldo STS SpA. • The threat of the coffee berry borer is growing. Limited quarantine restrictions on Oahu have been expanded to cover the whole island
For Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Shipping still can cause us grief • Too bad we all don't earn $12M
For Tuesday, February 24, 2015
The hits from Edward Snowden just keep on coming • It seems everyone wants in on HEI/NextEra action
For Monday, February 23, 2015
It's the rare occasion when the advantage of Hawaii having its own health-insurance exchange is on display.
For Saturday, February 21, 2015
Pay attention now: Not one, not two, but three new hotels are planned for Oahu, and they're not in the usual districts of Waikiki, or even Ko Olina.
For Friday, February 20, 2015
Death penalty trial typically costly • There's value in master-planning
Gung hee fat choy! Or is it kung hei fat choi? Either way, Happy New Year! This is the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year. • A bright spot on the Hawaii education landscape appeared this week with news of a $6 million grant to fund the Partnerships in Unlimited Educational Opportunities.
For Wednesday, February 18, 2015
‘Rat race' takes on new meaning • Soldiers detained and morale drops
For Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Temporary parking ban comes to Lanikai's rescue • Airlines use higher fares to cope with demand
For Monday, February 16, 2015
Lower energy bills offer financial options • Sometimes there's just no fun in winning
For Saturday, February 14, 2015
UH basketball teams giving us their all • Become governor and sign lots of things
For Friday, February 13, 2015
Get the roses ready, the champagne chilled and the chocolates out — after all, Saturday is Valentine's Day. Oh, and just what Cupid ordered: a live cablecast of Hawaii's conversation with Edward Snowden. • Hawaii folks have lots of experience coping with vog, and a British researcher wants to hear their stories.
For Thursday, February 12, 2015
Oahu's grim toll of pedestrian deaths is rising at an even faster rate than last year, which was already a terrible one. Five people have been killed by cars while out walking or jogging so far in 2015.
For Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Putting a face on homelessness • Pahoa lava story needs to be told
For Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Let's hope Med-Quest churn improves KOLEA • Diamond Head Theatre's been a gem for 100 years
For Monday, February 9, 2015
Research out of the University of California-Los Angeles confirms that today's college freshmen recall spending much less time partying and drinking alcohol in their last year of high school than their predecessors.
For Saturday, February 7, 2015
Short-term pain for long-term gain • Happy days are here again
For Friday, February 6, 2015
Well, there it went — any hope that the chapter involving Gib Arnold, the fired University of Hawaii basketball coach, would be quietly closed. • It will be a crucial accomplishment for the Hawaiian immersion program to get the federal waiver needed so that standardized testing in Grades 3 and 4 can be given only in Hawaiian.
For Thursday, February 5, 2015
It is a basic rule that Hawaii legislators live in the districts they are elected to represent. Sen. Brickwood Galuteria is the second state lawmaker in recent years to be called on this rule. • Community colleges are a main entry point for students who continue on to the University of Hawaii's four-year campuses, so it makes sense to streamline the transfer process.
For Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Super Bowl didn't stop prison visits • Hawaii dead last in high-tech jobs
For Tuesday, February 3, 2015
There's a lot that's redundant in the "homeless bill of rights" measure that passed its first committee hearing on Saturday, in terms of legal protections that homeless people already have.
For Monday, February 2, 2015
8.3 million people is a lot of guests in the house • Youth suicides deserve more attention

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