Sunday, March 29, 2015         

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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
For Saturday, January 31, 2015
Go 'Hawks … er, rather Max Unger • Restaurant's demise a loss for many
Boot camp is not for toddlers. It is not for potty training. That there is a market for "potty camp" and "potty boot camp" is a sad commentary on modern life. • At long last, research-ers here have received a permit to import industrial hemp seeds from Australia for Hawaii's Industrial Hemp Research Project, which was signed into law last April after years of advocacy.
For Thursday, January 29, 2015
Doctor's visit could include a labor dispute • Ahi prices will be cheaper, relatively speaking
For Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Nominee's hearing sure to be lively • Pahoa could use escape routes
For Tuesday, January 27, 2015
All in a day's work for saviors at sea • Judy Collins shares stage with fellow folk singer
For Monday, January 26, 2015
It's a stretch, and not just geographically. The journey of former Gov. Linda Lingle from Washington Place to a job with the Illinois governor set off a new round of speculation among local pundits about what she's really thinking.
For Saturday, January 24, 2015
No room at the emergency rooms? • Football season soon just a memory
For Friday, January 23, 2015
One thing's for sure in this whole Robert Allenby mess: Hawaii's image as a safe tourist destination sure has taken a beating. • Cloudier and hazier. No, we're not talking about the smoke emanating from electronic cigarettes, but the health-risk information swirling around them.
For Thursday, January 22, 2015
The state Constitution should be amended to lift the rule requiring that the governor can select only Cabinet members who have lived in Hawaii for a year preceding the appointment. • The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy ranks Hawaii No. 2 on its list of states where taxation drains a larger share from the poor than other income groups.
For Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Pearl Harbor vet gets prime seat • Maybe there's a way to blame IRS
For Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Snowden the whistleblower, live from Moscow • STEM jobs in short supply in Honolulu
For Monday, January 19, 2015
Honolulu civil rights attorney Eric Seitz left town last week to be at a ceremony Saturday at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, founded by former slaves, in Blue Mountain, Miss.
For Saturday, January 17, 2015
Do what you can to avoid the flu • A great idea for someone else to pay for
For Friday, January 16, 2015
How to think, not what to think • Can union stop city's trash plan?
For Thursday, January 15, 2015
Police on the front lines with pedestrians • A macadamia-nut-candy empire grows
For Wednesday, January 14, 2015
The night the lights went out • Obama expenses should be federal
For Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Taking a stand against illegal dumping • Taking measure of Hawaiians and geothermal
For Monday, January 12, 2015
Sometimes it's best to just throw in the towel • Look before leaping, and maybe form a human chain
For Saturday, January 10, 2015
Are you ready for some football, to end? • Hawaii is known as a place to marry
For Friday, January 9, 2015
Being an endangered species is not an enviable position but, ironically, it does bestow a certain elite status. The nene goose, Hawaii's state bird, driven to near extinction, is now protected wherever it's found.
For Thursday, January 8, 2015
Putting the ‘aloha' back in the aloha shirt • A PV system of ambitious proportions
For Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Wind farm not fait accompli yet • Finances fall to shifting sands
For Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Heed warning of weekend's stormy weather • Hotels face the inevitable: free Wi-Fi
For Monday, January 5, 2015
Hawaii sure to be mentioned again on Jan. 12 • As if we didn't have enough to worry about
For Saturday, January 3, 2015
2015 started with a bang, unfortunately • ‘Selfie stick' actually pretty cool
For Friday, January 2, 2015
A mayor's job is never finished • One really can go home again
For Thursday, January 1, 2015
It's Marcus Mariota day, here and in Pasadena •
For Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Rep. Johanson goes with the flow • Does price floor milk consumers?
For Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Cabinet shuffle: Aila moves from DLNR to DHHL• Money pours in worldwide to save Kauai birds
For Monday, December 29, 2014
Flash flooding occurs in a flash, so heed warnings • Lucky you live Hawaii, despite growing population
For Saturday, December 27, 2014
It ain't much, but it's welcome anyway • More people, more traffic, more caution
For Friday, December 26, 2014
Coconut crabs not worth food value • Smile, you're on candid camera?
For Thursday, December 25, 2014
All I want for Christmas is ... for the lava to stop • Kauai Council starts slide down slippery slope
For Wednesday, December 24, 2014
New taxes not on Santa Ige's list • Things looking up as '15 approaches
For Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Without a naming sponsor, it's the Hawai‘i Bowl • Lizards go on a diet, unwillingly
For Monday, December 22, 2014
That the natural disaster still unfolding in Pahoa is known as the June 27 lava flow sums up the stressful uncertainty of coping with the effects of a volcanic eruption. • Boarding someone's boat and taking violent action, which four Molokai fishermen are accused of doing, is not the appropriate response to outsiders plying nearshore waters.
For Saturday, December 20, 2014
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.
For Friday, December 19, 2014
Hackers who the White House linked to North Korea have intimidated Sony Pictures into scrapping "The Interview," a comedy depicting the assassination of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.
For Thursday, December 18, 2014
The macadamia nut industry has to be happy that it had such a cranky advocate in Cho Hyun-ah. That, of course, is the Korean Air Lines executive.
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.
For Tuesday, December 16, 2014
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.
For Monday, December 15, 2014
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.
For Saturday, December 13, 2014
See the robotics masters duke it out • Don't know if it means anything, but …
For Friday, December 12, 2014
Fingers crossed for Mariota • CGI Group needs to clean up mess
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.
For Wednesday, December 10, 2014
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.
For Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Never mind asking whether the Filipino community here is raising relief funds after the latest natural disaster. The last fundraiser for Typhoon Haiyan never ended.
For Monday, December 8, 2014
Budget Department's loss is UH's gain • Let's make best of latest social engineering plan
For Saturday, December 6, 2014
Charter schools survive by choice • Rail columns have an artistic side
For Friday, December 5, 2014
It's horrifying enough that a young Hawaiian monk seal was bludgeoned to death on Kauai, but even worse knowing how much time and effort has gone toward protecting this critically endangered species.
For Thursday, December 4, 2014
Hawaii-born QBs square off for football glory • Free speech now more free on UH campuses
For Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Helm helped out in a beautiful way • Represent your neighborhood

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