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Connector deal needs scrutiny

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Sep 3, 2015
Taxpayers already know many foul details about the Hawaii Health Connector’s bumbling dealings with its contractors, but nonetheless there’s plainly more to discover.

Ethics Challenge: Solve DOE student travel issue

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Sep 2, 2015
The ethics quandary over school teachers organizing trips with their students is a real problem. It’s also a solvable one, but a solution will require collaboration rather than a standoff.

UH microbiology needs new home

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Sep 1, 2015
A test is on the horizon at the University of Hawaii’s Snyder Hall, and it won’t be the microbiology students burning the midnight oil to pass it. No, it’s the UH system itself that will be called to prove that, at last, it can bring in a needed improvement to its facilities efficiently — and save money in the long run.

Homeless plan shows promise but more needed

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 31, 2015
It may not look like much, but the city finally appears prepared to take concrete action to clear out the homeless encampments in Kakaako.

DOE needs plan to boost students' college-readiness

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 30, 2015
ACT scores recently released show one thing across the board: The overwhelming majority of the state's public school students are not college-ready.

Mokuleia project needs stricter scrutiny by DPP

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 29, 2015
It might be asking too much for our government officials to cast constantly critical eyes on developers who come seeking land-use approvals, to ensure that project intentions align with core intentions of an affected community.

LNG still makes sense as ‘bridge fuel’

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 28, 2015
Gov. David Ige’s unexpected and firm rejection of liquefied natural gas (LNG) for electricity generation has elated clean-energy advocates, who want fossil fuels purged from Hawaii — the sooner the better.

Sick leave abuse hurts patients

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 27, 2015
Sick leave should be used when you are truly ailing. For workers at Maui’s state-run hospitals, the threat of losing sick days as the state moves to privatize their workplace does not constitute a legitimate ailment.

Don’t allow sewage spill repeat

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 26, 2015
It’s certainly not the image of world-famous Waikiki Beach that Hawaii wants televised nationally, let alone globally. But there it was, on the national and international news reels: “BEACH CLOSED” signs along the sandy shore, with brown murky water due to storm runoff and 500,000 gallons of spilled sewage.

Enforce rules if ADUs OK’d

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 25, 2015
Oahu homeowners should be allowed to construct second dwellings on their lots to bolster the number of rental units affordable to local tenants, which is the intent behind a bill awaiting full City Council approval.

Feds can do more to relieve crisis of homelessness

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 24, 2015
Oahu’s residents have known that homeless encampments — scattered around the island but concentrated in the Honolulu’s urban core — have comprised a crisis for years.

Students need relief now from hot classrooms

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 23, 2015
While students, educators and communities scrape together dollars for fans to add to the patchwork cooling of public schools, the state Department of Education is knocking schools off its “heat abatement” priority list at a snail’s pace.

Link UH raises to performance

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 22, 2015
Over the last few years, the University of Hawaii’s leadership has come under blistering criticism from state legislators waving a list of grievances:

Mentorship helps retain teachers

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 21, 2015
There’s a halo around the teaching profession: Most people remember at least one special teacher from their youth with particular admiration. So many people aspire to the vocation — quite a few of them without full realization of how hard the job really is.

State right to stop workers’ IT abuse

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 20, 2015
It’s a sad state of state affairs when “what else is new” was a common reaction to the revelation that Hawaii’s government workers are using considerable Internet bandwidth — and work hours on work computers — to videostream entertainment services such as Netflix and Hulu.

Oversight of telecom firm fails

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 19, 2015
The conviction of Albert Hee, the Sandwich Isles Communications Inc. founder who bilked millions of dollars meant to provide telephone and data services on Hawaiian homelands, has become a glaring example of gross mismanagement and lack of oversight of federal funds.

All Hawaiians deserve a vote

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 18, 2015
The Native Hawaiian sovereignty movement picked up steam this year with the publication of a list of 95,000 eligible voters, a positive development toward the self-determination that they deserve.

Make sure ag land is used as ag land

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 17, 2015
The preservation of Oahu’s shrinking agricultural resource is a core goal of land-use policy, for multiple reasons. The spatial aspect of open farm lands is important as a scenic element, especially given Oahu’s increasing urban density.

NextEra must provide PUC more details

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 16, 2015
NextEra Energy Inc.’s assertion last week that its proposed purchase of Hawaii’s largest electric utility would bring $1 billion in customer savings and economic benefits — up from its previously estimated $60 million — needs careful examination, and healthy skepticism.

Bring home our inmates in Arizona

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 15, 2015
The killing of a 21-year-old Maui man imprisoned at Saguaro Correctional Center in Eloy, Ariz., raises serious questions — again — about how Hawaii prisoners are selected to be shipped off to the mainland and the adequacy of oversight at the Saguaro prison.

Homeless can’t wait for ‘perfect’

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 14, 2015
The clock has run out on avoiding emergency solutions to the homelessness problem Honolulu faces. Both the public perception of the problem and the realities on the ground back this up.

Chip in to help save Ka Iwi Coast

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 13, 2015
The grassroots effort to preserve the Ka Iwi Coastline deserves praise, and support, for raising more than 70 percent of the $500,000 in private funds needed to keep Oahu’s south shoreline pristine.

Repair holes in drinking water fund

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 12, 2015
The state Department of Health is under fire yet again for its fiscal practices, but this time it’s for not spending tens of millions of federal dollars earmarked for improving Hawaii’s aging drinking water infrastructure.

Council should move on GET surcharge

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 11, 2015
Perhaps the members of the Honolulu City Council need not feel they have a gun to their head, forcing an immediate vote on the extension of the general excise tax (GET) surcharge that’s financing Oahu’s rail project.

Expand sit-lie law but keep pushing for ‘safe havens’

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 10, 2015
Stopgap measures are acceptable, and sometimes even essential, in an emergency, as long as everyone remembers the stopper is going to eventually crumble — and that the gap is still there.

Be creative in helping businesses hurt by rail

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 9, 2015
Everyone agrees that businesses along the rail’s path of construction need assistance, but it’s time for city and rail leaders to offer real solutions.

Council must tackle ethics conundrum

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 8, 2015
An unusual disagreement between the city’s top attorney and members of the city Ethics Commission and its staff raises questions about how seriously the city’s top officials believe in ethical government.

School seems to fit Kakaako site

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 7, 2015
Kakaako Makai is, without a doubt, the most zealously guarded area within the entire redevelopment district, and for good reason. This is the last stretch of oceanfront property to be completely redeveloped.

Our right to vote is precious asset

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 6, 2015
Around the world, totalitarian governments dictate public policy and brutal regimes quash civil rights. Ordinary citizens risk death for the chance to cast a vote, to have their say in how their sphere is governed. Not so in America, where the right to vote is a right of citizenship — hard-won in many states, but a right nonetheless.

Restaurant ratings pass, tech fails

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 5, 2015
Despite spending $170,000 on a flawed database, the state Health Department’s year-old color-coded restaurant ratings system still deserves praise for ensuring eateries are up to code.

Give mentally ill help, not jail cell

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 4, 2015
The intent of deinstitutionalization, the decades-long process by which many of those with mental illness were released to community treatment, was to reintegrate those people in society and provide care in the least restrictive setting. For those who achieved that aim, it has been an enormous benefit.

Recycle program in need of repair

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 3, 2015
The state's HI-5 deposit redemption program is in dire need of a reboot. Audit after audit has revealed the program has mishandled funds.

Break down barriers that delay solving homelessness

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 2, 2015
The homelessness problem is many-layered and complex, and for years, the government bureaucracy’s response has been scattershot and ineffective.

DLNR unwise to hide behind media blackout

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 1, 2015
The state Department of Land and Natural Resources’ media blackout on its enforcement of an emergency rule limiting late-night access to Mauna Kea is an affront to the public interest, and to the First Amendment.

Take chance for telescope dialogue

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 31, 2015
Leaders of an international astronomy group who want to forge a productive dialogue with Native Hawaiians and others opposed to construction of huge telescopes atop Hawaii’s highest peaks should seize the opportunity to hear from those critics directly when the scientists convene in the islands for the first time.

Increase pay for Cabinet members

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 30, 2015
It’s fair to say that nobody in government works for the big money. A cynic may disagree, saying that top government officials can later parlay their positions into high-paying jobs in the private sector.

Fix Waianae Coast bypass route

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 29, 2015
As bad as the driving experience was last weekend on the Waianae Coast, the situation could have been worse: A medical emergency response, or some other critical-response need, could have been delayed by the traffic logjam.

Limit access to Haena park

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 28, 2015
Hawaii’s once hidden gems are no longer hidden. More tourists arrive from around the world every year, and global Internet communication means that every known waterfall, every swimming hole, every hiking trail is revealed to visitors who in past generations might not have even known the spot existed.

‘Design-build’ should be used by state more

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 27, 2015
There’s little doubt that the “design-build” approach used by the state Department of Education in the completion of its newest campus, Ho‘okele Elementary, was a big success, getting the Kapolei school ready for opening in time for students returning to class this week.

Don't revive fee discount for recyclers

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 26, 2015
The Honolulu City Council is weighing a bill that would reinstate a significant discount in the disposal fees recyclers pay to the city. The measure, Bill 50, has found some favor with members who passed it out of the Budget Committee last week.

New funding gives isle arts needed boost

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 25, 2015
A welcome infusion of public funding for the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts should fuel the success of an important turnaround for the institution, whose leaders have committed to improving management, transparency and outreach after a critical state audit last year.

Homeless need true ‘safe zone’

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 24, 2015
Rising violent crime near a sprawling homeless camp in Kakaako rightly intensifies calls to dismantle the hardened encampment that has grown to about 200 tents and an unknown number of people. This is no “safe zone,” least of all for the human beings dwelling there.

Kids in poverty need our help

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 23, 2015
The number of Hawaii children living in areas of concentrated poverty has tripled in just over a decade, a finding embedded in the 2015 KIDS COUNT Data Book that portends a grim future for thousands of island keiki and highlights the urgency of relieving conditions that must not be accepted as a way of life in the 50th state.

NextEra must adopt state’s goals

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 22, 2015
In raising valid concerns about the proposed sale of the state’s largest electric utility, Gov. David Ige has thrown down a gauntlet to NextEra Energy Inc., sending a strong message that state authorities will not support the Florida-based company’s proposal to acquire Hawaiian Electric Industries.

Allow growth of ‘accessory units’

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 21, 2015
The city administration is taking a two-pronged approach toward regulating rentals on existing residential properties. One bill proposes rules constraining transient vacation units (TVUs), and another would enable accessory dwelling units (ADUs) meant for longer-term tenants.

Safety upgrades needed along busy Honolulu streets

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 20, 2015
The peril pedestrians face crossing Oahu streets, even those walking in marked crosswalks, is well documented. Less obvious, though, are the comprehensive solutions necessary to permanently lower Honolulu’s rate of pedestrian fatalities, a rate that has risen markedly since 2012.

Urgent state action needed at Kakaako encampment

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 19, 2015
The assault on state Rep. Tom Brower has enlightened some people about the realities of the homelessness problem. But even with that light, it has generated very little heat — namely, no fire has been lit beneath the seats of the state’s leadership.

Resolve differences to pass bill helping prostitution victims

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 18, 2015
Advocates of a sex-trafficking bill vetoed by Gov. David Ige must persevere next legislative session to ensure that criminal prosecution of prostitution and related crimes receives the comprehensive overhaul it deserves.

Park plan should be permanent

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 17, 2015
The people have spoken. The mayor has listened. For now. It is encouraging that Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell acknowledges getting the message loud and clear that Oahu residents want Ala Moana Beach Park to be spruced up, but not developed or commercialized.

Realign highway to resolve traffic along Laniakea

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 16, 2015
A state judge has added his voice to the chorus calling for the removal of concrete barriers along a North Shore stretch of Kamehameha Highway that blocked access to a city parking area used for visitors to Laniakea Beach wanting to see the turtles for which the area has become famous.

Nix public-street parking plan

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 15, 2015
The Honolulu City Council is headed in the wrong direction with a bill that would allow certain Oahu neighborhoods to restrict public street parking to area residents, and require those residents to pay for the privilege.

Mentally ill need more attention

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 14, 2015
Some of Hawaii’s social problems can be held at bay for a time — and when taxpayer money runs short, government tries to do that. The sad case of Richard Nelson exemplifies the tragic consequences of letting funding constraints define the way the public is served on an ongoing basis.

Loopholes hurt plastic bag ban

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 13, 2015
Environmentalists warned that Honolulu's municipal government would diminish the effectiveness of Oahu's so-called plastic bag ban by including exceptions and alternatives that allow windblown rubbish to proliferate.

Try to help businesses hurt by rail

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 12, 2015
They've known it's been coming for a long time, but now it's real, with reality measured in lost business traffic and revenues.

Stryker Brigade relocation has upside for state

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 11, 2015
Budget restrictions have forced Army cutbacks across the United States. It's reassuring, though, that the reductions in Hawaii are limited, and that the largest cuts here are driven not simply by the harsh realities of federal budget sequestration, but by the true needs of national security.

Protect family-planning funds

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 10, 2015
Ensuring that as few people become parents before they intend to allows more women and men to get an education, get a foothold in the work world and develop the life skills they need to successfully manage their own lives — before becoming responsible for someone else.

Take action to restore control over Mauna Kea

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 9, 2015
Finally, the state seems poised to take some action, albeit only a temporary restriction, to assert some needed controls over the summit zone of Mauna Kea. This could represent a pivot point if the pause can become an opportunity to restore more than a road.

Ala Wai harbor needs fixes, funds

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 8, 2015
As an island state, Hawaii should have a vibrant and inviting waterfront, accessible to local residents, who should not feel priced out of the facilities, and attractive to the tourists who spend so much money here.

Hiatus can help charter schools

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 7, 2015
The proposal to delay consideration of new applications for charter schools is an unfortunate turn of events but seems to be a necessary one.

'Aha best hope for aspirations of Hawaiians

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 6, 2015
Native Hawaiians have their best hope in decades to coalesce around a powerful vision for self-determination.

Unity needed to end chaos in Kakaako

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 5, 2015
Everyone knows that Hawaii has a homelessness problem, and by now it's abundantly clear it's getting worse. There have been measured responses to it — the city's pilot project moving ahead at Sand Island is one — but so far the scale of the response doesn't match the demand by several orders of magnitude.

Neighbor island mayors tempted by GET increase

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 5, 2015
It is time for neighbor island mayors to turn over their cards so voters can see what Mayors Alan Arakawa, Billy Kenoi and Bernard Carvalho Jr. are holding.

Lucky we live in the U.S.A.

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 4, 2015
Despite the critiques and clashes on the global stage, America still has what most if not all other nations lack: an abiding commitment to individual rights and freedoms. That ideal remains its most enviable trait.

Mayor’s rail push inappropriate

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 3, 2015
Mayor Kirk Caldwell certainly caught a break when the governor decided not to veto the rail tax extension. That shouldn’t mean he gets a pass for what was a disingenuous presentation on the subject to state lawmakers — and the rest of the taxpayers — last session.

Find a niche for home-grown milk

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 2, 2015
Hawaii reached a turning point with its sugar and pineapple industries when it became clear the realities of global markets had made that business model a thing of the past.

Close Kakaako encampment

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 1, 2015
The response of homeless teenagers who admit beating up state Rep. Tom Brower reveals how entrenched a sprawling encampment in Kakaako has become, feeding the youths' alarming mindset that sidewalk squatters are entitled to the same expectation of privacy as property owners. They are not.

Don’t squander highway funding

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 30, 2015
When the federal government is telling you that you're working too slowly, then you know you've got a problem. The issue is that finding the solution will require serious attention, and a commitment to direct more staff with the expertise to cut through the entanglements.

Ethics panel's media policy must be voided

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 29, 2015
Don't be fooled. The Honolulu Ethics Commission's restrictive new media policy is not designed to foster more accurate reporting, or even to rein in a single executive director.

Court ruling marks start of new era

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 28, 2015
The historic, landmark decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, upholding the right of same-sex couples to marry across the country, will be celebrated nationally by many gay and lesbian citizens and those who support them.

Get to bottom of memorial ticket scandal

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 27, 2015
The scandal over the ticketing for visits to the USS Arizona Memorial was all the more disheartening because of its association with such a hallowed site.

ACA safe, but Hawaii needs waiver

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 26, 2015
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 — the ACA, or “Obamacare,” for short — has laid the groundwork for improving access to health insurance. So it’s good to see that, in its Thursday ruling, the nation’s high court reaffirmed the law’s basic framework.

Let public know about misconduct by police officers

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 25, 2015
The Legislature created the state’s Uniform Information Practices Act because, as the law plainly and correctly states, “Opening up the government processes to public scrutiny and participation is the only viable and reasonable method of protecting the public’s interest.”

Let's embrace plastic bag ban

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 24, 2015
Consumers can be creatures of habit, comfortable shopping at their favorite stores in the usual way. So there is sure to be some grumbling come July 1 when Oahu's ban of a common and popular type of plastic bag finally takes effect.

Don't undermine TMT compromise

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 23, 2015
The public can expect a showdown Wednesday as work resumes on the Thirty Meter Telescope. The conflict looms with an implicit warning: Both sides in this fight must not jockey for short-term advantages. Such gains are sure to produce the worst final outcomes for everyone.

Full accounting needed in delay of tax refunds

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 22, 2015
It's not enough for the state Department of Taxation to say that it will do better next year. The long delays many Hawaii residents face waiting for their state tax refunds demand a full analysis, once the last return has finally been processed.

Sex-ed must stress value of abstinence

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 21, 2015
Encouraging young people to delay having sex is an essential element of effective school health programs, because waiting until they are older lowers the risk of unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.

Don't let your own negligence imperil others

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 20, 2015
Listen up, Hawaii recreationists: If you get into trouble and need to be rescued from a trail or outdoor site due to your own intentional disregard of warnings, you will be paying for the costs of that rescue.

Don’t backpedal on fireworks ban

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 19, 2015
Oahu is a safer place on New Year’s Eve and the Fourth of July since a ban on novelty fireworks such as sparklers and fountains took effect three years ago. Members of Honolulu’s City Council know that.

UH athletics needs community support

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 18, 2015
In February, the University of Hawaii issued a report called "The Financial State of Hawaii Athletics: Version 2.0 -- Revising the Game Plan." The title of the report was bland, but the contents were not.

Help working homeless with rent

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 17, 2015
More than a third of homeless adults surveyed for a new study reported working to earn income, a finding that bolsters social advocates' calls to subsidize monthly rent for employed homeless people who don't earn enough to cover rent in Honolulu's stratospheric market.

Act now to open Haleakala Trail

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 16, 2015
It is distressing that the state Department of Land and Natural Resources has no timeline for reopening the historic Haleakala Trail for unguided hikes, despite a court ruling last year against the private landowner that had wrongly claimed the traditional public route as its own and the tentative settlement of a class-action lawsuit.

Housing plan for Kapolei site makes sense

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 15, 2015
A scaled-back plan to build housing on land now zoned for business use in downtown Kapolei improves on the original design, by cutting the number of residential towers from four to two while preserving affordable rental units for senior citizens.

HECO needs to be more forthcoming

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 14, 2015
If there were any lingering doubts that Hawaii's energy landscape is shifting dramatically, events this past week dispelled them — and, reveal the conflicts already at our regulatory doorstep.

More can be done to help abuse victims

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 13, 2015
Victims of domestic violence need help the most when they are at their lowest ebb and least likely to seek it out. Many are fearful of going down the road of prosecution and protection that starts with a police report.

Strictly vet offshore windmills plan

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 12, 2015
If the state intends to wean itself from fossil fuels by 2045 — and that’s the plan — it will take a lot more than good intentions. House Bill 623, signed into law on Monday by Gov. David Ige, proposes that the state will get 100 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2045.

HSTA must focus on students, too

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 11, 2015
That Hawaii's public school teachers have elected a slate of grass-roots activists to lead their powerful labor union signals a sea change that presents both opportunities and challenges for the HSTA, and, more important, for the statewide DOE and the students who attend public and charter schools.

Council leader must step up

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 10, 2015
Homelessness on Oahu often is described as an all-hands-on-deck crisis. One reason progress toward solutions seems so plodding is that all hands are not on deck. They're on different ships altogether, in fact, headed in different directions or — worse — simply adrift.

Community input on Lanai welcome

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 9, 2015
The transformation of Lanai proposed by billionaire landowner Larry Ellison seems likely to be a more gradual proposition than some may have envisioned at the outset — and that's how it should be.

Push 'Talia's Law' and help save a young child's life

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 8, 2015
The brutal torture that 5-year-old Talia Williams was forced to endure in her young life is enough to sicken any decent person; the almost-daily punches, whippings or stompings over seven months finally killed her on July 16, 2005.

Revised plan for Ewa Beach raises flags

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 7, 2015
Many of the Ewa Beach neighbors who attended a heated public hearing last week were up in arms about plans for the final, 62.3-acre phase in the Ocean Pointe-Hoakalei project.

Preclearance for Narita aids isles' airports

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 6, 2015
Knowing that Japanese visitors comprise Hawaii's largest international tourism market — and 18 percent of all travelers into our state — the opening of a new gateway offers dynamic possibilities.

Strengthen conflict-of-interest rules

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 5, 2015
Former Honolulu City Councilman Nestor Garcia, the target of two investigations by the Honolulu Ethics Commission, recently acknowledged behavior that is wearily familiar: He accepted gifts from lobbyists, and voted on legislation affecting those lobbyists, without disclosing his conflict of interest.

Red Hill fuel tanks need swifter action

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 4, 2015
While it is encouraging that the Navy has agreed to improve safety at the massive Red Hill underground fuel tanks that have leaked in the past, it should not take two years for a feasibility study to assess the problem or 20 years to complete upgrades designed to protect a large supply of Oahu’s groundwater.

Move ahead with 'safe zones'

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 3, 2015
While small in size, the city's proposed transitional centers could represent a game-changing advance in its approach to the homelessness crisis.

Project can ease housing crunch

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 2, 2015
It is encouraging indeed that seven real-estate developers were interested in building efficiency apartments in Kakaako with low monthly rents, and that the Hawaii Community Development Authority has deemed three proposals strong enough to move forward as finalists for the project.

High standards of ethics needed

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 1, 2015
Can one be too ethical? That seems to be the question now being asked, on one level, among state Ethics Commission members as they ponder the fate of their executive director, Les Kondo, who has ruffled some prominent feathers with his strict rulings.

Much to like in TMT plan

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, May 31, 2015
That construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope could proceed on Mauna Kea was never truly in question, if the rule of law is to prevail in the state of Hawaii.

Plan to upgrade State Hospital shows promise

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, May 30, 2015
After years of chronic problems with overcrowding and staffing issues at the Hawaii State Hospital (HSH), the Kaneohe facility may finally be getting some needed relief — and it’s a development that would benefit the community at large as well.

Support Chinatown rentals project

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, May 29, 2015
A proposal to build 151 affordable senior rental apartments in Chinatown gives a needed boost to Oahu's low-income elderly, a vulnerable group facing a severe housing shortage.

Waimalu no place for tourist zip line

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, May 28, 2015
Residential neighborhoods throughout Oahu are under increasing pressure as visitors venture out of the main tourist districts in search of "authentic" local experiences.

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