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Banning import of wild animals is long overdue

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Nov 28, 2015
The marvel of elephants dancing and lions jumping through fiery hoops is no longer a must-see for most folks. We’ve evolved into a culture that recognizes the need for wild animals to roam free in their own habitats.

Gratitude can make you happy

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Nov 26, 2015
The world, always filled with troubles, seems especially darkened this year in the wake of shocking terroristic attacks and the looming fear of ever deepening political crises.

Homeless effort makes headway

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Nov 27, 2015
Honolulu is gradually making progress on its plan to cope with its mounting homelessness problem. At long last, this is certainly something to celebrate. But government officials for the city and especially the state must not miss a beat in keeping up this accelerated pace, because there's so much more to do.

Ala Wai harbor fiasco offers lessons

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Nov 25, 2015
Once touted as a model for public-private partnerships, the Ala Wai Small Boat Harbor development has become a case study on failed policy that has resulted in the developer filing for bankruptcy and the state unable to cancel the lease.

City should review vendors closely

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Nov 24, 2015
Sometimes, before an actual problem arises, warning signs flash. When it concerns the use of public property, the city should stay on top of potential vulnerabilities and keep closer tabs on elevated risk.

Kapolei finally starting to turn into ‘Second City’

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Nov 23, 2015
The development of the Ewa plain had been a concept that resided in planning documents on dusty shelves for many years before it started really taking shape over the course of the past decade.

State and city efforts to help homeless see gains, setbacks

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Nov 22, 2015
When it comes to Oahu's homeless, the road to resolution has been like a potholed street that's been patched, then hit hard with rain, only to be exposed with cavities once more.

Give some love to local businesses

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Nov 21, 2015
It's easy to get caught up in the buying frenzy that follows turkey dinners and pumpkin pie. But where you spend your dollars can make a real impact, and on Small Business Saturday -- the day after Black Friday -- think boutiques, not just big box.

Rail not out of the tunnel yet

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Nov 20, 2015
The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation has taken steps forward and steps back in its halting progress in developing the state’s largest public works project. That’s been more or less par for the course for the controversial $6.57 billion rail project that will link East Kapolei with Ala Moana Center.

Ramp up effort to tackle dengue

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Nov 19, 2015
Stemming the tide of dengue fever must go beyond spraying insecticide and telling folks to apply repellent. With Hawaii island’s dengue fever outbreak approaching a public health emergency, it’s critical that authorities become more proactive and test vulnerable populations.

Hawaii hard-pressed to help refugees

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Nov 18, 2015
Gov. David Ige, chief executive of the Aloha State, surely felt it would be the wrong message to send, telegraphing that Hawaii would depart from its own tradition and decline accommodations for refugees.

Improve driving on Waianae Coast

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Nov 17, 2015
Any measure to ease traffic flow coming out of the Waianae Coast is a welcome one. Which is why installing two traffic cameras each at Nanakuli and Haleakala avenues on Farrington Highway would be a small, but significant, step.

NextEra should show more cards

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Nov 16, 2015
The push and pull between state authorities and the utility companies needing their approval is generating some powerful electricity of its own. Recent fluctuations in the share price of Hawaiian Electric Industries signal nervousness among investors about whether the proposed sale of the company to Florida-based NextEra Energy Inc. will go through in the end.

Don't deviate from original plan for rail

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Nov 15, 2015
There are a lot of people wishing that the city could simply pull the plug on the rail project, once it reaches Middle Street, where the terminus could mesh with the bus transfer station and the final pricetag could end well south of the currently budgeted $6.57 billion figure.

Housing First proving it’s worth its cost

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Nov 14, 2015
Measurable progress. That’s what’s needed in battling homelessness in the islands, and it is being achieved through Housing First, a program that gets people into apartments first, then addresses their sobriety.

Open up records of physician sanctions

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Nov 13, 2015
A dreadful lack of urgency, transparency and up-to-date technology plague the system that provides oversight of physicians in Hawaii. And the state must take meaningful steps to bring the system into the 21st century and better protect patients.

Commit to more affordable homes

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Nov 12, 2015
Glimmers of hope on Oahu’s affordable housing scene have emerged recently, with several projects receiving — or about to receive — the green light to build. But that forward progress is tempered by a stark broader picture that shows overwhelming demand still dwarfing the numbers of actual supply.

Step up commitment to veterans

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Nov 11, 2015
The observance of what would become Veterans Day began on Nov. 11, 1919, with a proclamation by President Woodrow Wilson marking the first commemoration of the day, one year earlier, when fighting ceased on the battlefields of Europe, ending World War I.

Council puts rail in ethical limbo

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Nov 10, 2015
The fact that something is legal doesn’t necessarily make it a good idea. The City Council argues it made a defensible decision in hiring a particular attorney — one who will defend the city against a lawsuit charging that its votes on the rail project are invalid.

Reach out to help homeless youth

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Nov 9, 2015
In a video posted on the Friends of Youth Outreach website, two ‘Iolani School girls detail the struggles — from drugs to sex trafficking — their unsheltered peers face on the street. “We need your help,” the girls plead, asking viewers to support efforts to create a safe 24-hour shelter for homeless youths.

State must get control of federal grants

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Nov 8, 2015
Be wary of what you ask for. Senate Ways and Means Chairwoman Jill Tokuda is asking the Ige administration for the grand total of unspent federal grant monies from all state agencies after hearing from three departments that have collectively amassed a backlog of at least $700 million in federal funds.

Swift action, vigilance can curb dengue

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Nov 7, 2015
All this rain we’ve been having has turned Hawaii’s sometimes arid hills green and topped up the aquifers, among other welcome benefits of the wet summer and autumn.

Harbor should have lei of green

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Nov 6, 2015
In terms of acreage, the three parcels under review by the Hawaii Community Development Authority might seem of little consequence, but they are essential to realizing the optimal vision for the Kewalo harbor zone.

Help homeless with basic needs

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Nov 5, 2015
The streets are an unacceptable location for sheltering the homeless. The reality? That’s where many of them are and, it appears, will remain for some time.

Move quickly on Red Hill tanks

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Nov 4, 2015
Local and federal authorities have ventured into uncharted territory, having signed an agreement giving them some oversight of a once-secret naval installation. The object of the pact is to shape the maintenance and fortification of the Red Hill underground fuel storage tanks that have caused so much worry in recent months.

UH football program needs more support

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Nov 3, 2015
Norm Chow’s firing as head coach of the University of Hawaii football team was the right move to help salvage the struggling program.

TAT should apply to non-hotels, too

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Nov 2, 2015
The good news is that tourism is up. The bad news for Hawaii's visitor industry is that our visitors aren't spending as much as we would like them to. In September, visitor arrivals grew to 652,616, a 4.7 percent increase over September 2014.

Learn more from teacher evaluations

Posted 1:35 a.m. HST, Nov 1, 2015
A ton of data on teacher effectiveness and student achievement in Hawaii's public schools rained down in the past week or so, and the public can be forgiven for feeling confused by the information relayed.

All Hawaiians have voice on sovereignty

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Oct 31, 2015
In all their public presentations, leaders of Na'i Aupuni have stressed that the nonprofit simply aims to stay the course toward conducting the planned election of delegates for a Native Hawaiian constitutional convention, or 'aha. About the outcome of those discussions, they said, they are agnostic.

Crack down on labor violations

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Oct 30, 2015
The state’s multi-agency raid of construction work at Ala Moana Center brings up disturbing questions about local jobs within the industry, the quality of workers hired and of work being done, and the level of adherence to labor laws and rules.

Ratepayers need more from NextEra

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Oct 29, 2015
The community conversation is underway with the executives from NextEra Energy, the Florida-based utility positioned to acquire Hawaiian Electric Industries.

Never too old for social media

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Oct 29, 2015
It’s quite the accomplishment for a seventh-grader to teach a 92-year-old how to take a selfie and text, or for a senior citizen to teach a tech-savvy eighth grader how to play solitaire on a computer.

Don’t let snafus botch health coverage

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Oct 28, 2015
The Affordable Care Act was conceived on a national scale as the means to a just and desirable end: making health care more accessible to more Americans.

DOT must keep eye on spending

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Oct 27, 2015
The state just got a pat on the back from the feds for reducing its backlog of federally funded highway projects to $656.5 million — the smallest it’s been since 2002. But it’s still baffling that state transportation officials allowed the backlog to reach nearly $1 billion at its peak in 2010.

Beware of adding state employees

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Oct 26, 2015
It’s just what the state government doesn’t need: More state workers. Although Gov. David Ige is bound by an 18-year-old court decision that limits privatization of government service in Hawaii, it would be a step backward to add more public workers to the state payroll.

Rejecting call to stop 'aha' was right call

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Oct 25, 2015
"Federal recognition" can be a contentious term within sectors of the Native Hawaiian community, but on Friday, Hawaii's indigenous people received a form of it from the courts.

Better care of Mauna Kea is necessary

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Oct 24, 2015
As an awaited Hawaii Supreme Court decision looms large over the proposed Thirty Meter Telescope, encouraging strides are being made in the management of the current landscape atop Mauna Kea.

Homeless crisis gets due attention

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Oct 23, 2015
Just days after ground zero of the Kakaako homeless encampment had been cleared, Gov. David Ige touted an emergency proclamation targeting homelessness that clears the way for a rapid buildout of a temporary homeless shelter in Honolulu.

Don’t ease ban on pyrotechnics

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Oct 22, 2015
The proposal sounds innocuous enough — loosen the ban on consumer fireworks, adding canister fountains to join limited firecrackers as permitted items for New Year’s Eve and Independence Day celebrations.

Extend, don’t complicate, rail tax

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Oct 21, 2015
The horrendous sticker shock that has hit Oahu taxpayers, who have watched the cost estimates for the Honolulu rail project rocket skyward, is a powerful motivator for elected leaders to seek an exit strategy.

Aiea town center can give seniors a real community

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Oct 20, 2015
As Hawaii experiences double-digit growth in its senior population, the need for more suitable spaces for elders to live and to gather becomes more pressing.

Time to reassess DHHL operations

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Oct 19, 2015
The state Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, despite its noble stated mission and goals, has become the embodiment of a money pit — and the agency must start digging out and fixing grave dysfunctions before they totally subsume its very mission.

PV ready to stand more on its own; time-of-use rates a promising idea

Posted 1:34 a.m. HST, Oct 18, 2015
When Hawaii's photovoltaic solar revolution began years ago, the industry needed a powerful jump start to begin its development.

UH contracts must be fixed and be public

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Oct 17, 2015
The settlement with fired University of Hawaii men’s basketball coach Gib Arnold brought yet another troubling UH saga to a dissatisfying close.

Ethics ruling poorly handled

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Oct 16, 2015
Really? Honolulu residents likely had this kind of dubious response to the latest City Council maneuvering around its ethics problem surrounding the rail project. If the tone-deafness of recent developments hasn’t struck the taxpayers yet, it should.

Don’t bog down bike lane plans

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Oct 15, 2015
Honolulu’s bikeways seem to be evolving at a steady pace with the city administration leading the pack. So a push to involve the City Council at this point in the name of more transparency would instead add another layer of bureaucracy and slow down progress of the city’s bikeway system.

Find room in the inn for homeless

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Oct 14, 2015
They’re homeless, but they’re residents of Oahu. And they have a place within residential areas, in various communities around the island.

Ige should lead through openness

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Oct 13, 2015
Doing a good job in elected office requires hard work, and part of that involves letting the people who elected you know what you’re doing.

Offshore windmills part of energy debate

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Oct 12, 2015
Will Hawaii need giant offshore wind farms to meet its ambitious goal of 100 percent renewable energy generation by 2045?

Council needs to move on rail financing

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Oct 11, 2015
While at long last there seems to be movement on the rail-tax extension issue, the City Council seems to be slow-walking toward that decision point, as well as toward resolution of the project's entire legal mess.

‘Sweeps’ don’t end the crisis

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Oct 10, 2015
The city last week took the difficult but necessary step of completing the “sweeps” of the homelessness encampment that had established itself — and hardened in place — in the streets of Kakaako Makai.

NextEra, HEI need a better plan

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Oct 9, 2015
It’s time for NextEra Energy to get serious. Gov. David Ige’s administration, for a second time, roundly rejected the Florida-based company’s efforts to sweeten the pot in its proposed purchase of Hawaiian Electric Industries.

Roads ownership must be resolved

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Oct 8, 2015
Owning land in Hawaii sounds good, until there’s trouble with it. The maintenance of a brief, unkempt stretch of Manoa Road has caused trouble for many years, which is why officials of the city and the state continue to dispute its ownership.

Tax credits need closer review

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Oct 7, 2015
Implementing a high-tech tax credit more than a decade ago was well-meaning and helped jumpstart the technology sector in Hawaii, but there was little thought put into measuring its costs and benefits. It will likely become a costly lesson for state lawmakers.

School trips can meet ethics rules

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Oct 6, 2015
As anyone who has been on a school trip can attest, group educational travel comes with its own set of risks. The state Board of Education will consider a proposal to limit the state’s exposure to such risks by drawing a clear line between public schooling and private enterprise. It’s a step in the right direction.

Leadership needed to turn TOD into reality

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Oct 5, 2015
Even as construction of the rail transit guideway lurches from one problem to the next, city officials remain optimistic about their plans for development around the completed rail transit stations — the much-touted “transit-oriented development” (TOD) model that would direct future growth along the rail line.

There’s more than 1 way to help homeless

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Oct 4, 2015
Honolulu continues to make incremental advances in its efforts to grapple with its homelessness problem. That's a hopeful sign after years of stagnation and bureaucratic indecision.

Drinking-water fund needs quick attention

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Oct 3, 2015
Managers of the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund just can’t seem to spend federal dollars fast enough to improve Hawaii’s aging drinking water infrastructure, and took yet another hit this week when the feds withheld the state’s annual allotment of $8 million.

State drops ball on IT review

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Oct 2, 2015
It’s understandable that state lawmakers want to get a handle on what is being spent on information technology in each state department. But is it really necessary to spend $150,000 for a private company to perform work that should have been done years ago by the state Office of Information Management and Technology?

Telecom subsidies need close review

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Oct 1, 2015
The state Public Utilities Commission made a bold but much-needed move this week when it rejected telecom company Sandwich Isles Communications’ bid to be recertified, essentially cutting off its gravy train of federal subsidies.

Feds offer path for ‘aha result

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Sep 30, 2015
The Obama administration has opened a door to some form of federal recognition of Native Hawaiians but is leaving it up to the people whether to walk through it. It’s an encouraging advance of an idea that, while opposed by many in the community, is also backed by many as supporting Hawaii’s indigenous people’s interests.

Tighten standards for charter schools

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Sep 29, 2015
The training wheels are about to come off at Hawaii’s public charter schools, and as the first one opened in 1999, it’s about time.

Technology park proposal needs careful vetting

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Sep 28, 2015
A planned “Innovation Block,” a $100 million technology park in Kakaako Makai, seems more like a “nice to have” than “need to have” with so many competing needs gunning for funds at the state Legislature come January.

Kyo-ya ruling vital lesson in variance limits

Posted 1:33 a.m. HST, Sep 27, 2015
Rules are not made to be broken, or at least not without a very good reason. So said the Hawaii Supreme Court last week in a stunning decision that correctly buttresses land-use rules as tools to manage urbanization.

State hospital clearly needs new facilities

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Sep 26, 2015
There is little doubt that the Hawaii State Hospital is in dire need of more capacity and beds, plus improved conditions to optimize safety for staffers and others who deal with its mentally troubled — and sometimes violent — patients.

Offer storage space to homeless

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Sep 25, 2015
Efforts to loosen the grip of homelessness on thousands of Hawaii residents picked up steam this week with the unveiling of new plans for a community of livable, modular units on a little more than an acre of Waianae land — a transitional home that could give those living on the streets a renewed sense of human dignity.

Bus fares should be rider-friendly

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Sep 24, 2015
Riders of TheBus would benefit from a $5 all-day, unlimited-rides pass under a City Council proposal that also would ditch the system’s two-hour-limit paper transfers.

Taxi oversight needs overhaul

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Sep 23, 2015
Riding with a stranger, even if it’s a licensed cabbie, always carried with it an element of risk — the risk of an unpleasant ride, or even a dangerous one. But taking a taxi is a managed risk, managed largely by government overseers, so people are usually willing to use this well-established transportation solution.

Alliance can help cancer patients

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Sep 22, 2015
For patients battling cancer in Hawaii, often the best defense has been to travel to the mainland for treatment. So it’s welcome news that The Queen’s Medical Center will become a member of the MD Anderson Cancer Center Network and be piped into the latest clinical trials and research.

Revival of bay a worthy goal

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Sep 21, 2015
It’s no secret that Maunalua Bay is in dire need of help as its marine life struggles to thrive in silt-laden waters. So we applaud the initiative by community groups to launch a two-year effort, dubbed Imua Maunalua, to draft a plan for a healthier, sustainable bay for all users.

Stay on track with rail but 'build better'

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Sep 20, 2015
People winced last week at hearing the new projections for cost overruns on the elevated rail construction.

New ADUs law will need help to make it work

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Sep 19, 2015
Honolulu’s housing problem — well within the bounds of a crisis situation for years — could be on the road to a significant improvement, if the latest policy change is managed well by the city administration.

Keep focus on struggling schools

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Sep 18, 2015
Half-empty or half-full? When it comes to the educational glass, Hawaii’s top administrators again reach for half-full — and parents are left wondering if learning for Hawaii’s students will ever rise to the top.

Cast a wary eye on building exemptions

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Sep 17, 2015
Urban planning on an island with Oahu’s costs and needs is, by necessity, a balancing act. City officials about to review the proposal for a privately owned highrise in the urban core must ensure that the collective impact of development maintains that sense of balance.

Help the homeless find shelter

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Sep 16, 2015
Borne of desperation at the sight of the unwashed homeless occupying the gilded streets of Waikiki, the city a year ago passed the first of several laws forbidding people from sitting and lying on public sidewalks.

Keep height limit for Waikiki parcel

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Sep 15, 2015
There are variances, and then there are what look like end-runs. The proposed height-limit exemption sought for a parcel in Waikiki, the site its owner wants for a condo-hotel, seems to fall within that second category.

Hold developers to their promises

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Sep 14, 2015
Despite the startling news that a jury found that $27 million in damages are owed by Haseko (Ewa) Inc., the legal wrangling over the final, 62.3acre phase in the Ocean PointeHoakalei project is far from over.

Workers atop Mauna Kea deserve safe access path

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Sep 13, 2015
"We will stand forever," Hawane Rios vowed, upon returning to Mauna Kea after she and others had been arrested last week for violating rules against camping on the mountain. "We are not going anywhere."

Strengthen government ethics rules

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Sep 12, 2015
It’s been a common thread in stories of late: Lobbyists sway government officials. Government officials approve funding for high-stakes projects. Taxpayers foot the hefty bill.

DOE acts to keep students cool

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Sep 11, 2015
The state Department of Education seems to have broken free of its bureaucratic chokehold in trying to expedite the purchase of as many as 1,000 portable air conditioning units to cool some of the hottest public school classrooms. What a relief -- for students and teachers.

Youth day needs solid legal footing

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Sep 10, 2015
Rather than risk pushing ethical boundaries, organizers have cancelled Children and Youth Day at the state Capitol this year and will start anew in 2016. It’s a move that will disappoint thousands of keiki, but it’s the right decision.

Drones desirable but privacy paramount

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Sep 9, 2015
Drones have shot quickly up and out of the novelty and recreational categories into the realm of must-have hardware for a number of businesses and government agencies.

Don’t pay vendors all they are owed until work is done

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Sep 8, 2015
For so long, Hawaii government has had such a huge “kick me” sign affixed to its technologically-challenged backside that it must seem irresistible, an easy target, for savvy contractors to oblige.

Embrace move toward city that’s bicycle friendly

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Sep 7, 2015
Honolulu officials are taking a needed second giant step toward becoming more bike-friendly — although it may take more time for motorists to feel very neighborly toward their fellow commuters riding on two wheels.

NextEra deal is opportunity to talk about our 'next era'

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Sep 6, 2015
The next era for Hawaii's energy will soon be upon us, and it's clear that much of the leadership of the state doesn't want it to look like the old one.

DOH managers must put stop to excessive OT

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Sep 5, 2015
Anyone with business acumen knows that keeping overtime to a minimum is a hallmark of good management. And excessive OT is usually a sign of, well, bad management.

Reconcile Kakaako glass rules

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Sep 4, 2015
The imposing Symphony Honolulu luxury condominium tower, now rising on Kapiolani Boulevard across from the Blaisdell Arena, gleams brilliantly in the sun — so brilliantly, in fact, that neighbors have complained about the glare from the glass exterior.

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:

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