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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:

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.

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