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Register to vote before it’s too late, then vote

With just a month to go before the primary election, a record 693,000 Hawaii residents are registered to vote, following a trend.

But even as more folks sign up each year, the number who actually go to the polls is falling. More disturbing than puzzling, it’s a no-win situation for the islands.

If you’re registered — and you have until tomorrow if you aren’t — make it matter.


Diamond Head a jewel that needs our TLC

Hiking up Diamond Head is breathtaking, and that’s not due merely to those two sets of steep stairs — one with 99 steps, the other, 76 — that take folks to the top. It’s that view at said top, which offers sweeping panoramas of the mountains to the ocean, from downtown to Koko Head. And, it’s the specialness of being able to soak in a spot that’s renowned around the world.

But even iconic landmarks need TLC to maintain their profiles, and the Diamond Head State Monument is no exception. Like all things natural, the volcanic crater is indeed eroding, losing its ash-component "tuff" in high-traffic parts of the trail.

The state has a couple of major projects planned for later this year and next to combat the erosion, including a new loop trail to help alleviate foot traffic congestion. Remember, though, that continuing care of this natural treasure is not just the state’s responsibility; hikers need to stay on designated trails to reduce damage. Help keep Diamond Head intact, one mindful step at a time.


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