Ideally, conflicts would be resolved briskly with cooperation, compromise and good faith. Sometimes, unfortunately, it takes much more to get results.
The latter seems to be occurring in the troubling situation over the Navy’s underground fuel storage tanks at Red Hill: the Sierra Club is suing the state Health Department for failure to enact rules requiring underground storage-tank owners to make upgrades to prevent releases of hazardous substances. Underscoring the issue, apparently, was the 2014 leak from a Navy fuel tank located above a groundwater source for Pearl Harbor residents.
A 2015 agreement called for mitigation steps by the Navy, but the pace has plodded. For all concerned, let’s hope the lawsuit prods — not further plods — needed actions.
‘Made in Hawaii’ makes a lot of people happy
What was that long line of cars along King Street last weekend? It was good new for vendors of locally produced products.
The Made in Hawaii Festival attracted record crowds, estimated at 50,000, to the Neil S. Blaisdell Exhibition Hall. The show, which featured food, crafts and other Hawaii products, has grown steadily in popularity; in 2012, about 33,000 turned out. Let’s hope the trend continues and spills out beyond the Blaisdell to bigger, even more profitable markets — making “Made in Hawaii” a famous and coveted label.