The Hawaii State Art Museum exhibit on 100 years of women’s suffrage serves to remind us: Native Hawaiians were involved. Wilhelmina Kekelaokalaninui Widemann Dowsett formed the first “suffragist” club here (she hated the “suffragette” term).
“I can speak for my Hawaiian sisters, and I can say that in every way the woman is man’s superior,” she told the Honolulu Star-Bulletin in 1913. “She will not only cast her vote fully as intelligently — she will vote, honestly.” Happy centennial, suffragists!
A few more affordable rentals
At a new apartment complex soon to take shape near Honolulu’s rail station on Kualakai Parkway, across from the University of Hawaii-West Oahu, 246 units will be rented at market rates.
To help satisfy a city affordable-housing requirement, The Element will set rents for another 72 units at rates reserved for tenants earning up to 80% of the median annual income in Honolulu — up to $77,120 for a couple, and $67,520 for a single person. While the small increase in affordable housing is encouraging, it would be much more encouraging were the allotments flipped.