Maureen O'Connell, Author at Honolulu Star-Advertiser
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Courses that teach high schoolers about money are few and far between

Lessons in money management are useful, especially in a state where high school grads face daunting cost-of-living issues, not to mention the nationwide rising price tag for a college education. Read More

Christine Sakuda wants to modernize state’s IT infrastructure

Hawaii still lags decades behind other states in tapping information technology as a means to step up transparency and speed responsiveness in state government operations. But progress is in the works. Read More

Insight: Hawaii has long history of strict firearms laws

While a recent court ruling tests “open carry” here, Hawaii’s history of strict firearms laws is assessed. Read More

Hawaii Opioid Initiative: Remedy for relief

Unlike cases soaring across the U.S., Hawaii’s rate of opioid misuse is low — and an action plan is working to keep it that way. Read More

New vision for Kamehameha Schools

As a group, Native Hawaiians are struggling with academic achievement. Read More

Pipe dreams: Water rates, poised to rise to replace old pipes, are just 1 aspect of the supply picture

According to the Board of Water Supply, Oahu is now seeing about 300 water main breaks a year. And unless ongoing pipeline replacement efforts are ramped up, the annual count of splits, tears and bursts is poised for an unabated climb in coming decades. Read More

Debate over $44M in city bonds for rail

Officials wrangle over whether now’s the time to approve city bonds for rail to cover $44 million “on paper.” Read More

Renewable-energy strides being made in Hawaii, in fits and starts

In the past several months, notable developments have occurred to advance Hawaii down the green-energy path. Read More

Lisa Fowler: Hawaiian Humane Society’s new CEO

Construction of Hawaii’s first high-volume spay-and-neuter clinic is underway at the Hawaiian Humane Society’s Moiliili shelter. Read More

Many hurdles ahead in farming our land

Stepping up local food production in our island state is a sensible goal. With greater access to fresh, homegrown products, Hawaii could reap economic, environmental and health gains. Read More

Gavin Thornton: Hawaii Appleseed co-director helps the poor, and aims to untangle the state budget process

Shortly after graduating from the University of Virginia’s law school in 2002, while working as an attorney in Legal Aid Society of Hawaii’s Kona office, Gavin Thornton discovered that the state had been overcharging public housing tenants for more than a decade. Read More

Jones Act: Keep afloat or let it sink?

Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria prompted the Trump administration to last month issue waivers to a restrictive maritime shipping law in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico. The temporary lifting of the Jones Act aimed to help speed delivery of relief supplies to areas reeling from storm damages. Read More

John Hara: The distinguished architect emphasizes environmentally friendly projects

Architect John Hara’s practice is devoted to planning and design of sites and buildings, with an aim to continually “redefine the contemporary language” of Hawaii’s architectural traditions. Read More

David Earles: Hopes to help build a healthy future for troubled zoo

Last year was a difficult one for the Honolulu Zoo. After long grappling with trouble spots such as inconsistent annual city funding and instability in leadership due to a revolving-door situation in the director’s post, it lost accreditation with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Read More

Bobby Lee: The firefighters union chief sees hard lessons in the Marco Polo condo fire

The Hawaii Fire Fighters Association (HFFA) serves as the bargaining representative for some 1,900 active-duty and 1,000 retired firefighters in Honolulu, other counties and firefighters protecting our state airports. Read More

Hawaii tourism headed for another record-breaking year

With monthly and midyear visitor arrivals topping expectations, there’s a good chance that Hawaii will hit its full-year forecast: a record-breaking 9.1 million visitors. Read More

Mariana Gerschenson: Professor targets Hawaii’s struggle with diabetes

The concept for the Center of Biomedical Research Excellence in Diabetes at the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine began taking shape about five years ago. Read More

Diane Paloma: Incoming CEO of the Lunalilo Trust will support kupuna who need help

Lunalilo Home was established through a will drafted by Hawaii’s sixth monarch and first elected king, William Charles Lunalilo. Read More

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