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Column: Don’t put money from pot ahead of protecting safety and health

The Hawaii, Honolulu, Kauai and Maui police departments strongly urge lawmakers to put the public’s safety and health ahead of money and to not legalize the use of recreational marijuana. Read More

Column: Scare tactics infringe on right to accept own risks

How many falsehoods need to be disproved before folks start doubting those who spread them? Read More

Trump-Kim summit: U.S. needs to hit firmly on nuclear arms and sanctions

The second summit, slated for later this month in Vietnam, is a moment for the two countries to really talk about a pathway toward partnership. Read More

Column: Know the facts to help overcome vaccine hesitancy

As it was then and is now, Hawaii remains a cornerstone for travel, and is vulnerable to infectious disease outbreaks. Read More

UH leaders set sights on a host of improvements

From Hawaii Promise to converting Sinclair Library into a modern student center, UH leaders set sights on a host of improvements. Read More

Column: Win or lose, Hawaii keeps fighting for rights

As Hawaii marks Martin Luther King Jr. Day, let’s remember that it’s more than just a day off. Let’s think about how far we’ve come and how far we have yet to go in realizing his dream. Read More

Shifting gears: Fewer teens seeking driving permits

Once upon a time, teenagers burned with impatience before finally coming of age — 15-1/2 years old in Hawaii — for getting their learner’s permit and getting behind the wheel. Read More

Shifting gears: Technology, urban living evolve transit trends

Evolving technologies and habits fuel new ways of getting around Oahu — including without one’s own car. Read More

Poem ‘Kindness’ touches the heart

“Kindness” by Naomi Shihab Nye is the most popular contemporary poem of 2018, with more than 250,000 individuals viewing the poem online in the past 12 months on the Academy of American Poets’ website, Read More

A kinder, gentler time: Readers share thoughts

I was dropping off my car at Dillingham Boulevard for repairs the next, when I saw a homeless man lying down by the door of the establishment. It was raining at that time, and windy, too. Read More

Column: Why minimum wage shouldn’t be increased, from restaurateur’s perspective

We are the owners of a small business on Oahu with about 130 employees. As chief financial officer, the one thing that keeps me awake at night is the very real worry that the Legislature and the governor will devastate our business by forcing through a minimum wage hike. Read More

Climate change: Time to walk the talk

In these past few weeks, you probably noted news of several major reports about the devastation already caused by climate change worldwide, and the frightening future ahead of us if we do not fix this problem now. We do not think you should be concerned — you should be terrified. Read More

Climate change: Redraw policies to adapt

As authors of the chapter covering Hawaii and the U.S.-affiliated Pacific Islands in the “Fourth U.S. National Climate Assessment,” which was released by the federal government on Black Friday, my colleagues and I encountered a dire picture of climate impacts that are now affecting communities and ecosystems across the state. Read More

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

Column: With crime putting Chinatown at risk, police patrols needed now

Over the last two years, the intersection of Maunakea and Pauahi streets has become a vortex for drug dealing, public drinking, street sex, street brawls, stabbings and murders. Read More

Column: Solutions for Chinatown should heed its character, people

Each of the city’s redevelopments brought controversy and some level of pushback, since they were often out of scale with the general character of Chinatown. Read More

Column: Memorials are touchstones to our honored dead

Today, celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Vietnam Women’s Memorial is an honor to the legacy of service of all women veterans. Read More

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