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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, Poets.org. 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

Initiative focuses on more trees in Oahu’s concrete jungle

The canopy of trees that shade developed parts of Oahu is shrinking. The city, and an enlarging network of nonprofit groups concerned about that, are working to reverse that trend. Read More

Much achieved in last ConCon, held in 1978

Today’s ConCon debate echoes some themes from the lead-up to the previous Constitutional Convention, held through the summer of 1978. Read More

Column: Plan for disrupting high-tide flooding by mid-century

We need to eliminate dangerous fossil fuels, plan for more frequent and intense weather hazards, and adapt to sea level rise. Now is the time for new policies and behaviors to protect our most treasured places. Read More
 

Column: Adapting to climate change requires a mix of responses

We are beginning to learn a great deal about the current risks associated with climate change. We should not let what we don’t yet know keep us from doing the things we ought to be doing now. Read More

Column: Water-rate hikes to boost upkeep of aging system

This long-term look is the best approach to sustain, expand, repair and replace critical water infrastructure to support Ka Wai Ola for the people of Oahu. Read More

Column: Technology helps improve, recycle Oahu’s wastewater

On the surface, most people just want to be assured of no adverse side effects from using biosolids on farm crops or reclaimed water for more purposes. The two ways to do that are through studies and education. Read More

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