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From disasters, to schools, to jobs, troops help Hawaii

In Hawaii, it’s a special time for us to recognize and say mahalo to more than 50,000 active military personnel across the state and 100,000 veterans who call our islands home. 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

Why North Korea’s Kim Jong Un is in peace mode

In late 2017, a U.S. preventive military strike on North Korean territory, which risked escalating into a new Korean War, looked likely. Read More

iPhones should have FM radio capability in event of disaster

As thousands of residents begin to recover from the recent historic rainfall in Kauai — which has caused flash flooding and mudslides throughout the island — now is a critical time for all in Hawaii to think critically about their plans to receive live, local and detailed information during times of emergency. Read More

Trade war could raise costs, slow economic growth in Hawaii

There are no winners in trade wars, and the one looming between the United States and China could affect Hawaii residents’ wallets and household budgets through rising prices on everyday goods. Read More

Earth Day: Cleanups are just part of solution for sustainability

At Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii, we do more than just host huge beach cleanups across the state, more than just educate over 10,000 kids annually in their schools, and more than just divert thousands of pounds away from our landfill and incinerator through composting and recycling. Read More

Earth Day: Consumers can do part to lessen carbon footprint

Food and retail industries will continue to strive to improve our energy and packaging efficiencies to help fight global climate change and improve our environment. Read More

Earth Day: Global issue seen in Midway habitat work

Plastic pollution is a global issue and the only way for us to overcome its effects is to work together to switch from a culture of convenience to one where we think about the long-term and global impacts of our actions. Read More

TMT: Up in the air

Surprise 11th-hour legislative bills on Mauna Kea management create more clouds over the Thirty Meter Telescope, now awaiting key decisions by its owners and Hawaii’s Supreme Court. Read More

Complicity via silence is second hidden crime of sexual harassment

We can all choose to be a coalition of action rather than a conspiracy of inaction. We must do this because we are all interconnected in Hawaii and rise or fall together. Let us do this because it will create a legacy of true equality and aloha for coming generations. 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

U.S.-North Korea summit: Meeting of minds?

Pulling back from the nuclear brink and bringing North Korea into the community of nations will not be easy and will take much time. It will require all of the elements Adm. Vasey suggested. It will be worth the effort. Read More

Strength in language: Hawaiian usage gains momentum

The state of the Hawaiian language renaissance, said Na‘alehu Anthony, can be gauged by a visit to the drug store, or some similar community stomping grounds. He’s done that, and the conclusion he’s drawn: Hawaiian is gaining in strength. Read More

Janus v. AFSCME: 5 takeaways from SCOTUS hearing

For the third time in four years, the Supreme Court heard arguments Monday about a case that would deal a financial blow to public sector unions, a major political force in California and Democratic politics, nationally. Read More

Janus v. AFSCME: Supreme Court has a chance to correct itself

Overturning mistaken decisions is an occasional duty of the U.S. Supreme Court. Last Monday, the court heard oral arguments that probably will presage another overdue correction. Read More

Amid OHA turmoil, Chairwoman Machado sets record straight on spending

It’s time to set the record straight about the spending of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. Let’s be clear: OHA’s funding absolutely goes toward bettering the lives of Native Hawaiians. Read More

OHA turmoil: Trustee Akina says CEO must go, trustees must repay

It is worth repeating that, while the CEO is at fault for inappropriate spending, OHA’s board of trustees is ultimately responsible. Read More

OHA turmoil: Lawyer King says audit compels voters to oust CEO, trustees

The final audit of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) produced by the Office of the State Auditor makes one thing clear: It is time for the incumbent OHA trustees and Chief Executive Officer Kamana‘opono Crabbe to step aside or be voted out. Read More

OHA turmoil: Trustee Akana says staffers told of flagrant disregard for policies

In January 2017, as then-chairwoman of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs’ board of trustees, I and four other trustees offered OHA CEO Kamana‘opono Crabbe a buyout of his contract so that we could have a fresh start with a new CEO and correct many of the issues that have now been revealed by the state auditor. 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

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