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Cheri Nakamura, is director of HEʻE Coalition (Hui for Excellence in Education), a statewide coalition working to improve public education in Hawaii (<a href="http://www.heecoalition.org" target="_blank">www.heecoalition.org</a>).
Column: Let’s take clear, decisive action to help our schools now

We are in a difficult pandemic crisis, which is compromising health and effective learning. We have no plan of when or how to respond to more than 4,000 new infections per day, or the many teachers and staffers who are out ill. We lack criteria to trigger a shift to hybrid or online learning. We are inflexibly stuck on one approach only: in-person learning. Read more

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Column: Pay it forward by becoming a mentor

When I was 9 years old, my single mother and I took a leap of faith and moved from Malaysia to Hawaii. First-generation immigrants, we had no connections, just ambitions to create a new life with an abundance of opportunities Read more

NEW YORK TIMES
                                Joanne Haynes, a nurse practitioner at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, met virtually with a patient from her office in Ridgeland, Miss., last September.
Column: Bring telehealth to veterans in Hawaii

This past December marked the 80th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. And while many Americans took time to remember those lost nearly a century ago during the infamous attack, it is equally important to honor Hawaii’s men and women who continue to serve us today. Read more

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                                Taking the COVID-19 test, her mother was doing the swabbing.
Column: Prioritize COVID testing, transparency to keep schools going

The first week back to school from Christmas break went smoothly, considering surging cases in the community and the recent quarantine guideline changes. I have heard from some parents concerned about sending children to school, and some of my students also express fears of getting sick. However, most students and faculty that I have spoken with prefer in-person learning and believe we can do it safely. Read more

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                                Pictured is the Route B bus at the corner of S.King and Punchbowl Streets.
Column: Rate Commission seeks public input on Bus, Handi-Van fares

Public transit is an essential part of the economic and social well-being. Honolulu has one of the best in the nation, a testimony to the commitment the city has made over many years to provide mobility and access to all persons. The financial cost of providing transit is shared by city taxpayers, federal funds and fares paid by passengers. Read more

Larry Bartley is executive director of Save Oʻahu’s Neighborhoods (SONHawai‘i).
Column: Enforce vacation-rental rules to increase housing supply

Having passed first reading, Honolulu Council Bill 41 (2021), and maybe the administration-proposed CD1, will be heard at the Jan. 13 Zoning Committee hearing. It provides for enhanced enforcement against illegal vacation rentals, land use changes, hotel and time share rules, and more. Read more


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