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                                Sandy Ma, executive director of Common Cause Hawaii, at the State Capitol.
Column: Common Cause, transparency are vital to good government

Fifty years ago in 1970, Punahou School graduate John W. Gardner — a Republican secretary of Health, Education and Welfare (HEW) under a Democratic president, Lyndon B. Johnson — founded Common Cause, which became the nation’s largest public interest group dedicated to providing open, honest and accountable government. Read more

                                A whitetip shark is seen here in its ocean element.
Column: Whitetip sharks need protection from commercial fishing

The relationship between humans and the natural world is reciprocal, particularly in Native Hawaiian culture. For me, the mano (shark) is my family ‘aumakua, giving spiritual protection and guidance. Reciprocally, my family traditionally served as kahu mano (shark protectors) tasked with protecting this sacred animal from unnecessary killing. Read more

                                Ahe Group president and CEO Makani Maeva speaks to an overflow crowd during a community meeting at Kailua District Park on June 12.
Column: Dems, rise up for affordable housing

In June, nearly 400 appeared at a Kailua Neighborhood Board meeting willing to risk their lives in the cramped recreation center, for a threat they deemed greater than a life-threatening pandemic: affordable housing for young families, single mothers and the elderly. Read more

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