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Column: AIDS Day goal: ‘Hawaii to Zero’

On Dec. 1, Hawaii, along with millions of people around the world, will observe World AIDS Day. Read More

Column: Port of Honolulu needs thoughtful development for future

The Port of Honolulu Master Plan — drafted nearly a quarter-century ago — is getting a much-needed update. Read More

Column: Book is reminder for equitable policies

How will our state government redefine “rights, freedoms and prosperity” in 2019? Read More

Column: Don’t delay needed fire sprinkler law

All of us shared in the horror of the Marco Polo condominium fire and the tragic death of four of our residents. The thought of burning to death is hard to imagine. Allowing it to happen again is unacceptable and preventable. Read More

Column: Big implications for open-carry ruling

In a somewhat byzantine tangle of legal events, the state of Hawaii may have figuratively shot itself in the foot. Read More

Column: Flower industry rebuilds from Kilauea

We have seen demand steadily grow over the years. Our primary objective now is to get our farmers who lost everything back on their feet so they, too, can supply that growing demand. 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: Honolulu should reconsider its property tax rate structure

While the ballot measure on using property taxes to fund public education was disallowed by Hawaii’s Supreme Court, completing rail construction will require the use of property taxes. Read More

Column: More affordable housing needed for our homeless veterans

The just-observed Veterans Day was a special day for us to remember those who have served and sacrificed to protect the freedoms and opportunities we all enjoy. Read More

Column: Gold medal for Filipino veterans makes holiday extra special

This year’s Veterans Day takes on a special meaning for me, because of my experience with many living Filipino World War II veterans. Read More

Column: A bold second-term education agenda

In his second term, Gov. David Ige can create new hope for students by advancing three evidence-based practices. Read More

Column: University of Hawaii students, educators still need books

In the simplest sense it is irrational, demoralizing and insulting to presume that government officials would better know which learning resources are appropriate in the classroom setting. 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

Column: A truly sustainable Hawaii means one job should be enough

The Sierra Club, Hawaii Alliance for Progressive Action and envision a truly sustainable future for Hawaii. Read More

Column: Change rail route for UH, flooding

In recent months, both Gov. David Ige and Mayor Kirk Caldwell have acknowledged the need for the rail project to extend to the University of Hawaii-Manoa, recognizing that the UH-Manoa campus is a major commuter destination that contributes to current traffic congestion. Read More

Column: Are we ready yet? Massive typhoons warn us to prepare now

On Oct. 25, Typhoon Yutu slammed into part of our own Red Cross Pacific Islands Region with 180 mph winds and gusts up to 235 mph. Read More

Column: Court quashed civic engagement in ruling against ConAm

Like many voters who believe Hawaii’s keiki deserve a quality public education, I was shocked by the Hawaii Supreme Court’s pre-emptive strike against voter’s rights. Read More

Column: ConCon would put at risk existing environmental protections

I loved the recent commentary by Anne Feder Lee asking those who are clamoring for a Hawaii Constitutional Convention (ConCon) to spell out what exactly is flawed about the document we now have. Read More

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