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Column: Ua ʻeha ka ʻili i ka ʻōnohi ʻula o ka lā

Synopsis: Times have changed. The sun is not like it used to be when I was a child. Now, with the thinning of the ozone layer we are all at risk of developing actinic keratoses, and perhaps even skin cancer. Read More

Column: Kōlea nō ke kōlea i kona inoa iho

Synopsis: After the terrorist massacre in Aotearoa, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has chosen not to mention the name of the suspect. Being sentenced to obscurity seems most appropriate. Read More

Column: I ikeia no ke kanaka no kekahi lahui ma kana olelo

Synopsis: As Hawaiians, we have to seek the blessing of the state, under its laws, in order to normalize our language. That path has led us nowhere! Read More

Column: He mea nui ka ʻai, eia naʻe, ʻo ka hānai kai ʻoi aʻe

Synopsis: LeBron James just surpassed Michael Jordan to take over fourth place on the list of all-time NBA scoring leaders. It would seem, however, that scoring is not as important to him as assists. Read More

Column: He aloha nō ʻo Kapūkakī, ua piha i ka ʻailea

The U.S. Navy’s fuel storage tanks buried at Kapūkaki (Red Hill) have leaked in the past. In what way can this be good for Oahu’s drinking water, which is located nearby? Read More

Column: Lele ka ʻanae i ke alo pali o Nuʻuanu

The Nuʻuanu Pali Tunnels were closed this week due to landslides. Given the history, i.e., the numerous soldiers who fell to their deaths at the Battle of Nuʻuanu, will drivers be hesitant to take that route? I will. Read More

Column: E akaaka anei i ke kahako a me ka okina?

Synopsis: A bill was just passed by the Legislature requiring the use of macrons and glottal stops in all government papers, signs and seals. Although it appears to be benign, there is opposition. Read More

Column: Mahalua ka mahaʻoi mai uka a kai

Synopsis: First the telescopes, then the whales, and now the wēkiu bug. In each case, traditional Hawaiian values are subjugated to unyielding Western control. Read More

Column: ʻOkoʻa ka palaoa, ʻokoʻa ke koholā

Why was the sperm whale carcass at Kalaeloa plundered and the baby humpback whale that floated ashore in Kauaʻi left unmolested? Clue: One has teeth and the other has none. Read More

Column: ʻOkoʻa paha ʻo ‘Kahlua’ a ʻokoʻa hoʻi ʻo ‘Kaholo’

The Swedish company Absolut, which makes the coffee liqueur Kahlua, is blocking a Big Island businessman from using the name Kaholo for his coffee. It claims that “Kaholo” is too similar to “Kahlua” and constitutes a trade-name infringement. Read More

Column: Hoʻokahuli aupuni: Piha nā makahiki he 116

Synopsis: 126 years have passed since the overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi. As we remember this, we are reminded that the right to utilize our language has been effectively overthrown as well. Read More

Column: Hakakā kūloko no ka hoʻomana o Loko

U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono and U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, half of Hawaiʻi’s congressional delegation, are at odds over the nature of questioning in the vetting of a judge selected for U.S. Circuit Court. Claims of religious bigotry are raised. Read More

Column: Nā hoʻohiki o ka makahiki hou

Making a New Year’s resolution, whether publicly or privately, reveals a sense of power or control in affecting future outcomes. It is a bit overreaching from the perspective of one who abdicates control over fate. Read More

Ka haunaele a Trump ma Suria

Synopsis: Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw forces from Syria is viewed as unwise, but his reasons for doing what he does tend to align with his own self-interests. Perhaps something will motivate him to withdraw from Hawai‘i. Read More

Puhi holo wale, ʻaʻohe pāpalekimo

“Stealthing,” or removing a condom during sex without a partner’s knowledge, can now merit criminal consequences, although not yet in America. The word is catching on. Read More

Column: ʻO ka maʻa ka hopena o ka hoʻomaʻamaʻa

Synopsis: Learning language out of context can yield an ability to create decontextualized sentences, but is worthless for actual communication. Read More

Column: Lele paha i ka pō ke poʻouli

Synopsis: Another unique native bird might be extinct. What is our responsibility as Hawaiians and people of Hawaiʻi to conserve the precious creatures that also call Hawaiʻi home? Read More

Column: ʻAʻole hiki ke hōʻino i kahi mea ua ʻino?

Synopsis: The state has decided that since the summit of Mauna a Wakea has already been developed, there is no danger that further development will degrade the already degraded. Read More

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