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Don’t trash the trash-collecting machine

Tugboats towed System 001 — a 2,000-foot-long, U-shaped trash-collecting barrier — into Hilo Harbor on Thursday so that Ocean Cleanup, its nonprofit operator, can take stock of needed repairs. Read More

Editorial: Two Hawaii treasures hurt by homeless

Vandalism and vagrancy have been longstanding problems at ‘Iolani Palace and, in nearby Kakaako Makai, the Hawaii Children’s Discovery Center. And now the nonprofits that care for these places are being forced into unfortunate actions to protect the assets. Read More

More storage means more power from solar

Hawaiian Electric is seeking approval from the Public Utilities Commission for seven “solar-plus-storage” projects that can transfer power from the sun to batteries and onto the power grid. Read More

Searching for funds to keep park open

The shutdown has shut off the tap where funding for Hawaii Volcanoes National Park pours out, so the National Park Service may turn to Federal Land and Recreation Enhancement funds to underwrite the park maintenance. Read More

Defending the nation’s assets in space

For thousands of years, outer space was an otherworld, out-of-reach fantasy, a feast for the imagination. Now it’s becoming like parts of Earth: crowded, competitive and filled with stuff. Read More

Follow the Legislature on Olelo

In what should be required viewing for all citizens, not just political junkies, ‘Olelo Community Media will launch its “Live at the Legislature” show on Monday at 8:30 a.m. Read More

Put crosswalk back, with extra safeguards

Sadly, during the first week of the new year, Oahu marked 2019’s first pedestrian death. A 86-year-old man died after being struck by a car on Hawaii Kai Drive on Monday evening. Read More

Shutdown can’t stop whale count volunteers

Kudos to the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation for stepping in to coordinate the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary’s annual Ocean Count, which is slated to start on Jan. 26. Read More

A snail named George fades away

The sad thing is, George had a name. If the little Hawaiian land snails hadn’t been under such threat that only a few specimens had survived, Achatinella apexfulva would have been thriving, too numerous to name. Read More

Only $7.5 million? Get real

It used to be that $7.5 million was real money. Read More

Editorial: More revelations in the Kealoha case

We’ve seen it happen in that FBI Russia probe, too: Getting caught in a lie to the feds can give investigators leverage. Read More

Volunteers help parks remain open

Amid the federal government shutdown’s gloom are a few bright spots at Hawaii national parks. Read More

States’ marijuana results to inform Hawaii decisions

The legal cannabis industry is said to be waving goodbye to 2018 with a lot of appreciation. And it’s true that the marijuana market, whether for medical use or recreation, has grown nationwide. Read More

New year and new Council sure to bring new drama

City Councilman Trevor Ozawa’s hand is hovering over the gavel to chair the Council on Wednesday, unshaken by the court challenge of his election, still unresolved. That challenge was filed after the incumbent eked out victory over former lawmaker Tommy Waters by a 22-vote margin. Read More

Here’s hoping city can recoup lost cash over trash

Fingers crossed: Perhaps the city doesn’t have to kiss off $3.1 million in unpaid disposal fees, after all. Read More

New ban makes wild-animal acts thing of the past

Gov. David Ige has signed off on a proposal to amend Hawaii law to effectively ban wild animal acts in the islands. Read More

An iconic restaurant fades away

Some will weep for The Willows on Hausten Street, an oasis surrounded by apartments in the midst of crowded Hausten Street. Read More

Hawaii’s people growing up, and heading out

Populations boom … and bust. There have been years since statehood when Hawaii has experienced its growth spurt. Read More

Off the News: Fans of Pali Lanes keep it from the gutter, for now

Kailuans are proving to be tough to convince that the era of Pali Lanes has ended. Well, perhaps it hasn’t. Various schools and industry groups are looking into it. Read More

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