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                                Kaimuki resident purchases a mid-afternoon snack at Otto Cake.
Editorial: Small businesses need PPP infusion

A recent University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization (UHERO) forecast sees meaningful economic recovery in our tourism-dependent state taking hold in mid-2021. Meanwhile, many small businesses and nonprofits, which employ more than half of the state’s workforce, will be fighting to stay afloat. Read more

                                Aloha Stadium. Pictured is the ticket gate area of the stadium.
Editorial: Increase UH role in stadium plans

There are other tenants that make regular use of the Aloha Stadium, but none as important or longstanding as University of Hawaii football. So the fact that there seems to be a disconnect between UH and the agencies involved in charting the stadium’s future presents a serious problem that needs prompt resolution. Read more

                                Travelers are screened after arriving on transpacific flights on Thursday, October 15, 2020 at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Editorial: Fixing budget will be tough balance

The state Council on Revenues has drafted a relatively sunny updated economic forecast, pinned on hopes that the incoming administration of President-elect Joe Biden will accelerate rollout of COVID-19 vaccine and testing for infection, which in turn will encourage more travel to tourism-dependent Hawaii. Read more

Editorial: Biden, Congress must close divide

The national wounds, left by many years of political divisions, are deep. Many Americans did not realize how deep they were until the violent discord spilled out Wednesday on TV and digital screens, a disturbingly violent U.S. Capitol siege. Read more

Editorial: Home invasion alert

With more people spending more time at home due to COVID-19 restrictions, police say they’re seeing more cases of home invasions in which intruders are unexpectedly confronting household occupants. Read more

                                Supporters of President Donald Trump are confronted by U.S. Capitol Police officers outside the Capitol, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021 in Washington.
Editorial: Severe penalties for Capitol siege

On Wednesday, as the U.S. Capitol was shockingly overrun by a mob that turned violent, members of Hawaii’s congressional delegation relayed statements confirming their safety — and expressing outrage at the president’s role in spurring on supporters who temporarily halted Electoral College deliberations. Read more

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Laurie Dexter/Released
                                Capt. Ken Epps, commanding officer of NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center Pearl Harbor, left, briefs members of the Honolulu Board of Water Supply, Moanalua Valley Community Association and Pearl City Neighborhood Board No. 21 during a visit to one of the empty fuel tanks at the Red Hill Underground Fuel Storage Facility near Pearl Harbor. The group visited the modernized Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility, where subject matter experts showed how the Navy maintains the facility as a national strategic asset. Red Hill provides fuel to operate overseas while ensuring drinking water in the area remains safe.
Editorial: Red Hill tanks need proaction

Seven years ago, the Navy reported a 27,000-gallon jet fuel leak at one of 20 aging tanks in its underground Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage facility, and later said it was caused by a contractor’s poorly performed work and the military’s own insufficient oversight. Read more

                                Lori Kahikina
Editorial: On Kahikina and rail

The incoming president of the U.S. may win the prize for Toughest Job in the World, but the chief executive officer of the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation? That’s pretty tough, too. Read more

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