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                                A new state initiative called Good Jobs Hawai‘i provides free training in a variety of professions. At top, student Kimmie Izumi, who is making a career change from the medical field, hones her skills in a welding technology class at Honolulu Community College.
Editorial: Training for a better job

For Hawaii residents poised to enter the workforce or those seeking a career change, now comes a prime opportunity to learn new skills toward future growth — for free. Read more

                                Sen. Kurt Fevella speaks during a news conference on July 26, 2021, at the state Capitol.
Editorial: Decorum at the Capitol

The state Senate’s Rule 81 — Standards of Conduct — requires senators to treat their colleagues, staff and the general public “with respect and courtesy” at all times, and “in a manner that promotes public confidence in the integrity of the Senate.” Read more

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                                Illegal fireworks near Punchbowl.
Editorial: Target dealers of illegal fireworks

This year’s New Year’s celebrations, with blazing pyrotechnics over many neighborhoods, were entertainment for many islanders. But they also blanketed communities in a haze of smoke, injured about a dozen people, including a 12-year-old girl, and resulted in one death on Oahu. Read more

                                Above, a surfer prepares to enter the ocean at Log Cabins on the North Shore.
Editorial: To catch a wave on isles’ surf brand

Hawaii’s winter waves grew to monster proportions this month — and so did the draw for spectators, who turned out by the tens of thousands to see the 2023 Eddie Aikau Invitational Big Wave Contest at Waimea on Jan. 22. Read more

                                Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi held a news conference on the grounds of Honolulu Hale to announce the purchase of 48 new Handi-Vans to be operated by Oahu Transportation Services on Jan. 12. The Mayor was joined by Roger Morton, Director of the Department of Transportation Services.
Editorial: Fix Handi-Van now

It really shouldn’t take all of three years to improve the city’s troubled TheHandi-Van service — though it is helpful to have a fix-things-by-then deadline stated in a new U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) order. Read more

                                Hawaii Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark. E. Recktenwald presides at the State of the Judiciary Address during a joint legislature session at the State Capitol Senate chambers on Wednesday, January 25, 2023.
Editorial: Courts integral to crucial initiatives

Hawaii’s Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald prefaced his State of the Judiciary address with a message to Gov. Josh Green: “We are eager to collaborate with your administration,” he said, noting that Green’s focus on homelessness and mental illness dovetails with judicial concerns. Read more

                                Hawaii Gov. Josh Green.
Editorial: Strong start for Green’s agenda

One big grievance that some legislators raised about former Gov. David Ige was that he did not have a fully formed plan of action for their consideration — some of them feeling it strongly enough that they backed his primary-election opponent in his 2018 bid for reelection. Read more

                                Senate President Ron Kouchi addressed the audience on the Senate chamber floor on Wednesday.
Editorial: Shine light on lawmaking

Public perceptions about government corruption became reality — again — when two state politicians got busted for bribery and fraud last February, another episode in a recent string of public crimes. Read more

                                Above, McKinley High School students leave campus after school.
Editorial: Stop dawdling on school safety

School safety has become a concern across the United States. Yet this month, the Star-Advertiser reported that Hawaii’s Department of Education (DOE) has been slow to get up to speed on a statewide safety plan for Hawaii’s schools. Read more

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