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Editorial: Bill 37 provisions need redrafting

While the city should promote efficient construction work on public works projects, tapping skilled and well-trained local workers, it also should encourage healthy competition among union and non-union contractors through even-handed bidding processes and work agreements. Read more

                                This is Hercules Huihui (left) greeting Manu Mook. Save Our Sherwoods held a press conference and informational rally at the entrance to Waimanalo Beach Park and Sherwood Forest.
Editorial: Rethink project at Sherwoods

There is nothing nefarious about the Waimanalo Bay Beach Park Master Plan. It is the result of more than 10 years of planning, spurred by area residents who wanted something better for Waimanalo: decent athletics fields to replace the unusable ones down the road, as well as other amenities, like a playground, ample parking and new restrooms. Read more

                                This is the progress of construction of the HART mass transit rail line along the airport bound lanes of Kamehameha Hwy. near the Halawa Gate/Arizona St. as seen looking toward Aloha Stadium.
Editorial: HART relocation program costly

It was just a month ago that the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation breathed a palpable and cautiously optimistic sigh of relief, announcing long-awaited federal approval of its financial recovery plan for Oahu’s troubled $9 billion rail project. Read more

                                The Mandarin Oriental Hotel will have 99 residences above 125 hotel rooms.
Editorial: No TOD benefits for luxury condos

Honolulu Hale touts transit-oriented development as a catalyst for lively mixed-use hubs — housing (affordable housing, especially), jobs and services — within a half-mile radius of a rail station, spurring neighborhood investment and easing commuter travel. Read more

                                Neal Blaisdell Center Arena.
Editorial: Blaisdell plans need second look

Under the latest timeline for the envisioned $772 million redevelopment of Neal S. Blaisdell Center, by this time next year, the city hopes to be forging final details with a private-sector partner tasked with design and construction, along with future operation and maintenance responsibilities. Read more

                                Visitors walk on the sand at Kuhio Beach in Waikiki.
Editorial: State’s economy looking shaky

Signs of deceleration have been surfacing for a few years now. A September 2017 report issued by the University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization — based on analysis of economic, demographic and business trends — projected a slowing of rate of job growth. Read more

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