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                                A man rides his bike on Waikiki Beach in Honolulu.
Editorial: Aid must emerge after tourism delay

Intentionally or not, Hawaii may have just reached a crossroads in planning for its economic future. Its reliance on its bedrock visitor industry has been shaken to the core by the global coronavirus pandemic, and there may need to be a redeployent of its workforce. Read more

                                Kapolei Middle School Principal Richard Fajardo, above, stood inside the school cafeteria with marked-off seating as the state Department of Education unveiled its reopening plans.
Editorial: Consensus vital to reopen schools

Soon after signing off on a back-to-school agreement a couple of weeks ago, it became apparent that the state Department of Education and the Hawaii State Teachers Association lacked like-mindedness on safety details such as on-campus social distancing and face coverings. Read more

                                Gov. David Ige
Editorial: Grim prognosis for state budget

As the state Legislature ends its historically difficult session today, the work for its next one is already piling up. And a great deal of it — trying to square up the state’s costs with its plummeting tax revenues — won’t wait. Read more

                                <strong>“I think it’s monumental for Native Hawaiians. We got such a great victory, one that will result in something that is payable.”</strong>
                                <strong>Leona Kalima</strong>
                                <em>Lead plaintiff in the case against the state</em>
Editorial: State must settle with Hawaiians

The statement from the Hawaii Supreme Court on a decades-long legal fight has come down, and it couldn’t have been said more plainly: The state has failed in its trust responsibilities to deliver on a promise first made by the federal government a century ago, to provide homesteading for Hawaii’s indigenous people. Read more

                                A man wearing a mask passes a painted mural along Halekauwela Street on Friday, June 12, 2020 in Honolulu.
Editorial: Show your aloha, keep the mask on

In a survey commissioned by the state Department of Health and conducted in April, nearly three-quarters of Hawaii residents viewed COVID-19 as a “very serious” health concern. It’s alarming that in a follow-up poll, done in late May and early June, that view dropped to 54%. Read more

Honolulu Police Department.
Editorial: Pass mandate for police disclosure

The push for police reform has become a national issue with such momentum that, at least in Hawaii, the tide has turned in favor of a provision open-government advocates have sought for years: disclosure of police officers’ identity upon suspension or discharge as a disciplinary action. Read more

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