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Editorial: Schools’ repair budget alarming

This was not a welcome surprise to receive, at the holidays or any other time: The number crunchers tracking the repair-and-maintenance job list for Hawaii’s public schools had been crunching the wrong numbers. Read More

Editorial: Try domes for ohana zones

The church community of First Assembly of God in Kahaluu, by pioneering a promising model of housing the homeless, has added a hopeful note in these closing days of a harsh year for the unsheltered. Read More

Editorial: Shutdown shows sad dysfunction

Since the partial federal government shutdown got underway Saturday, four Pearl Harbor nonprofits have been footing the bill — now about $14,000 a day — to keep the USS Arizona Memorial visitor center staffed and open to the public. Read More

Editorial: $5M for jail study looks wasteful

The proposed $5 million allotment to study financing options for a new jail in Halawa is ill-conceived, on multiple fronts. Timing and planning for it seem off-kilter, and then there’s that sticker shock. Read More

Editorial: UH can improve Mauna Kea care

Fifty years ago, then-Gov. John A. Burns established the Maunakea Science Reserve and, through a lease with the state Department of Land and Natural Resources, the University of Hawaii was granted the authority to operate a 525-acre astronomy precinct on the 11,288-acre site. Read More

Editorial: Let family, friends lead us to peace

Nobody could be faulted for having trouble finding signs of peace on Earth, something that’s cherished as a hallmark of Christmas. Read More
 

Probe into DLNR staff misconduct

On Kauai, the state Department of Land and Natural Resources’ Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation (DOBOR) is tasked with managing and maintaining four small boat harbors as well as Waikaea Canal, Anini and Wailua ramps, and Hanalei Bay and Pier. Read More

Cautious budget raises questions

There have been a few performance blips in the state’s bedrock tourism industry — a prolonged hotel-workers strike and a catastrophic volcanic eruption on Hawaii island both caused a dip in revenue. Read More

Editorial: Kaneshiro needs to step down

The cloud that began forming two weeks ago over Honolulu’s Department of the Prosecuting Attorney is getting darker as its elected chief remains tight-lipped on a matter of legitimate public interest. Read More
 

Editorial: Extend chlorpyrifos ban

U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz on Monday introduced a bill with the provocative title: The Prohibit Chlorpyrifos Poisoning Students Act. Read More

Editorial: New report helps Hawaiians’ cause

The U.S. Civil Rights Commission, in a reversal of its previous stance, has come out in favor of Native Hawaiian federal recognition as a sovereign political entity. Read More

Editorial: ‘Ohana zones’ need creativity

In recent years, in response to an increasingly visible presence of people living on the streets, the state has combatted homelessness with a sense of urgency. Read More

Editorial: Zip line, air tram overtake ag uses

The proposal by The Adventure Group (TAG), based in Whistler, British Columbia, is only the latest pitch to reap tourism revenue from Oahu’s shrinking inventory of agricultural acreage. Read More

Editorial: Waianae homeless must foster trust

Pu‘uhonua O Waianae, the self-styled homeless community searching for a new home on the Leeward Coast, has a long road ahead to achieve its goal — but at least there is forward motion and no small measure of determination. Read More

Editorial: Biocontrol needs coordinated effort

Nobody could argue with the overarching mission. The state wants to construct a biocontrol center for the securely contained development of biological solutions to Hawaii’s invasive-species woes, which likely will only get worse as climate change continues to leave endemic flora and fauna vulnerable to pests and disease. Read More

Editorial: Face hard truths to save beaches

Based on the emerging picture, Hawaii is in need of policymaking changes that support priorities, including better protection for beaches, now, not later. Read More
 

Editorial: Shark fin trade rears ugly head

It has been more than eight years since Hawaii became the first state to ban the possession or distribution of shark fins. So it was discouraging to learn this week that the heinous practice is back in the headlines. Read More

Editorial: Public still in dark about Randall Saito escape

Nobody at the Hawaii State Hospital, it seems, is accountable for the escape of a dangerous psychiatric patient, an alarming episode that drew national attention. Read More

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