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Column: Rekindling the light within ourselves

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Shinnyo Lantern Floating Hawai‘i. Thousands will gather at Ala Moana Beach on Memorial Day to honor and offer gratitude for the sacrifice of our fallen service members and to reaffirm and deepen our connection with loved ones, past and present Read more

Column: Urgent updates to city’s 911 call system

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser, in its recent editorial about the City and County of Honolulu’s 911 system, is absolutely right: All emergency calls must be answered. For us, with regard to this critical issue, the alarm bells are indeed going off. Read more

Column: Hawaii lawmakers must take quick action on decarbonization

Hawaii took a bold step in 2018 when it adopted the target of achieving net- negative carbon emissions by 2045. In the Legislature’s words, “Hawaii became the first state in the nation to send a clear message to the world that our citizens are determined to secure their energy future and climate health.” But what has happened since 2018? Read more

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Column: Fund keiki care to help small businesses

Soaring child care costs, exacerbated by the lingering effects of COVID-19, are forcing many of Hawaii’s entrepreneurs to choose between their life’s work and their children. Read more

Column: Act decisively on firm renewable energy

Mina Morita is a former state Public Utilities Commission chair and former chair of the state House Committee on Energy and Environmental Protection; she lives in Hanalei and is a member of the Kauai Island Utility Cooperative. Read more

Column: Work toward safe, secure Indo-Pacific

The U.S. Army Pacific is proudly supporting the annual Land Forces of the Pacific Conference (LANPAC) May 14-16 at the Waikiki Sheraton, hosted by the Association of the United States Army. Read more

Column: How to change HECO into a viable 21st-century power utility

On April 26, state Sen. Jarrett Keohokalole made news by killing legislation (Senate Bill 2922) that would have authorized Hawaiian Electric (HECO) to directly compel its captive customers to help pay for HECO’s Lahaina fire repair costs, while indirectly putting state taxpayers on the hook as well. Read more

Column: Create vital Pacific marine sanctuary

Today is the deadline for public comments on the draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for creation of the Papahanaumo- kuakea National Marine Sanctuary in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. Read more

Column: Reauthorize national Farm Bill to feed in-need ohana

Food serves as more than just sustenance; it connects us to our roots, our land and our loved ones. It’s a thread that weaves through our cultures, memories and traditions, and is a beautiful way we share with one another in the warmth of community. Read more

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