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Editorial: HTA must strike fruitful balance

Most recently, a survey of stakeholders who work with or are affected by the HTA revealed that these interested parties are roughly split and lean negative over whether they believe HTA is doing its job well. Read more

Editorial: MEMA flaws must be solved, and fast

Lack of leadership at the Maui Emergency Management Agency (MEMA). That was one of the top lines in the first phase of the state’s investigation of the Aug. 8 wildfires that destroyed most of Lahaina and killed 101 people. Read more

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Editorial: Hawaii’s first turn as FestPAC host

The 13th annual Festival of Pacific Arts and Culture (FestPAC) is just over two weeks away, landing in Hawaii from June 6 through June 16. About 2,500 delegates from 28 Pacific island nations will soon arrive, prepared to represent Pacific culture. Read more

Editorial: At-risk youth must be taken off street

Hawaii has one of the highest rates of homeless youth in the U.S. — third highest in the nation, according to 2023 federal Department of Housing and Urban Development data, and this year’s numbers are higher than last year’s. Read more

Editorial: Make ready for possible wildfire hazards

Fire season is approaching, along with the anniversary of the lethal Lahaina fire — and factors the state and counties can’t control, including rainfall and other weather patterns, appear primed to keep wildfire risk high again this year. Read more

Editorial: Use speed cams to improve safety

Hawaii lawmakers are getting serious about speeding and this month passed a bill that, if signed by Gov. Josh Green, will enable the state Department of Transportation (DOT) to add 10 automated enforcement systems at busy Oahu intersections. Read more

Editorial: Red Hill trial must set firm precedent

Two-and-a-half years after the disastrous Red Hill fuel spill that contaminated the area’s water, people who were sickened then — and claim ongoing health problems even now — are in the midst of a landmark lawsuit trying to make the Navy pay. Read more

Editorial: Use new funds to stamp out pests

Days after the Legislature appropriated nearly $20 million to boost Hawaii’s fight against invasive pests, lawmakers rightly called the Hawaii Department of Agriculture (HDOA) to task — grilling officials over the agency’s weak effort to control stinging, fast-spreading little fire ants and other invasive species that threaten to overtake and overwhelm our state. Read more

Editorial: Maui, taxes and housing prevail

When he first proposed the approach to tax relief last year, based on a hefty increase in the standard deduction and tax-bracket adjustments, Gov. Josh Green acknowledged it was an “audacious” notion, and ultimately it stalled in conference committee. Read more

Editorial: Poverty-fighting programs needed

The COVID-19 pandemic created deep hardship throughout Hawaii, with its serious threats to health, jolts to the economy and shutdown of in-person education, pushing many households that formerly held firm onto shaky domestic ground. Read more

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