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Column: Add sugar fee to help fight childhood obesity

A recent article in the Star-Advertiser brought to light another disparity that has been worsened by the pandemic: childhood obesity. Obesity rates in Hawaii children between the ages of 10 and 17 have jumped to 15.5% in the years 2019 and 2020, up from 11.1% a few years prior. Read more

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                                A small group of kindergarteners sits spaced apart in a classroom at Aikahi Elementary School in Kailua, Hawaii.
Editorial: Urgent to counter dire learning loss

Everyone agrees that after distance learning for more than a full school year, the consequences likely would be dire. That does not diminish the academically desperate straits in which public schools now find themselves, based on a steep decline in some key proficiencies that could cripple achievement in the future. Read more

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