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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

Off the news: Mild Pacific hurricane season predicted

Hawaii could be in for a milder-than-normal hurricane season this year thanks to favorable La Nina patterns and cooler waters, according to a forecast from the Central Pacific Hurricane Center. That translates to fewer than the four to five storms seen in a typical year. Read more

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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

Letter: Kaneshiro’s post-trial gloating sends message

Coming on the heels of a well- researched expose on public corruption by Randal Roth, professor emeritus at the University of Hawaii’s William S. Richardson School of Law, one might wonder if the jury in Keith Kaneshiro’s trial was fully aware of the factions of local connections behind the scenes? Read more

Letter: Merrie Monarch needs to embrace inclusivity

As a longtime follower and supporter of the Merrie Monarch Festival and kanaka maoli, I can’t help but express my frustration with what appears to be ongoing bias against the Academy of Hawaiian Arts (AOHA) from Oakland, Calif. Read more

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

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

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