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                                Exterior of the 28-bedroom “monster home” located at on Houghtailing Street in Kalihi.
Editorial: DPP flaws open door for permit abuse to build ‘monster homes’

The really monstrous thing about the “monster homes” is that there was a way to stop them from being built. Unfortunately, the city agency in charge of regulation has failed to do its job. Read more

Island Voices

                                There have been many recent protests, and arrests, over AES Na Pua Makani’s wind farm project. Shown last month, above, were smaller turbines from another, existing wind project in Kahuku, seen in the distance over banana trees.
Column: Health effects of Kahuku turbines inconclusive; caution needed

Are windmills that are located within a half-mile of residents harmful to human health? Read more


                                Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (13) adjusts his helmet before an NCAA college football game against Mississippi State in Starkville, Miss., Saturday.
Letters: Kahuku wind farm is too big; Sending aloha to Tagovailoa; Filter media reports

This wind farm has been fought against for 10 years and is too big, too close; Tua Tagovailoa’s season-ending injury is not only heartbreaking to Alabama Crimson Tide fans, but also to all of us here at home; Today’s media is not the same fair, objective and unbiased media it once was. Read more

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Off the News

                                Visitors stop to get photos of the Duke Kahanamoku statue on Waikiki Beach, Tuesday. Hawaii Tourism Authority is adding “responsible tourism” to its traditional branding.
Off the News: ‘Responsible tourism’ and economic indicators

This week the Hawaii Tourism Authority added “responsible tourism” to its marketing lineup; Pity the economist who must make sense of data points that don’t always line up. Read more

InsightIsland Voices

                                Kevin Martin served in the U.S. Army as a cavalry scout, including 11 months in Kandahar, Afghanistan, where his vehicle was struck by roadside bombs, twice, five days apart in August 2011; he suffered traumatic brain injury (TBI). He was awarded a Purple Heart for wounds sustained.
Column: Purple Heart veteran with PTSD urges funding for psychedelic drug research

Voting against psychedelic drug therapy research is a vote against the well-being of veterans and everyone else who is suffering from mental health problems. Read more

Name in the News

                                Rona Fukumoto. Lanakila Pacific’s CEO helps seniors and those with disabilities build independent lives.
Name in the News: Rona Fukumoto

Celebrating its 80th anniversary this year, Lanakila Pacific first took shape as a “sheltered workshop,” established to help people recover from tuberculosis at a time when the yearly count of reported cases in the islands was upwards of 700. Read more


                                President Donald Trump speaks to reporters outside the White House before boarding Marine One in Washington, Nov. 2.
Column: Kaua kūloko ma ʻAmelika: Ua huli kua nā ʻale o ke kai

Synopsis: The impeachment inquiry of Donald Trump is revealing irreconcilable differences between America’s Democrats and Republicans as Hawaiian nationals are beset by the turmoil of choppy seas. Read more

On Politics

                                Democratic presidential candidate U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, speaks during a news conference, Oct. 29, in New York.
Richard Borreca: Tulsi Gabbard’s bid for U.S. presidency devolves into a bid for attention from Hillary Clinton

If there is a prediction to be made about 2020 and Gabbard, it is that the 38-year-old Hawaii Democrat will not be president and any claims of political accomplishment will be unfulfilled. Read more

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