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                                Hana Harrison, an expert surfer, says the Tongg’s surf spot at Diamond Head is a “beginner wave.” But that doesn’t mean it’s safe. “It’s really shallow, especially at low tide in summer, when the waves are bigger.”
Mindy Pennybacker: Using a helmet while surfing is actually a heady idea

In a growing trend, more and more expert surfers are wearing helmets in big waves, as well as in the sort of dangerous, shallow conditions that define the Banzai Pipeline on Oahu’s North Shore with its fast, hollow waves that have broken many a head, sometimes fatally, on the coral reef below. Read more

Now retired, Alexander Silvert was the attorney for Gerard Puana, a key witness in the convictions of former deputy city prosecutor Katherine Kealoha (Puana’s niece) and former Police Chief Louis Kealoha.
Column: A new opportunity for meaningful reform of police oversight

In response to his arrest, Max Sword’s attorney stated that the former Honolulu Police Commission chairman was “shocked and disappointed” by the indictment, claiming that Sword was only following the recommendations of the Caldwell administration and the advice of Corporation Counsel, specifically Donna Leong. Read more

                                Hands type on a computer keyboard.
Tech View: Cybersecurity’s importance is now more vital in 2022

Every day, we hear how important cybersecurity is or how important it is to “increase your security posture.” But as technology changes and encompasses more of our lives and businesses, the scope of what cybersecurity is grows, and the actual meaning starts to become ambiguous. Read more

                                Pictured is the Safe Travels check-in area at the mauka concourse in Terminal 1 of Daniel K. Inouye International Airport.
Kokua Line: Why can’t Safe Travels be more strict on flights?

Question: Why can the state of Hawaii require trans-­Pacific cruise ship passengers to be vaccinated or test negative for COVID-19 to disembark in Hawaii, but can’t apply the same requirement to trans-­Pacific domestic air passengers? Domestic air passengers have the option to quarantine for five days upon arrival (arriving unvaccinated and untested). Cruise passengers don’t have that option (they must be vaccinated or test negative). Why are the rules different? Read more

                                Honolulu Board of Water Supply on Beretania Street.
Kokua Line: Where’s the incentive to save water?

Question: In his recent “Spotlight Hawaii” interview with the Honolulu Star-­Advertiser, Board of Water Supply Manager Ernest Lau noted that residents may be asked to implement water conservation measures this summer. Read more

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