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Curt Sanburn

Journalist Curt Sanburn has written about Hawaii affairs for over 20 years. Raised in Honolulu, the Iolani School grad ('73) lives near Land's End in San Francisco but returns to his home state frequently.
Curt Sanburn: Architecture Month Brings Review Of The City Mixed Plate: The Architecture of Hawaii

Curt Sanburn: Architecture Month Brings Review Of The City

Architects share prescriptions for a better built environment in Hawaii.
Curt Sanburn: From Quonset Huts To An Urban Community Michael Young

Curt Sanburn: From Quonset Huts To An Urban Community

SALT at Our Kakaako takes a rough-hewn — and communitarian — approach to urban redevelopment.
Curt Sanburn: The Only Radio Station That Loves You Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Curt Sanburn: The Only Radio Station That Loves You

Run by UH students, KTUH hopes to double its power and lock into a new, islandwide frequency.
Curt Sanburn: The Inevitable Kalaeloa Development John Bond

Curt Sanburn: The Inevitable Kalaeloa Development

Getting oriented at one of Oahu’s most over-planned and misunderstood chunks of real estate.  
Curt Sanburn: Dreams For Sale Screen shot

Curt Sanburn: Dreams For Sale

I can’t help but think that a show like this makes home ownership more difficult for struggling kamaaina families.
Curt Sanburn: When Protections Fail, An Ugly Honolulu Emerges Curt Sanburn

Curt Sanburn: When Protections Fail, An Ugly Honolulu Emerges

Pink houses, Special Districts, and how Honolulu’s Department of Planning and Permitting works … or doesn’t.
Curt Sanburn: The Story Behind A Controversial Waikiki High-Rise Curt Sanburn

Curt Sanburn: The Story Behind A Controversial Waikiki High-Rise

How an LA developer got to build his giant, shadow-making wall on Kuhio Avenue with no muss and very little fuss.  
Curt Sanburn: A Story Too Important To Forget Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Curt Sanburn: A Story Too Important To Forget

Forty years on, the saga of Kahoolawe highlights the long struggle to defend the Hawaiian way.
Curt Sanburn: A Conversation with Architect John Hara John Hara Associates

Curt Sanburn: A Conversation with Architect John Hara

The veteran Honolulu-based Hara remembers the good — and bad — of a long and distinguished career.
Curt Sanburn: Missing the Curve on Highway Lighting Curt Sanburn

Curt Sanburn: Missing the Curve on Highway Lighting

The state DOT has locked itself into retrofitting Oahu highways with controversial 4000K LED lamps that save less and pollute more than newer options.  
Curt Sanburn: Ala Moana Center Is Still Familiar Despite Changes Cory Lum/CIvil Beat

Curt Sanburn: Ala Moana Center Is Still Familiar Despite Changes

In time for the holidays, the new Ewa wing spotlights the biggest shopping center in our galaxy, then and now.  
Curt Sanburn: Ugly Honolulu Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Curt Sanburn: Ugly Honolulu

A new wave of architectural uglification is under way. It's time to start naming names.