June 2010

June 15, 2010

Background On Endangered Species In Hawaii

As part of our ongoing coverage of endangered species in Hawaii, we started a topic page on the subject.

Study: Civil Unions Will Have ‘Positive Fiscal Effects’

Yet another academic study says civil unions have more positive impact on state economies and budgets than negative. The latest…

Helicopters Dropping Poison: Coming Soon To A Forest Near You?

The Army is considering a campaign that would drop rat poison from helicopters on large swaths of inaccessible forest for the first time on the main Hawaiian Islands. Army officials say the rodenticide that would be used isn't dangerous to people.

Back From The Dead, An ‘Extinct’ Native Tree Thrives

The haha tree, extinct in the wild, is enjoying a resurgence in Oahu's Kahanahaiki Gulch thanks to the U.S. Army. Its natural resources program was created to mitigate the armed forces' heavy footprint on Hawaii's delicate ecosystem.

Rats Threaten Native Species, Army Steps Up Attack

U.S. Army efforts to limit destruction of endangered and native species of plants and animals by the rodents includes an eradication program. A pilot project in Makua Valley using a grid of snap traps around the most sensitive species has had some success.

Pay Teachers More, Improve Education?

Furlough Fridays gave Hawaii a black eye when it comes to public education. Some argued that teachers should have done…

June 14, 2010

The Ticker: Money Stories From Around the Web for Monday, June 14

Across our screens today: Near-zero fed funds rates might stick around until 2012, says a new paper from the…

Education In The News — June 14

Every weekday I’m reading the education news and sharing the top stories. Food for thought and discussion today: Test scores…

The Weekend Editions Of The New Honolulu Star-Advertiser

It all comes down to Sunday. That’s where the war for our hearts and minds is fought. That’s where…

Anti Human-Trafficking Laws Compared: New York Vs. Hawaii

Senate Bill 2045 is one step away from becoming law. The bill would criminalize the trafficking of sex workers.

New York Human Trafficking Law Points To Holes In Hawaii Proposal

From its unanimous support in the Hawaii Legislature, it might seem that it should be a no-brainer for Gov. Linda…

June 12, 2010

Land Links for Monday, June 14

Every day, I’m scouring the Internet for land use and environmental news from around the state and around the world…

Week 6: Learning From Our Experiences

This was a week that saw us do something unusual. Actually, two things. Today, I’d like to tell you…

Tourism Chief: Shanghai ‘Trip Was Worth It’

Hawaii tourism officials spent $450,000 to have a presence at the Shanghai World Expo last week. Mike McCartney,…

June 11, 2010

Discussion: Tourism

Tourism is Hawaii’s most important industry. When it’s up, the state thrives. When it’s down, we all suffer. Visitor numbers…

King Kamehameha vs. Marketing: The HTA’s Dilemma

June 11 is a special day in Hawaii Nei, the annual celebration of the birth of…

Business Roundtable: Not Opposing Civil Unions, Just Current Bill

On June 4 the Hawaii Business Roundtable sent a letter to Gov. Linda Lingle urging her to…

Education In The News — June 11

Every weekday I’m sharing the top education news stories. Fodder for discussion: A Texas principal and teachers tampered with student…

Why Would Business Roundtable Weigh In On Civil Unions Privately?

Decision by top business leaders to send Gov. Lingle a private letter urging her to veto civil unions bill looks like an amateur move. You'd think they'd have the resources to provide a detailed analysis to help her evaluate their argument. Instead, she gets four paragraphs — at the last minute.

Days 4-5 Of The New Star-Advertiser

A few things are becoming clear about the new Star-Advertiser and its website: Breaking news is not a priority on…