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It will require the Hawaii Legislature and especially the Ige administration to act decisively in the new year.
Hawaii needs to send a strong message that betrayal of the public trust will not be tolerated.
But there is much to be done to ensure the planning and permitting process remains satisfactory to all stakeholders.
The U.S. should move now to amend and extend funding through the Compacts of Free Association with three island nations.
Hawaii’s high rents also means paying hefty damage deposits before moving in. Public and private solutions are needed.
City officials must move quickly to modernize this essential service, particularly the reservation system, for thousands of residents in need.
Nearly 30 years ago Hawaii passed legislation to create an independent legislative fiscal office, but it’s been ignoring the law.
As the police corruption investigation continues with a focus on other city agencies, leaders and voters must take steps to guard against similar problems.
Honolulu attorney Laurie Loomis is under scrutiny from professional regulators, but a broader inquiry by federal and state law enforcement agencies is warranted.
Compromises have already been made, but some business organizations seem determined to oppose this much-needed legislation.
There is a reason why it’s always been known as “the people’s park.” Let’s keep it that way.
Opioid abuse is serious, but we can’t let it distract us from the need for new initiatives to combat by far the most tenacious drug problem in the islands.