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Danny De Gracia: Have The Guts To Use Hawaii’s ‘Whistleblower Law’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: Have The Guts To Use Hawaii’s ‘Whistleblower Law’

Government workers are protected from retaliation if they report wrongdoing. They need to quit tolerating a climate of corruption — and so do the rest of us.

Danny De Gracia: Don’t Scapegoat Airbnbs For Honolulu’s Housing Crisis Screenshot

Danny De Gracia: Don’t Scapegoat Airbnbs For Honolulu’s Housing Crisis

City’s crackdown on vacation rentals unfairly punishes small property owners trying to turn a profit — and is insulting to tourists.

Danny De Gracia: Splitting Oahu Into More Counties Might Not Be A Bad Idea Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: Splitting Oahu Into More Counties Might Not Be A Bad Idea

Community concerns vary widely on different parts of the island, and Honolulu Hale’s one-size-fits-all approach isn’t working.

Danny De Gracia: Hawaii Should Look To Hawaii To Solve Hawaii Problems Courtesy: NASA

Danny De Gracia: Hawaii Should Look To Hawaii To Solve Hawaii Problems

We’re treated like subjects of a colony that must find all its answers elsewhere. This keeps outside special interests and multinational corporations in charge.

Danny De Gracia: Some Ways To Stop The Exodus To The Mainland Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: Some Ways To Stop The Exodus To The Mainland

Young people in Hawaii need to graduate from high school or college with better prospects for a future in the islands.

Danny De Gracia: Here’s How Local Government Can Stop Crashing And Burning PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: Here’s How Local Government Can Stop Crashing And Burning

The folks who run Hawaii need a new organizational culture. The aviation industry actually provides a good model.

Danny De Gracia: Oahu’s Public Spaces Are Embarrassing Danny de Gracia/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: Oahu’s Public Spaces Are Embarrassing

Mayor Kirk Caldwell and Gov. David Ige need to take a bus loaded with staff and visit every street, public park and public bathroom with notepads in hand.

Danny De Gracia: Maybe Hirono Should Be A ‘Badass’ On Local Issues Too Nick Grube/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: Maybe Hirono Should Be A ‘Badass’ On Local Issues Too

Emerging as one of President Trump’s most vocal critics plays well with the senator’s political base, but what about all those federal investigations in her own backyard?

Danny De Gracia: The Legislature Really Blew It This Year Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: The Legislature Really Blew It This Year

The people of Hawaii got lip service this session when it came to helping them in their time of need.