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Gus Downes

Gus Downes was raised in Kailua, where he currently resides. He is a graduate of Punahou School and New York University.
Lawsuit Aside, The Film Business Pays Off Big-Time For Hawaii Flickr: Jessica James

Lawsuit Aside, The Film Business Pays Off Big-Time For Hawaii

One-sided media coverage of Tim Chey’s legal challenge against the state does not tell the full story.

Honolulu Zoo has Big Plans for Japanese Giant Salamanders Yuki Taguchi at the Hanzaki Institute

Honolulu Zoo has Big Plans for Japanese Giant Salamanders

The rare amphibians are revered in Asia. Now Hawaii is looking at "hosting an ambassador of the species."
Stanley Chang: More Voters Are Over 90 Than Under 30 Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Stanley Chang: More Voters Are Over 90 Than Under 30

That would seems like an awful lot of voters over the age of 90 — and a bunch of young people who don't vote.
A Campaign Tale of Taxes — and Pledges — Hawaii Style Courtesy: Americans for Tax Reform

A Campaign Tale of Taxes — and Pledges — Hawaii Style

Why did David Ige sign Grover Norquist's pledge not to raise taxes only to break it later? He's not the only one.
GOP Governors Assn: David Ige Voted to Raise Taxes $800M Screenshot

GOP Governors Assn: David Ige Voted to Raise Taxes $800M

UPDATED — The RGA bases its claim on a flawed report by Americans for Tax Reform. The numbers don't add up but Ige did vote to raise taxes.
Djou, PAC: Mark Takai ‘Voted for a Pension Tax’ Screenshot

Djou, PAC: Mark Takai ‘Voted for a Pension Tax’

The latest attack ad is, at best, disingenuous and at worst deceitful.
Mufi Hannemann: Honolulu Is ‘the 13th Largest City’ PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Mufi Hannemann: Honolulu Is ‘the 13th Largest City’

Seriously? Is Honolulu really one of the largest population areas in the country?
VA Chief: ‘We’ve Grown 20 Percent in the Past Three Years’ PF Bentley/Civil Beat

VA Chief: ‘We’ve Grown 20 Percent in the Past Three Years’

Hawaii VA Director Wayne Pfeffer blames rising numbers of vets needing care for long wait times.