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Children’s Playground A Bad Fit For Ala Moana Park Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Children’s Playground A Bad Fit For Ala Moana Park

There is a reason why it’s always been known as “the people’s park.” Let’s keep it that way.

Hawaii Has A Meth Problem That Needs Attention — Now Getty Images/iStockphoto

Hawaii Has A Meth Problem That Needs Attention — Now

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.

Hawaii Should Be First State To Require Student Swim Lessons Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Should Be First State To Require Student Swim Lessons

This is a life-and-death issue in a state surrounded by ocean that has one of the country’s highest drowning rates.

Honolulu’s Proposed Beach Park Rules Are Long Overdue Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu’s Proposed Beach Park Rules Are Long Overdue

The city Department of Parks and Recreation is seeking public input on new regulations that are a welcome step toward better park management.

Neither Of The Kealohas Deserve Leniency Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Neither Of The Kealohas Deserve Leniency

A letter-writing campaign praising the ex-police chief pins most of the blame on his wife. But there’s more than enough to go around.

Our DC Delegation Needs To Step Up To Save Honolulu’s Drinking Water Courtesy U.S. Navy

Our DC Delegation Needs To Step Up To Save Honolulu’s Drinking Water

The U.S. Navy is willing to go slow and cheap when it comes to averting an environmental catastrophe on Oahu.

Let’s Put A Muzzle On Those Awful Noise-Polluting Mopeds Nick Grube/Honolulu Civil Beat

Let’s Put A Muzzle On Those Awful Noise-Polluting Mopeds

The Honolulu City Council is rightly considering legislation that would require mufflers on revamped vehicles.

We Can’t Let Civil Disobedience Continue To Obstruct Our Legal Process Kuʻu Kauanoe/Civil Beat

We Can’t Let Civil Disobedience Continue To Obstruct Our Legal Process

The protesters of TMT, Sherwoods and Kahuku have made their points. But it’s time to move forward.

State Finally Gets It Right With Much Higher Fees At Public Harbors Cory Lum/Civil Beat

State Finally Gets It Right With Much Higher Fees At Public Harbors

Hawaii’s 16 small boat harbors are in desperate need of better maintenance, and users need to pay more of the cost.

Honolulu Mayor Should Veto City Council’s Union-Friendly Public Works Bill Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Mayor Should Veto City Council’s Union-Friendly Public Works Bill

Bill 37 offers unsupported justifications to favor organized labor over nonunion general contractors.

Want To ‘Keep Hawaii Hawaii’? That’s Going To Cost Money Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Want To ‘Keep Hawaii Hawaii’? That’s Going To Cost Money

Let’s have a serious discussion about levying “green fees” and “eco-taxes” on tourists to preserve the place we all love.

Find The Money Now To Fix Diamond Head’s Lookout Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Find The Money Now To Fix Diamond Head’s Lookout

Let’s not wait until somebody is injured or dies at the crumbling summit structure. Are you listening, HTA?

November 2019

Wednesday, November 20

Children’s Playground A Bad Fit For Ala Moana Park

Monday, November 18

Hawaii Has A Meth Problem That Needs Attention — Now

Wednesday, November 13

Hawaii Should Be First State To Require Student Swim Lessons

Wednesday, November 6

Honolulu’s Proposed Beach Park Rules Are Long Overdue

October 2019

Thursday, October 31

Neither Of The Kealohas Deserve Leniency

Tuesday, October 29

Our DC Delegation Needs To Step Up To Save Honolulu’s Drinking Water

Friday, October 25

Let’s Put A Muzzle On Those Awful Noise-Polluting Mopeds

Tuesday, October 22

We Can’t Let Civil Disobedience Continue To Obstruct Our Legal Process

Friday, October 18

State Finally Gets It Right With Much Higher Fees At Public Harbors

Thursday, October 17

Honolulu Mayor Should Veto City Council’s Union-Friendly Public Works Bill

Friday, October 11

Want To ‘Keep Hawaii Hawaii’? That’s Going To Cost Money

September 2019

Monday, September 30

Find The Money Now To Fix Diamond Head’s Lookout

Monday, September 23

Honolulu Must Reveal Why It Hired Mainland Attorneys

August 2019

Wednesday, August 28

Legislative Leaders Need To Crack Down On Their HART Appointees

Wednesday, August 14

Tourism’s Tipping Point Should Be A Turning Point For Hawaii

Monday, August 12

Stop Holding Hawaii’s Primary Election On Saturday

Thursday, August 1

Honolulu Needs An Ethics Commission That Is Ethical

July 2019

Wednesday, July 31

Atrocious Housing Conditions At Military Bases Must Be Fixed

Monday, July 22

Ige’s Veto Of Civil Asset Forfeiture Bill Makes No Sense

Wednesday, July 17

It’s Time For Term Limits For The Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney

Monday, July 1

It’s Definitely Not Time To Move On From The Kealohas’ Corruption Case

June 2019

Wednesday, June 26

Gov. Ige Should Rethink Some Of His Veto Targets

Wednesday, June 19

Taxing Unoccupied Homes Is A Good Idea

Wednesday, June 12

Where’s The Money, DOE? Time To Turn Over Public Financial Records

Monday, June 10

Wespac: Fisheries Management Council Needs To Be Fully Investigated

Monday, June 3

Paying For Trash Pickup: This Is One New Fee That Makes Sense

May 2019

Friday, May 10

The Governor And His Agencies Must Decide Where Public Water Will Flow

Wednesday, May 8

Election Reform: A Step Forward But Still Much To Be Done

April 2019

Wednesday, April 24

Police Misconduct Bill Is Not Just About Naming Bad Cops

Thursday, April 18

Don’t Let Petty Politics Block A Project To Prevent Ala Wai Canal Flooding

Monday, April 15

Governor Ige, It’s Time For A New Public Safety Director

Monday, April 8

Stop Anti-Vaxxers From Putting Hawaii Kids At Risk

March 2019

Monday, March 25

Feed Hawaii’s Hungry

Tuesday, March 19

An Inmate Riot In An Overcrowded Jail Shows Legislators Should Not Bail On Bail Reform

Monday, March 11

Finish The Job: Legislators Making Progress On Elections, Government Ethics

February 2019

Tuesday, February 26

Don’t Let The Cop Misconduct Bill Die — Again

Monday, February 25

We Can Save On Electricity And Help The Environment

Friday, February 15

Legislature Should Stop Shooting Down Hawaii’s Most-Needed Reforms

Thursday, February 14

Stop This End Run Around Hawaii Public Records Law

Tuesday, February 12

Hawaii Should Be The Next State To Legalize Marijuana

Thursday, February 7

Raise The Minimum Wage To At Least $15 An Hour

Friday, February 1

Honolulu’s Mayor Must Own Up To Rail’s Failures

January 2019

Wednesday, January 30

Quit Stalling On The New Police Standards Board

Monday, January 14

Don’t Blow This Chance To Reform Hawaii’s Terrible Prison System

Wednesday, January 9

Reopen Government And Argue About The Wall Later

Wednesday, January 2

Lawmakers Must Resist Any Effort To Undercut Hawaii’s Public Records Law