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Denby Fawcett: He Has Taught Us Invaluable Lessons In Homelessness 101 Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Denby Fawcett: He Has Taught Us Invaluable Lessons In Homelessness 101

Departing IHS spokesman Kimo Carvalho has shined a bright light on the complexities of homelessness in Hawaii.

Industrial Wind Project Violates Indigenous Rights PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Industrial Wind Project Violates Indigenous Rights

It may also speed the possible extinction of the sacred opeapea, the hoary bat.

Bill Banning Plastics Has Too Many Problems To Fix

Bill Banning Plastics Has Too Many Problems To Fix

The City Council should vote “no” on Bill 40 and work on a solution that involves all stakeholders.

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Gems Of Local Culture Make Hawaii Unique Anthony Quintano / Civil Beat

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Gems Of Local Culture Make Hawaii Unique

We need to make it a point to support small businesses that are in danger of dying.

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.

Danny De Gracia: Trump Needs To Address Local Issues In 2020 Campaign Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: Trump Needs To Address Local Issues In 2020 Campaign

Local reelection campaign should get the president to visit Hawaii and speak to what he can do about the crisis in the islands.

The 2020 Census Is Important For Native Hawaiians Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The 2020 Census Is Important For Native Hawaiians

New data could lead to extending funding for health programs to the continent.

Tom Yamachika: Why Hawaii Needs An Effective Invasive Species Inspection Fee U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Southeast Region

Tom Yamachika: Why Hawaii Needs An Effective Invasive Species Inspection Fee

Hawaii must catch and eliminate the harmful creatures regardless of the means by which they hitchhike to our state.

Sterling Higa: The Spiraling Impacts Of Property Crime Flickr/GHR2009

Sterling Higa: The Spiraling Impacts Of Property Crime

The causes of rising property crime rates are less certain than the impact: it lowers the quality of life for everyone, particularly the poor.

Why Are We Killing Communities In The Name Of Progress? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Why Are We Killing Communities In The Name Of Progress?

Hawaii was once a multicultural melting pot where identity was not rivalry. No more.

Proactive Beach Management Measures Underway In Waikiki Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Proactive Beach Management Measures Underway In Waikiki

Sea-level rise and coastal storms require us to develop innovative erosion control plans based on proven science.

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.

November 2019

Wednesday, November 20

Denby Fawcett: He Has Taught Us Invaluable Lessons In Homelessness 101

Industrial Wind Project Violates Indigenous Rights

Tuesday, November 19

Bill Banning Plastics Has Too Many Problems To Fix

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Gems Of Local Culture Make Hawaii Unique

Monday, November 18

Hawaii Has A Meth Problem That Needs Attention — Now

Danny De Gracia: Trump Needs To Address Local Issues In 2020 Campaign

The 2020 Census Is Important For Native Hawaiians

Sunday, November 17

Tom Yamachika: Why Hawaii Needs An Effective Invasive Species Inspection Fee

Friday, November 15

Sterling Higa: The Spiraling Impacts Of Property Crime

Why Are We Killing Communities In The Name Of Progress?

Thursday, November 14

Proactive Beach Management Measures Underway In Waikiki

Wednesday, November 13

Hawaii Should Be First State To Require Student Swim Lessons

Denby Fawcett: 50 Years As A Honolulu Sleuth

How Not To Waste A House On Oahu

Tuesday, November 12

Danny De Gracia: Time To Resurrect Plans For A Hawaii Ferry System

Here’s Why Fossil Fuel Companies Should Pay For Climate Change Costs

Friday, November 8

Our Veterans Have A Right To Medical Cannabis

Sterling Higa: A Millennial Story Of ‘Adulting’

Ian Lind: Backers Of $3M Ala Moana Playground Carry Lots Of Clout

Chad Blair: Is SpongeBob SquarePants More Than Just Nautical Nonsense?

Health Beat: Patients Seeking Pain Relief Should Not Be Treated As Criminals

Thursday, November 7

Neal Milner: Democrats Are Right — ‘God Talk’ Will Polarize Voters

Wednesday, November 6

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Let’s Help Waianae ‘Houseless’ Help Themselves

Honolulu’s Proposed Beach Park Rules Are Long Overdue

Food Industry Supports Reasonable Plastic Reduction

Tuesday, November 5

It’s Time To Say So Long To Single-Use Plastics

Denby Fawcett: Women Make Great Cops. Now HPD Wants More

Monday, November 4

There’s A Better Way To Replenish Waikiki’s Sand

Danny De Gracia: A ‘Jungle Primary’ Could Correct Political Polarization

Friday, November 1

Sterling Higa: Let’s Make Decisions That Consider The Next Seven Generations

Why The Fight Against The Kahuku Turbines Matters

Chad Blair: Handicapping Hawaii’s CD2 Election

October 2019

Thursday, October 31

Neither Of The Kealohas Deserve Leniency

A Eulogy For Kalihi’s Manapua Man: Thank You For Your Service

Wednesday, October 30

Heeding The Call To Stand Up For Democracy

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Restoring Hawaiian Cultural Rights At Kawainui Marsh

Tuesday, October 29

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

State’s Position On Harbor Fees Simply Not Right

Denby Fawcett: Understanding What Drives Tulsi Gabbard Is A Futile Task

Monday, October 28

Danny De Gracia: Hawaii Needs To Fix Itself Up Before It Hosts Big Events

Recent Maui Fires Require Proactive Statewide Response

Chad Blair: Why Tulsi Gabbard Should Quit Congress Right Now

Friday, October 25

How Is Hawaii Faring Amidst US-China Relations?

Sterling Higa: Finding Spirituality in Community

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

Thursday, October 24

Neal Milner: We’re On The Road To National Dysfunction

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Communities Need A Real Voice On Big Projects

P3 Is Yet Another Honolulu Rail Disaster

Wednesday, October 23

Pali Lanes Could Be The Finest Bowling Alley In Hawaii

Tuesday, October 22

Denby Fawcett: Stress Eating In the Time Of Trump

Here’s Why There Are Salary Increases At UH

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

Monday, October 21

LRADS Have No Place At Peaceful Hawaii Protests

Danny De Gracia: Here’s Why You’ll Want To Work For The Hawaii Legislature

Friday, October 18

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

Yes, Honua Ola’s Renewable Energy Is Sustainable

Sterling Higa: Hawaii Politicians Could Use Lessons In The Art Of Persuasion

Thursday, October 17

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

Cybersecurity Is More Important Than Ever

Wednesday, October 16

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Time To Turn Marching Into Voting

Honolulu Made A Big Mistake In Punishing Short-Term Rentals

Tuesday, October 15

Denby Fawcett: Ala Moana Playground Backers Are Not Just ‘A Group Of Mothers’

Hawaii Should Channel The Dynamism Of Melbourne

Monday, October 14

Why Are We Killing Pedestrians In Hawaii Crosswalks?

Health Beat: Vaping Should Be Banned Until Proven Safe

Sunday, October 13

Tom Yamachika: The Strange Case of Bank of America

Friday, October 11

When It Comes To Government, Boring Can Be Beautiful

Sterling Higa: Learning From San Francisco’s Efforts To Help The Homeless

Thursday, October 10

Competition Brings Hawaii Airfares Down To Earth

Wednesday, October 9

Impeachment An Essential Part Of Checks And Balances

Tuesday, October 8

Denby Fawcett: A New Look At Menehune As Master Builders Not Cartoons

3 Possible Ways To Create Affordable Housing

Monday, October 7

When The Honolulu City Council Is Less Than Transparent

Sunday, October 6

Tom Yamachika: If Housing Costs in Honolulu Are Bad Now …

Friday, October 4

What To Expect When You Submit A Community Voice

How Mauna Kea Could Lead Us To Higher Ground

Thursday, October 3

Who Really Earns The Minimum Wage?

Wednesday, October 2

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Hawaii’s ‘No Make Waves’ Culture Is Fading

Is Hu Honua’s Energy Plan Truly Sustainable?

Tuesday, October 1

Denby Fawcett: Moving The Homeless Away From Diamond Head Cliffs

Why Marching For Pride Is Still So Necessary

September 2019

Monday, September 30

Find The Money Now To Fix Diamond Head’s Lookout

Danny De Gracia: Impeachment More About Politics Than Justice

Sunday, September 29

Tom Yamachika: Why People Are Taking Their Business Elsewhere

Friday, September 27

Want To Save The Planet? Eat More Plants

Thursday, September 26

Neal Milner: ‘Conventional Politics’ Offers No Solution On Mauna Kea

Humanity Has Entered A Period Of Extraordinary Transformation

Health Beat: If You Want Patients To Give Up Opioids, Make The Alternatives Cheaper

Wednesday, September 25

The Men’s March Against Violence: Taking It To The Streets

Tuesday, September 24

Denby Fawcett: Moving Forward As The Debate Over TMT Continues

Why A Garden Was Removed From Public Housing

Monday, September 23

Honolulu Must Reveal Why It Hired Mainland Attorneys

Let’s Harness The Power Of Our Oceans

Sterling Higa: How Boomers Can Save Social Security

Sunday, September 22

Tom Yamachika: A New Take On The Jones Act

Friday, September 20

Rethinking The Meaning Of Kapu Aloha And The TMT

Thursday, September 19

Chad Blair: What’s Right-Wing Provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos Doing In Honolulu?

Hawaii’s ‘Death Care’ Industry Lacks Oversight

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Bracing For The Fiercer Storms To Come

Wednesday, September 18

Hawaii Residents Need Relief From Rx Greed

Tuesday, September 17

Denby Fawcett: Diamond Head’s Lookout Is Falling Apart And There’s Little Money To Fix It

Keep Helicopters Away From Kauai’s Salt Beds

Monday, September 16

Danny De Gracia: Growing Homeless Population Demands Our Attention

Thursday, September 12

Neal Milner: My Big Fat Jewish Wedding

Wednesday, September 11

Here’s What’s Wrong With Medical Cannabis Licenses

Tuesday, September 10

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: A Hawaiian Revolution Emerges

Rep. John Mizuno: Fighting The Opioid Epidemic

Monday, September 9

Danny De Gracia: One Option For Bringing Down Insulin Prices In Hawaii

I Am One Hawaiian

Friday, September 6

Sterling Higa: The Big Loss Of A Small Garden

Health Beat: How Many Stars Does Your Drug Rehab Deserve?

Mauna Kea And The Future Of Hawaii

Thursday, September 5

Hawaii’s Role In Science Is A Big One

Wednesday, September 4

It’s Time For Meatless Monday In Hawaii Public Schools

Tuesday, September 3

State: We’re Taking Ambitious Steps To Tackle Climate Change

Danny De Gracia: CBD Sales Would Be Good For Hawaii

August 2019

Friday, August 30

Let The Mountain Speak

Rep. Angus McKelvey: Maui Wastewater Lawsuit Appeal Is Wrong

Thursday, August 29

Why We Should Save The Trees At Noelani Elementary

Neal Milner: The Mysterious Ways Neighborhoods Shape Our Lives

Wednesday, August 28

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Seeking Long-Delayed Justice On Mauna Kea

Hawaii Needs Automatic Voter Registration

Tuesday, August 27

What Ever Happened To Good Old-Fashioned Town Halls?

Monday, August 26

Maui County: We’re Not Trying To Gut The Clean Water Act

Danny De Gracia: It’s Time For A Convention Of States

Saturday, August 24

TMT Could Honor Hawaiian Culture And Traditions

Shared Histories Between Filipinos And Hawaiians

The Consequences Of Misinformation About Mauna Kea

How The Hawaii Constitution Protects Mauna Kea

Friday, August 23

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Mango-Picking Manners Stand For Much More

Brainstorming Beyond The Mauna Kea Standoff

Thursday, August 22

Introducing The Denizens Of The Political Zoo

Wednesday, August 21

The City Is Failing Hanauma Bay

Tuesday, August 20

Sterling Higa: Why Should I Stay In Hawaii?

GPS Is Just One Of Astronomy’s Many Benefits

Monday, August 19

Health Beat: Why More Transparent Hospital Prices Won’t Lower Health Costs

Danny De Gracia: A Guaranteed Income Is One Idea To Keep Hawaii From Destitution

Can The Seed Industry’s Decline Lead To A Sustainable Food System?

Saturday, August 17

A Universal Perspective Upon The Altar Of Mauna Kea

What Has Astronomy Done For Us? Quite A Lot

Religion Versus Science On Mauna Kea

Wake Up, Hawaii: It’s Not All About A Telescope

Friday, August 16

Has Statehood Actually Worked Out For Hawaii?

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Bikini Atoll Beer Is An Offensive Misappropriation Of Culture

Thursday, August 15

Maybe It’s Time To Cap The City’s Spending

Wednesday, August 14

Animal Shelter Stats Don’t Tell The Whole Story

Tuesday, August 13

Danny De Gracia: Has Gov. Ige Completely Lost Control?

Hawaii Has Failed To Take Care Of Pohakuloa

Monday, August 12

Here Are Practical Steps To Make Hawaii’s Skies Safer

Sunday, August 11

Tom Yamachika: The Kauai Prosecutor’s Unusual Driving Offense Policy

Saturday, August 10

Will The TMT Really Contribute To Astronomy?

The Soft Voices Of Mauna Kea That Should Be Heard

Thinking Far Beyond The Summit Of Mauna Kea

Friday, August 9

Forgiveness: The Forgotten Part Of Hooponopono

Thursday, August 8

The 2nd Amendment Must Be Repealed Today

Sterling Higa: The Social Media Movement Behind The Mauna Kea Protests

Wednesday, August 7

Giant Drones Over Lanai?

Tuesday, August 6

Culture And Science Are Not Binary Issues

Monday, August 5

Neal Milner: The Doomsday Scenario On Mauna Kea Won’t Ever Happen

Bill 89’s Ripple Effect On Honolulu’s Housing Market

Danny De Gracia: Honolulu Should Try Harder To Get More Cops On The Job

Sunday, August 4

Tom Yamachika: Is Withholding The Root Of All Evil?

Friday, August 2

To Protect Hawaii We Must Fix Congressional Corruption

Thursday, August 1

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: It Took A Crisis To Bring Hawaiians Back Together

An Open Letter To All Of Hawaii

Honolulu Needs An Ethics Commission That Is Ethical

July 2019

Wednesday, July 31

An Open Letter To Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson

Atrocious Housing Conditions At Military Bases Must Be Fixed

Tuesday, July 30

Health Beat: Nasty Surprises For Patients Who Travel For Treatment

TMT Should Be Evaluated For Its Ethical Impacts

Monday, July 29

Danny De Gracia: There’s No Excuse For Not Protecting Our Tourists

It’s Time To Rein In Big Tech Companies

Sunday, July 28

Tom Yamachika: Veil Of Secrecy Cloaks Revenue Estimates

Friday, July 26

Sterling Higa: Loss Of Spalding House A Reminder Old Money Alone Won’t Sustain The Arts

What The TMT On Mauna Kea Really Represents

Thursday, July 25

Chad Blair: Why Is Tulsi Gabbard Really Suing Google?

Neal Milner: Why Some Of Hawaii’s Leaders Are Out-Of-This-World Stupid

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: ‘Kapu Aloha Is Holding Everyone Together’

Wednesday, July 24

Chad Blair: Putting Harry Kim In Charge May Be Ige’s Best Move In TMT Standoff

Reconsidering The Handyman Work Exemption Bill

Tuesday, July 23

Civil Beat Series Was Right: Wespac Is No Friend Of The Ocean

Monday, July 22

The Mismatch Between Job Descriptions And Fancy Resumes

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

Sunday, July 21

Tom Yamachika: About That Special Land And Development Fund

Friday, July 19

Sterling Higa: We Have Enough Parking Lots If We Could Just Find Them

A Half-Century After Moon Landing, We Stopped Exploring

Thursday, July 18

TMT Means Progress For Hawaii’s Future

Wednesday, July 17

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

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Mauna Kea Is Our Modern-Day Kahoolawe

A ‘What If’ Scenario For Honolulu’s Rail Project

Tuesday, July 16

Paradise Has A Price, So Stop Giving It Away

Health Beat: Would Knowing The True Cost Of Drugs Make A Difference?

Monday, July 15

Forget ‘Game Of Thrones,’ The Real White Walkers Are Coming

Danny De Gracia: Welcome To Honolulu, Where There’s No Place To Park

Sunday, July 14

Tom Yamachika: So What Really Is A Resort Fee?

Friday, July 12

When It Comes To Housing, Honolulu Is Failing Residents

Sterling Higa: Why Living With My Mom Is Not Such A Bad Thing

Thursday, July 11

A Pronoun Is A Powerful Thing When It Comes To Identity And Acceptance

Chad Blair: City Prosecutor Job May Draw Crowded Field Of Candidates

Neal Milner: Reach An Accord In The TMT Dispute? Forget About It

Remembering The Time That I Interviewed Ross Perot

Wednesday, July 10

Hawaii Needs Leadership To Survive The Next Storm

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Radical Acts of Aloha

Protesters Cloud TMT Discussion With False Claims, Threats

Tuesday, July 9

Time To End Mass Incarceration In Hawaii

Court Should Never Have Allowed Offender’s Wearing Of Blackface

Monday, July 8

Affordable Housing Wins With Veto Of REIT Tax Bill

Condo Owners Could Face Millions Of Dollars In Potential Liability

Sunday, July 7

Tom Yamachika: Do We Have A Legitimate Government?

Friday, July 5

Chad Blair: Where Did All The Beards And ‘Staches Go On Hawaii Politicians?

Kealoha Trial Exposes Honolulu’s Questionable ‘Tone At The Top’

Increasing The Exemption For Handyman Work Is Long Overdue

Wednesday, July 3

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Time To Force Some Homeless People Into Treatment

This Bad Legislation Would Bail Out Condo Associations

Governor Shouldn’t Veto Medical Cannabis Transport Bill

Tuesday, July 2

What Hawaii Can Learn From Singapore And Hong Kong

Monday, July 1

Sherwood Forest: Seeing Beyond The Trees

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

June 2019

Sunday, June 30

Tom Yamachika: The Tax On Ghost Homes

Friday, June 28

Neal Milner: What Would Happen If The Homeless Showed Up In Hawaii Kai?

Honolulu Must Learn From Everglades Tragedy

Thursday, June 27

Help Steer Culture Of Government Toward Innovation

Wednesday, June 26

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Disrespecting Cultural Issues On Mauna Kea

Gov. Ige Should Rethink Some Of His Veto Targets

Why Is David Ige So Afraid Of Industrial Hemp?

Tuesday, June 25

Denby Fawcett: Ala Moana Not The Best Place For A ‘World-Class’ Playground

TMT Debate Is About How Government Respects Hawaiians

Monday, June 24

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

Sunday, June 23

Tom Yamachika: It’s Still The Economy, Stupid

Friday, June 21

Contrary To Civil Beat Claims, Wespac Is Effective And Transparent

Sterling Higa: The Things I Only See When I Bike Honolulu At Midnight

What Exactly Is The US Doing In The Persian Gulf?

Thursday, June 20

Chad Blair: Today Is Not The Day For Tulsi Gabbard’s Political Memoir

The Great And Powerful 2020 Census

Wednesday, June 19

Let The Community Help Decide How To Spend Honolulu’s Budget

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Saving The Last Hawaiian Salt Ponds

Taxing Unoccupied Homes Is A Good Idea

Tuesday, June 18

How Much Does Hawaii Really Spend On Education?

Denby Fawcett: The Kealohas’ Trial Strategy — Dressing For Success In The Courtroom

Monday, June 17

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

Building A Fishpond, A Home, A Community

Sunday, June 16

Tom Yamachika: Why Haven’t We Stopped The Leakage At HI-5?

Friday, June 14

The Ends Don’t Mean You Got The Means

Thursday, June 13

Students Thrived At This Maui School In Territorial Hawaii

Chad Blair: It Looks Like All-Mail Voting Is Finally On Its Way

Health Beat: The Trouble With Drug Coupons And Free Copay Cards

Neal Milner: Hawaii’s Scholars Ought To Be Making Sense Of Its Politics

Wednesday, June 12

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

If Only Trees Could Talk

Tuesday, June 11

Health Beat: If We Want The FDA To Do A Better Job, Let It Share The Profits

Hawaii’s Nursing Homes Stack Up Well Nationally

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: What Crabbe’s Departure Means For OHA

Monday, June 10

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

Wespac: Fisheries Management Council Needs To Be Fully Investigated

Unprepared Hikers Risk Hurting Others, Too

Sunday, June 9

Tom Yamachika: DOE, Fork Over That General Ledger!

Friday, June 7

The Devastation Of Younger-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease

Sterling Higa: Make Our Rail Stations Attractive And Useful Destinations

Thursday, June 6

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Welcome To Hawaii — Now Show Some Respect

Why Ige Must Veto The Commercial Hemp Bill

Wednesday, June 5

College Should Be Cheaper And Not Lead To Endless Debt

Tuesday, June 4

Want To Save Hawaii? Educate The Youth

Denby Fawcett: Getting Lost In The Woods Can Happen To Anyone

Monday, June 3

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

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

Saturday, June 1

Tom Yamachika: Shining Light On Revenue Estimates

May 2019

Friday, May 31

A Bike-Friendly Hawaii Requires Bike-Friendly Parking

Thursday, May 30

Self-Driving Cars Another Nail In Rail’s Coffin

Neal Milner: Why Is Every Legislative Session Shrouded In Political Mystery?

Wednesday, May 29

An Open Letter To Democrats About Trump

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Some Nations Get It — Happiness Matters

Tuesday, May 28

Hawaii Has Too Often Failed To Plan Properly

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

Friday, May 24

Sterling Higa: Viewing Hawaii’s Culture Through A Japanese Lens

Thirty Meter Telescope Offers Hope For Hawaii’s Future

Thursday, May 23

Shortfalls Of The 2019 Legislative Session

Wednesday, May 22

Chad Blair: Why Bikini Islanders Bought Land On The Big Island

Preservation Land Should Not Be Rezoned For Profit

Tuesday, May 21

The Injustice of Disability-Based Subminimum Wages

Denby Fawcett: Mailbox Crime Didn’t Begin With The Kealoha Case

Monday, May 20

The Limits Of Words, The Power Of Images

Danny De Gracia: Oahu’s Public Spaces Are Embarrassing

Friday, May 17

Sterling Higa: A Marketing Whiz In A World That’s Moving Beyond TV

Want To Reach Youth? There’s An App For That

Thursday, May 16

Neal Milner: Confessions Of A Long-Distance Grandparent

Searching For Answers To Unexplained Snorkeling Deaths

Wednesday, May 15

Stop The Vaping Epidemic In Hawaii Schools

From ‘Flying Carpets’ To The Kealohas: Hawaii’s Rich History Of Scandal

Tuesday, May 14

Denby Fawcett: Yellow Bowls And The Ugly Wartime History They Symbolize

Out Of Touch Lawmakers Failed To Raise Minimum Wage

Monday, May 13

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

The Golden Rule Sets Sail Again To Focus On Danger Of Nukes

Friday, May 10

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

Let’s All Pitch In To A New Community Bail Fund

Thursday, May 9

Sterling Higa: I Don’t Need A Car Anymore, And I’m Not The Only One

Blindsided By A Last-Minute Plan To Privatize Lanai’s Small Boat Harbor

Wednesday, May 8

Health Beat: Opioid Makers Should Have To Pay For The Problems They’ve Created

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

Astronomy Led Canoe Explorers To Hawaii’s Shores

Tuesday, May 7

Rental Crackdown Threatens North Shore’s Prosperity

Denby Fawcett: Kakaako Homeless Population Grows While City And State Dither Over Land Transfer

Monday, May 6

Should Hawaii Make Prostitution Legal?

Chad Blair: This Is What It Sounds Like When Bills Die

Danny De Gracia: The Legislature Really Blew It This Year

Sunday, May 5

Tom Yamachika: DLNR Considers Carbon Credits For East Maui

Friday, May 3

Analogies Are For Lawyers And Lazy Minds

Sterling Higa: A Promising Plan To Ease Honolulu’s Housing Crisis

Thursday, May 2

Remember When Honolulu Was A Pretty Good Place To Live?

Neal Milner: We Are Caught In The Crossfire Surrounding The Mueller Report

Wednesday, May 1

Global Warming Is A Global Problem

April 2019

Tuesday, April 30

From Meiji To Reiwa: The ‘Modern’ King Kalakaua And Japan

Monday, April 29

Danny De Gracia: Teen Suicide Is A Big Problem In Hawaii

Why Gender-Neutral Driver’s Licenses Are So Important

Sunday, April 28

Tom Yamachika: The Noose Is Tightening On OHA’s LLCs

Friday, April 26

It’s Absurd That REIT Income Is Not Taxed In Hawaii

Let’s Send The TMT To The Canary Islands

Thursday, April 25

Ala Wai Flood Plan A Poorly Vetted Proposal

Ride-Hailing Regulations Would Benefit Riders And Drivers

Wednesday, April 24

We Need To Cut Single-Use Plastics Out Of Our Lives

Police Misconduct Bill Is Not Just About Naming Bad Cops

Setting The Record Straight Requires REITs To Spend Money

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: The Glorious But Functional Art Of Indigenous Cultures

Tuesday, April 23

Why Hawaii Needs Automatic Voter Registration

A Living Wage Will Help Keep Families Here

Denby Fawcett: Tulsi Gabbard Isn’t The First Hawaii Resident To Run For President

Monday, April 22

Danny De Gracia: Reining In The Untamed World Of Online Gaming

Sunday, April 21

Tom Yamachika: Why Schools Have So Much Deferred Maintenance

Think About The Reality Of Post-Disaster Hawaii, Then Prepare For It

Friday, April 19

How Would Queen Liliuokalani And Father Damien Legislate?

Thursday, April 18

Substandard Conditions Frustrate Orchidland Lot Owners

Regulations For Ride-Hailing Services Make Good Sense

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

Wednesday, April 17

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Thinking Of Hawaii’s Treasures As Notre Dame Burned

Hawaii’s Elite Excluded Micronesians From Medicaid

Tuesday, April 16

Denby Fawcett: Why Hawaii Has Many Opioid Users But Few Overdose Deaths

Proposed Bill Regulating Uber, Lyft Is Biased Against Taxis

Economic Growth Is Not Always The Solution

Monday, April 15

Danny De Gracia: The Unintended Hazards Of Red-Light Cameras

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

Time To Press ‘Pause’ On The Rail Project

Sunday, April 14

Tom Yamachika: The Case Of The Invisible Tax Bill

Friday, April 12

Helicopters Gone Wild

My Generation Expects Automatic Voter Registration

Thursday, April 11

Neal Milner: All This Partisan Bickering May Get Bloody

Chad Blair: Inside The Legislature’s Backroom Brawl Over A Water Rights Bill

Electric Vehicles Are Ready To Take Off — If Hawaii Builds The Infrastructure

If The Farmer Makes Money, The Farmer Will Farm

Wednesday, April 10

Reject ‘Dangerous’ National Constitutional Convention

Are We Doing Right By Our Children?

Sterling Higa: The Man Behind The Promises Made To Public Retirees

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Pursuing Hawaiian Sovereignty In The Time of Trump

Tuesday, April 9

Health Beat: We Can Have Medicare-For-All And Private Insurance

Masagatani Is A Scapegoat For DHHL Dysfunction

Denby Fawcett: Fighting Back Against Robocalls And Other Phone Scams

Chad Blair: Possible Resurrection Of Water Bill Has Capitol Abuzz

A Near-Perfect Compromise On Water Bill — Until Senators Blew It

Monday, April 8

Hawaii Voters Deserve To See Presidential Tax Returns

Stop Anti-Vaxxers From Putting Hawaii Kids At Risk

Campaign Corner: Waters Has Right Temperament For Council

Sunday, April 7

Tom Yamachika: Some Revenue Bills Already On Gov’s Desk

Friday, April 5

Get Big Money Out Of Politics Before It Kills Us

Heed The Poets When Thinking Of Hawaii’s Most Needy

Thursday, April 4

Hapas: The Overlooked Minority Racial Group

The Big Island’s Scheme To Shut Down Vacation Rentals

Wednesday, April 3

Campaign Corner: Ozawa Has Proven To Be A Strong Leader

The Link Between Low Wages And High Housing Costs

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Look To The Past To Meet Our Future Food Goals

Tuesday, April 2

Tom Yamachika: How The Senate Aims To Raise More Cash

Denby Fawcett: Feeding The Homeless When The City Says Not To

Water Rights Bills Are Unconstitutional

Monday, April 1

DOE’s Early Education Power Grab Is Ill-Advised

Campaign Corner: Why These Former Ozawa Supporters Switched To Waters

Sterling Higa: Why My Generation Is Lowering Its Expectations

March 2019

Friday, March 29

Water Rights Bill Affects Many Small Farmers And Ranchers

Hawaii Should Monitor Food Security

Denby Fawcett: This Trevor Ozawa Campaign Call Is Actually A Blast From The Past

Don’t Treat Schools Like Competitive Businesses

Thursday, March 28

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: The Struggle Over Kauai’s Kuleana Lands

Chad Blair: How To Pick A President

Campaign Corner: A Vote For Ozawa Is A Check On Caldwell

Why The Adulation For Michael Jackson — Or Dan Inouye?

Wednesday, March 27

Carnage On Oahu Streets Must Stop Now

Neal Milner: Time To Get Real About Why Young People Leave Hawaii

Lawmakers Should Reject A&B’s Water Rights Bill

Tuesday, March 26

Despite Progress, It’s Still Not A Post-Feminist World

Denby Fawcett: Don’t Destroy State Capitol’s Openness With Security Barriers

Support Grows For Saving Venerable Bowling Alley

Monday, March 25

Kupuna Caregivers Program Helped Me Stay Employed

Feed Hawaii’s Hungry

Health Beat: Dodging The High Cost Of Prescription Drugs

Danny De Gracia: Lawmakers Must Stop New Tax Increases

Sunday, March 24

Tom Yamachika: Do We Really Need A Law For Presidential Tax Returns?

Friday, March 22

Budget Time At The Legislature, In Poetry

Thursday, March 21

Chad Blair: Are Hawaii Legislators Paid Too Much?

Sterling Higa: When Everyone Has College Degrees, They’ll Be Worthless

Protect The Rights Of Children In Our Justice System

Wednesday, March 20

All The Retirement Plans In The World Won’t Help If We Don’t Save

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: It’s Time For UH To Walk Away From TMT

The Last Family Health Clinic In East Hawaii

Tuesday, March 19

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

DOE Ought To Consider Pre-K-To-Third-Grade Model

Denby Fawcett: The Enduring Appeal Of Hippies

Follow Civil Beat’s Lead On Planting Trees

Monday, March 18

John Pritchett: Police Test Scores Doctored?

Danny De Gracia: Hawaii Is Way Out There On Gun Control

What We Must Talk About When We Talk About Housing

Sunday, March 17

Tom Yamachika: Hedging The Cost And Effective Date Of Bills Is Common

Friday, March 15

Youth Leadership Needed In Time Of Climate Uncertainty

Thursday, March 14

Neal Milner: This Business Genius Will Bomb As A Presidential Contender

Speeding Toward Irrevocable Climate Chaos

Wednesday, March 13

Stopping Hawaii’s Millennial Brain Drain Is Complicated

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: The Beauty of Being Satisfied With ‘Enough’

Chad Blair: Why Is Keith Kaneshiro Still Getting A Paycheck?

Tuesday, March 12

Sexual Harassment: One More Reason Grad Students Need To Unionize

Denby Fawcett: Honolulu Diocese Should Identify All Credibly Accused Priests

Monday, March 11

Danny De Gracia: When Reforming Primaries, Make Sure Voters Understand

End The Trafficking Of Hawaii’s Reef Wildlife

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

Sunday, March 10

Tom Yamachika: GET Increase Not the Answer For Public Education

Friday, March 8

Sterling Higa: Transforming One Of Honolulu’s Worst Eyesores

Investigation Of Sexual Abuse In Catholic Church Could Drive Out Darkness

Thursday, March 7

Building More Suburbs Could Help Millennials Stay In Hawaii

Denby Fawcett: Council Member Wants Audit of Hawaiian Humane Society

Wednesday, March 6

Let’s Get Real About Responsible Gun Owners

Tuesday, March 5

A ‘Forensic Audit’ Of Rail Likely Won’t Uncover Fraud

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Protecting Farms Must Be A Climate Priority

Monday, March 4

Danny De Gracia: When Are City Leaders Going To Talk To Us About Corruption?

The Drug-Addicted Lawyer

Sunday, March 3

Tom Yamachika: Here’s Some Tips At Tax Time

Friday, March 1

When Traffic Safety Gets Really Personal

February 2019

Thursday, February 28

Pause Honolulu Rail Now Rather Than Later

Neal Milner: HART’s ‘Bump In The Road’ Is Code For ‘We’re In Deep S#%* Here’

Wednesday, February 27

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: This Maui Fight Doesn’t Belong In The Supreme Court

Chad Blair: How Much Hate In The 808 These Days?

Health Beat: Regulate Food Supplements, And Send The Bill To The Companies

How To Make College Meaningful To High School Students

Tuesday, February 26

Just Because Vaping Is Legal Doesn’t Mean It’s Safe

Don’t Let The Cop Misconduct Bill Die — Again

Monday, February 25

We Can Save On Electricity And Help The Environment

A Living Wage Will Help Native Hawaiians

Danny De Gracia: Quit Scalping Hawaii Taxpayers — Legalize Gambling

Sunday, February 24

Tom Yamachika: Lawmakers Again Considering Individual Development Accounts

Friday, February 22

Legislature Has A Chance To Encourage Retirement Savings

Thursday, February 21

Neal Milner: Living In Hawaii Drives Me Nuts But You Can’t Beat The Neighbors

E-Cigs Can Help Wean Smokers Off Tobacco

Chad Blair: Public Records Chief Is Still Trying To Make It Harder To Get Public Records

Denby Fawcett: A Death Trap At The Entrance To Diamond Head

Wednesday, February 20

New Military Base Increases Calls For Okinawa’s Independence

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Do We Really Know Who We Are Anymore?

Tuesday, February 19

Failure To Enact A Living Wage Will Hurt Businesses

Danny De Gracia: Not So Fast On Massive New Green Movement

Sunday, February 17

Tom Yamachika: Squirreling Away Money At The DOT

Friday, February 15

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

Kakaako Crash Shifts The Dialogue On Vehicle Collisions

Bring Hawaiian Airlines Call Center Back To The Islands

Health Beat: There’s Something To Be Said For That Drugstore Pharmacist

Thursday, February 14

Is Hawaii Prepared For What Southwest Airlines Might Bring?

Stop This End Run Around Hawaii Public Records Law

Future Of Pali Lanes Remains Uncertain

Wednesday, February 13

What? I Can’t Use Pot To Relieve My Pain?

Don’t Panic Over Rapid Ohia Death

Tuesday, February 12

Sex-Trafficking: Stop Victimizing The Victims

Today’s Politicians Are Showing No Mercy

Hawaii Should Be The Next State To Legalize Marijuana

Denby Fawcett: Hawaiian Princess Is Very Different Now Than In 2007

Monday, February 11

Setting The Minimum Wage Debate Straight

Danny De Gracia: Why A Social Conservative Like Me Wants To Legalize Pot

Sunday, February 10

Tom Yamachika: More Creative Tax Bills At The Legislature

Friday, February 8

Chad Blair: Bestiality Is Still Legal In Hawaii

Time To Retire Red Hill Jet Fuel Tanks

WWJD? Enacting A Living Wage Is The Christian Thing To Do

Thursday, February 7

Neal Milner: Gabbard Lost Her Political Acumen At Just The Wrong Time

Raise The Minimum Wage To At Least $15 An Hour

An Open Letter To Hawaii Condo Owners About Proxies

Wednesday, February 6

Hawaii Doesn’t Need An Aerospace Development Corporation

It Shouldn’t Take Audits And Lawsuits For Government To Be Transparent

Tuesday, February 5

I Didn’t Give Hawaii Energy Permission To Use My Data — Did You?

Health Beat: I Have No Idea How Much Your Hospital Stay Will Cost

Disabled Workers Often Paid Far Below Minimum Wage

Monday, February 4

What I Learned From My Wife’s Death Snorkeling On The Big Island

Sunday, February 3

Tom Yamachika: Creativity Abounds At Our Legislature

Friday, February 1

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

There’s Nothing Courageous About Hawaiians Attacking Hawaiians

January 2019

Thursday, January 31

Chad Blair: Do We Really Need A Dan Inouye Day? Or An Obama Ice Cream Shop?

Lawmakers Must Put Living Wage Over Corporate Profits

Wednesday, January 30

Honolulu Police Are Using Lethal Force Far Too Often

Health Beat: I Have To Be Ready For Patients Who Think They’re Ready To Die

Quit Stalling On The New Police Standards Board

Tuesday, January 29

How To Encourage Healthy Diets And Support Local Agriculture

Denby Fawcett: Homeless On Wheels In Honolulu

Monday, January 28

Hawaii’s Minimum Wage: How High? For How Long? Is It Enough?

Danny De Gracia: Ige’s Affordable Housing Plan Could Easily Backfire

Sunday, January 27

Tom Yamachika: Could Toll Booths Work On Oahu?

Friday, January 25

Short-Term Rentals Are Ruining Neighborhoods Like Waikiki

Thursday, January 24

Trump’s ‘Contribution’ To Global Ecology

Wednesday, January 23

Denby Fawcett: Canned Food Is So ’50s But Spam Will Live Forever

Let’s Keep Hawaii Film-Friendly

Tuesday, January 22

Danny De Gracia: Confessions Of A Bill Hijacker

Mainland Critics Overreact To Ed Case’s Goofy Comment

Sunday, January 20

Tom Yamachika: DOE’s Repair Backlog Is How Much Again?

Friday, January 18

Legislators Must Bypass State Agency With Hemp Plan

Thursday, January 17

6 Ways To Reform Hawaii’s Government

Neal Milner: Why Is Hawaii Afraid To Recount Votes In Close Races?

Wednesday, January 16

Chad Blair: The Incredible Shrinking Tulsi Gabbard

Condo Owners May Not Know They Have New Power

Tuesday, January 15

A New Plan To Help Our Keiki And Hawaii’s Future

Denby Fawcett: I Like Dogs But Not When They’re In My Face — Or My Food

Monday, January 14

Danny De Gracia: Raising Hawaii’s Minimum Wage Is No Quick Fix

Why Is Tulsi Gabbard Attacking Mazie Hirono?

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

Sunday, January 13

Tom Yamachika: We Can’t Afford Not To Try Zero-Based Budgeting

Friday, January 11

Hawaii Must Sustain Its Technology Momentum

Thursday, January 10

Our Small State Has Big Ambitions When It Comes To Climate Change

Thirty Meter Telescope Will Help Prepare Hawaii’s Students

Wednesday, January 9

A Blueprint For Fixing Public Education

Reopen Government And Argue About The Wall Later

Tuesday, January 8

Denby Fawcett: MADD’s New Target Is Drugged Driving

Why I Left Hawaii For Texas

Monday, January 7

How To Drive With Aloha

Sunday, January 6

Tom Yamachika: Did State Agencies Meet Their Goals This Year?

Friday, January 4

Don’t Mess With Renewable Energy Tax Credits

Health Beat: It’s Safe To Take Your Pills, But Those Medical Devices Might Kill You

Thursday, January 3

Reducing The Carbon Footprint Of Producing Medical Cannabis

Neal Milner: Why This Great Idea To Make Hawaii More Efficient Probably Won’t Work

Wednesday, January 2

Hawaii’s Growing Latino Population

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

Danny De Gracia: How You Can Make A Difference In 2019