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Thirty Meter Telescope Offers Hope For Hawaii’s Future www.tmt.org

Thirty Meter Telescope Offers Hope For Hawaii’s Future

The project is about creating jobs, respecting and preserving culture, and exploring the universe.

Shortfalls Of The 2019 Legislative Session Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Shortfalls Of The 2019 Legislative Session

If we cease to act, innovate and capitalize on our strategic advantages, potential opportunities will leave our islands.

Preservation Land Should Not Be Rezoned For Profit Kau'i Pratt-Aquino

Preservation Land Should Not Be Rezoned For Profit

A proposed development in Kaneohe has some longtime residents upset.

The Injustice of Disability-Based Subminimum Wages Flickr: Dan Kamminga

The Injustice of Disability-Based Subminimum Wages

People with disabilities have organized in a quest for liberation from second-class citizen status.

The Limits Of Words, The Power Of Images www.KauaiAinaArt.com

The Limits Of Words, The Power Of Images

Visual artist Daniel Finchum’s “Bruises In The Garden” project opens eyes and hearts.

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

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

To encourage civic engagement among Gen X and Z, go to the groups and join the platforms they use.

Searching For Answers To Unexplained Snorkeling Deaths Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Searching For Answers To Unexplained Snorkeling Deaths

Research shows that the deaths are not necessarily due to anxiety, panic, fatigue, inexperience or rebreathing carbon dioxide.

Stop The Vaping Epidemic In Hawaii Schools

Stop The Vaping Epidemic In Hawaii Schools

Big Tobacco continues to spin its deceptions, including to our state lawmakers.

Out Of Touch Lawmakers Failed To Raise Minimum Wage Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Out Of Touch Lawmakers Failed To Raise Minimum Wage

An increase would have shown that Democrats still fight for the interests of working families.

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

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

Six decades after the vessel’s initial voyage was halted by the Coast Guard, its new crew is planning stays in Hawaii and Hiroshima.

Let’s All Pitch In To A New Community Bail Fund Cory Lum/Civil Beat

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

Legislators passed some reform measures this session, but poor defendants are still discriminated against. A new nonprofit effort will help.

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

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

Under legislation that surprised and angered many residents of the small island, Manele boat harbor will become the first and only privately managed small boat harbor in Hawaii.

May 2019

Friday, May 24

Thirty Meter Telescope Offers Hope For Hawaii’s Future

Thursday, May 23

Shortfalls Of The 2019 Legislative Session

Wednesday, May 22

Preservation Land Should Not Be Rezoned For Profit

Tuesday, May 21

The Injustice of Disability-Based Subminimum Wages

Monday, May 20

The Limits Of Words, The Power Of Images

Friday, May 17

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

Thursday, May 16

Searching For Answers To Unexplained Snorkeling Deaths

Wednesday, May 15

Stop The Vaping Epidemic In Hawaii Schools

Tuesday, May 14

Out Of Touch Lawmakers Failed To Raise Minimum Wage

Monday, May 13

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

Friday, May 10

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

Thursday, May 9

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

Wednesday, May 8

Astronomy Led Canoe Explorers To Hawaii’s Shores

Tuesday, May 7

Rental Crackdown Threatens North Shore’s Prosperity

Monday, May 6

Should Hawaii Make Prostitution Legal?

Sunday, May 5

Tom Yamachika: DLNR Considers Carbon Credits For East Maui

Friday, May 3

Analogies Are For Lawyers And Lazy Minds

Thursday, May 2

Remember When Honolulu Was A Pretty Good Place To Live?

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

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

Setting The Record Straight Requires REITs To Spend Money

Tuesday, April 23

Why Hawaii Needs Automatic Voter Registration

A Living Wage Will Help Keep Families Here

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

Wednesday, April 17

Hawaii’s Elite Excluded Micronesians From Medicaid

Chad Blair: Why, Tulsi, Why?

Tuesday, April 16

Proposed Bill Regulating Uber, Lyft Is Biased Against Taxis

Economic Growth Is Not Always The Solution

Monday, April 15

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

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?

Tuesday, April 9

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

Monday, April 8

Hawaii Voters Deserve To See Presidential Tax Returns

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

Tuesday, April 2

Tom Yamachika: How The Senate Aims To Raise More Cash

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

March 2019

Friday, March 29

Water Rights Bill Affects Many Small Farmers And Ranchers

Hawaii Should Monitor Food Security

Don’t Treat Schools Like Competitive Businesses

Thursday, March 28

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

Lawmakers Should Reject A&B’s Water Rights Bill

Tuesday, March 26

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

Support Grows For Saving Venerable Bowling Alley

Monday, March 25

Kupuna Caregivers Program Helped Me Stay Employed

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

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

The Last Family Health Clinic In East Hawaii

Tuesday, March 19

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

Follow Civil Beat’s Lead On Planting Trees

Monday, March 18

John Pritchett: Police Test Scores Doctored?

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

Speeding Toward Irrevocable Climate Chaos

Wednesday, March 13

Stopping Hawaii’s Millennial Brain Drain Is Complicated

Tuesday, March 12

Sexual Harassment: One More Reason Grad Students Need To Unionize

Monday, March 11

End The Trafficking Of Hawaii’s Reef Wildlife

Sunday, March 10

Tom Yamachika: GET Increase Not the Answer For Public Education

Friday, March 8

Investigation Of Sexual Abuse In Catholic Church Could Drive Out Darkness

Thursday, March 7

Building More Suburbs Could Help Millennials Stay In Hawaii

Wednesday, March 6

Let’s Get Real About Responsible Gun Owners

Tuesday, March 5

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

Monday, March 4

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

Wednesday, February 27

How To Make College Meaningful To High School Students

Tuesday, February 26

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

Monday, February 25

A Living Wage Will Help Native Hawaiians

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

E-Cigs Can Help Wean Smokers Off Tobacco

Wednesday, February 20

New Military Base Increases Calls For Okinawa’s Independence

Tuesday, February 19

Failure To Enact A Living Wage Will Hurt Businesses

Sunday, February 17

Tom Yamachika: Squirreling Away Money At The DOT

Friday, February 15

Kakaako Crash Shifts The Dialogue On Vehicle Collisions

Bring Hawaiian Airlines Call Center Back To The Islands

Thursday, February 14

Is Hawaii Prepared For What Southwest Airlines Might Bring?

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

Monday, February 11

Setting The Minimum Wage Debate Straight

Sunday, February 10

Tom Yamachika: More Creative Tax Bills At The Legislature

Friday, February 8

Time To Retire Red Hill Jet Fuel Tanks

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

Thursday, February 7

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?

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

There’s Nothing Courageous About Hawaiians Attacking Hawaiians

January 2019

Thursday, January 31

Lawmakers Must Put Living Wage Over Corporate Profits

Wednesday, January 30

Honolulu Police Are Using Lethal Force Far Too Often

Tuesday, January 29

How To Encourage Healthy Diets And Support Local Agriculture

Monday, January 28

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

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

Let’s Keep Hawaii Film-Friendly

Tuesday, January 22

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

Wednesday, January 16

Condo Owners May Not Know They Have New Power

Tuesday, January 15

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

Monday, January 14

Why Is Tulsi Gabbard Attacking Mazie Hirono?

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

Tuesday, January 8

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

Thursday, January 3

Reducing The Carbon Footprint Of Producing Medical Cannabis

Chad Blair: Tulsi Gabbard’s Unlikely Path To The Presidency

Wednesday, January 2

Hawaii’s Growing Latino Population