Stories

Three major forces are at the center of any discussion about Hawaii’s ability to work through its problems: Communities – our people and the ties that bind them – Leadership in the political, business and civic sectors, and Native Hawaiians, who are becoming a dynamic political voice.

This Startup Is Trying To Ease The Ventilator Shortage in Hawaii

A former Harvard Medical School professor is teaming up with local engineers who have designed products for firms like Apple, Google and Tesla.

Last Of Its Kind: This Small Neighborhood Market Is Still A Big Part Of Life On Kauai

Kauai’s last mom and pop market is fighting to stay in business and nurture a new breed of local entrepreneurs.

How The Faithful Took It Upon Themselves To Save This Unique Painted Church

Lava took a heavy toll on this Big Island congregation and almost destroyed the church. Now the problem is how to pay for its upkeep.

This Oahu Developer Is Planting A Native Hawaiian Forest

A Hilo-born haole plants Hawaiian trees and flowers every chance he gets.

Hawaii Isn’t The Only Place Where Local-Born People Are Leaving In Droves

The lure of better jobs, cheaper housing and other opportunities beckons many residents, particularly in western states.

 

Neal Milner: I’m Happy Being An Outsider In Hawaii

The term “local” is so overrated. I’ve spent decades contributing to the public well-being without embracing that culturally sensitive label.

Hanapepe: ‘This Is The Town That Keeps Refusing To Die’

The Kauai town has its flash points, but a shared sense of pride continues to hold this community together.

Denby Fawcett: Can A White Person Ever Be ‘Local’ In Hawaii?

Local is still mostly about race in Hawaii, but talking about shared experiences can help us overcome some of those differences.

How These Makaha Neighbors Saved A County Park From Crime And Weeds

When police and social services agencies couldn’t help, this small band of neighbors took matters into their own hands. And it worked.

Measuring Hawaii’s Social Capital In The Age Of Disconnect

Whether you vote in local elections and how well you trust your neighbor has an impact on your community’s social capital.

Are You Local? What These Hawaii Scholars Have To Say Might Surprise You

Local identity originated with a famous murder in the early 1930s. Today, it can unite us as a society but all too often divides us.

Fault Lines: Bridging The Growing Disconnect In Hawaii

It’s time to have a long talk about what’s going on in Hawaii these days. We’re convening a far-reaching community conversation on how to move forward despite our differences.