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  • April 27, 2017

    Think About It: Mo’ mentum

    Think About It: Mo’ mentum

    Good news last week that the Battleship Missouri Memorial will remain in its current location for at least the next 25-years. After a series of short-term leases over the past 18-years, the Navy and theMore >>
    Good news last week that the Battleship Missouri Memorial will remain in its current location for at least the next 25-years.More >>
  • April 24, 2017

    Think About It: Military Posture

    Think About It: Military Posture

    Concerns about North Korea, uncertainty about China, doubts about Russia, questions about the Philippines. Much has been said and written lately about the many volatile spots or potential problem areasMore >>
    Concerns about North Korea, uncertainty about China, doubts about Russia, questions about the Philippines. Much has been said and written lately about the many volatile spots or potential problem areas in the Far East, which is actually far west of us.More >>
  • April 17, 2017

    Think About It: Hangar Hang-Up

    Think About It: Hangar Hang-Up

    The hang up over the handling of the hangar at the Honolulu Airport is surely symptomatic of the incredible lethargy and lack of effort we've seen over at least the past decade in getting our internationalMore >>
    The hang up over the handling of the hangar at the Honolulu Airport is surely symptomatic of the incredible lethargy and lack of effort we've seen over at least the past decade in getting our international airport up to modern day standards.More >>
  • April 13, 2017

    Think About It: Merrie Moments Are Coming

    Think About It: Merrie Moments Are Coming

    A week from now, the "Merrie Monarch Festival" from Hilo will kick off right here on KFVE with every minute coming to you live on TV and on-line. With a few pre-"Festival" specials this week and next,More >>
    A week from now, the "Merrie Monarch Festival" from Hilo will kick off right here on KFVE with every minute coming to you live on TV and on-line. With a few pre-"Festival" specials this week and next, you ought to be primed and ready for the annual treat that is this amazing cultural event. We celebrate year #54 of this historic event, with hula now celebrated worldwide and with great anticipation every year.More >>
  • April 10, 2017

    Think About It: Garbage Gab

    Think About It: Garbage Gab

    The Honolulu City Council has decided that the idea of a $10 monthly trash pickup fee is a bunch of garbage, at least for now. The Council last week decided not to move forward on this initiative proposedMore >>
    The Honolulu City Council has decided that the idea of a $10 monthly trash pickup fee is a bunch of garbage, at least for now.More >>
  • April 6, 2017

    Think About It: No Place To Go

    Think About It: No Place To Go

    Homeless on the slopes of Diamondhead, on lawn areas above the freeway, camped along A`ala Park and by the UH medical school; as you well know, the list goes on and on. As officials try to coax these peopleMore >>
    Homeless on the slopes of Diamondhead, on lawn areas above the freeway, camped along A`ala Park and by the UH medical school; as you well know, the list goes on and on.More >>
  • April 3, 2017

    Think About It: Crimes of Dis-passion

    Think About It: Crimes of Dis-passion

    Robbery is a horrible crime. Actually, all crimes are horrible, but the personal toll robbery takes on its victims can reverberate for many, many years. Six kupuna were hanging out in Chinatown mid-dayMore >>
    Robbery is a horrible crime. Actually, all crimes are horrible, but the personal toll robbery takes on its victims can reverberate for many, many years.More >>
  • March 30, 2017

    Think About It: Bold Move

    Think About It: Bold Move

    Formerly Republican State House representative Beth Fukumoto took the bold step to quit the Republican Party a week ago. While she said constituent feedback the last two months based, in part, on her resentment

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    Formerly Republican State House representative Beth Fukumoto took the bold step to quit the Republican Party a week ago. While she said constituent feedback the last two months based, in part, on her resentment of President Trump, pushed her to make the move, she now finds herself in a bit of no-person's land.

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  • March 27, 2017

    Think About It: Voter Malaise… again

    Think About It: Voter Malaise… again

    It's official. When it comes to voting, Hawaii is dead last among all state in voter turnout, once again. Only 43% of eligible voters bothered to show up last November, which puts Hawaii well ahead of

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    It's official. When it comes to voting, Hawaii is dead last among all state in voter turnout, once again. Only 43% of eligible voters bothered to show up last November, which puts Hawaii well ahead of #49 West Virginia where about 51% showed up and cast a vote.

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  • March 23, 2017

    Think About It: No Decisions, No Action

    Think About It: No Decisions, No Action

    A few things to ponder as we enter the weekend… Once again an effort to spur an alternative route solution on the leeward coast has been brushed aside. Yes, there are already studies being done, but let'sMore >>
    A few things to ponder as we enter the weekend… Once again an effort to spur an alternative route solution on the leeward coast has been brushed aside. Yes, there are already studies being done, but let's get serious here.More >>
  • March 20, 2017

    Think About It: School Rules

    Think About It: School Rules

    So what is a college degree really worth? Time after time, we have seen studies showing the value of getting that diploma, and yet as costs continue to rise for higher education, some ponder the real value

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    So what is a college degree really worth? Time after time, we have seen studies showing the value of getting that diploma, and yet as costs continue to rise for higher education, some ponder the real value of the parchment.

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  • March 16, 2017

    Think About It: System Re-boot

    Think About It: System Re-boot

    As I drive, like you, on the crappy thoroughfares throughout town, I am reminded about how unhappy people get whenever it is suggested that taxes will be raised to help pay for stuff. It is often, and

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    As I drive, like you, on the crappy thoroughfares throughout town, I am reminded about how unhappy people get whenever it is suggested that taxes will be raised to help pay for stuff.

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  • March 13, 2017

    Think About It: Lead Head

    Think About It: Lead Head

    Hindsight is 20/20 they say. And so it is that people are commenting that perhaps a Hawaiian Airlines plane did not need to turn around when an unhappy passenger made a snide comment last week. Well, it

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    Hindsight is 20/20 they say. And so it is that people are commenting that perhaps a Hawaiian Airlines plane did not need to turn around when an unhappy passenger made a snide comment last week.

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  • March 9, 2017

    Think About It: Un-loha

    Think About It: Un-loha

    I've heard whispers, hints, and allegations over the years, but I really didn't perceive it deeply. Now I'm beginning to wonder. Is some of the magic of "aloha" disappearing here? I see it in traffic,

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    I've heard whispers, hints, and allegations over the years, but I really didn't perceive it deeply. Now I'm beginning to wonder. Is some of the magic of "aloha" disappearing here? I see it in traffic, where everyone would wave out the window or with their right hand when you let them into your lane. Now, not so much.

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  • March 6, 2017

    Think About It: NC Hey Hey!

    Think About It: NC Hey Hey!

    If it seems like it took forever, that's because in basketball preparation terms and probable angst, it DID take forever. But in its infinite wisdom, the powers that be atop the NCAA and the infractions

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    If it seems like it took forever, that's because in basketball preparation terms and probable angst, it DID take forever. But in its infinite wisdom, the powers that be atop the NCAA and the infractions faction of that austere group

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  • November 17, 2016

    Think About It: Decisions, Decisions

    Think About It: Decisions, Decisions

    Dear newly elected Hawaii officials and those of you who have been re-elected, here's a seemingly simple request on some not so simple issues. Let's make 2017 the year of resolution. Let's resolve to getMore >>
    Dear newly elected Hawaii officials and those of you who have been re-elected, here's a seemingly simple request on some not so simple issues.More >>
  • November 9, 2016

    Think About It: Air Fair

    Think About It: Air Fair

    Stunned. That's what I was last week when I saw that travel website ThePointsGuy.com ranked Honolulu International airport as the 5th best airport in the country. I've been to three of the top five inMore >>
    Stunned. That's what I was last week when I saw that travel website ThePointsGuy.com ranked Honolulu International airport as the 5th best airport in the country.More >>
  • November 14, 2016

    Think About It: Politics in a New Whirl

    Think About It: Politics in a New Whirl

    I remember years ago watching as a U.S. President I didn't particularly care for started appointing to various cabinet posts a number of people I also didn't particularly care for. I was lamenting theseMore >>
    I remember years ago watching as a U.S. President I didn't particularly care for started appointing to various cabinet posts a number of people I also didn't particularly care for.More >>
  • November 7, 2016

    Think About It: Feeling Philly Empty

    Think About It: Feeling Philly Empty

    Under the heading of indifference loves company, here's a story I found revealing. As the political seasons ends and we once again lament how few real races we have locally and some find themselves disturbedMore >>
    Under the heading of indifference loves company, here's a story I found revealing.More >>
  • November 3, 2016

    Think About It: Ready to Vote!

    Think About It: Ready to Vote!

    Last chance. Last chance to get yourself prepared by reading up, watching stories, going online to find vetted sources of information to learn whatever you can about candidates and ballot issues. SomeMore >>
    Last chance. Last chance to get yourself prepared by reading up, watching stories, going online to find vetted sources of information to learn whatever you can about candidates and ballot issues. SomeMore >>
  • October 31, 2016

    Think About It: Candy Craving

    Think About It: Candy Craving

    In my never-ending quest to ensure that you don't take things too seriously, tonight's edition focuses on the age old question- what IS Hawaii's favorite candy bar? ‘Tis the season, of course...  WellMore >>
    In my never-ending quest to ensure that you don't take things too seriously, tonight's edition focuses on the age old question- what IS Hawaii's favorite candy bar? ‘Tis the season, of course...More >>
  • October 27, 2016

    Think About It: Political Castigating

    Think About It: Political Castigating

    As political campaigns locally and throughout the country wind up over the next 10 days or so, we hear assumptions about how this must truly be the nastiest presidential campaign ever.  On the local front,More >>
    As political campaigns locally and throughout the country wind up over the next 10 days or so, we hear assumptions about how this must truly be the nastiest presidential campaign ever.More >>
  • October 24, 2016

    Think About It: No Discovery Recovery

    Think About It: No Discovery Recovery

    When is reality not reality? One instance is when public perception overrides it. The CEO of the Hawaii Children's Discovery Center, along with others, told us last week in a front page story that it'sMore >>
    When is reality not reality? One instance is when public perception overrides it.More >>
  • October 17, 2016

    Think About It: Mongoose On the Loose

    Think About It: Mongoose On the Loose

    A wayward Oahu mongoose managed to catch a flight to Kauai last week, though it was captured soon after arrival. Mongooses, natives of India, were introduced here on a few islands over 130 years ago toMore >>
    A wayward Oahu mongoose managed to catch a flight to Kauai last week, though it was captured soon after arrival.More >>
  • October 13, 2016

    Think About It: Ferry Interesting

    Think About It: Ferry Interesting

    Now that we know a study will be done to determine the possible resurrection of a local ferry service, a lot of questions immediately pop up. Number one is the financial viability of such a venture. Yes,More >>
    Now that we know a study will be done to determine the possible resurrection of a local ferry service, a lot of questions immediately pop up.More >>
  • October 10, 2016

    Think About It: Dental Doings

    Think About It: Dental Doings

    The latest numbers are in on the dental health of Hawaii's keiki, and the results are nothing to smile about. As expected in a state which simply refuses to accept 60 years of reinforced statistics regardingMore >>
    The latest numbers are in on the dental health of Hawaii's keiki, and the results are nothing to smile about.More >>
  • October 6, 2016

    Think About It: Cool College Credit

    Think About It: Cool College Credit

    Good news on the academic front last week as more Hawaii public school kids are taking advance placement tests in preparation for college, and more are doing better on these tests. Beyond the academicMore >>
    Good news on the academic front last week as more Hawaii public school kids are taking advance placement tests in preparation for college, and more are doing better on these tests.More >>
  • October 3, 2016

    Think About It: A Park Area in Kalihi

    Think About It: A Park Area in Kalihi

    There's finally some detailed talk about cleaning up the canal. No, not the Ala Wai Canal this time, but the long-neglected Kapalama Canal. The last thing of note we heard about this canal was that fencingMore >>
    There's finally some detailed talk about cleaning up the canal.More >>
  • September 29, 2016

    Think About It: Charter Charting

    Think About It: Charter Charting

    Sometimes when you vote locally, you might find yourself like me- a bit clueless when it comes to the intricately worded charter amendments or issues that you often find on your ballot. Well, now you canMore >>
    Sometimes when you vote locally, you might find yourself like me- a bit clueless when it comes to the intricately worded charter amendments or issues that you often find on your ballot.More >>
  • April 7, 2016

    Think About It: Cancer Care Call

    Think About It: Cancer Care Call

    Like many or most of you, I have experienced the horrors of cancer up close. I have seen far too much of it far too often. I have seen people far too young, too vital, too close to me, too engaged in life

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    Like many or most of you, I have experienced the horrors of cancer up close. I have seen far too much of it far too often. I have seen people far too young, too vital, too close to me, too engaged in life

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  • September 26, 2016

    Think About It: Olo-WOW!-lu

    Think About It: Olo-WOW!-lu

    Perhaps you have wondered if taking a stand really does make a difference when you're dealing with the government or bureaucracy. Perhaps you've always felt that the government will do whatever it's goingMore >>
    Perhaps you have wondered if taking a stand really does make a difference when you're dealing with the government or bureaucracy.More >>
  • Think About It: Time to Find 'Em

    Think About It: Time to Find 'Em

    We are about six weeks away from our bi-annual election day. As you are hopefully finding out more and more about candidates locally and nationally and as you do a little research to help you decide whoMore >>
    We are about six weeks away from our bi-annual election day.More >>
  • September 20, 2016

    Think About It: Not Just A Shot In the Dark

    Think About It: Not Just A Shot In the Dark

    Many people have made a beeline to their nearby pharmacy or doctor in the past few months to get vaccinated against Hepatitis A. As of this editorial, 271 reported cases have been confirmed that all traceMore >>
    Many people have made a beeline to their nearby pharmacy or doctor in the past few months to get vaccinated against Hepatitis A.More >>
  • September 5, 2016

    Think About It: The Bird's the Word

    Think About It: The Bird's the Word

    I would say don't look now, but if you don't look now, you might miss ‘em.  Apparently, Hawaii is considered by the American Bird Conservancy to be the "bird extinction capital of the world", accordingMore >>
    I would say don't look now, but if you don't look now, you might miss ‘em.  Apparently, Hawaii is considered by the American Bird Conservancy to be the "bird extinction capital of the world", according to last month's National Geographic magazine.More >>
  • September 1, 2016

    Think About It: Taxing Issues

    Think About It: Taxing Issues

    We all know how tough it is to make ends meet for most people who live in Hawaii. Some use the line "the price of paradise" but that doesn't help ease the burden, of course. So it comes as no great surpriseMore >>
    We all know how tough it is to make ends meet for most people who live in Hawaii.More >>
  • Think About It: Market Place Memories

    Think About It: Market Place Memories

    Change is good, as long as it's good change. I've used that expression over the years as I've seen things change quite a bit around us or within us. The new Waikiki International Market Place is a caseMore >>
    Change is good, as long as it's good change.More >>
  • August 25, 2016

    Think About It: HART Ache

    Think About It: HART Ache

    There's a great song from the old Broadway play "Damn Yankees" called "You Gotta have Heart". Well, we've surely had our share of HART lately, and it's not playing out anywhere near as well as that songMore >>
    There's a great song from the old Broadway play "Damn Yankees" called "You Gotta have Heart".More >>
  • August 22, 2016

    Think About It: Voter Void

    Think About It: Voter Void

    As the Olympics come to an end, it's nice to know that Hawaii set its own record during the Rio games. Well, it's not really a record to be proud of, but it is a record nonetheless. Yes, you see on Saturday,More >>
    As the Olympics come to an end, it's nice to know that Hawaii set its own record during the Rio games.More >>
  • August 15, 2016

    Think About It: Dude, Don't Bogart That Joint!

    Think About It: Dude, Don't Bogart That Joint!

    Doctors in Hawaii have been slow to turn needy patients on to medical marijuana even though it's now OK locally to do so. Well, OK in a sense, but let's not forget the marijuana is still an illegal drug,More >>
    Doctors in Hawaii have been slow to turn needy patients on to medical marijuana even though it's now OK locally to do so.More >>
  • August 11, 2016

    Think About It: Poll Whoa

    Think About It: Poll Whoa

    The good news is that football games aren't played in polls or on paper. UH is picked to finish last in its Mountain West division by the media. Yes, the Warriors have won just 8 of their past 38 gamesMore >>
    The good news is that football games aren't played in polls or on paper.More >>
  • August 8, 2016

    Think About It: Air...Fair

    Think About It: Air...Fair

    A year ago I editorialized a number of times about the ridiculous lack of quality air in far too many of our public school classrooms. The heat was stultifying and inhumane. Activists at the school level-More >>
    A year ago I editorialized a number of times about the ridiculous lack of quality air in far too many of our public school classrooms.More >>
  • August 1, 2016

    Think About It: Darby Did Damage

    Think About It: Darby Did Damage

    Sunday, July 24 was a complete washout, and the ramifications were felt even after that on Oahu. As Maui and the Big Island also saw, Tropical Storm Darby wasn't a hurricane, didn't cause massive amountsMore >>
    Sunday, July 24 was a complete washout, and the ramifications were felt even after that on Oahu.More >>
  • July 25, 2016

    Think About It: Mark Made His Mark

    Think About It: Mark Made His Mark

    Just three months ago, I had a phone conversation with Hawai`i House Representative Mark Takai. Mark had sent me an email from Washington, D.C., thanking me for my editorial support of the UH Cancer CenterMore >>
    Just three months ago, I had a phone conversation with Hawai`i House Representative Mark Takai.More >>
  • July 14, 2016

    Think About It: Natatorium Rumblings

    Think About It: Natatorium Rumblings

    A new plan has been put forward to re-open the Waikiki Natatorium War Memorial by 2019. But don't don your swim goggles just yet. You know what this means. It means an idea has been put forward with someMore >>
    A new plan has been put forward to re-open the Waikiki Natatorium War Memorial by 2019.More >>
  • July 18, 2016

    Think About It: Beach Breach

    Think About It: Beach Breach

    What do Oceano Dunes in San Luis Obispo, West End Beach in Traverse City, Michigan, and Makua Beach on Oahu's leeward coast have in common? They've all been left trashed by inconsiderate campers and visitorsMore >>
    What do Oceano Dunes in San Luis Obispo, West End Beach in Traverse City, Michigan, and Makua Beach on Oahu's leeward coast have in common? They've all been left trashed by inconsiderate campers and visitorsMore >>
  • July 7, 2016

    Think About It: Un-Rapid Transit

    Think About It: Un-Rapid Transit

    The city wants the feds to give it more time to assess how best to pay for rail, how best to manage the system, how much ridership would be affected by stopping construction at Middle Street instead ofMore >>
    The city wants the feds to give it more time to assess how best to pay for rail, how best to manage the system, how much ridership would be affected by stopping construction at Middle Street instead of at Ala Moana Center, etc.More >>
  • July 4, 2016

    Think About It: Cool Problem

    Think About It: Cool Problem

    The state finally agreed to deal with the oppressive and depressing lack of air in our public schools this legislative session. A promise or stated goal was to have 1,000 classrooms cooled down by yearMore >>
    The state finally agreed to deal with the oppressive and depressing lack of air in our public schools this legislative session. A promise or stated goal was to have 1,000 classrooms cooled down by yearMore >>
  • June 30, 2016

    Think About It: Empathy Starts Here

    Think About It: Empathy Starts Here

    What's the biggest thing a kid needs to learn during the formative years? Well, talk to 10 psychologists, counsellors, or sociologists, and you might get 10 different opinions. Recently I read a shortMore >>
    What's the biggest thing a kid needs to learn during the formative years? Well, talk to 10 psychologists, counsellors, or sociologists, and you might get 10 different opinions.More >>
  • June 27, 2016

    Think About It: Neighborhood Bored?

    Think About It: Neighborhood Bored?

    The Oahu neighborhood boards have been saved by the Honolulu Charter Commission, for now, and the key going forward is to ensure that these community mouthpieces become more active and relevant. HavingMore >>
    The Oahu neighborhood boards have been saved by the Honolulu Charter Commission, for now, and the key going forward is to ensure that these community mouthpieces become more active and relevant.More >>
  • June 23, 2016

    Think About It: Suicide Watch

    Think About It: Suicide Watch

    You might have seen the numbers recently when the 2015 Hawaii Youth Risk Behavior Survey came out and provided local facts and figures related to teen suicide, drug and alcohol usage, bullying, sexualMore >>
    You might have seen the numbers recently when the 2015 Hawaii Youth Risk Behavior Survey came out and provided local facts and figures related to teen suicide, drug and alcohol usage, bullying, sexual behavior patterns, etc.More >>
  • June 20, 2016

    Think About It: Economic Illogic in Our Schools

    Think About It: Economic Illogic in Our Schools

    Do your kids know how to balance a checkbook? Do they understand why paying exorbitant interest rates on credit cards is simply not a smart financial policy? Do they understand what it means to have aMore >>
    Do your kids know how to balance a checkbook? Do they understand why paying exorbitant interest rates on credit cards is simply not a smart financial policy? Do they understand what it means to have aMore >>
  • June 16, 2016

    Think About It: Twilight Zone Rail

    Think About It: Twilight Zone Rail

    The rail situation has now officially entered the twilight zone. For those too young to remember, "The Twilight Zone" was a great old TV show and the term "twilight zone" is defined in some places as anotherMore >>
    The rail situation has now officially entered the twilight zone.More >>
  • June 9, 2016

    Think About It: Hip Zip Trip

    Think About It: Hip Zip Trip

    Zippity doo-dah! It looks like the Zipper Lane will double in size within the next couple of months, which should provide some added relief and incentive for commuters coming into Honolulu from the westMore >>
    It looks like the Zipper Lane will double in size within the next couple of months, which should provide some added relief and incentive for commuters coming into Honolulu from the west side on weekdays.More >>
  • June 2, 2016

    Think About It: Reflecting on the “Good Old Days”

    Think About It: Reflecting on the “Good Old Days”

    Change is good, as long as it's good change. I hear people lament frequently about how things here and elsewhere have changed, how it's not the "good old days" any more. Well, that's a relative term, forMore >>
    Change is good, as long as it's good change. I hear people lament frequently about how things here and elsewhere have changed, how it's not the "good old days" any more. Well, that's a relative term, forMore >>
  • June 6, 2016

    Think About It: Slurry Seal Solution

    Think About It: Slurry Seal Solution

    Finally… the city of Honolulu has finally made the move to better protect and preserve up to 43 miles of Pearl City roadways that will be re-surfaced with a process that basically seals water out of theMore >>
    Finally… the city of Honolulu has finally made the move to better protect and preserve up to 43 miles of Pearl City roadways that will be re-surfaced with a process that basically seals water out of theMore >>
  • May 30, 2016

    Think About It: Rail Route Reconsideration

    Rail Route Reconsideration

    Every statement made by new Rapid Transportation Board chair Colleen Hanabusa makes her sound more incredulous as to what's going and what had been going on than her last statement as the original andMore >>
    Every statement made by new Rapid Transportation Board chair Colleen Hanabusa makes her sound more incredulous as to what's going and what had been going on than her last statement as the original and subsequent planning of this project becomes more and more questionable- not necessarily the project, but the plans.More >>
  • Think About It: Pro Bowled Over

    Think About It: Pro Bowled Over

    So the Pro Bowl is apparently going away. Some would argue that the Pro Bowl went away when tackling was unofficially banned and when they stopped playing the game as a battle between the AFC and NFC,More >>
    While dining at lunch last week in downtown Honolulu, I was reminded of the incredible diversity and dichotomy of what you see in an area that basically covers ten blocks by six blocks- Punchbowl to River Street and Nimitz Highway to Vineyard Boulevard.More >>
  • May 16, 2016

    Think About It: Much To Do With The Zoo

    Think About It: Much To Do With The Zoo

    The Honolulu Zoo has seen its share of publicity lately, and most of it has not been the kind of publicity zoos usually seek, like when there's the birth of some cute cub. Losing zoo directors, animals,More >>
    The Honolulu Zoo has seen its share of publicity lately, and most of it has not been the kind of publicity zoos usually seek, like when there's the birth of some cute cub.More >>
  • Think About It: Summer Preview

    Think About It: Summer Preview

    It's time for summer movie mania, and thus we take a moment to reflect on summer titles and how they might relate to Hawaii or national items, in title only, of course. "High Rise", the story of the HawaiiMore >>
    It's time for summer movie mania, and thus we take a moment to reflect on summer titles and how they might relate to Hawaii or national items, in title only, of course.More >>
  • May 9, 2016

    Think About It: This is Really Cool...

    Think About It: This is Really Cool...

    Last summer I met a very pregnant teacher from Farrington High School by chance who told me about pasting black art paper on classroom windows to keep the sun and some heat out every day. She told me aboutMore >>
    Last summer I met a very pregnant teacher from Farrington High School by chance who told me about pasting black art paper on classroom windows to keep the sun and some heat out every day. She told me aboutMore >>
  • May 5, 2016

    Think About It: Up In Smoke

    Think About It: Up In Smoke

    The state legislature opted not to help the financially deficient UH Cancer Center by increasing the state cigarette tax. The House Finance Chair wants to know how the center plans to get its financialMore >>
    The state legislature opted not to help the financially deficient UH Cancer Center by increasing the state cigarette tax.More >>
  • May 2, 2016

    Think About It: Stunning State Stats

    Think About It: Stunning State Stats

    You hear it all the time- paradise has its cost, the high cost of living here, the realities of island living. Last week's detailed breakout by the Hawaii Department of Business, Economic Development,More >>
    You hear it all the time- paradise has its cost, the high cost of living here, the realities of island living. Last week's detailed breakout by the Hawaii Department of Business, Economic Development,More >>
  • April 28, 2016

    Think About It: Living and Buying Locally

    Think About It: Living and Buying Locally

    I found it. Last week I asked where the affordable housing projects in Honolulu were and I found some; actually… they found me. The Hawaii Community Development Authority, with legislative approval, mandatesMore >>
    I found it. Last week I asked where the affordable housing projects in Honolulu were and I found some; actually… they found me.More >>
  • April 25, 2016

    Think About It: Mointy Python's Flying Rail System

    Think About It: Mointy Python's Flying Rail System

    "And now for something completely different". That was a line from a long-running Monty Python's Flying Circus skit as the giddy British comedy troupe jumped from one nonsensical bit to another 45 yearsMore >>
    "And now for something completely different."More >>
  • April 21, 2016

    Think About It: Act Now... Or Not

    Think About It: Act Now... Or Not

    Pay attention. No, not to me, but rather to the final weeks of bills that are working their way through the state House and Senate because you will be impacted. Take 10-minute to go online and look atMore >>
    Pay attention. No, not to me, but rather to the final weeks of bills that are working their way through the state House and Senate because you will be impacted.More >>
  • April 18, 2016

    Think About It: Wafting Along

    Think About It: Wafting Along

    Just when you might have thought you'd heard or seen everything from legislators comes word that the Hawaii state House last week approved a bill having to do with geothermal power, a hotly contested issue.More >>
    Just when you might have thought you'd heard or seen everything from legislators comes word that the Hawaii state House last week approved a bill having to do with geothermal power, a hotly contested issue.More >>
  • April 14, 2016

    Think About It: All Hail Snail Rail

    Think About It: All Hail Snail Rail

    Rail, rail, the gang's all here; what the heck do we care? A takeoff on a song that is now 99-years old, but perhaps truer than ever with more back and forth going on about the newly assumed costs of theMore >>
    Rail, rail, the gang's all here; what the heck do we care?More >>
  • April 12, 2016

    Think About It: Housing Heat

    Think About It: Housing Heat

    The term "affordable housing" is often thought to be an oxymoron in Hawaii, like "jumbo shrimp", "larger half", "civil war", and "original copy". When developers can get $800,000 for homes and condos,More >>
    The term "affordable housing" is often thought to be an oxymoron in Hawaii, like "jumbo shrimp", "larger half", "civil war", and "original copy".More >>
  • April 4, 2016

    Think About It: Football Faith

    Think About It: Football Faith

    "Hope springs eternal" is a proverb often quoted from Alexander Pope's "An Essay on Man" poem. Well, when it comes to the 2016 University of Hawaii football team, springs hopes are eternal, we hope, asMore >>
    "Hope springs eternal" is a proverb often quoted from Alexander Pope's "An Essay on Man" poem.More >>
  • March 17, 2016

    Think About It: Irish Ayes Are Smiling

    Think About It: Irish Ayes Are Smiling

    Aside from the whole wearing green and the drinking beer thing, how well do you know Saint Patrick? Well did you know that he was not Irish, but was actually a Roman Britain named Maewyn, born about 350More >>
    Aside from the whole wearing green and the drinking beer thing, how well do you know Saint Patrick?More >>
  • March 14, 2016

    Think About It: Bill Awareness

    Think About It: Bill Awareness

    It's mid-March- do you know where your favorite legislative bills stand? The Hawaii legislature is doing due diligence on thousands of proposed measure that will invariably affect you.  445 bills passed

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    It's mid-March- do you know where your favorite legislative bills stand?

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  • March 10, 2016

    Think About It: A Few Thoughts...

    Think About It: A Few Thoughts...

    A few unconnected thoughts as we head into the weekend… it seemed rather classless that so many Honolulu City council members opted not to show up at Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell's State of the City addressMore >>
    A few unconnected thoughts as we head into the weekend… it seemed rather classless that so many Honolulu City council members opted not to show up at Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell's State of the City address last week.More >>
  • March 7, 2016

    Think About It: Bill Kill

    Think About It: Bill Kill

    Yet another opportunity to explore the opportunity for term limits for state lawmakers locally came and went last week when Senate Bill #2753 disappeared with nary a peep; well, there was a peep, but that seemed perfunctory to appease the masses.

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    Yet another opportunity to explore the opportunity for term limits for state lawmakers locally came and went last week when Senate Bill #2753 disappeared with nary a peep; well, there was a peep, but that seemed perfunctory to appease the masses.

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  • March 3, 2016

    Think About It: Eddie Went

    Think About It: Eddie Went

    How exciting was it last week to watch the rarely held Quiksilver Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational?Many of the world's best surfers scrambled to get here in time last Thursday for this iconic event heldMore >>
    How exciting was it last week to watch the rarely held Quiksilver Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational?More >>
  • February 29, 2016

    Think About It: Street Smart... Not

    Think About It: Street Smart... Not

    Far too often over the past 16+ years of doing these editorials, I've commented on the woeful condition of far too many of our roads. I've even joked about the quality of the material being used, as ifMore >>
    Far too often over the past 16+ years of doing these editorials, I've commented on the woeful condition of far too many of our roads.More >>
  • February 25, 2016

    Think About It: Speed Needs

    Think About It: Speed Needs

    There is a bill being floated that would fine people who drive too slowly in the left lane on roads with two lanes going in the same direction. This bill, thankfully, would not apply to highways. DoesMore >>
    There is a bill being floated that would fine people who drive too slowly in the left lane on roads with two lanes going in the same direction.More >>
  • February 22, 2016

    Think About It: Blew Flu

    Think About It: Blew Flu

    32% of the prison guards at the state's eight correctional facilities, or 230 people, called in sick on Super Bowl Sunday. The good news is that this number is 3% lower than the number of ailing workersMore >>
    32% of the prison guards at the state's eight correctional facilities, or 230 people, called in sick on Super Bowl Sunday.More >>
  • February 19, 2016

    Think About It: Superferry & TMT

    Think About It: Superferry & TMT

    How ironic that within a week of stirrings about possibly bringing back the Superferry to Hawaii, the head honchos of yet another controversial project, the Thirty Meter Telescope atop Mauna Kea, suggested

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    How ironic that within a week of stirrings about possibly bringing back the Superferry to Hawaii, the head honchos of yet another controversial project, the Thirty Meter Telescope atop Mauna Kea, suggested that the group might start looking elsewhere soon if the state can't get things worked out in the next couple of years.

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  • February 15, 2016

    Think About It: The Way of the Warrior

    Think About It: The Way of the Warrior

    I don't know if you've had the chance to see this year's version of the University of Hawai`i men's basketball team, but if not, you really should take the time to watch these guys play live at the StanMore >>
    I don't know if you've had the chance to see this year's version of the University of Hawai`i men's basketball team, but if not, you really should take the time to watch these guys play live at the Stan Sheriff Center or at least follow them on TV.More >>
  • January 11, 2016

    Think About It: Bill Will

    Think About It: Bill Will

    Sunday, February 14 2016 2:19 PM EST2016-02-14 19:19:17 GMT
    Sunday, February 14 2016 2:19 PM EST2016-02-14 19:19:17 GMT
    With so many bills going back and forth across the State House and Senate, it’s hard to keep track without a scorecard. More >>

    With so many bills going back and forth across the State House and Senate, it’s hard to keep track without a scorecard.

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  • February 8, 2016

    Think About It: Kona... We Have a Problem

    Think About It: Kona... We Have a Problem

    Tuesday, February 9 2016 2:53 AM EST2016-02-09 07:53:14 GMT
    Tuesday, February 9 2016 1:28 PM EST2016-02-09 18:28:41 GMT
    Ellison Onizuka was the first Asian-American to fly in space.  More >>

    Ellison Onizuka was the first Asian-American to fly in space. 

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  • February 4, 2016

    Think About It: Science, Kaka'ako, + Homelands

    Think About It: Science, Kaka'ako, + Homelands

    Monday, February 8 2016 8:29 PM EST2016-02-09 01:29:53 GMT
    Tuesday, February 9 2016 1:28 PM EST2016-02-09 18:28:14 GMT
    A few things to ponder as we head into the weekend: Honolulu ranks 95th out of 100 metropolitan areas in employment options for those interested in the science, technology, engineering, and math (or STEM) fields.  More >>

    A few things to ponder as we head into the weekend: Honolulu ranks 95th out of 100 metropolitan areas in employment options for those interested in the science, technology, engineering, and math (or STEM) fields. 

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  • January 28, 2016

    Think About It: Issues of the Day... Month... Years

    Think About It: Issues of the Day... Month... Years

    As I try to avoid the same potholes or metal plates daily on Kamehameha Highway, the Pali Highway, School Street, Waiakamilo Boulevard, Kapi`olani Boulevard, Dillingham Boulevard, and other highways andMore >>
    As I try to avoid the same potholes or metal plates daily on Kamehameha Highway, the Pali Highway, School Street, Waiakamilo Boulevard, Kapi`olani Boulevard, Dillingham Boulevard, and other highways andMore >>
  • January 25, 2016

    Think About It: Legislative Action

    Think About It: Legislative Action

    The state legislature is now in session, and in its usual manner, will try to cram a lot of discussion about a lot of topics into a window of 60 active legislative days. This year's session is scheduledMore >>
    The state legislature is now in session, and in its usual manner, will try to cram a lot of discussion about a lot of topics into a window of 60 active legislative days.More >>
  • January 21, 2016

    Think About It: Ethical Question

    Think About It: Ethical Question

    Janet Mason of The League of Women Voters of Honolulu made a sincere and wise pitch last week at the Charter Commission meeting. Mason suggested that changes need to be made to the manner in which membersMore >>
    Janet Mason of The League of Women Voters of Honolulu made a sincere and wise pitch last week at the Charter Commission meeting. Mason suggested that changes need to be made to the manner in which membersMore >>
  • January 18, 2016

    Think About It: Bright None @ Blue Note

    Think About It: Bright None @ Blue Note

    The Blue Note Hawai`i jazz club opened last week at the Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort, and I found it to be a great venue to spend an evening transfixed by quality music and good food. I was fortunateMore >>
    The Blue Note Hawai`i jazz club opened last week at the Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort, and I found it to be a great venue to spend an evening transfixed by quality music and good food.More >>
  • January 11, 2016

    Think About It: Bad Ban Plan

    Think About It: Bad Ban Plan

    The University of Hawai`i Athletics Department is appealing the sanctions placed on its basketball program, including the no post-season play penalty next year. It's a wise appeal, though you have to wonderMore >>
    The University of Hawai`i Athletics Department is appealing the sanctions placed on its basketball program, including the no post-season play penalty next year.More >>
  • January 7, 2016

    Think About It: Homeless Hope Horizon

    Think About It: Homeless Hope Horizon

    57,000. That's how many homeless people will sleep in a shelter tonight… in New York City. Imagine that number of people inside in freezing weather in the largest city in this country, and the sheer numbersMore >>
    57,000. That's how many homeless people will sleep in a shelter tonight… in New York City.More >>
  • January 4, 2015

    Think About It: Legislative Blues

    Think About It: Legislative Blues

    About a week ago I noticed a couple of letters to the editor that struck a nerve. One concerned these fact that many people simply "…do not trust the actions of the Legislature any longer". The letterMore >>
    About a week ago I noticed a couple of letters to the editor that struck a nerve.More >>
  • January 1, 2016

    Think About It: HNL Airport & Food Failure

    Think About It: HNL Airport & Food Failure

    Tuesday, February 2 2016 2:51 AM EST2016-02-02 07:51:24 GMT
    Tuesday, February 9 2016 1:23 PM EST2016-02-09 18:23:40 GMT

    You may not find much cool air in the sluggish security lines, you might have to walk on non-working automated walkways or escalators, you might not find parking, and you might have to work your way around yellow tape and cones at various places throughout Honolulu International Airport, but at least you can be assured of getting an exceedingly mediocre choice of food options while you wait.

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    You may not find much cool air in the sluggish security lines, you might have to walk on non-working automated walkways or escalators, you might not find parking, and you might have to work your way around yellow tape and cones at various places throughout Honolulu International Airport, but at least you can be assured of getting an exceedingly mediocre choice of food options while you wait.

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  • November 19, 2015

    Think About It: Season of Joy?

    Think About It: Season of Joy?

    Happy time or hectic time? It's your call. It's that time of the year for giving thanks, giving gifts, and giving time- be it in traffic, in malls, or in public service. How you deal with this whirlwindMore >>
    Happy time or hectic time?More >>
  • November 16, 2015

    Think About It: If You Build It...

    Think About It: If You Build It...

    The state was unable to find contractors willing to remove the homeless and their belongings in Kaka`ako last week. Eight companies apparently said "no thanks". And by removal, of course, we mean simplyMore >>
    The state was unable to find contractors willing to remove the homeless and their belongings in Kaka`ako last week.More >>
  • November 12, 2015

    Think About It: Dengue Discourse

    Think About It: Dengue Discourse

    We know that dengue fever has made a reappearance in Hawaii`i, and some simple steps can be taken to help you better protect yourself by making sure your home and surrounding areas are less attractiveMore >>
    We know that dengue fever has made a reappearance in Hawai`i, and some simple steps can be taken to help you better protect yourself by making sure your home and surrounding areas are less attractive to mosquitoes of any type.More >>
  • November 9, 2015

    Think About It: Wiki wiki Likelike

    Wiki wiki Likelike

    As the group Boston once famously sang, "it's been such a long time"... That's the tune most drivers warble whenever they are told of an impending road repair job. Nothing gets done on time… nothing. NotMore >>
    As the group Boston once famously sang, "it's been such a long time"... That's the tune most drivers warble whenever they are told of an impending road repair job.More >>
  • November 2, 2015

    Think About It: Homeless For Too Long

    Homeless For Too Long

    As the unenlightened game of "whack-a-mole" continues as a fundamental part of the city and state government's efforts to supposedly eliminate homelessness, the obvious keeps occurring. It's "GroundhogMore >>
    As the unenlightened game of "whack-a-mole" continues as a fundamental part of the city and state government's efforts to supposedly eliminate homelessness, the obvious keeps occurring.More >>
  • November 5, 2015

    Think About It: Money Talks

    Think About It: Money Talks

    The term "financial literacy" is an oxymoron for far too many people, sadly. I'm not just talking about the clueless 17-year old who doesn't understand how to balance a checkbook or avoid going into debtMore >>
    The term "financial literacy" is an oxymoron for far too many people, sadly.More >>
  • October 29, 2015

    Think About It: Money In, Money Out

    Think About It: Money In, Money Out

    The legislature will be asked for $70-million additional from the Department of Education in the new budget year, above the $1.4-billion it was granted. And yes, some of that newly requested funding isMore >>
    The legislature will be asked for $70-million additional from the Department of Education in the new budget year, above the $1.4-billion it was granted.More >>
  • October 26, 2015

    Think About It: Rain or Shine

    Think About It: Rain or Shine

    And the hits just keep on coming… Just when it appeared that we are finally getting over this ridiculously long season of rain, humidity, and oppressive heat comes word that we should now be seeing extendedMore >>
    And the hits just keep on coming…More >>
  • October 22, 2015

    Think About It: Rail, Rail, The Gang's All Here

    Think About It: Rail, Rail, The Gang's All Here

    And the latest projection for rail is now a final cost that's 25% above original projections for a project that will apparently be open to the public about 15-months or so later than was originally laidMore >>
    And the latest projection for rail is now a final cost that's 25% above original projections for a project that will apparently be open to the public about 15-months or so later than was originally laid out.More >>
  • October 19, 2015

    Think About It: Decisions, Decisions

    Think About It: Decisions, Decisions

    UH has reached a settlement with former men's basketball coach Gib Arnold, but the issues related to the problems are hardly settled as we await a verdict from the NCAA. The Ethics Commission has optedMore >>
    UH has reached a settlement with former men's basketball coach Gib Arnold, but the issues related to the problems are hardly settled as we await a verdict from the NCAA.More >>
  • October 15, 2015

    Think About It: Something Fishy Here

    Think About It: Something Fishy Here

    There's something fishy going on here… and that's a good thing. October is Hawaii Seafood Month, which is tied in with the fact that October has been designated as National Seafood Month. I found thisMore >>
    There's something fishy going on here… and that's a good thing.More >>
  • October 12, 2015

    Think About It: Entertainment Tonight, Or Any Night...

    Think About It: Entertainment Tonight, Or Any Night...

    There's something fishy going on here… and that's a good thing. October is Hawaii Seafood Month, which is tied in with the fact that October has been designated as National Seafood Month. I found thisMore >>
    The Los Angeles Lakers recently came to town and sold out two exhibition games at the Stan Sheriff Center.More >>
  • October 8, 2015

    Think About It: Tunnel Vision

    Think About It: Tunnel Vision

    Upcoming, planned repair work on the Likelike Highway road surface will now be preceded by repair work in the town-bound Wilson Tunnel atop the highway, as numerous stainless steel rods have broken. WhileMore >>
    Upcoming, planned repair work on the Likelike Highway road surface will now be preceded by repair work in the town-bound Wilson Tunnel atop the highway, as numerous stainless steel rods have broken.More >>
  • October 5, 2015

    Think About It: Cleaning It Up

    Think About It: Cleaning It Up

    A warped prankster apparently decided to get his or her 15-minutes of fame last week by pouring detergent into a city fountain, causing the foamy fountain to overflow onto the road; not very funny. ButMore >>
    A warped prankster apparently decided to get his or her 15-minutes of fame last week by pouring detergent into a city fountain, causing the foamy fountain to overflow onto the road; not very funny.More >>
  • October 1, 2015

    Think About It: Living Spaced

    Think About It: Living Spaced

    Yet another tower is going up in the heart of Honolulu as Kalakaua Gardens will provide units for seniors with monthly units going for $4,500 to $7,500, depending on your medical needs. We are remindedMore >>
    Yet another tower is going up in the heart of Honolulu as Kalakaua Gardens will provide units for seniors with monthly units going for $4,500 to $7,500, depending on your medical needs.More >>
  • September 28, 2015

    Think About It: Resolutions in Short Supply

    Think About It: Resolutions in Short Supply

    Resolution. It's a concept seen far too infrequently here when it comes to definitive, official edicts and major decisions. And this time I'm not talking about the Ko`olau Stairway to Heaven, overheatedMore >>
    Resolution. It's a concept seen far too infrequently here when it comes to definitive, official edicts and major decisions.More >>
  • September 24, 2015

    Think About It: Blue Sky Thinking

    Think About It: Blue Sky Thinking

    I was driving over the Koolau mountain range one glorious morning recently after yet another deluge had literally cleared the air of debris and vog. The sky was a gorgeous blue, and the mountains lookedMore >>
    I was driving over the Koolau mountain range one glorious morning recently after yet another deluge had literally cleared the air of debris and vog.More >>
  • September 21,2015

    Think About It: A Sporting Stance

    Think About It: A Sporting Stance

    How hard is it to simply do the right thing? I don't mean when there is some subjectivity about what's right, but when you know for sure. People in Hawaii have big hearts- we usually take care of one another.More >>
    How hard is it to simply do the right thing?More >>
  • September 17, 2015

    Think About It: Pali-Morphic

    Think About It: Pali-Morphic

    Windward side residents on Oahu have watched for years as counterparts in Hawaii Kai and leeward Oahu have dealt with inordinate road construction projects, repairs, upgrades, sewer line installs, railMore >>
    Windward side residents on Oahu have watched for years as counterparts in Hawaii Kai and leeward Oahu have dealt with inordinate road construction projects, repairs, upgrades, sewer line installs, rail pylon poundings, et al.More >>
  • September 10, 2015

    Think About It: Ant On & On

    Think About It: Ant On & On

    I don't know about you, but I'll be partying this weekend to help celebrate the fact that September is- you guessed it- Stop the Ant Month here in Hawaii. The proclamation was made by Governor Ige to helpMore >>
    I don't know about you, but I'll be partying this weekend to help celebrate the fact that September is- you guessed it- Stop the Ant Month here in Hawaii.More >>
  • September 7, 2015

    Think About It: Time Passages

    Think About It: Time Passages

    The American Academy of Pediatrics has recommended a start time of 8:30am for middle schools and high schools. Research has shown that youngster's brains work better a bit later in the AM each day. ItMore >>
    The American Academy of Pediatrics has recommended a start time of 8:30am for middle schools and high schools.More >>
  • September 3, 2015

    Think About It: Rarefied (er, lack of)

    Think About It: Rarefied (er, lack of)

    Just like the humid days keep hammering us, so do the anecdotal stories about what's really going on in our public school classrooms as the heat simply won't dissipate, and won't be dealt with soon enough.More >>
    Just like the humid days keep hammering us, so do the anecdotal stories about what's really going on in our public school classrooms as the heat simply won't dissipate, and won't be dealt with soon enough.More >>
  • August 31, 2015

    Think About It: Owning Up

    Think About It: Owning Up

    As our top tourist destination became known briefly as Wai-shishi, an advisory came out that said if the water is brown, please stay out. Good advice. But I must give officials some credit for at leastMore >>
    As our top tourist destination became known briefly as Wai-shishi, an advisory came out that said if the water is brown, please stay out.More >>
  • August 27, 2015

    Think About It: Pay to Play

    Think About It: Pay to Play

    You might have seen last week that the head of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness was here and said, "Homelessness is evidence of a family in crisis." It really didn't take a mainland expertMore >>
    You might have seen last week that the head of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness was here and said, "Homelessness is evidence of a family in crisis.More >>
  • August 20, 2015

    Think About It: Pay to Play

    Think About It: Pay to Play

    Who's next? Who or what philanthropic entity will be next to step up and help the financially-challenged University of Hawaii athletics department? After all, we can't simply depend on the same small handfulMore >>
    Who's next? Who or what philanthropic entity will be next to step up and help the financially-challenged University of Hawaii athletics department?More >>
  • August 17, 2015

    Think About It: Hot Air on Hot Classrooms

    Think About It: Hot Air on Hot Classrooms

    Man it's hot. And it's not even September yet! But if you think you've got it bad, imagine what it's like for the students in our schools without much daily relief from heat and sun. We know it's horribleMore >>
    Man it's hot. And it's not even September yet!More >>
  • August 13, 2015

    Think About It: Decisions, Decisions

    Think About It: Decisions, Decisions

    We're studying the efficacy of barriers and access at Laniakea, again. We're studying whether to save, relocate, or start over with an aging Aloha Stadium. We've been studying what to do with the Waikiki NatatoriumMore >>
    We're studying the efficacy of barriers and access at Laniakea, again.More >>
  • Think About It: Ethical Decision

    Think About It: Ethical Decision

    Despite what you may think, the term "good government" is not an oxymoron, like jumbo shrimp, pretty ugly, or original copy. An example of government calling itself out and rectifying a mistake came throughMore >>
    Despite what you may think, the term "good government" is not an oxymoron, like jumbo shrimp, pretty ugly, or original copy.More >>
  • July 27, 2015

    Think About It: Sleeping in Paradise

    Think About It: Sleeping in Paradise

    The University of Hawaii is in the hemp business. Now before you start getting alarmed, let's point out some facts- hemp is not marijuana, though it has been lumped into the category of the evil weed,More >>
    Feeling a bit sleep deprived?More >>
  • July 30, 2015

    Think About It: Hemp Highlights

    Think About It: Hemp Highlights

    The University of Hawaii is in the hemp business. Now before you start getting alarmed, let's point out some facts- hemp is not marijuana, though it has been lumped into the category of the evil weed,More >>
    The University of Hawaii is in the hemp business.More >>
  • July 23, 2015

    Think About It: Bombs Away

    Think About It: Bombs Away

    It was a small article in the Neighbor Islands section of last Friday's Star-Advertiser, but it sure made me think. What is the price of war? What is the price of peace? What is the price of preparation?More >>
    It was a small article in the Neighbor Islands section of last Friday's Star-Advertiser, but it sure made me think.More >>
  • July 20, 2015

    Providing Caregiver Education

    Providing Caregiver Education

    Caregiving is a tough job for any amateur, especially for most of the loved ones who aren't trained well or at all. And that description would undoubtedly define about 95% of the people who, at some point,More >>
    Caregiving is a tough job for any amateur, especially for most of the loved ones who aren't trained well or at all.More >>
  • July 16, 2015

    Think About It: Striking Stryker Brigade

    Think About It: Striking Stryker Brigade

    The net reduction of 1,214 soldiers here, who will be relocated to Washington State, is not a positive sign for our local economy, but it falls far short of being considered a catastrophe. As the government movesMore >>
    The net reduction of 1,214 soldiers here, who will be relocated to Washington State, is not a positive sign for our local economy, but it falls far short of being considered a catastrophe.More >>
  • July 9, 2015

    Think About It: Legislative Pondering

    Think About It: Legislative Pondering

    How many bureaucrats does it take a screw in a light bulb? I don't know, and I certainly don't want to put myself on the line, but let me get a study going on it. Just kidding, but some of you may thinkMore >>
    How many bureaucrats does it take a screw in a light bulb?More >>
  • July 13, 2015

    Think About It: For the Birds

    Think About It: For the Birds

    Honolulu City Council Bill 51, if passed, says that anyone with 10 or more non-poultry birds at his or her residence would have to get a bird facility permit from the City. In getting such a permit, theMore >>
    Honolulu City Council Bill 51, if passed, says that anyone with 10 or more non-poultry birds at his or her residence would have to get a bird facility permit from the City.More >>
  • July 2, 2015

    Think About It: Get Jazzed!

    Think About It: Get Jazzed!

    Some good news out of Waikiki last week. First it was announced that May visitor arrivals were up 9% vs. a year earlier, but perhaps more importantly, visitor spending from West Coast arrivals was up 20%.More >>
    Some good news out of Waikiki last week. First it was announced that May visitor arrivals were up 9% vs. a year earlier, but perhaps more importantly, visitor spending from West Coast arrivals was up 20%.More >>
  • July 6, 2015

    Think About It: Homeless-Zzzz

    Think About It: Homeless-Zzzz

    So much to talk about and so little time. How about the Honolulu Ethics Commission, which acted unethically by putting a muzzle on its executive director and staff? If the Commission has issues with informationMore >>
    So much to talk about and so little time. How about the Honolulu Ethics Commission, which acted unethically by putting a muzzle on its executive director and staff?More >>
  • June 29, 2015

    Think About It: HOV Blues

    Think About It: HOV Blues

    The Zipper and HOV- or High Occupancy Vehicle- lanes are be too good to be passed up by far too many solo drivers locally. Every single day as I come in through Red Hill on H-1, I see violators cruisingMore >>
    The Zipper and HOV- or High Occupancy Vehicle- lanes are be too good to be passed up by far too many solo drivers locally. Every single day as I come in through Red Hill on H-1, I see violators cruisingMore >>
  • June 25, 2015

    Think About It: Good Days, Bag Days

    Think About It: Good Days, Bag Days

    From the window in my office, I look upon a nice tree on the median strip of Waiakamilo Road. For months on end, the beauty of the tree had been blighted by an ugly plastic bag that had blown into theMore >>
    "Effective July 1, Honolulu businesses shall be prohibited from providing plastic checkout bags and non-recyclable paper bags to their customers at the point of sale for the purpose of transporting groceries or other merchandise."More >>
  • June 22, 2015

    Think About It: Wheels of Change... Not

    Think About It: Wheels of Change... Not

    Looks like we're finally going to see some action and resolution on the Waikiki Natatorium. Well, not exactly. After 35-years of discussion, estimates on repairs, and suggestions on how best to utilizeMore >>
    Looks like we're finally going to see some action and resolution on the Waikiki Natatorium.More >>
  • June 18, 2015

    Think About It: Fix It

    Think About It: Fix It

    A 30-year old man broke his ankle last week trespassing in the wee hours of the morning while trying to get to- you guessed it, the Haiku Stairs, otherwise known as the Stairway to Heaven. This is no realMore >>
    A 30-year old man broke his ankle last week trespassing in the wee hours of the morning while trying to get to- you guessed it, the Haiku Stairs, otherwise known as the Stairway to Heaven.
    More >>
  • Think About It: Oxymorons and False Truth

    Think About It: Oxymorons and False Truth

    Last week some false killer whales showed up off the Kona coast, and while it was great to see this unique excursion, it got me thinking about the plight of these majestic creatures. How'd you like toMore >>
    Last week some false killer whales showed up off the Kona coast, and while it was great to see this unique excursion, it got me thinking about the plight of these majestic creatures.More >>
  • Think About It: CCR and Local Life

    Think About It: CCR and Local Life

    I had the pleasure of seeing John Fogerty of Creedence Clearwater Revival fame in concert here last Friday, so in honor of CCR, I thought it might be fun to tie a few of Creedence's hits to local newsMore >>
    I had the pleasure of seeing John Fogerty of Creedence Clearwater Revival fame in concert here last Friday, so in honor of CCR, I thought it might be fun to tie a few of Creedence's hits to local news items of note.More >>
  • December 24, 2015

    Think About It: 'Twas the Night... Revsited

    Think About It: 'Twas the Night... Revsited

    ‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, except me looking for batteries for the mouse. The stockings were hung by the chimney with care and I wondered,More >>
    ‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, except me looking for batteries for the mouse. The stockings were hung by the chimney with care and I wondered, with his girth… how is St. Nick going to shimmy through there?More >>
  • December 17, 2015

    Think About It: Health and Happiness

    Think About It: Health and Happiness

    You probably saw last week that Hawai`i is once again listed as the healthiest state in the country according to the United Health Foundation's annual report. Along with that bit of news came the goodMore >>
    You probably saw last week that Hawai`i is once again listed as the healthiest state in the country according to the United Health Foundation's annual report.More >>
  • December 21, 2015

    Think About It: Choices and Funding

    Think About It: Choices and Funding

    In a candid interview recently, Hawaii Governor Ige stated that it's really up to the University of Hawai`i to determine the future of its athletic department and how to fund its needs to compete effectivelyMore >>
    In a candid interview recently, Hawaii Governor Ige stated that it's really up to the University of Hawai`i to determine the future of its athletic department and how to fund its needs to compete effectively in the landscape that is college athletics today.More >>
  • December 10, 2015

    Think About It: Business vs. Life Quality

    Think About It: Business vs. Life Quality

    Earlier this year, CNBC ranked all 50 states' business climates, and as you might have guessed, Hawai`i came in dead last. We scored in the bottom 10% of all states in workforce, the cost of doing business,More >>
    Earlier this year, CNBC ranked all 50 states' business climates, and as you might have guessed, Hawai`i came in dead last.More >>
  • December 7, 2015

    Think About It: Warrior Pride

    Think About It: Warrior Pride

    When new UH head football coach Nick Rolovich referenced "The Lion King" in his introductory speech last week, it was a breath of fresh air. "We were great once. We can be great again." All UH fans wouldMore >>
    When new UH head football coach Nick Rolovich referenced "The Lion King" in his introductory speech last week, it was a breath of fresh air.More >>
  • December 4, 2015

    Think About It: A Few Thoughts

    Think About It: A Few Thoughts

    A few things to ponder as we enter the first weekend of the month long holiday hammock season between Thanksgiving and Christmas… How come it seems to take about 12-seconds to get approval to construct

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    A few things to ponder as we enter the first weekend of the month long holiday hammock season between Thanksgiving and Christmas…

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  • November 30, 2015

    Think About It: A Time To Share

    Think About It: A Time To Share

    If you get a chance and can still find tickets, do yourself a favor and see the Manoa Valley Theatre's excellence performance of the classic Who rock opera, "Tommy".  Everyone involved does a great job-More >>
    If you get a chance and can still find tickets, do yourself a favor and see the Manoa Valley Theatre's excellence performance of the classic Who rock opera, "Tommy".More >>
  • November 23, 2015

    Think About It: Snake Ays!

    Think About It: Snake Ays!

    So did you hear the one about the guy who was on his way to Costco but never made it because he found a six to eight foot snake in his driveway? Actually, that's not a joke, it happened last week on OldMore >>
    So did you hear the one about the guy who was on his way to Costco but never made it because he found a six to eight foot snake in his driveway?More >>
  • November 26, 2015

    Think About It: UH Action Traction

    Think About It: UH Action Traction

    Dave Matlin laid out the facts last week, and now we'll see what the response is… again. It's not the first time an Athletics Director at the University of Hawai`i Manoa has explained the realities ofMore >>
    Dave Matlin laid out the facts last week, and now we'll see what the response is… again.More >>
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