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  • October 18, 2012

    Think About It: Football Reality Check

    Think About It: Football Reality Check

    New coaches, new system, new players; this year's edition of University of Hawaii football had all of the signs of a rebuilding year- months before opening day. And thus far, it has been a slow and oftenMore >>
    New coaches, new system, new players; this year's edition of University of Hawaii football had all of the signs of a rebuilding year- months before opening day.More >>
  • October 8, 2012

    Think About It: Courage, Post-Crisis

    Think About It: Courage, Post-Crisis

    Most any sane person would agree that the issues of child sexual exploitation and underage prostitution need serious attention and action. And while everyone would agree with measures aimed at curbingMore >>
    Most any sane person would agree that the issues of child sexual exploitation and underage prostitution need serious attention and action.More >>
  • October 4, 2012

    Think About It: UH “Lack” Attack

    Think About It: UH “Lack” Attack

    Lack of leadership, lack of accountability, lack of autonomy, lack of trust, lack of letting people do their jobs, lack of responsibility... there are all kinds of "lack" that have become apparent as theMore >>
    Lack of leadership, lack of accountability, lack of autonomy, lack of trust, lack of letting people do their jobs, lack of responsibility...More >>
  • October 1, 2012

    Think About It: Clogged Arteries

    Think About It: Clogged Arteries

    We have only some many ways to get from here to there on most of our islands. So when we suffer from clogged arteries, we don't have lot of options in many instances. The windward side is now blessed withMore >>
    We have only some many ways to get from here to there on most of our islands. So when we suffer from clogged arteries, we don't have lot of options in many instances.More >>
  • September 27, 2012

    Think About It: iPhony

    Think About It: iPhony

    The announcement that yet another Apple product is hitting the streets reminds of Paul Revere letting everyone know "The British are coming!" Everyone reacts and responds… well, at least those who haveMore >>
    The announcement that yet another Apple product is hitting the streets reminds of Paul Revere letting everyone know "The British are coming!" Everyone reacts and responds…More >>
  • September 20, 2012

    Think About It: Tunnel Vision (At Least For Now)

    Think About It: Tunnel Vision (At Least For Now)

    Hawaiian Airlines continues to expand with more routes to more cities; Walgreens locally is adding yet another location next month; there is a new shopping center soon to be opened in Ewa Beach. TargetMore >>
    Hawaiian Airlines continues to expand with more routes to more cities; Walgreens locally is adding yet another location next month; there is a new shopping center soon to be opened in Ewa Beach.More >>
  • September 17, 2012

    Think About It: Road To Woe

    Think About It: Road To Woe

    The headline of last Friday's newspaper said "Rail construction might be sidelined until spring". Of course, that headline didn't tell us spring of what year. "Sidelined" is often a term used for injuredMore >>
    The headline of last Friday's newspaper said "Rail construction might be sidelined until spring". Of course, that headline didn't tell us spring of what year.More >>
  • September 13, 2012

    Think About It: Reading is Right

    Think About It: Reading is Right

    Last week I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to read to and talk to kids again at Moanalua Middle School during their annual X-Treme Reading Kickoff event. The reading program at MMS is well-runMore >>
    Last week I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to read to and talk to kids again at Moanalua Middle School during their annual X-Treme Reading Kickoff event.More >>
  • September 10, 2012

    Think About It: Coqui Monster

    Think About It: Coqui Monster

    The coqui frog situation is more than just a noisy nuisance in Hawaii. The little critters are apparently loved by people in Puerto Rico, but locals and visitors here are mostly just wishing they wouldMore >>
    The coqui frog situation is more than just a noisy nuisance in Hawaii.More >>
  • September 6, 2012

    Think About It: (Heroically) Just Doing The Job

    Think About It: (Heroically) Just Doing The Job

    There was a great story early last week about Maui police officers helping residents escape a home fire in Kahului. The alert actions of Officer Slonim and his compatriots who arrived shortly after SlonimMore >>
    There was a great story early last week about Maui police officers helping residents escape a home fire in Kahului.More >>
  • September 3, 2012

    Think About It: Buried or Alive?

    Think About It: Buried or Alive?

    Every other year, we ask why Hawaii has such a weak record of showing up on election days. Well, aside from general apathy, a dearth of candidates in many races, and the belief that nothing ever changes,More >>
    Every other year, we ask why Hawaii has such a weak record of showing up on election days.More >>
  • August 30, 2012

    Think About It: Re-Booting Our Economy

    Think About It: Re-Booting Our Economy

    As usual, tourism provides the best hopes for continued recovery on the economic front here over the next year. And as usual, there is always talk about the need to find other industries to help us surviveMore >>
    As usual, tourism provides the best hopes for continued recovery on the economic front here over the next year.More >>
  • August 27, 2012

    Think About It: The Wonder Of It All

    Think About It: The Wonder Of It All

    The best (or worst) reality show of late has been the debacle at UH regarding the athletics director situation and the investigation of the non-Stevie Wonder concert. Rather than simply speculate aboutMore >>
    The best (or worst) reality show of late has been the debacle at UH regarding the athletics director situation and the investigation of the non-Stevie Wonder concert.More >>
  • August 23, 2012

    Think About It: Rainy Daze and Numb Days

    Think About It: Rainy Daze and Numb Days

    "Rain, rain go away, come again some other day" is an age old nursery rhyme, but it sure isn't a cute thought these days. With drought conditions at record levels all over the mainland, and with droughtMore >>
    "Rain, rain go away, come again some other day" is an age old nursery rhyme, but it sure isn't a cute thought these days.More >>
  • August 20, 2012

    Think About It: Voting Woes

    Think About It: Voting Woes

    The voting debacle on the Big Island is symptomatic of the larger election process problem here in Hawaii. As we have one of the worst voting records of any state in the union to begin with, shouldn'tMore >>
    The voting debacle on the Big Island is symptomatic of the larger election process problem here in Hawaii.More >>
  • August 16, 2012

    Think About It: The Value of Showing Up

    Think About It: The Value of Showing Up

    These may be the so-called dog days of summer, but what if you're a cat fan? It doesn't seem fair does it? Then again, cats get nine lives, so feline fans can stay positive in these stifling warm days.More >>
    These may be the so-called dog days of summer, but what if you're a cat fan? It doesn't seem fair does it?More >>
  • August 13, 2012

    Think About It: Olympic Political Season

    Think About It: Olympic Political Season

    The Olympics may be over, but you can still follow Olympic efforts as the political season takes a brief respite, then barrels ahead for 12-more weeks. And political races are much like the Olympic Games.More >>
    The Olympics may be over, but you can still follow Olympic efforts as the political season takes a brief respite, then barrels ahead for 12-more weeks.More >>
  • August 9, 2012

    Think About It: The Best System Weʻve Got

    Think About It: The Best System Weʻve Got

    Lots of money is being spent by pro-rail advocates to make a point. Lots of big bucks are being spent by outside partisans to get you to believe one point of view or another. And lots of talk is pepperingMore >>
    Lots of money is being spent by pro-rail advocates to make a point. Lots of big bucks are being spent by outside partisans to get you to believe one point of view or another.More >>
  • August 6, 2012

    Think About It: Obesity + The Olympics

    Think About It: Obesity + The Olympics

    Enjoying the Olympics? It's phenomenal, watching athletes from around the world attempting to peak in their respective events- sometimes over many days, sometimes in 10-seconds or less; lots of hard workMore >>
    Enjoying the Olympics? It's phenomenal, watching athletes from around the world attempting to peak in their respective events- sometimes over many days, sometimes in 10-seconds or less; lots of hard work and sacrifice in order to perform one's specialty on the ultimate world stage.More >>
  • August 2, 2012

    Think About It: Human Perspective

    Think About It: Human Perspective

    A former UH football star is arrested under suspicion of driving while intoxicated. A number of current UH football players are busted for drinking offenses over the past few months. An icon of collegeMore >>
    A former UH football star is arrested under suspicion of driving while intoxicated. A number of current UH football players are busted for drinking offenses over the past few months.More >>
  • July 30, 2012

    Think About It: Voting Verdicts

    Think About It: Voting Verdicts

    There are voter guides, voting records, websites with factual data, and lots of ways to make sure you are fully informed before next Saturday's primary election. You have ample time to review debates on-line,More >>
    There are voter guides, voting records, websites with factual data, and lots of ways to make sure you are fully informed before next Saturday's primary election.More >>
  • July 26, 2012

    Think About It: Your Election Responsibilities

    Think About It: Your Election Responsibilities

    MidWeek magazine did a nice job last week in offering a non-incumbent candidate guide to help local voters learn a little bit more about the challengers in many local races this August and November. It'sMore >>
    MidWeek magazine did a nice job last week in offering a non-incumbent candidate guide to help local voters learn a little bit more about the challengers in many local races this August and November.More >>
  • July 23, 2012

    Think About It: Reading Regal Results

    Think About It: Reading Regal Results

    Last week's report that public school student test scores had risen in both math and reading was a great sign for our beleaguered school officials, teachers, parents, and students. Yes, changes have beenMore >>
    Last week's report that public school student test scores had risen in both math and reading was a great sign for our beleaguered school officials, teachers, parents, and students. Yes, changes have been made, to some degree.More >>
  • July 19, 2012

    Think About It: Political Speak 201

    Think About It: Political Speak 201

    We continue tonight to discuss the various terms and redundant, yet useless, expressions used by so many locally and elsewhere who really do want our vote. When a politician says "…and I am passionate",More >>
    When a politician says "…and I am passionate", would we want it any other way. Of course, passion sometimes blocks logical thought, so please don't get too passionate and lose control.More >>
  • July 16, 2012

    Think About It: Political Speak 101

    Think About It: Political Speak 101

    As we wind our way through televised debates, now is a good time for a two-part "Think About It", to help you better understand or question the sometimes inane clichés and expressions used by local andMore >>
    As we wind our way through televised debates, now is a good time for a two-part "Think About It", to help you better understand or question the sometimes inane clichés and expressions used by local and national politicians as the campaign season heats up.More >>
  • July 12, 2012

    Think About It: Bus Stops

    Think About It: Bus Stops

    As usual, blame is being passed around after last week's announcement that budget cuts at the Department of Education will force school bus service to be eliminated for over 2,000 students. Over 100 routesMore >>
    As usual, blame is being passed around after last week's announcement that budget cuts at the Department of Education will force school bus service to be eliminated for over 2,000 students.More >>
  • July 9, 2012

    Think About It: Registration Reminder

    Think About It: Registration Reminder

    Thursday is the deadline for registration for those people who would like to vote this year and aren't already registered. While the number of registered voters has increased over the years, the percentageMore >>
    Thursday is the deadline for registration for those people who would like to vote this year and aren't already registered.More >>
  • July 5, 2012

    Think About It: Making Every Second Count

    Think About It: Making Every Second Count

    You may have missed it, hopefully not. Last Saturday at 2pm local time the international keepers of time on this planet added one second to the official clock. Yes, one second. It seems that the earthMore >>
    You may have missed it, hopefully not. Last Saturday at 2pm local time the international keepers of time on this planet added one second to the official clock. Yes, one second.More >>
  • July 2, 2012

    Think About It: Rail/Health

    Think About It: Rail/Health

    The health care law decision by the Supreme Court last week took precedence over all other issues in this country. Certainly, it was a huge decision that will have implications for many in the decadesMore >>
    The health care law decision by the Supreme Court last week took precedence over all other issues in this country. Certainly, it was a huge decision that will have implications for many in the decades ahead. But it is certainly not the only big issue out there as we head into election season.More >>
  • June 28, 2012

    Think About It: Over-Sears

    Think About It: Over-Sears

    In the midst of retail uncertainty, again, and concerns about job creation in the near future, there is one player that keeps swinging for the fences. Ala Moana Center owner General Growth Properties announcedMore >>
    In the midst of retail uncertainty, again, and concerns about job creation in the near future, there is one player that keeps swinging for the fences.More >>
  • June 25, 2012

    Think About It: Lanai Life

    Think About It: Lanai Life

    On your first day in Lanai City, you are impressed by the cooler mountain air and wonderful fir trees all around. By your second day walking around town, everyone is already waving to you. And that's justMore >>
    On your first day in Lanai City, you are impressed by the cooler mountain air and wonderful fir trees all around. By your second day walking around town, everyone is already waving to you.More >>
  • June 21, 2012

    Think About It: Somebody Get Me a Doctor

    Think About It: Somebody Get Me a Doctor

    The U.S. Prevention Services Task Force is at it again, shaking the very foundations upon which many of us make our medical decisions. This same group that recently suggested that healthy men forego anMore >>
    The U.S. Prevention Services Task Force is at it again, shaking the very foundations upon which many of us make our medical decisions.More >>
  • June 18, 2012

    Think About It: Fire Follies

    Think About It: Fire Follies

    I'm not sure exactly how the police and fire departments can determine it, but apparently about 40% of the wildfires we keep hearing about locally are being maliciously set. On Oahu, we don't see muchMore >>
    About 40% of the wildfires we keep hearing about locally are being maliciously set.More >>
  • June 14, 2012

    Think About It: The Library of Progress

    Think About It: The Library of Progress

    The people spoke in Manoa, and they got what they asked for. After waiting for over 30-years from the first discussions, Manoa has a wonderful newly-refurbished public library. With solar panels, temperedMore >>
    The people spoke in Manoa, and they got what they asked for. After waiting for over 30-years from the first discussions, Manoa has a wonderful newly-refurbished public library.More >>
  • June 11, 2012

    Think About It: Race Relations

    Think About It: Race Relations

    The list of candidates for local offices is now official, as the sign-up deadline has come and gone. In some cases, nobody signed up to compete against the incumbent. Sad but true, but in just over 20%More >>
    The list of candidates for local offices is now official, as the sign-up deadline has come and gone. In some cases, nobody signed up to compete against the incumbent.More >>
  • June 7, 2012

    Think About It: The Broken UH Sports Model

    Think About It: The Broken UH Sports Model

    In about a month, the University of Hawaii Athletics' Department will release its annual financial statement, and you can be sure the balance sheet will show a loss. Cries will go out about running theMore >>
    In about a month, the University of Hawaii Athletics' Department will release its annual financial statement, and you can be sure the balance sheet will show a loss.More >>
  • June 4, 2012

    Think About It: Traffic Sigh-tations

    Think About It: Traffic Sigh-tations

    We're #1, but it's nothing to brag about this time. It seems that, according to an Inrix Incorporated study, Honolulu has now surpassed Los Angeles as the most-congested city in the country. Yes, our trafficMore >>
    We're #1, but it's nothing to brag about this time. It seems that, according to an Inrix Incorporated study, Honolulu has now surpassed Los Angeles as the most-congested city in the country. Yes, our traffic really is that bad.More >>
  • May 31, 2012

    Think About It: An "A" For Effort

    Think About It: An "A" For Effort

    While college may not be right for everyone, it is a great option for anyone. The life lessons one learns in college often far exceed the history, math, or science lessons. The lectures one gets or givesMore >>
    While college may not be right for everyone, it is a great option for anyone. The life lessons one learns in college often far exceed the history, math, or science lessons.More >>
  • May 28, 2012

    Think About It: Time for Term Limits?

    Think About It: Time for Term Limits?

    One of the many reasons that things often don't get done during legislative sessions is the fact that most legislators, both local and national, are very careful not to alienate their core constituentMore >>
    One of the many reasons that things often don't get done during legislative sessions is the fact that most legislators, both local and national, are very careful not to alienate their core constituent base, because if they anger their base supporters, they might be out of a job next time around.More >>
  • May 24, 2012

    Think About It: The Name Game

    Think About It: The Name Game

    Naming one's children is a very personal thing, yet, at the same time, an extremely public event, since that name will be known by everyone your child comes in contact with for the next 80+ years. WhileMore >>
    Naming one's children is a very personal thing, yet, at the same time, an extremely public event, since that name will be known by everyone your child comes in contact with for the next 80+ years.More >>
  • May 21, 2012

    Think About It: Air Traffic

    Think About It: Air Traffic

    Good news for local consumers as more and more airlines promote new flights to and from these islands. With recent announcements about more flights to the mainland and abroad by Hawaiian Airlines, AllegiantMore >>
    Good news for local consumers as more and more airlines promote new flights to and from these islands. With recent announcements about more flights to the mainland and abroad by Hawaiian Airlines, Allegiant Air and Alaska Air, the local consumer will soon have (quite possibly) more choices than ever before, including the ability to fly into some smaller markets like Stockton, Fresno, and Bellingham.More >>
  • May 14, 2012

    Think About It: Testing 1,2,3

    Think About It: Testing 1,2,3

    Well, I guess we've got to start somewhere. For the second year in a row, Hawaii eighth graders scored higher than just one state, Mississippi, in the national science test. Yes, our incremental gainsMore >>
    Well, I guess we've got to start somewhere. For the second year in a row, Hawaii eighth graders scored higher than just one state, Mississippi, in the national science test. Yes, our incremental gains over last year's results show progress, just as the tiny increases in test score results show in math and reading, but the bar has been so low here for so long, it's hard to imagine scores dropping further.More >>
  • May 10, 2012

    Think About It: Mayoral Jousting

    Think About It: Mayoral Jousting

    Things are already getting touchy in the Honolulu mayor's race, as players in the same party are at odds with one another and throwing statements and accusations around. The first debate obviously pittedMore >>
    Things are already getting touchy in the Honolulu mayor's race, as players in the same party are at odds with one another and throwing statements and accusations around. The first debate obviously pitted the pro-rail proponents, Mr. Carlisle and Mr. Caldwell, against the anti-rail advocate, Mr. Cayetano.More >>
  • May 7, 2012

    Think About It: Contract Contact

    Think About It: Contract Contact

    Along with being befuddled and cynical, you can now throw amazed into how many people feel about the latest chapter of the HSTA/State of Hawaii contract negotiations. However, I am not sure "negotiations"More >>
    Along with being befuddled and cynical, you can now throw amazed into how many people feel about the latest chapter of the HSTA/State of Hawaii contract negotiations. However, I am not sure "negotiations" is an appropriate term, since abstinence and e-mails have been the norm over the past four months since the public teachers of Hawaii resoundingly rejected a contract proposal highly-endorsed by their own union.More >>
  • February 27, 2012

    Think About It: Rail-ing Cry

    Think About It: Rail-ing Cry

    Rarely has one issue so clearly defined an election as the rail issue does here on Oahu in the upcoming race for Honolulu mayor.  While we continue to be plagued be infra-structure problems and tax revenue issues, while we continue to look for alternative energy answers and revenue-generating ideas beyond tourism, the focus always seems to come back to rail nowadays.More >>
  • March 8, 2012

    Think About It: Legislative Diss-cussion

    Think About It: Legislative Diss-cussion

    Is it any wonder that the general public feels disenfranchised, let down, and just fed up with much of politics these days? Not only do we have the grandstanding and polarizing nature of the U.S. Congress, which has a near-90% disapproval rating from the voters, the highest negative numbers in almost 40-years, but we now see accusations of gerrymandering by a faction of so-called "dissident" Democrats in the state legislature about newly proposed district maps.

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  • March 5, 2012

    Think About It: Standing Room Only

    Think About It: Standing Room Only

    Just about every week now there seems to be a new development, revelation, or reassurance about the rail system. Last week word came out that a private consultant hired by the federal government has concernsMore >>
  • May 3, 2012

    Think About It: Facebunk

    Think About It: Facebunk

    I went to a movie last week and was perturbed by the cell phones that stayed on, even as the movie began and as some self-absorbed individual got a hugely important text midway through the feature. I wentMore >>
    I went to a movie last week and was perturbed by the cell phones that stayed on, even as the movie began and as some self-absorbed individual got a hugely important text midway through the feature.I went to a meeting last week and watched as numerous people thought they were being subtle as they checked their Crack-berries during the meeting while others spoke to the group.More >>
  • April 30, 2012

    Think About It: Cuts Without Clues

    Think About It: Cuts Without Clues

    Over and over, you hear uninformed people talk about the need to cut government, to keep government out of our lives, just leave us alone. A simple thought that assumes an enlightened and capable citizenryMore >>
    Over and over, you hear uninformed people talk about the need to cut government, to keep government out of our lives, just leave us alone. A simple thought that assumes an enlightened and capable citizenry living without the onerous burden of Big Brother imposing sanctions on people's lives or reaching deeper into their pockets.More >>
  • April 26, 2012

    Think About It: Lama Logic

    Think About It: Lama Logic

    For those who were lucky enough to attend, the Dalai Lama most assuredly made quite an impression when he spoke here recently. His messages of tolerance, happiness, respectfulness, empathy, and accountabilityMore >>
    For those who were lucky enough to attend, the Dalai Lama most assuredly made quite an impression when he spoke here recently. His messages of tolerance, happiness, respectfulness, empathy, and accountability actually don't sound that far off from our vaunted value of living aloha.More >>
  • April 23, 2012

    Think About It: Political No Show

    Think About It: Political No Show

    There will be a few get-togethers before the primary election in August featuring top Democratic senatorial contenders Ed Case and Mazie Hirono, but you better know where to find them. Five forums andMore >>
    There will be a few get-togethers before the primary election in August featuring top Democratic senatorial contenders Ed Case and Mazie Hirono, but you better know where to find them. Five forums and debates sound like a good start, but there is a glaring lack of events that include major media.More >>
  • April 19, 2012

    Think About It: Groundhog Duh

    Think About It: Groundhog Duh

    Remember the movie "Groundhog Day", where actor Bill Murray kept reliving the same day over and over. Well, sometimes doing these editorials and looking at what's going on around us makes me feel like we live in a series of perpetual "groundhog days" in Hawaii. 

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  • April 16, 2012

    Think About It: Principals with Principles

    Think About It: Principals with Principles

    It only took eight years since the reform was first legislated, but it looks like we finally have a basis for evaluations of principals in the public schools, beginning in full in the 2013 school year. An agreement was reached with the HGEA last week that will help to provide guidelines, expectations, and training to ensure that we have accountability, opportunities for rewards, and also the chance to admonish non-performers, if they exist.
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  • April 9, 2012

    Think About It: Your Backyard Escape

    Think About It: Your Backyard Escape

    Looking for something different to do this coming weekend? Economy got you thinking twice about a trip to the mainland or even to a Neighbor Island? Well, you could spend some time on the North Shore, after walking through Haleiwa town. You could spend a night checking things out in Waikiki. And you folks in Wailuku and Kahului, when was the last time you took a weekend day trip to Napili? Or how about Waimea people heading up to Hanalei?

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  • April 5, 2012

    Think About It: "Dog" Days

    Think About It: "Dog" Days

    Noted rock and roll philosophers' Pink Floyd once sang, "Gotta stay awake, gotta try and shake off this creeping malaise. If I don't stand my own ground, how can I find my way out of this maze?" Immortal words sung on their profound song "Dogs", from the "Animals" album 35-years ago. Do you sometimes find yourself caught up in a creeping malaise? It's not hard to feel that way these days, with lingering economic concerns and the uncertain world in which we live.More >>
  • April 2, 2012

    Think About It: "Academic" Issues

    Think About It: "Academic" Issues

    The first season of "It's Academic Hawaii" on KFVE concluded with a riveting final show featuring three public schools- Kaiser High, Kauai High, and our eventual champion, Waiakea High School. 27 schools of all kinds of sizes and shapes competed in this inaugural season, and the show was a success on many fronts.

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  • March 29, 2012

    Think About It: Writing Wrongs

    Think About It: Writing Wrongs

    In the March issue of Honolulu magazine, there is a nice tribute to the late, great writer John Heckathorn, who tragically and suddenly passed away three months ago. Heckathorn was a character, and I mean that in the finest way. He was also a connoisseur of food who could make your mouth water by just reading his stories about delicious discoveries. But he was also a provocative author on just about any subject area he dabbled in.More >>
  • March 27, 2012

    Think About It: Rail-ing Cry

    Think About It: Rail-ing Cry

    The Honolulu City Council is looking to approve a measure that would allow for general obligation bonds for the transit project. At the same time, the Council is asking the city lawyers what would happen if the bond measure is approved, but then the Council decides not to float the bonds later. The only thing then floating would be the unbalanced budget. Council members apparently are unsure if they are getting the right data with guarded guarantees. More >>
  • March 15, 2012

    Think About It: Race Pace

    Think About It: Race Pace

    The clock continues to tick on the Race To The Top funds from the U.S. Department of Education. Losing these funds would not be the end of the world, of course, but you might actually be able to see it from here. We are in the ninth month of the HSTA/State of Hawaii labor dispute, spending of the early Race money is slow, as there have been administrative snafus and other issues which have held things up. More >>
  • March 22, 2012

    Think About It: No Emergency Room

    Think About It: No Emergency Room

    The dire situation caused by the closing of the Hawaii Medical Center hospitals three months ago was undoubtedly going to have a ripple effect throughout our health community, and the repercussions are being felt in numerous ways. As various suitors weigh their options regarding bringing one or both of the locations back from the darkness, the Queen's Medical Center has thankfully begun its new transplant program, which is a huge relief for those in need locally.More >>
  • March 19, 2012

    Think About It: Pothole Pondering

    Think About It: Pothole Pondering

    It's always nice to be recognized, except when it's for things you'd rather not be known for. Such is the case with a recent listing by The Road Information Program, or TRIP, which said that Honolulu drivers pay the 4th most of any city in the nation for auto repairs due to the wear and tear caused by our horrible roads.More >>
  • March 12, 2012

    Think About It: Rain Lane Pain

    Think About It: Rain Lane Pain

    I'm not sure about the actual numbers, but it sure seemed like every single working car on O'ahu was out on the streets last Thursday. Bad weather tends to bring out more vehicles, as people scurry about amid potholes and downpours.More >>
  • March 1, 2012

    Think About It: My Bad

    Think About It: My Bad

    Distractions while driving… Who knows how many people locally have been in minor, let alone major, fender benders due to losing focus. I'm guilty. While crawling along at about 2 miles-per-hour in rush hour traffic a few weeks back,More >>
  • February 23, 2012

    Think About It: Paradise Revisited

    Think About It: Paradise Revisited

    It's a constant struggle in paradise. Development in Kailua town and how it will affect the small town feel there. Koloa Camp property on Kauai and the ramifications of development. Commercial activity at beaches in Haleiwa, Kailua, and elsewhere, and the concern of potentially ruining what is so special for so many.More >>
  • February 20, 2012

    Think About It: Raising Principals

    Think About It: Raising Principals

    There is grumbling going on in the higher echelons of the Department of Education about the fact that some school principals actually earn higher salaries than do their supervisors- area superintendents.More >>
  • February 16, 2012

    Think About It: A Gift That Keeps On Giving

    Think About It: A Gift That Keeps On Giving

    While the State House deferred a bill last week that might have allowed for lawmakers to accept more gifts from possible influencers, we shouldn't kid ourselves into thinking that lawmakers are still not influenced by lobbyists and campaign contributors.More >>
  • February 13, 2012

    Think About It: Ship To Shore

    Think About It: Ship To Shore

    There was a great story last week about the three visitors from Canada who were rescued from the sea by a container ship that was in the area and heeded the "SOS" call. Many people involved did smart and even brave things to make this sea tale a happy one.More >>
  • February 9, 2012

    Think About It: A Fine Mess

    Think About It: A Fine Mess

    Remember that ominous music from the movie "Jaws", that duh-duh, duh-duh, duh-duh sound that let you know the shark was about to make his presence felt… literally. Well, there's no music to warn you about what's going on in the Pacific Ocean right now, but there is a bunch of stuff heading our way that requires more than just a simple "heads up".More >>
  • February 6, 2012

    Think About It: Chinese New Here

    Think About It: Chinese New Here

    More and more efforts are being made by local tourism authorities, business leaders, and government officials to ingratiate themselves with and educate tour packagers and tour agencies in China. This is a good move that needs to continue, in earnest.More >>
  • February 2, 2012

    Think About It: A Dicey Idea

    Think About It: A Dicey Idea

    How much you wanna bet someone is some form of local gambling will be suggested in this year's legislature? And how much you wanna bet ideas will get listened to, flipped around like a fish in a frying pan, and then ultimately get tossed in the legislative garbage can?More >>
  • January 30, 2012

    Think About It: Teacher Quality Assessment

    Think About It: Teacher Quality Assessment

    As the state and the teachers association go back to the drawing board to resolve contract issues, the DOE is left in the unenviable position of dancing around the concept of making progress in order to assuage federal reviewers and keep our $75-million in race To The Top money.More >>
  • January 23, 2012

    Think About It: Rejected

    Think About It: Rejected

    Just when you thought it was safe to go back to grumbling about potholes and people texting while driving comes word that the public school teachers overwhelmingly turned down a new contract offer that their own union had said was good to go.More >>
  • January 26, 2012

    Think About It: Race For The Top

    Think About It: Race For The Top

    It was going to be a wild year in local politics anyway, with a rare U.S. Senate seat open and a vacated U.S. House seat up for grabs, but things just got a little more interesting and convoluted as former two-time Hawaii governor, Ben Cayetano, threw his hat into the Honolulu mayoral race.More >>
  • January 19, 2012

    Think About It: Taxed Messaging

    Think About It: Taxed Messaging

    As budget shortfalls are projected for the state a few years down the road, one possible solution being tossed around, as usual, is to raise taxes. With our citizenry already feeling the burden of three tough years with a weak economy, this is not a happy solution.More >>
  • January 16, 2012

    Think About It: The Race Is (Back) On

    Think About It: The Race Is (Back) On

    Even with the recent sense of relief over the apparent détente between the state and the Hawaii State Teachers' Association, it should come as no surprise that Hawaii didn't fare too well in year #1 of its mission related to the Race To The Top $75-million grant.More >>
  • January 12, 2012

    Think About It: Drawing Lines, Drawing Conclusions

    Think About It: Drawing Lines, Drawing Conclusions

    A couple of major items to keep an eye on from last week. First off, the district re-alignment for voting purposes has been voided by the state Supreme Court, which might mean that the Big Island gets one more representative in our local legislature at the expense of Oahu due to its population growth relative to Oahu over the past decade.More >>
  • January 9, 2012

    Think About It: Building Blocks

    Think About It: Building Blocks

    State senators are looking to pump a half-billion dollars into our economy through much-needed construction and infra-structure repair projects. The funding from this would come through bonds, and there appear to be plenty of willing buyers.More >>
  • January 5, 2012

    Think About It: Home Schooling

    Think About It: Home Schooling

    On February 23, 2000, I did an editorial about the fact that education of our keiki begins at home- with the parents. Over 1,245 editorials and 12-years later, that concept and hope hasn't changed, it's just that some of the players have changed.
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  • January 2, 2012

    Think About It: Saint/Sadness

    Think About It: Saint/Sadness

    As I drove by the just-about defunct Hawaii Medical Center East in Liliha the other day, I noticed the sad irony and dichotomy of signs sitting by the hospital's front entrance. Right next to a sign recently added that indicated pride in the upcoming beatification of Blessed Marianne Cope was a sign hastily placed over the emergency room sign, indicating that the emergency room was closed.More >>
  • December 19, 2011

    Think About It: Lava Lessons

    Think About It: Lava Lessons

    I noticed with some interest the other day a headline on CNN.com which said, "Lava enters subdivision in Hawaii." And I thought how strange that single sentence must look to most web readers, like lava was some sort of invasive intruder.More >>
  • December 15, 2011

    Think About It: Ban In The Sand

    Think About It: Ban In The Sand

    The state land board made official last week what had been a temporary fix by permanently banning alcohol at the sandbar in Kaneohe Bay during three-day weekends. While traffic does historically ramp up during the long weekends, this rule does seem a bit strange.More >>
  • December 29, 2011

    Think About It: Fan Stand

    Think About It: Fan Stand

    So what will be the keys for the new UH football regime under Coach Norm Chow? Chow can, and will, do a great job. He will surround himself with the staff people who he feels can do the best job for the student athletes and the university.More >>
  • November 17, 2011

    Think About It: Holiday Opportunities

    Think About It: Holiday Opportunities

    What will you do differently this holiday season in Hawaii? What will you do alongside the normal gift-giving and party-attending that becomes almost rote year after year. Don't get me wrong; these annualMore >>
  • December 1, 2011

    Think About It: Republican Realism

    Think About It: Republican Realism

    Nine months. That's how long it normally takes for a woman to give birth. Nine months. That's about how long new Hawaii Republican Party chairman David Chang has to help give birth to a slate of viable candidates to compete in the 2012 local elections.More >>
  • November 28, 2011

    Think About It: Railing on Rail

    Think About It: Railing on Rail

    Here we go again. The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transit, or HART, will take heart and review the finances of the company assigned to build and operate our supposedly forthcoming rail system.More >>
  • November 24, 2011

    Think About It: Renewing Our Energy

    Think About It: Renewing Our Energy

    Growing up is a bit over-rated. More responsibility, more stress, less naiveté, less wonderment; those are just some of the realities of adulthood.More >>
  • November 14, 2011

    Think About It: APEC Effect

    Think About It: APEC Effect

    APEC is over. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser called it, "The largest international event ever hosted in the islands." For the majority of local folks, the events had some pomp and flair, and surely providedMore >>
  • November 21, 2011

    Think About It: APEC Aftermath

    Think About It: APEC Aftermath

    You knew it would happen. As soon as APEC faded away, the Monday morning quarterbacks came out and suggested that the conference did not deliver, did not live up to expectations. We didn't see a $120-million spending bump.More >>
  • August 11, 2011

    Think About It: Case Closed

    Think About It: Case Closed

    Years ago, we did a survey of news viewers that showed how people in Hawaii care about news coming out of Washington, D.C.- but only if it really affects us here in Hawaii. Well, with the hot potato debtMore >>
  • November 7, 2011

    Think About It: Drunk Funk

    Think About It: Drunk FunkThink About It: Drunk Funk

    Here are some staggering and sobering statistics to ponder as we enter the holiday season. An average drunk driver has driven drunk 80 times before his or her first arrest.More >>
  • September 21, 2011

    Think About It: Common Census, 2011

    Think About It: Common Census, 2011

    The governor and a number of Big Island groups all agree that the state Reapportionment Commission needs to change its initial thoughts on who to count as it sketches new boundaries for state voting districts.More >>
  • September 19, 2011

    Think About It: APEC Approaching

    Think About It: APEC Approaching

    One shot. That's all we've got. One shot to impress business leaders, government dignitaries and thousands of others that Honolulu is more than just a wonderful vacation spot. I'm talking about the APECMore >>
  • September 15, 2011

    Think About It: Stop Kidding Around

    Think About It: Stop Kidding Around

    My good friend Peter just wrote a letter to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and to the President of the Senate. You can find that letter in the editorial section of our K5 website. In it, heMore >>
  • September 12, 2011

    Think About It: College Caution

    Think About It: College Caution

    The number of students enrolled in the University of Hawaii system has increased a bit this year, setting an all-time record with 60,519 students. That is a staggering number when you consider all of theMore >>
  • September 8, 2011

    Think About It: Important Apportionment

    Think About It: Important Apportionment

    Reapportionment meetings with the public are taking place this week and next to help determine where distinct, district boundaries might be re-drawn due to population shifts uncovered through the lastMore >>
  • September 5, 2011

    Think About It: Job? Fair.

    Think About It: Job? Fair.

    It seems odd that we take off on Labor Day, yet labor on most other days. Of course, it's odd that we park on the driveway, yet drive on the parkway. And how come we get on the plane, yet get into theMore >>
  • August 25, 2011

    Think About It: Sound Sand Sense

    Think About It: Sound Sand Sense

    I can't take credit for this idea, as I read it in the daily paper in a letter to the editor from Jerry Mershon of Mililani last week- but this one strikes me as brilliant. Transform the Waikiki NatatoriumMore >>
  • August 18, 2011

    Think About It: Changing Seats

    Think About It: Changing Seats

    There will be lots to see at the newly refurbished Aloha Stadium this season. Whether you attend high school or UH games, you should notice the completed new roof, new roof paint job, synthetic turf, HawaiianMore >>
  • August 8, 2011

    Think About It: The Longest Day

    Think About It: The Longest Day

    By the year 2014, all Hawaii public high schools must offer at least 5-½ hours of instruction a day, on average. A current estimate suggests that classrooms in local high schools stay in session for aMore >>
  • August 4, 2011

    Think About It: The Circle of Strife

    Think About It: The Circle of Strife

    I remember a Christmas Day about 20-years ago when I took my kids down to A'ala Park to help hand out some toys to those less fortunate and without a permanent home. At first they balked, but upon seeingMore >>
  • August 1, 2011

    Think About It: See Water

    Think About It: See Water

    For years and years, motorists and business owners have put up with incessant flooding in the Mapunapuna industrial area. Rains and high tides have been the culprit, and while work is finally being completed,More >>
  • July 28, 2011

    Think About It: Shelter Me

    Think About It: Shelter Me

    The state's efforts on homelessness of late may be causing more people to come into shelters for food. Then again, there may simply be more people in need these days. If you've driven on Beretania nearMore >>
  • July 25, 2011

    Think About It: Snakes On A Plain

    Think About It: Snakes On A Plain

    Why would you bring a snake into your personal living area? I mean seriously, along with the fact that they are illegal here, does anyone really need a Burmese python, which can grow up to 23-feet long,More >>
  • July 21, 2011

    Think About It: Victorious Victorino

    Think About It: Victorious Victorino

    Shane Victorino is really a class act. He plays the game hard and with great delight, and he has never forgotten where he came from. He's always willing to answer a question, do a phone interview, helpMore >>
  • July 18, 2011

    Think About It: Just Say Whoa

    Think About It: Just Say Whoa

    It's tough being a teacher nowadays- here or anywhere. I'm not going to weigh in on the latest rhetoric and real issues between the governor, the HSTA and other interested parties about cuts, because what'sMore >>
  • July 14, 2011

    Think About It: Video Proof

    Think About It: Video Proof

    The Kauai Police Department just became the state's first law enforcement group to start posting surveillance videos of crimes on-line, in hopes that curious amateur detective on-lookers might help provideMore >>
  • July 11, 2011

    Think About It: Food For Not

    Think About It: Food For Not

    According to a recent study by the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Foundation, Hawaii ranks as the fifth lowest state when it come to adult obesity. That's the good news. The bad news, accordingMore >>
  • July 7, 2011

    Visitor Visionaries

    Visitor Visionaries

    As hotel rates continue to stay low and deals can be had, Hawaii continues to see positive signs from the rebounding tourism industry. June was the 13th consecutive month of increased visitor spending,More >>
  • July 4, 2011

    Cell-fish

    Cell-fish

    You see it; I see it; we all see it. Despite repeated warnings in Hawaii, ticketing, and the threat of death, our good friends on the roads are still yakking away while negotiating turns and merges onMore >>
  • June 30, 2011

    Sand Barred

    Sand Barred

    Why is it that sometimes bad things have to happen before good people step forward to correct a situation? Unfortunately, sometimes things get a little bit too far out of control, and then people respondMore >>
  • June 27, 2011

    Simple Economics

    Simple Economics

    The new Board of Directors of the state Department of Education has proposed decreasing the number of required social studies credits from four to three for high school students. In the deleted credit'sMore >>
  • June 23, 2011

    Musical Chair(men)

    Musical Chair(men)

    Without much fanfare, the Honolulu City Council changed its chair person last week, as Nestor Garcia stepped down and Ernie Martin moved to the top rung of the Council.  There were rumors about a possibleMore >>
  • June 20, 2011

    Hail, Hail Haleiwa!

    Hail, Hail Haleiwa!

    There's talk about major renovations in Haleiwa town.  Landowner Kamehameha Schools is looking to upgrade, demolish, and/or refurbish the main block in historic Haleiwa, in order to make sure the buildingsMore >>
  • June 16, 2011

    Doctor's Orders

    Doctor's Orders

    We have a lot of phenomenal health care professionals in Hawaii at all levels. Unfortunately, we don't have enough in many areas- one estimate I heard suggests we are 700 doctors short throughout theseMore >>
  • June 13, 2011

    Pro Bold

    Pro Bold

    The governor last week called the $4-million the state spends to secure the NFL Pro Bowl rights "egregious self-indulgence" and "stupid". Pretty harsh words for an event that provides lots of upside forMore >>
  • June 9, 2011

    Fishing Tails

    Fishing Tails

    In less than a month, the Waikiki Aquarium will debut its new exhibit, an amazing tank of life showcasing coral and fishes heretofore unseen by most humans. The exhibit will be a small attempt to re-createMore >>
  • June 6, 2011

    Let The Races Begin

    Let The Races Begin

    So here we are, 17-months away from the next, big general election, and yet the local campaigns and announcements have already begun. With U.S. House representative Mazie Hirono throwing her hat into theMore >>
  • June 2, 2011

    (Finally) Built To Last

    (Finally) Built To Last

    It took far too long, but work has finally begun on the units at public housing project Kuhio Park Terrace. The $135-million renovation project seems like it has been well-thought out, with affected residentsMore >>
  • May 30, 2011

    Defenseless

    Defenseless

    I have been a bit puzzled over the past few weeks as I've noticed more and more of those "Defend Hawaii" tee-shirts with an assault rifle on the front. I am well aware of the emotional issues regardingMore >>
  • May 26, 2011

    Lights Aren't On

    Lights Aren't On

    Recently while driving home from Makakilo, I noticed a long stretch, once again, where the lights are out. It was the same way a year ago. It's an area where people travel 60 MPH, or more, on a regularMore >>
  • May 23, 2011

    Starving A Problem = Solution?

    Starving A Problem = Solution?

    The State of Hawaii has put forward a bold, nine-step plan to show absolute improvement in lessening the homeless problem through Hawaii, especially on Oahu. The plan is aimed to do far more than simplyMore >>
  • May 19, 2011

    Progress Report

    Progress Report

    What is progress? Well, that usually depends on who you ask. Many people think progress on the North Shore of Oahu involves construction and redevelopment  with new roads and some job security for residentsMore >>
  • May 16, 2011

    Deportment Of Education

    Deportment Of Education

    The newly-appointed Department of Education certainly has its work cut out for it, but two glaring issues have come to light recently that need to be addressed. First, there is the issue of dwindling summerMore >>
  • May 12, 2011

    Farm Futures

    Farm Futures

    As yet another generation of farmers disappears, and as a younger generation weighs the pros and cons of continuing these mainly-small business ventures, the Hawaii Farm Bureau Federation is morphing,More >>
  • May 9, 2011

    Bills, Bills, Bills

    Bills, Bills, Bills

    The legislature was in overdrive last week trying to move bill forward bills quickly or re-do budgets based on the latest projections. With the well-understood uncertainty surrounding Japanese tourismMore >>
  • May 5, 2011

    Registration Drive

    Registration Drive

    A two-month drive to get more people to vote in Hawaii got underway this week. What might actually be sadder than the fact that only 61% of eligible voters even bother to register in Hawaii is the factMore >>
  • May 2, 2011

    Merry Indeed

    Merry Indeed

    When it comes to adjectives describing places, sometimes the word "sleepy" is used in reference to Hilo. Sometimes "rainy" is a word that comes to mind. Well, having just returned from yet another wonderfulMore >>
  • April 28, 2011

    Rail, Rail, The Gang's All Here

    Rail, Rail, The Gang's All Here

    The city has once again provided a new estimate for the cost of the Honolulu rail transit system. Drum roll, please.. the new figure is $5.3-billion, down from the last estimate of $5.5-billion. But beforeMore >>
  • April 25, 2011

    Taking Gas

    Taking Gas

    So, what's it going to take for you? How high do local gas prices have to go up for you to change some of your normal habits? $5 a gallon? $6 a gallon? Local drivers may soon be tested as to how long itMore >>
  • April 21, 2011

    Sweet Music

    Sweet Music

    As we move closer to the rebirth and subsequent sweet sounds of the Honolulu Symphony, with a new, three-year agreement now in place with the musicians, it is important to remember just how important artMore >>
  • April 18, 2011

    APEC Opportunities

    APEC Opportunities

    There might never be a better time to show our other game face than this November when the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation meetings take place here on Oahu. The "other" game face I am referring to isMore >>
  • April 14, 2011

    Grammy Whammy

    Grammy Whammy

    Remember the good old days, when people made condescending or childish comments when they didn't like how the voting went in the Hawaiian music category of the Grammy Awards? Remember those great discussionsMore >>
  • April 11, 2011

    Gas Mass

    Gas Mass

    As gas prices continue to rise and people actually start changing their lifestyles to accommodate the possible new reality of $5 a gallon or higher prices, everyone looks a little bit harder at energyMore >>
  • April 7, 2011

    On Board

    On Board

    The governor has announced his Board of Education selections, and now the real work begins. Pending Senate approval, this group with a wide background in various areas of business, education and philanthropyMore >>
  • April 4, 2011

    Tsunami Ripple Effects

    Tsunami Ripple Effects

    We avoided a fiasco when the tsunami spared us to a great extent almost a month ago. While boats were moved and Kona and parts of Maui and Molokai were inundated with water, the reality is that thingsMore >>
  • March 31, 2011

    Shark (Boat) Attacks

    Shark (Boat) Attacks

    Somebody is burning boats in Haleiwa, and it stinks. There is absolutely no reason to take one's personal beliefs, if that's what they are, and cause major property damage to make a point. Burning boatsMore >>
  • March 28, 2011

    Dang Dengue

    Dang Dengue

    On the great evolutionary chart in the sky, I've never understood the value of the lowly mosquito. While it undoubtedly serves as lunch or dinner for certain birds or animals, there are a wide varietyMore >>
  • March 24, 2011

    Mobile Homeless

    Mobile Homeless

    The homeless situation is like a bad game of musical chairs. Move ‘em off the beaches in Nanakuli and Waianae; move ‘em off the benches and out of the parks in Waikiki; move ‘em off the grass in KakaakoMore >>
  • March 21, 2011

    Red Cross Reality

    Red Cross Reality

    The American Red Cross responds to 70,000 disasters every year (that's one every eight minutes). March is Red Cross Month, and thus it is even more appropriate to remind people that the Red Cross reliesMore >>
  • March 17, 2011

    The Big Crunch

    The Big Crunch

    As the details are being worked out on a draft of next year's state budget, some of the issues may come down to discussions with state workers. Hawaii is no different than most every state in the unionMore >>
  • March 14, 2011

    Tsunami Ripple Effect

    Tsunami Ripple Effect

    A whole slew of people did a great job handling things during last week's tsunami warning here. Other than a few people getting a bit amped up at the gas pumps, most everyone went about his or her businessMore >>
  • March 10, 2011

    Not Bored Of Education

    Not Bored Of Education

    Now is the time. If you ever had an interest in serving, in making a difference, in being a part of an overhaul or at least a shift in the status quo, now is the time to step forward and put your nameMore >>
  • March 7, 2011

    In Hot Water

    In Hot Water

    We'll know this week just how quickly the government will install back-up water heating systems at Mayor Wright Homes. But the fact that this situation has been going on- and therefore ignored- for yearsMore >>
  • March 3, 2011

    Cut ‘Til It Hurts

    Cut ‘Til It Hurts

    It might not have been a shock, but it sure was a sober reminder last week when Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle delivered his first State of the City speech and reminded everyone just how bad the fiscalMore >>
  • February 28, 2011

    Sweet Music

    Sweet Music

    Some local leaders from the private sector are visiting with outside experts on the possibility of resurrecting the now bankrupt Honolulu Symphony. While the drama surrounding the demise of the symphonyMore >>
  • February 24, 2011

    Cut Rut

    Cut Rut

    Now that we have gotten beyond the honeymoon phase of the political season, where everyone talks about making things right and making things better, the nitty gritty work is creating some angst and someMore >>
  • February 21, 2011

    Grammy Whammy

    Grammy Whammy

    On the one hand, you can see how some people are upset by the apparent naiveté or ignorance at the annual choice for Best Hawaiian Music Album at the Grammy Awards. But please, let's not start blamingMore >>
  • February 17, 2011

    Job Hunch

    Job Hunch

    While the number of new jobs in Hawaii is expected to grow this year for the first time in four years, it sure seems like a slow recovery in this part of the economic puzzle. The construction industryMore >>
  • February 14, 2011

    Good Choice

    Good Choice

    The governor's first appointment to the Board of Education, ostensibly to first fill a position vacated by Lei Ahu Isa, who resigned last month, is First Hawaiian Bank CEO, Don Horner. If all goes accordingMore >>
  • February 10, 2011

    Visiting Rights

    Visiting Rights

    What a week it was as the Pro Bowl, Senior skins golf from Ka'anapali, and the first chartered direct flight of Chinese tourists arrived about 10-days ago. One cannot overstate the importance of all ofMore >>
  • February 7, 2011

    Not Cool At All

    Not Cool At All

    While one might correctly argue that there are a lot of cool things about our public schools and the efforts being made by students and teachers throughout the state, one thing is certainly not coolMore >>
  • February 3, 2011

    Eddie Would Know

    Eddie Would Know

    When is an event really a big event, even when it is not an event?  No, this is not some Dr. Seuss riddle, but rather something to ponder when you consider what happened on January 21st when the EddieMore >>
  • January 31, 2011

    No Make Stink

    No Make Stink

    It's always great this time of year when national news and sports coverage of Hawaii features lush golf courses, beautiful waves, Aloha Stadium, and classic scenery. Imagine then what people must thinkMore >>
  • January 27, 2011

    Lava Life

    Lava Life

    We now take it for granted, but it is truly an amazing natural act to watch the creeping progress of lava flows on the Big Island month after month...More >>
  • January 24, 2011

    Statements or Stalemates?

    Statements or Stalemates?

    The Hawaii legislative session got underway last week after all of the chairs and leadership positions were finally arranged to meet most people's approval, as Calvin had the final Say. It's always muchMore >>
  • January 20, 2011

    Lifted

    Lifted

    Nothing like a little lift to lift up your day. Lift is the term used to describe the number of airline seats coming to or from a destination. Loss of lift, usually the result of a tough economy, volatileMore >>
  • January 17, 2011

    Schooled, Again

    Schooled, Again

    Ah yes, another annual report, another mediocre grade for Hawaii's public education system. It really doesn't seem to matter which annual report we see- this one came from Education Week the results areMore >>
  • January 13, 2011

    No Power Failure Here

    No Power Failure Here

    With a biodiesel plant projected to be completed within three years on the Big Island, more wind power on its way, cold water power service coming from deep in the ocean, and electric cars arriving thisMore >>
  • January 10, 2011

    One Last Vote Note

    One Last Vote Note

    A couple of viewers commented to me about my editorial last week regarding the lack of voting that occurred in the leeward City Council special election. One viewer commented that I should try to be aMore >>
  • January 6, 2011

    A Sporting Chance

    A Sporting Chance

    Lots of great sports in various forms for local fans as the new year gets underway. Golf always takes the spotlight with events on neighbor islands and on Oahu at the Sony Open. The UH winter teams promiseMore >>
  • January 3, 2011

    Voter Turndown

    Voter Turndown

    Just 23% of eligible voters bothered to mail in their ballots in the recent City Council special election for the recently-vacated leeward side seat on Oahu. 23%- that's a mock of a sham of a farce ofMore >>
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