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|HOVE deep well was last repaired in 2016Hawaii Tribune-Herald / 54 min. ago more|
KAILUA-KONA — Based on repair history, the HOVE deep well appears to be another in a string of downed Hawaii Island wells that have fallen victim to premature equipment failure.
|Konawaena students volunteer to save native treesHawaii Tribune-Herald / 54 min. ago more|
KAILUA-KONA — Standing before members of the Konawaena National Honor Society and other volunteers, Michael Schloffel challenged those gathered around an ancient lama tree to contribute their efforts with purpose.
|Feds to end subsidy for air service to Waimea airportHawaii Tribune-Herald / 55 min. ago more|
KAILUA-KONA — The U.S. Department of Transportation in January will end a subsidy for air service at the Waimea-Kohala Airport following unsuccessful efforts to negotiate sharing the subsidy’s cost.
|HPD facing increase in retirements, vacanciesHawaii Tribune-Herald / 55 min. ago more|
KAILUA-KONA — Upcoming retirements add to the increasing number of vacancies impacting the Hawaii Police Department, officials reported to the Hawaii County Police Commission on Friday morning.
|Study on state ferry awaitedHawaii Tribune-Herald / 55 min. ago more|
A study looking at the viability of a state-owned ferry system will be presented to the state Legislature next month, according to the state Department of Transportation.
|Charter school using $1 million grant to expand hours, reach academic goalsHawaii Tribune-Herald / 55 min. ago more|
A Hilo-based Hawaiian immersion public charter school received a $1 million federal improvement grant, which will go toward further development of its in-house tests and hopefully boost overall student performance.
|Hawaii football falls to Utah State - Honolulu Star-AdvertiserGoogle News / 10 h. 5 min. ago more|
Honolulu Star-AdvertiserHawaii football falls to Utah StateHonolulu Star-AdvertiserThe struggles continued for the University of Hawaii football team today as host Utah State won 38-0 in chilly Logan, Utah. The victory made the Aggies bowl eligible for the seventh time in eight years with a 6-5 mark overall and 4-3 record in Mountain ...Utah State bowl eligible after 38-0 win over HawaiiNews & ObserverUtah State beats Hawaii, becomes bowl eligibleSalt Lake TribuneRainbow Warriors shutout for the first time this season in loss against Utah State, 38-0Hawaii News NowGood4Utah -Deseret News -KSL.comall 51 news articles »
|ThinkTech: Business in Hawaii – Making Money Growing PlantsHawaii Reporter / 10 h. 55 min. ago more|
These two fantastic ladies stole the show today!! Learned so much about growing flowers, plants and all kinds of things here in Hawaii. Watch this show and be prepared to learn! Aloha, Reg The post ThinkTech: Business in Hawaii – Making Money Growing Plants appeared first on Hawaii Reporter.
|Hawaii's October unemployment rate reaches record low - Bryan-College Station EagleGoogle News / 11 h. 22 min. ago more|
Hawaii's October unemployment rate reaches record lowBryan-College Station EagleHONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii's unemployment rate dropped to a record-low 2.2 percent last month, according to newly released numbers. The figures from the state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations marked the lowest jobless rate since the current ...and more »
|TV Ratings: 'Hawaii Five-O' Top Night Again, '20/20′ Surges ... - DeadlineGoogle News / 14 h. 42 min. ago more|
DeadlineTV Ratings: 'Hawaii Five-O' Top Night Again, '20/20′ Surges ...DeadlineA bank robbery dominated Hawaii Five-O (1.0/4) last night but it was the CBS 50th state drama that secured the biggest haul on Friday, once again. Related.TV Ratings Friday: 'Blindspot' dips, 'Hawaii Five-0' down but stays on topTVbytheNumbers'Hawaii Five-O' Ratings Top Night Again, '20/20′ Hits Viewership Season HighPopCulture.comall 5 news articles »
|Maui Panel Urges State to Keep Apartment Complex Affordable - U.S. News & World ReportGoogle News / 15 h. 43 min. ago more|
Maui Panel Urges State to Keep Apartment Complex AffordableU.S. News & World ReportA Maui County Council committee approved a resolution urging Hawaii's governor and lawmakers to keep an apartment complex affordable amid the possibility that rents could rise to market rates in 2019. Nov. 18, 2017, at 7:57 p.m.. Maui Panel Urges State ...and more »
|Waianuenue resurfacing set to wrap up next weekHawaii Tribune-Herald / 1 d. 0 h. 55 min. ago more|
A mild inconvenience for Hilo commuters will soon be no more, as the ongoing resurfacing project on Waianuenue Avenue will end early next week.
|871st to help install Pahala entry roofHawaii Tribune-Herald / 1 d. 0 h. 55 min. ago more|
The Ka‘u Rural Health Community Association will get finishing touches to the roof over the Resource and Distance Learning Center’s new Americans with Disabilities Act entry ramp this weekend.
|Mainland candidate to take over beleaguered bus systemHawaii Tribune-Herald / 1 d. 0 h. 55 min. ago more|
A mainland applicant has accepted an offer to become the county’s mass transit administrator.
|NASA lands at Kilauea: Team conducts geologic research for future Mars missionHawaii Tribune-Herald / 1 d. 0 h. 55 min. ago more|
Although a manned mission to Mars is potentially decades away, a NASA project has found the next best thing: Kilauea volcano.
|Small Business Saturday gains tractionHawaii Tribune-Herald / 1 d. 0 h. 55 min. ago more|
When the biggest shopping season of the year begins next week, Hilo businesses hope to attract holiday shoppers on Small Business Saturday.
|Rainbow Wahine basketball cruises to 84-68 win over Northern Arizona - Hawaii News NowGoogle News / 1 d. 3 h. 19 min. ago more|
Rainbow Wahine basketball cruises to 84-68 win over Northern ArizonaHawaii News NowPassing the ball along the perimeter proved worthwhile as Hawaii was able to find passing lanes in the paint which resulted in 44 points from the inside. Led by redshirt freshman Amy Atwell's 17-point performance, Hawaii's lead was never in doubt.and more »
|Rail Board OKs Preliminary Step To Push Route Past Ala MoanaCivil Beat / 1 d. 6 h. 58 min. ago more|
The board that oversees the Honolulu rail project voted Friday to ask the Honolulu City Council for the power to lay the groundwork to extend the rail line beyond its currently planned Ala Moana Center terminal. The move is meant to ensure that the rail line, if officials decide to go farther, has a viable route beyond its planned end point, said Andrew Robbins, executive director of the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation. Robbins stressed there is no current plan to take the $9 billion project beyond Ala Moana. “Right now we’re just trying to get out of this box and make sure we have a potential path,” Robbins said. Andrew Robbins, executive director of the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation, said HART wants to ensure it is not boxed in with no chance to expand.Stewart Yerton/Civil Beat Current funding for the 20-mile line calls for the elevated train to run from East Kapolei to Ala Moana Center. However, a plan approved by the City Council in 2007 has never been amended and still calls for a more ambitious project: a line that extends to the University of Hawaii Manoa, with a separate branch running to the western edge of Waikiki. That plan is known as the “locally preferred alternative.” The problem is the extended route is supposed to go down Kona Street, a smaller lane that runs parallel to Kapiolani Boulevard amid Ala Moana Center’s ever-growing maze of buildings, parking decks and bridges. That route, Robbins said, is no longer viable. HART thus needs to come up with alternative pathways and may need to acquire land to make sure that the line has a clear corridor beyond Ala Moana in case it wants to expand, he said. The Honolulu rail line’s original pathway east of the Ala Moana Center terminal, shown in pink, is no longer viable, so HART wants to find and secure a new path to ensure rail can expand in the future.Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation After a staff presentation Friday, Robbins told reporters that HART is considering multiple routes but declined to provide specific draft plans. He did say one possible route would go down Kapiolani Boulevard. Robbins also stressed that the area under study was within a half mile of Ala Moana Center and did not include the entire preferred alternative route to Manoa. The agenda for Friday’s HART board meeting suggested the agency was planning a more expansive request to the City Council concerning the preferred alternative route. The agenda indicated staff wanted the council’s blessing to “Conduct Planning and Engineering Activities, and Acquire the Right-of-Way to Allow the Development of the Locally Preferred Alternative at a Future Date.” In the end, the HART board more clearly defined the scope of what it’s asking the council. Following a closed door meeting with their attorney, board members approved a revised request to the council specifying that HART would be looking at planning, engineering and land acquisition within a half-mile radius of the planned Ala Moana terminal. Although the item before the HART board appeared to ask the City Council to give HART the authority to acquire rights of way to secure a pathway for the train, Robbins said any actual land acquisition would have to be approved separately by the City Council and the Federal Transit Administration. An original agenda item said HART wanted to examine the Locally Preferred Alternative route, part of which is shown in pink, which extends to UH Manoa and Waikiki. The measure passed by the board Friday specified HART would look only at an area within a half-mile of the Ala Moana station.Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation The post Rail Board OKs Preliminary Step To Push Route Past Ala Moana appeared first on Honolulu Civil Beat.
|Maunakea summit road closed due to high windsHawaii Tribune-Herald / 1 d. 9 h. 43 min. ago more|
High winds have forced the closure of the Maunakea summit access road above the Maunakea Visitor Information Station at the 9,200-foot level.
|Hawaii psychiatric patient is surprised his escape worked - KCCI Des MoinesGoogle News / 1 d. 11 h. 12 min. ago more|
KCCI Des MoinesHawaii psychiatric patient is surprised his escape workedKCCI Des MoinesEscaped hospital patient Randall Saito points to a guard as he sits in an inmate visitor's booth at San Joaquin County Jail before a scheduled court hearing in French Camp, Calif., Friday, Nov. 17, 2017. Saito, who escaped from a psychiatric hospital ...Escaped psychiatric patient doesn't want to return to HawaiiStockton RecordSaito: "I really don't want to go back to Hawaii" - Honolulu, Hawaii ...KITV HonoluluState Hospital escapee's request for bail: DeniedK5CBS Sacramento -KHON2 -New York Timesall 56 news articles »
|Hawaii Psychiatric Patient Is Surprised His Escape WorkedCivil Beat / 1 d. 13 h. 14 min. ago more|
FRENCH CAMP, Calif. (AP) — A man who acknowledges killing a woman nearly 40 years ago said Friday that he is surprised he was able to walk out of a Hawaii psychiatric hospital and make it to California before being captured. Randall Saito spoke to The Associated Press in a jail near Stockton, California, before briefly appearing in court and telling a judge he doesn’t want to go back to Hawaii. “I was surprised that it actually worked,” the 59-year-old said in the jail interview. “I was expecting almost every leg of the way, I was expecting them to be right around the corner just going to nab me.” Escaped Hawaii State Hospital patient Randall Saito points to a guard as he sits in an inmate visitor’s booth at the San Joaquin County Jail before a court hearing Friday.AP Saito left Hawaii State Hospital in suburban Honolulu on Sunday, got a taxi to the airport and took a charter plane to Maui. From there, he caught another flight to San Jose. He refused to say if anyone helped him escape, where he got the money to travel or how he acquired what he called “a pretty good” fake ID. He insisted that he only escaped to show that he should be free. “I had no delusions of settling down. That’s grandiose. I was just trying to get as much time as possible under my belt to prove my point that I could be in the community without supervision and not be truculent or violent or stupid,” Saito said. “I just wanted a track record to throw back into the hospital and say, ‘Look, nobody was there to supervise me. I was out. I didn’t drink. I didn’t drug. I didn’t hurt anybody,” he said. Saito said he knew his money would run out at some point. “But I wanted to extend my time out there as much as possible, maximize my record, my track record, that would be in and of itself irrefutable proof that I was out there doing it,” he said. Saito was acquitted of murder by reason of insanity in the 1979 killing of Sandra Yamashiro. A 2002 article by the Honolulu Advertiser newspaper reported Saito picked his victim at random. “I am terribly contrite for what I did,” he told the AP. “I’ve regretted it from the day I realized that I had done it. And no one can be sorrier than I because no one is more culpable.” He said he faked mental illness to get out of prison sentence and go to the state hospital instead. Saito, who has said he abused substances before the killing, said the hospital was never going to give him a chance so “whether this worked out or not, or whether it made things worse, what does it matter?” “I was riding that cab. The wind was blowing in my face. I was looking at all the lights in San Jose, and I actually felt human. And I thought to myself, ‘Oh my God, I’m a human being,'” he said. Saito was captured Wednesday in Stockton after authorities got a tip from a taxi driver. The driver, who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because she was fearful Saito could retaliate against her, said she gave him a ride Tuesday before he called back and requested her again. She said Friday that she wonders whom Saito knows and if her life is in jeopardy. In court, Saito refused to agree to immediately be sent back to Hawaii, where he faces escape charges. Prosecutors called it a “stall tactic.” He’s set to be back in court in California on Nov. 27. Saito didn’t have privileges to leave the hospital grounds without an escort. Saito’s repeated attempts to win such passes were rejected by the court. But he was allowed to roam the hospital grounds unattended. It took the hospital at least eight hours to notify law enforcement that Saito was missing. Hawaii Gov. David Ige has said the public and authorities should have been notified much sooner. The state has placed seven hospital employees on unpaid leave while it investigates. It also began reviewing patient privileges and public visitation polices and has ordered more fencing. The post Hawaii Psychiatric Patient Is Surprised His Escape Worked appeared first on Honolulu Civil Beat.
|UH-Hilo students urge state to change course on higher education fundingHawaii Tribune-Herald / 1 d. 16 h. 17 min. ago more|
Students at University of Hawaii at Hilo are asking education leaders to beef up the campus’ share of state funding.
|How To Leave A Legacy On Your Next Hawaii Vacation - ForbesGoogle News / 1 d. 20 h. 3 min. ago more|
ForbesHow To Leave A Legacy On Your Next Hawaii VacationForbesAbout 34 miles north of Hilo, the 1,200-acre Hawaiian Legacy Forest sits on hallowed ground. It used to be a koa forest owned by Kamehameha I, Hawaii's first king. The land was cleared almost a century ago for farming and ranching, and it was depleted ...
|'Extremely Dangerous' Patient Says Escape From Hawaii Mental Hospital Was an 'Act of Desperation' - PEOPLE.comGoogle News / 1 d. 20 h. 13 min. ago more|
PEOPLE.com'Extremely Dangerous' Patient Says Escape From Hawaii Mental Hospital Was an 'Act of Desperation'PEOPLE.comThe 59-year-old patient who allegedly escaped a Hawaii psychiatric hospital and was captured in California after being missing for four days says he fled in “an act of desperation” because of the conditions in the hospital, according to a jailhouse ...Hawaii psychiatric patient says he's surprised escape workedFox NewsKiller says he escaped Hawaii psychiatric hospital to prove himself ...NBCNews.comHawaii psychiatric patient's escape was an 'act of desperation,' he ...ABC NewsKCRA Sacramento -KHON2 -ABC News -Hawaii News Nowall 111 news articles »
|New bus baseyard nearly ready for occupancyHawaii Tribune-Herald / 2 d. 0 h. 54 min. ago more|
Hawaii County’s Mass Transit Agency is getting close to occupying its new bus baseyard, about a year after it was initially expected to be complete.
|Honolulu City Council Considers Regulating ‘Monster Homes’Civil Beat / 2 d. 0 h. 59 min. ago more|
Reyna Sueoka said her nightmare began three years after she and her husband moved into their Palolo Valley home. In 2015, a developer bought the neighboring property and transformed it into a 17-bedroom home, she said. That turned the neighborhood into first a construction zone and then a place where parking and peace and quiet are hard to come by, Sueoka told the Honolulu City Council’s Zoning Committee at a hearing Thursday. A limousine is parked in the driveway of a giant house in Palolo Valley.Shafkat Anowar/Civil Beat So-called “monster homes” are a relatively new phenomena in once sleepy Honolulu residential neighborhoods like Liliha and Palolo. Council members are looking for ways to curb the construction of oversized homes. “These monster homes are a major safety hazard to the community and a financial liability to the city and county,” Sueoka said. “We have experienced it from beginning to end and to put it bluntly, it sucks.” Council members say some of the homes have more than 25 bedrooms. While the homes don’t violate any building code or zoning requirements, council members are concerned many of the homes are used to operate vacation rentals. On Thursday, the committee approved a resolution by Councilman Trevor Ozawa that recommends that the city Department of Planning and Permitting consider limiting the size of a house relative to the size of the property it sits on. “You can’t just do what you want with a property just because it’s zoned residential,” Ozawa said. “(Monster homes) look like apartment complexes and hotels, so for that very reason they should have more scrutiny.” Ozawa said the homes place undue stress on sewer systems, limit street parking and increase property taxes for neighboring residences. Jimmy Wu opposed measures to limit large-scale homes at Thursday’s hearing, arguing they offer families a way to survive the high cost of living in Hawaii.Natanya Freidheim/Civil Beat The committee deferred a bill by Councilwoman Carol Fukunaga that would have created a moratorium on the construction of all large-scale homes in residential areas for two years or until the council and DPP create new rules. Fukunaga said she’s concerned contractors will rush to apply for permits to build large homes before the council takes further action. The DPP doesn’t have a comprehensive list of monster homes, but Acting Director Kathy Sokugawa said in the last two years the department has issued an increasing number of permits for homes larger than 3,600 square feet. Jimmy Wu of Prowork Pacific, an architecture and building firm, was one of a number of people who testified against the bill on behalf of clients who were at the hearing. Wu argued the measures targeted lower- or middle-class immigrant families who pool their money to build multigenerational households. “Housing is a big problem in Hawaii right now,” Wu said. “Increasing the density of the use of land is the way to go.” Wu told Civil Beat after the meeting that having four generations live together in one home is customary for many Chinese people. “It’s cultural,” he said. The city doesn’t limit the number of family members — defined as related by blood, marriage or adoption — who can live in a home. However, city law only allows five unrelated people to live in a single home. Councilman Ikaika Anderson said he doubts all the monster homes built are used for multigenerational families. Councilwoman Kymberly Pine, who chairs the Zoning Committee, pointed out that the city has allowed huge mansions to be built in high-income neighborhoods and expressed concern that the council might appear to be cracking down on large-scale homes only now that they’re being built in low- or middle-income neighborhoods. She said the council needed to specifically identify the type of oversized home they aim to regulate. “There’s class issues, there’s race issues, there is immigrant issues and cultural issues that we need to consider as we continue our discussion,” she said. The post Honolulu City Council Considers Regulating ‘Monster Homes’ appeared first on Honolulu Civil Beat.
|How Brian Schatz Is Becoming The Senate’s Chief Science NerdCivil Beat / 2 d. 0 h. 59 min. ago more|
WASHINGTON — Brian Schatz didn’t start out as a science nerd. After attending Punahou School and then majoring in philosophy at Pomona College in California, he returned to the islands, ultimately becoming an influential figure in Democratic politics, and spent nearly a decade as the CEO of Helping Hands, one of Hawaii’s largest nonprofit social services agencies. But since he joined the U. S. Senate in 2012, Schatz has emerged as a prominent national voice on technology and the environment, pushing for bipartisan consensus in contentious areas. U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz highlights the need to remove marine debris from the ocean during a speech this summer.Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat He has become a fierce advocate for telemedicine, the environment, net neutrality and data security — topics that make many people’s eyes glaze over. Taking on complex topics that others choose to avoid has become an important way the Hawaii Democrat can make a difference in a legislative chamber dominated by Republicans. Supporters said he learns the nuances of difficult topics through diligent efforts to understand various political perspectives. Internet expert Gene Kimmelman, president and chief executive officer of Public Knowledge, a nonprofit group that supports an open internet, described Schatz’s approach to Civil Beat in an email: Like all issues, he seems to approach tech policy by carefully studying the issues and talking extensively to all relevant stakeholders to make sure he knows all the facts. He’s one of the most studious and conscientious members of the Senate who cares passionately about freedom of expression and consumer protection. At a confirmation hearing Nov. 1, Schatz criticized Jim Bridenstine, the presidential nominee to head the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, for his lack of a science background, suggesting this made him unqualified for the job. Bridenstine, a former naval aviator and space enthusiast who was director of the Tulsa Air and Space Museum, does not have a science or engineering degree. “This is a science agency,” Schatz said of NASA. “I get that you don’t have a science-centric background, and I don’t begrudge you that. I don’t have a science background, but you know what I do do: I defer to scientists.” Long-Distance Health Care Schatz is not a doctor, either, but his father was, and health care technology is another of his major interests. For the past several years, Schatz has sponsored bipartisan legislation to expand telemedicine, which allows people to get medical care remotely without the need to visit a doctor in person. It saves patients time and money and it has the power to substantially reduce health care costs. Schatz has had to overcome entrenched opposition from the politically powerful American Medical Association and some Medicare officials. In an interview with Civil Beat in May, Schatz said he was making good progress on the issue, which he said could “transform the entire health care system.” Schatz heads down a U.S. Capitol basement corridor after casting a vote in the Senate chamber.Cory Lum/Civil Beat His prediction may be coming true: S. 870, sponsored by Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah and backed by Schatz, passed the Senate in September and a companion bill is moving through the House. It would allow Medicare reimbursement for some telemedicine services that have been restricted in the past, giving people access to services on other islands and even on the mainland without needing to travel there. Separate pieces of legislation he advocated have been swept into that bill, including measures he co-sponsored with other senior Republicans, including Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi and Sen. John Thune of South Dakota, under a bill called the CONNECT for Health Care Act of 2017. On Wednesday, at the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank in Washington, Schatz talked up the bill and described how telehealth could improve the lives of people in rural areas, including Hawaii’s neighbor islands. He recalled visiting a community health center in Lanai in August, and seeing first-hand how important it is for the 3,000 residents there to be able to get health care — a diabetes check, a dentist visit, or to see a psychiatrist — without getting on a plane. “Members of Congress care about telehealth, but there haven’t been many members of Congress other than Brian Schatz from Hawaii who have really rolled up their sleeves.” — Health care consultant Krista Drobak Even busy urban professionals would appreciate an expansion of telehealth, he told the audience. “Telehealth helps people get on with their lives,” Schatz said. “Workers can keep working instead of taking time off to go to the doctor, home-bound patients will be spared the trek to the doctor. Telemedicine will change lives and save money and improve the quality of care.” He urged conservatives to investigate the idea and support bipartisan efforts to expand the technology and reimbursement for the costs of it. “My pitch to you is this is the opportunity to unleash the power of the private sector, the power of science, the power of technology, in a way that is consistent with progressive values — I want to increase the availability and quality of care — and conservative values — because conservatives want to make sure we are spending every penny wisely,” he said, earning polite applause. Applauding his efforts a lot more loudly are telehealth activists and lobbyists for the technology firms that will provide the software for the services. In an interview with a health care blog, Health Care Pit Stop, Krista Drobak, a partner in Sirona Strategies, a health-care consulting company, said that she believed Schatz was the single most important person pressing for the expansion of telehealth. “Members of Congress care about telehealth, but there haven’t been many members of Congress other than Brian Schatz from Hawaii who have really rolled up their sleeves, dug in and said, ‘This is an important issue and we need to get this done,’” she said in the interview. Climate Change And The Islands Schatz declined interview requests from Civil Beat to talk about the ways he is making himself a science specialist. He has had a busy week — first jetting off to Bonn, Germany, with four other Democratic senators to observe the climate change talks, participating in an interview on climate change with Democracy Now, and then speaking at the CATO Institute soon after his return from Bonn. His No. 1 issue, and the one for which he is probably best known, is his leadership role in combatting climate change. On Tuesday, on “Democracy Now!” he told interviewer Amy Goodman, who had also traveled to Bonn for the conference, that Hawaii residents expect him to take a strong stance in defense of the environment. Coral like this reef in Kaneohe Bay is under threat from climate change.Courtesy of Raphael Ritson-Williams “Hawaii feels so passionately about climate,” he said. “You know our oceans are warming. You can actually see it. There was a summer during which the whole south shore of Oahu, you could see the bleached coral almost across all of the surfing spots. And so it’s gone from an issue that only environmentalists cared about to an issue that almost everybody in Hawaii cares about, because it’s really affecting our quality of life.” His interest in climate change can sometimes border on obsessive, however, and his efforts to highlight how other people are failing to toe the line — and say the right things — can make him appear to be so argumentative as to be ineffectual. At the recent NASA confirmation hearing, for example, he pressed Bridenstine for statements the Oklahoma congressman had made on the reasons for climate change, whether humans were to blame or not, demanding he respond with a single word “yes” or “no.” It came across as an effort to score debating points, given that Bridenstine represents a state heavily dependent on the oil and gas industry. Another Democrat speaking soon afterward, Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico, took a less combative tone and secured a pledge from Bridenstine that he would protect the integrity of NASA’s scientists from political interference. Cyber Wars As the political temperature remains at a near-record high in Washington, Schatz’s rhetoric has become more heated, too. For example, dozens of organizations, including the U.S. Office of Personnel Management and the Democratic National Committee, have suffered significant data breaches in the past five years. The federal government has done little to pursue and prosecute hackers responsible for the breaches or executives who have been derelict at securing their computer systems. But at a recent hearing, Marissa Mayer, the former chief executive officer of Yahoo, and executives at credit reporting agency Equifax, both of which have had major data breaches that jeopardized the personal information of millions of people, were pilloried for a problem that has become widespread. Schatz chastised both for failing to protect consumer data. “Net neutrality has a new champion: Meet Sen. Brian Schatz” — Headline on the technology website CNet “People back home, not just home where I live, but home to where all of us live, don’t understand how the CEO of Equifax and the CEO of Yahoo walked away with $90 million and $27 million and possibly a quarter of a billion dollars in stocks,” Schatz told them. “This is unfathomable to me and to the average person.” Schatz has also become an outspoken advocate for net neutrality, the principle that all people and all companies should have equal access to the internet and equal speed of communication. The debate has pitted content providers, who fear their customers could lose high-speed access to their products, against internet service providers, who want to be able to set their own terms of service, including charging people more for faster service. Some 2.2 million people have written to the federal government, many protesting the Federal Communications Commission plan to overturn Obama-era regulations ensuring equal access to the internet. Under Obama, the FCC declared internet companies to be “common carriers” that it had the power to regulate to ensure that equal access. In a Reddit forum over the summer, Schatz held an open forum on the topic and said this: Last month, Trump’s FCC began the process of repealing these rulers, even though there’s only one constituency that wants it: internet service providers. It’s easy to see why. Internet service providers or ISPs want to control the way you use the internet because it is good for their bottom line …We can’t let them take that away from us. Next month the FCC is expected to enter the final stages of overturning the regulations, and there is likely to be considerable criticism of the process. Schatz has become one of loudest voices of opposition in Congress to those efforts. “Net neutrality has a new champion: Meet Sen. Brian Schatz,” said the headline on an article in CNet, a technology website, in May 2017. The post How Brian Schatz Is Becoming The Senate’s Chief Science Nerd appeared first on Honolulu Civil Beat.
|Hokulea’s Voyage To Hana Is A Homecoming For Young CaptainCivil Beat / 2 d. 0 h. 59 min. ago more|
HANA – Hana Bay was packed with well-wishers when the Hokulea glided past Queen Kaahumanu’s birthplace on Friday morning to anchor in the heart of a community celebrating Hawaii’s resurgent native culture. At the invitation of the 9th annual Limu Festival’s organizers, the venerable voyaging canoe is making Hana the second of an estimated 40 stops throughout the islands during a two-year Mahalo, Hawaii sail that began last summer. A confluence of canoe, community and culture inspired master navigator and veteran captain Nainoa Thompson, president of the Polynesian Voyaging Society, to tap Hana’s own Nakua Konohia-Lind to take command of Hokulea for the first time, setting his hometown’s “coconut wireless” afire. Thompson said choosing Konohia-Lind, who sailed on more than half of Hokulea’s 33 legs on its “to care for island earth” tour, “was a very easy choice.” Nakua Konohia-Lind, here leading a chant on the deck of the Hokulea in Panama, will be the youngest captain of the storied canoe when it sails into Hana.Justyn Ah Chong/Polynesian Voyaging Society “There isn’t anybody better on this earth to bring Hokulea to Hana than Nakua, because he’s earned it,” said Thompson. “Every member of the (2014-17) Malama Honua crew saw Nakua as a unifying force, a hard worker, and very physically strong. We needed his strength.” “Captains picked crew members who could secure them, support them, who they could trust. If you look at all the miles traveled … on all the boats on the worldwide voyage, Nakua has the most miles,” Thompson said. “He sailed the most because the captains picked him the most because he was trusted the most.” Konohia-Lind hadn’t expected the honor. “I was very surprised to be chosen to captain Hokulea into Hana at this moment in time,” he said. “I realized sometimes the only way for leadership to be established is throwing someone into the deep end of the pool to see if that someone will sink or swim.” Raised With Strong Hawaiian Values About three-fourths of East Maui’s 1,200 inhabitants living between Keanae and Kaupo claim Native Hawaiian ancestry. Polynesia’s largest religious site, Piilanihale Heiau, dates from the 13th century and includes stones from Hana Bay, seven miles south of its location in Kahanu Garden, part of the National Tropical Botanic Garden system. King Kamehameha I’s favorite wife, Kaahumanu, was born in a cave under Kauiki Hill at the entrance to Hana Bay. Limu, marine algae commonly called seaweed, along with taro and fish, has been a staple of the Polynesian diet for millennia and is a favorite ingredient in poke. Once plentiful where fresh mountain water flows into subtidal pools, is imperiled by development, overharvesting, climate change and polluted seas. The Limu Festival “is part of a grassroots network to protect shoreline resources,” said Jan Elliott, a festival co-chair. “Limu is woven all throughout Hawaiian culture and is the foundation of a healthy ocean food chain and ecosystem.” Konohia-Lind, his five brothers and sister were “raised on local foods and with the strong family values of Hawaiian culture,” said his mother, Shannon Konohia-Lind. “They walked in our footsteps and learned to aloha everybody. They’ve worked in the taro patch, catch fish, gather and hunt, and have respect for the land and their elders.” Third child Nakua “never grumbled about using hand-me-down clothes,” she said. “He was the one who always got asked to the prom, our “go-to” guy because he always made things work, and was always OK with whatever was handed to him.” A favorite Hawaiian expression of his is “eat what get.” His father, Kepa Lind, described him as “the one who gets everybody going in the right direction. He is willing to do anything – cook, pick up the house, get the kids organized. He is always learning and passing it along to the others.” Harolen Kaiwi, board chairwoman of the Hana Cultural Center, said her community is “very proud of Nakua for caring so much about his Hawaiian culture.” “He was a good boy, and now he’s come back after becoming captain of Hokulea,” she said. “Before, Hana didn’t really feel like we had a part in of all of this (voyaging), but now, with Nakua, we do.” Nainoa Thompson and Nakua Konohia-Lind aboard the Hokulea in Haverstraw, N.Y.Kaipo Kiaha/ Polynesian Voyaging Society / ʻŌiwi TV Many of Konohia-Lind’s East Maui contemporaries are reclaiming their culture through rehabilitation of ancient taro fields, pursuing legal avenues to recover traditional water rights from corporations, and improving healthy diet by growing and eating more “canoe foods.” Native Hawaiians such as Konohia-Lind are emerging as a new generation of leaders. Among those cheering his arrival at Hana Bay will be his alma mater’s nearly 330 current K-12 students, many of whom consider the 2011 Hana High School graduate a role model. When Principal Rick Paul heard the voyaging canoe was coming, he and his staff decided, “Hana School will do our annual school evacuation in conjunction with the arrival of Hokulea… and Hana’s own kapena (captain) Nakua.” Paul described his former student as “soft spoken, extremely respectful and always helpful. His positive actions naturally result in making him valuable to his organization, in this case it’s the crew of Hokulea. This is a big deal for Hana.” Limu Festival Friday, November 17, 5.30 p.m. : Hana’s 9th annual Limu Festival kicks off at Helene Hall with the “E Walaʻau Kākou – Talk Story” Saturday, November 18, 10 a.m – 3:30 p.m. : Family-friendly festivities in Hana Bay that highlight the importance of limu (seaweed) in marine ecosystem health and Hawaiian culture and diet. Other engagements such as school visits are planned; for additional information, visit the festival website. It’s also a big deal to Thompson, who remembers being “stunned by the way Nakua greeted me, by his smile and friendliness,” at their accidental meeting five years ago at Honolulu Community College. Konohia-Lind was then studying to be a marine mechanic. “I sailed with his great-grandfather, Sam Kalalau, on the 1976 voyage to Tahiti, and he was the most respected of all the crews by the navigator Mau (Piailug of Satawi, Micronesia). That’s because Sam was a very dedicated ocean man who understood the importance of this (Hokulea’s voyage) effort, of unity and trusting and working together as a team. Sam came from a place of kindness, compassion and strength. He was a mirror of the community of Hana.” Sam “Boy” Kalalau, Jr., the great-grandfather of Nakua Konohia-Lind, was a crew member on the 1976 Hokulea voyage to Tahiti.Leslie Eade/ copyright Hana Cultural Center Thompson said he saw those same qualities in Kalalau’s great-grandson, which is why he chose him, at age 24, to become Hokulea’s youngest captain. He also selected Konohia-Lind as one of six canoe crew members to attend a recent Stanford University leadership immersion program. He is currently working toward an online bachelor’s degree. “I tell Nakua all the time, ‘You need to get your doctorate, forget worrying about it, we will help you find a way.’ We need him to help generations of kids learn what matters, what is important in life. “He is going to be a wonderful, valuable teacher who will open the pathway,” Thompson said. “Nakua’s story is an important and inspirational one for all young people in Hawaii. I’m just helping him to see it.” The post Hokulea’s Voyage To Hana Is A Homecoming For Young Captain appeared first on Honolulu Civil Beat.
|Chad Blair: A Trip Back To Hawaii Journalism In The ’60sCivil Beat / 2 d. 1 h. ago more|
When 23-year-old David Butwin of Minnesota boarded a plane in 1963 to go to Hawaii, he knew only a few facts about the place. It’s where Pearl Harbor is located. “From Here To Eternity” was filmed on Oahu. There was a television detective series called “Hawaiian Eye” starring Robert Conrad, Connie Stevens and Troy Donohue. An aunt and uncle brought back a plastic ukulele after a trip in the early 1950s, and he managed to play a few chords. And that’s about it. A friend from Butwin’s school days, however, urged him to relocate. “Get out here, it’s pretty neat,” he advised. He did, and what followed is chronicled in “Barefoot Days, Electric Nights: A Kid Reporter Lands in ’60s Honolulu.” (Copies can be ordered at davidbutwin.com.) Butwin’s book centers on his work as a reporter for the morning Honolulu Advertiser, which competed with the afternoon Honolulu Star-Bulletin. He captures a Honolulu of a bygone day — a two-newspaper town! an afternoon paper! — one where phone numbers “were five or six digits,” television programs arrived by commercial jet from the mainland and aired a week later, there were no freeways “and some drivers were still using arm signals like semaphores.” It sounds idyllic. He drove a nifty sports car and smoked grass. He rented an apartment in a house near Kapiolani Park for $60 a month, parking and utilities included. But Hawaii was also changing. Tourism was becoming big business, there was a war in Vietnam and there was an evolving “pecking order” that defined what was a supposedly harmonious multicultural milieu that embraced a so-called Aloha Spirit: I saw the haoles as mostly well off and vain, represented by the still powerful missionary families from the early 19th century, but there were divisions within that division, and down at my level I was a coast haole, set apart from the long residing or the even more blessed island-born haoles. These latter types called themselves kamaaina. It was said you could claim kamaaina (“comma-eye-na”) status after seven years, but no locally born haole would buy that, and it certainly didn’t apply to Asians or other ethnicities. A third generation Chinese, no matter how influential or wealthy, was not a kamaaina. Butwin has a frank way of addressing ethnicity that may upset some readers and ring authentic to others. Another example: “Each ethnic group had a pet name, often disparaging in tone. A Japanese was a Japanee, Ricehead or Buddhahead; never Jap. The Portuguese, who had come from the Canary Islands to work the fields, were Portugees. Chinese were known by the Hawaiian word Pake (pah-kay), also meaning cheap.” Butwin says the Chinese stereotype reminded him of the stereotype for American Jews (“valued education, made good money, married inside the clan”). He laments that police officers considered Filipinos as “a volatile even violence-prone group….If a domestic row involving Filipinos resulted in a death, the cops called it a misdemeanor homicide.” From Twigg-Smith To Sinatra Butwin’s journalism career brought him in close contact with storied newspaper staff, names that will be familiar to longtime local readers — George Chaplin (“a Serious Man,” Butwin opines), Thurston Twigg-Smith (“a Yalie and every inch a WASP”), Buch Buchwach (“cackled with laughter when his hunch paid off in a scoop”), Bob Krauss (“cheery, indefatigable”), Chuck Frankel (“a free thinker”) and Eddie Sherman (“wrote ellipses-spaced items of light concern”). Of the Advertiser staff, Butwin observes that it was not diverse: The reporters were mostly haole and the photographers mostly Asian. He also points out that a number of employees were Jewish, “though they didn’t make much of it, nor did I, a kid brought up in a culturally Jewish, politically left house in St. Paul without much use for practiced religion.” Field of dreams: The intrepid reporter, who also served in the U.S. Army Reserves, in an Oahu pineapple field circa the 1960s.Courtesy He goes on to say, “Hawaii had a strong churchly presence, as Minnesota had. But religion never mattered much to the ink-stained wretches on our little island, the city room of the morning rag.” Butwin also dated Denby Fawcett (“bright, attractive Punahou girl”), who today is a Civil Beat columnist, and knew Bob Jones (“a swarthy lothario”) who today writes for “MidWeek.” Fawcett and Jones are now married. Butwin’s book depicts a Hawaii inhabited by the likes of union leader Jack Hall, progressive politician Tom Gill, songwriter Kui Lee, industrialist Walter Dillingham, radio personality Hal (Aku) Lewis and veteran Dan Inouye, of whom Butwin writes, “lost an arm in battle and, it was said around the newspaper office, showed up at campaign events sporting the empty sleeve for better political effect.” But Butwin also met or interviewed in the islands Frank Sinatra, Martin Luther King Jr., John Steinbeck, Marine Gen. Victor (Brute) Krulak, George Lincoln Rockwell (the “American Nazi”) and Joan Baez. Particularly amusing is a conversation captured with Rat Pack members Peter Lawford and Sammy Davis Jr. on whether Ronald Reagan had a future in politics. ‘Dronelike Species, Reporter’ Butwin is an old-school journalist, the kind fast fading away in the internet age. Here’s what he has to say about his then colleagues: We were a mishmash of personalities and backgrounds at our tucked-together desks. … In the city room we all belonged to a dronelike species, reporter, although there was sometimes a distinction made between reporter and writer, the former a driven soul who had the push and moxie to work his sources, happy to spend hours poring over ledgers and piles of clippings, and in a nervy moment could peer across a source’s desk and read a document upside down. The writer fancied himself a wordsmith, a deadline poet, a specialist at the feature or color story. You can almost hear the typewriters clacking, smell the cigarettes burning and detect a bottle of booze stashed in a desk drawer. One gripe: Butwin tells of his love life, the highs and lows, and at times is a bit too graphic. A woman named Samarra, for example, is a “beautiful, zaftig, dark-haired creature, perhaps a little on in years (upper thirties?) … Was she a true exotic? From the Levant? Or Perhaps Down Under … I was reading John O’Hara at the time, and I liked to crack to friends that I craved an appointment in Samarra, though of course it was out of the question.” There are also minor errors — milihinis (newcomers) rather than malihini. And he reprints perhaps too many excerpts from his own reporting of the time. But then, what writer doesn’t love their own copy? Butwin’s eye is sharp, his recall seems pretty good and he admits it when it isn’t. I admire how he frequently follows up on the people he used to know to see what happened to them, still exercising his investigative chops. Barefoot In Jersey The author, 77, lives in Leonia, New Jersey, with his wife, and they have a summer home in Owls Head, Maine. “Those formative years in Hawaii mean I go barefoot in almost all weather and teriyaki everything,” he said via email. Not retired: David Butwin in a recent photo.Courtesy After leaving Hawaii in 1968, he was travel editor of the Saturday Review magazine and then did freelance writing for the Christian Science Monitor, Esquire, Travel & Leisure, Gourmet and Cosmopolitan. Butwin says he is “by no means retired as I will probably sweat out another book, on a subject I have not quite chosen yet.” He adds, “There were many working visits to Hawaii — summed up in the last chapter of the book, ‘The Years After.’ On those trips I came to love Hawaii all the more for seeing its fragile beauty, its threatened equilibrium. It’s all in those closing pages …. I keep up the best I can from 5,500 miles away.” I asked Butwin his reaction to the recent financial woes that have lead to buyouts at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. He replied, “Of course, as one with printer’s ink still flowing, I worry for Honolulu’s single-newspaper status; and a shrinking newspaper it is.” Yes, sadly. To employ a term familiar to print journalists like Butwin, I will end this column appropriately: —30— The post Chad Blair: A Trip Back To Hawaii Journalism In The ’60s appeared first on Honolulu Civil Beat.
|Escaped State Hospital Patient Aimed To Show He Could Be OutsideCivil Beat / 2 d. 5 h. 31 min. ago more|
(AP) — A Hawaii psychiatric patient who acknowledges killing a woman nearly four decades ago said Thursday he escaped from his hospital and flew to California to prove he could live responsibly in the community. Randall Saito told San Francisco television station KGO-TV in an interview that the Hawaii State Hospital wouldn’t give him a chance. He says every time he applied for release, officials made him “sound like a bad guy.” “I decided I needed to escape and prove that I’m on my own,” Saito said in an interview at a jail in Stockton, California. “That I can be out here and act appropriately. Even though I escaped to do it.” Randall Saito’s booking photo.San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office The 59-year-old Saito was arrested on Wednesday for investigation of felony escape. He walked out of the hospital in suburban Honolulu on Sunday, got a taxi to the airport and took a charter plane to Maui, where he caught another flight to San Jose, California. Saito told KGO he flew to San Jose because it was the cheapest ticket. He said he used fake IDs featuring his photo and another person’s name to get past the Transportation Security Administration checkpoint. He wouldn’t say who helped him in the escape. Saito was acquitted of murder by reason of insanity for the 1979 killing of Sandra Yamashiro. He said he fabricated mental illness — he was diagnosed with sexual sadism and necrophilia — to get into the hospital. But he said he regretted doing so. He also regretted killing Yamashiro. “I regret the murder. Let’s just make that clear. I do have remorse about it. I am absolutely contrite. No one else can be more contrite than I. Because no one is more responsible. What do they want me to do? I can’t turn back time,” Saito said. He said he was a substance abuser for three years before the killing. “I was in bad shape. I was paranoid,” he said. Saito is one of 17 people who have escaped from the 202-bed hospital in the past eight years. Most happened when a patient broke “curfew” and didn’t return after being allowed to leave for a period of time. Saito didn’t have privileges to leave the hospital grounds without an escort. Repeated attempt by Saito to win such passes were rejected by the court. He was allowed to roam the hospital grounds unattended. Saito was captured Wednesday in Stockton after authorities got a tip from a taxi driver. It took the hospital at least eight hours to notify law enforcement that Saito was missing. Hawaii Gov. David Ige has said the public and authorities should have been notified much sooner. The state has placed seven hospital employees on unpaid leave while it investigates the escape. It’s also begun reviewing patient privileges and public visitation polices and has ordered more fencing. Janice Okubo, spokeswoman for the Hawaii State Department of Health, told the AP last year the majority of those who escape are returned within a few days. However in 2009 one person escaped and was missing for nearly three years before being arrested. The post Escaped State Hospital Patient Aimed To Show He Could Be Outside appeared first on Honolulu Civil Beat.
|Hawaiian Airlines CEO To Retire In March, Replacement NamedCivil Beat / 2 d. 9 h. 29 min. ago more|
(AP) — Hawaiian Airlines said Thursday that longtime CEO Mark Dunkerley will retire in March and be replaced by the airline’s chief commercial officer, Peter Ingram. Ingram, 51, joined Hawaiian as chief financial officer in December 2005, six months after the airline emerged from bankruptcy reorganization. Since 2011, he has overseen marketing and sales, network planning and other functions. Among Ingram’s challenges will be new competition. Southwest Airlines, the biggest domestic carrier, plans to begin flying from the U.S. mainland to Hawaii in late 2018 or early 2019, and it is considering adding flights between islands, a market dominated by Hawaiian. Mark Dunkerley has been CEO of Hawaiian Airlines since 2005.Courtesy of Hawaiian Airlines Dunkerley, 54, joined Hawaiian in late 2002 and has been CEO since 2005 — among the longest-tenured CEOs in the airline industry. He had been an executive at British Airways and an aviation consultant before that. When Dunkerley arrived, Hawaiian depended almost entirely on traffic from the U.S. mainland and among Hawaii’s islands. As CEO, he tried to grab a bigger share of Asian tourists to Hawaii by adding flights from new destinations in Japan, China, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand. International travel now accounts for about one-fourth of the airline’s revenue. Like other airlines, Hawaiian has benefited recently from strong demand for travel and relatively lower fuel prices. After losing money as recently as 2011, Hawaiian’s net income has risen each of the last three years. It was $235 million in 2016, and analysts expect close to $300 million this year, according to a FactSet survey. Hawaiian’s stock price increased six-fold from the beginning of 2014 through 2016. But it has been one of the worst airline stocks this year, with shares falling 32 percent so far in 2017. Shares of Hawaiian Holdings Inc. had a banner day Thursday, however, leading a broad rally in airline stocks by jumping $1.77, or 4.8 percent, to close at $38.85. That was before the news of Dunkerley’s retirement. They were up 5 cents more in late trading. The post Hawaiian Airlines CEO To Retire In March, Replacement Named appeared first on Honolulu Civil Beat.
|Troubled history of hospital where "psychopath" escapedHawaii News / 2 d. 12 h. 25 min. ago more|
More than a dozen escapes have occurred over the past eight years at a Hawaii psychiatric hospital where a patient described as dangerous walked off the grounds and made it to California before he was captured this week. Many of the 17 escapes between 2010 and this year happened when a patient broke "curfew" and didn't return to the Hawaii State Hospital after being allowed to leave for a period of time, according to information obtained by The Associated Press from police and the state Department of Health.
|UH helps develop Hawaii's horticultural expertiseHawaii News / 2 d. 12 h. 25 min. ago more|
Hawaii is unique in its horticultural blend of plants and landscapes. Although we live in the tropics, gardening is heavily influenced by the ways of Europe and the Americas.
|Caldwell Nominates Former TV Executive For Police CommissionCivil Beat / 2 d. 12 h. 38 min. ago more|
Mayor Kirk Caldwell has nominated former TV executive Dick Grimm to serve on the Honolulu Police Commission to replace Eddie Flores, who is quitting at the end of the month before his full term is up at year’s end. In a statement released Thursday, Caldwell said that if Grimm’s nomination is approved by the City Council, he will finish out Flores’ term before his own five-year stint begins in January. The mayor, who’s been relatively silent about the many problems facing the Honolulu Police Department, thanked Flores for sticking with the commission and helping select new Police Chief Susan Ballard during what Caldwell described as a “tumultuous time for HPD.” The Honolulu Police Commission is in a transition phase with the recent appointments of new members.Cory Lum/Civil Beat “I also want to thank Dick Grimm for agreeing to serve on the all-volunteer panel as I believe his decades of media experience will help usher in a new era of openness and dialogue between the commission, HPD leadership and the public,” Caldwell said. In an interview with Civil Beat, Grimm agreed with Caldwell’s assessment that he’d help bring more transparency to the commission. “You can see through me,” he joked. But he also said that, if he’s confirmed for the position, he’ll want to spend some time gathering insight and information from community members about their perceptions of HPD. Those perceptions are important, he said, because they reflect of the reality of the relationship the department has with the people it polices and protects. “We have to know where we stand before we can take a step forward,” Grimm said. Grimm is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, where he boxed and played football. He served as a U.S. Marine in Japan and the Philippines. He spent 35 years in TV news as a general manager, president and sales manager for KGMB, KITV and KHON. After retiring in 1998, he went on to work at the Hawaii Foodbank and retired from there in January. Dick Grimm is Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s latest nominee to the Honolulu Police Commission.City and County of Honolulu Grimm has also served on a number of community boards, including the Board of Advisors to the President of Kamehameha Schools, the Chaminade University Board of Regents, the State of Hawaii Sports Task Force and Clean Hawaii. He would be the sixth member of the seven-person Police Commission appointed by Caldwell. Grimm’s nomination comes during a time of significant transition for both the commission and the department, which with nearly 2,000 sworn officers is the 20th largest in the country. Former police chief Louis Kealoha was recently indicted along with his wife, Katherine, a city prosecutor, in connection with a federal investigation into public corruption and abuse of power. They face numerous charges related to conspiracy, bank fraud and obstruction of justice. The charges stem from allegations that the Kealohas framed a family member for the theft of their mailbox along with the help of several officers who were part of an elite unit within HPD that performs surveillance and other covert operations to thwart organized crime and terrorism. Four of those officers, Derek Hahn, Daniel Sellers, Minh-Hung “Bobby” Nguyen and Gordon Shiraishi, have been named as co-defendants. A fifth, Niall Silva, has already pleaded guilty to felony conspiracy. When the FBI launched its investigation into the alleged frame job in December 2014, Caldwell described the incident as “a private matter.” The Police Commission also refused to take action, and at one point its chairman said it had no knowledge that an investigation was even underway. The lack of action, combined with numerous other instances of officer misconduct, took a toll on the commission’s credibility. Last year voters approved a charter amendment to give the agency more authority to perform investigations. Two of Caldwell’s appointees have sought to change the culture of the commission. Loretta Sheehan, a former assistant U.S. attorney, and Steven Levinson, a retired associate justice on the Hawaii Supreme Court, have taken a harder stance when it comes to oversight, and have pushed to bring more accountability to HPD. For instance, Sheehan was the only commissioner to vote against a $250,000 severance package for Louis Kealoha after he was named as the target of the U.S. Justice Department’s corruption probe. Mayor Kirk Caldwell has appointed a majority of the Police Commission during his time in office.Cory Lum/Civil Beat Levinson has stood up to the city’s attorneys on numerous occasions when it comes to providing taxpayer-funded legal counsel to officers accused of misconduct. He has said the commission has been applying the wrong legal standard for many years, possibly resulting in officers picking up their own legal tabs when state law requires the city to foot the bill. Levinson and Sheehan have also criticized the commission’s long standing practice — again with approval of city attorneys — of holding discussions related to legal fees behind closed doors, possibly in violation of the public and media’s First Amendment rights. Other commissioners appointed by Caldwell include Chairman Max Sword, Karen Chang and Jerry Gibson. Chang and Gibson attended their first meeting this week. Commissioner Cha Thompson, the vice chair, was appointed by former mayor Peter Carlisle. Her five-year term expires Dec. 31. The post Caldwell Nominates Former TV Executive For Police Commission appeared first on Honolulu Civil Beat.
|Night market re-energizes Hawaii's lava-buried village of KaimuHawaii News / 2 d. 14 h. 45 min. ago more|
In 1990, this Big Island village south of Hilo got famous when the Kilauea volcano buried most of it beneath more than 50 feet of lava. What remains of the community where the road ends has re-energized with a weekly night market that draws lines of cars to fill a parking lot edging a sprawling black field of lava rock that is younger than Taylor Swift.
|Scientist says chemicals create 'zombie' coral, add to reef decimationHawaii News / 2 d. 21 h. 54 min. ago more|
Craig Downs says the science is in - and many types of commonly sold sunscreens are a direct threat to Hawaii's coral reefs. Downs, a Ph.D. and executive director of Haereticus Environmental Laboratory, gave a presentation on the topic Tuesday night at the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority Gateway Center at the request of Rep. Nicole Lowen - Kailua-Kona, Holualoa, Kalaoa and Honokohau.
|Making Hawaii Student Testing More MeaningfulCivil Beat / 3 d. 0 h. 59 min. ago more|
As the minutes drag by, warm stagnant air permeates the classroom. Drops of sweat bead up on my forehead. I crank up the fans one more notch. The doors, normally open to let the fresh air flow in, are tightly closed. Anxious teachers dutifully shush students as they pass by our classroom on their way to lunch. Both doors have bright yellow “DO NOT DISTURB Testing In Progress” signs taped to them warning passersby of the serious business ensuing inside. But what is happening inside these doors? Twenty-seven desks arranged neatly in rows each have a freshly charged computer sitting open on top. Twenty-seven young bodies slump languidly in their seats. Some students are fidgeting. Some lean toward the computer screen with squinting eyes. One is cradling his head with both hands making his chestnut brown hair stick out in funny angles. Another stares blankly out the window with both knees pulled up to her chest strangely resembling a fetal position. Occasionally a hand shoots up and a student whispers hopefully “Mrs. Peroff, I don’t get it….” I roll out my stock answer: “Please reread the question to help you understand what it’s asking.” Even this I am not totally sure I am allowed to say. After a year of building relationships with students and families, designing meaningful learning experiences based on individual student interests, collecting relevant qualitative and quantitative data, providing appropriate supports, is this how we, as educators, want to measure learning? As we focus on preparing our students for a rapidly changing future, educators are obligated to constantly reexamine not only what we are teaching and how we are teaching it but how we choose to assess student learning. Currently, in addition to specific skills assessed on the test, what it appears we are also testing is a young person’s ability to sit still and stare at a computer screen for literally hours. We are testing their ability to read lengthy directions and then read a passage that may have no connection with their life or personal experience. Presently, testing does not assess skills essential for the work to be done in our future such as the ability to communicate and collaborate with peers. Also absent is an opportunity for students to apply their learning to solve real problems in their local community. The test does not contain any way to measure social or emotional growth which is crucial to develop mindsets and habits that will help our children navigate and innovate in an uncertain future. Testing does not assess skills essential for the work to be done in our future such as the ability to communicate and collaborate with peers. The mandated state testing looks little like the authentic assessments teachers so thoughtfully craft to measure student learning. On a nontesting day students wouldn’t be sitting at their desks completing an assessment of their ability to calculate the perimeter of a school garden. Students would actually be in the school garden with measuring tape in hand physically calculating the garden perimeter in order to plan their next crop cycle to distribute to local homeless shelters. Other students would be applying their knowledge of area and perimeter to design and build innovative structures to house the homeless. When students have such rich learning experiences as part of their daily school curriculum, it is easy to imagine how students and teachers alike might view the mandated testing as a disturbance rather than an opportunity. Another area of concern is school atmosphere during testing time. When asking students about testing a common theme emerged. Student after student reported the test being “really long” and “feeling tired.” One student lamented that she “couldn’t take normal breaks.” Behind The Times With all the recent research on the benefits of brain breaks and movement to increase attention, the testing experience seems to be behind the times. Students taking these lengthy tests are truly mini-adults who feel stressed, anxious, bored and confused just like grown-ups do. There are so many contextual factors that influence their “success” on these assessments that need to be taken into consideration. A student who went to bed late, missed breakfast, or had a fight with mom, may not have a test score that reflects his or her true ability. We may not be able to change everything. And perhaps not everything about testing should be changed. Data collected through testing is important to ascertain areas of need and create systems to support students. Additionally, testing data can serve as a useful way for parents to monitor their child’s growth and need areas. Tests provide longitudinal data to show student and school growth. It also provides a way for states across the nation to compare scores and rank not only students but schools. One teacher recently shared with me that without supports created in response to data collected from the mandated state test many of her students would be “left in the dust.” Some students also report gaining a sense of pride from improving their test scores. When questioned about testing, one student told me, “In some parts (of the test) I felt like I knew it all. I was on top of the world.” No matter what your opinion is on mandated state testing, the reality is that it is not going away anytime soon. The question therefore becomes, how to make it better? A Teacher’s Voice It is our responsibility as educators to start hard conversations about how to improve the testing experience for students, teachers and the whole school community. In addition to examining and transforming school testing culture, teachers are in a position to ask questions, think deeply and engage in conversations with each other, principals, superintendents and local policymakers about how we choose to collect and analyze data to measure student learning. Teacher voice is essential to inform and improve policy around how we measure student learning. I think we should take the advice on the door seriously as our future is in the hands of these eager, vibrant, energetic, little humans enclosed in the testing room doors for days at the end of each school year. Testing should not be a roadblock stalling the joyride of learning at the end of the year. It should be meaningful and impactful. It should be relevant. We should not “disturb” the learning that is happening in and out of the classroom. By focusing our efforts on providing students opportunities to apply what they have learned and building meaningful connections to how they can use that learning to solve real life problems, we can better equip our students for what we really need them to do: make the world a better place. The post Making Hawaii Student Testing More Meaningful appeared first on Honolulu Civil Beat.
|Hawaii Acknowledges Failures After Dangerous Patient Escapes - U.S. News & World ReportGoogle News / 3 d. 9 h. 32 min. ago more|
U.S. News & World ReportHawaii Acknowledges Failures After Dangerous Patient EscapesU.S. News & World ReportSaito on Sunday left the 202-bed Hawaii State Hospital outside Honolulu, where he has been committed for 36 years since being acquitted of murder by reason of insanity. He took a taxi to a chartered plane bound for the island of Maui and then boarded ...Search for Hawaii psychiatric patient moves to CaliforniaABC NewsGovernor blasts mental hospital for escaped killerCNNDangerous Hawaii psychiatric hospital inmate Randall Saito recaptured in CaliforniaNBCNews.comHawaii News Now -KHON2all 251 news articles »
|Dangerous Hawaii psychiatric patient arrested in CaliforniaHawaii News / 3 d. 13 h. 50 min. ago more|
The man who was acquitted of a 1979 murder by reason of insanity and escaped from the Hawaii State Hospital in Kaneohe on Sunday has been arrested in California. Randall Saito was arrested in Stockton at about 10:30 a.m. today, according to Detective Dave Stockney of the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office.
|New Delhi smog, death-sentence appeal and a porpoise setbackHawaii News / 3 d. 13 h. 50 min. ago more|
Delhi chokes on thick winter smog Soaring air pollution in India's capital, New Delhi, has led physicians to declare the situation a public-health emergency. In parts of the city, concentrations of particles smaller than 2.5a Air quality worsens in Delhi during the winter, when farmers in nearby states burn crop stubble and cool air traps pollutants close to the ground.
|Experts: GOP tax plan would hit Hawaii taxpayers hardHawaii News / 4 d. 6 h. 11 min. ago more|
Proposed new limits on the mortgage deduction would affect Hawaii more than many other places because of the state's sky-high housing costs, while limiting or eliminating the federal income tax deduction for state and local taxes would also hit local taxpayers hard, Hawaii experts say. The Hawaii Association of Realtors is encouraging its members to lobby Congress to block or amend the tax package to protect the mortgage deduction and other provisions of the tax code that benefit Hawaii taxpayers, said Myoung Oh, government affairs director for the Hawaii Realtors.
|'Ohana Health Plan Honored Case Managers for Dedication to Providing Outstanding ServicesHawaii News / 4 d. 18 h. 13 min. ago more|
KAPOLEI, Hawaii and TAMPA, Fla: 'Ohana Health Plan, a WellCare Health Plans, Inc. company, recently recognized 24 community care services case managers for providing exemplary care during its "CCS Provider Appreciation and Case Manager Awards Luncheon." Through the state's Department of Human Services' QUEST Integration program, CCS assigns these case managers to facilitate the delivery of behavioral and medical health services to approximately 5,200 Medicaid-eligible adults who have severe mental illness and are enrolled in the initiative.
|Hawaii flights: Why they cost more - USA Today - USA TODAYGoogle News / 5 d. 1 h. ago more|
USA TODAYHawaii flights: Why they cost more - USA TodayUSA TODAYThe next time you grumble about airfares to Hawaii, think about the extra operational costs involved.and more »
|Filmmaker Lee debuts new Lili'uokalani documentaryHawaii News / 5 d. 7 h. 38 min. ago more|
Hawaii-based filmmaker Edgy Lee is commemorating the 100th anniversary of the death of Hawaii's last monarch, Queen Lydia Kamaka'eha Lili'uokalani, with the debut of a new documentary, "Relfections of Our Queen." Sponsored by the Queen Lili'uokalani Trust and local nonprofit Hui Hanai, the 78-minute film provides a glimpse into the personal life of the queen through stories and memories shared by kupuna and their descendants.
|GoPro camera captures incredible images of molten lavaHawaii News / 5 d. 19 h. 26 min. ago more|
This is what being swallowed by a river of lava looks like: Incredible GoPro footage captures the moment camera is engulfed by stream of 1200C molten rock This is the stunning moment a GoPro camera captured incredible images of molten lava - before bursting into flames as the volcanic rock inched towards it. The camera had been placed in a crack on the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii by guide Erik Storm, who wanted to film the lava flows.
|St. James Christmas Bazaar kicks off the holiday seasonHawaii News / 5 d. 23 h. 53 min. ago more|
From 9 a.m.-1 p.m. this Saturday, St. James Episcopal Church, Waimea Country School and Small World Preschool will host a Christmas Store and Boutique including baked goods and preserves, food booths, a plant sale and produce. Proceeds will got to the Waimea Community Meal, a food ministry collaboration with the Big Island Giving Tree and other community groups that has served over 10,000 meals this year.
|Native Hawaiians discuss spiritual, cultural connections to MaunakeaHawaii News / 6 d. 17 h. 15 min. ago more|
For Native Hawaiians, the top of the mountain traditionally has been seen as a piko kapu, or sacred center, where sky and earth meet. "Maunakea is where heaven, earth and stars find union," the Edith Kanaka'ole Foundation writes in the Maunakea Comprehensive Management Plan.
|Republicans hurting after election day? It's worse in HawaiiHawaii News / 6 d. 21 h. 44 min. ago more|
It has been a rough few days for Republicans , who lost big in mayoral and gubernatorial races across the country in Tuesday's election. But Shirlene Ostrov knows it can be much worse.
|ThinkTech: Business in Hawaii with Reg Baker – Hawaii Five O Stuntman Shares His StoryHawaii Reporter / 7 d. 15 h. 16 min. ago more|
Hawaii Five O stuntman shares his story about getting into the acting business. Not an easy process and patience is one of the keys to success in acting. Not to mention knowing people and having some outstanding skills! The post ThinkTech: Business in Hawaii with Reg Baker – Hawaii Five O Stuntman Shares His Story appeared first on Hawaii Reporter.
|Hawaii is preparing residents for a nuclear attack by North KoreaHawaii News / 8 d. 12 h. 57 min. ago more|
The nuclear attack warning siren will soon be heard in the state for the first time in more than three decades When Japan launched a surprise attack against Hawaii in 1941, the bombing triggered America's involvement in World War II. Seventy-six years later, the state is now bracing for another potential surprise attack from an Asian power - this time, one that could involve nuclear weapons.
|ThinkTech: Buisness in Hawaii with Reg Baker and The Amazing Hawaii SymphonyHawaii Reporter / 15 d. 8 h. 26 min. ago more|
Wow! What a fantastic story! We are so lucky to have Michael Titterton and the Symphony in Hawaii. Truly an amazing story about how a few people in Hawaii was able to make such a huge impact on our community. The post ThinkTech: Buisness in Hawaii with Reg Baker and The Amazing Hawaii Symphony appeared first on Hawaii Reporter.
|ThinkTech: Business in Hawaii with Reg Baker – Hawaii Employment UpdateHawaii Reporter / 21 d. 13 h. 18 min. ago more|
If you are having a hard time finding qualified workers you need to watch this!! A powerful secret is revealed to find qualified workers fast. The post ThinkTech: Business in Hawaii with Reg Baker – Hawaii Employment Update appeared first on Hawaii Reporter.
|Think Tech: Business in Hawaii with Reg Baker – Diving with Wounded WarriorsHawaii Reporter / 35 d. 15 h. 50 min. ago more|
It was so interesting to learn about Darren Fox and his International Diving Academy called Ocean Legends. Starting from nothing he has built a company that serves international clients and is opening additional locations in southern California and Florida (Tampa Bay area). They are the first and only dive company in the US that has […] The post Think Tech: Business in Hawaii with Reg Baker – Diving with Wounded Warriors appeared first on Hawaii Reporter.
|East Oahu Chamber is Open for BusinessHawaii Reporter / 50 d. 13 h. 11 min. ago more|
East Oahu Chamber is now open for business but not entirely new to the area. Formerly known as the Hawaii Kai Chamber they have greatly expanded their footprint and has big plans. Listen to how these two very motivated ladies will make the East Oahu Chamber a household name. The post East Oahu Chamber is Open for Business appeared first on Hawaii Reporter.
|Reg Baker Appointed by Governor Ige to Small Business Review BoardHawaii Reporter / 50 d. 13 h. 42 min. ago more|
Governor Ige has appointed Reg Baker to the Hawaii Small Business Review Board, effective immediately. Please see appointment letter below. This state of Hawaii appointment, combined with my role on the federal SBA Regulatory Fairness Board will be powerful and allow me to work more effectively at helping small businesses with regulatory challenges at both […] The post Reg Baker Appointed by Governor Ige to Small Business Review Board appeared first on Hawaii Reporter.
|ThinkTech: Business in Hawaii with Reg Baker – Quarterly CommentaryHawaii Reporter / 56 d. 15 h. 19 min. ago more|
What a fast paced information packed session this was! We touched on what a forensic audit is and why we need one for the Rail. And the sooner the better!! Otherwise we will continue to make the same mistakes over and over again. Also discussed the foreign bank account reporting deadline (many need to file […] The post ThinkTech: Business in Hawaii with Reg Baker – Quarterly Commentary appeared first on Hawaii Reporter.
|Hawaii firm harnesses WeChat to target Chinese visitorsHawaii Star / 62 d. 14 h. 16 min. ago more|
Hawaii-based iTravLocal has set its sights on the growing Chinese travel market, hoping to connect local vendors with visitors who are accustomed to buying products and services via WeChat, the most popular mobile app and commerce platform in China. The company says there were 120 million outbound travelers from The People’s Republic of China (PRC) last year, and predicts there will be 200 million travelers by 2020. Hawaii is a key location for the Chinese traveler, and iTRAVLocal Limited (ITL) says it has found a niche to capture this lucrative market. Founded earlier this year, iTravLocal describes itself as a destinations and activities solution provider that works in collaboration with WeChat, “the Chinese social media platform and super app.” WeChat boasts more than 963 users and its users spend more than 30 percent of their smartphone time within the platform. WeChat users communicate with friends and colleagues, share files, shop online, pay bills, and more. The platform has over 963 million users with over 50% of these users spending 90 minutes a day. WeChat is owned by Tencent, one of the largest companies in the world in terms of market capitalization. iTravLocal hopes to find Hawaii companies looking to draw Chinese visitors and help them implement WeChatPay and AliPay, also a digital wallet provider, or develop mini-programs within WeChat that can target and market to the Chinese traveler more effectively. “People conduct their personal and professional lives differently in China — mobile apps are everything.” explains iTravLocal co-founder and COO Alex Wong. “The majority pays using a digital wallet in China, from street vendors and local wet markets to convenience stores and medical offices.” Wong says approximately 94% of this market is dominated by mobile payments. “The fastest growing segment in tourism is the Chinese,” Wong says. “I’m encouraging Hawaii vendors to implement WeChatPay and potentially develop WeChat mini programs… the key benefit would be increasing business to mainland Chinese customers, who spend more than any other nationality when traveling.” The profit potential is huge, Wong adds, citing a study by consulting firm iResearch that show China mobile payments hit $5.5 trillion — roughly 50 times the size of America’s $112 billion market. “There are an estimated 200,000+ Chinese visiting Hawaii every year [and] research shows they spend far more than Japanese visitors,” he says. “In 2016, Chinese from mainland China spent $260 billion on overseas travel — an increase of $11 billion from 2015.” Wong will be the moderator for the Social Mobile Trends session of the Hawaiian Tourism Authority Global Summit China on September 20, 2017. iTravLocal and Tencent/WeChat is also hosting an invitation-only gala event aboard the Star of Honolulu cruise ship the next day.
|ThinkTech: Business in Hawaii with Reg BakerHawaii Reporter / 62 d. 15 h. 55 min. ago more|
We have amazing talent and experience right here in Hawaii if we only take the time and look for it. Sometimes we get too caught up with what is happening on the mainland (which we have no control over) and we lose sight of what is happening right here in our own backyard (which we […] The post ThinkTech: Business in Hawaii with Reg Baker appeared first on Hawaii Reporter.
|ThinkTech: Native Hawaiian, Woman Owned, SBA Success StoryHawaii Reporter / 71 d. 13 h. 17 min. ago more|
Aloha – So good to be back and in the saddle again. Had a fantastic show with Lia Hunt Young of Goldwing Supply Service and Dennis Wong from Hawaii National Bank. Two very dynamic individuals. Lia’s company is a Native Hawaiian, women owned, 2nd generation and SBA Certified small business success! Very impressive story of […] The post ThinkTech: Native Hawaiian, Woman Owned, SBA Success Story appeared first on Hawaii Reporter.
|New massage style launched in HonoluluHawaii Star / 86 d. 11 h. 19 min. ago more|
iMages by Ryan Sakamoto (www.ryansakamoto.com) Honolulu massage therapist Charisma Koffman has introduced a new type of bodywork called “Sarga Bodywork,” which puts a new spin on an ancient technique. It’s a barefoot massage, but it differs from other techniques in that it incorporates a silk cloth to let the therapist provide deeper pressure and a stronger connection to the client. The technique is performed by wrapping the cloth around the massage table and the therapist’s neck, shoulders, and arms. The tension from that bind gives the therapist stability, which allows more specific targeting of the muscles. Furthermore, pulling up on the cloth creates tension that translates to deeper pressure. The cloth replaces what normally would be overhead bars for support. The word sarga can mean a type of tapestry in Spanish, but also has Sanskrit roots as well, Koffman explains. In that language, it refers to a creation. “This is deeply meaningful to me as a therapist because I use ‘Sarga Bodywork’ to create a healing energy for my client,” Koffman said. “There is normally an exchange of energy between therapist and client, and here, it’s amplified because the sarga literally wraps us together.” Koffman is one of only a dozen certified “Sarga Bodywork” providers in the world. The technique is so new, its founders only began offering courses this year. Koffman offers “Sarga Bodywork” to clients in Kaimuki at BAM Body and Mind Studio. Koffman has a passion for working with people in a healing capacity. She earned her massage therapy license in 2012 from the Thai Massage School of Chiang Mai, where she underwent an intense, year-long training to learn traditional Thai massage and Thai foot reflexology. She loved the experience so much, she continued her education and became certified as an instructor. Now she is excited to show clients the healing powers of “Sarga Bodywork.” “The body is a vessel,” Koffman continues. “I am honored to work with people to help them find better health, both in the physical form as well as the spiritual one.” Learn more about Charisma Koffman at www.bambodyandmind.com, on Facebook at B.A.M-Body And Mind, and on Instagram at @bambodyandmind. ABOUT SARGA BODYWORK State of Hawaii licensed massage therapists Jivatma Massageur and Daniel Tsukayama developed Sarga Bodywork as a practical matter. As they explain on their website, “While we love the bold, steady contact of massaging with feet, this type of work often requires that the therapist holds on to overhead support such as a rope or bar for balance. Over time, the combination of engaging the arms overhead while looking down with the head can make for a real pain in the neck!” They now offer training courses around the Islands. Photo courtesy iMages by Ryan Sakamoto.
|Firms partner to ship Ikea products to HawaiiHawaii Star / 91 d. 12 h. 16 min. ago more|
Local freight forwarding company Ship To Hawaii has partnered with software development firm Sudokrew Solutions to make it easlier for Hawaii residents to ship Ikea products to the Aloha State. Social media in Hawaii recently buzzed with the news that Ikea products would be available through Amazon, but island Ikea fans celebrations were shortlived as it was revealed that available items were limited to small items such as bags and lightbulbs, rather than modular Swedish furniture. Local shoppers looking for a Malm bed frame, complete with modular storage, or a BESTÅ shelf unit, now have a new option. Ship to Hawaii has launched a new online service offering that was developed in partnership with Sudokrew Solutions, which specializes in making web and mobile applications for Hawaii businesses. “I just really wanted to get a bed frame,” jokes Sudokrew co-founder Spencer Toyama. “We knew there was a demand because of the adwords campaign results we helped [Ship To Hawaii] with.” “It was really a matter of finding the right solution for this business, that served Ship to Hawaii’s core focus in providing a valuable freight forwarding service to the local community,” Toyama added. “This is still the first iteration of the service, or what we call a Minimum Viable Product, so we’re hoping to get feedback from users to improve it over time.” Ship to Hawaii unveils this new offering with the same values that has served their business for many years, said company spokesman Jerry Tamamoto: “treating local customers like family.” “We knew the people of Hawai‘i have been requesting this bridge for some time, and we’re just happy to serve our community with this new service,” he said. The new service can be accessed through Ship to Hawaii’s new online portal. Buyers need to simply add the Article number for the item they need shipped, and the web application provides quote and shipping instructions to allow the buyer to order the item from the Ikea online catalog.
|ThinkTech: Business in Hawaii with Reg Baker – The Very Busy World of Senator GreenHawaii Reporter / 91 d. 13 h. 32 min. ago more|
Aloha – Senator Green is a busy guy! And if (correction – when) he wins the next Lieutenant Governors election he will be busier than ever! Such a down to earth and articulate guy. Headed to Washington DC late next week for the annual US Small Business Administration (SBA) Board of Directors meeting for […] The post ThinkTech: Business in Hawaii with Reg Baker – The Very Busy World of Senator Green appeared first on Hawaii Reporter.
|Why we should oppose agribusiness mergers like Monsanto-Bayer The Hawaii Independent more|
Such mergers raise serious antitrust concerns and threaten the democratization of food supplies and global self-determination.
|Common sense regulations necessary to create a sustainable agricultural industry in Hawaii The Hawaii Independent more|
Is it possible to combine the power of genetic engineering with the ideals of sustainability to revolutionize the agricultural industry in Hawaiʻi? Only if public policy puts people ahead of corporate profits.
|What native insight can teach us about responsible development The Hawaii Independent more|
The criteria for economic decision-making among indigenous peoples often involves holistic considerations that go beyond simply balancing people, planet and profits.
|‘Island Earth’ connects food security, corporate malpractice and the human impact The Hawaii Independent more|
What the recent documentary teaches us about pesticides, GMOs and the future of agriculture in Hawaiʻi and around the world.
|The Rail tax special session: what happened to our representative democracy? The Hawaii Independent more|
How the rumble over Rail has fractured relationships between legislators, between O‘ahu and neighbor island constituents, and dangerously eroded trust in our representative democracy.
|Kauai doctor, ACLU, sue over federal restrictions on abortion medication The Hawaii Independent more|
Lawsuit challenges medically unjustified FDA restrictions that push abortion medication out of reach of those who need it most.
|A dreamer’s reality The Hawaii Independent more|
The story of one of Hawaiʻi’s 315 DACA recipients and his family’s struggle to thrive in America
|Holding Hawaiian education hostage The Hawaii Independent more|
OHA is poised to award vital education monies to a non-profit with non-existent expertise in supporting the mission of Hawaiian education and a track record of strong-arming the Hawaiian community into supporting its political views.
|Battleship Guam The Hawaii Independent more|
U.S. militarism has turned islands into targets and peoples into weapons: Only a movement for peace will save the Pacific.
|State house reorganizes amid Rail session The Hawaii Independent more|
The House of Representatives today adopted a resolution formalizing new committee assignments
|An open letter to Rep. Hanabusa RE: Israel Anti-Boycott Act The Hawaii Independent more|
Cynthia Franklin is a Jewish-American scholar and co-founder of the Hawaiʻi Coalition for Justice in Palestine.
|Israel lobby’s targeting of BDS would have a chilling effect on political dissent The Hawaii Independent more|
Far from being about protecting Jewish people from discrimination, proposed legislation that would outlaw the boycott of Israeli-made products and practices over political beliefs is, in fact, a danger to First Amendment rights.
|COFA migrants would be denied coverage under US Senate draft bill The Hawaii Independent more|
|Kauaʻi hui sues Syngenta, DLNR to protect Kekaha crown lands The Hawaii Independent more|