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                                Pictured is the Halawa station, near Aloha Stadium, on Tuesday.
Editorial: Clarity needed on rail hours, safety

During the still-ongoing construction phase, headlines about cracks in need of repair on the concrete elevated guideway and supports, and about rail and wheel widths not quite matching up gave an already skeptical public more reason for worry. Read more

Editorial: Schools after pandemic

For students nationwide over the past three years, the COVID-19 pandemic brought despair and difficulties, causing the deepest educational upheaval in U.S. history — and unfortunately, Hawaii was no exception. Read more

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                                The Neal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall, Exhibition Hall and Arena were built in 1964.
Editorial: Blaisdell to get needed upgrades

Mid-century modern structures, created between 1945 and 1969, continue to be prized and appreciated world ’round. But there’s little appreciation for aging public facilities created during the last century, if they’re not maintained and upgraded to meet present-day needs. Read more

                                Naval Facilities Engineering Command Hawaii’s wastewater treatment plant at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.
Editorial: More military pollution

An aging system at an Oahu military base, with deteriorating facilities and equipment. An operation with spills that are fouling Hawaii’s environment. And military resistance to regulatory oversight that’s clouding needed transparency. Read more

GEORGE F. LEE / 2005
Editorial: Hawaii-grown mac nuts

In 1881, the year King Kalakaua circumnavigated the globe, William Purvis was in Australia, collecting seeds that would grow into the first macadamia nut trees in Hawaii. By the early 1920s, the rich, oily nuts were in commercial production here. Read more

                                Gov. Josh Green has released $15 million in general obligation bonds so that the Hawai’i Convention Center can shore up a leaky rooftop terrace deck — but it’s just a temporary fix and costs to permanently repair the roof are projected over the next three years to escalate by at least another 35% to $88 million. Pictured is Grant Castillo, Director of Engineering, HCC, points to rust and mineral deposits in a stairwell caused from water leaks originating from the rooftop terrace garden above.
Editorial: Major state assets left to deteriorate

Sometimes a quick fix is all that’s needed. But all too often in Hawaii, where deferred maintenance has been the rule rather than the exception, deeper problems that go unsolved can cause damage far worse than the cost of a full repair. Read more

                                UH Manoa Nursing Department.
Editorial: Raise payments for Medicaid care

Hawaii’s low payments to health care providers who serve low-income and disabled Medicaid recipients are a problem for the state. When combined with its high cost of living, the paltry payments are a major factor in the state’s troubling physician shortage. Read more

                                Ewa edge of Kewalo Harbor, which is owned by OHA. Story is about OHA pushing for legislation to reverse a ban on building housing in the Kakaako makai area makai of Ala Moana Boulevard where the agency owns a lot of land. Desired shorts include one showing as much of the ewa edge of Kewalo Harbor, which is all owned by OHA.
Editorial: OHA needs more real estate savvy

Real estate was always at the heart of the Native Hawaiian trust fund the Office of Hawaiian Affairs administered because the basis of the trust is a share of revenue from Hawaiian kingdom lands that were ceded to the U.S. upon annexation. Read more

                                A march for women’s rights was held at the state Capitol on Oct. 8.
Editorial: Protecting abortion rights

Senate Bill 1, approved by the Legislature on Friday, is a legal fortress built to protect a person’s right to access or provide abortion services in Hawaii, even as that right is disappearing on the mainland. Read more

Editorial: Help for Leeward Coast

Deep into his lengthy State of the City speech this week, Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi offered some welcome love for the West Side, addressing two of the area’s most contentious issues: traffic and the Waimanalo Gulch landfill. Read more

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