Rail Opponents File Federal Lawsuit

May 21, 2011

Earlier this year, a Hawaii circuit judge sided with the city when a resident challenged the legality of the city’s piecemeal approach to the Archaeological Inventory Survey (AIS), a required step in the process of approval for construction of the rail.  Opponents of the multi-billion dollar rail project may have been discouraged by the judge’s [...]

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U.S. Supreme Court Denies Challenge to Kamehameha Admissions Policy

May 17, 2011

The U.S. Supreme Court may have put an end to the legal case of four anonymous students challenging Kamehameha School’s admissions policy.  But the racially charged issue, questions of discrimination, and arguments of ancestry are likely to continue. This is not the first time the school’s admissions policy has been contested in a court of [...]

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No Music For You: Kobayashi’s Bill to Ban Electronic Devices in Crosswalks

May 15, 2011

Listening to your favorite workout music mix while jogging may be the motivation you need to burn a few extra calories.  But if Councilwoman Ann Kobayashi has her way, it may also earn you a fine. Kobayashi introduced Bill 43 – a ban on the use of electronic devices while crossing the street – as [...]

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Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods Donating 1,000 Acres

May 13, 2011

Through its Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative, Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods (HLH) is donating 1,000 acres of its 2,700 acre sustainable koa project to reforestation. Located on the slopes of Mauna Kea, this historic site was once a majestic koa forest and the personal property of King Kamehameha I. Sadly the land was cleared nearly a century [...]

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Is Hotline Helping the Homeless?

May 12, 2011

It may be too early to tell, but Governor Abercrombie’s assistance plan is already receiving criticism as well as praise. Last month, the state announced “homeless hotlines” for Oahu, Big Island, Maui and Kauai.  According to Abercrombie’s plan, concerned citizens as well as homeless are encouraged to call or email and report the whereabouts and [...]

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Hawaii Boy Does Good: Obama Gets Osama and Puts Birther Issue to Rest

May 7, 2011

In spite of the bad news – natural disasters, rising fuel prices, budget cuts, and a still faltering economy – Obama recently had a chance to announce two bits of good news. In response to what Obama believed was quickly becoming a distraction of “sideshows and carnival barkers” – the growing number of “birthers” questioning [...]

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Hawaii State Budget Burden Will Be Passed On To Consumers and Drivers

May 3, 2011

If escalating gas prices and a sluggish economy weren’t enough to discourage residents and visitors alike from opening their wallets and diving into the consumer economy, the forthcoming tax increases could be. While consumers won’t see an anticipated increase in the tax on alcohol or a new tax on soda that Governor Abercrombie had hoped [...]

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HTA Should Focus More Marketing Efforts on GLBT Travelers

April 28, 2011

Just a few short months ago, Hawaii state officials noted encouraging signs of a recovering economy and a once again growing tourism industry, up 9% in the first quarter, over last year.  But now, with fuel prices up and the number of Japanese travelers down, the game has changed and the tourism industry is beginning [...]

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Is Radiation a Risk in Hawaii?

April 20, 2011

With words like “radiation”, “contamination”, and “picocuries”, weaving their way through the media and drifting into post-earthquake conversations, it’s natural for residents and visitors to wonder just what is floating through the air, water, and milk in Hawaii, and whether or not it is cause for concern. Minuscule amounts of radiation have in fact been [...]

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Donald Trump Continues to Question Legitimacy of Barack Obama’s Birth Certificate

April 12, 2011

Is Donald Trump looking for the truth?  Or publicity and a presidential nomination? Lately, it certainly seems to be much more of the latter. Since taking up the “birther” issue, support for Trump has doubled and his “Celebrity Apprentice” show has experienced a notable increase in ratings.  Though he claims that he doesn’t “like to [...]

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