Sunday, November 28, 2021
Vilsoni Hereniko, known to his friends as Vili, has come a long way from his native Rotuma, a Polynesian outlier in the far reaches of the Fiji archipelago. Inspired by the island's folklore as told to him by his father, the Honolulu-based filmmaker and Professor at the...
The Honolulu City Council wants to raise money for the Honolulu Police Department by adding a surcharge to traffic fines.  As KHON2 reports, they say that the money can and should be used to recruit, retain, and equip police officers.  It’s definitely a creative idea to raise...
Jeannette Paulson Hereniko is someone who never shrinks from a challenge.  A former writer and producer for Hawaii Educational Television, she is best known as founder of the Hawaii International Film Festival and was the festival's director from 1981 to 1996. Currently she’s president of...
The story you are about to read is true. The names have not been changed to protect the innocent. This is the city: Honolulu, Hawaii. I live here. I’m a doggie.
This is the second part of a two-part inteview I did with Julie Christensen. As alluded to in the first part of this conversation, I met Julie Christensen while working on a family history project. Julie’s mom went to high school with my late...
Mike Loftin is the co-founder of 808 Cleanups a 501(c)(3) environmental nonprofit organization committed to restoring Hawaiʻi’s natural beauty. According to Mike, that entails, cleaning up “everywhere, literally” --hiking trails, roadsides, parks, beaches, parking lots, underwater, litter removal, graffiti removal, illegal dumping removal and invasive plant removal....
On October 13th, the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii published the result of a poll of about 1,000 Hawaii residents.  They found, not surprisingly, that people don’t like our high state taxes: Maybe I’m too cynical after being at the...
Author's Note: I met Julie Christensen while doing research on a family history project. (We didn’t know each other before that). Julie’s mom went to high school with my late father’s best friend, Hank Carbonell.  My father, an introvert, didn’t...
In recent weeks, it’s been no secret that the Hawaii State Teachers Association (HSTA) has had some concerns about their working conditions. Schools are about to start up again with in-person instruction. Teachers are then supposed to be teaching a bunch of random kids, few of whom may be vaccinated because vaccines only recently have been approved for early teenagers and still aren’t approved for kids under 12.
If at first you don’t succeed because of the rules, do you redouble your efforts to meet the rules?  Or do you change the rules so you can meet them? HART, the Honolulu transportation agency, has just done the latter. In...