Saturday, May 21, 2022
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....
An official for the UN’s Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said Tuesday he was "optimistic" after several local Taliban leaders expressed support for the education of females following the Islamofascist group's seizure of Afghanistan. UNICEF's chief of field operations in Afghanistan, Mustapha Ben Messaoud, said he...
Now that our Legislature is in session again and pondering several bills including some tax increases, we wanted to re-examine a tactic that has surfaced in recent years that has been applied to appropriation and tax bills – or could be applied to any bill with important...
Our Legislature is now in full swing.  Politicians are busily preparing and debating bills that would affect our future.  One thing different this year, or that is supposed to be different this year, is that because we have just had a U.S. census and the representative and...
“Ladies and gentlemen, children of all ages, welcome to the greatest show on earth! What you are going to see today is stupendous! It’s astounding! It’s historic! The circus is about to begin!”
Recently, the Honolulu City Council has taken up the idea of imposing a different tax rate for residences that are vacant. The idea is contained in Bill 76 (2020), a bill that started off last year, was referred to the Council Budget Committee, and...
Editor’s Note: University of Hawaii West Oahu Library was one of 50 U.S. libraries selected to host Americans and the Holocaust, a traveling exhibition from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum that examines Americans’ responses to Nazism, war and genocide in Europe during the 1930s and 1940s. In this...
Most of us have heard about House Bill 862, the bill that cut off the counties’ share of Transient  Accommodations Tax (TAT) but allowed the counties to impose their own TAT.  This bill became law by legislative override of Governor Ige’s veto.  To make...
The Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) administers about 200,000 acres of public lands to be leased to native Hawaiians, upon which they may live, farm, ranch, and engage in commercial or other activities.  The department, led by a nine-member commission, must provide financial and technical assistance...
We have a health care crisis on our hands. According to a study by the University of Hawaii School of Medicine, there is a shortage of physicians in Hawaii.  The school has forecasted that the gap between supply and demand is now close to...