Category Archives: Politics

Gubernatorial Debate Set for East Hawaii

By Amanda Taniguchi On Tuesday, August 31, two Democratic gubernatorial hopefuls will meet at the University of Hawaii-Hilo Performing Arts Center to debate.  Former U.S. Congressman Neil Abercrombie and former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann, Democrats, are pitted against each other … Continue reading

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Plea for quit-smoking programs from a former smoker

The Coalition for Tobacco-Free Hawaii (CTFH) Tuesday honored legislators who sat as conferees on the bill that established the State’s Tobacco Prevention and Control Trust Fund in 1999 and asked legislators to continue funding for programs that help people quit … Continue reading

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Local media, politicians join forces for Hawai‘i's children

Media competition and political differences took the sidelines for  Hawai‘i’s children. That’s refreshing, and makes me even more resolved to work for and love Hawai‘i.  For my family, it is also entirely relevant, as we study options for elementary school … Continue reading

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Downsized Opening Day at the Legislature

Opening Day at the Legislature lived up to its austere, no-frills billing: no pomp and circumstance, no music, no free lunch. The public took its cue in advance. This year the Capitol chambers were quiet. Seats went unfilled on both … Continue reading

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Housing for Waianae residents in transition

Being part of something that helps those less fortunate can be quite exhilarating; maybe more so during the holidays.  I was lucky to spend a beautiful Thursday morning in Waianae on a 4.3 acre dirt plot filled with tractors, a … Continue reading

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PBS Documentary on the $10 Billion Marine Buildup on Guam

While I was on Guam last month I met with the crew that helped to produce a national report on the move of roughly 8,000 Marines from Okinawa to the island territory (dependents will more than double that number). Green … Continue reading

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No slack for President Obama

It happens all the time, small talk with a reporter pre- and post-interview: Kids, travel, sports, MTV’s Video Music Awards. Since President Obama’s casual conversation about entertainers Taylor Swift and Kanye West was taped and aired, his “jackass” comment continues … Continue reading

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Neighbor Island politics: bring baked goods & humility

Politics are certainly different on the Neighbor Islands, Richard Borreca writes in Sunday’s (6/14) Honolulu Star-Bulletin. He gives a heads-up note to Oahu-based candidates looking to run statewide for Governor. Borreca has been watching Hawaii politics for more than 30 … Continue reading

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