Safe For Whom?

Hawai‘i Farmers Union United, HB 667

Hawai‘i Farmers Union United, HB 667 / Local farmers met with Governor Abercrombie at his office last week to talk about food safety and the future of small farms. While recent federal reform of food safety regulations has made exceptions for some farmers, many here in Hawaii say that a bill passed out of the Hawaii legislature last month–HB 667–advantages big agribusiness over small farms and will put some families out of business.


Take, Leave…Whatevas

HI-5, Eating in Public
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HI-5, Eating in Public / Eating In Public–the organization that’s taken on the public HI-5 recycling challenge on Oahu–provides cheap and efficient handmade, wire mesh recycling cages throughout the Island. Their signs are familiar to most of us: HI-5.


The Customer is Always Right?

Hawai'i Housekeepers

Hawai'i Housekeepers / On June 16, 2011, a Kihei man received a life sentence for the March 12 unprovoked multiple stabbing of a 62-year-old hotel housekeeper who was cleaning his room at the WorldMark Resort in Kihei, Maui. According to MauiTime, the victim was left paralyzed and has had to re-learn how to speak, how to walk and how to sit up.


End of Hilo’s Holy War?

Rev. Roger Christie

Rev. Roger Christie / With a new attorney and a delayed trial date, Hilo’s marijuana minister plans to challenge the basis of the government’s case by calling into question the Drug Enforcement Agency’s (DEA) current, allegedly disingenuous, classification of marijuana. Facing anywhere from five to 40 years in federal prison for crimes relating to the distribution of marijuana, Rev.


Plastic Patrol

International Surf Day

International Surf Day / Even when campaigns fail and change seems impossible, activists like those with the Surfrider Foundation stay optimistic enough to eventually overcome the hurdles. With about 300 chapters worldwide–from Oahu to Japan–and four chapters in Hawaii alone, the group is celebrating International Surf Day on June 20th, an event started in 2002 by Matt McClain, the marketing and communications director of the Surfrider Foundation Headquarters in California.


Eating Statistics


Opinion / Childhood obesity statistics have caught the attention of every aspect of our nation. Currently, between 16 and 33 percent of children and adolescents are obese.

Mauka to Makai

From Farm to Fork

Mauka to Makai

Mauka to Makai / Imagine: It’s Saturday morning. You take the kids and head down to your local farmers market to pick up your weekly box of fruits, vegetables, taro and sweet potatoes from your ahupuaa co-op.

Mending the Mortgage Mess

On a rainy January morning in downtown Honolulu, a small group of dejected homeowners met in a coffeehouse to commiserate with each other about the impending foreclosures on their family homes. Each blamed large, deceptive Mainland mortgage lenders for a variety of dishonest actions–and in some cases outright fraud–for the “wrongful” loss of their homes.

Old-School Auction

German filmmaker Werner Herzog once described auctioneering as “the last poetry possible, the poetry of capitalism.” Now and throughout the month of June, non-profit organization Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement (CNHA) and sister non-profit organization Hawaiian Way Fund (HWF) will host the Hawaiian Way Fund Benefit Native Arts Auction. But this auction won’t necessarily be the auction Herzog was harkening back to.

Defining Precedents

It is an especially rewarding time of transition for the University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa’s William S. Richardson School of Law, where 15 law students graduated at this year’s annual Spring commencement ceremony on May 15 with the Native Hawaiian Law Certificate.

Homeless, Not Hopeless

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Located in the historic Edwin Thomas Home at 41 South Beretania is a building that many people in Chinatown know well. Despite popular belief, it’s not a soup kitchen.


Chefs and Farmers Facing the Future

Chefs and Farmers Facing the Future

Chefs and Farmers Facing the Future / Perhaps the greatest conceit of the recent Chefs and Farmers Facing the Future food forum was assuming that all the participating chefs would care about food security. The premise of the forum was that they would “join the cause for a sustainable local food system,” said co-organizer Dan Nakasone.


A Line In the Sand Protest Rally

KAHEA: The Hawaiian-Environmental Alliance

KAHEA: The Hawaiian-Environmental Alliance / A 26-story condo/hotel proposed by Kyo-ya Hotels and Resorts for the lot between the old Moana Hotel and Kuhio Beach Park will be the target of a grassroots protest organized by KAHEA: The Hawaiian-Environmental Alliance. The public is invited.


Foreclosure Face Off

Politics / After last week’s cover story on “Foreclosure Fraud,” distressed home loan borrowers are anxiously awaiting the reaction to Sen. Roz Baker’s 95-page legislative bill on mortgage foreclosures to be shared with the House committee on Wednesday.


Slaughter House Rules


Ethics / Senate Bill 249 proposes the state takeover of Oahu’s last remaining slaughterhouse in the face of its impending closure and lack of alternative private investors. Like many of the bills considered during this legislative session, SB249 will weigh heavily upon Hawaii’s local food system and determine the extent to which Hawaii will either remain dependent upon the Mainland for its food or increase its local food security through the development of a sustainable local food system infrastructure.


The Replacement

Rep. Derek Kawakami

Rep. Derek Kawakami / Rep. Derek Kawakami was appointed by Governor Abercrombie earlier this month to serve as the replacement for former Rep.


Into the Blue

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Roz Savage / In mid-April, British eco-adventurer Roz Savage is set to row her canoe from Fremantle, Australia, to Mumbai, India–that’s 5,000 nautical miles across the Indian Ocean. Her sleek metal canoe looks like a modern space capsule outfitted with solar panels, a computer, a GPS, a satellite phone and enough food for up to five months.


Banking on the Next Generation


Education / How did a professor at UH-Manoa manage to help more than 1,000 kids from mostly low-income families in Hawaii save more than $115,000? In her new book, The Money Class, financial guru and TV host Suze Orman says the key to teaching children how to save money is how the information is presented.


Life in the Age of Plastic

Environment / While sailing from Hawaii to California in 1997, Capt. Charlie Moore discovered what would come to be called the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch.” In the doldrums and swirling currents of the North Pacific Gyre, Moore found a toxic soup of floating plastic debris everywhere he looked for hundreds of miles.


Designer Drugs Masked as Bath Salts


Health / The half-gram bottle of bath salts promises an “invigorating” and “energizing” experience. But the new designer drug, called MDPV (or “legal cocaine”) is sending an alarming number of curious teenagers and seasoned drug users to emergency rooms and mental hospitals throughout the country, according to the Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center, the poison control center for Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Colorado and Nevada.

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Behind Closed Doors

Governemnt / The State Capitol is a mystery to many of us. Sure, the public has the ability to sit in during committee hearings, but other than that, the whole building–and what goes on behind those closed doors–is a big black hole.


Our Islands: A Public Ashtray?


Health / Millions of cigarette butts find their way onto our state’s beaches and nature trails, into city parks and on sidewalks and school playgrounds every day. Cigarette butts–the most littered item in the nation and the world–are more than an eyesore.


Learning About Lawmaking

Community / It’s 7:30am on a Saturday morning and Juanita Kawamoto is frying dough at the YMCA in Kailua. Using locally bought ingredients, she molds dozens of malasadas for the World Wetland Day fundraiser that will be held later that day.


Is Hawaii Winning or Losing?


Gambling / In the early 1800s they were run by private individuals. One was even used to raise funds for George Washington’s army.


Cutting Through the Noise


Community / There’s much confusion about whether or not fireworks are legal in the city of Honolulu. Will we see anymore epic displays like we did this past New Year’s Eve?

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