The great disappointment about industrial wind projects (“Wind Power Players,” Feb. 27) is that they don’t lower greenhouse gas generation or fossil fuel use, because wind is so erratic that fossil fuel plants often have to run extra hard to back up wind projects.
“Managing resources” (Feb. 20)?
It is unclear to me why the state legislature lacks the courage to require labeling of GMO produce (“GMO bills,” Feb. 6).
As the Resort itself points out, Turtle Bay is a unique gathering place where ocean recreation enthusiasts, residents of the North Shore, visitors to Oahu and resort guests can all share the experiences of being in one of the world’s last great places. Therefore, many hope the landowner will join the community in strong support of SB 894 (“Turtle Bay,” Feb.
Great article (“This Thing’s On,” Feb. 20)!
“Other private projects include San Diego-based Oliver McMillan’s plans for 407 apartments in a 400-foot tower called Symphony Honolulu, with an exotic-car dealership on its ground floor . .
I was so sure of [Neil] Abercombie as candidate for governor [that] I waved signs for him, spent time at his headquarters calling voters, [helped] his “get out the youth vote” team and I spent weekends canvassing for him. What have I gotten in return except for more pay cuts, increased health care premiums, a forced contract and a governor that cares not for current laws (650-foot-tall Kakaako building, public funds for private pre-school, a non-negotiated teacher contract)?
I have known Doc Berry all my life–he is my mother’s cousin and my dear friend (“Doc’s Day,” Feb. 6).
The report Disproportionate Minority Contact in the Hawaii Juvenile Justice System: 2000-2010 shines light on many important issues related to the state’s juvenile justice system, especially those related to runaways (“Juvenile Injustice,” Jan. 2).
For the past 10 to 15 years, Monsanto has been thrusting two incredible lies on an unsuspecting public. 1.) The ingestion of their poisonous pesticide, Roundup Ready, will not ever have an adverse effect on your health, and 2.) Their seeds, which are impervious to their health-promoting pesticide, will ward off weeds and flourish.
After listening to hours of testimony [that] was overwhelmingly supportive of HB 699 (which would legalize marijuana), it is difficult to understand how the legislators can ignore the will of the majority (57 percent) and not support the measure (“Pakalolo Proposals,” Jan. 23).
As Chairman of the State of Hawaii’s Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) and as a longtime native Hawaiian activist and fisherman, I’d like to clarify some misperceptions that exaggerate federal management authority in the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary (“Sanctuary for All,” Jan. 16).
In 2012, the State fulfilled its constitutional obligations to Native Hawaiians by providing the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) with fee simple title to lands in Kakaako makai (“Kakaako: Core Density,” Feb. 13).
So lovely to read a sensible suggestion in print (“Lands for the people,” Feb. 6).
The PLDC is egregiously bad: It guts county responsibility and home rule for land use planning. Many efforts and community input go in preparing county general plans, development plans and zoning.
We inadvertently neglected to mention that photographer Eric Yanagi retains the sole copyright to the photos we printed in the photo essay “The Other Side of Paradise” (Jan. 9) about his photo book.
The media did not report that on the Opening Day of the State Legislature, the people of Hawaii reclaimed their power to determine what we will grow and eat in these Islands. The presence of esteemed Dr.
Unfortunately, Defend Oahu Coalition is probably making the right move by halting further interaction with Turtle Bay Resort (“Turtle Bay Say,” Jan. 15).
The last I checked, the Hawaii State Constitution affirms: “All political power of this State is inherent in the people; and the responsibility for the exercise thereof rests with the people. All government is founded on this authority.” If that’s still the case, I question the authority of our elected bodies to form so-called “public-private partnerships” without consent of the people.
To me there seems to be only one question to debate: Is it a criminal act to smoke or be in possession of marijuana (“Pakalolo Proposals,” Jan. 23)?
There was plenty of time to muse over this statement (“Country people don’t need rail, we need more buses”) written at Kualoa Beach Park’s bus stop. Presently, the infrequent, over-crowded buses make all riders suffer.
In 2004, Honolulu County Ordinance 66 was passed. It said that nothing would be placed in our pristine water in Honolulu County to treat or prevent a disease.
“MidWeek editor-in-chief Don Chapman said OPI planned to weaken The Garden Island by aggressively pursuing the weekly supermarket advertising inserts that were the newspaper’s bread and butter” (“Predators,” Jan. 30).
I support Act 160 (“Hedging our Sands,” Feb. 6) and hope it is renewed.
In last week’s issue (“Growing Food–and Healthy Appetites,” Feb. 6), we mistakenly listed Hoomaluhia Botanical Garden, Waimea Falls Park and Wahiawa Community Garden as sources for free mulch.
For this year’s Food + Drink issue, we compiled 100-plus memories of the fantastic bites we’ve taken, the culinary experiences we’ve undergone and other tasteful moments of absolutely loving what Hawaii’s food scene has to offer. The result is a mixed plate of the Weekly ‘ohana’s favorite dishes, libations, produce, places and some lesser-known joys.
Respect Your Veg At long last, vegetables are being recognized as culinary stars. The following dishes have two things in common: They’re veggie-centric, if not strictly vegetarian, and best eaten on the spot.
Paitan Broth: Kyoto Ramen Yotekko-Ya If you’re a ramen lover, you know the most important element of the bowl is the broth. At Kyoto Ramen Yotekko-Ya, the paitan broth ($9.95 for paitan chashu ramen) is deeply savory.
Naan: Cafe Maharani “The dough is just special,” says owner Chris Rahman of Cafe Maharani. The naan ($2.99) is made to order and handled very delicately.
Asian: Green Door Cafe Enter into Green Door Cafe to find a whole ‘nother world. Owner Betty Peng is a one-woman show (don’t start with her, or else) and cooks all of her Singaporean dishes to order.
Byron’s Drive-in The vacant, former Byron’s Drive-in building still stands near the airport since closing its doors in February. “We’d always go [to Byron’s] late at night,” says Sabrina Thompson, a Tripler Hospital nurse.
Shinsato Pork: Guava Smoked Scott Shibuya of Guava Smoked made a splash in the farmers’ market scene with his finger-licking good, guava wood-smoked Shinsato Pork. “I really wanted to be my own boss,” he says.
Cheese: Surfing Goat Dairy Owners Thomas and Eva Kafsack moved from Germany to Maui and found that they missed receiving fresh goat cheese from their neighbors’ backyards. A few goats from the Big Island (and a huge investment) later, Surfing Goat Dairy was born.
Decadent Fries: Home Bar and Grill These aren’t ordinary fried potatoes. Chef Neil Nakasone’s Parmesan truffle fries ($8) are an elite class of spuds.
Rotations: Taste Some might say Chef Mark “Gooch” Noguchi and partner Amanda Corby, with the help of another power couple, Poni and Brandon Askew of StreetGrindz, fleshed out the pop-up trend with Taste. But: “Actually, Adam is Taste,” Gooch explains, referring to Taste’s general manager, Adam Lock.
Healthy Food Truck: Beet Box Cafe The Beet Box Cafe is a sit-down eatery located in Haleiwa Town, but their bright yellow lunch wagon is also worth following. The lunchtruck serves organic, vegetarian burritos ($7-10), a special of the day made with farm-to-table ingredients ($10-12), smoothies ($7.50), kombucha ($5) and snacks such as baked goods and dried fruits ($3).
A Cook’s Catch When it comes to fish, freshness really matters, so eating local from our Hawaiian waters is always in the best of taste. Health and sustainability also count.
Whole Foods & Down To Earth Down to Earth offers strictly vegetarian delights such as Bombay spinach, eggplant parmesan, stuffed shells, Thai curry and vegetable korma ($9.59/pound). The tofu and eggplant are always sourced from local producers.
Edible Land: Permablitz Fruit trees flourish in Hawaii but sadly, much goes to waste. Permablitz aims to change that.
Foraging: Strawberry Guava at Waahila Ridge Strawberry guava is invasive to Hawaii, which is why I don’t feel an ounce of guilt picking the small, red fruits in (free!) handfuls whenever I hike up Waahila Ridge. When they’re a light red color, just pull them off the trees, check for bug-made holes and bite in.
Nutmeg and Cloves: Frankie’s Nursery Want to spice up your kitchen? Lynn Tsuruda of Frankie’s Nursery says they sell spices grown in Hawaii, by the plant or the fruit.
Filipino: Pacific Drive out to Central Oahu and find Pacific Supermarket, a haven for all things Southeast Asian. With the Leeward community’s large Filipino population, access to local favorites at Pacific is a big deal.
Korean Chew: Taegu Taegu, more properly pronounced as dae-goo, is either a variety of cod, sliced into strips and seasoned, or a seasoned side dish. There is some confusion, as I came to realize while asking my born-and-raised-in-Korea mom, because those side dishes are made with different fish.
Matcha Latte: Peace Cafe Peace Cafe, a second home for vegans, carries a matcha (green tea) latte with a secret. “The first sip is always the most important,” explains an employee.
Good For You: Kombucha A SCOBY is a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast integral to making kombucha. Kombucha, a fizzy tea, is full of promises to boost detoxification, immunity and digestion and joint health.
Free: Whole Foods Whole Foods Market Kahala offers free cooking classes at CookSpace in Ward Warehouse. “We just did a Health Starts Here cooking class,” says Whole Foods marketing supervisor Natalie Aczon.
Wine Tasting: Kalapawai Cafe Every second Sunday of the month at 3:30 p.m., Kalapawai Cafe holds a free wine tasting. “We [have] five wines.
Dear Friends, Readers, and Advertisers, I am sorry to say that this will be the last issue of the Weekly that we will print. I am sad about closing but I see no way that we can maintain our revenue stream and our fiscal health.
Native Hawaiians and preservationists have pledged to fight a law, signed by Gov. Neil Abercrombie on May 28, that will allow some construction projects to begin before the site has been fully inspected for ancient burials.
Imagine you’re walking through downtown Honolulu and, rather than bypassing an empty, blighted park, you’re drawn into an urban oasis–a forest of fruit-bearing trees and shrubs. You could spend your lunch break chatting with friends in the shade of an ‘ulu tree–and, if you’re hungry, pick whatever’s in season.
Road Rule On May 20, Gov. Abercrombie signed Act 73, requiring all vehicle passengers to buckle up regardless of age or seating arrangement.
Tourists enjoying the Waikiki waterfront were treated to Hawaiian phrases such as “Aole, aole, aole GMO!” chanted by protesters in the March Against Monsanto on Sat., May 25. Translation: No GMOs, ever.
The Hawaii Community Development Authority (HCDA) made its proposed plan to redevelop the Kakaako district available to the community during an open house on Thu., May 23. HCDA Executive Director Tony Ching began with a presentation of the new Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) plan before letting residents ask questions.
In 2011 the city Department of Transportation Services (DTS) was tasked by then-Mayor Peter Carlisle’s administration to shave $10 million from its budget. Over the course of a year, several bus routes were cut and many more were shortened or reconfigured and the frequency of service decreased.
You mentioned in your May 29 GMO article (“Big Pharm Fallout”) that GMO bans were placed on taro and coffee in 2008 in Kohala County. However it was an islandwide ban in Hawaii County.
What a great quote: “I understand that it’s frustrating that we can’t get past the issue of homelessness . .
I know space is limited and you couldn’t put everything in one small article (“Art with HART,” May 29). Here is the rest of what I wanted to have said.
Have five or more contractors “compete” by tackling sections of roadway (“Road Repaving,” May 29). Criteria for competing are expenses, timeliness and a level of quality assurance standards.
Thanks for this article (“The Naked Truth,” May 22), I’m Mykel Hicks, grandson of Sharon Hicks, and I am so proud of my grandma for all she has done for herself, this family and specifically me. She is an amazing grandma who comes with a moving story I hope can help people around the world.
Please remind readers that the HCDA is not interested in providing housing for minimum wage individuals or families, but in providing property developers with profitable opportunities; that our ancient water and sewage lines were not designed to support the needs of thousands of condo and apartment dwellers, but no one is interested in replacing them because no one wants to pay the price (“Civix,” May 22). As a result, Kakaako’s streets are regularly flooded with no sidewalk retreat for pedestrians, wheelchairs, bicyclists, skateboarders, etc., and constantly excavated/repaired to accommodate one project after the other.