HSTA election debacle signals need for change

A former HSTA member's perspective on the election debacle.

Doug Robertson
Senate committees finalized

After the senate shakeup that happened at the tail end of the legislative session, the State Senate, now under Ron Kouchi and the Opihi faction, has announced its newly formed committees and their chairs.

UH regents vote to divest from fossil fuels

The University of Hawaii, with 53,000 total students, is now the largest university in the world to have divested from the fossil fuel industry so far.

The University of Hawaii’s Board of Regents voted today to divest the university’s $66-million endowment from fossil fuels.

“I commend the UH Board of Regents on leading by example and looking out for the interests of local residents,” said State Representative Chris Lee who chairs the House Committee on Energy & Environmental Protection. “Hawaii is already spending millions to save our eroding beaches and diminishing fresh water supply from growing climate changes. It’s important we not raise costs to taxpayers by investing in fossil fuels that add to the problem, and instead invest in clean alternatives that can be equally profitable. 

“It is not only the right thing to do, but, together with the Legislature’s decision to move the state toward 100 percent renewable energy by 2045, puts Hawaii in the forefront of nationwide efforts to move toward greater reliance on renewable and sustainability energy resources,” Lee said.

Will Caron
HSTA election debacle headed to the courts

The campaign team that received a majority of votes during the union's recent officers election has announced that it intends to sue to overturn the recent decision to throw out the election results and hold a new election.

Will Caron
Science, time, and Mauna a Wākea: part two

How science and time are each used as tools to promote Western notions of progress like the TMT, while suppressing indigenous viewpoints and concealing a history of capitalist-colonialist violence.

David Maile
Caldwell vetoes Bill 6: sit-lie expansion

The mayor also offered the City Council a replacement bill which his office feels is legally more sound than the council's Bill 6.

We do deserve better

An HSTA member's point of view of the union's election debacle.

Ethan ʻOnipaʻa Porter
Schatz opposes TPP fast-track authority

The Hawaii Senator gave a speech in Washington D.C. today in opposition to legislation that would authorize fast-track authority over the trade agreement for the president.

Mayor Caldwell signs bill to rezone land for Ho‘opili

Mayor Caldwell today signed Bill 3 (2015) into law, rezoning land in West O‘ahu for the Ho‘opili development.

Final UH divestment vote tomorrow

The full UH Board of Regents will vote on divesting from fossil fuels tomorrow.

The final vote to decide whether the University of Hawaii will divest from the fossil fuel industry will take place tomorrow, Thursday, May 21, at 9:15 am, at the Manoa IT Building, Conference Room 105A/B (2520 Correa Road, near Campus Center)

A “Yes” vote would make the UH System, with 53,000 total students, the largest university in the world to divest so far.

Note: The actual vote will be after 15 other agenda items.