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Board of Water Supply-proposed rate increase intended to prepare us for 21st century challenges
As O‘ahu's population is projected to increase by around 100,000 over the next 22 years and the effects of global climate change continue to strain O‘ahu's resources, the Honolulu Board of Water Supply is planning to hike rates to pay for repairs and maintenance necessary to keep up with demand for drinking water. Read More »
Explainer

Resource Stewardship »

Graduate students to Saiki: union-busting unacceptable from a Democrat
The students protested the Speaker's decision to discharge conferees on a bill that would allow them to form a union, directly challenging the Kakaʻako–Ala Moana representative. Read More »
News Report

Labor »

Podium 001: Sharon Moriwaki
Editor Will Caron interviews Sharon Moriwaki, a candidate for Hawaiʻi State Senate, District 12. Read More »
Interview

Podium »

Women activists visit Hawaiʻi Island, draw connections between militarized Pacific places
Pōhakuloa, like other important places across the Asia-Pacific region, is home to a military base with live fire training. Read More »
News Report

Militarism »

Everything you need to know about the Coco Palms eviction, part 2
Competing claims to the land at Wailua are rooted in an historic fraud perpetrated by a notorious swindler and facilitated by the president of the Provisional Republic, presenting challenges to the legality of the deed held by the Coco Palms Hui. Read More »
Feature

ʻAina »

Everything you need to know about the Coco Palms eviction, part 1
A group of Hawaiian konohiki—stewards or caretakers—works to restore the ecosystem at the mouth of the Wailua River even after a judge ordered their eviction to make way for a proposed development with problematic funding sources and a dubious claim to the land. Read More »
Feature

ʻAina »

State should support, not persecute, Waianae puuhonua
While state relief is slow-coming, if at all, Waiʻanae’s houseless are already addressing their community needs within an indigenous framework that values kuleana, family and working together toward a common good. Read More »
First-Hand Report

Houselessness »

Movement on state chlorpyrifos ban, neonicotinoids and glyphosate restrictions
Hawaiʻi lawmakers in the House Ag and Environmental Protection committees advance tough regulations against harmful pesticides for the first time. Read More »
Analysis

Pesticide Misuse »

#MissileAlert could mean federal control over states’ alert systems
But does the move miss the point when it comes to keeping Hawai‘i free from the threat of nuclear attack? Read More »
News Report

Militarism »

Hōkūleʻa to sail into Pearl Harbor for the very first time
The voyaging canoe will visit Puʻuloa or “Long Hill,” a place full of history, tragedy and, perhaps, hope as well. Read More »
History

Decolonization »

How the TMT reproduces sexual violence
What do rapists like Brock Turner or Harvey Weinstein have to do with the Thirty-Meter Telescope? They are deeply intertwined. Read More »
Essay

Thirty-Meter Telescope »

Governor Ige’s 2018 State of the State Address
“Building a Hawaiʻi for Our Children” Read More »
Verbatim

Hawaii Politics »

One year after Trump, Women’s March brings progressives together, looks toward November
As resistance remains strong, the movement expands and sets its sights on the upcoming 2018 elections with its “Power to the Polls” message. Read More »
Discussion

National Politics »

Almost 19 thousand signatories tell A&B to save Manoa monkeypod trees
The land developer had planned on cutting down the iconic trees to make way for more parking at Manoa Marketplace. Read More »
News Report

Conservation »

ʻOnipaʻa: To move while rooted to this place
Dr. Jon Osorio's remarks delivered at yesterday's ‘Onipa‘a Kākou event inside the Capitol rotunda commemorating the 125th anniversary of the overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom. Read More »
Verbatim

Hawaiian Sovereignty »

Saving David Ige
What bold, progressive move should the governor make to secure the progressive vote on August 11? Members of that community weigh in. Read More »
Analysis

Hawaii Politics »

Nuclear Wake Up Call
Flawed interface design can be easily fixed: The real missile mistake is militarism. Read More »
Essay

Militarism »

13 ways the Trump-GOP tax plan will hurt working people
According to tax experts, the proposed legislation will benefit the wealthiest Americans—like President Donald Trump, his cabinet and members of Congress—at the expense of working families with children. Read More »
Analysis

Tax Reform »

8 takeaways from the state tax system review
Hawaiʻi Tax Review Commission recommendations will form the backbone of House and Senate revenue packages in 2018. Read More »
Analysis

Tax Reform »

A Thanksgiving guide to indigenous justice
Resources for important holiday discussions with family and loved ones about race and justice Read More »
Explainer

Decolonization »

Why we should oppose agribusiness mergers like Monsanto-Bayer
Such mergers raise serious antitrust concerns and threaten the democratization of food supplies and global self-determination. Read More »
Discussion

Agriculture »

Common sense regulations necessary to create a sustainable agricultural industry in Hawaii
Is it​ ​possible​ ​to combine​ ​the​ ​power of genetic engineering with the ideals​ ​of​ ​sustainability ​to​ ​revolutionize ​the​ ​agricultural industry​ ​in Hawaiʻi? Only if public policy puts people ahead of corporate profits. Read More »
Opinion

Agriculture »

What native insight can teach us about responsible development
The criteria for economic decision-making among indigenous peoples often involves holistic considerations that go beyond simply balancing people, planet and profits. Read More »
Discussion

Resource Stewardship »

‘Island Earth’ connects food security, corporate malpractice and the human impact
What the recent documentary teaches us about pesticides, GMOs and the future of agriculture in Hawaiʻi and around the world. Read More »
Review

Agriculture »

The Rail tax special session: what happened to our representative democracy?
How the rumble over Rail has fractured relationships between legislators, between O‘ahu and neighbor island constituents, and dangerously eroded trust in our representative democracy. Read More »
Opinion

Rail »

Kauai doctor, ACLU, sue over federal restrictions on abortion medication
Lawsuit challenges medically unjustified FDA restrictions that push abortion medication out of reach of those who need it most. Read More »
News Report

Reproductive Rights »

A dreamer’s reality
The story of one of Hawaiʻi’s 315 DACA recipients and his family’s struggle to thrive in America Read More »
Feature

Human Rights »

Holding Hawaiian education hostage
OHA is poised to award vital education monies to a non-profit with non-existent expertise in supporting the mission of Hawaiian education and a track record of strong-arming the Hawaiian community into supporting its political views. Read More »
Opinion

Hawaiian Charter Schools »

Battleship Guam
U.S. militarism has turned islands into targets and peoples into weapons: Only a movement for peace will save the Pacific. Read More »
Essay

Militarism »

State house reorganizes amid Rail session
The House of Representatives today adopted a resolution formalizing new committee assignments Read More »
Announcement

Hawaii Politics »

An open letter to Rep. Hanabusa RE: Israel Anti-Boycott Act
Cynthia Franklin is a Jewish-American scholar and co-founder of the Hawaiʻi Coalition for Justice in Palestine. Read More »
Verbatim

Human Rights »

Israel lobby’s targeting of BDS would have a chilling effect on political dissent
Far from being about protecting Jewish people from discrimination, proposed legislation that would outlaw the boycott of Israeli-made products and practices over political beliefs is, in fact, a danger to First Amendment rights. Read More »
Analysis

Human Rights »

COFA migrants would be denied coverage under US Senate draft bill Kauaʻi hui sues Syngenta, DLNR to protect Kekaha crown lands Press Release

Resource Stewardship »

An independence advocate’s perspective on Hawaii’s climate action Opinion

Climate Change »

Rather than keep us safe, U.S. militarism puts Hawaiʻi in the crosshairs
The very security forces stationed here, ostensibly, to protect Hawaiʻi from potential aggression across the dateline are, in fact, the reason we are still a target for nuclear strike. Read More »
Opinion

Militarism »

10 questions for the new police chief
ACLU Hawaii to Police Commission: "The appointment of a new chief of police marks a turning point in the City and County of Honolulu as it is a unique opportunity for the leadership of the Honolulu police to regain the trust of the people they serve." Read More »
Verbatim

Law Enforcement »

Aloha to Dana Rae Park, Hawaiʻi’s Musical Warrior of Peace
Services for Dana Rae Park will be held this Saturday, March 4, 2017, 1:30-4 pm at the Atherton YMCA (formerly YWCA) Auditorium, 1820 University Avenue, Honolulu Hawaiʻi, 96822. Call (808) 256-6637 for more information. Read More »
Essay

Militarism »

Together we can build stronger, more peaceful families Opinion

Domestic Violence »

Jailed state
Three practical reasons to reduce Hawaiʻi's incarcerated population through investment in community-based restorative justice programs rather than through construction of a new, $1.3 billion prison. Read More »
Analysis

Criminal Justice Reform »

With all due respect
Mayor Arakawa’s recent, disparaging remarks regarding the rocks of ʻĪao Valley is part of a larger pattern of belittlement toward non-Western, indigenous culture that can be felt around the globe. Read More »
Essay

ʻAina »

Teachers are best suited to lead our schools
Taking charge of the conversation around education reform. Read More »
Essay

Education »

Rep. Quixote and the vanishing turd
Gene Ward's nonsensical urine bill still won't do anything to remedy our state's houselessness epidemic, no matter how much he believes in it. Read More »
Opinion

Houselessness »

Campus speech in the age of Trump
The importance of free speech and activism on university campuses Read More »
Discussion

Civil Liberties »

Abigail Kawananakoa v. Kamanao Crabbe
The lawsuit alleges that CEO Crabbe's contract with OHA was signed by then-chair Bob Lindsey without approval from the rest of the OHA board, in violation of statute and OHA’s bylaws. Read More »
News Report

Ethics »

The immeasurable value of a final helping hand
Without quality, long-term, kūpuna care assistance, I would never have been able to give my dear friend Bob the end-of-life he deserved. Read More »
Essay

Healthcare »

Rep. Ward’s new urine bill is crap
When will our lawmakers realize that bills criminalizing the houseless won't fix the problem? Read More »
Opinion

Houselessness »

Education, international law and self-determination
ʻUmi Perkins on framing statewide education and international discussion on occupied Hawaiʻi around a legal context. Read More »
Verbatim

Hawaiian Sovereignty »

Inauguration Day: A day of resistance; a day for reflection Opinion

Civil Liberties »

Voting for a change
Why Dave Mulinix broke state law to cast his electoral vote for Bernie Sanders Read More »
Discussion

Civics »

Who is Mark Blackburn?
Making sense of the wealthy donor who pulled his support of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa art department Read More »
Analysis
EPA complaint leveled against Syngenta for Kauai practices
Alleged farmworker safety violations in Syngenta's Kauai test fields have brought about a formal complaint from the Environmental Protection Agency just as councilmembers there prepare to discuss a repeal of the county buffer zones and pesticide disclosure ordinance. Read More »
News Report

Pesticide concerns »

A public trust – for private benefit?
The Land Board’s acquiescence to corporate control of Hawaiʻi's resources represents the state’s continuing failure to uphold its fiduciary duties. Read More »
Opinion

Human Rights Issues »

“Remember Pearl Harbor!” and forget all else
How a cult of American militarism continues to mobilize our society toward warmongering and imperialism. Read More »
Essay

Military »

People’s Congress to mobilize statewide grassroots advocacy
The Hawaii People’s Congress, a coalition of organizations and individuals from across the islands working to end systemic barriers to justice in the islands, is holding its statewide convening this weekend in Honolulu. Read More »
Announcement

Civics »

Gabbard’s supposed progressive alignment questioned by Hawaii lawmaker
The Congresswoman did not sign a letter from the majority of House Dems condemning Trump's Bannon appointment; today she met with him at Trump Tower in New York City Read More »
Analysis

Human Rights Issues »

Zombies on Bishop Street!
Resisting life among the living dead Read More »

Civics »

Red Hill has “high potential for catastrophic environmental loss”
The Board of Water Supply wants the Navy and its regulators to engage in a much more rigorous review of the grim situation and its possible solutions. Read More »
Analysis

Public Health »

Disney craps a cute grass skirt
Unpacking insidious colonial power and indigenous enabling in Disney’s "Moana" Read More »
Essay

Indigenous issues »

Donald Trump: the ultimate haole
A local perspective on the republican presidential candidate Read More »
Essay

Civics »

#Colonialism
How #luckywelivehawaii & #lethawaiihappen are helping to entrench colonialism in Hawaiʻi. Read More »
Essay

Indigenous issues »

Bob McDermott needs to shut up about sex ed
The socially conservative state rep. is doing his constituents, and all the children in Hawai‘i's public school system, a disservice with his continuing crusade against the BOE's new comprehensive sexual education policy Read More »
Discussion

Public Health »

Police killings and education in occupied Hawai‘i
What Hawai‘i can, and must, learn from the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile Read More »
Essay

Human Rights Issues »

An open letter to the brave members of the Kamehameha Schools class of 2016
The decision by certain graduating Kamehameha seniors to remain seated during the "Star-Spangled Banner" should be celebrated as an act of independent thought deserving of praise, not condemnation. Read More »
Opinion

Indigenous issues »

McCarthy’s ghost
Civil rights boycotts are a form of protected First Amendment expression because they are, too often, the last peaceful means available to an oppressed people and their supporters in calling for justice. Read More »
Opinion
A kiaʻi kai movement
Ocean guardianship, cultural seascape protection and the expansion of Papahānaumokuākea Read More »
Opinion

Sustainability » Indigenous issues »

What really happened at the ʻAha, part V
The purpose of the ʻAha is fulfilled and a federal recognition-friendly constitution is adopted, but the call for true self-determination still grows louder. Read More »
First-Hand Report

Student Deaths at the University of Hawai’i: Part III
It's been over two weeks since a freshman at UHM died on campus after falling from one of the dorms, and administration has communicated nothing to the larger community about the event or resources students and faculty can access if they are troubled by it. Students and faculty should not find out via gossip and surmise. Read More »
Essay

UH System Woes »

What really happened at the ʻAha, part IV
The international committee struggles to have its alternative documents to the federal-recognition constitution put before the participants for consideration. Read More »
First-Hand Report

Bernie made me white →
How mainstream media tried and failed to whitewash Bernie Sanders’ Hawaii win
Link

Civics »

ntrsctn »
Poems for Fiji after Cyclone Winston
"I dreamt last night / that brown bodies, again, / were under water." Read More »
Poem

Pacific Eco-Poetics »

What really happened at the ʻAha, part III
Impediments to carrying out the people’s business continue throughout the final days of the convention. Read More »
First-Hand Report

Poetry for the ʻōhiʻa tree (2)
#ʻōhiʻalove and other poems of strength, sadness and hope Read More »
Poem

Pacific Eco-Poetics »

A new EAducation
An interview with the young immersion-educated Hawaiian scholar who started Mauna Media to document, first-hand, the nearly year-long TMT blockade. Read More »
Interview

Indigenous issues »

What really happened at the ʻAha, part II
Whitewashed press releases, a sinister state bill and a flippant disregard for the rules of the convention Read More »
First-Hand Report

Poetry for the ʻōhiʻa tree
"Inā ʻaʻole lākou, ʻaʻole kākou" ("If there is no them, there is no us") Read More »
Poem

Pacific Eco-Poetics »

What really happened at the Aha, part I
A look at what went on behind the closed gates of the Royal Hawaiian Golf Course last month. Read More »
First-Hand Report

I am a colonial settler
On the awareness and responsibilities required of settling in Hawaiʻi. Read More »
Essay

Indigenous issues »

Hawaiian leaders condemn Naʻi Aupuni ʻAha
Hawaiian community leaders are protesting the Naʻi Aupuni ʻAha today, and have issued a signed declaration rejecting the process and calling on other Hawaiians to do the same. Read More »

Out to dry
High time to address river diversions in Waimea canyon Read More »
Opinion

Land and Water Use »

Interview with Marti Townsend, Executive Director of the Hawaiʻi Sierra Club → Interview

Sustainability »

theumiverse »
Governor Ige’s second state of the state
The governor lays out his intentions for this year: preserving ag land on Maui, revisiting the TMT project, moving the Oahu Correctional Facility to Halawa, houselessness and investing in technology among priorities. Read More »
Verbatim

Ige Administration »

Former Cancer Center director failed to disclose major financial conflicts of interest
Dr. Michele Carbone violated federal regulations when he failed to disclose both his additional annual income from expert testimony in asbestos litigation and the $4.3 million gift he received from a company involved in ongoing asbestos litigation that he is using in his mesothelioma research. Read More »
News Report

UH System Woes »

Naʻi Aupuni’s annexation
Naʻi Aupuni's decision to allow all 196 candidates to participate in February's planned convention is an illegal attempt to circumvent the U.S. Supreme Court and proves that its purpose, all along, was to ensure federal recognition. Read More »
Essay

Black eco-poetics Serialization

Pacific Eco-Poetics »

The Trans-Pacific Partnership, Pivot and Pathway
The TPP and its corresponding and supporting military "pivot" have been impacting the lives of Pacific peoples for years through military-industrial buildups, the removal of indigenous self-determination, environmental degradation and wealth extraction. Read More »
Discussion

Trans-Pacific Partnership » Pacific Pivot » Military »

Nuclear and heliographic poetry Serialization

Pacific Eco-Poetics »

The poetry of plastic
Plastic is a normal part of our everyday lives, environments and even bodies; poems about plastic help us to truly see its impact, entanglements and dangers. Read More »
Serialization

Pacific Eco-Poetics »

Creating a compassion contagion at UH Manoa
Institutional compassion is different from individual compassion, and it's lacking at the university's flagship campus when it comes to student death protocol. Read More »
Discussion

Public Health » UH System Woes »

The poetry of extinction
After discussing creation stories last week, we turn to extinction stories this week, another important theme in eco-poetics. Read More »
Serialization

Pacific Eco-Poetics »

Creation stories & indigenous eco-poetics
eco-poetics week 6 Read More »
Serialization

Pacific Eco-Poetics »

Pondering independence

Aha may fail to give Hawaiians true self-determination
As OHA and Na‘i Aupuni push forward toward the election of delegates to a Hawaiian government convention, the U.S. government is paving the way for Hawaiians to become federally recognized as a tribe. Read More »
Feature

Indigenous issues »

The ongoing struggle for civil rights in Hawaii
The casual racism and the more ominous state-sponsored oppression that the TMT episode has brought to the surface are reminders that, like oppressed people throughout America and the world, Hawaiians are still fighting for civil liberties and equality under the law. Read More »
Essay

Human Rights Issues »

The poetry of disaster
The poetry of disaster can open up a space for solace and solidarity, sympathy and empathy, education and awareness, and to share our trauma and resilience. Read More »
Serialization

Pacific Eco-Poetics »

Supreme Court rejects Kyo-ya’s bid to build new Waikiki hotel
Hawaii’s highest court has overturned a city variance granted to Kyo-ya Hotels that would have allowed them to construct a new building along Waikiki Beach outside the developmental restrictions enacted for the Waikiki Special District. Read More »
News Report

Environmentalism »

The ocean in us
Week four of Pacific Eco-Poetics focuses on our relationship to the Ocean. Read More »
Serialization

Pacific Eco-Poetics »

Waikiki, Raw Sewage, and the Necro-Pastoral
Pacific Eco-Poetics Week 3: The necro-pastoral aims to make us look at death, sin, evil, fear and destruction so that we might consider our mortality, morality and ethics. Read More »
Serialization

Pacific Eco-Poetics »

Land is power in Honolulu Hale
All nine Honolulu council members and the mayor owe their positions, in large part, to donors with strong ties to Hawaii’s powerful land development interests. Read More »
Analysis

Ho‘opili development » Ewa Development Plan » Rail » Land and Water Use »

Pacific Eco-Poetics week 2: solastalgia
In these poems, the natural world is longed for because of its association with home, innocence, family, peace, sustenance and nurturance. Read More »
Serialization

Pacific Eco-Poetics »