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Hawaii politics, political news and opinions.

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // Mixed Feelings On Mauna Kea Scope
I first saw Mauna Kea on a late summer morning in 1966. It was a spectacular Hawaiian day, nothing but sunshine, blue sky and Mauna...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // Contemplating A Trio Of Island Issues
A triple-header for MidWeek readers this week. The lawmaker-residency issue, corporate Hawaiian Electric and our growing dislike of air travel. 1) Why do we insist...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // Two Hot Situations On The Big Island
HILO — I’m no seer who can divine the political and cultural will of the Big Island’s very diverse population of about 186,000 when the...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // A Punchbowl Memorial For Ernie Pyle
My Uncle Bud landed in France soon after DDay, June 6, 1944. He fought across Europe, came home and went about his life. He never...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // The Mayor Of Punchbowl Street
Kirk Caldwell recently passed the midpoint of his first term as mayor of the City and County of Honolulu. He won his post in November...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // Spotlight On Merrie Monarch Musicians
HILO — It’s Merrie Monarch Festival week and I’m there. Scored an affordable rental car and a Hilo Seaside hotel room — which ain’t easy!...

Jerry Coffee
Coffee Break // A Time To Honor Vietnam Veterans
My, how time flies. Can you believe that this month marks the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War — and that plans...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // Unions Losing Out To Right To Work
It ain’t easy being both pro-union and pro-right-to-work law, but I manage. The key is being for the right of workers who want a union...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // DLNR Director’s Job Has Changed
Enhance, protect, conserve and manage Hawaii’s unique and limited natural, cultural and historic resources held in public trust for current and future generations of the...

Jerry Coffee
Coffee Break // A Defiant Hymn Penned In Secrecy
One night in mid-1966, in a satellite prison we called the “Zoo” on the outskirts of Hanoi, North Vietnam, I was in solitary (as were...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // Gov. Ige’s Fifth-floor Woes Commence
Gov. David Ige stubbed his toe last week, bruised his knee, as well, and may have suffered hairline fractures in one or both of his...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // The Island Can’t Handle All The Growth
My MidWeekcolleague Dan Boylan hit it smack dab on the kini popo when he recently wrote this: “The island of Oahu possesses nowhere near the...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // Tobacco Funds Down For Cancer Center
Blame it on the kids. It’s all their fault. We did our part; we started puffing on cigarettes as teenagers. Smokes made us look cool,...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // The Mayor’s Selective Love For Parks
Mayor Kirk Caldwell says he loves our parks. He’s spending $1.5 million of our money just for a consultancy on remaking Ala Moana Beach Park....

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // Casting An Early Ballot For Benjy
I can’t wait to vote. No, I’m not talking about the opportunity to cast a ballot in the 2016 presidential election. Who, save right-wing ideologues,...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // Could China Arm Hawaiian Nationalists?
Should we laugh at this? Some Chinese generals asked a U.S. Defense Department consultant, “How would the Pentagon like it if we provide arms to...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // Of Continents, Islands And Cars
Traffic in Pearl City couldn’t be worse these days. Rail’s crept from neighboring Waipahu to the ewa end of town. That’s meant lane closures on...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // New UH Violence Policy Could Backfire
Sorry, but I’m uncomfortable with the proposed new University of Hawaii policy on sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking — the one so...

Dan Boylan
Mostly Politics // Where’s The Military Rebalance?
U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno came visiting recently. He devoted his time in the Islands to a general’s normal pursuits: reviewing the...

Bob Jones
Just Thoughts // Gov. Ige’s No-baloney Leadership Style
Governors and other public officials who must deal periodically with a press-conference reporter pack tend to fall into two categories. 1) Nimble afoot and greatly...

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