Category: Moonlighting

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An Eye-opening Staycation

We recently had the opportunity to enjoy a couple of mini vacations here at home, something we rarely do. But our son was going back for his junior year at university, and we wanted to treat him to something special. A couple of nights in a Waikiki resort made for a perfect getaway — all […]

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Too Close To A Tragedy

I almost ran down someone the other day. I had stopped at the mouth of a driveway, getting ready to turn right. I checked left for oncoming cars. No cars. I started forward and stomped on the brakes. Two young women had walked right in front of my car. I stopped; they jumped. I think […]

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Book Gives Life To Hawaiian History

It was a time of many prayers, some of life, some of death. Kokoiki at Kohaha was the place, and the month was ‘Ikuwa. Men’s thoughts were of war and sea and storm. An astonishing star streamed across the northern sky. People pointed and exclaimed, “A white rainbow!” It was the unmistakable sign of a […]

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Think Twice Before You Hit ‘Send’

Things I’ve learned while talking to people on the Internet: * It’s easy. You can say anything you want. You can be spontaneous, honest and impulsive. Just type your thoughts and hit “send.” Done. * It’s hard. Yes, you can say anything you want and be spontaneous as all heck. You can regurgitate your unedited […]

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How Hawaiian Language Almost Died

The first time Annie Mokiao spoke Hawaiian in school, her teacher did something shocking. “When we used to go school, the kids – you speak Hawaiian, they slap you on the mouth. Teacher slap ‘em.” That was in the 1930s. Annie learned quickly that what was normal at home was considered shameful in the rest […]

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Clean-energy Bills; Rude Doctors

The 2014 legislative session has convened. What I’ll be watching most closely are the green energy bills jockeying for consideration this year. Under the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) established in 2009, 40 percent of electricity sales must come from renewable sources by the year 2030. Lawmakers and the Hawaiian Electric Companies have made this […]

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Don’t Give Up On Gun Control

The news has not been happy lately. What with the molasses spill killing thousands of fish in Honolulu and the Syria atrocities and subsequent threat of U.S. military action, I’d had it up to here with bad news. Then came the Washington Navy Yard shooting. Honestly, my first thought? Here we go again. I hate […]

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Drawing A Line With Social Media

Scene: A woman and her companion take their seats in a restaurant known for its popularity among trendsetters and social media bloggers. At last, she thinks, an opportunity to reconnect, to chat, to laugh and tell stories – just like they used to in the heyday of their long friendship. She leans forward to speak, […]

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Sex Abuse Primer For Parents, Kids

Longtime Sacred Hearts Academy teacher and coach William Plourde, 53, was arrested and charged with six counts of third-degree sexual assault and one count of first-degree sexual assault. The alleged victim is a 15-year-old girl. One graduate reached out to me to express her profound shock. This, she said, has rocked the Sacred Hearts community, […]

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Still Fighting For Equal Treatment

I can’t wait for a time when the word “minorities” is obsolete. Unfortunately, I don’t see it happening any time soon, certainly not as long as minorities in our country still must fight to gain and retain equal treatment under the law. Most of us are a bit spoiled in Hawaii when it comes to […]