Category: Moonlighting

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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 […]

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Awaiting Equal Rights In Hawaii

Take a look at the picture. Renea Stewart is a photographer. Lisa Veneri owns Intraprise TechKnowledgies. Over the course of two decades, they’ve built a solid life – sharing good times and bad, laughing together and crying together. They’ve done everything they possibly could as a couple and only one thing has eluded them: marriage. […]

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Still Feeling Lucky 26 Years Later

Twenty-six years ago last week, I stepped onto the grounds of Iolani Palace hand-in-hand with the best man I know. We walked over to a small clutch of people waiting for us under the embracing shade of trees. I remember how the grass smelled – fresh and sharp and wet. We wanted the “official” beginning […]

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Volunteering To Live Up To Our Name

I wanted to say a big mahalo to hundreds of people who deserve big kudos for helping us pull off another successful statewide food drive. But, in digging for a little extra information for this column, I found out something that shocked me: When it comes to volunteering, we are national laggards. That’s right. We […]