Category: Politics

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John Pritchett

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The Sioux Story

If you’re from Hawaii and familiar with our Native Hawaiian “tribal” or “kingdom” issue, it’s fascinating to visit South Dakota and get immersed in its Native American (Lakota Sioux) issue. Both natives make impossible-to-resolve land demands. Both say part of their cultural breakdown has been caused by losing their land. Scholars for both can make […]

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Race For Governor By The Numbers

Numbers tell stories — among them that primary election day 2014 constituted a damning indictment of Hawaii’s democracy. On Aug. 9, the primary election attracted 287,387 voters, 41.5 percent of the 697,033 who were registered. That meant that three out of every five of us couldn’t be bothered to go to the polls or to […]

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Wonderful Cold War Days Of Yore

Ah, how I yearn for the good old days. Remember when godless Commies threatened us from East, West, North, South: Russian Commies, Chinese Commies, Cuban Commies? Villainy marked their countenances: Joseph Stalin and his fistful of atomic weapons, Chairman Mao and his little red book, and Ho Chi Minh with his hordes of Viet Cong. […]

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A Look At The Race For Governor

There’s been a surfeit of punditry about the perceived faults that caused the political downfalls of Neil Abercrombie and Mufi Hannemann. I’d like to add something. It’s true that Mufi strong-armed the train on us, but the mark of a good leader is moving us forward when we tend to be sluggish. I’d like to […]

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John Pritchett

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OHA Continues To Bumble Along

The Department of Hawaiian Home Lands hands out some questionable leases and there are loud calls for heads to roll — metaphorically, not in a jihadist sense. The Office of Elections momentarily mislays 800 ballots from Maui and is second-guessed on the Puna voting, and elections chief Scott Nago is roughed up — metaphorically, not […]

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The Second Pearl Harbor Attack

“So what’s this display with bomb fragments?” I asked Pacific Aviation Museum curator Burl Burlingame during a tour of the Ford Island institution. “That’s the second Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor,” he said. A second attack on Pearl Harbor? Holy moly, why hadn’t I ever heard of that? But it’s true, and luckily not much […]

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Dick Adair

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Handicapping The Guv’s Race

The question of this month, next month and October is: Can Duke Aiona (R) or Mufi Hannemann (I) defeat David Ige (D) in the November general election? Ige is not eloquent or charismatic and drew many “Anybody But Abercrombie” voters in the primary. But I can’t see an Aiona or Hannemann win unless Ige or […]