Category: Just Thoughts

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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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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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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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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 […]

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The Curious Tale Of LG Candidates

I’ve seen them all seeking to be elected Hawaii governor for more than 50 years. Quinn vs. Burns (Quinn won), Burns vs. Quinn (Burns won), Burns vs. Gill (Burns), Ariyoshi vs. Crossley (Ariyoshi, by only 5,000 votes), and Fasi twice losing to Ariyoshi. Often strange running mates. Bill Quinn had James Kealoha, who ran solely […]

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Teach Science In Science Class

We’ll be asked to pass a state constitutional amendment for tax money to go to some private — even church-run — pre-kindergarten schools. But look at those charter school problems managing state money. And kids taught in religious schools? But I’ll gag my reservations and vote “yes.” We need schooling for our 18,000 kids turning […]

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A Look Back At UH Presidents

There are books on Algebra The Easy Way and Grammar The Easy Way, and the expression, “Take the easy way out.” But there’s no easy way to do much of anything in our University of Hawaii system. No “easy way out,” either. I think back to UH presidents of my time here. Laurence Snyder (1958-63) […]

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Is New Mauna Kea ’Scope Worth It?

In 1609, it was the biggest telescope on the planet. Galileo’s 1.5-centimeter instrument in Italy set the science world and the Catholic Church on fire. This year, the academic fire is about the planned 30-meter telescope (TMT) for Mauna Kea on Hawaii island, a 39-meter European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT) at Cerro Amazones, Chile, and […]

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The Pohakuloa Battle Heats Up

The “Oh, no!” drums started beating the moment U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa disclosed that the Department of Defense wants to do some major upgrades to the Pohakuloa live-fire military training range between Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea on the Big Island – now called by its Chamber of Commerce (but not many residents) “the Island […]