On Wednesday, President Obama did his annual pardoning of a turkey in honor of Thanksgiving. This year, he deemed the turkey formerly known as Abe to be TOTUS, the Turkey  of the United States.

  • Mr. Caldwell’s Penguins

    Mayor Kirk Caldwell will be “welcoming” four endangered African penguins to the Honolulu Zoo on Wednesday, according to a press release. Photo op at 1:30 p.m. So how does one welcome a penguin?

  • SCOTUS Asked To Review Nai Aupuni

    The Grassroot Institute has taken its case to stop the Nai Aupuni election to the U.S. Supreme Court, after lower courts declined to halt the process.

How Crappy Sewers Make It Hard To Build Housing In Honolulu Cory Lum/Civil Beat

How Crappy Sewers Make It Hard To Build Housing In Honolulu

But there’s hope around planned rail stations where the city administration wants to concentrate growth.

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Living Hawaii: Kauai’s Search For Cheaper Electricity

A time-of-use pilot project on Kauai is expected to bring down costs for people who sign up for it. But it could have future payoffs for all customers.

Is Bipartisanship In D.C. Even Possible Anymore?

You might say no. You might be right. But there are reasons for hope.

Todd Simmons: The Terror Attacks And America’s Character

The past 12 days have focused a spotlight not only on troubling events in Europe and Africa, but on an unseemly wave of panic sweeping America.

Giving Thanks, But To Whom?

Fewer Americans embrace organized religion. A survey of 100,000 people suggests why.

Hawaii Moves To Ban Wild Performing Animals

The first state prohibition on exotic wildlife for entertainment appears headed for approval.

Feds: Big Island Coffee Farmer Paid Migrant Pickers 40 Cents A Pound

The Labor Department says Tomasita Farm Service paid 65 migrant workers from Mexico and Micronesia well below minimum wage.

Honolulu Rail Budget In Limbo Until City Council Acts

The $6.6 billion project hangs in the balance until Honolulu’s City Council votes on a 5-year tax extension to cover a $1 billion-plus deficit.

First Fear, Then Hope For The Harbor

People living in Hawaii’s largest homeless encampment were afraid of a sweep last week, but an outpouring of community support is giving them hope for some very different kinds of change.

Denby Fawcett: All Those Real Estate Signs On The Sidewalk? They’re Illegal

The signs are hard to regulate because they’re put up and taken down before city enforcement can get to them.

Health Beat: Integrative Medicine Blends Eastern, Western Techniques

Plenty of traditionally trained medical professionals cite evidence that supports many alternative approaches to health care. It’s not an either/or situation.

Why 1904 Testing Methods Should Not Be Used For Today’s Students

The SAT and ACT are warmed-over versions of the old IQ tests, but there are much better ways to assess our students today, if only we would use them.

New Laws Encourage Solar Panels, Allow Waikiki Rezoning

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell signed five bills into law Monday on issues from property taxes to discrimination against women.

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Under The Microscope: Honolulu Included In Federal Rail Audit

Lots of money is being spent in the western U.S. to build rail lines. From Denver to LA to Honolulu, federal officials want to know whether the FTA is doing a good job overseeing those projects.

Zuri Aki: Dark Shadows Beneath A Brilliant Paradise

New Civil Beat columnist: The illusory promise of paradise obscures Hawaii’s fundamental problems.

‘That’s JoJo — He’s Different’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

‘That’s JoJo — He’s Different’

JoJo Peter is a disabled Micronesian in Hawaii. Those misunderstood labels have given him a powerful position to bring about positive change.

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Learning To Be Hawaiian — Some Years On The Mainland Helped

Peter Apo’s roots may have saved his life when he was on the West Coast. Now he is working to facilitate federal recognition for Hawaiians.

Pod Squad: Are Honolulu Police Overreacting In Some Situations? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Pod Squad: Are Honolulu Police Overreacting In Some Situations?

Attorney Eric Seitz joins the Pod Squad to talk about two of his cases: two lesbians recently arrested for kissing in public and a man who died after being shot with a Taser.

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Tom Yamachika: Upcoming Decline In State’s Top Income Tax Rate Could Help You

Deferring income and increasing deductions for 2015 may be especially advantageous because next year the top rates of 9 to 11 percent dip to 8.25 percent.

Doris Segal Matsunaga

Though Mostly Symbolic, Ige’s Welcome For Refugees Strikes The Right Note

Many of our ancestors arrived in this country as refugees. We cannot allow our fear to justify the loss of our basic decency now.

Louis Herman

Global Warming Contrarians Are A Danger To The Planet

Columnist Cal Thomas ignored a plethora of facts when he criticized President Obama’s decision to reject the Keystone Pipeline plan.

Jan TenBruggencate

Stinkweed: The Malodorous Shrub That Launched Kauai’s Pesticide Wars

Some on the Garden Isle think local pesticide use has caused foul smells, headaches and more. But a whiff of Cleome gynandra may convince some otherwise.

Imua Hawaii: Native Hawaiians Must Speak Out On Self Governance

Only five weeks remain for public comment on a federal rule to govern relations between the United States and a Native Hawaiian government.

Monday Memo: Pointless Roadblocks In The Paths Of Innocents

Congress panders as it passes a bill pointlessly targeting Iraqi and Syrian refugees. Also: Iran draws down under the new nuclear deal, and Sand Island moves forward.

Curt Sanburn: Thinking Like An Island

A new book of forward-looking essays underscores the revived Hawaiian worldview with which we all might sail into the future.

Living Hawaii: Two-Thirds Of An Electricity Price Revolution?

Hawaiian Electric wants to offer shockingly lower rates to customers — at least for part of the day.

Sand Island Facility Opens Its Doors To The Homeless

Six residents are the first to move in to a facility that’s been in the planning stages for more than a year.

Hawaii Calls In National Guard As Dengue Fever Outbreak Grows

In the past two months, 79 cases have been confirmed on the Big Island.

NextEra Hearing Transcripts To Go Online — Eventually

Options will be available to view transcripts of the Hawaii PUC hearing without spending thousands of dollars to buy them from the court reporter.

City Agrees Not to Throw Out ‘Personal Property’ During Homeless Sweeps

Under a court-sanctioned agreement, the city’s maintenance crew cannot immediately dispose of most items taken while clearing out homeless encampments.

No Sweep Of The Harbor Planned, Says State Homeless Coordinator

Rumors are swirling, but Scott Morishige says any action on the state-owned land in Waianae would be based on input from the community and service providers.

In With The New: For The Generation Raised On Terrorism, Empathy Isn’t Empty

For better or worse, millennials can’t look away. They are caring and civic minded, whether the injustices they perceive are trivial or of global importance.