Posts tagged ‘Hawaii’

July 3, 2020

Diversification or Devastation: Tourism Arrives at an Economic and Ideological Crossroads

By Carin Enovijas

crowded waikikiCatastrophic upheaval and devastation wrought by wars, plagues and natural disasters generally tend to inspire collaborative, innovative solutions to some of humanity’s biggest challenges. Even when empires collapse, “the ratchet effect” is what drives us to keep improving our odds for generational survival and quality of life through increased complexity and diversity. The global Covid-19 pandemic has emerged at a crucial intersection of dysfunction that goes well beyond issues of public health and safety. It has helped to expose the critical erosion of economic, political, and social institutions, while interrupting fragmented efforts to address the imminent devastation of climate change.

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June 30, 2020

If You’re Not Immune, Don’t Come Too Soon!

covidboxby Cliff Bailey

Imagine Hawaii is Rocky Balboa and COVID-19 is Ivan Drago. Where things currently stand, we’re in the middle of There’s No Easy Way Out. We’re challenged as never before with an insidious virus that wreaks havoc on the human body and as of yet has no cure, treatment, or vaccine. And yet, it seems as though the majority of our nation is taking the easy way out. So far, Hawaii has avoided plague-like levels of infection and our hospitalization and mortality rates are the lowest in the U.S. But as our economy continues to erode and the sea of unemployment rises, steps are being taken to sink us even further into the depths of the virus.

June 29, 2011

Oahu’s Transportation Woes: Elevated System is the Best Option

Honolulu Rail Transit

By Ross Uehara-Tilton

Mayor Mufi Hanneman was a major supporter of a fixed rail transportation system connecting the communities on the west coast of Oahu  (East Kapolei) to Ala Moana Center.  A city charter amendment containing necessary provisions to begin construction of the Honolulu High-Capacity Transit Corridor Project (HHCTCP) and associated infrastructure was placed on the ballot in the 2008 elections, and passed with a majority vote of 53%.   A groundbreaking ceremony was held on February 22, 2011 at the future site of the first terminal on Kualakai Parkway in Kapolei.  The construction and operation of such a system would provide Oahu with many positive benefits not limited to just relief of traffic congestion. 

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