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  • Local Connection: Schatz Hanabusa Televised Debate

    Local Connection: Schatz Hanabusa Televised Debate

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 10:37 PM EDT2014-07-23 02:37:29 GMT
     U.S. Senator Brian Schatz and U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa graced our studios last week in their final debate and undecided voters no doubt have a better idea of whom they will support. More >>
     U.S. Senator Brian Schatz and U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa graced our studios last week in their final debate and undecided voters no doubt have a better idea of whom they will support. More >>
  • Local Connection: New Aloha Stadium

    Local Connection: New Aloha Stadium

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 10:35 PM EDT2014-07-23 02:35:30 GMT
    There’s no argument that Aloha Stadium's days are numbered, but the proposal to build a new 30,000-seat stadium, should simply be, in my opinion, a non-starter if the University of Hawaii plans on competing against FBS division 1A teams in the future.  More >>
    There’s no argument that Aloha Stadium's days are numbered, but the proposal to build a new 30,000-seat stadium, should simply be, in my opinion, a non-starter if the University of Hawaii plans on competing against FBS division 1A teams in the future.  More >>
  • Local Connection: Abercrombie Ige Televised Debate

    Local Connection: Abercrombie Ige Televised Debate

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 10:33 PM EDT2014-07-23 02:33:08 GMT
     We are proud to have hosted the only governor's debate on commercial television with the Honolulu star-advertiser.Governor Abercrombie and State Sen. David Ige finally mixed it up with moderator Tannya Joaquin.  More >>
     We are proud to have hosted the only governor's debate on commercial television with the Honolulu star-advertiser.Governor Abercrombie and State Sen. David Ige finally mixed it up with moderator Tannya Joaquin.  More >>
  • Local Connection: Homeless in Hawaii

    Local Connection: Homeless in Hawaii

    Thursday, July 10 2014 7:52 PM EDT2014-07-10 23:52:23 GMT
    Hawaii News Now is making an unprecedented commitment to covering the homeless issue in our state. More >>
    Hawaii News Now is making an unprecedented commitment to covering the homeless issue in our state. More >>
  • Local Connection: Greg Payton on Homelessness

    Local Connection: Greg Payton on Homelessness

    Thursday, July 10 2014 7:44 PM EDT2014-07-10 23:44:21 GMT
    Aloha, my name is Greg Payton, and i serve as CEO for Mental Health Kokua.We all understand the need to address homelessness in our communities.Many of you may wonder, what are we doing about homelessness? More >>
    Aloha, my name is Greg Payton, and i serve as CEO for Mental Health Kokua.We all understand the need to address homelessness in our communities.Many of you may wonder, what are we doing about homelessness? More >>
  • Local Connection: Salvation Army (Part 2)

    Local Connection: Salvation Army (Part 2)

    Thursday, July 10 2014 7:08 PM EDT2014-07-10 23:08:59 GMT
    What comes to mind when you think of The Salvation Army? Let me guess: Red Kettles, ringing bells, and thrift stores. But there’s much more. More >>
    What comes to mind when you think of The Salvation Army? Let me guess: Red Kettles, ringing bells, and thrift stores. But there’s much more. More >>
  • Local Connection: Salvation Army (Part 1)

    Local Connection: Salvation Army (Part 1)

    Thursday, July 10 2014 6:55 PM EDT2014-07-10 22:55:52 GMT
    What comes to mind when you think of The Salvation Army? Let me guess: Red Kettles, ringing bells, and thrift stores.  More >>
    What comes to mind when you think of The Salvation Army? Let me guess: Red Kettles, ringing bells, and thrift stores.  More >>
  • Local Connection: Jun Yang on Homelessness

    Local Connection: Jun Yang on Homelessness

    Thursday, June 26 2014 5:56 PM EDT2014-06-26 21:56:19 GMT
    By: Jun Yang (Executive Director of Mayor Caldwell's Office of Housing)  Homelessness has reached a crisis point on Oahu and Mayor Caldwell is working with City Council, the state, service providers,More >>
    Homelessness has reached a crisis point on Oahu and Mayor Caldwell is working with City Council, the state, service providers, and businesses to take action.More >>
  • Local Connection: Colin Kippen on Homelessness

    Local Connection: Colin Kippen on Homelessness

    Thursday, June 26 2014 5:55 PM EDT2014-06-26 21:55:53 GMT
    By: Colin Kippen (State Homelessness Coordinator) Aloha Mai Kakou. Being homeless is like falling into an abyss - the longer you are in - the harder it is to climb out. The fall into homelessness mayMore >>
    Being homeless is like falling into an abyss - the longer you are in - the harder it is to climb out. More >>
  • Local Connection: University of Hawaii Athletics

    Local Connection: University of Hawaii Athletics

    Friday, June 20 2014 10:09 PM EDT2014-06-21 02:09:14 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi      The University of Hawaii's Athletic Department and fiscal year is quickly coming to an end in just a few short days.  It will finish $2-million in the red and that is againstMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi      The University of Hawaii's Athletic Department and fiscal year is quickly coming to an end in just a few short days.  It will finish $2-million in the red and that is againstMore >>
  • Local Connection: Eric Weihenmayer

    Local Connection: Eric Weihenmayer

    Friday, June 20 2014 9:34 PM EDT2014-06-21 01:34:33 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi   Recently, I had the privilege of hearing Eric Weihenmayer deliver an inspirational speech at Hawaii Pacific Health's annual board retreat. Now Erik is the only blind person inMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi   Recently, I had the privilege of hearing Eric Weihenmayer deliver an inspirational speech at Hawaii Pacific Health's annual board retreat. Now Erik is the only blind person inMore >>
  • Local Connection: Hawaii's Homeless Situation

    Local Connection: Hawaii's Homeless Situation

    Friday, June 20 2014 9:34 PM EDT2014-06-21 01:34:18 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi     Last week's editorial piece on Hawaii's Homeless produced some interesting comments, but also some very favorable results. We finally heard from Governor Abercrombie who sentMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi     Last week's editorial piece on Hawaii's Homeless produced some interesting comments, but also some very favorable results. We finally heard from Governor Abercrombie who sentMore >>
  • Local Connection: Homeless in Hawaii

    Local Connection: Homeless in Hawaii

    Friday, June 20 2014 9:30 PM EDT2014-06-21 01:30:43 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi  Recently, we took on the issue of Hawaii's homeless in the segment and we got quite a bit of response. I called on the governor to declare a state of emergency and the reactionMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi  Recently, we took on the issue of Hawaii's homeless in the segment and we got quite a bit of response. I called on the governor to declare a state of emergency and the reactionMore >>
  • Local Connection: Hokulea's Historic Voyage

    Local Connection: Hokulea's Historic Voyage

    Thursday, June 5 2014 4:12 PM EDT2014-06-05 20:12:53 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi   We are inspired and in awe of what the Polynesian Voyaging Society has embarked upon during the official launch last week of the Hokulea and Hikianalia. Over the next three years,More >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi   We are inspired and in awe of what the Polynesian Voyaging Society has embarked upon during the official launch last week of the Hokulea and Hikianalia. Over the next three years,More >>
  • Local Connection: Where's the Debate?

    Local Connection: Where's the Debate?

    Thursday, June 5 2014 4:09 PM EDT2014-06-05 20:09:04 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi   It doesn't bode well for the political process when the Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii has to cancel a scheduled debate for a congressional seat. The chamber members are sophisticatedMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi   It doesn't bode well for the political process when the Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii has to cancel a scheduled debate for a congressional seat. The chamber members are sophisticatedMore >>
  • Local Connection: Lassner or Wiercinski

    Local Connection: Lassner or Wiercinski

    Thursday, June 5 2014 4:05 PM EDT2014-06-05 20:05:55 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi   The selection of the next president of the University of Hawaii is serious business and as our coverage has indicated, there are concerns about how the process has been conductedMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi   The selection of the next president of the University of Hawaii is serious business and as our coverage has indicated, there are concerns about how the process has been conductedMore >>
  • Local connection: Chinatown Homeless

    Local connection: Chinatown Homeless

    Thursday, June 5 2014 4:02 PM EDT2014-06-05 20:02:39 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi     Chinatown is being overrun with the homeless, many of whom are mentally ill and using the streets as a bathroom. Tourists in Waikiki are beginning to notice and complain aboutMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi     Chinatown is being overrun with the homeless, many of whom are mentally ill and using the streets as a bathroom. Tourists in Waikiki are beginning to notice and complain aboutMore >>
  • Local Connection: Hawaii State Hospital

    Local Connection: Hawaii State Hospital

    Thursday, June 5 2014 3:59 PM EDT2014-06-05 19:59:16 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi Our investigative reporter Keoki Kerr has exposed numerous flaws at the Hawaii state hospital and last week the state labor department confirmed what we already knew: the hospitalMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi Our investigative reporter Keoki Kerr has exposed numerous flaws at the Hawaii state hospital and last week the state labor department confirmed what we already knew: the hospitalMore >>
  • Local Connection: UH's Future

    Local Connection: UH's Future

    Thursday, June 5 2014 3:57 PM EDT2014-06-05 19:57:16 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi   Maybe I am stating the obvious, but someone needs to say it, so I will. The University of Hawaii is in shambles and needs a major infusion of leadership. Buildings are crumbling.More >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi   Maybe I am stating the obvious, but someone needs to say it, so I will. The University of Hawaii is in shambles and needs a major infusion of leadership. Buildings are crumbling.More >>
  • Local Connection: Kupuna Care

    Local Connection: Kupuna Care

    Friday, May 9 2014 2:16 PM EDT2014-05-09 18:16:05 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi On behalf of Kupuna Care service providers on Oahu, we are pleased to acknowledge Hawaii legislators for supporting our most vulnerable kupuna this legislative session.  Thanks toMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi On behalf of Kupuna Care service providers on Oahu, we are pleased to acknowledge Hawaii legislators for supporting our most vulnerable kupuna this legislative session.  Thanks toMore >>
  • Local Connection: Victoria Cuba

    Local Connection: Victoria Cuba

    Friday, May 9 2014 2:11 PM EDT2014-05-09 18:11:47 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi Our homeless situation is beyond tragic, but last week, reporter Jim Mendoza and photographer Tine Howard produced a story of hope, the story of Victoria Cuba.   Victoria is 17 yearsMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi Our homeless situation is beyond tragic, but last week, reporter Jim Mendoza and photographer Tine Howard produced a story of hope, the story of Victoria Cuba.   Victoria is 17 yearsMore >>
  • Local Connection: Book and Music Festival

    Local Connection: Book and Music Festival

    Wednesday, April 30 2014 11:37 PM EDT2014-05-01 03:37:34 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi One of the great things about Hawaii is our tradition of storytelling. Those times of "talk-story" are how we learn about each other, and they're a crucial part of making our stateMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi One of the great things about Hawaii is our tradition of storytelling. Those times of "talk-story" are how we learn about each other, and they're a crucial part of making our stateMore >>
  • Local Connection: Voting Right

    Local Connection: Voting Right

    Wednesday, April 30 2014 11:35 PM EDT2014-05-01 03:35:53 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi It's hard to believe that Hawaii's election participation used to be among the best in the country as recently as the 1960s, just after the passage of statehood. By the year 2000,More >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi It's hard to believe that Hawaii's election participation used to be among the best in the country as recently as the 1960s, just after the passage of statehood. By the year 2000,More >>
  • Local Connection: Democratic Party Convention

    Local Connection: Democratic Party Convention

    Wednesday, April 30 2014 11:32 PM EDT2014-05-01 03:32:51 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi The decision to exclude state Sen. David Ige from the Democratic Party Convention in late May at the Sheraton Waikiki is nothing more than politics as usual. Back in 2010, then CongressmanMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi The decision to exclude state Sen. David Ige from the Democratic Party Convention in late May at the Sheraton Waikiki is nothing more than politics as usual. Back in 2010, then CongressmanMore >>
  • Local Connection: Housing First

    Local Connection: Housing First

    Wednesday, April 30 2014 11:28 PM EDT2014-05-01 03:28:37 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi It's been a year since Mayor Kirk Caldwell laid out his "Housing First" initiative, which seeks to house about 100 homeless people with drug, alcohol and mental health problems in apartmentsMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi It's been a year since Mayor Kirk Caldwell laid out his "Housing First" initiative, which seeks to house about 100 homeless people with drug, alcohol and mental health problems in apartmentsMore >>
  • Local Connection: Hawaii Foodbank Food Drive

    Local Connection: Hawaii Foodbank Food Drive

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 5:10 PM EDT2014-04-16 21:10:38 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi This Saturday, April 19, is an extremely important date when it comes to feeding our local community. Hawaii News Now is proud to once again be one of the many organizations dedicatedMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi This Saturday, April 19, is an extremely important date when it comes to feeding our local community. Hawaii News Now is proud to once again be one of the many organizations dedicatedMore >>
  • Local Connection: Race to the Top

    Local Connection: Race to the Top

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 5:02 PM EDT2014-04-16 21:02:30 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi Hawaii's public schools can sometimes be the subject of criticism but recent news coming out of the DOE is cause for celebration. More than a year ago, the US department of educationMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi Hawaii's public schools can sometimes be the subject of criticism but recent news coming out of the DOE is cause for celebration. More than a year ago, the US department of educationMore >>
  • Local Connection: Aloha Tower Marketplace

    Local Connection: Aloha Tower Marketplace

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 4:58 PM EDT2014-04-16 20:58:41 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi Aloha Tower Marketplace's best days are behind it so it's time for a new approach and Hawaii Pacific University has a bold plan in place. Our Howard Dicus reported last week onMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi Aloha Tower Marketplace's best days are behind it so it's time for a new approach and Hawaii Pacific University has a bold plan in place. Our Howard Dicus reported last week onMore >>
  • Local Connection: Sacred Falls Danger

    Local Connection: Sacred Falls Danger

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 4:54 PM EDT2014-04-16 20:54:12 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi Close to 100 people have been cited for hiking Sacred Falls state park since 2012, the latest a man in his 20s who had to be airlifted out. Citations are a slap on the wrist.  EnteringMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi Close to 100 people have been cited for hiking Sacred Falls state park since 2012, the latest a man in his 20s who had to be airlifted out. Citations are a slap on the wrist.  EnteringMore >>
  • Local Connection: Mediation pledge

    Local Connection: Mediation pledge

    Thursday, March 20 2014 5:50 PM EDT2014-03-20 21:50:16 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi We all know Hawaii is the "aloha" state.  But even in the aloha state, things go wrong.  Conflicts erupt, relationships are damaged and trust is broken.  When that happens, weMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi We all know Hawaii is the "aloha" state.  But even in the aloha state, things go wrong.  Conflicts erupt, relationships are damaged and trust is broken.  When that happens, weMore >>
  • Local Connection: Early Learning

    Local Connection: Early Learning

    Thursday, March 20 2014 5:41 PM EDT2014-03-20 21:41:13 GMT
    By: Wimmie Wong Lui, Executive Office on Early Learning As the mother of two, I see firsthand how fast children pick up on the world around them. My son is less than a year old, and my daughter justMore >>
    By: Wimmie Wong Lui, Executive Office on Early Learning As the mother of two, I see firsthand how fast children pick up on the world around them. My son is less than a year old, and my daughter justMore >>
  • Local Connection: Hawaii Early Learning Programs

    Local Connection: Hawaii Early Learning Programs

    Monday, March 3 2014 9:08 PM EST2014-03-04 02:08:35 GMT
    By: Keith Vieira From the moment they are born, our keiki are wired to learn. They're like sponges absorbing everything around them. But many children in Hawaii are at a disadvantage. Children in affluentMore >>
    By: Keith Vieira From the moment they are born, our keiki are wired to learn. They're like sponges absorbing everything around them. But many children in Hawaii are at a disadvantage. Children in affluentMore >>
  • Local Connection: Hanohano Controversy

    Local Connection: Hanohano Controversy

    Monday, March 3 2014 9:05 PM EST2014-03-04 02:05:50 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi One of the great things about Hawaii is that it has such great racial diversity.  That's why it was most unfortunate to learn about the following incident. Almost a year ago, StateMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi One of the great things about Hawaii is that it has such great racial diversity.  That's why it was most unfortunate to learn about the following incident. Almost a year ago, StateMore >>
  • Local Connection: Sochi Success

    Local Connection: Sochi Success

    Wednesday, February 26 2014 3:24 PM EST2014-02-26 20:24:57 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi They did it again. We had another spectacular showing at the Sochi winter Olympics which concluded Sunday night with the closing ceremonies. There were many questions surroundingMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi They did it again. We had another spectacular showing at the Sochi winter Olympics which concluded Sunday night with the closing ceremonies. There were many questions surroundingMore >>
  • Local Connection: Hawaii Poll

    Local Connection: Hawaii Poll

    Wednesday, February 26 2014 3:23 PM EST2014-02-26 20:23:28 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi Quality of life issues matter to local residents and in our latest Hawaii News Now-Honolulu Star-Advertiser Hawaii Poll, they make it very clear where they stand on the homeless problem. MoreMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi Quality of life issues matter to local residents and in our latest Hawaii News Now-Honolulu Star-Advertiser Hawaii Poll, they make it very clear where they stand on the homeless problem. MoreMore >>
  • Local Connection: Race for Governor

    Local Connection: Race for Governor

    Wednesday, February 26 2014 3:21 PM EST2014-02-26 20:21:57 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi This week we rolled out our Hawaii News Now-Honolulu Star-Advertiser Hawaii poll and there were some surprises in the race for governor. Gov. Neil Abercrombie, who is anxious to takeMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi This week we rolled out our Hawaii News Now-Honolulu Star-Advertiser Hawaii poll and there were some surprises in the race for governor. Gov. Neil Abercrombie, who is anxious to takeMore >>
  • Local Connection: Bruno's Super Bowl

    Local Connection: Bruno's Super Bowl

    Wednesday, February 26 2014 3:20 PM EST2014-02-26 20:20:28 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi Whether you rooted for the Seattle Seahawks or the Denver Broncos, the big game wasn't really super and even the commercials didn't do much to lift the spirits. Taking nothing awayMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi Whether you rooted for the Seattle Seahawks or the Denver Broncos, the big game wasn't really super and even the commercials didn't do much to lift the spirits. Taking nothing awayMore >>
  • Local Connection: Pay Raise for Kathryn Matayoshi?

    Local Connection: Pay Raise for Kathryn Matayoshi?

    Wednesday, February 12 2014 7:59 PM EST2014-02-13 00:59:41 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi It is time for our schools superintendent to be paid what she is worth. Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi has not been given a raise in the three years since she was hired althoughMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi It is time for our schools superintendent to be paid what she is worth. Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi has not been given a raise in the three years since she was hired althoughMore >>
  • Local Connection: Pro Bowl Victory

    Local Connection: Pro Bowl Victory

    Thursday, February 6 2014 5:28 PM EST2014-02-06 22:28:43 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi We want to give credit to the NFL for their efforts to "revitalize" the pro bowl this past year with some creative, unprecedented concepts to spark fan interest.  Admittedly, footballMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi We want to give credit to the NFL for their efforts to "revitalize" the pro bowl this past year with some creative, unprecedented concepts to spark fan interest.  Admittedly, footballMore >>
  • Local Connection: Exporting Marijuana?

    Local Connection: Exporting Marijuana?

    Thursday, February 6 2014 5:26 PM EST2014-02-06 22:26:59 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi For openers, I do not have anything personal against State Representative Rida Cabanilla, but we cannot imagine what she was thinking when she proposed house bill 2124 last week seeingMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi For openers, I do not have anything personal against State Representative Rida Cabanilla, but we cannot imagine what she was thinking when she proposed house bill 2124 last week seeingMore >>
  • Local Connection: 2014 Legislature

    Local Connection: 2014 Legislature

    Thursday, February 6 2014 5:23 PM EST2014-02-06 22:23:00 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi Opening day at the state legislature opened with much less of the fanfare than we've seen in recent years. Gov. Abercrombie and legislators understand the need to be fiscally responsible,More >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi Opening day at the state legislature opened with much less of the fanfare than we've seen in recent years. Gov. Abercrombie and legislators understand the need to be fiscally responsible,More >>
  • Local Connection: Hawaii Small Business

    Local Connection: Hawaii Small Business

    Thursday, February 6 2014 5:21 PM EST2014-02-06 22:21:16 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi According to the small business administration, there are more than 115,000 small businesses in Hawaii, representing over 96 percent of all employers and employing more than 54 percentMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi According to the small business administration, there are more than 115,000 small businesses in Hawaii, representing over 96 percent of all employers and employing more than 54 percentMore >>
  • Local Connection: Military in Hawaii

    Local Connection: Military in Hawaii

    Thursday, February 6 2014 5:19 PM EST2014-02-06 22:19:55 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi I came away from a recent speech at the Hawaii military partnership conference with a new appreciation for how important the military, with its 100,000 jobs and its billions in spending,More >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi I came away from a recent speech at the Hawaii military partnership conference with a new appreciation for how important the military, with its 100,000 jobs and its billions in spending,More >>
  • Local Connection: Hawaiʻi Pacific University

    Local Connection: Hawaiʻi Pacific University

    Tuesday, January 7 2014 5:02 PM EST2014-01-07 22:02:09 GMT
    As 2013 draws to a close, a new era is about to begin for Hawaiʻi Pacific University.  2014 will see renovations start at Aloha Tower Marketplace that will not only create residential lofts for 300 students,More >>
    As 2013 draws to a close, a new era is about to begin for Hawaiʻi Pacific University.  2014 will see renovations start at Aloha Tower Marketplace that will not only create residential lofts for 300 students,More >>
  • Local Connection: Juvenile Justice System

    Local Connection: Juvenile Justice System

    Friday, January 3 2014 5:40 PM EST2014-01-03 22:40:55 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi A recent report on the juvenile justice system was eye-opening, to say the least. The good news was that juvenile arrests fell 28 percent and the number of youth... Admitted to theMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi A recent report on the juvenile justice system was eye-opening, to say the least. The good news was that juvenile arrests fell 28 percent and the number of youth... Admitted to theMore >>
  • Local Connection: Happy New Year

    Local Connection: Happy New Year

    Friday, January 3 2014 5:40 PM EST2014-01-03 22:40:55 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi Welcoming the New Year is often an ideal time for personal reflection -- a time to perhaps contemplate how each of us might be doing on the scorecard of life.  Maybe it is the qualityMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi Welcoming the New Year is often an ideal time for personal reflection -- a time to perhaps contemplate how each of us might be doing on the scorecard of life.  Maybe it is the qualityMore >>
  • Local Connection: Shoji to Return

    Local Connection: Shoji to Return

    Friday, January 3 2014 5:40 PM EST2014-01-03 22:40:55 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi Our first wish for 2014 has already come true -- when Dave Shoji recently tweeted from Europe he has decided to return as head coach of the Rainbow Wahine volleyball team for anotherMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi Our first wish for 2014 has already come true -- when Dave Shoji recently tweeted from Europe he has decided to return as head coach of the Rainbow Wahine volleyball team for anotherMore >>
  • Local Connection: Pro Bowl Week

    Local Connection: Pro Bowl Week

    Friday, January 3 2014 5:40 PM EST2014-01-03 22:40:55 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi This year's Pro Bowl week will include six youth football clinics, a football safety workshop, a tree planting event, visits by players to children's hospitals and our military bases,More >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi This year's Pro Bowl week will include six youth football clinics, a football safety workshop, a tree planting event, visits by players to children's hospitals and our military bases,More >>
  • Local Connection: University of Hawaii Football

    Local Connection: University of Hawaii Football

    Wednesday, December 4 2013 7:59 PM EST2013-12-05 00:59:05 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi The University of Hawaii 2013 football schedule is now completed…the games have all been played.  Admittedly, a season full of raw emotions for the fans, the team and the coaches especially.More >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi The University of Hawaii 2013 football schedule is now completed…the games have all been played.  Admittedly, a season full of raw emotions for the fans, the team and the coaches especially.More >>
  • Local Connection: Kaneohe Ranch

    Local Connection: Kaneohe Ranch

    Wednesday, December 4 2013 7:51 PM EST2013-12-05 00:51:05 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi The Kaneohe Ranch company and the Harold K. L. Castle foundation have been venerable landowners and wonderful neighbors who have maintained the quaint, small-town feel of Kailua. WhenMore >>
    The Kaneohe Ranch company and the Harold K. L. Castle foundation have been venerable landowners and wonderful neighbors who have maintained the quaint, small-town feel of Kailua.More >>
  • Local Connection: Hawaii High Housing Costs

    Local Connection: Hawaii High Housing Costs

    Friday, November 22 2013 6:03 PM EST2013-11-22 23:03:00 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi A new poll shows the dire consequences of high housing costs in Hawaii. Statistics from as recently as 2007 shows that housing costs eat up 37.5 percent of the average us householdMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi A new poll shows the dire consequences of high housing costs in Hawaii. Statistics from as recently as 2007 shows that housing costs eat up 37.5 percent of the average us householdMore >>
  • Local Connection: Life after Sen. Dan Inouye

    Local Connection: Life after Sen. Dan Inouye

    Friday, November 22 2013 5:55 PM EST2013-11-22 22:55:22 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi For decades, Hawaii relied on the power and political connections of senior Senator Dan Inouye to keep our military well financed and strong. But in the year since he passed on, severalMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi For decades, Hawaii relied on the power and political connections of senior Senator Dan Inouye to keep our military well financed and strong. But in the year since he passed on, severalMore >>
  • Local Connection: Don't quit on Coach Chow

    Local Connection: Don't quit on Coach Chow

    Friday, November 15 2013 4:34 PM EST2013-11-15 21:34:58 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi It doesn't take much courage to pile on a team or a coach when the going gets tough. Make no mistake, the Rainbow Warrior football team has gone through very tough times this season.More >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi It doesn't take much courage to pile on a team or a coach when the going gets tough. Make no mistake, the Rainbow Warrior football team has gone through very tough times this season.More >>
  • Local Connection: Same-sex marriage vote

    Local Connection: Same-sex marriage vote

    Friday, November 15 2013 4:34 PM EST2013-11-15 21:34:43 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi There is just one more step before the legislature makes the inevitable decision to approve same-sex marriage in Hawaii. It has been an extraordinary few weeks in the state afterMore >>
    There is just one more step before the legislature makes the inevitable decision to approve same-sex marriage in Hawaii.More >>
  • Local connection: Kauai GMO

    Local connection: Kauai GMO

    Monday, November 11 2013 4:59 PM EST2013-11-11 21:59:42 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi Kauai has been on a collision course over the regulation of genetically modified organism, or GMO, crops. Over numerous hearings and debate, including a 14-hour hearing by the KauaiMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi Kauai has been on a collision course over the regulation of genetically modified organism, or GMO, crops. Over numerous hearings and debate, including a 14-hour hearing by the KauaiMore >>
  • Local Connection: Progress at Mayor Wright

    Local Connection: Progress at Mayor Wright

    Tuesday, November 5 2013 5:04 PM EST2013-11-05 22:04:51 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi So much in the news over the years about Mayor Wright Public housing has been negative, related to violence and crime. We have done our own share of stories that have focused on theMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi So much in the news over the years about Mayor Wright Public housing has been negative, related to violence and crime. We have done our own share of stories that have focused on theMore >>
  • Local Connection: Same-Sex Marriage Bill

    Local Connection: Same-Sex Marriage Bill

    Tuesday, November 5 2013 5:00 PM EST2013-11-05 22:00:16 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi The gay marriage issue is at the forefront this week and our coverage will be dominated by this issue as the state legislature takes up a special session to consider whether gay couplesMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi The gay marriage issue is at the forefront this week and our coverage will be dominated by this issue as the state legislature takes up a special session to consider whether gay couplesMore >>
  • Local Connection: New Public School Rating Process

    Local Connection: New Public School Rating Process

    Tuesday, November 5 2013 3:11 PM EST2013-11-05 20:11:37 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi It is good practice, and it's good for employers to measure the effectiveness of their employees, so after a long debate, Hawaii's public school teachers are going to undergo a newMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi It is good practice, and it's good for employers to measure the effectiveness of their employees, so after a long debate, Hawaii's public school teachers are going to undergo a newMore >>
  • Local Connection: New Sports Development Initiative

    Local Connection: New Sports Development Initiative

    Tuesday, November 5 2013 3:09 PM EST2013-11-05 20:09:45 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi Gov. Neil Abercrombie and Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui announced a new sports development initiative last week, and anticipation was high that something exciting might be on the horizon. However,More >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi Gov. Neil Abercrombie and Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui announced a new sports development initiative last week, and anticipation was high that something exciting might be on the horizon. However,More >>
  • Local Connection: Fourth Season of Hawaii Five-0

    Local Connection: Fourth Season of Hawaii Five-0

    Tuesday, November 5 2013 3:08 PM EST2013-11-05 20:08:16 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi  Hawaii Five-0 has returned for its fourth season and we are hopeful that it will continue for many more. Sure we're biased since it airs on our station but Hawaii Five-0 is a bigMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi  Hawaii Five-0 has returned for its fourth season and we are hopeful that it will continue for many more. Sure we're biased since it airs on our station but Hawaii Five-0 is a bigMore >>
  • Local Connection: Molasses Spill

    Local Connection: Molasses Spill

    Tuesday, November 5 2013 3:06 PM EST2013-11-05 20:06:55 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi Honolulu Harbor is starting to clear up but what is unclear is the long-lasting effects of a 233,000-gallon molasses spill at Keehi Lagoon. There has been damage to coral reefs andMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi Honolulu Harbor is starting to clear up but what is unclear is the long-lasting effects of a 233,000-gallon molasses spill at Keehi Lagoon. There has been damage to coral reefs andMore >>
  • Local Connection: H-1 Rehab Project

    Local Connection: H-1 Rehab Project

    Tuesday, November 5 2013 3:04 PM EST2013-11-05 20:04:39 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi Prepare for the pain. Over the next year, the state is going to take one of the most heavily used stretches of H-1, between Middle Street and Ward Avenue, and tear it apart. SomeMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi Prepare for the pain. Over the next year, the state is going to take one of the most heavily used stretches of H-1, between Middle Street and Ward Avenue, and tear it apart. SomeMore >>
  • Local Connection: Genshiro Kawamoto to sell his Kahala Properties

    Local Connection: Genshiro Kawamoto to sell his Kahala Properties

    Tuesday, November 5 2013 3:03 PM EST2013-11-05 20:03:22 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi The bottom line is that after nearly a decade of Kawamoto buying, and trashing, dozens of pricey homes on Kahala Avenue, he has decided to sell off the lots to Alexander and BaldwinMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi The bottom line is that after nearly a decade of Kawamoto buying, and trashing, dozens of pricey homes on Kahala Avenue, he has decided to sell off the lots to Alexander and BaldwinMore >>
  • Local Connection: Party Hosts Now Liable For Minors Dying of Alcohol Poisoning

    Local Connection: Party Hosts Now Liable For Minors Dying of Alcohol Poisoning

    Tuesday, November 5 2013 3:00 PM EST2013-11-05 20:00:16 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi The Hawaii Supreme Court issued a surprising ruling recently in announcing that a party host can be held liable for serving alcoholic drinks to a minor who dies from alcohol poisoning. UpMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi The Hawaii Supreme Court issued a surprising ruling recently in announcing that a party host can be held liable for serving alcoholic drinks to a minor who dies from alcohol poisoning. UpMore >>
  • Local Connection: The March On Washington

    Local Connection: The March On Washington

    Tuesday, November 5 2013 2:57 PM EST2013-11-05 19:57:31 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi This historic event occurred less than three months before the fateful day of November 22nd, the day that President Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas. It was a very turbulent andMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi This historic event occurred less than three months before the fateful day of November 22nd, the day that President Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas. It was a very turbulent andMore >>
  • Local Connection: Return To Home Law

    Local Connection: Return To Home Law

    Tuesday, November 5 2013 2:55 PM EST2013-11-05 19:55:58 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi  We know that homelessness is a big problem in Hawaii and the state's return to home law, while well intentioned, needs to go back to the drafting table. Return to home would haveMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi  We know that homelessness is a big problem in Hawaii and the state's return to home law, while well intentioned, needs to go back to the drafting table. Return to home would haveMore >>
  • Local Connection: Na Koa Fundraiser To Help Student Athletes

    Local Connection: Na Koa Fundraiser To Help Student Athletes

    Tuesday, November 5 2013 2:54 PM EST2013-11-05 19:54:04 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi Some of the biggest football programs in the country don't scrimp when it comes to making sure its athletes enjoy healthy meals. Eating the right food, along with strength and enduranceMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi Some of the biggest football programs in the country don't scrimp when it comes to making sure its athletes enjoy healthy meals. Eating the right food, along with strength and enduranceMore >>
  • Local Connection: DISH Network

    Local Connection: DISH Network

    Wednesday, July 31 2013 10:04 PM EDT2013-08-01 02:04:58 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi Aloha.  I would like to take a moment to address our viewers who watch us through the Dish Network system. On July 31, there is a chance our signal will be removed from the dish networkMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi Aloha.  I would like to take a moment to address our viewers who watch us through the Dish Network system. On July 31, there is a chance our signal will be removed from the dish networkMore >>
  • Local Connection: King Street Garage

    Local Connection: King Street Garage

    Wednesday, July 31 2013 9:59 PM EDT2013-08-01 01:59:51 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi It's time to write another chapter on bungling government bureaucracy. As investigative reporter Keoki Kerr reported, a $20 million parking garage on King Street that opened in NovemberMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi It's time to write another chapter on bungling government bureaucracy. As investigative reporter Keoki Kerr reported, a $20 million parking garage on King Street that opened in NovemberMore >>
  • Local Connection: Restaurant Inspections

    Local Connection: Restaurant Inspections

    Wednesday, July 31 2013 9:56 PM EDT2013-08-01 01:56:38 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi It's a shame that the state cannot get its act together when it comes to restaurant inspections. Most first-class cities have a grading system and a placard system so those diningMore >>
    It's a shame that the state cannot get its act together when it comes to restaurant inspections.More >>
  • Local Connection: Car Booting in Hawaii

    Local Connection: Car Booting in Hawaii

    Friday, July 19 2013 8:45 PM EDT2013-07-20 00:45:31 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi Finally, Car Booting in Hawaii is illegal. Nobody can clamp a boot on a vehicle according to a bill passed through the state legislature, not even HPD. The practice was sleazy. SomeoneMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi Finally, Car Booting in Hawaii is illegal. Nobody can clamp a boot on a vehicle according to a bill passed through the state legislature, not even HPD. The practice was sleazy. SomeoneMore >>
  • Local Connection: Hawaii Business Climate Study

    Local Connection: Hawaii Business Climate Study

    Friday, July 19 2013 8:44 PM EDT2013-07-20 00:44:11 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi Hawaii finished last in a new CNBC business climate study and this really shouldn't surprise us. Last year Hawaii finished 49 out of 50 states and in various studies about businessMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi Hawaii finished last in a new CNBC business climate study and this really shouldn't surprise us. Last year Hawaii finished 49 out of 50 states and in various studies about businessMore >>
  • Local Connection: Criteria for the next UH president

    Local Connection: Criteria for the next UH president

    Friday, July 19 2013 8:42 PM EDT2013-07-20 00:42:22 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi The University of Hawaii Board of Regents presidential committee is hard at work setting criteria for the next leader of the state system. It is imperative that the regents get theMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi The University of Hawaii Board of Regents presidential committee is hard at work setting criteria for the next leader of the state system. It is imperative that the regents get theMore >>
  • Local Connection: UH Sports on Hawaii News Now

    Local Connection: UH Sports on Hawaii News Now

    Friday, July 19 2013 8:40 PM EDT2013-07-20 00:40:14 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi I have a long love affair with the State of Hawaii and its people. But like a lot of you there is a special place in my heart for University of Hawaii football. Without laying outMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi I have a long love affair with the State of Hawaii and its people. But like a lot of you there is a special place in my heart for University of Hawaii football. Without laying outMore >>
  • Local Connection: Poverty in Hawaii

    Local Connection: Poverty in Hawaii

    Friday, July 19 2013 8:38 PM EDT2013-07-20 00:38:54 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi A new report from the University of Hawaii center on the family is as disturbing as it is sad: one in six of those under 18 live in poverty. That pencils out to 51,000 children orMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi A new report from the University of Hawaii center on the family is as disturbing as it is sad: one in six of those under 18 live in poverty. That pencils out to 51,000 children orMore >>
  • Local Connection: Hawaii Hiking Safety

    Local Connection: Hawaii Hiking Safety

    Friday, July 19 2013 8:37 PM EDT2013-07-20 00:37:30 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi Hiking trails are one of the most unique and beautiful aspects of Hawaii. From any number of trails, you can glimpse the Koolau or the ocean with picturesque scenery in between. ButMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi Hiking trails are one of the most unique and beautiful aspects of Hawaii. From any number of trails, you can glimpse the Koolau or the ocean with picturesque scenery in between. ButMore >>
  • Local Connection: Kakaako Development

    Local Connection: Kakaako Development

    Friday, July 19 2013 8:35 PM EDT2013-07-20 00:35:30 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi In the next five years, the population of Kakaako will increase from about 12,000 to 22,000 people or more. There are five major projects planned in the near term but into the future,More >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi In the next five years, the population of Kakaako will increase from about 12,000 to 22,000 people or more. There are five major projects planned in the near term but into the future,More >>
  • Local Connection: US Spygate

    Local Connection: US Spygate

    Friday, July 19 2013 8:33 PM EDT2013-07-20 00:33:56 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi It has been just a few weeks since the Guardian newspaper in Great Britain reported that the National Security Administration had collected telephone records of millions of AmericansMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi It has been just a few weeks since the Guardian newspaper in Great Britain reported that the National Security Administration had collected telephone records of millions of AmericansMore >>
  • Local Connection: Academy of the Pacific

    Local Connection: Academy of the Pacific

    Friday, July 19 2013 8:32 PM EDT2013-07-20 00:32:14 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi It saddened us to learn that the Academy of the Pacific is shutting down after 50 years. Private school education in Hawaii is excellent but it is expensive and schools must be adeptMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi It saddened us to learn that the Academy of the Pacific is shutting down after 50 years. Private school education in Hawaii is excellent but it is expensive and schools must be adeptMore >>
  • Local Connection: Espionage on our Shores

    Local Connection: Espionage on our Shores

    Friday, July 19 2013 8:30 PM EDT2013-07-20 00:30:33 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi Should it surprise us that in our own tiny state of Hawaii, we would be in the middle of some serious counter-intelligence and espionage drama? Benjamin Bishop worked at Camp SmithMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi Should it surprise us that in our own tiny state of Hawaii, we would be in the middle of some serious counter-intelligence and espionage drama? Benjamin Bishop worked at Camp SmithMore >>
  • Local Connection: Improving Honolulu

    Local Connection: Improving Honolulu

    Friday, July 19 2013 8:28 PM EDT2013-07-20 00:28:16 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi Last week I attended a luncheon hosted by The Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii at which our Mayor Kirk Caldwell, "Talked Story" with those in attendance regarding his plans for improvingMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi Last week I attended a luncheon hosted by The Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii at which our Mayor Kirk Caldwell, "Talked Story" with those in attendance regarding his plans for improvingMore >>
  • Local Connection: MRC Greenwood Legacy

    Local Connection: MRC Greenwood Legacy

    Friday, July 19 2013 8:25 PM EDT2013-07-20 00:25:46 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi There will be much analysis and debate in the coming months about the legacy of University of Hawaii president MRC Greenwood now that she has announced she is leaving. Let's startMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi There will be much analysis and debate in the coming months about the legacy of University of Hawaii president MRC Greenwood now that she has announced she is leaving. Let's startMore >>
  • Local Connection: Name Change - Rainbow Warriors

    Local Connection: Name Change - Rainbow Warriors

    Friday, July 19 2013 8:25 PM EDT2013-07-20 00:25:46 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi I think it only fair to acknowledge Ben Jay, Athletics Director at UH for reversing his previous decision last week regarding the team's name for the men's athletic teams from Warrior'sMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi I think it only fair to acknowledge Ben Jay, Athletics Director at UH for reversing his previous decision last week regarding the team's name for the men's athletic teams from Warrior'sMore >>
  • Local Connection: Hawaii's Sales Person of the Year

    Local Connection: Hawaii's Sales Person of the Year

    Friday, July 19 2013 8:25 PM EDT2013-07-20 00:25:46 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi Last week John Dean, President and CEO, of Central Pacific Bank was honored by the Hawaii Chapter of the Sales and Marketing Executives International as 'Hawaii's Sales Person of theMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi Last week John Dean, President and CEO, of Central Pacific Bank was honored by the Hawaii Chapter of the Sales and Marketing Executives International as 'Hawaii's Sales Person of theMore >>
  • Local Connection: Today Show in Hawaii

    Local Connection: Today Show in Hawaii

    Friday, July 19 2013 8:25 PM EDT2013-07-20 00:25:46 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi The Today Show landed in Hawaii last week and put on an impressive performance as it showcased our beautiful state to the rest of the country. Productions such as these are not easyMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi The Today Show landed in Hawaii last week and put on an impressive performance as it showcased our beautiful state to the rest of the country. Productions such as these are not easyMore >>
  • Local Connection: Memorial Day Change

    Local Connection: Memorial Day Change

    Friday, July 19 2013 8:25 PM EDT2013-07-20 00:25:46 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi Another Memorial Day has come and gone but for some, the last Monday in May means just another three-day weekend. US Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, carrying on the efforts of the late USMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi Another Memorial Day has come and gone but for some, the last Monday in May means just another three-day weekend. US Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, carrying on the efforts of the late USMore >>
  • Local Connection: UH Athletics

    Local Connection: UH Athletics

    Friday, July 19 2013 8:25 PM EDT2013-07-20 00:25:46 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi The clock is ticking…the UH Football team opens pre-season camp in less than 60 days and a quick 90 days from now they will have already played two very formidable opponents in highlyMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi The clock is ticking…the UH Football team opens pre-season camp in less than 60 days and a quick 90 days from now they will have already played two very formidable opponents in highlyMore >>
  • Local Connection: Good Deeds

    Local Connection: Good Deeds

    Monday, May 13 2013 4:43 PM EDT2013-05-13 20:43:20 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi Here's the feel-good story of the year. A Maryknoll high school student helped a 96-year old woman across the street just as the light was beginning to change. Big deal? A very bigMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi Here's the feel-good story of the year. A Maryknoll high school student helped a 96-year old woman across the street just as the light was beginning to change. Big deal? A very bigMore >>
  • Local Connection: Name Change

    Local Connection: Name Change

    Monday, May 13 2013 4:40 PM EDT2013-05-13 20:40:44 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi Changing the name of all the University of Hawaii athletic teams to Rainbow Warriors is not the biggest issue of the day but it is important. I've expressed my opinion on this issueMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi Changing the name of all the University of Hawaii athletic teams to Rainbow Warriors is not the biggest issue of the day but it is important. I've expressed my opinion on this issueMore >>
  • Local Connection: Hanabusa vs. Schatz

    Local Connection: Hanabusa vs. Schatz

    Monday, May 13 2013 4:36 PM EDT2013-05-13 20:36:34 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi Here we go again. A Democrat with a well-known name is challenging another Democrat in a high-profile U.S. Senate race. No, it's not Ed Case versus Sen. Akaka. It's U.S. Rep. ColleenMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi Here we go again. A Democrat with a well-known name is challenging another Democrat in a high-profile U.S. Senate race. No, it's not Ed Case versus Sen. Akaka. It's U.S. Rep. ColleenMore >>
  • Local Connection: Hotel Room Tax

    Local Connection: Hotel Room Tax

    Monday, May 13 2013 4:34 PM EDT2013-05-13 20:34:23 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi The conventional wisdom has been whenever we need to raise new taxes, it's best to raise them on our tourism industry. But that's shortsighted. Tourism is still our no. 1 industryMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi The conventional wisdom has been whenever we need to raise new taxes, it's best to raise them on our tourism industry. But that's shortsighted. Tourism is still our no. 1 industryMore >>
  • Local Connection: Manti Te'o Drafted

    Local Connection: Manti Te'o Drafted

    Monday, May 13 2013 4:32 PM EDT2013-05-13 20:32:07 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi Now the Manti Te'o story has a happy ending. We have followed this young man's story for a long time. He was born in Laie, played superbly for Punahou, had a stellar career at NotreMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi Now the Manti Te'o story has a happy ending. We have followed this young man's story for a long time. He was born in Laie, played superbly for Punahou, had a stellar career at NotreMore >>
  • Local Connection: HSTA Contract

    Local Connection: HSTA Contract

    Friday, April 26 2013 4:26 PM EDT2013-04-26 20:26:13 GMT
    By: Rick BlangiardiAfter two years of acrimony and dispute, the 13,500-member Hawaii state teachers association and the state have agreed on a new $330 million contract that both sides said they can liveMore >>
    By: Rick BlangiardiAfter two years of acrimony and dispute, the 13,500-member Hawaii state teachers association and the state have agreed on a new $330 million contract that both sides said they can liveMore >>
  • Local Connection: Boston Strong

    Local Connection: Boston Strong

    Friday, April 26 2013 3:44 PM EDT2013-04-26 19:44:22 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi It has been an unsettling time for those in Boston and across the country and it has shaken our resolve in domestic security in the week since two bombs went off at the finish lineMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi It has been an unsettling time for those in Boston and across the country and it has shaken our resolve in domestic security in the week since two bombs went off at the finish lineMore >>
  • Local Connection: Hawaii Robotics Competition

    Local Connection: Hawaii Robotics Competition

    Friday, April 26 2013 3:40 PM EDT2013-04-26 19:40:42 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi This is a shout-out to some great public high school effort in a recent robotics competition. Leilehua High, working with Baldwin and Kalani schools, won a spot at a national roboticsMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi This is a shout-out to some great public high school effort in a recent robotics competition. Leilehua High, working with Baldwin and Kalani schools, won a spot at a national roboticsMore >>
  • Local Connection: Hawaii's Shield Law

    Local Connection: Hawaii's Shield Law

    Friday, April 26 2013 3:39 PM EDT2013-04-26 19:39:23 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi Hawaii's shield law, the one that allows journalists to claim reporter's privilege in keeping their sources secret in certain cases, is not really top of mind for most of our citizens. SometimesMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi Hawaii's shield law, the one that allows journalists to claim reporter's privilege in keeping their sources secret in certain cases, is not really top of mind for most of our citizens. SometimesMore >>
  • Local Connection: State of the City

    Local Connection: State of the City

    Friday, April 26 2013 3:37 PM EDT2013-04-26 19:37:45 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi Finally, we are hearing about some real movement on the homeless situation on Oahu. It was refreshing that Mayor Kirk Caldwell used as a pillar of his state of the city address a messageMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi Finally, we are hearing about some real movement on the homeless situation on Oahu. It was refreshing that Mayor Kirk Caldwell used as a pillar of his state of the city address a messageMore >>
  • Local Connection: Downtown Walmart

    Local Connection: Downtown Walmart

    Friday, April 26 2013 3:35 PM EDT2013-04-26 19:35:27 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi The news that Walmart may be taking over the old downtown Macy's spot at King and Fort Street Mall has its good points and bad. It's great for the burgeoning population downtown thatMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi The news that Walmart may be taking over the old downtown Macy's spot at King and Fort Street Mall has its good points and bad. It's great for the burgeoning population downtown thatMore >>
  • Local Connection: Under Threat

    Local Connection: Under Threat

    Friday, April 26 2013 3:33 PM EDT2013-04-26 19:33:42 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi Hawaii has been in the news quite a bit lately and it's not the kind of attention we want. The heightened tensions between the US and North Korea have led to outright threats from KimMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi Hawaii has been in the news quite a bit lately and it's not the kind of attention we want. The heightened tensions between the US and North Korea have led to outright threats from KimMore >>
  • Local Connection: National Walking Day

    Local Connection: National Walking Day

    Friday, April 26 2013 3:31 PM EDT2013-04-26 19:31:39 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi Progress can always be seen as a positive. We celebrate advancements in technology and science that makes our lives more efficient and convenient. An unfortunate side effect is thatMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi Progress can always be seen as a positive. We celebrate advancements in technology and science that makes our lives more efficient and convenient. An unfortunate side effect is thatMore >>
  • Local Connection: Gas Taxes

    Local Connection: Gas Taxes

    Friday, April 26 2013 3:29 PM EDT2013-04-26 19:29:54 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi Nobody likes new taxes but we should give some thought and study to Mayor Caldwell's proposal to raise the city's fuel tax 5 cents a gallon. This is no doubt controversial. Not onlyMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi Nobody likes new taxes but we should give some thought and study to Mayor Caldwell's proposal to raise the city's fuel tax 5 cents a gallon. This is no doubt controversial. Not onlyMore >>
  • Local Connection: Church Scandal

    Local Connection: Church Scandal

    Friday, March 29 2013 11:23 PM EDT2013-03-30 03:23:41 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi Just as we have finished celebrating the joy of seeing a charismatic new pope installed as the leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics, we are reminded of the sobering remnantsMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi Just as we have finished celebrating the joy of seeing a charismatic new pope installed as the leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics, we are reminded of the sobering remnantsMore >>
  • Local Connection: Beach Smoking Ban

    Local Connection: Beach Smoking Ban

    Friday, March 29 2013 11:20 PM EDT2013-03-30 03:20:22 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi At first blush, it seems impractical for the city council to want to ban smoking at a number of public beaches, including Sandy Beach Park, Kapiolani Park, a portion of Ala Moana BeachMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi At first blush, it seems impractical for the city council to want to ban smoking at a number of public beaches, including Sandy Beach Park, Kapiolani Park, a portion of Ala Moana BeachMore >>
  • Local Connection: Sequestration and Hawaii's Military

    Local Connection: Sequestration and Hawaii's Military

    Friday, March 29 2013 11:17 PM EDT2013-03-30 03:17:50 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi We just celebrated a record tourism year and word is that we might have a shot at another high-water mark this year with airline seats already filling up rapidly. But for the otherMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi We just celebrated a record tourism year and word is that we might have a shot at another high-water mark this year with airline seats already filling up rapidly. But for the otherMore >>
  • Local Connection: Gas Taxes

    Local Connection: Gas Taxes

    Friday, March 29 2013 11:15 PM EDT2013-03-30 03:15:37 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi Nobody likes new taxes but we should give some thought and study to Mayor Caldwell's proposal to raise the city's fuel tax 5 cents a gallon. This is no doubt controversial. Not onlyMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi Nobody likes new taxes but we should give some thought and study to Mayor Caldwell's proposal to raise the city's fuel tax 5 cents a gallon. This is no doubt controversial. Not onlyMore >>
  • Local Connection: Our War Heroes

    Local Connection: Our War Heroes

    Friday, March 29 2013 11:12 PM EDT2013-03-30 03:12:56 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi Do yourself a favor and please visit a special Congressional Gold Medal Exhibit at Bishop Museum which will run over the next few weeks. The exhibit and accompanying panel discussionsMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi Do yourself a favor and please visit a special Congressional Gold Medal Exhibit at Bishop Museum which will run over the next few weeks. The exhibit and accompanying panel discussionsMore >>
  • Local Connection: Steven Tyler Act

    Local Connection: Steven Tyler Act

    Friday, March 29 2013 11:04 PM EDT2013-03-30 03:04:06 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi  The state Senate has temporarily taken leave of its collective senses by approving by a 23-2 vote a bill that gives special protection to celebrities who could sue anyone who recordMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi  The state Senate has temporarily taken leave of its collective senses by approving by a 23-2 vote a bill that gives special protection to celebrities who could sue anyone who recordMore >>
  • Local Connection: Spread the Word to End the Word

    Local Connection: Spread the Word to End the Word

    Wednesday, March 6 2013 5:16 PM EST2013-03-06 22:16:54 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi Growing up you probably heard the adage "sticks and stones can break my bones, but words can never hurt me." We all know that this isn't true. That words can be as painful as any wound. You'veMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi Growing up you probably heard the adage "sticks and stones can break my bones, but words can never hurt me." We all know that this isn't true. That words can be as painful as any wound. You'veMore >>
  • Local Connection: House Bill 321

    Local Connection: House Bill 321

    Wednesday, March 6 2013 5:13 PM EST2013-03-06 22:13:17 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi The state Office of Elections doesn't exactly enjoy the greatest reputation. You will recall that during last year's primary election, 13 Big Island polling places opened late. AndMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi The state Office of Elections doesn't exactly enjoy the greatest reputation. You will recall that during last year's primary election, 13 Big Island polling places opened late. AndMore >>
  • Local Connection: Veterans Court

    Local Connection: Veterans Court

    Wednesday, March 6 2013 5:07 PM EST2013-03-06 22:07:46 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi Applause goes to all those who have worked hard to create a veterans court in Hawaii. This was an effort years in the making and it is finally coming to fruition, thanks to our judiciary. HundredsMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi Applause goes to all those who have worked hard to create a veterans court in Hawaii. This was an effort years in the making and it is finally coming to fruition, thanks to our judiciary. HundredsMore >>
  • Local Connection: Genshiro Kawamoto

    Local Connection: Genshiro Kawamoto

    Wednesday, March 6 2013 5:06 PM EST2013-03-06 22:06:14 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi It's easy to dismiss what's happening in Kahala between Japanese billionaire Genshiro Kawamoto and homeowners as a spat between the wealthy and superwealthy and move on. But thisMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi It's easy to dismiss what's happening in Kahala between Japanese billionaire Genshiro Kawamoto and homeowners as a spat between the wealthy and superwealthy and move on. But thisMore >>
  • Local Connection: Ellison's Island

    Local Connection: Ellison's Island

    Wednesday, March 6 2013 5:04 PM EST2013-03-06 22:04:23 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi Will billionaire Larry Ellison be good for Lanai or are his plans for development going to change the fragile nature of the pineapple island forever? That is what we set to find outMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi Will billionaire Larry Ellison be good for Lanai or are his plans for development going to change the fragile nature of the pineapple island forever? That is what we set to find outMore >>
  • Local Connection: Ben Jay

    Local Connection: Ben Jay

    Wednesday, March 6 2013 5:01 PM EST2013-03-06 22:01:39 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi Bravo to new University of Hawaii Athletic Director Ben Jay for taking head on the issue nicknames of our intercollegiate sports teams more uniform. For years, we've had this wholeMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi Bravo to new University of Hawaii Athletic Director Ben Jay for taking head on the issue nicknames of our intercollegiate sports teams more uniform. For years, we've had this wholeMore >>
  • Local Connection: Shield Law

    Local Connection: Shield Law

    Wednesday, March 6 2013 4:59 PM EST2013-03-06 21:59:50 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi In 2008, the Hawaii state legislature approved one of the most progressive laws in the nation protecting confidential sources who give information to both traditional and non-traditionalMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi In 2008, the Hawaii state legislature approved one of the most progressive laws in the nation protecting confidential sources who give information to both traditional and non-traditionalMore >>
  • Local Connection: Better Business Bureau

    Local Connection: Better Business Bureau

    Wednesday, March 6 2013 4:58 PM EST2013-03-06 21:58:09 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi It's time to take a moment to thank Hawaii's Better Business Bureau for publishing detailed content of consumer complaints and business responses in its current reviews. ResearchMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi It's time to take a moment to thank Hawaii's Better Business Bureau for publishing detailed content of consumer complaints and business responses in its current reviews. ResearchMore >>
  • Local Connection: Capt. Jerry Coffee

    Local Connection: Capt. Jerry Coffee

    Wednesday, March 6 2013 4:57 PM EST2013-03-06 21:57:35 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi We are truly blessed to have so many heroes living among us here in Hawaii but one of the most inspirational is Capt. Jerry Coffee. As many of you may know, Capt. Coffee is one ofMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi We are truly blessed to have so many heroes living among us here in Hawaii but one of the most inspirational is Capt. Jerry Coffee. As many of you may know, Capt. Coffee is one ofMore >>
  • Local Connection: Pro Bowl

    Local Connection: Pro Bowl

    Wednesday, March 6 2013 4:54 PM EST2013-03-06 21:54:39 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi We all know that the Pro Bowl has become a non-contact sport and the fans feel cheated when they shell out big bucks for big-name players engaging in the equivalent of flag football. SureMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi We all know that the Pro Bowl has become a non-contact sport and the fans feel cheated when they shell out big bucks for big-name players engaging in the equivalent of flag football. SureMore >>
  • Local Connection: Debt Ceiling

    Local Connection: Debt Ceiling

    Friday, January 25 2013 10:34 PM EST2013-01-26 03:34:10 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi There's still crazy stuff going on in Washington. President Obama sought one-point-six trillion in higher tax revenue to close the deficit and got less than half that. But, SenateMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi There's still crazy stuff going on in Washington. President Obama sought one-point-six trillion in higher tax revenue to close the deficit and got less than half that. But, SenateMore >>
  • Local Connection: Inouye Cliff

    Local Connection: Inouye Cliff

    Friday, January 25 2013 10:34 PM EST2013-01-26 03:34:10 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi Budget director Kalbert Young warned state lawmakers about what he called the Inouye cliff. The implication is that senator Inouye got federal dollars for Hawaii that we're gonnaMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi Budget director Kalbert Young warned state lawmakers about what he called the Inouye cliff. The implication is that senator Inouye got federal dollars for Hawaii that we're gonnaMore >>
  • Local Connection: Anti-Bullying

    Local Connection: Anti-Bullying

    Friday, January 25 2013 6:54 PM EST2013-01-25 23:54:46 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi The Department of Education should be applauded for beefing up its anti-bullying efforts at all public schools. But judging from the latest statistics, much more work needs to beMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi The Department of Education should be applauded for beefing up its anti-bullying efforts at all public schools. But judging from the latest statistics, much more work needs to beMore >>
  • Local Connection: Tesoro Closes

    Local Connection: Tesoro Closes

    Friday, January 25 2013 6:50 PM EST2013-01-25 23:50:40 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi For a state that is so sensitive to fluctuations in oil prices, the news that Tesoro corp. Has decided to end its refinery efforts in Hawaii and laying off up to 200 workers is soberingMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi For a state that is so sensitive to fluctuations in oil prices, the news that Tesoro corp. Has decided to end its refinery efforts in Hawaii and laying off up to 200 workers is soberingMore >>
  • Local Connection: Early Learning

    Local Connection: Early Learning

    Friday, January 25 2013 6:42 PM EST2013-01-25 23:42:22 GMT
    As a parent and former elementary teacher, I have witnessed the wonders of learning. When teaching Kindergarten, I watched children's eyes light up as they recognized letters and words … when they createdMore >>
    As a parent and former elementary teacher, I have witnessed the wonders of learning. When teaching Kindergarten, I watched children's eyes light up as they recognized letters and words … when they createdMore >>
  • Local Connection: Remembering Sen. Inouye

    Local Connection: Remembering Sen. Inouye

    Wednesday, January 2 2013 6:26 PM EST2013-01-02 23:26:03 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi It is an often repeated joke that Hawaii's economy is based on three components: tourism, the military and Sen. Daniel k. Inouye. As we grapple with his death and his memory, weMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi It is an often repeated joke that Hawaii's economy is based on three components: tourism, the military and Sen. Daniel k. Inouye. As we grapple with his death and his memory, weMore >>
  • Local Connection: Sen. Daniel K. Inouye

    Local Connection: Sen. Daniel K. Inouye

    Wednesday, January 2 2013 6:24 PM EST2013-01-02 23:24:20 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi The measure of a man's life. How much can just one man do? Never before and perhaps never again will we see the likes of an American icon like U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Inouye. War hero.More >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi The measure of a man's life. How much can just one man do? Never before and perhaps never again will we see the likes of an American icon like U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Inouye. War hero.More >>
  • Local Connection: Hawaiian's Dunkerley

    Local Connection: Hawaiian's Dunkerley

    Wednesday, January 2 2013 6:22 PM EST2013-01-02 23:22:51 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi It's always welcome news when one of Hawaii's best and brightest decides to stay on our shores. So we are pleased to hear that Hawaiian airlines president and CEO Mark DunkerleyMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi It's always welcome news when one of Hawaii's best and brightest decides to stay on our shores. So we are pleased to hear that Hawaiian airlines president and CEO Mark DunkerleyMore >>
  • Local Connection: Puppy Mill

    Local Connection: Puppy Mill

    Wednesday, January 2 2013 6:21 PM EST2013-01-02 23:21:11 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi We all witnessed some very disturbing images when Hawaii News Now nearly three years ago broadcast horrendous conditions at a Waimanalo puppy mill managed by David Becker. TheseMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi We all witnessed some very disturbing images when Hawaii News Now nearly three years ago broadcast horrendous conditions at a Waimanalo puppy mill managed by David Becker. TheseMore >>
  • Local Connection: Housing Market

    Local Connection: Housing Market

    Wednesday, January 2 2013 6:19 PM EST2013-01-02 23:19:41 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi We have long wondered when the housing market was going to finally bottom out before prices began to rise. Now come statistics that home sales and prices for Oahu homes this NovemberMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi We have long wondered when the housing market was going to finally bottom out before prices began to rise. Now come statistics that home sales and prices for Oahu homes this NovemberMore >>
  • Local Connection: Bad Ballots

    Local Connection: Bad Ballots

    Wednesday, January 2 2013 6:18 PM EST2013-01-02 23:18:15 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi Last week we had an editorial all ready to go that asked why there had been no outrage over the fact that the office of elections ran out of ballots on Election Day. As you know,More >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi Last week we had an editorial all ready to go that asked why there had been no outrage over the fact that the office of elections ran out of ballots on Election Day. As you know,More >>
  • Local Connection: Manti Te'o

    Local Connection: Manti Te'o

    Wednesday, January 2 2013 6:16 PM EST2013-01-02 23:16:11 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi The Manti Te'o story is made for the movies. Local boy from Laie. Punahou graduate. Samoan proud. Turned down USC to go to catholic Notre Dame despite his deep Mormon faith.More >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi The Manti Te'o story is made for the movies. Local boy from Laie. Punahou graduate. Samoan proud. Turned down USC to go to catholic Notre Dame despite his deep Mormon faith.More >>
  • Local Connection: Happy Thanksgiving

    Local Connection: Happy Thanksgiving

    Wednesday, January 2 2013 6:12 PM EST2013-01-02 23:12:55 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi Thanksgiving is coming soon and we wish you a happy start to the holiday season. Black Friday is also coming soon and retailers nationwide will focus on this day as it is criticalMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi Thanksgiving is coming soon and we wish you a happy start to the holiday season. Black Friday is also coming soon and retailers nationwide will focus on this day as it is criticalMore >>
  • Local Connection: Moving Forward

    Local Connection: Moving Forward

    Wednesday, January 2 2013 6:09 PM EST2013-01-02 23:09:24 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi Now that the election is over, it's time to move forward, as President Obama likes to say. But moving forward means different things to different people and in my opinion, we needMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi Now that the election is over, it's time to move forward, as President Obama likes to say. But moving forward means different things to different people and in my opinion, we needMore >>
  • Local Connection: Election on Rail

    Local Connection: Election on Rail

    Friday, November 9 2012 5:56 PM EST2012-11-09 22:56:09 GMT
    By: Panos Prevedouros Rail is not a path to prosperity for Honolulu. Rail is not needed for development. Development needs solid business planning and strong demand. How can Oahu prosper when prime agriculturalMore >>
    By: Panos Prevedouros Rail is not a path to prosperity for Honolulu. Rail is not needed for development. Development needs solid business planning and strong demand. How can Oahu prosper when prime agriculturalMore >>
  • Local Connection: Kakaako's Future

    Local Connection: Kakaako's Future

    Friday, November 9 2012 5:56 PM EST2012-11-09 22:56:09 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi The future of Kaka'ako was on display this month when the Howard Hughes corp. unveiled its plans to transform the Ward centers into something much greater than it is now....the plan,More >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi The future of Kaka'ako was on display this month when the Howard Hughes corp. unveiled its plans to transform the Ward centers into something much greater than it is now....the plan,More >>
  • Local Connection: Election on Rail

    Local Connection: Election on Rail

    Friday, November 9 2012 5:56 PM EST2012-11-09 22:56:09 GMT
    By: Gov. George Ariyoshi As a person involved with so many political leaders, this election provides a difficult personal situation, having to take sides. So my decision this election is not based onMore >>
    By: Gov. George Ariyoshi As a person involved with so many political leaders, this election provides a difficult personal situation, having to take sides. So my decision this election is not based onMore >>
  • Local Connection: Rail Ruling

    Local Connection: Rail Ruling

    Friday, November 9 2012 5:54 PM EST2012-11-09 22:54:50 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi Now that there has been a federal ruling in the court case against Honolulu rail, it seems like we have some clarity on what comes next. There is no doubt that the city did not takeMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi Now that there has been a federal ruling in the court case against Honolulu rail, it seems like we have some clarity on what comes next. There is no doubt that the city did not takeMore >>
  • Local Connection: PBS Hawaii

    Local Connection: PBS Hawaii

    Friday, November 9 2012 5:51 PM EST2012-11-09 22:51:38 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi Aloha, I'm Rick Blangiardi, General Manager of Hawaii News Now. Everyone knows that I'm a pretty competitive guy, so what I'm about to say may surprise you. I'm asking you toMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi Aloha, I'm Rick Blangiardi, General Manager of Hawaii News Now. Everyone knows that I'm a pretty competitive guy, so what I'm about to say may surprise you. I'm asking you toMore >>
  • Local Connection: Boy Scout Revelations

    Local Connection: Boy Scout Revelations

    Friday, November 9 2012 5:40 PM EST2012-11-09 22:40:34 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi Boy Scout files released last week as part of a lawsuit against the scouts in 2010 reveal the names of more than 1,000 men who had been suspected against sexual crimes against kids.More >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi Boy Scout files released last week as part of a lawsuit against the scouts in 2010 reveal the names of more than 1,000 men who had been suspected against sexual crimes against kids.More >>
  • Local Connection: MRC Greenwood's future

    Local Connection: MRC Greenwood's future

    Thursday, October 18 2012 5:18 PM EDT2012-10-18 21:18:36 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi Much has been said and written about the performance of University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood in the past few months since it was discovered that UH lost $200,000 on a bogusMore >>
    Much has been said and written about the performance of University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood in the past few months since it was discovered that UH lost $200,000 on a bogus Stevie Wonder concert.More >>
  • Local Connection: The Race is On

    Local Connection: The Race is On

    Thursday, October 18 2012 5:16 PM EDT2012-10-18 21:16:14 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi The first presidential debate is in the books and it was a good one for Mitt Romney, for the first time, gov. Romney clearly laid out his priorities on jobs, spending and cuttingMore >>
    The first presidential debate is in the books and it was a good one for Mitt Romney, for the first time, gov. Romney clearly laid out his priorities on jobs, spending and cutting taxes.More >>
  • Local Connection: Tax Hikes

    Local Connection: Tax Hikes

    Friday, September 28 2012 6:50 PM EDT2012-09-28 22:50:27 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi A majority of members of the Hawaii house of delegates say they won't vote for tax hikes. Now, I don't want to put words in their mouths, but what they did say is pretty close. TheyMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi A majority of members of the Hawaii house of delegates say they won't vote for tax hikes. Now, I don't want to put words in their mouths, but what they did say is pretty close. TheyMore >>
  • Local Connection: Wonder Blunder

    Local Connection: Wonder Blunder

    Friday, September 28 2012 6:50 PM EDT2012-09-28 22:50:27 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi In sports, every game has a winner and a loser. Usually, it is pretty easy to recognize which side is more responsible for the outcome than the other. In the current flap over what'sMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi In sports, every game has a winner and a loser. Usually, it is pretty easy to recognize which side is more responsible for the outcome than the other. In the current flap over what'sMore >>
  • Local Connection: National Deficit

    Local Connection: National Deficit

    Friday, September 28 2012 6:48 PM EDT2012-09-28 22:48:53 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi People have their own opinions about what to do with our current national deficit. Politicians disagree on what to cut, but they all say spending must be cut. You may be surprisedMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi People have their own opinions about what to do with our current national deficit. Politicians disagree on what to cut, but they all say spending must be cut. You may be surprisedMore >>
  • Local Connection: Wind Farms

    Local Connection: Wind Farms

    Friday, September 28 2012 6:36 PM EDT2012-09-28 22:36:54 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi Some of the opposition to wind farms on Lanai or Molokai has been a bit of a knee jerk reaction. But other objections are quite serious, and need to be taken seriously by proponentsMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi Some of the opposition to wind farms on Lanai or Molokai has been a bit of a knee jerk reaction. But other objections are quite serious, and need to be taken seriously by proponentsMore >>
  • Local Connection: Tyson Dagley

    Local Connection: Tyson Dagley

    Friday, September 28 2012 6:35 PM EDT2012-09-28 22:35:18 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi A carefree day on Keehi lagoon turned tragic last month when a 20-year-old Australian tourist on a jet ski plowed into and killed a 16-year-old girl from northern California who wasMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi A carefree day on Keehi lagoon turned tragic last month when a 20-year-old Australian tourist on a jet ski plowed into and killed a 16-year-old girl from northern California who wasMore >>
  • Local Connection: UH Support

    Local Connection: UH Support

    Friday, September 28 2012 6:33 PM EDT2012-09-28 22:33:29 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi Most of us agree that it's been agonizing to watch the university of Hawaii bounce from one controversy to another. And the new management at the school doesn't need me to tell themMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi Most of us agree that it's been agonizing to watch the university of Hawaii bounce from one controversy to another. And the new management at the school doesn't need me to tell themMore >>
  • Local Connection: Rail Roadblock

    Local Connection: Rail Roadblock

    Monday, September 10 2012 4:49 PM EDT2012-09-10 20:49:28 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi There is a lesson to be learned from the newest roadblock to rail. And it goes far beyond mass transit policy. We've found a lot of rail criticism to be unfair. Any valid financialMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi There is a lesson to be learned from the newest roadblock to rail. And it goes far beyond mass transit policy. We've found a lot of rail criticism to be unfair. Any valid financialMore >>
  • Local Connection: Unemployment Numbers

    Local Connection: Unemployment Numbers

    Monday, September 10 2012 4:46 PM EDT2012-09-10 20:46:39 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi It's the sort of economic report that gets little attention because it's too complicated. A list of July unemployment rates in hundreds of US cities. Worst in the nation, Yuma, Arizona,More >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi It's the sort of economic report that gets little attention because it's too complicated. A list of July unemployment rates in hundreds of US cities. Worst in the nation, Yuma, Arizona,More >>
  • Local Connection: College Football

    Local Connection: College Football

    Monday, September 10 2012 4:42 PM EDT2012-09-10 20:42:35 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi This week is that time of year that I love. College football gets underway and for all teams across the country, there's a special feeling about heading back to school and seeing inspiringMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi This week is that time of year that I love. College football gets underway and for all teams across the country, there's a special feeling about heading back to school and seeing inspiringMore >>
  • Local Connection: Rail Lawsuit

    Local Connection: Rail Lawsuit

    Monday, September 10 2012 4:40 PM EDT2012-09-10 20:40:49 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi From the outset of the creation of our $5.26 billion rail system, opponents have repeatedly questioned whether all the proper approvals and alternatives were secured before constructionMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi From the outset of the creation of our $5.26 billion rail system, opponents have repeatedly questioned whether all the proper approvals and alternatives were secured before constructionMore >>
  • Local Connection: Primary Elections

    Local Connection: Primary Elections

    Tuesday, August 21 2012 9:43 PM EDT2012-08-22 01:43:58 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi The dust has cleared and we are now through our 2012 primary season. Along the way, Hawaii News Now has tried to keep you informed by giving this election the attention it deserved. WeMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi The dust has cleared and we are now through our 2012 primary season. Along the way, Hawaii News Now has tried to keep you informed by giving this election the attention it deserved. WeMore >>
  • Local Connection: Summer Olympics

    Local Connection: Summer Olympics

    Tuesday, August 21 2012 9:42 PM EDT2012-08-22 01:42:18 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi We have been treated to one of the most wonderful Olympics competition in memory. Whether it be the mastery of Michael Phelps, the artistry of Gabby Douglas or the sheer joy on theMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi We have been treated to one of the most wonderful Olympics competition in memory. Whether it be the mastery of Michael Phelps, the artistry of Gabby Douglas or the sheer joy on theMore >>
  • Local Connection: Tourism Industry

    Local Connection: Tourism Industry

    Monday, August 13 2012 4:06 PM EDT2012-08-13 20:06:41 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi A series of announcements by a number of airlines recently have signaled a new day ahead for Hawaii. Our tourism industry is about to create more jobs, especially on neighbor islands. JapanMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi A series of announcements by a number of airlines recently have signaled a new day ahead for Hawaii. Our tourism industry is about to create more jobs, especially on neighbor islands. JapanMore >>
  • Local Connection: Athlete Issues

    Local Connection: Athlete Issues

    Monday, August 13 2012 4:04 PM EDT2012-08-13 20:04:12 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi One UH football player gets pulled over for drinking and driving, and maybe some people think, boys will be boys. Two get DUI's, and we all start to wonder. Three, starts to look likeMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi One UH football player gets pulled over for drinking and driving, and maybe some people think, boys will be boys. Two get DUI's, and we all start to wonder. Three, starts to look likeMore >>
  • Local Connection: Political Discourse

    Local Connection: Political Discourse

    Friday, July 27 2012 10:28 PM EDT2012-07-28 02:28:20 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi We have frequently called for a more civil political discourse. It seems right to spotlight some people who are doing the right thing. Republican leaders are speaking out in defenseMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi We have frequently called for a more civil political discourse. It seems right to spotlight some people who are doing the right thing. Republican leaders are speaking out in defenseMore >>
  • Local Connection: CD2 Debate

    Local Connection: CD2 Debate

    Friday, July 20 2012 6:33 PM EDT2012-07-20 22:33:12 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi Last week Thursday, we were very proud to televise a 90-minute debate featuring the top four candidates vying for Mazie Hirono's congressional seat for district 2. Our intent in presentingMore >>
    Last week Thursday, we were very proud to televise a 90-minute debate featuring the top four candidates vying for Mazie Hirono's congressional seat for district 2.More >>
  • Local Connection: Stevie Wonder Fiasco

    Local Connection: Stevie Wonder Fiasco

    Friday, July 20 2012 4:41 PM EDT2012-07-20 20:41:07 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi Many people have labeled the event and announcements surrounding the cancelled stevie wonder concert last week, at best, a fiasco. Quite honestly, it was very painful to see two long-timeMore >>
    Many people have labeled the event and announcements surrounding the cancelled stevie wonder concert last week, at best, a fiasco.More >>
  • Local Connection: Voter turnout

    Local Connection: Voter turnout

    Saturday, July 14 2012 12:07 AM EDT2012-07-14 04:07:45 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi Barack Obama and Mitt Romney were recently very close to each other in voter opinion polls. And both men have recently been pushing voter turnout in speeches to their supporters. InMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi Barack Obama and Mitt Romney were recently very close to each other in voter opinion polls. And both men have recently been pushing voter turnout in speeches to their supporters. InMore >>
  • Local Connection: Economic Recovery

    Local Connection: Economic Recovery

    Tuesday, July 10 2012 4:19 PM EDT2012-07-10 20:19:40 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi There are some fresh green shoots of recovery out there. New luxury homes just went on sale in Ewa. Alexander & Baldwin is selling new fee-simple light industrial lots at Maui BusinessMore >>
    There are some fresh green shoots of recovery out there.More >>
  • Local Connection: Heart Transplants

    Local Connection: Heart Transplants

    Wednesday, July 4 2012 3:37 PM EDT2012-07-04 19:37:59 GMT
    By: Rick Blangiardi Hawaii's remote location makes it essential that island health services be the best. If you need specialized emergency surgery, it's possible the hospitals that might best serve youMore >>
    By: Rick Blangiardi Hawaii's remote location makes it essential that island health services be the best. If you need specialized emergency surgery, it's possible the hospitals that might best serve youMore >>
  • Local Connection: Hawaii Jobs

    Local Connection: Hawaii Jobs

    Tuesday, July 3 2012 12:11 AM EDT2012-07-03 04:11:59 GMT
    By Rick Blangiardi Did you know there are almost 90,000 office jobs in Hawaii. But that brings white-collar employment back to only where it was in 2006. Office vacancy has stopped falling, but it'sMore >>
    By Rick Blangiardi Did you know there are almost 90,000 office jobs in Hawaii. But that brings white-collar employment back to only where it was in 2006. Office vacancy has stopped falling, but it'sMore >>
  • Local Connection: Summer in Hawaii

    Local Connection: Summer in Hawaii

    Monday, June 25 2012 7:23 PM EDT2012-06-25 23:23:15 GMT
    By Rick Blangiardi Summer time is here and thousands of Hawaii teens have entered the job market this month. If the economy was booming, you might form false impressions of how easy it is to find a job. ButMore >>
    By Rick Blangiardi Summer time is here and thousands of Hawaii teens have entered the job market this month. If the economy was booming, you might form false impressions of how easy it is to find a job. ButMore >>
  • Local Connection: Sale of Lanai

    Local Connection: Sale of Lanai

    Thursday, June 21 2012 6:48 PM EDT2012-06-21 22:48:40 GMT
    By Rick Blangiardi It's easy to think of Larry Ellison's purchase of Lanai as a story straight out of e-news-daily. Ellison is the next richest american after Bill Gates and Warren Buffett. He fliesMore >>
    By Rick Blangiardi It's easy to think of Larry Ellison's purchase of Lanai as a story straight out of e-news-daily. Ellison is the next richest american after Bill Gates and Warren Buffett. He fliesMore >>
  • Local Connection: Hawaii Housing

    Local Connection: Hawaii Housing

    Thursday, June 21 2012 6:47 PM EDT2012-06-21 22:47:49 GMT
    By Rick Blangiardi Hawaii property values held pretty firm through the recent economic slump. But Hawaii's relatively resilient economy was only part of the reason. For the most part housing pricesMore >>
    By Rick Blangiardi Hawaii property values held pretty firm through the recent economic slump. But Hawaii's relatively resilient economy was only part of the reason. For the most part housing pricesMore >>
  • Local Connection: Pro Bowl

    Local Connection: Pro Bowl

    Thursday, June 21 2012 6:30 PM EDT2012-06-21 22:30:58 GMT
    By Rick Blangiardi Let's talk about football. The pro bowl has turned into a curious phenomenon. A game we fight to host, but one which seems not to be the prize it once was. A game that gets good tvMore >>
    By Rick Blangiardi Let's talk about football. The pro bowl has turned into a curious phenomenon. A game we fight to host, but one which seems not to be the prize it once was. A game that gets good tvMore >>
  • Local Connection: The Turning Economy

    Local Connection: The Turning Economy

    Thursday, June 21 2012 6:24 PM EDT2012-06-21 22:24:15 GMT
    By Rick Blangiardi Aloha, okay time for some good news, the Hawaii economic scoreboard is looking better. Visitor spending is up so much, the state had to revise its official economic forecast even higher. IfMore >>
    By Rick Blangiardi Aloha, okay time for some good news, the Hawaii economic scoreboard is looking better. Visitor spending is up so much, the state had to revise its official economic forecast even higher. IfMore >>
  • Local Connection: Haleiwa Reprieve

    Local Connection: Haleiwa Reprieve

    Thursday, June 21 2012 6:16 PM EDT2012-06-21 22:16:55 GMT
    By Rick Blangiardi Compliments to the State Transportation Department. They took a step back from their original position on the Haleiwa farmers market. They extended their reprieve a couple more weeks,More >>
    By Rick Blangiardi Compliments to the State Transportation Department. They took a step back from their original position on the Haleiwa farmers market. They extended their reprieve a couple more weeks,More >>
  • Local Connection: Conversation with Coach Chow

    Local Connection: Conversation with Coach Chow

    Thursday, June 21 2012 6:10 PM EDT2012-06-21 22:10:04 GMT
    By Rick Blangiardi Last week we televised a three-hour program called, "A Conversation with Coach Chow." Designed to showcase our new head football coach, Norm Chow, and his newly assembled assistantMore >>
    By Rick Blangiardi Last week we televised a three-hour program called, "A Conversation with Coach Chow." Designed to showcase our new head football coach, Norm Chow, and his newly assembled assistantMore >>
  • Local Connection: Undocumented Students

    Local Connection: Undocumented Students

    Thursday, June 21 2012 5:54 PM EDT2012-06-21 21:54:03 GMT
    By Rick Blangiardi State universities have always charged out-of-state students more, reserving the lowest tuition rates for in-state residents. But, a dozen states extend this to local students whoMore >>
    By Rick Blangiardi State universities have always charged out-of-state students more, reserving the lowest tuition rates for in-state residents. But, a dozen states extend this to local students whoMore >>
  • Local Connection: Military Appreciation

    Local Connection: Military Appreciation

    Friday, May 18 2012 7:06 PM EDT2012-05-18 23:06:43 GMT
    By Rick Blangiardi HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - It is the month of May and the time of the year we celebrate our appreciation for our military ohana - past and present, by designating may as military appreciationMore >>
    By Rick Blangiardi HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - It is the month of May and the time of the year we celebrate our appreciation for our military ohana - past and present, by designating may as military appreciationMore >>
  • Local Connection: Haleiwa Farmers Market

    Local Connection: Haleiwa Farmers Market

    Monday, April 23 2012 8:20 PM EDT2012-04-24 00:20:10 GMT
    By Rick Blangiardi HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Hawaii Department of Transportation says it cheerfully supported the Haleiwa farmers market rent free for three years. But we're now told that more thanMore >>
    The Hawaii Department of Transportation says it cheerfully supported the Haleiwa farmers market rent free for three years.More >>
  • Local Connection: Paterno Fired

    Local Connection: Paterno Fired

    Monday, April 23 2012 8:05 PM EDT2012-04-24 00:05:17 GMT
    By Rick Blangiardi HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - There may be lessons to be learned in the newest controversy over the career of Joe Paterno. One of the greatest football coaches of all time ended his careerMore >>
    There may be lessons to be learned in the newest controversy over the career of Joe Paterno. One of the greatest football coaches of all time ended his career by being fired from Penn State.More >>
  • Local Connection: Waikiki Casino

    Local Connection: Waikiki Casino

    Monday, April 23 2012 8:01 PM EDT2012-04-24 00:01:30 GMT
    By Rick Blangiardi HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Hawaii legislature has tabled a bill to allow a casino in Waikiki. If you enjoy gambling in Vegas, maybe you question this decision. But what the legislatureMore >>
    The Hawaii legislature has tabled a bill to allow a casino in Waikiki. If you enjoy gambling in Vegas, maybe you question this decision.

    But what the legislature has done is actually wise... On several levels.
    More >>
  • Local Connection: As the Economy Turns

    Local Connection: As the Economy Turns

    Monday, April 23 2012 7:59 PM EDT2012-04-23 23:59:26 GMT
    By Rick Blangiardi HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A curious trend is emerging in the corporate earnings reports coming out lately. Every company that owns a truck or a plane is complaining about its fuelMore >>
    A curious trend is emerging in the corporate earnings reports coming out lately. Every company that owns a truck or a plane is complaining about its fuel...More >>
  • Local Connection: Hawaii Children's Trust Fund

    Local Connection: Hawaii Children's Trust Fund

    Monday, April 23 2012 7:56 PM EDT2012-04-23 23:56:03 GMT
    By Rick Blangiardi HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Hawaii Children's Trust Fund has partnered with the Joyful Heart Foundation to launch a statewide public awareness campaign called "One Strong Ohana". TheMore >>
    The Hawaii Children's Trust Fund has partnered with the Joyful Heart Foundation to launch a statewide public awareness campaign called "One Strong Ohana". TheMore >>
  • Local Connection: Website Privacy

    Local Connection: Website Privacy

    Monday, April 23 2012 7:51 PM EDT2012-04-23 23:51:04 GMT
    By Rick Blangiardi HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A few weeks ago, congress almost passed a bill to protect copyright holders from theft. They held off after legal and technology experts explained to themMore >>
    By Rick Blangiardi HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A few weeks ago, congress almost passed a bill to protect copyright holders from theft. They held off after legal and technology experts explained to themMore >>
  • Local Connections - Hire a Hero

    Local Connections - Hire a Hero

    Thursday, January 12 2012 11:08 AM EST2012-01-12 16:08:21 GMT
    (HawaiiNewsNow) - · Job Quest, a local hiring event, is held every January and features 125+ employers. · This year, they've partnered with Hire Our Heroes, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce initiative toMore >>
  • Local Connection: Norm Chow

    Local Connection: Norm Chow

    Tuesday, December 27 2011 11:06 PM EST2011-12-28 04:06:06 GMT
    Hawaii is very happy to welcome back coach Norm Chow.More >>
  • Local Connection: Iraq War

    Local Connection: Iraq War

    Monday, December 26 2011 4:07 PM EST2011-12-26 21:07:51 GMT
    The pullout of American troops from Iraq is a momentous event for Hawaii and the nation. This nine year war meant repeated deployments for Hawaii-based and many Hawaii-born personnel.More >>
  • Local Connection: Turkey Time

    Local Connection: Turkey Time

    Monday, December 26 2011 4:03 PM EST2011-12-26 21:03:03 GMT
    It's late November, where our thoughts turn from APEC trade to L-Triptophan. So where do you stand on rushing the season and opening stores on thanksgiving? Let's talk Turkey.More >>
  • Local Connection: APEC Success

    Local Connection: APEC Success

    Tuesday, November 15 2011 5:11 PM EST2011-11-15 22:11:48 GMT
    APEC, Hawaiian style - it's turned out beautifully. No way was this a foregone conclusion. Before the conference even began, a local man was shot to death. A state department employee was charged with murder.More >>
  • Local Connection: Never Stop Learning

    Local Connection: Never Stop Learning

    Tuesday, November 15 2011 5:09 PM EST2011-11-15 22:09:46 GMT
    We all know you can make good money in construction. When there is construction.More >>
  • Local Connection: Iran gone wild

    Local Connection: Iran gone wild

    Tuesday, November 15 2011 5:07 PM EST2011-11-15 22:07:10 GMT
    Persia was a cradle of civilization. Some of America's finest citizens are of Iranian descent. It's a wonder to them, and to the world, what has happened to Iran.More >>
  • Local Connection: Prostate Cancer Awareness

    Local Connection: Prostate Cancer Awareness

    Tuesday, November 15 2011 5:04 PM EST2011-11-15 22:04:02 GMT
    Question: what do old guys think about all the time? And young guys try never to think about it? Answer: their prostate.More >>
  • Local Connection: The Economy

    Local Connection: The Economy

    Friday, October 7 2011 9:11 PM EDT2011-10-08 01:11:06 GMT
    Employers cut 160 thousand jobs. Another 200 thousand retired or gave up looking for work. America? Hey, I'm talking about Japan! Japan, where industrial production is up.More >>
  • Local Connection: Republicans and Democrats

    Local Connection: Republicans and Democrats

    Friday, October 7 2011 8:57 PM EDT2011-10-08 00:57:38 GMT
    The story of Romeo and Juliet is fiction. But Shakespeare based his play on an earlier Italian novel. And the novel was based on a real life family feud in northern Italy.More >>
  • Local Connection: Hawaii Five-0

    Local Connection: Hawaii Five-0

    Friday, September 23 2011 4:29 PM EDT2011-09-23 20:29:37 GMT
    Celebrity news is fluffy. Editorials are stuffy. So why would I want to talk about celebrities in an editorial?More >>
  • Local Connection: Aloha Aulani!

    Local Connection: Aloha Aulani!

    Monday, September 12 2011 10:21 PM EDT2011-09-13 02:21:47 GMT
    If there's one company that *isn't* a Mickey Mouse operation, it's Walt Disney company.More >>
  • Local Connection: Hawaii's Economy Slowly Improving

    Local Connection: Hawaii's Economy Slowly Improving

    Monday, September 12 2011 10:13 PM EDT2011-09-13 02:13:57 GMT
    Oahu hotels are coming off two weeks running 90% full. Military commissaries are signing contracts to buy 100 more products from Hawaii companies.More >>
  • Local Connection: Answers from Lone Star State?

    Local Connection: Answers from Lone Star State?

    Friday, August 26 2011 10:50 PM EDT2011-08-27 02:50:32 GMT
    A conservative commentator once complained of people who pretend complicated things are simple. James J. Kilpatrick said such people have bumper stickers for brains.More >>
  • Local Connection: Wall Street Roller Coaster

    Local Connection: Wall Street Roller Coaster

    Wednesday, August 17 2011 1:35 PM EDT2011-08-17 17:35:31 GMT
    The crazy days of summer on Wall Street have taught us all something about ourselves.More >>
  • Local Connection: Economic Stimulus

    Local Connection: Economic Stimulus

    Friday, August 12 2011 7:52 PM EDT2011-08-12 23:52:09 GMT
    President Obama is asking congress to pass new economic stimulus. Republicans say stimulus plans don't work.More >>
  • Local Connection: Debt Debate in America

    Local Connection: Debt Debate in America

    Wednesday, August 3 2011 5:54 PM EDT2011-08-03 21:54:16 GMT
    The impact of the uncertainty and high anxiety most of us have been feeling over the last several months came to a head this past weekend as the White House, Senate and Congress worked around the clock to structure a deal involving our debt crisis.More >>
  • Local Connection: East-West Center funds cut

    Local Connection: East-West Center funds cut

    Monday, August 1 2011 9:58 PM EDT2011-08-02 01:58:20 GMT
    As the APEC summit nears, Hawaii can be proud of the good that is done by the East-West Center, an independent educational and research organization in Manoa.More >>