Questions about Hawaii from afar

AnnaMaria Preston, Ed.D. is a friend of mine from my City Council days (2004-2008). Over the years since, she moved to Florida to take care of her family. From time to time I get messages from her. In a message from her late last week, she offered up four questions about how things are in Hawaii, for me to answer and in some ways, opine. After writing up the answers ...
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Family Ties

FIRST OFF, BEFORE DELVING INTO this discussion, no law prevents family members from being elected to the same legislative body in Hawai‘i, full stop. So, any implication that what will be said here is illegal in any way should be discounted. It seems that Hawaii’s politics are moving from electing people based on either political leaning or party affiliation, to that of being part of “family business”. Of course, there ...
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Cutting Out The Heart

The Star-Advertiser Layoffs The Tsunami of media cutbacks and layoffs that have affected media outlets on the mainland, has arrived on Hawaii’s shore. On Friday, June 12th, word got out announcing that 29 staff members at the Star-Advertiser, the largest newspaper in the state, are losing their jobs at the end of the month. The person that made the initial announcement, reporter, Kristen Consillio, posted the news on her Facebook ...
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Cheap Political Superglue

Priced right, but will it work properly,? "Day 20 of 366" by m3cfa is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 YOU EVER GO TO THE STORE AND WONDER if buying the store brand superglue, which is cheaper than the brand name, will do the same job in keeping everything together? And then you find about six days later the item you used the glue on is broken again. You start wondering to yourself "maybe I ...
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On the issue of Hong Kong

“He took a deep breath of air. Once again he caught a strangeness on the wind, neither pleasant nor unpleasant, neither odor nor perfume—just strange, and curiously exciting. “Superintendent, what’s that smell? Casey noticed it too, the moment Sven opened the door.” Armstrong hesitated. Then he smiled. “That’s Hong Kong’s very own, Mr. Bartlett. It’s money.” ― James Clavell, Noble House Before jumping into the new zeitgeist on the current situation in ...
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