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The Honolulu Advertiser

Aloha Airlines for sale as banker cuts it off

Aloha and Hawaiian... ---1. Drove out Discovery Air ---2. Got the Governor in 1992 to stop United from entering the inter-island markets ---3. Drove out Mid-Pacific Airlines ---4. Drove out Mahalo Airlines ---5. Cried about go! airlines disrupting their "monopoly of two" and have put up barriers to entry to anyone else who talked of coming into Hawaii. ---6. Don't give a fig about Hawaii since they are both now owned by mainland companies. ---7. Do what any capitalist business does...seek to maximize profit in a "competitive " marketplace. ---8. Unfairly blame go! airlines for their problems. If you want to go on an inter-island flight you'll find a way to pay whatevah the price. The people who work for Aloha will find work, but Manoa Valley will still be a stink hole full of corruption, mismanagement,over spending and waste that mirrors business as usual in our Hawaii nei.  (Mar 22, 2008 | post #80)

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June Jones' future

Just as Colt credits the team for his success, JJ owes his success to the team, his asst. coaches and the UH Boosters. While it is sad he has decided to leave, even after the outpouring of love and respect, we all should remember that when one door closes, another one opens. If Pres. McClain puts the power of his office into seeing that our team gets to the next level, it will. So much at UH is botched up by the irresponsible underlings that the Pres. needs to stay involved in the new hire process and the upgrade of the whole athletic program. Go Warriors.  (Jan 7, 2008 | post #2054)

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Hawaii football merchandise sells fast

Statewide pride for what the UH Warriors Football team has done in becoming WAC Champs is a great thing. That everyone wants to show support for a "winner" is what makes us human. "Me too" is a great way to bring people together. But let's all be sure to buy licensed UH T-shirts, helmets and such so that the UH athletic program benefits, not a bunch of sleazy T-shirt vendors trying to cash in on the moment;(Woe the days of 6 for $20 on the streets of Waikiki.) It's all available from the new Walgreen's to Long's, K-mart and everywhere in-between. So you don't need to pay the high prices you see on-line to still get official gear. By supporting UH athletics in this way you help the school get better equipment, facilities, and ever better teams. It IS all about the money. But it is also about pride. Pride that makes strangers become neighbors and friends. Yet the real sad thing is that with all of this success much will still stay broken at UH. It unfortunately is infested with administrators and faculty down to the lowliest assistants, custodians, and clerks who are very poor stewards of the funds and assets of the university, and who don't understand responsibility. Go Warriors. Buy and wear official UH gear.  (Nov 28, 2007 | post #3)

The Honolulu Advertiser

Ferry activism must shift to practical effort

Ferry Activism Should Shift is a good editorial. It IS time the opposition refocus on finding a way to live with the Superferry. It is time that they concentrate on all the other issues this case has raised. It is time to hold all maritime harbor users accountable, not just one company. It is time to focus on over-development, lack of infrastructure, and zoning and land use permitting practices. It is time to focus on inspection of arriving containers and international aircraft landings. It is time to stop saying you have not been heard. You have! Your sweat and dollars are better spent on joining your collective forces to make universal change that a majority can rally around. Many pro ferry voices will join you as you take on these causes. It is time to heal, yet move forward. Mr. Hall has made enough money for his legal skills. Move on to other real issues. Please don't jump in the water or block traffic or treat ferry users with disrespect. Just leave them alone. We on Oahu welcome you and your vehicle. We can work together.  (Nov 16, 2007 | post #24)

The Honolulu Advertiser

Judge lifts injunction on Hawaii Superferry

Mr. Hall rants on. To call the just will of the people unconstitutional as enacted in Act 2 is just wrong. Many of the 29 points he presented and many of the concerns of the Big Island, Maui, and Kauai as presented at the Senators hearings were incorporated into Act 2 and into the Governor's conditions. Let's all remember that the Superferry has lost income for what will be three months, paid Mr. Hall's fees and his clients court costs for the September hearings, and had to furlough 250 employees for over a month. His win in court was trumped and he's miffed that he lost "on the river". He proclaims himself and his clients our protectors. We don't choose you, Mr. Hall. His remarks alluding to jumping in the water advise people to break the law. Shouldn't he be disbarred for that? Especially as the remarks were made in open court, and not to Dog Chapman's son in a private phone conversation. Opponents of the Superferry need to use their resources in the 2008 legislature to champion their environmental causes, not continue to pay Mr. Hall's fees to pursue this issue any further in the courts. It is time for working together. It is time to let the marketplace determine Hawaii Superferry's fate. If it is successful, so be it. If it is not, then let Mr. Hall have his "I told you so." in 2009. But by working together we can find ho`oponopono that brings back our aloha. We need to ALL realize that the HSf is not the cause of our discontent. It is we who turn our eyes away from over-development, lack of infrastructure, and wasteful government spending. I'm ready to drive to Maui. Oh yeah!  (Nov 15, 2007 | post #8)

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Safeway opens big new Kapahulu store

I just got home from checking out the new Safeway on Kapahulu. It was fun. Lots of bite size samples of their products were being offered. Everyone was in a celebration mood. The parking was easy up on top of the store and the traffic light made it easy to get in and out. I think that busier periods will be a little more crunched. The store is well paid out with the outer walls lined with sandwich and fresh foods, deli case, salad bar, olive bar, and other self serve cases. The bakery is near the rear and the seafood department and meat department has nice displays. The interior aisles showcase everything else. And the produce section and fresh flowers were nicely laid out on the right of the store. They have a nut counter that has a wide variety and some unique choices. There's just about everything you'd want, literally from soup to nuts. I did have a problem at the self checkout as there were a few specials and unusual products I decided to purchase. But I became stumped when it began overcharging some of the posted shelf prices; I use self checkouts all the time. A nice service agent came over to assist, and ended up having to help me with some other items as well. Her kind helpful caring attitude worked well to soothe my frustration. But when I got home some of the products were not in the bags she had helped me with. I called the store and they were very helpful telling me to come by at my convenience and they would be sure I got my items replaced. Safeway at retail is expensive, but a savvy shopper can find many bargains there if you just plan your shopping and stay on budget, and use your club card or remember the phone number it's tied to. The price of paradise can be expensive if you just go willy nilly through any supermarket on the island. I am close to a Times, Foodland, Star Market and a Safeway. I'd say the highest is always Star Market, but even they'll have a bargain or two worth a visit. The real lesson I have learned is knowing what to buy where. And that is even the case with Longs, Costco, Sams, or the Commissary. And, leave the HSf out of this forum. As things unfold more next week, we'll have a chance to get back to our rants on that one. As for the new Safeway and traffic on Kapahulu, the net result is that a very ugly bunch of strip business have been replaced with a nicer place to shop. The long time residents have a short walk to a nice area. That Safeway will be open 24 hours will bring added security to the neighborhood and many other benefits. Just remember to let those guys out of their apartment building. We all could practice a little more Aloha in our driving.  (Nov 9, 2007 | post #43)

The Honolulu Advertiser

Tesoro suspends Hawaii gas refining

Oil. The world's boom, the world's curse. We rely on it for so much. Yes, if supply decreases, price goes up as we all bid to gorge our needs. Market dynamics will determine what will happen. The equipment repair period at Tesoro will fuel a price increase at the pump at current demand. And with the holidays fast upon us, shopping, visiting family and friends, parties etc. will only add to our consumption. The only way we as consumers can take any control over this rape of our wallets is to decrease our quantity demanded. So, combine your errands and shopping trips, call rather than go over to see friends and family, experience the adventure of TheBus, go in one car rather than 2, and conserve any way you can. Happy motoring!  (Nov 9, 2007 | post #1)

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Hawaii Superferry probe may be stymied

The issue at hand is that the bill allowing Superferry to sail did require an audit of the executive branch in regards to how the exemption was granted. It is reported that the attorney-client privilege may hinder the audit. But they have the right to protect that relationship through law. But will it "stymie" State Auditor Higa's audit. I think her investigators will find paper and communications trails that will prove or disprove a conspiracy. These government officials at this high level rely on many staff members. They will not be culpable and will not need to invoke the privilege. She'll get at the truth. Please, Please. The bullying and name calling on this post are not reasonable. Judge Cardoza's October 9th ruling stated: "Today, as you leave this courtroom, if you feel you're on the side that won or on the side that lost, show respect and concern for your fellow citizens and focus on helping the community reach workable solutions to the very difficult problems that face all of us." While I didn't agree with his decision, we must all agree to get along. The issue will be back before him as he hears arguments to lift his injunction Nov. 14. The law has changed, so I hope he vacates his ruling... "This court concludes that Hawaii Revised Statutes Chapter 343-5 gives the court clear and concise direction, and that is acceptance of a required final (environmental) statement is a condition precedent." Judge Cardoza may still interpret that: "There is a real possibility of irreparable damage to the environment, to the way of life in this community, and as a result, in the court's view, the balance of irreparable damage favors issuance of injunctive relief." I hope that he will lift the injunction and let the marketplace determine the success of the ferry service. Let's get along and share "Aloha" to work together to fix the real problems at the root of this controversy.  (Nov 7, 2007 | post #152)

The Honolulu Advertiser

Hawaii Superferry probe may be stymied

Again, the Advertiser writes a story with an angle. The angle of this story is to possibly suggest wrong doing by questioning a basic legal right, attorney-client privilege. That they write from this angle is their duty, that being to seek the truth. Yet newspaper reporters defend their right to freedom of the press, and defend their right to non-disclosure of sources. I would question that the article does not site many quotes from legislators that are concerned, but implies a large number without substantiation. Surely invoking the privilege is at question and the zippers on the lips will at some point be removed, just not yet. The State Auditor will have to "audit" what happened. The paper trail and the interviews of many that will lead to the truth will hopefully be found. I can see how the unrelenting actions of the environmental groups and their opposition to the project from day 1 could cause the invocation of the privilege. Yet, I feel, that the green light was given because exemptions were given in the past, and the administration thought that inter island ferry service was a good thing. That the Legislature included this audit in the bill to let the ferry resume service is a good thing that the opposition would dismiss. But it does say to the administration that you will be held accountable. In that testimony and in the depositions of staff workers who handle communications the State Auditor will uncover what happened. For those who are still against the Superferry you may yet get your wish. Good ole Judge Cardoza is back in the picture and the Star Bulletin reports that AG Bennett and HSf are to appear before him today to ask him to speed up a decision to lift the injunction. Attorney Hall and his boys are quoted as still being opposed, even after the bill and the governor's conditions addressed the majority of their 29 points. Speed of the vehicle and the "length" of the whale season are still their contentions. Hall and his clients may drag this whole thing on and on. Who knows what Judge Flip/Flop will do? If he applies the law as now written then it's a slam dunk for ferry service; but if he offers another interpretation of it the drama will continue. We may end up back at the Supreme Court. At which point HSf will not have been able to sustain a no-income situation and will have left. 39/11 in favor of ferry service. This is what the people want, and I think that perspective as this project progressed is what motivated the exemption. The administration acted for the majority. But none of us on this forum really knows the truth. We can have our conspiracy theories, but we'll have to let the state Auditor find the inconvenient truth. Better we all find a way to audit what happened to the "Aloha" that has defined us.  (Nov 7, 2007 | post #50)

The Honolulu Advertiser

Hawaii Superferry conditions finalized

The two days of protesting in Nawilili Harbor, the court hearing in Maui, the new law and the governor's conditions have given the minority much that was at issue. If you are unwilling to compromise, then do what you will. But the Coast Guard will arrest you. Your local law enforcement officers will arrest you. As many have written, The HSf now has more regulations placed on it than any barge or ship or boat entering your harbors. If you continue to break the law you will be harmed and that's just not reasonable. Resources that could be used effectively to further your causes will be lost, wasted. You have been heard. Stop shouting at the wind.  (Nov 6, 2007 | post #42)

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Hawaii Superferry conditions finalized

What has really come of all this is that we are all more aware of the environment now that this is playing out. The bill and the Governor's conditions address many of the environmentalist's points. It is compromise - that funny word we all learned in 7th grade civics class. Everyone gave up something, but not everyone got what they wanted---we all got the hot fudge sundae, but not with the whipped cream, nuts and a cherry. Any protesting that might happen now goes beyond reason. That they might think they are protecting the lifestyle of Kauai or Maui is mis-thought. It has already changed with the development that has happened/is happening because their fellow Kauaians and Mauians sold their lands and then didn't regulate its use. Much has happened to bring this service into being and I suspect the governor, DOT, HSf didn't want the EIS for this very reason---they would be made responsible for all the wrongs that come before them. The best protest the antis can make now is to mount legislation in their county councils and in the 2008 legislature that address their concerns about over-development and the environment. It is time to move on. Illegal protesting will only harm the misbegotten few that decide to break the law in the surrender of their freedom and property, the very things that mattered most in the first place.  (Nov 6, 2007 | post #15)

The Honolulu Advertiser

No fed whale monitors on Hawaii Superferry

The NOAA provision was one of the 29 conditons submitted by Mr. Hall on behalf of his clients who won in Judge Cardoza's ?Court? recently. If you read the points, the original draft bill had virtually none of them in it. The amended bill that passed included 5 of them and mitigated some of the others. Is this politics? Yes. But in order for the governor to appease the minority she must diplomatically respect them lest they continue to challenge the new law. She has to go back to Judge Cardoza to get the injunction lifted now that the law has changed. I don't know what the angle is from his bench, but he would have to feel that the new law is enforceable and that the injunction ruled according to HRS343-5 was now voidable. So, the fact that no NOAA observer is currently available shouldn't be on the table, or should not be a condition precedent to stop the ferry service. The bill does address minority concerns. It is the legislature, in fact, the minority of the voting members, that pushed to have it included. Blaming, name calling, and bullying are not doing any good. It is a time for healing.  (Nov 4, 2007 | post #143)

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Governor discussing Hawaii Superferry rules

That the governor is meeting with environmental representatives shows how much she wants everyone to make Superferry an alternative transportation choice, yet still shows her regard for minority concerns. Together we all can make this work. While I think many of the 29 points presented recently were direct attempts to scuttle HSf there are some that could be reworked to offer some middle ground. I'll hope the Governor realizes that most users of the HSf will be responsible and that too many conditions should not be put in place to increase vehicle/passenger processing and inconvenience, or that tack on environmental impact fees that add to ticket costs. And I trust that any protesters that still propose breaking the law by jumping in the water can now see how ill-fated that would be. It's time for Aloha to bring us back together.  (Nov 2, 2007 | post #1)

The Honolulu Advertiser

House gives final OK to Hawaii Superferry bill

Following the events over the last few years that required the legislature to pass this bill to save inter-island ferry service is a lesson in the process of democratic law. So many errors and mistakes were made along the way. Wherever you "follow the money", however you defend your position of "fairness and law", whomever you feel is to blame, know that the majority has prevailed. But when you look at democracy know that the majority has a responsibility to the minority. The Senate hearings on the neighbor islands, and the senate and house hearings listened to the minority. You were heard. You didn't stop the service, but many of your comments, save the 29 conditions, were included in the final bill. The Governor will draw up conditions of operation that further consider the issues voiced, and shouted, over the past 2 months. E mail her. Write to the DOT and DLNR. Take positive action to do something if your passion is still on fire. But don't lose reason. Please don't risk your freedom by jumping in the water or committing other illegal acts. Know that jumping into the harbor will be taken in the same vain as running out into the airport runway. Stop name calling and threatening. Seek allies in reasonable citizens that also want to steward our environment and keep Hawaii the great place that it is. This forum is a great place to express yourself. But now is the time to come together. Let's all be good neighbors. Please stop name calling. If you don't support Superferry, don't use it. But respect the life and property of those that do. Welcome them to your island. Ask them to be responsible about the items they carry. Post signs and information in places of business to help people be responsible users of the ferry service. But know that we are all part of the same place. Live Aloha!  (Nov 1, 2007 | post #109)

The Honolulu Advertiser

It's marching band time again

Dear Sad, It's OK to vent your frustrations. But in a few days stop and realize that those of us from Oahu are not your enemies. We welcome you to Oahu via ferry or flight just as we trust you'll welcome us. The Senate listened to you when they came to the neighbor islands. The bill just passed has taken many of your thoughts and concerns into account. And Gov. Lingle, however you may regard her, is going to define more that will probably address your concerns. Join one of your island groups or steer the one you are in to be heard. Be a proactive supporter of the environment. Join your local civic clubs that have your Senator or Representative's ear. Or contact them directly. Because they are more easily assessable here in Hawaii than in most other states. Accept the will of the majority, but work positively to convert us, not alienate us. Aloha nui to you.  (Nov 1, 2007 | post #10)