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September 15, 2008

Vote From Home

No candidate is a stranger when you use absentee voting—you can look them up while you vote! Read more »

Posted on Monday, September 15, 2008 in Politics | Permalink | Comments (0)


September 4, 2008

False Choice on Rail

Noteworthy quote in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin from Mayor Mufi Hannemann about how Honolulu’s mixed reaction to rail jeopardizes rail’s future: Read more »

Posted on Thursday, September 4, 2008 in Politics | Permalink | Comments (1)


August 11, 2008

Three Dirty Words--Vacationing in Hawaii

Illinois Sen. Barak Obama’s family visit to the Islands has taught us a valuable lesson: The Mainland, if it remembers us at all, thinks Hawaii is a joke. Well, not a joke exactly, but something frivolous, something one should not be associated with if one is trying to be taken seriously. Read more »

Posted on Monday, August 11, 2008 in Politics | Permalink | Comments (0)


August 6, 2008

When Rail Gets Old

Remembering Mayor Hannemann’s wisdom of approaching any civic infrastructure project with three questions—Do we need it? Can we afford it? Can we maintain it?—this piece from The New York Times caught my eye. It seems that even New York, one of the nation’s wealthiest, most densely populated cities, can barely afford to maintain what is one of the nation’s oldest, most successful, most heavily used rail systems. Read more »

Posted on Wednesday, August 6, 2008 in Politics | Permalink | Comments (0)


August 6, 2008

How Many Environmentalists Does it Take to Screw Up the Light Bulb?

The incandescent light bulb was such a brilliant, inspired idea that the light bulb itself became the symbol for brilliant, inspired ideas. Lately, a combination of green movement idealism, HECO discount coupons and energy-conscious legislation has been moving people toward the Compact Fluorescent Light bulb, or CFL. Read more »

Posted on Wednesday, August 6, 2008 in City Life | Permalink | Comments (1)


August 6, 2008

The SinuousThread

Currently reading Steven Pinker’s The Stuff of Thought, Language as a Window into Human Nature, and came across this stunning paragraph in the chapter, “What’s in a Name?” Read more »

Posted on Wednesday, August 6, 2008 in Media | Permalink | Comments (0)


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A. Kam Napier has been editor of the magazine since 2005, and a writer with the magazine since 1994. He blogs on the magazine and its contents, as well as events and issues around Honolulu.

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