Is Hawaii the dumping ground for mainland homeless?

Councilmember Stanley Chang of Honolulu confers with policeman in Waikiki about homelessness

Recently the Honolulu Star Advertiser had a series of articles discussing the plight of the homeless in Hawaii.  A number of the homeless who were interviewed admitted to moving to Hawaii because of an interest in avoiding cold winters, as the prospect of living in a tent in Hawaii outweighed … Continue reading

The Hawaii solution to abortion

Carol Forsloff—“My oldest daughter isn’t married yet but she wants to have a child.  So she is returning to Hawaii to have one.”In the current political climate on social issues there are often no easy answers to the problems of infertility or unwanted pregnancies.  Yet Hawaii has a custom that … Continue reading

Hawaiian lives matter

Carol Forsloff—-“This is blatant destruction of a religious artifact, of really a shrine — a temple. To me, not only is it insensitive — it’s a hate crime,” said Lakea Trask, one of a handful of Aloha Aina advocates who has spent the last 173 days on Mauna Kea in … Continue reading

Moral, ethical, religious, and legal battles over Hawaii’s sacred mountain

Mauna Kea observatories, wikimedia commons

Carol Forsloff—–“The summit of Mauna Kea may, in fact, be the darkest site anywhere in the world … which of course means you can see deeper into space,” said Doug Simons, executive director at the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope. The CFHT sits with 12 other telescopes on top of the mountain. CNN’s … Continue reading

Greeks reinforce stereotypes of race, sexism even in diverse cultures

University of Alabama, where racial and sexist issues remain and have even in Hawaii's history of the Greeks

Carol Forsloff—It was more than fifty years ago that the Greek sororities and fraternities of Oregon were advised to integrate or lose their status on campus at Portland State College, now Portland State University.  And even though these groups complied, it was not without turmoil, even though the character of … Continue reading

Hawaii’s homelessness: Is it criminal?

Tent encampment in Oahu country

Carol Forsloff–Is homelessness criminal?  The short answer is no.  It’s also yes sometimes.  The difference is motivation, intent and the barriers are political, social, and financial.  Not solving the problems of homelessness is the worst crime, even in paradise.  Let’s see how it starts and plays out in the Pacific. … Continue reading

Hawaii: Searching for talent in a boatload of scams

boat in the reeds is no yacht with opportunity

Carol Forsloff—Hawaii is far enough away from any other land mass that it is easy for people to find new directions, both legal and illegal, legitimate and fraudulent, to make money.  And because false impressions are frequent in the islands, local people have learned to be cautious at the outset … Continue reading

The ‘Other America’ found in Hawaii too

The Other America chronicled poverty in America in the 1960's.

His shirt was stained from the rubbish and branches he had been carrying.  He worked in the hot sun of Hawaii, barely raising his head, as people walked by, seeming not to notice him.  The “other America” remains alive and well and living in Hawaii, just as poverty continues to … Continue reading

Risks to Hawaii from invasion of Monsanto and Koch

Maui protest against GMOs

Genetically-modified foods are being forced on outer islanders, even as negative ads pervade the airwaves sandwiched among hula programs, Hawaiian music and local news.  Hawaii is experiencing the Koch brothers effect just as surely as other places in the United States and the rest of the world. Hawaii has always … Continue reading