Beth-Ann Kozlovich

Columnist
Comment: The ‘burden of reality’ in high profile court cases falls on you
Organizers of a march and protest on November 8 resolved to keep the public showing directed toward seeking justice for shooting victim Kollin Elderts and to show support for his family. Black armbands were passed out to participants as a memorial to Elderts.
Richard Heinberg says conflict, non-growth will be the result of APEC’s agenda
Richard Heinberg presented ideas at the Moana Nui summit based on more resilient, sustainable, and equitable communities. Photo from HawaiiConservation.org
Hawaii taxpayers foot the bill: Is APEC business our business?
In partnership with Totally Against Graffiti (T.A.G) and the APEC Hawaii Host Committee, over 1,000 volunteers spent a muggy October morning painting over graffiti, removing stickers, and picking up trash in the McCully, Ala Moana, Waikiki, Kapahulu and Moiliili neighborhoods. Courtesy Photo
Filling the tourist hole: Industry buffs look to big spenders from far away Filling the tourist hole: Industry buffs look to big spenders from far away
Above:A post card-esque Hawaii vacation isn't cheap these days. A standard room at Disney's Aulani resort in Koolina can cost around $400 for one night, if you're lucky. Photo by Loren Javier Below: Juergen Thomas Steinmetz of the Hawaii Tourism Association, not to be confused with the State-operated Hawaii Tourism Authority.
Community organizing: The ‘experts’ are already here at home
Above: A youth from a predominantly Latino neighborhood in Santa Ana, California participates in a community town hall event with a subgroup of highschoolers to identify, discuss, and plan on how to handle their community's health and safety issues. Photo by Heacphotos Below: Dr. America Bracho, founder of Latino Health Access. Courtesy Photo Bottom: Volunteers from Latino Health Access participate in a community town hall event. Photo by Heacphotos
Turtle Bay developers back at the bargaining table, hope for cool heads
Community opposition towards the planned Turtle Bay resort expansion has been strong since the resort’s previous owner Oaktree Capital Management announced plans to revive the decades-old plan in 2005, before the company defaulted on its $400 million debt to Credit Suisse and Wells Fargo, causing the resort to linger in foreclosure since 2007. Courtesy Photo
Domestic violence: Sometimes, it can hurt not to ask
Hundreds gather each year as part of the Men's March Against Violence in Honolulu. The 2011 march is planned for October 13. Courtesy Photo
Kona coffee farmers losing patience with Safeway
The history of coffee on the Hawaiian islands goes all the way back to 1825 just after King Kamehameha II and his wife died of the measles in London, England. The British government agreed to transport their bodies back to Hawaii, then called the Sandwich Isles, on board the HMS Blonde under the command of Lord Byron. On board was also Chief Boki who was the then governor of Oahu and upon a layover in Brazil, purchased some Arabica coffee trees to plant back on Oahu. From there, the coffee trees made it to other islands including the Kona coast of the Big Island through the efforts of the Reverend Samuel Ruggles in 1928 after the world coffee market collapsed at the turn of the 1900s. Because of this collapse, most large coffee plantations in the Hawaiian islands disappeared and were divided into much smaller plantations from 5 to 15 acres. Photo and historical information from Jonesblog.com
Tent city: Hawaii ‘homeless’ efforts must be long term, for the right reasons
The Hawaii Convention Center's foyer is crowned with canvas canopies, intended to be "reminiscent of ocean white caps and the sails of voyaging canoes." The canvas canopies may also resemble the makeshift homes and shelters of the thousands of houseless people living on Hawaii's streets each day. Photo by Vernon Brown
We don’t have to turn a blind eye to human trafficking, exploitation
Empty baskets line a field at Aloun Farms in 2008. Photo by Enaduris
Hawaii teachers baffled by bargaining impasse with the State
Members of the Hawaii State Teachers Association held signs at the State Capitol during their "We Are One" rally in April. Courtesy Photo
Jerusalem: Living and working together in the middle class is everyday life
Strauss Street and Jaffa Road in Jerusalem. Photo by Jacob Ran Bar
Mechanical chatter: Humans are being replaced just as our parts are being replaced
TOPIO, a humanoid robot, plays ping pong at the 2009 Tokyo International Robot Exhibition (IREX). Author Andrei Codrescu maintains that Twitter and Facebook have dehumanized our abilities to tell stories.
Act 48: Hawaii’s foreclosure law is still an asset
A view of Honolulu from the Ala Moana Hotel. Photo by Forest and Kim Starr.
Sex: It’s worth keeping the mystery alive
On average, about five thousand people in Hawaii get divorced every year. Image from Destination360.com
Will Hawaii care enough about deciding its political districts?
The path to a completely citizen-driven reapportionment process for Hawaii voters appears to be a long one. Above: Mary Babcock and Kate Werner participate in the city-wide performance art "Speaking in Silence" at the Hawaii State Capitol on June 18, 2011. Photo by Travis Quezon
The human response to invasive species involves finding a balance
A grape vine eaten by axis deer. Efforts are currently in the information-gathering stage and Hawaii Island residents and farmers are being asked to document sightings or any damage they suspect might be from axis deer. The invasive species hotline is (808) 961-3299.
Optimism on the economy depends on the future we make: A Hawaii just for the rich?
While an upswing of tourism last year might be saving Hawaii's economy, the state is still faced with serious population and infrastructure concerns. Photo by Ryan Tutmarc
Slam poetry channels Hawaii’s youth, speaks volumes
Youth Speaks Hawaii instructor Darron Cambra, with puppy, leads a writing workshop in wordbank construction. Courtesy Photo
Hawaii’s homeless plan: Are we in this for the long haul or not?
The belongings of a "Guardrails" beach residents, part of Waianae's "tent city," were carted off in caravans of vehicles last July by order of the City.
The damage is in the details: Big Wind blowing past Lanai voices
Lanai residents hold signs opposing the proposed Big Wind development in January. Courtesy Photo
Forgiveness is the path to liberation from the cycle of war
Father Michael Lapsley is currently in Hawaii speaking on the profound powers of forgiveness.
Maya Soetoro-Ng: Schools are pillars in the community, we’ve all got to pitch in
Above: Hawaii students held signs opposing Furlough Fridays last year. Below: Dr. Maya Soetoro-Ng is the co-founder of Our Public School and half-sister to President Barack Obama.
Is it really okay for us to let people live in squalor?
Leaders and residents at Mayor Wright Housing met with Gov. Neil Abercrombie on March 8. Lawsuits were filed last week against the State seeking much needed repairs and hot water. Photo by Ed Morita
Where are our priorities in the fight for human rights?
A march for free Libya in Japan in February, weeks before the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. Photo by Hajime Nakano
Locally owned and community licensed news needs your help, Hawaii
The April 1 live air opening of Hawaii's newest public radio station -- KIPM 89.7 on Maui -- was made possible by heartfelt commitment and generous financial support. The station's state-of-the-art transmitter, pictured above, makes its home in Ulupalakua. Courtesy Photo
Budget cuts threaten Hawaii’s prisoner rehabilitation strategies
A 2011 study found that 54 percent of Hawaii’s prisoners are incarcerated in private prisons on the "mainland" -- the highest percentage among all U.S. states. Photo by Shayan Sanyal
Beyond the horizon: Retirement for Hawaii residents is often barely there
Sunset at Kekaha Beach on Kauai. Retirement in Hawaii is simply a dream for most. Photo by Polihale
Todd Gitlin: Journalism’s ship hasn’t sunk, media consolidation is what’s drowning us
Above: Nothing comes for free and that includes public radio. Folks huddle in to raise funds at Hawaii Public Radio's pledge drive last April. Staff and volunteers reach out to listeners for support every six months. Nationally only one in 10 listeners actually contributes to the programming costs. Courtesy Photo Below: Journalism guru Todd Gitlin. Bottom: A display at the Frontline Club in London, England featuring journalist Rory Peck's Sony Betacam SP camera and Russian press pass. Photo by Sobranie-Cocktail
Abercrombie makes an argument for ‘spaving’, spending to save the State Hawaii’s healthcare debate will leave many feeling the pinch
Chief Logistics Specialist Tam Colbert, assigned to the supply department of the amphibious assault ship USS Bon Homme Richard, reacts to a flu shot administered by Chief Hospital Corpsman Yahahn Thompson. Photo by U.S. Navy
We need to put our money where our mouth is in protecting Hawaii’s natural beauty
The Iao Needle at Iao Valley State Park on Maui stands at 1,200 ft (370 m). The Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE) is responsible for enforcement activities of the Department of Land and Natural Resources. There are just over a dozen DOCARE officers on Maui.
A lesson for Hawaii’s modern society
Gov. Neil Abercrombie and Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz literally in the field listening to Hawaii farmers -- the lead image from the Governor's "New Day Hawaii" website. Author Bruce Rich reminds Hawaii residents to watch to see whether the Governor's calls for community building and environmental protection are put into practice.
Hawaii League of Women Voters says legalized gambling is still the wrong bet
Several bills allowing different forms of gambling in Hawaii, such as slots, video poker, and Bingo, are being considered by the State Legislature this session. Photo by Jeff Cubina
Wrongfully imprisoned: UH students reach back through an imperfect justice system
According to the Innocence Project, the first DNA exoneration took place in 1989. Exonerations have been won in 34 states. There have been 266 post-conviction DNA exonerations in the United States. Photo by Andrew Bardwell
Wright: The U.S. is making a killing off the killing in Afghanistan
Above: Retired-Col. Ann Wright holds signs in protest on a street fronting the Kailua vacation home of President Barack Obama this past holiday season. Courtesy Photo Below:President Barack Obama and President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan finish up a meeting at the NATO Summit in Lisbon, Portugal last November. Photo by Pete Souza Bottom: A collage of military forces from around the world taking part in the Afghan War. Collage by Swarm
Buzzing on vitriol: Civil discourse does not mean fiery passion
Whether or not the deranged shooter involved in the January 8 Tuscon Arizona shootings is the product of fiery political speech, finding the path to civil discourse has taken the spotlight as the nation continues to mourn for the victims and the recovery of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Photo by SearchNet Media
City’s planning department blamed for violating faith in the laws meant to protect Waikiki Beach

Environmental groups see hope in fighting Kyo-ya development with new City leadership Read More »

Renting a beach chair and umbrella on Waikiki Beach can cost upwards of $60, a towel $20. Encroachment of public access to Waikiki Beach has been a continuing concern for local residents. Photo by Ryan Tutmarc
Toxic chromium 6 levels in Honolulu’s tap linked to urban sprawl, industrial runoff

The original sample of the water worries said to have come from Wilhemina Rise Read More »

A closer look at a sample of Honolulu's tap water reveals high levels of chromium 6, the carcinogenic known as the “Erin Brockovich chemical” linked to stomach cancer.
Photo by Alex Anlicker
Everyday people: Hawaii Institute for Human Rights director localizes a global process to civility
Joshua Cooper, above, is the director of the Hawaii Institute for Human Rights, which is dedicated to promoting human rights principles and a culture of peace through education and advocacy. The organization advocates the use of public law instruments in implementing civil, political, economic, social, cultural, collective, and ecological rights as well as social justice in the development of a sustainable society in Hawaii.
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Mayor Peter Carlisle’s priorities: Rail, sewers, then everything else
Peter Carlisle flexes his political muscle on the campaign trail during the summer in his successful bid for mayor.
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Comment: Reagan Republicans and Clinton Democrats opened the floodgates to our Great Recession
Looking down the Makawao Parade 2010 held by the Hawaii Tea Party.
Hawaii retail stores hope to get shoppers offline, stimulate the local economy, make a buck
Parents and keiki gather this week for the entertainment at Pearlridge's "Deaf Santa" program.
Comment: FYI, Hawaii’s economy is still fed by tourism, big business
Vintage images of Hawaii postcards fed the fantastic expectations of what life was like in the islands and spread misinformation about Hawaiian culture. Today's tourism officials say shows like Hawaii Five-O and hotels like the planned Disney resort are proof of otherwise.
A fishy industry: Hawaii’s ocean is the biggest aquarium out there
A Fish and Wildlife Service worker on boat checking gill net full of fish.
Hawaii’s ‘Living Democracy’ means having a voice, getting private wealth out of politics
An audience at the University of Washington watches a video by bestselling author Frances Moore Lappe at a Clean Campaigns Forum in 2007.
The next step: Looking at domestic violence in Hawaii through a cultural lens
Volunteers at Honolulu Community College build awareness about domestic violence through 2009's The Clothesline Project. The clothesline is hung with shirts that represent the experiences of survivors, friends, and anyone who supports a non-violent community.
Cost of life: One in four Hawaii retirees over 65 depends almost entirely on Social Security
You can apply for Social Security three months before you turn 62 years old or later. Below: President Roosevelt signs the Social Security Act on August 14, 1935.
From the inside: Hawaii Public Radio still local, providing public discourse after 30 years
Above: An arc of four microphones, a weird bouquet of wires, metal arms, and springs comprise HPR's Control Room 7 -- or CR7 for short. Below: Slack key artist Jeff Peterson joins Kanikapila Sunday host Derrick Malama and HPR reporter Ben Markus during a pledge challenge earlier this year. Bottom: HPR GM Michael Titterton, Arts and Culture Reporter Noe Tanigawa, and HPR Board members Tyrie Jenkins and John Alves take calls on the final stretch of a pledge drive in 2010. In the background, Madeleine McKay and Jane Burruss, long-time volunteers and supporters of HPR, look on.
Tale of the tube: Ignition interlock law awaits Hawaii’s drunk drivers

MADD reminds everyone to stay safe as the holidays and excuses approach Read More »

Members of MADD raise awareness about the dangers of drunk driving.
Right now, we can resolve to learn about our BOE candidates and not leave the ballot blank
Above: Students and parents march in protest of Furlough Fridays in October 2009. Below: Students do arts and crafts on tables at the base of the State Capitol and create protest signs.
The way to road safety is first through awareness, education ... not bike lanes
Above: The start of the Honolulu Century Ride in 2008. Below: Children learning bike safety at an early age.
Peace: What is it good for? Absolutely everything
Above: Captain Paul Chapell and his friend Lagilagi, who served in the Fijian military in Special Forces. He was tortured, had seven ribs and the bones in his face broken, and spent eight years in prison, but he has learned to forgive and is now an inspiring soldier of peace, Chapell says. Below: Chapell at Fort Bliss, Texas in 2009.
Democracy, unlike this campaign season, has to be issues-driven
Campaign signs line a fence in Kaimuki -- a common, cluttered site that has organizations wondering how to better inform Hawaii citizens about what matters.
5 billion cell phones the greatest health experiment ever to take place without informed consent
An evolution of mobile phones by Motorola.
Hawaii’s over-50 voters expected to come out big again in the fall elections
AARP members at a Kupuna Care rally at the State Capitol in May. For the Congressional race, over-50 voters are eyeing Social Security’s future, Medicare fraud, and economic security for older workers.
Israeli Consul General comments on Puna geothermal, water recycling, and the May flotilla incident
An Israeli flag flutters in the wind as a naval vessel (not seen) escorts the Mavi Marmara, a Gaza-bound ship that was raided by Israeli marines, to the Ashdod port on May 31, 2010.
No input, no impact: The door’s still open to catch Hawaii’s new schools superintendent survey Ku exhibit helps to uncover roles, responsibilities of modern-day Hawaiians
Images of Ku brought together from museums across the globe are on display at Bishop Museum.
For six same-sex couples, the time for equal rights is now
Marchers head out of Ala Moana Beach Park to take part in the 2010 Pride Parade in June.
UH educators ask what in Hawaii is worth protecting?
A photograph of the Hawaiian Islands from Space Shuttle Discovery, looking southeast by south. Kauai is closest at bottom right
With elections coming, officials navigate a bump in the road to rail
A rendering made by the American Institute of Architects, Hawaii Chapter in 1992 of a rail line along Nimitz Highway.
LEAP lawsuits fight for all Hawaii children, disabled and nondisabled alike
Autism Training Solutions (ATS) staff film special education methods with Hawaii families and autistic children. ATS is a Hawaii-based company that provides web-based training and support to the autism community and general public.
Surveys take a unique snapshot of Hawaii’s families
In Hawaii, nearly 70 percent of us live in family households, slightly higher than the 66 percent nationwide.
Living green: Start somewhere and see where it takes you
Mindy Pennybacker is a journalist specializing in personal and environmental health and helping consumers identify truly, verifiably green products.
John Edward crosses over from appeasing the skeptics, to passing on a human message
John Edward became the object of international attention with the controversial TV shows Crossing Over with John Edward and John Edward Cross Country.
Hawaii Meth Project: Year one →
The Hawaii Meth Project reaches out to Hawaii children and teens through ad campaigns, awareness fairs, T-shirts, stickers, and rub-on tattoos (pictured above). Below, teens from Kailua-Kona on Hawaii Island sign wave to raise anti-meth awareness.
Sobering times: How Hawaii handles its debt →
The average credit debt for a Hawaii household is about $3,000 according to Americans for Fairness in Lending.
Kohala Center joins a national race to help our keiki stay healthy →
First Lady Michelle Obama runs in a foot race to promote the "Let's Move" program during an event with local kids and the U.S. Soccer Foundation at City Center in Washington, D.C.
Hawaii balances two bills: This is health, not sick, care reform →
President Barack Obama signs The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Hawaii seniors struggling to survive → What do we want to pay for? What is Hawaii willing to do without? →
Rep. Marcus Oshiro performs a live reading of the poem "Peanut Butta Jelly" by Kenneth Lynn Quilantang, Jr. It was part of the Aloha Shorts program produced by Bamboo Ridge Press, broadcast on Hawaii Public Radio.
Long-distance swimming couple navigates the islands → Will Hawaii lawmakers overcome their fears and vote on HB 444? →
Civil union supporters wave to Downtown Honolulu's rush hour traffic earlier this year.
Hawaii Public Radio keeps the faith with its listeners → Corporate power lines underscore Hawaii’s campaign finance question →
A view from the Senate floor at the Hawaii State Capitol.
The governor’s new clothes: Auditor reminds officials why the truth always hurts →
State Auditor Marion Higa speaks at the 2050 Sustainability conference.
Creativity is key in today’s employment hunt →
Author and consultant Neil Tepper, above, says staying creative and realizing your choices are key in finding a new job or career.
Paying for the public good: How do we keep newspapers afloat? →
According to this month's Pew Research Center report, State of News Media 2010, 35 percent of Americans say they have a favorite destination news spot. If asked to pay for it, only 19 percent would shell out the money.
Can we prevent a financial crisis in the future? →
Danny Schechter, above, known internationally as the "News Dissector," spoke with Beth-Ann Kozlovich on Hawaii Public Radio's Town Square about ways to prevent a future financial crisis.
Consolidation killed the newspaper star →
David Black, above, has a lock on Hawaii print media. The Canadian publisher of the Honolulu Star Bulletin has announced a deal to purchase The Honolulu Advertiser. Below, a collage of banners from Hawaiian Language newspapers are a part of UH Hamilton Library's collection. Dozens of newspapers were published in Hawaiian between 1834 and 1949 and were read by an avid and highly literate public. Is there space in today's economy for more than one daily newspaper?
Hawaii needs to rethink education altogether, participate more in the discussion →
Members of the Hawaii State Teachers Association gather at the June 30, 2009 Unity Rally.
Is Hawaii ready to refuse bad plastics? →
Marine debris on Green Island, Kure Atoll, at Hawaii's Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument
Voices of conscience bring Gaza to the American forefront →
A weapons system fired by Israeli forces explodes above the northern Gaza Strip, Jan. 11, 2009. A three-week offensive Israel launched in Gaza at the end of 2008 resulted in 1,400 Palestinian and 13 Israeli deaths. Israel launched the offensive with the declared aim of stopping Palestinian rocket fire on southern Israel.
Kamakawiwo‘ole: Faces from his future look back →
On July 4, 2007, Israel Kamakawiwo?ole debuted at No. 44 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart with "Wonderful World," selling 17,000 units.
Civil Unions: Why we keep coming back to the M-word →
Above: Opponents of the civil unions bill, House Bill 444, gather at the Hawaii State Capitol the Sunday before Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Below: Supporters of civil unions hold a candle light vigil near the end of last year's session.
Analysis: Big budget deficit makes 2010 Legislative Session most important in history →
The Hawaii State Legislature faces what may be it's toughest session ever as it tries to overcome a budget crisis the State has never seen before.
Of mice and menace →
A YouTube video of Chinatown's rat problem by Hawaii blogger Larry Geller sparked health and budget questions in 2009.