A people and their island: do they stand a chance against the U.S. military?
Guam is one of the most heavily militarized places in the Pacific read
Post-hurricane Puerto Rico needlessly suffers from Trump administration foot-dragging
Shipping restrictions to help get fuel and supplies to the island are not lifted read
'Leave, or we will kill you all:' The Rohingya refugee crisis
Most of the refugees are women, children and the elderly read
​Seoul, from the ground up
Life goes on in the South Korean capital in spite of geopolitical bluster, a heatwave and Liberation Day celebrations on both sides of the 38th parallel read
Anti-Zionism is not at odds with being Jewish
A Jewish-American scholar considers the case against Apartheid read
Ai-jen Poo: Building universal family care
Hawaiʻ​i is a state that is aging read
The rise of a new, global, indigenous left
From Mauna Kea to Standing Rock, and all around the world, indigenous resistance in the digital age has gone global read
Gorbachev: 'It All Looks as if the World Is Preparing for War'

Former president of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev, writing for Time:

The current situation is too dangerous.
More troops, tanks and armored personnel carriers are being brought to Europe. NATO and Russian forces and weapons that used to be deployed at a distance are now placed closer to each other, as if to shoot point-blank.
While state budgets are struggling to fund people’s essential social needs, military spending is growing. Money is easily found for sophisticated weapons whose destructive power is comparable to that of the weapons of mass destruction; for submarines whose single salvo is capable of devastating half a continent; for missile defense systems that undermine strategic stability.
Specifically, I propose that a Security Council meeting at the level of heads of state adopt a resolution stating that nuclear war is unacceptable and must never be fought.
Re-Scape the city
Solving the unique challenges of an island society developing in a globalized world read
All geared up
AHL celebrates its 70 year anniversary with the creation of a novel public pop-up space: Pedal Parc is here. read
Skin deep
As climate change continues to threaten more species with extinction, sharks are in particular need of our help read
Words with fronds
The extraordinary story of a poet and the piece of land he and his wife transformed into an Eden for palm species read
Summit + OluKai
The good voyage
Pushing humanity’s moral compass into uncharted territory read
UN-charted territory
A more transparent election process and a large field of candidates, four of whom are women, make this UN secretary general race an election of firsts. read
Q+A: Peggy Liu
Peggy Liu's JUCCE is developing a Chinese culture of conservation read
Konohiki calling
The new stewards of He‘eia read
New politik
How social media is democratizing Indonesia read
Summit + Holokai Adventures
Raising keiki o ka ‘āina
A novel public-private partnership is maintaining a park, entertaining visitors and caring for kids read
The ballot and the by-way
India's vibrant election culture overflows onto the streets read
Summit interviews Alice Walker
The author of The Color Purple talks about two of her favorite places on Earth read
Rising tide
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The Morning Star
The sun hasn't yet set on human rights abuses in West Papua read
Summit + Waimea Valley
Give me shelter
For seven months of Saturdays, O‘ahu’s Waimea Valley was the site of a remarkable and unique construction project. read
Summit + Kualoa Private Nature Reserve
The Rediscovery of Hawaii starts at Kualoa
Since antiquity, Kualoa has been a sacred place for the Hawaiian people, closely connected to the rich legacy of Polynesian wayfinding and voyaging. Kualoa Ranch is proud to be a part of the cultural rejuvenation and rediscovery. read
Fishpond funds exceed expectations
Nonprofit Paepae o He‘eia surpasses its $100,000 fundraising goal to fix historic fishpond wall in He‘eia. read
Youth empowering tennis program bolstered with donation
Kōkua Kalihi Valley's after-school tennis program has been helping underprivileged kids for two decades. Now, a local entrepreneur is donating funds to help the program continue to serve Kalihi youth. read
Mayor Caldwell's vision for a modern, multi-modal Honolulu
Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell discusses his efforts to turn the urban core into a paragon of multi-modal modernity read
Honolulu to honor the late Charles M. Campbell
The former city councilman, state representative and state senator was a Civil Rights champion and contributed much to the City & County of Honolulu. read
Kalihi will soon get safer, better streets

Kalihi – essentially the superurban, industrial, over-the-river sibling to downtown Honolulu – is about to receive a pleasant upgrade. Mayor Kirk Caldwell announced that Kamehameha IV road (or what everyones calls "Cam 4") will be overhauled as a Complete Street. This means that the major thoroughfare will be adjusted to make walking, bicycling, and driving more pleasant. And considerably safer.

This is great news because of the vibrant youth biking scene in the area. Kokua Kalihi Valley, a health clinic on King St., is also home to K-VIBE, the Kalihi Vocational Instructional Bicycle Exchange. There, valley youth meet up on weekends to fix bikes and learn useful skills in business and mechanics.

The K-VIBE youth, along with the Honolulu Bicycling League (HBL), worked to make the Complete Streets designation a reality. Marcos Bendana, the K-VIBE coordinator, told Hawaii News Now that the youth canvassed door-to-door, worked with HBL on a traffic calming study, and also attended neighborhood board meetings.

Their hard work will pay off when the renovations are complete later this year. In the meantime, enjoy this beautiful video by Mike Orbito about the K-VIBE program.

Kalihi Valley Instructional Bike Exchange (KVIBE) from Mike Orbito on Vimeo.


How to sponsor a houseless child this Christmas

Toys are the last things on the minds of homeless children who live at the beach, in a car or in the woods, says nonprofit Project Hawaiʻi director Magin Patrick. Their Christmas wish lists are filled with items like clothes, shoes, or hygiene products, especially for older kids who don’t want to worry about cleanliness or their appearance when they go to school with other kids.

“Are they going to get shampoo in this bag? That’s what they ask for,” says Patrick, and goes on to describe one girl who shares a towel with her two brothers. “She’s not asking for money to go to the movies, she’s asking for towels because she doesn’t have her own.”

Project Hawaiʻi has been helping homeless children since 2002, providing basic necessities and educational support to children on Oahu and Hawaii Island. It specifically works with kids who are not in shelters, and won’t turn anyone away. Last year at Christmastime, it helped 78 homeless kids in Kakaako and 650 kids on the west side of Oahu. Patrick does outreach at homeless camps prior to the organization’s Christmas drives to document the number of kids that need assistance, but they always prepare for more kids than what they have counted. The numbers change frequently, she says, due to families moving around and some kids who appear unexpectedly.

From now through December 14, the nonprofit is looking for donors and child sponsors to help with this year’s Christmas drive.

“In order to sponsor a child, it’s not bring your unwrapped toy,” says Patrick, “It’s more like, choose a child in an age group and I’ll tell you what they want.”

She then sends the child’s wish list in an email and provides some background information to give an overall view of the child’s current living situation. Sometimes, Patrick says, sponsors are overwhelmed by the child’s wish lists depending on how needy the kid is, but sponsors can decide how much they’re willing to spend. A full outfit is the minimum requirement, with shoes if possible. Those items, she says, could run anywhere from $20 to $25 dollars. Companies, or groups of people, are also encouraged to help fulfill a child’s wish list.

“Christmas really takes a lot of community support to provide for the kids on our list,” says Patrick.

For information on how you can help, visit the Project Hawaiʻi website. 

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