• Something to consider: by Erin Bromage

    The Risks – Know Them – Avoid Themby Erin Bromage It seems many people are breathing some relief, and I’m not sure why. An epidemic curve has a relatively predictable upslope and once the peak is reached, the back slope can also be predicted. We have robust data from the outbreaks in China and Italy, that shows the backside of the mortality curve declines slowly, with deaths persisting for months. Assuming we have just crested in deaths at 70k, it is possible that we lose another 70,000 people over the next 6 weeks as we come off that peak. That’s what’s going to happen with a lockdown. As states reopen,…

  • What a tremendous way to honor our health heroes!

    (From the Governor's Office, May 12, 2020) Team Hickam salutes Hawai‘i’s first responders, health care facilities with statewide flyover HONOLULU — The Hawai‘i Air National Guard and 15th Wing Active Duty Airmen from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam will perform a flyover throughout the Hawaiian Islands on Thursday, May 14, 2020, beginning at approximately 11:20 a.m. The flyovers will aim to fly above most of Hawaii’s large hospitals and major metropolitan areas in a salute to all frontline workers battling COVID-19, as well as those staying at home to “flatten the curve of transmission” of the virus. The flyover will feature all locally based U.S. Air Force planes, including a C-17…

  • Time for me to say, “Mahalo and aloha”

    Today I announce that I will not be running for reelection to the State House of Representatives. I am deeply grateful for the 30 years of support from my District. After this long term of service, though, it’s time to move on. Every two years – even when I ran unopposed – I walked door-to-door to talk with residents. Our District’s people deserve to be personally contacted and heard by anyone who wants to earn their votes. It’s physically demanding but immensely rewarding. It’s the best way to get to know constituents as individuals and to listen to them in a one-on-one setting. I launched my Legislative journey in 1990,…

  • HI’s cut of $6B hemp crop needs non-paranoid governor, new State manager, smart advisers

    Every member of Hawaii’s 2019 Legislature – Democratic and Republican – voted to pass the industrial hemp bill. Governor Ige vetoed it, against the will of the people and lawmakers.  Senate Bill 1353 would have established a strong, thriving hemp program for Hawaii’s farmers– a $1 billion-a-year national industry that’s forecast to reach $6 billion in some three years. Following Federal law, the bill called for one yearly inspection of hemp crops, mirroring the policy of other mainland states.  Attempting to explain his veto, the politician claimed that since our ideal climate and soil can produce more than one crop yearly – a rare growing condition giving Hawaii the envied…

  • Open the renewable playing field

    Hawaii’s law protects the small, select group of current renewable energy devices including wind, solar and bioenergy. As time passes, newer renewable technologies move from their development phase to their commercial stage. Unfortunately, our state’s statutory provisions don’t protect open, feasible economic paths for these new devices. Wave energy, produced by Wave Energy Converters (WEC), top the list of devices needing updated statutory recognition and assistance. Our own Kaneohe Bay houses the Navy’s Wave Energy Testing Site, where cutting-edge experiments use ocean waves to generate electricity. Multiple prototypes that originate from around the world and that capture mechanical energy from waves are continuously tested and tweaked here. As these advancements…