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Editorial

Stemming the tide

First came the brown and beige spots on the leaves of her avocado trees. Then the Kula farmer watched her avocado harvest dwindle to a tiny fraction of past years. She learned the spots were caused by avocado lace bugs, a new invasive species that poses a true threat to the once-reliable Maui ...

Closing medical coverage gap

After months of doing nothing, Democrats in Congress appear poised to achieve something at last — or rather, multiple somethings, from protections for same-sex marriage to tens of billions of dollars toward computer chips to, finally, an economic package passed through reconciliation. ...

A right to contraception

This week the U.S. House of Representatives is expected to take up the Right to Contraception Act. The bill, introduced by Rep. Kathy E. Manning, a Democrat from North Carolina, establishes a federal right to contraception—meaning women would have the right to use birth control and medical ...

Out of alignment

Last weekend’s giant south swell washed away any doubts about prioritizing the realignment of Honoapiilani Highway in Ukumehame and Olowalu. The question is where. Based on our conversation with Hawaii Department of Transportation Deputy Director for Highways Ed Sniffen earlier this ...

Birth control after Roe

The French company that has asked for permission to sell birth control pills over the counter in the United States says the timing of its request to the Food and Drug Administration, coming soon after the Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe v. Wade, is coincidental. That might be, but ...

Global hunger is looming

Hunger is stalking the world. Seven years ago, the United Nations vowed to eradicate it by 2030. Yet the number of people affected globally reached 828 million last year, and an unprecedented number — 345 million — are currently experiencing acute food insecurity, the U.N. has ...