Commentary

Commentary: Increasing Voter Turnout in Hawaiʻi

Mar 13, 2018
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For the last five presidential elections, Hawaiʻi has ranked last in the nation in voter turnout. There are some ideas on the topic before the current legislative session. Corie Tanida of Common Cause Hawaiʻi says several are worth considering. She has more in this commentary. 

Commentary: Protect Aquarium Fishing

Jun 22, 2017
Max Pixel

Among the bills passed by the legislature and awaiting the signature or veto of Governor Ige is Senate Bill 1240. Its topic is aquarium fish. The measure would end the collection of reef wildlife for the aquarium trade. We recently aired a commentary by Robert Winter, President of Snorkel Bob’s Hawai‘i—who believes the governor should sign it. Today we have an opposing view point from Bruce Carlson, a retired marine biologist and former director of the Waikīkī Aquarium. He believes the bill should be vetoed and contributed this commentary to Hawai‘i Public Radio.

Sustainable Reefs and Aquarium Fish

Jun 1, 2017
Flickr / NOAA Photo Library
Flickr / NOAA Photo Library

A bill awaiting Governor Ige's signature would end the commercial collecting of Hawaii reef wildlife for the aquarium trade. The legislature passed SB 1240, requiring the Department of Land and Natural Resources to develop a plan that factors in sustainability when it comes to Hawai'i reef fish and the aquarium trade. It's a bill strongly backed by Robert Wintner—president of Snorkel Bob's Hawai'i, who contributed this commentary to Hawai'i Public Radio.

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Larry Loos / FLickr

This Friday marks five years since a devastating earthquake and tsunami struck northern Japan. More than 16-thousand people were killed and another 7,000 were injured. The estimated $235-billion in damages makes it the costliest natural disaster in human history.  It was also a life-changing experience for HPR guest commentator Ray Tsuchiyama who now works with a national disaster training center in Honolulu.

The Lure of Korean Drama

Nov 18, 2015
Wikipedia Commons
Wikipedia Commons

From time to time Hawai‘i Public Radio airs commentaries representing different viewpoints on various issues from around the islands. Today, Debra Toy Bressem returns with a perspective on the fervor surrounding Korean Drama in Hawaii.  You can read her companion article to this commentary in the November 2015 issue of Honolulu Magazine.