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Dawn Morais is a communications consultant and issue advocate.www.dawnmorais.com She was born in Kerala and raised in Malaysia. She lives in Hawaii, and blogs on faith, culture, and politics.

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"We take care of what we value; We value what we know." Kūpuna and students talk about what it takes to save our coral reefs.

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2016 | 3:32 PM

Understanding the 'āina --land and oceans--that feed us, body and soul, will make us better guardians of the planet. Dr. Peter Sale said so. Hannah Kihalani Springer said so. Edwin Ekolu Lindsey said so. Each of the three speakers on the "kūpuna panel" contributed to a public conversation about building...

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TRY WAIT to let the fish rebound

(0) Comments | Posted June 11, 2016 | 5:45 AM

The phrase to "think global and act local" is invoked frequently. But it has taken on a particular new energy across the Pacific as communities address declining fish populations in their traditional fishing grounds. People in small coastal towns remember when the fish was so plentiful they used to swim...

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"The Ocean Brings Us Together." Hogan/ASB Nonprofit Plan Winners Empower and Uplift

(1) Comments | Posted May 5, 2016 | 1:34 PM

Korety Mori regrets the tears that got in the way of saying "Thank You!" to the Hogan Family and American Savings Bank on being named a winner of this year's Nonprofit Plan Competition. The manager of the newly formed, Cultural Wares did say, "The ocean brings us together. Thank you...

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Under the Influence? The Ethics and Optics of Obscene Speaking Fees

(1) Comments | Posted April 26, 2016 | 11:13 AM

Chris Matthews, and others less hostile, but apparently as morally clueless as he pretends to be, appear to be having a hard time understanding why Hillary Clinton's obscenely high speaking fees are a very bad thing. Apparently, the test for Chris Matthews -- picking up where...

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The Clinton Candidacy: "Distrust and Verify"

(0) Comments | Posted March 21, 2016 | 10:51 PM

If you're voting for Hillary Rodham Clinton because you think it's time a woman attained the highest office in the land, understand that HRC sees herself in the tradition of Golda Meir.

HRC:... some of us remember a woman, Golda Meir, leading Israel's government decades ago and wonder what's taking...

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10 Things I Like About Bernie Sanders

(0) Comments | Posted March 17, 2016 | 2:14 PM

  1. Bernie Sanders does not try to fake empathy. He listens carefully to stories of heartbreak, then addresses the issue. He says YES to immigration reform; YES to criminal justice reform, to holding police officers accountable under the same laws they are sworn to uphold. He pledges to work to end...
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Attendees Leave Town Hall on Long Term Care Determined to Hold Legislators Accountable

(1) Comments | Posted March 2, 2016 | 6:17 PM

The stories told at the Town Hall on long term care at the Sacred Hearts Academy auditorium in Honolulu the evening of Monday February 29 were stories of quiet, unsung heroism. Those who give care, and those who receive care, asked the same question: why are legislators not acting with...

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Reclaiming Christianity from the Grasp of Franklin Graham

(10) Comments | Posted February 25, 2016 | 3:51 PM

One sign said "All are Abraham's children." Another said "The Aloha State Does Not Hate." And yet another invoked Leviticus 19:34 "You shall love the alien as yourself." Pastors of several churches on Oahu who were protesting Rev. Franklin Graham's rally on the grounds of the Hawaii State Capitol on...

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Deadly Pesticides: Will Hawai'i Lawmakers Say No to What Harms Us?

(0) Comments | Posted February 5, 2016 | 8:01 PM

The story of the little island that could, and did take on some of the giant agrochemical companies was the backdrop against which the Food Justice Summit in Honolulu unfolded last month. Gary Hooser, founder of the Hawai'i Alliance for Progressive Action (H.A.P.A.) which organized the summit in...

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Tocqueville -- and the Pornography of the Trump Campaign

(0) Comments | Posted January 17, 2016 | 11:17 PM

Carly Fiorina had it exactly right when she dismissed Donald Trump's insults with a simple "I think women all over this country heard very clearly what Mr. Trump said." So did every immigrant. And every Muslim. And every African American. And every Asian. And every prisoner of war....

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Calling for Climate Justice in Honolulu

(1) Comments | Posted December 5, 2015 | 8:48 PM

Against a backdrop of glitzy brand names on one of the most famous streets in the world, a couple of hundred people of all ages and ethnicities gathered on a sunny Sunday morning in Waikiki this past weekend to send a message to Paris. One of the rally's most conspicuous...

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At Poetry Premiere and HANOCON2015: Calls to Address Climate Change

(2) Comments | Posted October 12, 2015 | 3:26 PM

Two major events a week apart in Honolulu underscored the urgent need for the community to address climate change -- and pointed to greater public engagement on the issue. From seniors to millennials, from educators to students, from artists to entrepreneurs, from enlightened for-profit businesses to nonprofits tackling the state's...

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NACF Fellow Bernice Akamine Recreates Anti-Annexation Petition in KALO

(0) Comments | Posted August 19, 2015 | 2:03 PM

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This very large Hawaiian flag was part of a visual installation about Hawaiian houselessness created by Bernice Akamine.Pix by R. Kealohapau'ole Manakū

Everything Bernice Akamine has done over the course of her working life seems to have prepared her for what could well...

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Starr Kalahiki: Healing the Broken-Hearted Through Song

(0) Comments | Posted August 10, 2015 | 4:57 PM

On Thursday August 6 Starr Kalahiki was on the beach when she learned that she had just won a national fellowship from the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation(NACF). That same afternoon she went on to join Reggie Padilla (tenor sax), Jon Hawes (bass), and Dan Del Negro (piano)...

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NACF Fellows Bring Hawaii to the 2015 Venice Biennale

(2) Comments | Posted June 5, 2015 | 1:39 PM

For the first time, the Venice Biennale in 2015 saw the introduction of two noted Hawaiian artists--Kapulani Landgraf and Kaili Chun to the famed international art exhibition.

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Kapulani Landgraf(left) and Kaili Chun at the Venice...

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Elder Care: Building a Care Grid Ensures Security for All

(0) Comments | Posted May 17, 2015 | 4:42 PM

Reading The Age of Dignity will make you feel better. Ai-jen Poo's book about the challenge of elder care in America dispenses some hard truths about what growing older means for us, for those we care for, and those who will care for us. It is a daunting...

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Hogan Lifetime Achievement Award to Rick Tanaka

(1) Comments | Posted April 29, 2015 | 7:12 PM

Anyone who has been to Tanaka of Tokyo knows what it feels like to be treated like a V.I.P. and leave very happy. There is probably no other restaurant in Honolulu more dedicated to the proposition that the people who come to dine there on Japanese steak and seafood are...

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Thursday Treasure: Jazz Vespers at St. Peter's, Honolulu

(1) Comments | Posted April 24, 2015 | 3:53 AM

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We missed the big sign, but two home-made banners hung from the gates of St. Peter's Episcopal Church in downtown Honolulu, proclaiming JAZZ VESPERS TONIGHT got our attention as we drove past. We were headed to the Pacific Club just...

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Caring Across Generations: A Community Approach to the Challenges of Aging

(0) Comments | Posted April 9, 2015 | 4:25 PM

Executive Director of Jobs with Justice, Sarita Gupta, was in Honolulu recently to talk about Caring Across Generations, a campaign to empower families and the community to meet the challenges that lie ahead with what some have called the "silver tsunami." The national statistics...

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Typhoon Haiyan: COVO Donations Help Villagers Rebuild

(3) Comments | Posted March 31, 2015 | 9:00 PM

Faced with the widespread suffering caused by Typhoon Haiyan in November 2013, people in Hawaii gave generously. Various groups organized donation drives, concerts, and other events to raise funds for the thousands who lost homes and loved ones to the fury of one of the many

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