States of the Union: Hawaii

Friday, August 15, 2008

Find out how high gas prices are affecting the Aloha State, the most isolated state in the union – and one that depends on tourism. Plus: why Hawaii has been such a liberal state over the past 40 years. Ira Rohter is professor of politics at the University of Hawaii – Manoa.

States of the Union fact of the week: Hawaii is the only state in the United States that has a royal palace.

Comments [3]

J.C. from Minneapolis

"Congresspeople" is such an awful-sounding word. Try "representatives" or "members of Congress" instead if you really think the word "congressmen" is so bad.

Aug. 21 2008 10:53 AM
ann from Forest Hills, NY

I will be brief and as polite as I can be without having my comment removed from this site - all I can say is that Professor Rohter's could not have been a worse choice for WNYC to choose to be interviewed by Mr. Lopate. There are so many more people in Hawai'i who would have been more qualified to answer Mr. Lopate's questions.

Aug. 17 2008 11:21 PM
Orrie from Port Washington, NY

Prof. Rohter failed to mention that ALL the islands of Hawaii, make up a single school district. There is no local control and limited accountability. According to a parent group member in Waikoloa on the Big Island, there has been only one school board meeting in the local school system -- ever! Overall, there seems to be very little interest in education and no willingness to spend or tax for it.

My grandson attends first grade at the local elementary school on the Big Island, and despite his eagerness to learn, he seems to be getting a pretty mediocre education so far.


Aug. 15 2008 12:56 PM

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