Honolulu Youth Services

Society as a whole loses when its young people fail. Those youth who have turned to the streets because of difficult situations at home deserve help. Likewise, anyone who is homeless or addicted to drugs needs a safe haven to

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Hawai’i Crosswalk Laws

You may think choosing to cross at an official crosswalk will keep you safe from an accident on Hawaii’s busy roadways, but we have one of the worst records in the nation for pedestrian accidents and fatalities.  According to the

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Kalalau Trail Deaths and Hawaii’s Liability

The Kalalau Trail on the Island of Kauai is one of the most well-known trails in the entire state. Although many hikers seek out this trail for excitement, it is also known for its difficult terrain and high level of

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Decreased Use of Child Seats in Hawai’i Troubling

Studies have shown that compliance with Hawaii’s child restraint law is dropping. Unfortunately, this leads to an increased risk of injury for children all over the state. In addition, because child restraints are required by law, drivers who do not

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Dangerous Roads of Maui

With its stunning vistas, Maui serves as a vacation paradise for millions of visitors each year. But the trip of a lifetime can turn tragic for those who fall prey to Maui’s extremely dangerous roads. Among the scariest roads in

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Is the Hawai’i Bike Share Initiative a Recipe for Disaster?

A new bike-sharing initiative is gearing up in Honolulu, and organizers say it will help reduce traffic woes, encourage physical fitness, boost retail business and cut dependence on fossil fuels. Cycling can be a dangerous way to travel in the

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Pedestrian Safety in Hawaii

Hawaii is a state that draws in a substantial amount of tourists each year, many of which choose to walk to get from restaurants to beaches to hotels and beyond. Combined with the increasing resident population, the streets are often

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$5.6 Million Verdict for Hilo Malpractice

img001-e-tn.jpgA Hawaiian jury awarded $5.6 million to the family of an elderly minister whose doctor improvised by implanting the shaft of a screwdriver into his spine during surgery.

This was the most egregious case of malpractice I’ve ever seen in my career, and it started a cascade of events that ultimately ended in death, said Mark Davis, who represented the family of Arturo Iturralde.

But Dr. Robert Ricketson, an orthopedic surgeon who represented himself at trial, said he acted reasonably when he discovered halfway through the surgery that two titanium rods needed to fix Iturralde’s spine were missing.

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Dangers of Hawaii’s Stairway to Heaven

Approximately 150 people a week illegally climb the Haiku Stairs, also known as the Stairway to Heaven. Located on Oahu, the 3,992 steep steps lead to a now defunct radio tower that sits atop Puu Keahiakahoe in the Ko’olau mountain

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Dangers and Liability of Hawaii’s Public Lands and Trails

Although most are not aware of it, the state of Hawaii is liable for injuries sustained on public land. The liability even extends to publicly owned trails where people walk, run, bike and perform other activities that require significant physical

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