Philippines leader Marcos’ visit to Hawaii boosts US-Philippines bond and recalls family history

HONOLULU — Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. is meeting with senior U.S. military leaders and members of Hawaii’s large Filipino community this weekend in a visit steeped in geopolitical and personal significance for the leader, but also drawing small protests from a younger generation of Filipinos who point to the actions of his dictator father who died in exile in Hawaii.

Obituaries for November 20

Lawrence Shoji Hatayama, 87, of Hilo died Oct. 29 at Hale Anuenue Restorative Care Center. Born in Olaa, he was co-owner of the former Truck and Trailer Service Inc., a member of Hilo Higashi Hongwanji Mission and U.S. Army veteran. Private services held. No flowers or koden (monetary gifts). Survived by son, Neal (Jo-Ann) Hatayama of Hilo; brother, Kenichi Hatayama of Hilo; sisters, Patsy Umeno of California and Janice Manalili of Kona; two grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Congressional dysfunction puts the nation’s fiscal reputation at risk

The credit rating agency Moody’s on Nov. 10 lowered its outlook on the United States from “stable” to “negative” in the latest knock to the country’s fiscal stewardship. Though the White House and other federal leaders decried the change, is it any wonder investors have soured on the country’s long-term prospects? The federal government spent weeks careening toward a shutdown — again.