Honolulu seventh heaven for raising families


POSTED: Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Honolulu ranks a lucky seven on the Children's Health magazine list of the 100 best and worst U.S. cities in which to raise your family.

Burlington, Vt., rated No. 1 for having the highest in the country for per-student spending, graduation rates, percentage of population with advanced degrees and median family income as well as its scenic views and tourist- and photographer-drawing fall foliage color explosion.

The magazine's online coverage only provides an explanation of its ranking for Burlington and a list of the other 99 cities.

The print edition hits newsstands today and features first lady Michelle Obama encircled by children, on the cover.

Children's Health focuses on health, nutrition and educational guidance for parents of infants and children, and its editors considered 30 factors in preparing the list, including crime and safety, education, economics, housing, cultural attractions and health.

The information was gleaned from sources including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, the FBI, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and independent experts of various stripes.

On the Net:

» www.childrenshealthmag.com/bestplaces




Honolulu is among the top 10 best U.S. cities in which to raise a family, according to the current issue of Children's Health magazine.
        Top five
        1. Burlington, Vt.
        2. Madison, Wis.
        3. Fargo, N.D.
        4. Lincoln, Neb.
        5. Fremont, Calif.
        7. Honolulu

Five worst
        96. Fresno, Calif.
        97. Memphis, Tenn.
        98. Orlando, Fla.
        99. Miami
        100. Detroit
        Source: Children's Health magazine



Oceanic Time Warner Cable's cable franchise is up for renewal, and the state Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs and the state's only cable provider could be in for a fight.

'Olelo Community Media is planning a strong presence at a public hearing on the matter from 5 to 8 this evening in Hirata Hall at McKinley High School, 1039 S. King St.

It is through a fee on cable subscribers' monthly bills that 'Olelo, on Oahu, and similar nonprofit organizations on other islands can operate noncommercial public, educational and government channels on the cable system.

The DCCA has posted Oceanic's application and related materials on its Web site. The application is also available for review at Oceanic customer service offices around Oahu.

'Olelo has also posted pertinent information online. It is concerned about Oceanic's current proposal, which it says might cause them to reduce services, staff, channels and some of its community media centers.

Oceanic's cable franchise expires in December, and DCCA will act on the application by Oct. 23. People who can't make tonight's hearing have until Friday to submit written testimony.


» www.olelo.org
» hawaii.gov/dcca/areas/catv
» www.oceanic.com