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  • Tear Gas Fired, Officers Hurt In DC

    Police fired tear gas, at least 95 protesters were arrested and two officers were injured Friday during clashes in Washington, D.C., near the inaugural events.

  • It’s President Donald Trump

    Donald J. Trump was inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States on Friday in the traditional ceremony on the steps of the U.S. Capitol.

  • Obama Tweets His Farewell

    In his final hours as president, Barack Obama tweeted: “It’s been the honor of my life to serve you. You made me a better leader and a better man.”

Will GOP Punish Hawaii Because We’re Democrats? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Will GOP Punish Hawaii Because We’re Democrats?

Schatz and Hirono are already making stands on Trump’s environmental nominees. But the state’s GOP chair warns against going too far.

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Hawaii Christian Church Says No Gays Allowed At Upcoming Banquet

A church’s Sweethearts Banquet at the Hale Koa Hotel advertises it is open to all married couples comprised of “a man & woman by birth.”

Why One Police Commissioner Wanted To Fire The Chief

Commissioner Loretta Sheehan was outvoted by the other commissioners but presented them with a detailed plan for moving to fire the chief.

Health Beat: Licensing Doctors Nationally Makes A Lot Of Sense

State-by-state certification thwarts telemedicine and exacerbates physician shortages in Hawaii and other remote areas.

Potholes, Lost Inmate Property, Falling Ceiling Cost Taxpayers

The state approved nearly $200,000 in small claims to cover a wide range of incidents reported by residents, prisoners and others.

Hawaii Residents Journey To DC For Very Different Reasons

Some are here to celebrate a new direction for the country. Others will march for the preservation of women’s rights.

Ian Lind: HPD Needs To Stop Shooting At Cars

What should police officers do when threatened by a moving car? New national policy says: Don’t shoot, move!


Neal Milner: Politics Works When We Embrace Right Kind Of Ignorance

Like cholesterol, there are good and bad forms of ignorance. Know-it-all politicians have the bad kind, but we still vote for them all the time.

Honolulu Police Chief Gets $250,000 In Retirement Deal

Agreement calls for Louis Kealoha to pay back the money if he is convicted of a felony.

Rail Project’s Huge Shortfall Looms Over Legislature’s Opening Day

The Senate president said lawmakers are not united on a plan, even as the House speaker reiterated his ideas to fund the troubled project.

Gabbard In Syria, Hanabusa In Honolulu As DC Fills Up

Hundreds of Hawaii residents are converging on the nation’s capital for inauguration-related events, but so far their congresswomen aren’t there.

Counselor Involved In School Sex Case Now Works For State

Scott O’Neal didn’t admit liability but paid $750,000 to settle. The Department of Health said it could find no reason not to hire him.

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Pod Squad: Nine Years of Staking Out Obama

Pod Squad: Nine Years of Staking Out Obama

A small group of protesters stood a mostly silent vigil to the vacationing president’s comings and goings.

Pod Squad: Meet Civil Beat’s DC Reporter Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Pod Squad: Meet Civil Beat’s DC Reporter

Kirstin Downey talks about how looming changes in Washington, D.C., could affect Hawaii.

Pod Squad: How Trump Won And What Comes Next For Journalism Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Pod Squad: How Trump Won And What Comes Next For Journalism

Only one of the candidates — and it wasn’t Clinton — offered what voters clearly wanted: “This overarching call to action.”

Della Au Belatti

Why We March

We want communities where women can thrive, raise our children without fear, claim our bodies as our own and feel safe in our own skin.

Marco Mangelsdorf

Alternate Realities: The State Of Solar Power In Hawaii

As our political leaders promise a conversion to renewable energy, the state of solar power is in deep decline.

Jonathan Dial

Inaugurating Resistance: A Call to Action

Many of us were simply despondent after the election, but we’re mobilizing now.

MarshaRose Joyner

When You Think About Civil Rights, Think About Health Care

“Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhuman,” said Martin Luther King Jr. in 1966.

Civil Beat: Beefing Up And Drilling Down In 2017

We’re grateful for solid support from readers who value the in-depth, independent reporting that really started to pay off in 2016.

Senator: ‘Silent’ Police Commission Should Stay Quiet A Bit Longer

Will Espero urges the commission to wait until a federal investigation is finished before making a deal for Chief Louis Kealoha’s departure.

Senator Wants More Transparency For Charter School Funds

Jill Tokuda complains that State Public Charter School Commission is the only state agency to hold its funds in private accounts.

Legislators Question Removal Of School Superintendent

As they consider the Department of Education’s budget request, some lawmakers say Kathryn Matayoshi should be retained.

Report: Native Hawaiians Face A ‘Public Health Crisis’

That’s the conclusion of a task force that wants help from the state. But lawmakers demand to see specific proposals, and quickly.

Counties Again Seek Greater Share Of Hotel Tax, Lifeguard Immunity

Protection from civil litigation expires July 1 unless lawmakers act. Counties want lifeguards treated the same as some state workers.