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  • HPD Officer Shoots Two In Mililani

    A Honolulu police officer shot two men inside a suspected stolen vehicle as they attempted to flee outside the Mililani Burger King on Thursday afternoon. The HPD said the suspect vehicle rammed a police car and nearly struck the officer, who then opened fire. The men were hospitalized.

  • More On Hanauma Bay Dispute

    Anita Hofschneider goes on KITV to talk about Civil Beat’s latest report on a dispute between the city and Friends of Hanauma Bay over how proceeds from the nature preserve are spent.

  • A Quiet Hurricane Season

    Hurricane season technically ended Wednesday and even though six tropical cyclones formed in our area since June 1 only one — Darby — made landfall.

Aloha, Standing Rock: Islanders Brave Cold, Snow In Solidarity Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Aloha, Standing Rock: Islanders Brave Cold, Snow In Solidarity

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s fight to stop an oil pipeline has drawn hundreds of supporters to a frozen landscape in North Dakota.


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Activists Fear Thomas Square Could Become A ‘Revenue Cow’

The downtown Honolulu park has long been the site for political and cultural events, as well as free services for the needy.

City Gets Authority To Condemn Private Kakaako Streets

The City Council approves a resolution that provides an option for clearing obstructed roadways.

Micronesia Expert Blasts ‘Flawed’ US Approach To Foreign Aid

Micronesia has become heavily reliant on U.S. aid for its gross domestic product and jobs — not a model for sustainability.

Council Approves $150K To Pay Lawyers For Police Chief

Because Kealoha is suing the city for investigating him, city attorneys can’t represent the chief in other cases.

Angela Kaaihue Removed From City Council Meeting After Disruptions

She said renaming an aquatic center after the late Mark Takai was a “disgrace,” and suggested naming it for Donald Trump instead.

Hawaii’s Probation Program Is Often Copied, But Does It Work?

A new study finds the islands’ approach doesn’t necessarily reduce recidivism and save taxpayer money.

Baby Death Lawsuit Cites A Hospital Language Barrier

A Chuukese couple’s child died after a series of visits to the emergency room at Kapiolani Medical Center, their lawyer says.

Lawsuit Targets Secrecy In Hawaii Tax Change Proposals

Why did the Ige administration try to change rules on tax refunds and general excise tax licenses? It doesn’t want you to know.

The Projector: Rain Can’t Stop A Search For The Perfect Tree

The Projector: Rain Can’t Stop A Search For The Perfect Tree

Not all of Hawaii’s Christmas trees arrive by ship. Since 2002, a tree farm near Wahiawa has been growing its own.

City Still Misuses Hanauma Bay Funds, Advocacy Group Says

Honolulu officials have agreed to an independent financial audit of revenue from Oahu’s prime snorkeling venue.

Luke Evslin: Now The Climate Change Battle Belongs To All Of Us

The only way to combat denialism is to reach out to our friends and neighbors and have a frank conversation

Hawaii Senate Reveals Committee Chairs For Next Session

Among the changes, Karl Rhoads will steer the Water and Land Committee, Mike Gabbard the Agriculture and Environment Committee.

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Pod Squad: Nonprofit News Sites Join Forces Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Pod Squad: Nonprofit News Sites Join Forces

Civil Beat is one of five nonprofit news organizations that are joining together to share ideas and resources.

Pod Squad: Hawaii Public Radio Looks To Extend Its Reach Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Pod Squad: Hawaii Public Radio Looks To Extend Its Reach

Jose Fajardo, HPR’s president and general manager, wants to expand the two stations’ local content.

Pod Squad: What’s Up With The Lack of Mayoral Debates?

Pod Squad: What’s Up With The Lack of Mayoral Debates?

The 2016 elections are coming at a time that political debates are changing, and not for the better.

Ann Auman

Try These Tools To Spot Fake News

News literacy tools empower us to read critically and to venture into uncomfortable territory.

Tyler Greenhill

The Hawaii People’s Congress: Building a Progressive Movement

The potential of a large collective movement that has the ability to generate change arising from The Hawaii People’s Congress exists.

Erin Medeiros

Pay Teachers The Bonus They Deserve To Solve Teacher Shortage

It’s time “to recognize and support exemplary teaching practice by supporting public school teachers.”


Kaiulani Milham

A Game Changer For Kanaka Maoli

Does Trump think of Hawaii when he says he’s going to “Make America Great Again?”

Gabbard To Join Veterans In Protest Of North Dakota Oil Pipeline

Hawaii’s congresswoman says she will attend demonstrations near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation on Sunday.

Services For The Needy Generate Hope, Complaints In Chinatown

Can the area pull off the balancing act of helping the homeless while still allowing businesses to thrive?

Denby Fawcett: Neighbors Say No To Doris Duke Swimming Hole Changes

Should an historic breakwater be destroyed because some people are too stupid to quit jumping off the rocks?

Former Big Island Prison Warden Sues State Over Firing

Ruth Forbes’ lawsuit alleges disgruntled employees conspired to get her fired.

Councilwoman Wants To Stop Manoa Flooding Before It Returns

Honolulu Councilwoman Ann Kobayashi hopes better cooperation among property owners will help alleviate a pricey problem.

Will Trump Be Able To Undo Papahanaumokuakea?

The president lacks the express authority to revoke a national monument designation but Congress can do it.