The Estimated Cost Of Honolulu Rail Just Dropped By $1 Billion Cory Lum/Civil Beat

A $10 billion figure was often cited as rail’s total cost, but HART tells the feds it thinks it can finish the project for $9 billion.

GOP Renews Effort To Repeal Obamacare

GOP Renews Effort To Repeal Obamacare

A final GOP effort to dismantle the Affordable Care Act bursts into view in the Senate, where leaders began pressuring rank-and-file Republicans with the hope of voting on the package by the end of the month.

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Another Growing Threat To Hawaii’s Coral Reefs: Invasive Algae

Several years ago, the state stopped the infestation of leather mudweed by pulling up 3 million pounds of the algae. Now it’s back.

Helping Those Who Help Their Kupuna: State Aid Program Takes Shape

The Legislature approved a $600,000 effort to help people who give up their time, work and financial security to help relatives.

These Big Oahu Schools Got Bigger — And Small Ones Keep Shrinking

Some large high schools, like Campbell, are way over capacity, while smaller ones try to attract students with innovative programs.

Reader Rep: Are You Getting Your Money’s Worth From The HPD?

We spend $275 million annually on the Honolulu Police Department. We have every right to demand transparency.

Alan McNarie: Wait For Drug Treatment On Big Island Can Stretch Months

For those coming out of prison, there are only a handful of residential treatment centers.

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Save Our Limu: Uncle Henry’s Legacy Is Threatened Kuaaina Ulu Auamo

Save Our Limu: Uncle Henry’s Legacy Is Threatened

His fight to protect limu and the Ewa shore from the effects of development continues in Circuit Court.

The Choice To Stay In Hawaii Flickr: Brian Snelson

The Choice To Stay In Hawaii

A Kauai High School graduate resisted her sister’s plea to move to the mainland after graduation.

Tom Yamachika: Don’t Let Your Legislators Forget About You Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Tom Yamachika: Don’t Let Your Legislators Forget About You

If public participation is limited or barred, those doing the governing become no different than tyrants.

It’s Time For A New Approach To Welfare Cory Lum/Civil Beat

It’s Time For A New Approach To Welfare

A Universal Basic Income would create the social safety net needed in an unstable economy.