Lifeguards Rally For Protections

Teachers Overwhelmingly Approve New Contract

Teachers Overwhelmingly Approve New Contract
The Hawaii State Teachers Association announced Thursday night that 98 percent of almost 8,000 union members who cast ballots voted to ratify a four-year contract that will result in a 13.6 percent pay increase.
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Police Misconduct Cases: A Settlement, A Sentence And An Acquittal

A former police officer is headed to prison for 10 years after he was found guilty of sexually assaulting a teenager while working at DLNR.

Lawmakers Advance A Bill Allowing A Mainlander To Be Police Chief

The measure would also eliminate a little-known rule that prevents some Micronesian immigrants from serving on state boards.

Council Takes Step To Allow Use Of Property Tax For Rail Construction

The Legislature is insisting that Honolulu leaders lift their prohibition on using city tax revenues for the project.

Critics: Water Bill Could Hurt Customers And The Environment

The Sierra Club is mounting a last-minute push amid worries the measure will remove private water distribution companies from state regulation.

Why Honolulu’s Water Pipes Keep Rupturing

Customers pay millions annually to repair main breaks, but the Board of Water Supply would need far more to fully upgrade the infrastructure.

Debate Over Rail Tax Extension Grows Heated

In a rare public clash, Rep. Sylvia Luke grilled Sen. Lorraine Inouye over her draft bill to extend the GET surcharge an additional 10 years.

Community Voices

Dumb and Dumber: Why Honolulu Should Abandon Rail Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Dumb and Dumber: Why Honolulu Should Abandon Rail

It’s dumb to ditch a half-built rail project after spending $4 billion. It’s even dumber to spend another $6 billion to $9 billion for slight traffic improvement and serious environmental harm.

Why Hawaii Isn’t Taken Seriously As A State Flickr.com

Why Hawaii Isn’t Taken Seriously As A State

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ recent dis of Hawaii as merely “an island in the Pacific” has roots in mainland perceptions.

Lawmakers Were Wrong To Kill School-Funding Measure Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lawmakers Were Wrong To Kill School-Funding Measure

The proposed constitutional amendment to pay for schools should have at least gotten a vote by the full Legislature.

Tom Yamachika: Hospital Severance Plan Imperils Retirement System Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Tom Yamachika: Hospital Severance Plan Imperils Retirement System

The IRS says the governor was right: A bill to help workers at hospitals getting privatized could affect all ERS beneficiaries.