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  • Waikiki March Honors MLK

    Holding signs calling for peace, a parade of people marched down Kalakaua Avenue on Monday to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., KITV reported.

  • Trump Attacks John Lewis

    The president-elect “lashed out” at the civil rights icon on Twitter Saturday morning, NPR reports, a day after the Georgia Democratic congressman said he does not view him as “legitimate” amid questions of Russia’s interference.

Honolulu Police Commission To City Council: Stay Out Of It Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Police Commission To City Council: Stay Out Of It

The chairman of the commission says it alone will finalize a secret deal likely to include a buyout for retiring Police Chief Louis Kealoha.

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FBI Serves Search Warrant At Honolulu Prosecutor’s Office

Prosecuting Attorney Keith Kaneshiro has been combative over allegations that one of his top deputies is involved in corruption and conspiracy.

Death And Taxes: Two Certainties For This Year’s Hawaii Legislature

Lawmakers will consider medical aid in dying legislation while also weighing how to fund transportation projects such as Honolulu rail.

No Quick Fixes For Prison Overcrowding In Governor’s Budget

The Department of Public Safety has not started on expansion of three jails, a $37.5 million project approved by lawmakers last year.

Is Hawaii Spending Enough To Protect Its Natural Resources?

The challenge facing the DLNR is called “overwhelming,” but the agency hasn’t hired all the people it’s authorized to.

State Says Number Of Available Shelter Beds Will Go Up In 2017

Hawaii nonprofits also promise to double the number of homeless people who enter permanent housing.

Hirono Takes Stand Against Attorney General Nominee

The Hawaii senator, who moved to the United States as a child, chided Sen. Jeff Sessions for his stances on immigration reform.

Hawaii Sued By Supporters Of Medical Aid In Dying

The plaintiffs, including terminally ill lobbyist John Radcliffe, are also hoping to convince the Legislature to take action this session.

OHA Trustees Walk Out After Chair Squelches Public Testimony

Rowena Akana unilaterally ruled that oral testimony regarding the embattled CEO would not be permitted at a public meeting.

Schatz Gets Key Role On Military Panel

Hawaii senator hopeful that new post will bring money to the state.

How Hawaii’s Prisoners Are Ending Up In Facilities All Over The Country

But, citing privacy and security reasons, state prison officials won’t say why prisoners are being transferred or where they have gone.

Tad Bartimus: Woman Who Started March On DC Is A Real Trailblazer

The tenacity that pulled her through breast cancer and near-blindness led a Maui woman to issue a call to action heard around the world.

More Money Sought To Fix Hawaii’s Harbors, Airports And Roads

The state Department of Transportation has a long list of budget requests from the Legislature and the needs just keep piling up.

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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.”

Pod Squad: From Hawaii To Standing Rock And Back Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Pod Squad: From Hawaii To Standing Rock And Back

Two Civil Beat journalists talk about their five days in the frozen Midwest during the Dakota Access Pipeline protest.

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.

Danielle Mizuta

Address Teacher Shortage By Developing Educational Assistants

Instead of putting so much effort into recruiting more teachers from the mainland, the DOE should look at people it already has on staff.

Spencer Bento

It Actually Happened — Now What?

This high school student is left to ponder what the Trump presidency will mean and look for signs of a more hopeful future.

Adam Keawe Manalo-Camp

OHA: A ‘Blistering Wart’ That Must Do Better

Instead of sponsoring political division, it should sponsor more programs to help Native Hawaiians become an economic and technological powerhouse.

Caldwell: There’s Likely No Deal Yet On Police Chief’s Departure

The mayor said there’s no big hurry, but he’d still like to see a departure agreement finalized “as expeditiously as possible.”

Sewage Spills Will Likely Continue Near Ko Olina Until Pipes Replaced

Prematurely corroding pipes must be replaced at an estimated cost of $34.6 million, a City Council committee is told.

Want To Be On Hawaii’s 2020 Presidential Ballot? Show Us Your Taxes

An Oahu lawmaker plans legislation that would require all presidential candidates to release their returns.

Chaos At OHA: A Power Struggle And Employee Accusations

As she seeks to oust the CEO, new Chair Rowena Akana is the subject of numerous staff complaints.

Tad Bartimus: How A Maui Woman Launched A Global Movement

They call her “The Firestarter.” From a keyboard in Hana, Teresa Shook ignited the upcoming Women’s March On Washington.

Ian Lind: Police May Be Blocked From Aerial Surveillance In Hawaii

The Hawaii Supreme Court is considering whether privacy expectations preclude the police from gathering evidence of a crime by flying over your house.