News In Brief

  • Getting Ready For A Hot Start

    As students prepare for a new school year that begins Monday, the Hawaii Department of Education asks administrators and parents to review its guidance on preventing heat illness.

  • Water Quality Still In Question

    The beaches may look better, but a brown water advisory remains in effect on Oahu after the heavy rain and flooding from Tropical Storm Darby.

  • Daughter-Mother Duo On Tap

    The Democratic National Convention will wrap up with speeches Thursday by Chelsea Clinton and her mother, the first female presidential nominee of a major political party.

Why It Took A Republican Governor To Get Blue Hawaii On The Path To Clean Energy ProVision Solar

Why It Took A Republican Governor To Get Blue Hawaii On The Path To Clean Energy

When Gov. Linda Lingle pushed for sweeping renewable energy legislation, Hawaiian Electric pushed back. But Lingle eventually won.

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Can Heir Apparent Hold Off Challengers In Big Island Race?

Kai Kahele wants to keep his late father’s seat in the Hawaii Senate, but he will have to get past two Democratic primary opponents.

Neal Milner: Most Of Us Don’t Want To Understand Presidential Politics

But if you want to be the rare voter who moves beyond emotions and blind party loyalty, here are tips on how to do it.

Here’s The Deal Honolulu Made With Its Departing Ethics Director

Chuck Totto got two months’ severance pay, but the city says it might punish him if it finds he committed ethics violations.

Police Union Shouldn’t Block Body Cameras In Kauai

Hawaii’s labor board ruled that union consent isn’t needed for Kauai’s body camera program. The ruling should be upheld.

EPA Directs Hawaii To Warn Public About Polluted Beaches

High levels of a bacteria widely used as an indicator of fecal contamination have been found on the south shore of Kauai.

Convention Delegate Doesn’t Regret Flipping The Bird In Philly

Hawaii’s Democratic Party chair apologized for the actions of Sanders supporter Chelsea Lyons Kent. But Kent isn’t apologizing.

Candidate Q&A: House District 8— Richard Abbett

Candidate Q&A: House District 8— Richard Abbett

“Increase … the minimum wage toward a family level. Adults work two jobs, some parents each work and child rearing time suffers.”

Candidate Q&A: House District 30 — Romy Cachola

Candidate Q&A: House District 30 — Romy Cachola

“Provide more funds for public education. Provide more funds to hire qualified teachers. Air condition all needed classrooms.”

The Ghost In The Big Island’s Political Machine

Incumbent Billy Kenoi isn’t among the 13 candidates for Hawaii County mayor, but his credit card scandal looms over the race.

Ian Lind: Ethics Commission Takes A Licking

A ruling by Hawaii’s Supreme Court, tossing out a major enforcement action, may signal the need for a new approach.

Suit Challenges US Military Plans To Bomb Islands In Marianas

The Navy and Marines are violating environmental laws, several organizations claim.

Health Beat: Government-Run Insurance Could Save Us Money

The “public option” deserves another chance because just like generic drugs, it might be cheaper than the brand names.

Pod Squad: First He Got Frustrated, Then He Got In The Race For Mayor

Pod Squad: First He Got Frustrated, Then He Got In The Race For Mayor

Political novice Ron Hochuli says satisfying special interests has left the city “in very dire straits.”

Pod Squad: The Making Of ‘Electric Dreams’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Pod Squad: The Making Of ‘Electric Dreams’

Eric Pape discusses his ongoing series and how Hawaiian Electric’s development parallels and impacts the history of the islands.

Pod Squad: Is Mayor Kirk Caldwell In Trouble? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Pod Squad: Is Mayor Kirk Caldwell In Trouble?

Rail likely will loom large in the Honolulu mayoral race, which is bad news for the incumbent.

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Gene Ward

How Many More Spitting Caves Deaths Before Signs Are Posted?

Despite requests from Rep. Ward and others to place warning signs at the popular jumping spot, he says Honolulu officials refuse to act.

Peter McClaran

Will Charter Commission Put Campaign Reform To A Vote?

Current law makes it easy to curry favor with city leaders by giving to their campaign accounts. That needs to change.

Guy H. Kaulukukui

The Importance Of Thomas Square Park

The city’s Enterprise Services director responds to a recent Civil Beat commentary critical of plans for the historic park.

Devon Catalan

What #BernieOrBust Means To Me Now

An honest, logical examination of this writer’s support of Sanders now leads him to back Hillary Clinton — with a clean conscience.

‘That Ocean Belongs To Us,’ Former Governor Tells Feds

Several of Hawaii’s former top leaders join a rally opposing Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument expansion.

As Caldwell And Djou Sharpen Attacks, Carlisle Goes For Laughs

Unlike his opponents, the former mayor of Honolulu doesn’t seem inclined to confront the other candidates.

Candidate Q&A: House District 23 — Isaac Choy

Candidate Q&A: House District 23 — Isaac Choy

“We shouldn’t be increasing tuition costs so administrators and researchers can enjoy extremely lucrative salaries.”

Candidate Q&A: House District 28 — John Mizuno

Candidate Q&A: House District 28 — John Mizuno

“I would continue to champion and support Hawaii’s community caregiver and care home industry.”

Candidate Q&A: Hawaii County Council — Danny Paleka

Candidate Q&A: Hawaii County Council — Danny Paleka

“Ensuring the proper systems of transportation and communication are the most pressing issues for our district.”

Candidate Q&A: Hawaii County Council — Margaret Wille

Candidate Q&A: Hawaii County Council — Margaret Wille

“I seek to maximize an informed public and increase the ways the public can meaningfully participate in county government decision-making.”