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  • Our Fading Presidential Spotlight

    We won’t miss the traffic delays, but a New York Times writer figures Hawaii may look back wistfully at these years when someone who grew up in the islands lived in the White House — and came home for Christmas.

  • Blair Talks About Mayoral Poll

    Chad Blair goes on KITV to talk about The Civil Beat Poll, which found Kirk Caldwell leading Charles Djou by 48 percent to 41 percent in the Honolulu mayor’s race.

Djou Says Caldwell Lied About Bank Compensation Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Djou Says Caldwell Lied About Bank Compensation

But the mayor’s political advisers say the ethics complaint is just a campaign ploy.

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Candidate Q&A: State Senate District 1 — Kaialiʻi Kahele

Candidate Q&A: State Senate District 1 — Kaialiʻi Kahele

“Hawaii Island has the highest unemployment rate in the state at almost 5.0 percent … I am committed to growing my island’s economy.”

Candidate Q&A: Maui County Council — Shane Sinenci

Candidate Q&A: Maui County Council — Shane Sinenci

“County government needs to support the state’s affordable housing initiatives and fast-track those projects that will put families in homes.”

Oahu’s Inmates Are Facing Some Seriously ‘Inhumane’ Conditions

The feds stepped in once before. Hawaii needs a mix of expanded facilities and a decrease in prisoners to avoid losing control again.

Almost Three-Quarters Of Voters Want To Strengthen Police Panel

In other issues raised by charter amendments, they aren’t hot on extending term limits or dedicating a portion of property taxes to the zoo.

Todd Simmons: What A Clinton Win, Senate Flip Might Mean

With Democrats holding the White House and a Senate majority, functionality might return to the federal government.

Civil Beat’s Work Is Honored By Local Groups

Reporting on Chinatown and behavioral health issues recognized by a community organization and the Hawaii Psychological Association.

Feds: Foreign Fishermen Have No Complaints Working On US Boats

Law enforcement officers are continuing to investigate allegations of human trafficking but say they have not found a case yet.

Mayor Wright Reconstruction Will Displace 1,500 Anxious Tenants

Plans call for the public housing project to be rebuilt. Current residents have been promised interim housing and a chance to return.

Honolulu Voters Don’t Love Rail, But They Still Want The Job Done

Supporters of building the train’s route all the way to Ala Moana Center far outnumber people who want to cut the rail line short.

Why Pidgin Still Matters

Why Pidgin Still Matters

Pidgin was pushed aside to indoctrinate the people of Hawaii into Western schools of thought. But what have been the consequences?

Voters Asked To Strengthen Honolulu Police Commission

But the commission’s newest member questions whether it would use the additional authority.

The Mysterious Reason Tourists Keep Mailing Rocks Back To Hawaii

Superstition about a curse leads to some second-guessing among visitors who bring home rocks, sand and seashells.

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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.

Pod Squad: Capitol Debate Series Takes On Pesticides Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Pod Squad: Capitol Debate Series Takes On Pesticides

Want to learn more about pesticide buffer zones? Go to the debate on Friday between college debate teams.
Pod Squad: Race And Ethnicity In Hawaii Politics

Pod Squad: Race And Ethnicity In Hawaii Politics

"You have to make alliances across ethnicities, and that is wonderful," says retired UH history professor Dan Boylan.
Patricia Brandt

A Fearless Wahine Who Will Ask The Tough Questions Of OHA

A lifelong friend of OHA Trustee candidate Mililani Trask, the writer calls her a champion for transparency, accountability and justice.

Spencer Yim Kealamakia

The Tao Of Wespac: Blankly Staring Into Eternity

Wespac’s response to charges of labor violations on fishing boats could be seen through an ancient Chinese philosophical lens. Or not.

Victor Craft

Models To Address Housing Costs Exist; Who Will Look For Them?

Other areas have taken novel approaches to rent control and curbing non-resident home purchasing. What can we learn from them?

Gene Ward

Honolulu Can See Its Rail Line Finished Without Raising Taxes

The city should consider transitioning HART to a private entity that maximizes opportunities to capture value from real estate along the route.

Lawmakers: Hawaii Can Do More For Foreign Crews On US Boats

Amid allegations of abuse, legislators express surprise that the state doesn’t collect more information when it licenses fishermen.

Caldwell Up 7 Points Over Djou In Honolulu Mayor’s Race

Trump is far behind Clinton among Oahu voters. That may hurt Republican Djou even though the mayor’s race is nonpartisan.

Fight Over Papahanaumokuakea Expansion Isn’t Over

The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council wants a study of the economic impacts of marine monument expansion.

Reader Rep: TV Needs Real Climate Coverage, Not Just Today’s Weather

Reporting on another sunny day in Waikiki is useless. It’s time for Hawaii’s TV stations to get serious about covering climate change.

Caldwell Did The Right Thing With Police Commission Pick

The former longtime Hawaii Supreme Court justice brings a respected legal resume and a reputation for bold thinking to the position.

Effort To Condemn Private Kakaako Streets Moves Forward

Residents and businesses say the streets are in poor condition, and traffic is obstructed by rented parking slots.

Judge: Angela Kaaihue’s Name To Remain On Ballot — Twice

She is running as a Democrat for one congressional seat and as a Republican for another — to the chagrin of both parties.