News In Brief

  • Clinton Picks Kaine For Veep

    It’s official: Hillary Clinton has selected Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine to be her vice presidential running mate on the Democratic Party ticket.

  • Munich Shopping Mall Attack

    A lone gunman killed nine people and wounded 21 others in a shopping mall in Munich, Germany, before killing himself.

  • Chad Blair On Loss Of Takai

    Chad Blair goes on KITV to talk about the death of U.S. Rep. Mark Takai and what comes next for urban Oahu’s congressional seat.

Why The Hawaii GOP’s Only Senate Seat May Be In Jeopardy Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Why The Hawaii GOP’s Only Senate Seat May Be In Jeopardy

Democrats Stanley Chang and Mike Bennett face off in the primary for a shot at veteran Republican legislator Sam Slom.

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Candidate Q&A: House District 14 — Sandra Combs

Candidate Q&A: House District 14 — Sandra Combs

“The lack of housing inventory in all price points has a ripple effect and affordable housing is virtually nonexistent.”

Candidate Q&A: House District 12 — Tiare Lawrence

Candidate Q&A: House District 12 — Tiare Lawrence

“I would support … satellite testimony so people from neighbor islands have the ability to connect with our legislators and testify on important matters.”

FTA Gives Honolulu More Time For Rail Plan

UPDATED: But with a new deadline set at year’s end, the feds balked at giving the city as much time as it wanted to figure out what’s next.

Candidate Q&A: Senate District 2 — Russell Ruderman

Candidate Q&A: Senate District 2 — Russell Ruderman

“I will continue my efforts to fund a medical center in Puna, and for new libraries … I will continue to advocate for highway improvement, and better schools.”

Candidate Q&A: Senate District 2 — Fred Fogel

Candidate Q&A: Senate District 2 — Fred Fogel

“As it stands now, only politicians in Hawaii can put initiatives on the ballot. If they can, the people should be able to, too.”

Valley Fever Risk Won’t Slow Flow Of Hawaii Inmates To Arizona

Hawaii may soon face legal claims over prisoners infected with valley fever, a disease endemic in the Southwest.

Caldwell Ad ‘Fact-Checks’ Djou on Rail, Homelessness

Both campaigns accuse the other of being the first to go negative in the Honolulu mayoral election.

Civil Geeks: NASA Launches Hawaii Student Experiments Into Space

Project Imua, a collaboration between four UH community colleges, will launch its second payload on a NASA rocket next month.

Ige Looks To Reduce Unsheltered Homeless To ‘Functional Zero’

The Hawaii governor unveils a four-year plan that calls for building 10,000 affordable housing units.

Candidate Q&A: Hawaii County Mayor — Peter Hoffman

Candidate Q&A: Hawaii County Mayor — Peter Hoffman

“There is no reason why we can’t feed ourselves on our island … and over a longer period of time, become the breadbasket for the state.”

Candidate Q&A: Hawaii County Council District 4 — Michael Bernard

Candidate Q&A: Hawaii County Council District 4 — Michael Bernard

“Let the legislators on Oahu learn to tighten their belts and stop special interest spending so the counties receive their fair share of the GET.”

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.

Pod Squad: Taking Down That ‘Pesky Paywall’

Pod Squad: Taking Down That ‘Pesky Paywall’

As it transitions to nonprofit status, Civil Beat makes its content free to everyone. But its editorial mission remains the same.

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.

H. Doug Matsuoka

What The City Doesn’t Want You To Know About Thomas Square

Oversight for the historic park is being transferred to the city’s Department of Enterprise Services. This writer says that’s a bad deal for the public.

Aaron Stene

HDOT Must Rethink Decision To Defer New Highway Projects

Taking a pass on new highway projects for as long as two decades won’t help Hawaii’s growing gridlock.

Frank DeGiacomo

Hawaii’s Berniecrats: From Volunteers To Candidates

Sen. Bernie Sanders excited lots of supporters in the Aloha State. At least five are now running for office.

Candidate Q&A: State Senate District 10 — Les Ihara

Candidate Q&A: State Senate District 10 — Les Ihara

“Senate District 10 is among the oldest in the state, so concerns of senior citizens are the most pressing issue and my top district priority.”

Candidate Q&A: State Senate District 14 — Carl Campagna

Candidate Q&A: State Senate District 14 — Carl Campagna

“There are current members of our state Legislature that have been in one office or another for over 30 years, mostly unchallenged.”

Denby Fawcett: Our Backyard Mango Trees Are Vanishing

Oahu’s prolific mango trees are disappearing — and with them, the sense of connection they bring to the land and to our communities.

Mark Takai: The Legacy Of A Servant And A Fighter For Hawaii

The freshman congressman died of pancreatic cancer Wednesday, but he’ll be long remembered for his advocacy for the state.