February 2018

February 16, 2018

Victims Say $80M Kamehameha Schools Settlement Not Just About Money Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Victims Say $80M Kamehameha Schools Settlement Not Just About Money

At a Friday press conference, they point to the schools’ commitment to provide a hotline and other support for any additional victims who come forward.

Lockdown Lifted At Kapolei Middle School After Threat AP

Lockdown Lifted At Kapolei Middle School After Threat

Someone posted a threat on Instragram on Thursday saying they planned to “shoot up” the school Friday morning.

Maui Senator Tries Again To Reform High-Interest Payday Loans Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Maui Senator Tries Again To Reform High-Interest Payday Loans

Hawaii currently allows lenders to offer loans with annual interest rates as high as 459 percent.

Jason Armstrong: Hawaii Island’s ‘Oasis’ Of Affordable Homes Jason Armstrong/Civil Beat

Jason Armstrong: Hawaii Island’s ‘Oasis’ Of Affordable Homes

It’s a whole different real estate market on the east side of the Big Island, where residences cost about half as much as they do on Oahu.

Law Center: Timely Access To Public Information Is Vital

Law Center: Timely Access To Public Information Is Vital

The public is the winner when the Office of Information Practices is scrutinized and debated.

6 Essential Reads For Keeping Up With ‘Dreamers’ Debate Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

6 Essential Reads For Keeping Up With ‘Dreamers’ Debate

The nation’s leaders are deciding the fate of hundreds of thousands of young people brought to the U.S. as children.

So Much For Hawaii’s Preparations — The Flu Bug Has Landed Cory Lum/Civil Beat

So Much For Hawaii’s Preparations — The Flu Bug Has Landed

Hospital emergency rooms are bustling, with one reporting twice as many flu patients as it was seeing at this time last year.

Ian Lind: This Ex-Marine’s Wife Has Been ‘SLAPPED’ By The Navy Courtesy of Cara Barber

Ian Lind: This Ex-Marine’s Wife Has Been ‘SLAPPED’ By The Navy

A classic retaliatory lawsuit was filed after she raised concerns about possible housing contamination at Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe.

February 15, 2018

Critics Blast EPA For Lowering Syngenta Pesticide Fine AP

Critics Blast EPA For Lowering Syngenta Pesticide Fine

Environmental groups complain about the “ridiculously small fine” that resulted from the company’s misuse of pesticides on Kauai

Ige Promises To Help Anxious Kakaako Seniors Facing Rent Hikes Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ige Promises To Help Anxious Kakaako Seniors Facing Rent Hikes

The governor says the state will provide monthly subsidies of up to $250, and indicates a willingness to help residents elsewhere.

Neal Milner: Why Hawaii Needs To Be More Like Kansas City Kevin Harber/Flickr.com

Neal Milner: Why Hawaii Needs To Be More Like Kansas City

Enough with the can’t-do criticism of how we run things in the islands. It’s time to adopted goals and strategies we agree on.

Agency: Report On Open Records Access Is ‘Staggeringly Misleading’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Agency: Report On Open Records Access Is ‘Staggeringly Misleading’

The director of the Hawaii Office of Information Practices says an analysis criticizing her agency’s handling of government-controlled information is flawed.

Chad Blair: Draining The Swamp At Hawaii’s Capitol Chad Blair/Civil Beat

Chad Blair: Draining The Swamp At Hawaii’s Capitol

As the 50th anniversary of the historic building nears, it’s high time to fix the murky reflecting pools.

February 14, 2018

Waianae Boat Harbor Residents Try To Stave Off A Homeless Sweep Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Waianae Boat Harbor Residents Try To Stave Off A Homeless Sweep

Some of them gathered at the Capitol on Wednesday to respond to growing criticism of the encampment.

Dad Fighting Deportation Headed Back To Kansas City From Hawaii Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Dad Fighting Deportation Headed Back To Kansas City From Hawaii

He was being sent to Bangladesh before an immigration panel granted a temporary stay.

Bill Would Spare Micronesians A Yearly Trip To The DMV Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Bill Would Spare Micronesians A Yearly Trip To The DMV

The Department of Transportation opposes the measure, saying it could render all Hawaii driver’s licenses useless for flying.

Hawaii Teacher: Union Might Want To Rethink Its Annual Pep Rally Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Teacher: Union Might Want To Rethink Its Annual Pep Rally

With a pivotal Supreme Court case pending, firing up the devoted seems less important than convincing non-members to join.

Rail Promised Lots Of Jobs But There’s No Sure Count Of What It’s Delivering Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Rail Promised Lots Of Jobs But There’s No Sure Count Of What It’s Delivering

HART doesn’t keep track of the totals, but its point-in-time counts suggest fewer people are employed than had been projected.

Why We Publish Provocative Community Voices Flickr: CGP Grey

Why We Publish Provocative Community Voices

It’s important to share different viewpoints on vital issues like pesticide use, even if many of you don’t agree with them.

Congressional Budget Deal Likely Means More Federal Money For Hawaii Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Congressional Budget Deal Likely Means More Federal Money For Hawaii

President Trump proposed massive cutbacks, but the opposite is likely to happen after a bipartisan deal lifted spending caps.

It’s Time To Prove To Hawaii That Women Matter Wikimedia: Wolfmann

It’s Time To Prove To Hawaii That Women Matter

The #MeToo movement is setting a new norm about what constitutes acceptable treatment of women at work.

February 13, 2018

Bill To Regulate Police Officers Clears Another Hurdle Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Bill To Regulate Police Officers Clears Another Hurdle

Hawaii is one of the few states without minimum standards for cops, but the Legislature is considering a measure to change that.

Flight Lands In Honolulu After Losing Engine Cover AP

Flight Lands In Honolulu After Losing Engine Cover

“There was a loud bang … and then the plane really started shaking,” said a passenger aboard the United flight from San Francisco.

Kansas Father Fighting Deportation Now Held In Hawaii Christopher Ebdon/Flickr.com

Kansas Father Fighting Deportation Now Held In Hawaii

He was being flown to Bangladesh when an immigration panel granted a temporary stay. He’s lived in the U.S. for 30 years.

Final State Audit Criticizes OHA For Misspending, Lack Of Transparency Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Final State Audit Criticizes OHA For Misspending, Lack Of Transparency

The audit found the Office of Hawaiian Affairs is spending money too loosely in a way that benefits the politically connected.