December 2016

December 09, 2016

Fisheries Commission Takes Steps To Keep Observers Safer Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Fisheries Commission Takes Steps To Keep Observers Safer

The last-minute agreement represented one of the week’s few accomplishments, but more action on tuna is expected next year.

Should Union Members Be Able To Disobey Law’s Smoking Ban? Chad Blair/Civil Beat

Should Union Members Be Able To Disobey Law’s Smoking Ban?

A union says hospital administrators started following the law without consulting its members, thus violating collective bargaining agreements.

Dole Street Called ‘A Big Slap In The Face’ For Hawaiian Students Courtney Teague/Civil Beat

Dole Street Called ‘A Big Slap In The Face’ For Hawaiian Students

The road name is a painful reminder for Native Hawaiians of the monarchy’s overthrow, according to a student group.

December 08, 2016

Akana Named New OHA Chair PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Akana Named New OHA Chair

She succeeds Trustee Robert K. Lindsey Jr., who led the OHA Board for the past two years.

New President For Chaminade youngdoo@gmail.com

New President For Chaminade

Lynn Babington will succeed Bro. Bernard Ploeger next summer.

Lobbyist To Head Police Commission Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lobbyist To Head Police Commission

Max Sword will take the helm of the embattled agency, which has been undergoing a shake-up in recent months by the influx of new blood.

Delays, Denials Plague Hawaii’s Program To Help Injured Workers

Delays, Denials Plague Hawaii’s Program To Help Injured Workers

The state is trying to streamline its workers’ compensation system, but critics say wholesale changes are needed.

Tuna Commission’s ‘Glacial’ Pace Suits Some In Industry Just Fine Courtesy: Visuals Unlimited/WWF

Tuna Commission’s ‘Glacial’ Pace Suits Some In Industry Just Fine

Diverse interests always seem to stymie a global organization charged with saving bluefin and bigeye tuna from overfishing.

Neal Milner: If TMT Foes Are Filibustering, Good For Them Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Neal Milner: If TMT Foes Are Filibustering, Good For Them

They’re employing a tactic typically used by the rich and powerful as the justice system becomes increasingly inaccessible to average people.

Environmentalists Urge Land Board To Deny A&B Water Use Permits Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Environmentalists Urge Land Board To Deny A&B Water Use Permits

Alexander & Baldwin wants a one-year renewal of its use of East Maui streams. The Sierra Club argues it doesn’t need the water.

State Hides Work History Of Former Cop Charged With Sex Assault Screen shot

State Hides Work History Of Former Cop Charged With Sex Assault

But state law requires disclosure of detailed information about a public employee’s job qualifications.

The TMT Is Nothing Like The Dakota Access Pipeline Thirty Meter Telescope

The TMT Is Nothing Like The Dakota Access Pipeline

The issues raised by both projects are significant when it comes to indigenous peoples, but the differences are many.

December 07, 2016

Climate Change ‘Denier’ For EPA? Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Climate Change ‘Denier’ For EPA?

Sen. Brian Schatz opposes Donald Trump’s nomination of Scott Pruitt of Oklahoma to lead the Environmental Protection Agency.

Sex Offenders Fail To Register Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Sex Offenders Fail To Register

The Hawaii attorney general has charged five men with failure to comply with offender requirements.

Ohia Quarantine In Place Courtesy: Bettina Arrigoni/Flickr

Ohia Quarantine In Place

State rules prohibiting the movement of ohia and soil from Hawaii Island became permanent last week.

The Projector: Pearl Harbor, 75 Years Later Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The Projector: Pearl Harbor, 75 Years Later

On a pier within view of the USS Arizona Memorial, a ceremony honors those who died Dec. 7, 1941, and those who survived.

Feds Extend Deadline for Honolulu Rail Recovery Plan Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Feds Extend Deadline for Honolulu Rail Recovery Plan

The new deadline of April 30 is not as late as officials wanted, but avoids a due date later this month

Activist: Officials Care More About Fish Than People Aboard Ships Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Activist: Officials Care More About Fish Than People Aboard Ships

Critics say the longline fleet’s tuna catch can be a “product of slavery,” but an industry leader said most crews are managed humanely.

Project Preserves The Voices And Stories Of Pearl Harbor Survivors National Archives

Project Preserves The Voices And Stories Of Pearl Harbor Survivors

The Veterans History Project is still seeking oral histories produce by friends and relatives of service members who survived the attack.

Uncertainty Over Trump Won’t Derail Palau’s Marine Reserve Plans Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Uncertainty Over Trump Won’t Derail Palau’s Marine Reserve Plans

The Pacific island nation partners with The Nature Conservancy to boost accountability and looks for lessons elsewhere — but not Hawaii.

Peter Apo: Can Hawaiians Keep Their Aloha In A New Global Order? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Peter Apo: Can Hawaiians Keep Their Aloha In A New Global Order?

The election proved we live in unpredictable times, and that stereotyping certain groups of people is no way to figure out what’s going on.

December 06, 2016

Board Of Education OKs A Strategic Plan That Leaves Details To Schools Noelle Fujii/Civil Beat

Board Of Education OKs A Strategic Plan That Leaves Details To Schools

Its emphasis on empowering students, professional development and innovation seems to align with the governor’s task force plan.

Board Of Education Discusses How To Find New Superintendent Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Board Of Education Discusses How To Find New Superintendent

Some critics want a more transparent search process, others want the board to reconsider its decision to replace Matayoshi.

Schatz’s Health Bill Approved Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Schatz’s Health Bill Approved

The Expanding Capacity for Health Outcomes (ECHO) Act for tele-training in rural areas heads to the White House.

POTUS Remembers Pearl Harbor Cory Lum/Civil Beat

POTUS Remembers Pearl Harbor

Obama encourages all Americans “to observe this solemn day of remembrance and to honor our military, past and present, with appropriate ceremonies and activities.”

Latino Lawmakers In Town Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Latino Lawmakers In Town

The National Summit of Hispanic State Legislators opened a two-day conference at the Sheraton Waikiki Tuesday.

Gabbard Faced Tough Questions In Dakota About Hawaiian Issues Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Gabbard Faced Tough Questions In Dakota About Hawaiian Issues

The congresswoman was challenged when she said the Thirty Meter Telescope issue was resolved. She later said she personally opposes the project.

Bula! Pacific Tuna Commission Gets To Work On Fishing Policies Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Bula! Pacific Tuna Commission Gets To Work On Fishing Policies

A Civil Beat reporter catches a red-eye flight to Fiji, where hundreds of people are discussing the health of tuna populations.

Denby Fawcett: Alternative Gifts Include The Birds And The Bees Courtesy of Lorna Tsutsumi

Denby Fawcett: Alternative Gifts Include The Birds And The Bees

My annual meaningful gift guide calls for presents that won’t clutter up homes or send recipients into a return line.

Principals Push For A Louder Voice In Public Education Reform Efforts Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Principals Push For A Louder Voice In Public Education Reform Efforts

The state school board plans to discuss education reform Tuesday, but principals have held their own talks.

Who Voted For Donald Trump — And Why Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Who Voted For Donald Trump — And Why

Is racism a deeply hidden theme among Trump supporters?

December 05, 2016

House Names Sergeant-at-Arms Cory Lum/Civil Beat

House Names Sergeant-at-Arms

Rod Tanonaka replaces Kevin Kuroda at the state House of Representatives.

Pearl Harbor Events Wednesday KITV

Pearl Harbor Events Wednesday

UPDATED: The U.S. Navy and National Park Service will co-host a joint memorial ceremony commemorating the 75th anniversary of the historic attack.

Ron Menor For Honolulu City Council Chair? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ron Menor For Honolulu City Council Chair?

A City Council reorganization could depose Ernie Martin as chairman.

Abe, Obama To Showcase ‘Power Of Reconciliation’ At Pearl Harbor White House

Abe, Obama To Showcase ‘Power Of Reconciliation’ At Pearl Harbor

The Dec. 27 visit will be the first by a Japanese head of state to the site of the attack that pulled the U.S. into World War II.

Reader Rep: Technology — And Trump — Dictate Pace Of Discourse Screen shot

Reader Rep: Technology — And Trump — Dictate Pace Of Discourse

Ultimately, we choose our technologies and what we do with them. We need to become more thoughtful and less reactive.

Yesterday’s Tomorrow: The Story Begins

Yesterday’s Tomorrow: The Story Begins

What would people from the 1970s think of Hawaii today? Our cartoonist looks for answers in a multi-part series.

Don’t Like The Homeless In Our Backyards? Then Fix The Problem Natanya Freidheim/Civil Beat

Don’t Like The Homeless In Our Backyards? Then Fix The Problem

The concerns of Chinatown business owners are understandable, but we can’t keep forcing our homeless citizens elsewhere.

A Possible Solution To Dwindling Voter Turnout PF Bentley/Civil Beat

A Possible Solution To Dwindling Voter Turnout

Hawaii should move to a full vote by mail system to increase the number of ballots cast. And it will save money.

December 04, 2016

Standing Rock Protesters: ‘We’re Not Ready To Pack Up Yet’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Standing Rock Protesters: ‘We’re Not Ready To Pack Up Yet’

They won a major victory when the government said it would look to route the Dakota Access Pipeline elsewhere, but is the battle over?

Candidates Seek Tsuji’s Seat Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Candidates Seek Tsuji’s Seat

Moana Kelii, Stacy Higa and Christopher Todd have been selected by fellow Democrats for Gov. Ige’s consideration.

Apply To Work At Honolulu City Hall CORYLUM

Apply To Work At Honolulu City Hall

The Democratic mayor’s appointments include department directors, deputy directors, secretaries and the staff of the mayor’s and managing director’s offices.

Good News For Standing Rock: Feds Say No To Pipeline Route Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Good News For Standing Rock: Feds Say No To Pipeline Route

New studies will be done to find an alternative route for the oil pipeline.

Tom Yamachika: To Aid Homeless, Only A Coordinated Effort Will Do Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Tom Yamachika: To Aid Homeless, Only A Coordinated Effort Will Do

But government coordination is hard to find. Just look at our tax system’s efforts to fight poverty.

December 03, 2016

Hula Dancer Who Served In Iraq Joins Vets Protesting Pipeline Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hula Dancer Who Served In Iraq Joins Vets Protesting Pipeline

Hundreds of veterans swell the ranks of demonstrators near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota.

December 02, 2016

$9.5 Billion For Honolulu Rail? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

$9.5 Billion For Honolulu Rail?

It’s the financial terms of the project that could drive the cost up. Those elements are still unknown.

Protesters Give Water To Sheriff Who Wants To Cut Their Supplies Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Protesters Give Water To Sheriff Who Wants To Cut Their Supplies

A Native Hawaiian helps stage the event designed to deliver a message — and perhaps relieve tensions at Standing Rock.

Activists Fear Thomas Square Could Become A ‘Revenue Cow’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Activists Fear Thomas Square Could Become A ‘Revenue Cow’

The downtown Honolulu park has long been the site for political and cultural events, as well as free services for the needy.

December 01, 2016

Aloha, Standing Rock: Islanders Brave Cold, Snow In Solidarity Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Aloha, Standing Rock: Islanders Brave Cold, Snow In Solidarity

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s fight to stop an oil pipeline has drawn hundreds of supporters to a frozen landscape in North Dakota.

City Gets Authority To Condemn Private Kakaako Streets Noelle Fujii/Civil Beat

City Gets Authority To Condemn Private Kakaako Streets

The City Council approves a resolution that provides an option for clearing obstructed roadways.

Micronesia Expert Blasts ‘Flawed’ US Approach To Foreign Aid Chad Blair/Civil Beat

Micronesia Expert Blasts ‘Flawed’ US Approach To Foreign Aid

Micronesia has become heavily reliant on U.S. aid for its gross domestic product and jobs — not a model for sustainability.

Council Approves $150K To Pay Lawyers For Police Chief Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Council Approves $150K To Pay Lawyers For Police Chief

Because Kealoha is suing the city for investigating him, city attorneys can’t represent the chief in other cases.

200 To Receive Rental Assistance

200 To Receive Rental Assistance

Nearly four months after opening up the waitlist for the Section 8 program, the Hawaii Public Housing Authority is ready to hand out housing vouchers.

Hanabusa Tabbed As Class Rep Eugene Tanner/Civil Beat

Hanabusa Tabbed As Class Rep

Freshmen U.S. House legislators unanimously elected the Hawaii congresswoman to the Democratic leadership post.

Angela Kaaihue Removed From City Council Meeting After Disruptions kaaihue4congress.com

Angela Kaaihue Removed From City Council Meeting After Disruptions

She said renaming an aquatic center after the late Mark Takai was a “disgrace,” and suggested naming it for Donald Trump instead.

Gabbard: Stop Pipeline Now CSPAN

Gabbard: Stop Pipeline Now

The Hawaii congresswoman reiterates her plan to join a veterans group at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation this weekend.

The Sex Lives Of Bees Montana Department of Agriculture

The Sex Lives Of Bees

We need to learn more about how bees reproduce in order to save them.

Hawaii’s Probation Program Is Often Copied, But Does It Work? Chad Blair/Civil Beat

Hawaii’s Probation Program Is Often Copied, But Does It Work?

A new study finds the islands’ approach doesn’t necessarily reduce recidivism and save taxpayer money.

Baby Death Lawsuit Cites A Hospital Language Barrier Nick Grube/Civil Beat

Baby Death Lawsuit Cites A Hospital Language Barrier

A Chuukese couple’s child died after a series of visits to the emergency room at Kapiolani Medical Center, their lawyer says.

Lawsuit Targets Secrecy In Hawaii Tax Change Proposals ©PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Lawsuit Targets Secrecy In Hawaii Tax Change Proposals

Why did the Ige administration try to change rules on tax refunds and general excise tax licenses? It doesn’t want you to know.

The Projector: Rain Can’t Stop A Search For The Perfect Tree Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The Projector: Rain Can’t Stop A Search For The Perfect Tree

Not all of Hawaii’s Christmas trees arrive by ship. Since 2002, a tree farm near Wahiawa has been growing its own.

Try These Tools To Spot Fake News iStock.com

Try These Tools To Spot Fake News

News literacy tools empower us to read critically and to venture into uncomfortable territory.

November 2016

November 30, 2016

Gabbard’s Advice For Trump Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Gabbard’s Advice For Trump

The president-elect is told by the Hawaii congresswoman to avoid U.S. wars of intervention like the one in Syria.

Gold Medal For Filipino Vets? Sen. Mazie Hirono

Gold Medal For Filipino Vets?

The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously approved legislation that now heads to the president for his signature.

City Still Misuses Hanauma Bay Funds, Advocacy Group Says Cory Lum/Civil Beat

City Still Misuses Hanauma Bay Funds, Advocacy Group Says

Honolulu officials have agreed to an independent financial audit of revenue from Oahu’s prime snorkeling venue.

Luke Evslin: Now The Climate Change Battle Belongs To All Of Us Flickr.com

Luke Evslin: Now The Climate Change Battle Belongs To All Of Us

The only way to combat denialism is to reach out to our friends and neighbors and have a frank conversation

The Hawaii People’s Congress: Building a Progressive Movement Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The Hawaii People’s Congress: Building a Progressive Movement

The potential of a large collective movement that has the ability to generate change arising from The Hawaii People’s Congress exists.

November 29, 2016

Hawaii Senate Reveals Committee Chairs For Next Session Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Senate Reveals Committee Chairs For Next Session

Among the changes, Karl Rhoads will steer the Water and Land Committee, Mike Gabbard the Agriculture and Environment Committee.

Gabbard To Join Veterans In Protest Of North Dakota Oil Pipeline Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Gabbard To Join Veterans In Protest Of North Dakota Oil Pipeline

Hawaii’s congresswoman says she will attend demonstrations near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation on Sunday.