September 2017

September 25, 2017

Honolulu Police Commissioner Resigns Over Chief Selection Process Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Honolulu Police Commissioner Resigns Over Chief Selection Process

Luella Costales complained about a lack of diversity among members of a panel that scored the written exams of candidates.

Hawaii Must Prepare As Trump And Kim Continue Their Dangerous Game http://nuclearsecrecy.com/nukemap/

Hawaii Must Prepare As Trump And Kim Continue Their Dangerous Game

It’s hard to take Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un seriously. Still, the state is right to add a nuclear attack to the lists of disasters we must plan for.

Retail Shops On Hawaii Farmland: Kauai Dispute Could Set A Precedent Courtesy of LBD Coffee

Retail Shops On Hawaii Farmland: Kauai Dispute Could Set A Precedent

A company points to a 2012 state law as it sues for the right to sell its coffee beans and cigars on agricultural land.

Vietnam On Our Minds Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Vietnam On Our Minds

The war reminds us that American leaders have lied to the people over and over again.

Pod Squad: Don Guzman Talks About Why He Wants To Be Maui Mayor Courtesy of Don Guzman

Pod Squad: Don Guzman Talks About Why He Wants To Be Maui Mayor

The county councilman will run next year in what is likely to be a crowded field of candidates.

Brittany Lyte: The Deadliest Beach On Kauai Might Surprise You Courtesy: Kyle Pearce/Flickr

Brittany Lyte: The Deadliest Beach On Kauai Might Surprise You

A researcher analyzed drownings over 42 years. The beach with the most fatalities isn’t considered the most hazardous.

Kaimuki: Sprucing Up A Business District That ‘Totally Depends On Local’ Annebelle Lejeune/Civil Beat

Kaimuki: Sprucing Up A Business District That ‘Totally Depends On Local’

Merchants in this east Honolulu community figure if they want to make the neighborhood more attractive, they’ll have to do it themselves.

Reader Rep: When Journalists Join The Sales Team, Credibility Suffers

Reader Rep: When Journalists Join The Sales Team, Credibility Suffers

Even KITV’s news director acknowledged ethical concerns about having the station’s journalists take part in sponsored cruises.

September 24, 2017

Tom Yamachika: Harbors Soak Taxpayers, Again And Again Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Tom Yamachika: Harbors Soak Taxpayers, Again And Again

A state agency wants to hike dockage and port entry fees several times through 2021.

September 22, 2017

Federal Government Notifies 21 States Of Election Hacking Attempts Flickr.com

Federal Government Notifies 21 States Of Election Hacking Attempts

UPDATED: Hawaii is not among the states that were targeted.

Chad Blair: Schatz On Wrong Side Of Vote To Debate Endless War Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Chad Blair: Schatz On Wrong Side Of Vote To Debate Endless War

The Hawaii senator opposed legislation that could have led to halting military force not specifically authorized by Congress.

Hawaii Would Lose Big If Obamacare Repealed Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Would Lose Big If Obamacare Repealed

The congressional delegation condemns the GOP plan, and isn’t impressed by reports that Hawaii might be exempted along with Alaska.

Health Beat: The Tricks Drugmakers Use To Keep Prices High Flikr

Health Beat: The Tricks Drugmakers Use To Keep Prices High

Transferring a soon-to-expire pharmaceutical patent to an Indian tribe is only the latest strategy used to thwart development of cheaper generic drugs.

Rail, Faux Democracy And Real Leadership Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Rail, Faux Democracy And Real Leadership

What’s needed is a special session of the Hawaii Legislature to deal with homelessness and affordable housing.

Controversial Pesticide Remains Unregulated In Hawaii Flickr.com

Controversial Pesticide Remains Unregulated In Hawaii

The chemical dicamba appears to have caused widespread crop damage on the mainland but in Hawaii you can’t even find out whether it’s being used or where.

September 21, 2017

Hawaiian Charter School Concerns Dominate OHA Meeting Suevon Lee

Hawaiian Charter School Concerns Dominate OHA Meeting

The Board of Trustees solicits more input regarding a recent decision about who will administer money to the schools.

Kin Of Fallen Japanese Soldiers Pay Respects At Pearl Harbor AP

Kin Of Fallen Japanese Soldiers Pay Respects At Pearl Harbor

“We used to be the enemy, but now are the closest of friends,” says one of about three dozen visitors.

Man Who Disrupted Hawaii Flight Found Mentally Competent To Stand Trial Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Man Who Disrupted Hawaii Flight Found Mentally Competent To Stand Trial

UPDATED: After objections from the news media, his defense attorney withdraws a motion to close the hearing to the public.

Make It Easier, Not Harder, To Access Hawaii’s Public Records

Make It Easier, Not Harder, To Access Hawaii’s Public Records

Gov. David Ige and his Office of Information Practices are sending very different messages about openness and accountability in state government.

The Long Vacation: Life On The Clean Streets Of LA

The Long Vacation: Life On The Clean Streets Of LA

Other than a parking ticket, our transplanted intern reports smooth sailing on fresh-washed roadways in his latest dispatch from Southern California.

How Some Hawaii Officials’ Paychecks Compare To The Mainland Cory Lum/Civil Beat

How Some Hawaii Officials’ Paychecks Compare To The Mainland

Some of the islands’ top public employees stack up well, even with our high cost of living. Others, not so much.

Brittany Lyte: Even Bird Lovers Glad Night Football Is Returning To Kauai Nathan Eagle/Honolulu Civil Beat

Brittany Lyte: Even Bird Lovers Glad Night Football Is Returning To Kauai

The Friday night high school tradition was put on hold because stadium lights endangered Newell’s shearwater chicks.

Native Hawaiian Schools: Fight Erupts Over Money Management Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Native Hawaiian Schools: Fight Erupts Over Money Management

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs awarded the administration of a $1.5 million grant for Hawaiian-focused charter schools to a new organization this year.

How The Manu-o-Ku Became Honolulu’s Top Bird Keith Rollman

How The Manu-o-Ku Became Honolulu’s Top Bird

It is the only white bird in the skies above the city that actually appears to enjoy flying.

September 20, 2017

Kealoha’s Quest For City To Pay His Legal Fees Takes A Nasty Turn Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Kealoha’s Quest For City To Pay His Legal Fees Takes A Nasty Turn

The former Honolulu chief’s attorney accused a police commissioner of breaking the law, but then she fought back.