January 2018

January 21, 2018

Hirono: Congress Must Resolve Shutdown Issues Without Trump’s Help Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hirono: Congress Must Resolve Shutdown Issues Without Trump’s Help

The Hawaii senator says the White House is vacillating, so the solution needs to come from the Capitol building.

Tom Yamachika: Will The Legislature Enact Tax Relief? Flickr: Chris Potter

Tom Yamachika: Will The Legislature Enact Tax Relief?

Hawaii lawmakers will have to decide whether to conform to central provisions of the Trump Tax bill.

January 19, 2018

Partisan Gridlock Leads To Federal Shutdown Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Partisan Gridlock Leads To Federal Shutdown

UPDATED: The shutdown is having varying effects on the operations of Hawaii’s national parks and the Pearl Harbor monument.

County Mayors: We Want More Power To Tax Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

County Mayors: We Want More Power To Tax

They also want a larger share of the state hotel tax revenues and immunity for lifeguards at state beaches.

Republicans Want Lower Taxes And Better Public Access To Legislature Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Republicans Want Lower Taxes And Better Public Access To Legislature

Bills to expand public record laws and exempt food items from taxes are endorsed by the minority caucus.

Governor Knew 2 Minutes After Missile Alert That It Was False Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Governor Knew 2 Minutes After Missile Alert That It Was False

But it took his office 15 minutes to announce the news in a Twitter post, legislators were told Friday.

US Supreme Court To Rule On Trump Travel Ban AP

US Supreme Court To Rule On Trump Travel Ban

“This will be an important day for justice and the rule of law,” says Hawaii Attorney General Doug Chin.

Mayor’s Affordable Housing Mandate Loses Ground Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Mayor’s Affordable Housing Mandate Loses Ground

A City Council committee agrees to incentives for developers, but hesitates to impose requirements to build affordable units.

Officers At Bar Shooting Denied City-Paid Legal Defense Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Officers At Bar Shooting Denied City-Paid Legal Defense

They were off-duty, out of uniform and drinking when HPD Sgt. Anson Kimura accidentally shot a bartender.

Helping To Save Hawaii’s Special Places Historic Hawaii Foundation

Helping To Save Hawaii’s Special Places

Add your voice to a forum this month celebrating Asian-American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander heritage.

Ian Lind: Make Peace, Not War Wikimedia Commons

Ian Lind: Make Peace, Not War

Hawaii’s false missile alert proves we need to work harder to eliminate the tensions that could lead to an unthinkable end.

The Long Vacation: Missile Alarm Felt In LA

The Long Vacation: Missile Alarm Felt In LA

Trying to make sense of last Saturday’s chaos in the islands from 2,500 miles away.

Hawaii Teacher: Reminding My Students South Korea Has It Much Worse North Korean Central News Agency

Hawaii Teacher: Reminding My Students South Korea Has It Much Worse

They came back to school still anxious about the false missile alarm, but they felt a little better after looking at a world map.

A Hawaiian National’s Take On The False Missile Threat Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

A Hawaiian National’s Take On The False Missile Threat

Yes, those 38 minutes were terrifying, but so are 125 years of U.S. occupation for Native Hawaiians.

Here’s How Climate Change Is Already Threatening Hawaii Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Here’s How Climate Change Is Already Threatening Hawaii

We’ve seen flooded streets and washed out beaches, but even the birds, the animals and the forests are being affected by global warming.

January 18, 2018

Complaint Filed Over Use Of Late Congressman’s Campaign Funds

Complaint Filed Over Use Of Late Congressman’s Campaign Funds

The Campaign Legal Center says Dylan Beesley illegally converted funds to his own use after death of U.S. Rep. Mark Takai.

What If A Missile Scare Happened On A School Day? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

What If A Missile Scare Happened On A School Day?

Hawaii schools sent letters to parents saying they are holding drills to prepare students and staff for emergency situations.

Palace And Capitol: Hawaiian Event Bridges Two Worlds Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Palace And Capitol: Hawaiian Event Bridges Two Worlds

On the same day the ruling government reconvened its Legislature, thousands noted the anniversary of the former government’s overthrow.

What Will We Learn From The False Alarm? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

What Will We Learn From The False Alarm?

The upside from the Saturday incident is that everyone in Hawaii can plan as a community for survival.

Don’t Overlook Hawaii’s Teachable Moment From False Alarm Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Don’t Overlook Hawaii’s Teachable Moment From False Alarm

The mistaken ballistic alert reveals how our community should not be unprepared in the future.

Neal Milner: Don’t Call Honolulu Rail A ‘Work in Progress’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Neal Milner: Don’t Call Honolulu Rail A ‘Work in Progress’

True, the project isn’t finished. But here are some other ways to describe government debacles such as this one.

January 17, 2018

Tick Tock Of Terror: Timeline Of False Missile Alert Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Tick Tock Of Terror: Timeline Of False Missile Alert

The sequence of events involving the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency’s infamous Saturday morning.

Schatz: Missile-Alert System Is Still Hawaii’s Kuleana Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Schatz: Missile-Alert System Is Still Hawaii’s Kuleana

State and federal officials aim to fix the warning system — and hopefully, rebuild the public’s trust — by this summer.

Chin’s Opponents Pile On Criticism Of Candidate’s Campaign Manager Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Chin’s Opponents Pile On Criticism Of Candidate’s Campaign Manager

Kaniela Ing will file an ethics complaint with the FEC, while Chin’s other foes for a congressional seat also criticized him.

Slideshow: Legislature’s Opening Day Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Slideshow: Legislature’s Opening Day

As lawmakers celebrated a new session in the Senate and House chambers, Hawaiian demonstrators could be heard in the rotunda.