September 2016

September 29, 2016

Hawaii Candidates Are Getting Flooded With Surveys This Year Courtesy: Pixibay

Hawaii Candidates Are Getting Flooded With Surveys This Year

As special interest groups, labor unions and the media try to nail them down on issues, office-seekers decide which ones to respond to.

Not So Public: What Happens When A Cop Goes On Desk Duty? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Not So Public: What Happens When A Cop Goes On Desk Duty?

The department refuses to disclose portions of many of its policies to the public, including the one on use of force.

Neal Milner: To Thrive In Hawaii, Haoles Must Balance Cultures Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Neal Milner: To Thrive In Hawaii, Haoles Must Balance Cultures

They should become informed outsiders by learning about the culture of the islands while holding onto their own heritage.

Hard Realities Of Making A Difference In Affordable Housing Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hard Realities Of Making A Difference In Affordable Housing

We can make a difference in the least affordable market in America. Do we have the political will to do it?

September 28, 2016

National Coffee Day Thursday Flickr: Daniel Cadenas

National Coffee Day Thursday

It turns out that Honolulu is among the top 20 cities for coffee lovers.

49 Species Added To Endangered List Courtesy: David Eickhoff/Flickr

49 Species Added To Endangered List

The federal government has determined that another 39 plants and 10 animals warrant protections under the Endangered Species Act.

Djou To Skip PBS Honolulu Mayoral Debate With Caldwell Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Djou To Skip PBS Honolulu Mayoral Debate With Caldwell

The challenger’s campaign said it never confirmed it would participate, but the station said otherwise.

Some See Danger As Honolulu’s Yellow Streetlights Turn White Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Some See Danger As Honolulu’s Yellow Streetlights Turn White

The new lights are supposed to be more efficient and last longer, but groups are warning of visual blight and medical problems.

Laid-Back, Aging Manoa Is No Longer A Haven For Young Families Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Laid-Back, Aging Manoa Is No Longer A Haven For Young Families

The community near the University of Hawaii is still friendly, quiet and rainy, but rising housing prices bring changes.

Todd Simmons: Why Clinton’s Big Win Might Grow Even Bigger HillaryClinton.com

Todd Simmons: Why Clinton’s Big Win Might Grow Even Bigger

An emphatic win before an audience of historic size, and Trump blaming the moderator and his microphone, may reset the race.

Luke Evslin: Excessive Tourism Seems To Be A Taboo Topic Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Luke Evslin: Excessive Tourism Seems To Be A Taboo Topic

Just one person — and not who you might expect — seemed willing to address the issue at the World Conservation Congress.

Making Things Right For All Native Hawaiians Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Making Things Right For All Native Hawaiians

Queen Liliuokalani’s charge to the Hawaiian Kingdom is reflected in the Interior Department’s new government-to-government rule.

September 27, 2016

Another Democrat For Djou Djou for Mayor

Another Democrat For Djou

State Sen. Gil Riviere is the latest member of his party to back the mayoral wannabe.

Honolulu Star-Advertiser To Cut 15 Newsroom Jobs Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Star-Advertiser To Cut 15 Newsroom Jobs

The state’s largest newspaper trims its news staff by more than 10 percent as part of a cost-cutting initiative.

Denby Fawcett: Advice For The Next Mayor On Homelessness Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Denby Fawcett: Advice For The Next Mayor On Homelessness

People who are actually helping Honolulu’s homeless population have a few ideas for Kirk Caldwell or Charles Djou.

Only 215 Hawaii Inmates Were Tested For Valley Fever In Arizona Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Only 215 Hawaii Inmates Were Tested For Valley Fever In Arizona

About 1,400 Hawaii prisoners are incarcerated in Arizona, but only a fraction have been tested for a disease common in the Southwest.

Hawaii Should Heed Charlotte’s Police Body Cam Lessons Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department

Hawaii Should Heed Charlotte’s Police Body Cam Lessons

Had an officer’s camera been used properly, the results might have added clarity rather than confusion. We need a clear, statewide policy.

Maui ‘Skin Suit’ Isn’t The End Of ‘Moana’ Trouble Movieweb.com

Maui ‘Skin Suit’ Isn’t The End Of ‘Moana’ Trouble

Disney shouldn’t be colonizing Pacific storytelling and marketing plastic merchandise for a film named after the ocean.

September 26, 2016

Group Wants To Suspend Hawaii’s Effort To Build A New Jail Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Group Wants To Suspend Hawaii’s Effort To Build A New Jail

An environmental review for replacing the Oahu Community Correctional Center is challenged for not offering alternatives to two proposed sites.

Suit Challenges Haleiwa Restaurant Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Suit Challenges Haleiwa Restaurant

Several Hawaii residents are suing the city, state and landowners Dominis and Jean Anderson.

WATCH: First Presidential Debate YouTube

WATCH: First Presidential Debate

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump took part in their first debate Monday.

Candidate Q&A: Kauai County Council — Gary Hooser

Candidate Q&A: Kauai County Council — Gary Hooser

“The infrastructure in many/most areas of Kauai is maxed out, especially the main state highway between Kapaa and Lihue.”

Candidate Q&A: Kauai County Council — Mason Chock

Candidate Q&A: Kauai County Council — Mason Chock

“Allowing an increase in density where projected growth is expected and has been planned is an important feature to control sprawl.”

Honolulu Misuses Hanauma Bay Funds, Nonprofit Group Claims Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Misuses Hanauma Bay Funds, Nonprofit Group Claims

Updated. Despite a court order and pledges from city officials, admission fee revenue is still used improperly, says Friends of Hanauma Bay.

Hawaii ‘Worst’ State For Teachers Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii ‘Worst’ State For Teachers

WalletHub analyzed metrics ranging from “average starting salary” to “pupil-teacher ratio.” Teachers union says, “It’s time that the leaders of Hawaii make education a priority.”

Why Is Ron Taketa Still On The Honolulu Police Commission? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Why Is Ron Taketa Still On The Honolulu Police Commission?

Mayor Kirk Caldwell won’t talk about why he’s not either replaced or reappointed the carpenters union leader.

What Quota? Hawaii Longliners Are Fishing For Ahi Again Cory Lum/Civil Beat

What Quota? Hawaii Longliners Are Fishing For Ahi Again

For the fourth straight year, fishermen reach their limit early, then buy the chance for more from the Northern Marianas.

Reader Rep: Billy Kenoi Should Blame Himself, Not The Media Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Reader Rep: Billy Kenoi Should Blame Himself, Not The Media

The Big Island mayor continues to try to blame “the media” for covering his misdeeds rather than take responsibility for what he did.

Health Beat: Most Of My Colleagues Will Just Say No To Medical Pot Anthony Quintano / Civil Beat

Health Beat: Most Of My Colleagues Will Just Say No To Medical Pot

Medical marijuana dispensaries are about to open in Hawaii, but many doctors may be unwilling to help their patients get it.

Fresh Ideas Urgently Needed To Address Special Education Woes Robert Pollack via Flickr

Fresh Ideas Urgently Needed To Address Special Education Woes

The mishandling of abuse allegations highlights a worsening problem that threatens the future of our most vulnerable students.

The Law And The Truth Behind The US-Hawaii Relationship Via Flickr

The Law And The Truth Behind The US-Hawaii Relationship

How can Native Hawaiians establish a relationship with a country they contend has illegally occupied these islands since 1893?

Teachers Falling Farther Behind In Net Pay, Benefits Costs PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Teachers Falling Farther Behind In Net Pay, Benefits Costs

A single mom and teacher asks how she can help her students thrive when she is struggling herself.

September 25, 2016

Islands’ Nuclear Case Pending

Islands’ Nuclear Case Pending

The International Court of Justice will rule on a complaint the Marshall Islands brought against India, Pakistan and Britain for not abandoning nuclear weapons.

Hawaii’s Highways Rank 48th Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii’s Highways Rank 48th

The Reason Foundation ranked every state’s highway system on pavement condition, traffic congestion, deficient bridges, traffic fatality rates, spending per-mile and more.

September 23, 2016

Obama ‘Spat’ On Hawaiians Chad Blair/Civil Beat

Obama ‘Spat’ On Hawaiians

A group of Kanaka Maoli rejects the Interior Department’s rule on Hawaiian self-governance.

Drug-Resistant Gonorrhea Strain In Hawaii A First For U.S. Nathan Reading/Flickr.com

Drug-Resistant Gonorrhea Strain In Hawaii A First For U.S.

The sexually transmitted disease remains treatable, but health officials worry that this could change.

Feds Lay Out ‘Pathway’ To Native Hawaiian Self-Governance Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Feds Lay Out ‘Pathway’ To Native Hawaiian Self-Governance

The Interior Department calls for re-establishing a formal relationship between the U.S. and a Hawaiian “governing entity.”

The Street: Markets Spring To Life In Chinatown’s Morning Ritual Tim Huynh/Civil Beat

The Street: Markets Spring To Life In Chinatown’s Morning Ritual

The action starts early each day in Honolulu’s Chinatown, especially on weekends, as visitors descend on vegetable stands and meat markets.

Civil Geeks: Money And Exposure Lure Startups Away From Hawaii Ryan Ozawa

Civil Geeks: Money And Exposure Lure Startups Away From Hawaii

Hawaii is a great place to begin, but founders of startups from the state have found they need to move if they want to grow.

Candidates Invited To Put Signs Down And Walk to School WalkBikeToSchool.org

Candidates Invited To Put Signs Down And Walk to School

Instead of just running for office, politicians are asked to put the campaign on hold and walk with kids to school.

Want To Solve Homelessness? Address DHHL Funding First DHHL

Want To Solve Homelessness? Address DHHL Funding First

Chronic underfunding of the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands keeps tens of thousands on waiting lists and contributes significantly to Hawaii homelessness.

September 22, 2016

Profanity-Laced Video Shows Mayor Partying Hard At Conference Party Screenshot from video

Profanity-Laced Video Shows Mayor Partying Hard At Conference Party

The mayor of Hawaii County, who is accused of buying booze and other items with taxpayer money, appears to be heavily intoxicated.

Ige Wants Maui Disaster Help Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ige Wants Maui Disaster Help

Hawaii’s governor toured the Iao Stream area, which suffered severe damage during last week’s storm.

State’s Fecal-Bacteria Testing To Close Kauai Beach Courtesy: Surfrider Foundation

State’s Fecal-Bacteria Testing To Close Kauai Beach

The Department of Health wants to identify the source of the pollution that’s causing some south shore waters to be unsafe for swimming.

How Foreign Crews Are Able To Work Aboard US Fishing Boats Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

How Foreign Crews Are Able To Work Aboard US Fishing Boats

An exemption in federal law changed who catches tuna for Hawaii’s longliners. Now some crew members are allegedly exploited.

Kirstin Downey: Here’s What Hawaii’s Housing Crisis Looks Like PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Kirstin Downey: Here’s What Hawaii’s Housing Crisis Looks Like

Hawaii opened up its Section 8 housing applications for the first time in 10 years. The response was overwhelming.

Peter Apo: Preserving Kukaniloko, Most Sacred Of Hawaiian Places Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Peter Apo: Preserving Kukaniloko, Most Sacred Of Hawaiian Places

Nestled between the Waianae and Koolau mountains are stones marking where the progeny of the highest chiefs were born.

Honolulu Has 16 Million Reasons To Reform Its Housing Programs Cory Lum/CIvil Beat

Honolulu Has 16 Million Reasons To Reform Its Housing Programs

A recent federal report regarding Honolulu’s problematic administration of federal block grants should guide the city toward a better future.

Disney Pulls ‘Moana’ Products That Some Found Offensive Disney

Disney Pulls ‘Moana’ Products That Some Found Offensive

Critics said costume products connected to an upcoming film appeared to promote “brownface.”

Commercial Fishing Interests Deserved Place At IUCN Table Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Commercial Fishing Interests Deserved Place At IUCN Table

The writer takes issue with a Civil Beat story on Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council’s participation in the recent conference.

September 21, 2016

Hawaii’s ‘Integrated’ Hispanics Flickr: Maikalani

Hawaii’s ‘Integrated’ Hispanics

A data analysis of key metrics.

Gabbard: Halt Saudi Arms Sales CNN

Gabbard: Halt Saudi Arms Sales

The Hawaii congresswoman says the Middle East nation is the “No. 1 promoter of radical Islamic extremism.”

Another Special Ed Aide Says Reporting Abuse Got Her Banned Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Another Special Ed Aide Says Reporting Abuse Got Her Banned

Her employer, Hawaii Behavioral Health, says a thorough investigation found the allegations were untrue.

Are Honolulu Prosecutors Covering Up Police Misconduct? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Are Honolulu Prosecutors Covering Up Police Misconduct?

A defense attorney wants the Hawaii Supreme Court to review whether city prosecutors have been violating federal law requiring them to reveal bad behavior.

Job Cuts At The Star-Advertiser By ‘End Of The Month’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Job Cuts At The Star-Advertiser By ‘End Of The Month’

A management-union dispute leads to the rescinding of a second voluntary buyout offer at Honolulu’s daily newspaper.

Ian Lind: How Do We Honor The Animals That Shared Our Lives? Ian Lind

Ian Lind: How Do We Honor The Animals That Shared Our Lives?

Most of us consider pets to be family members. So when we moved back into my childhood residence, we knew our cats had come home.

Proposed Expulsion Of Chelsea Kent Reveals Democratic Party Flaws Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Proposed Expulsion Of Chelsea Kent Reveals Democratic Party Flaws

Apparently, it’s OK to feel cheated or even be cheated by the Democratic Party, but it’s not OK for you to say anything about it.

Big Island Has Too Much To Lose If TMT Leaves Flickr: vkurland.

Big Island Has Too Much To Lose If TMT Leaves

A majority of Hawaii residents want the project, which should be seen as a glorious representation of mankind’s best virtues, argues the writer.

September 20, 2016

City Postpones Effort To Condemn Obstructed Kakaako Streets Noelle Fujii/Civil Beat

City Postpones Effort To Condemn Obstructed Kakaako Streets

Residents and business operators say a private company’s rented-out parking slots are hindering traffic and pedestrians.

American Samoa Animals Protected Courtesy: R. Stirnemann

American Samoa Animals Protected

It’s the first time species in the U.S. territory have received federal protections.

Honolulu May Have To Pay $16M For Misuse Of Housing Grants Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu May Have To Pay $16M For Misuse Of Housing Grants

A federal audit slams the city for “dysfunction, inefficiency” in its administration of Community Development Block Grant funds.

Fishing Industry Says It’s Working To Stop Abuse Of Foreign Crews Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Fishing Industry Says It’s Working To Stop Abuse Of Foreign Crews

Hawaii longline tuna fishermen have created a task force to respond to allegations of human trafficking and poor working conditions.

Denby Fawcett: Food Babe Talk Generates Buzz, But No Food Fight Courtesy of Vani Hari

Denby Fawcett: Food Babe Talk Generates Buzz, But No Food Fight

A pro-GMO Facebook group tried to sabotage the event at the University of Hawaii, but Vani Hari and her supporters got their point across.

Investigation Of Hawaii State Auditor Needs To Be Made Public Dan Zelikman/Civil Beat

Investigation Of Hawaii State Auditor Needs To Be Made Public

Attorney General Doug Chin should not be keeping secret an investigation that preceded the director’s departure earlier this year.

Waianae Teacher Gap Requires Community-Based Solutions INPEACE via YouTube

Waianae Teacher Gap Requires Community-Based Solutions

Hawaii’s chronic teacher shortage is felt disproportionately on the Waianae Coast. Addressing it requires a new kind of thinking.

September 19, 2016

Hawaii’s Honeycreeper May Get Federal Protection Courtesy: Norman Chock

Hawaii’s Honeycreeper May Get Federal Protection

The iiwi, a bird once commonly found in the islands’ forests, may be listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

Chinatown Tries To Hang On To Tradition, Even As It Changes Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Chinatown Tries To Hang On To Tradition, Even As It Changes

Young professionals are moving to Chinatown to take advantage of the cheaper rents as well as new bars and restaurants.

The Hawaii Symphony: A Public Crescendo Builds Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

The Hawaii Symphony: A Public Crescendo Builds

As the symphony continues to grow, it’s coming up with creative ways to make ends meet, especially for musicians.

Honolulu Parking Stalls Become Tiny Public Parks For A Day Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Parking Stalls Become Tiny Public Parks For A Day

Public parking stalls downtown and in Kakaako were transformed into parks as part of an effort to highlight the need for more public spaces.

Inquiry, Intervention Needed Now In Fishing Exploitation Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Inquiry, Intervention Needed Now In Fishing Exploitation

A report uncovering appalling human abuse on commercial fishing boats demands immediate response from government, industry and consumers.