July 2016

July 29, 2016

Candidate Q&A: Hawaii County Council District 2 — Margarita Hopkins

Candidate Q&A: Hawaii County Council District 2 — Margarita Hopkins

“Hawaii County needs visionaries with courage, commitment and a willingness to accept responsibility to confront difficult issues.” 

Candidate Q&A: U.S. Senate — John Carroll

Candidate Q&A: U.S. Senate — John Carroll

“The taxes associated with the Jones Act inflate our cost of living, and exacerbate other key issues like homelessness and unemployment.”

Complaint: Top Federal Fisheries Official Shouldn’t Be Meddling In Marine Monument Debate Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Complaint: Top Federal Fisheries Official Shouldn’t Be Meddling In Marine Monument Debate

A Hawaii conservation organization says Kitty Simonds of Wespac is violating federal law by taking a leadership role in opposing the monument expansion.

City To Pay $80K In Couple’s Arrest

City To Pay $80K In Couple’s Arrest

The City Council votes next week on an $80,000 settlement after two women were arrested by an officer who allegedly berated them for kissing in public.

NextEra Buying Texas Utility Cory Lum/Civil Beat

NextEra Buying Texas Utility

The deal comes on the heels of NextEra’s failed bid for Hawaiian Electric Industries.

 

Candidates Embrace Punitive Approach To Homelessness Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Candidates Embrace Punitive Approach To Homelessness

If people living on Honolulu streets vote, they might take a pass on the mayor’s race, where top candidates are all talking tough.

Councilman Campaigning To Unseat Big Island State Senator Chad Blair/Civil Beat

Councilman Campaigning To Unseat Big Island State Senator

Incumbent Russell Ruderman and challenger Greggor Ilagan square off in the Democratic primary to represent Hawaii’s poorest district.

Civil Geeks: Finding New Planets With A ‘Broken’ Telescope NASA/JPL

Civil Geeks: Finding New Planets With A ‘Broken’ Telescope

From atop Mauna Kea, UH scientists are finding exoplanets, boosting the chance of discovering alien life.

Hawaii Teacher: Technology Provides Plenty Of Teachable Moments Flickr.com

Hawaii Teacher: Technology Provides Plenty Of Teachable Moments

Get past the idea that kids are tech addicts (they learned the behavior from watching adults). Instead, schools must embrace the challenges and opportunities.

July 28, 2016

A Fast-Track Look At Thursday’s Mayoral Debate

A Fast-Track Look At Thursday’s Mayoral Debate

Rail stole the spotlight again during a rapid-fire forum hosted by KITV and Civil Beat.

Candidate Q&A: Office Of Hawaiian Affairs Molokai Trustee — Jerry Flowers

Candidate Q&A: Office Of Hawaiian Affairs Molokai Trustee — Jerry Flowers

“Keep the Hawaiians in the loop of all things that involve the Hawaiians and OHA.”

Candidate Q&A: Office Of Hawaiian Affairs At-Large — Haunani Apoliona

Candidate Q&A: Office Of Hawaiian Affairs At-Large — Haunani Apoliona

“OHA is performing its mandate, but not enough is being done due to internal and external barriers.”

Candidate Q&A: House District 20 — Calvin Say

Candidate Q&A: House District 20 — Calvin Say

“The Democratic Party is a party of diversity and we always have change.”

Candidate Q&A: House District 1 — Heather Kimball

Candidate Q&A: House District 1 — Heather Kimball

“The most pressing issue facing our district is how to move forward after the departure of the cane industry.”

Hirono, Women Senators: With Her

Hirono, Women Senators: With Her

The Hawaii lawmaker joined 11 of her female Democratic colleagues on stage at the DNC Thursday to endorse Hillary Clinton.

Lawmaker Rebuffed At DOE Meeting Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lawmaker Rebuffed At DOE Meeting

The state representative was eventually allowed to observe the meeting with school officials and air-conditioning contractors.

Watch Live: Civil Beat/KITV Honolulu Mayoral Debate

Watch Live: Civil Beat/KITV Honolulu Mayoral Debate

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell faces off with his challengers, Peter Carlisle and Charles Djou.

Why It Took A Republican Governor To Get Blue Hawaii On The Path To Clean Energy ProVision Solar

Why It Took A Republican Governor To Get Blue Hawaii On The Path To Clean Energy

When Gov. Linda Lingle pushed for sweeping renewable energy legislation, Hawaiian Electric pushed back. But Lingle eventually won.

Can Late Senator’s Heir Hold Off Challengers In Big Island Race? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Can Late Senator’s Heir Hold Off Challengers In Big Island Race?

Kai Kahele wants to keep his late father’s seat in the Hawaii Senate, but he will have to get past two Democratic primary opponents.

Neal Milner: Most Of Us Don’t Want To Understand Presidential Politics

Neal Milner: Most Of Us Don’t Want To Understand Presidential Politics

But if you want to be the rare voter who moves beyond emotions and blind party loyalty, here are tips on how to do it.

Here’s The Deal Honolulu Made With Its Departing Ethics Director Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Here’s The Deal Honolulu Made With Its Departing Ethics Director

Chuck Totto got two months’ severance pay, but the city says it might punish him if it finds he committed ethics violations.

Police Union Shouldn’t Block Body Cameras In Kauai Nick Grube/Civil Beat

Police Union Shouldn’t Block Body Cameras In Kauai

Hawaii’s labor board ruled that union consent isn’t needed for Kauai’s body camera program. The ruling should be upheld.

How Many More Spitting Caves Deaths Before Signs Are Posted? Civil Beat / Anthony Quintano

How Many More Spitting Caves Deaths Before Signs Are Posted?

Despite requests from Rep. Ward and others to place warning signs at the popular jumping spot, he says Honolulu officials refuse to act.

July 27, 2016

EPA Directs Hawaii To Warn Public About Polluted Beaches Courtesy: Surfrider Foundation

EPA Directs Hawaii To Warn Public About Polluted Beaches

High levels of a bacteria widely used as an indicator of fecal contamination have been found on the south shore of Kauai.

Rep. Ing Arrested On Maui Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Rep. Ing Arrested On Maui

He failed to appear in court for a vehicle insurance violation and says it was a “stupid mistake.”

Convention Delegate Doesn’t Regret Flipping The Bird In Philly C-SPAN screenshot

Convention Delegate Doesn’t Regret Flipping The Bird In Philly

Hawaii’s Democratic Party chair apologized for the actions of Sanders supporter Chelsea Lyons Kent. But Kent isn’t apologizing.

Candidate Q&A: House District 30 — Romy Cachola

Candidate Q&A: House District 30 — Romy Cachola

“Provide more funds for public education. Provide more funds to hire qualified teachers. Air condition all needed classrooms.”

Candidate Q&A: House District 8— Richard Abbett

Candidate Q&A: House District 8— Richard Abbett

“Increase … the minimum wage toward a family level. Adults work two jobs, some parents each work and child rearing time suffers.”

The Ghost In The Big Island’s Political Machine Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The Ghost In The Big Island’s Political Machine

Incumbent Billy Kenoi isn’t among the 13 candidates for Hawaii County mayor, but his credit card scandal looms over the race.

Ian Lind: Ethics Commission Takes A Licking Chad Blair/Civil Beat

Ian Lind: Ethics Commission Takes A Licking

A ruling by Hawaii’s Supreme Court, tossing out a major enforcement action, may signal the need for a new approach.

Suit Challenges US Military Plans To Bomb Islands In Marianas Courtesy of Save Pagan Island

Suit Challenges US Military Plans To Bomb Islands In Marianas

The Navy and Marines are violating environmental laws, several organizations claim.

Health Beat: Government-Run Insurance Could Save Us Money Ale Proimos/Flickr.com

Health Beat: Government-Run Insurance Could Save Us Money

The “public option” deserves another chance because just like generic drugs, it might be cheaper than the brand names.

July 26, 2016

Candidate Q&A: Hawaii County Council — Margaret Wille

Candidate Q&A: Hawaii County Council — Margaret Wille

“I seek to maximize an informed public and increase the ways the public can meaningfully participate in county government decision-making.”

‘That Ocean Belongs To Us,’ Former Governor Tells Feds Cory Lum/Civil Beat

‘That Ocean Belongs To Us,’ Former Governor Tells Feds

Several of Hawaii’s former top leaders join a rally opposing Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument expansion.

As Caldwell And Djou Sharpen Attacks, Carlisle Goes For Laughs Cory Lum/Civil Beat

As Caldwell And Djou Sharpen Attacks, Carlisle Goes For Laughs

Unlike his opponents, the former mayor of Honolulu doesn’t seem inclined to confront the other candidates.