June 2017

June 23, 2017

Ige Plans To Veto Bill To End Aquarium Fishing Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ige Plans To Veto Bill To End Aquarium Fishing

The Hawaii governor plans to veto 15 bills, including legislation that would have given public worker unions more power.

Honolulu Is Paying Back $1.45 Million In Federal Housing Funds Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Is Paying Back $1.45 Million In Federal Housing Funds

The city approved a contract to rehabilitate Kahuku Elderly housing complex despite the appearance of a conflict of interest, a federal audit found.

DLNR Urges Ige To Veto Bill Phasing Out Aquarium Fishing In Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat

DLNR Urges Ige To Veto Bill Phasing Out Aquarium Fishing In Hawaii

The head of Hawaii’s aquatic resource division said he’s not sure lawmakers “knew what they were doing” when they passed the bill.

Alan McNarie: A Big Island Juggler With Leukemia Faces Deportation Courtesy of Graham Ellis

Alan McNarie: A Big Island Juggler With Leukemia Faces Deportation

Graham Ellis has been teaching circus skills to island children since 1981. Now he’s being swept up by Trump’s tougher new immigration rules.

Governor Approves Loans For Energy Savings In Schools

Governor Approves Loans For Energy Savings In Schools

The governor signed a measure giving the Department of Education access to more than $46 million in loans as part of the cooling classrooms initiative.

Honolulu Rail Project’s Budget Increased By 11.5 Percent Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Rail Project’s Budget Increased By 11.5 Percent

The HART board unanimously approved a budget increase to pay for rising staff and equipment costs, as well as a bump in executive salaries.

June 22, 2017

Interceptor Fails To Hit Target During Missile Defense Test Off Kauai Chad Blair/Civil Beat

Interceptor Fails To Hit Target During Missile Defense Test Off Kauai

The U.S. and Japan are jointly developing the interceptor, part of the investment in technology to counter North Korean missile threats. 
Honolulu Residents Get Raw Deal With Bikeshare Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Residents Get Raw Deal With Bikeshare

Bikeshare Hawaii has the potential to become a profitable system, but the pricing for residents makes it the most expensive in the world.

Tad Bartimus: Life-Saving Rescue Tubes Date Back 100 Years Courtesy of Monty Downs

Tad Bartimus: Life-Saving Rescue Tubes Date Back 100 Years

Thanks primarily to volunteer efforts, more than 1,000 yellow rescue tubes have been installed on beaches on the Mainland and Hawaii, including 240 on Kauai.

Neal Milner: It’ll Take Hard Political Work To Stop Trump Flickr: Gage Skidmore

Neal Milner: It’ll Take Hard Political Work To Stop Trump

If you’re waiting for the legal system or the impeachment process to bring down the president, you’ll be waiting a long time.

Big Island Eliminates Produce Delivery For Seniors Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Big Island Eliminates Produce Delivery For Seniors

The summer deliveries were ended so that more people can receive vouchers for a smaller amount of produce.

Ex-Honolulu Police Chief’s Fight For Legal Fees Turns Nasty Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ex-Honolulu Police Chief’s Fight For Legal Fees Turns Nasty

Police Commissioner Loretta Sheehan says the former chief’s attempt to have her removed from the case is “baseless.”

How HECO Is Trying To Modernize Its Electric Grid Blue Planet Foundation

How HECO Is Trying To Modernize Its Electric Grid

Hawaiian Electric is drafting a new strategy after regulators rejected an earlier $736 million proposal in part because it didn’t serve solar users well.

June 21, 2017

Another Delay In Nationwide Search For Honolulu Police Chief Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Another Delay In Nationwide Search For Honolulu Police Chief

Officials will notify the 34 candidates who applied to lead the 20th largest police department in the U.S.

Hawaii Lawmakers Revive Push To Provide Medicaid for Micronesians Mark Edward Harris/Civil Beat

Hawaii Lawmakers Revive Push To Provide Medicaid for Micronesians

U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono, co-author of a Medicaid eligibility bill, says the country has a “moral obligation” to provide health care for Micronesian immigrants.

Tad Bartimus: Maui Hopes New Rescue Tubes Will Reduce Drownings Erica Tait

Tad Bartimus: Maui Hopes New Rescue Tubes Will Reduce Drownings

Ocean drownings, which claimed 143 lives, are second only to suicide as the leading cause of fatal injuries in Maui County between 2006 and 2016.

Inmate Deaths Leave Families, Advocates Searching For Answers Leo Azambuja

Inmate Deaths Leave Families, Advocates Searching For Answers

The deaths of eight inmates, including five suicides, at local correction facilities during the last 18 months have spurred calls for changes.

 

Honolulu Must Toughen Its Lax Lobbying Rules

Honolulu Must Toughen Its Lax Lobbying Rules

Weak disclosure rules make it easy for lobbyists to conceal how much they are spending wining and dining city officials.

Health Beat: Why We All Need To Help Solve The Doctor Shortage Getty Images/iStockphoto

Health Beat: Why We All Need To Help Solve The Doctor Shortage

Having access to a primary care provider is good for your health, but it’s no sure thing. We need to get creative to attract more physicians.

Hawaii School Board Signs Off On Bid For Federal Dollars Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii School Board Signs Off On Bid For Federal Dollars

Some critics believe the education department’s plan for seeking support under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act isn’t innovative enough.

Kaneohe Bay Kayak Rentals Continue Despite Order To Stop Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Kaneohe Bay Kayak Rentals Continue Despite Order To Stop

A nonprofit organization that maintains a state park says the rentals are the only way to pay for the work.

June 20, 2017

Denby Fawcett: Hawaii Pushes For More Tourists At All Costs Marina Riker/Civil Beat

Denby Fawcett: Hawaii Pushes For More Tourists At All Costs

The tourism industry is showing little concern for the impact increasing numbers of visitors has on residents and communities.

How HART Tried — And Failed — To Keep Rail Records Secret Cory Lum/Civil Beat

How HART Tried — And Failed — To Keep Rail Records Secret

The agency fought to keep the public from knowing what the Utah Transit Authority found during a study. So we got the records from Utah — in four days.

Alternative Uses For Honolulu Rail Line

Alternative Uses For Honolulu Rail Line

Say city and state leaders never do figure out how to finish the project. That doesn’t mean what’s already built goes to waste.

Hawaii Pushes Back Against Trump Policies Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Pushes Back Against Trump Policies

At least 12 actions opposing the administration range from a lawsuit challenging Trump’s travel ban to a letter protesting harsh new sentencing guidelines.

 

June 19, 2017

Hawaii Democrats Poised To Invite Rep. Fukumoto To The Party Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Democrats Poised To Invite Rep. Fukumoto To The Party

The former Republican minority leader may face a last-minute challenge from an ex-legislator who she has defeated three times.

Legislature Plans To Hold Special Session On Honolulu Rail Funding Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Legislature Plans To Hold Special Session On Honolulu Rail Funding

UPDATED: Leaders try to assure federal officials that the state is committed to coming up with money, but there no sign a deal has been reached.

We Need A Sense Of Nation Cory Lum/Civil Beat

We Need A Sense Of Nation

We as a people and a nation, however way one wishes to define it, must rise up and assume our responsibilities as citizens.

Pod Squad: A Conversation With Gov. David Ige Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Pod Squad: A Conversation With Gov. David Ige

Now in his third year as Hawaii’s governor, he responds to his recent low poll ratings and points to what his administration is doing right.

Reader Rep: Eddie Would Talk — And Turn Over Public Records

Reader Rep: Eddie Would Talk — And Turn Over Public Records

We’d all benefit if elected officials had less contempt for government transparency.

What Honolulu Lobbyists Don’t Tell You Cory Lum/Civil Beat

What Honolulu Lobbyists Don’t Tell You

The Ethics Commission chief says the city should “completely overhaul” how it tracks the spending of money to influence leaders.

Chad Blair: Why Staring At Cellphones In Crosswalks Should Be Illegal Caleb Hartsfield/Civil Beat

Chad Blair: Why Staring At Cellphones In Crosswalks Should Be Illegal

A Honolulu City Council bill would fine people who don’t look up from their mobile devices when crossing the street.

Should Hawaii Guarantee Every Resident A Minimum Income? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Should Hawaii Guarantee Every Resident A Minimum Income?

As technology threatens to eliminate jobs, Hawaii may be the first state to seriously study the idea.

Future Of Unions In Balance As Trump Reshapes Labor Board Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Future Of Unions In Balance As Trump Reshapes Labor Board

The end of the labor movement could be at hand as empowered Republicans seek a more business-friendly environment.

June 17, 2017

SLIDESHOW: End Of An Odyssey For Hokulea Cory Lum/Civil Beat

SLIDESHOW: End Of An Odyssey For Hokulea

After sailing more than 40,000 miles to 150 ports in 19 countries, Hawaii’s floating ambassador to the world is back where it started three years ago.

‘We Had To Relearn What Our Ancestors Had Mastered’ Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

‘We Had To Relearn What Our Ancestors Had Mastered’

The three-year journey of the double-hulled canoe Hokulea was a celebration of the Native Hawaiian culture.

June 16, 2017

Hawaii Scrambles To Cool Down Hot Classrooms Suevon Lee/Civil Beat

Hawaii Scrambles To Cool Down Hot Classrooms

After a slow start, the state Department of Education hopes to have air conditioning installed in 1,000 classrooms around the state by July 1.

Bodies Of Missing Sailors Found Aboard Damaged Destroyer AP

Bodies Of Missing Sailors Found Aboard Damaged Destroyer

UPDATED: The victims were found in flooded compartments aboard the USS Fitzgerald after it collided with a merchant ship, the 7th Fleet reported.

Bike Tour Offers Firsthand Look At Kalihi’s History — And Potholes Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Bike Tour Offers Firsthand Look At Kalihi’s History — And Potholes

Organizers of an upcoming tour want to show off the “hidden gems” of the working class community — and raise awareness of road problems.

Ige Says His Low-Key Approach Is Producing Good Results For Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ige Says His Low-Key Approach Is Producing Good Results For Hawaii

In the face of low poll numbers, the governor cites his accomplishments and talks about the legal challenges to Trump’s immigration ban.

535 Scientists Want Trump To Leave Hawaii’s Marine Monument Alone Cory Lum/Civil Beat

535 Scientists Want Trump To Leave Hawaii’s Marine Monument Alone

The group signed a letter emphasizing how protected reserves help the economy and biodiversity.

Hawaii May Feel Less Pain Than Elsewhere If GOP Guts Obamacare KITV

Hawaii May Feel Less Pain Than Elsewhere If GOP Guts Obamacare

Even before the Affordable Care Act went into effect, Hawaii had one of the nation’s lowest rates of uninsured thanks to a health-care coverage law passed four decades ago.

Hawaii’s Catholic Church Must Confront Its Past Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii’s Catholic Church Must Confront Its Past

The Church’s response to controversy surrounding sexual abuse of children in Hawaii continues to be troubling.

June 15, 2017

Groups May Sue Over Harm To Birds From Airport And Harbor Lights Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Groups May Sue Over Harm To Birds From Airport And Harbor Lights

In a 60-day notice to the transportation department, they claim endangered seabirds are harmed on Maui, Lanai and Kauai.

Park Service Analyzes Reservations For Haleakala Sunrise Visits Wiedz/Flickr.com

Park Service Analyzes Reservations For Haleakala Sunrise Visits

Agency says it will study its new system to control crowds that gather atop the Maui summit to view sunrises.

Audit Finds Domestic Violence Crackdown Isn’t Working In Honolulu Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Audit Finds Domestic Violence Crackdown Isn’t Working In Honolulu

The workload has increased, but not the number of successful prosecutions, according to the Office of the Auditor.

Bret Yager: The Growing Meat Market On The Big Island Courtesy of Kona Butcher Shop

Bret Yager: The Growing Meat Market On The Big Island

Bolstered by a mobile slaughterhouse and new butcher shops, the fledgling industry is trying to keep it all local in Hawaii County.

Honolulu Needs To Do More For Small Neighborhood Parks Caleb Hartsfield

Honolulu Needs To Do More For Small Neighborhood Parks

The city has shown progress on taking care of parks and recreation resources, but it should do so equitably. Oh, and a little more soap would be nice.

It Looks Like Another Good Year For Hawaii Tuna Fishermen Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

It Looks Like Another Good Year For Hawaii Tuna Fishermen

The longline fleet has a $250,000 deal in place to keep fishing after it reaches its quota of nearly 7 million pounds of ahi.

An Open Letter To The BOE About Community Engagement Cory Lum/Civil Beat

An Open Letter To The BOE About Community Engagement

Without a framework that supports community schools, “local control” will mean little more than dictatorships with unqualified rulers.

June 14, 2017

Kauai Groups Sue State, Syngenta To Stop GMO Farming On Public Land Nick Grube/Civil Beat

Kauai Groups Sue State, Syngenta To Stop GMO Farming On Public Land

Local organizations contend the state was wrong to give the seed company a permit to grow genetically modified crops on public land.

Why Leaking Classified Information Is Sometimes Ethical Flickr.com

Why Leaking Classified Information Is Sometimes Ethical

Scholars suggest that it can be jusitifed if the public benefit of the information is strong enough to outweigh the obligation to keep it secret.

Ian Lind: An Uneasy Final Goodbye To My Mother And My Sister Ian Lind

Ian Lind: An Uneasy Final Goodbye To My Mother And My Sister

I followed their wishes to scatter their ashes at sea after they were cremated, but now I find myself wondering why they made that decision.

New Members Bring Fresh Perspectives To Civil Beat’s Editorial Board Cory Lum/Civil Beat

New Members Bring Fresh Perspectives To Civil Beat’s Editorial Board

Veteran journalist Chad Blair will oversee our editorial page efforts and community outreach.

Honolulu Rail Project Needs To Take A Time Out Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Rail Project Needs To Take A Time Out

Decision makers need answers to basic questions about rail before they decide on what to do next.

Mayor Caldwell Sells $72,000 Of Territorial Bank Stock

Mayor Caldwell Sells $72,000 Of Territorial Bank Stock

Honolulu’s mayor also serves as a board director for the parent company of the Honolulu-based bank.

Wealthy Oahu Neighborhoods Benefit From Program Meant To Help Poor Communities Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Wealthy Oahu Neighborhoods Benefit From Program Meant To Help Poor Communities

A oft-criticized federal immigrant investor program designed to create jobs in distressed areas is instead targeting thriving places like Kakaako and Ala Moana.

June 13, 2017

Hawaii Leaders Say State Is Under ‘Attack’ With Loss Of Federal Funds Civil Beat

Hawaii Leaders Say State Is Under ‘Attack’ With Loss Of Federal Funds

The proposed reauthorization of a housing bill leaves out annual funding of up to $13 million for Native Hawaiians.

How TV Cultivates Authoritarianism – And Helped Elect Trump Ryan Somma/Flickr.com

How TV Cultivates Authoritarianism – And Helped Elect Trump

Television tends to distill complex issues into simpler forms, while the use of violence as an approach to solving problems is glorified.

Is Hawaii Aquarium Fishing Headed For A ‘Slow-Motion Shutdown’? FromSandToGlass/Flickr

Is Hawaii Aquarium Fishing Headed For A ‘Slow-Motion Shutdown’?

A bill supported by environmental groups would prevent the state from issuing new permits for commercial collection of aquarium fish.

World Youth Congress Comes To Honolulu NASA/Ames/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle

World Youth Congress Comes To Honolulu

It’s the first opportunity for future generations to organize a sustainable development movement to end poverty and protect our Earth.

Medical Bills Exceed $1 Million For Woman Accidentally Shot By Cop Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Medical Bills Exceed $1 Million For Woman Accidentally Shot By Cop

Hyun Ju Park was working at a bar when Anson Kimura’s duty weapon discharged, lodging a bullet in her stomach.

Denby Fawcett: Church Can’t Seem To Stop Using Name Of Pedophile Priest

Denby Fawcett: Church Can’t Seem To Stop Using Name Of Pedophile Priest

St. Anthony of Padua Church in Kailua has recently referred to its parish hall as “Father Henry Hall” on its website, in maps, and even as a pickup location for children.

June 12, 2017

Chin ‘Cautiously Optimistic’ Supreme Court Will Back Hawaii On Travel Ban Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Chin ‘Cautiously Optimistic’ Supreme Court Will Back Hawaii On Travel Ban

After winning at the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Hawaii’s attorney general expects the challenge to Trump’s executive order to reach the high court.

Appeals Court Upholds Hawaii’s Challenge To Trump Travel Ban Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Appeals Court Upholds Hawaii’s Challenge To Trump Travel Ban

“Immigration, even for the president, is not a one-person show,” say the 9th Circuit judges in Seattle.

The Ocean Belongs To All Of Us Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The Ocean Belongs To All Of Us

We are seeing promising advances in protecting this vital resource throughout Hawaii.

Survey Of Homeless Kids To Include Sexual Orientation Information Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Survey Of Homeless Kids To Include Sexual Orientation Information

A national survey found 40 percent of homeless youths identify as LGBTQ. Service providers will soon have data for Oahu.

Reader Rep: When Public Officials Hide Information From The Public

Reader Rep: When Public Officials Hide Information From The Public

Citizens of Hawaii should demand more transparency of their taxpayer-funded investments.

The Sorry State Of Many Honolulu Parks Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The Sorry State Of Many Honolulu Parks

Millions of dollars have been spent on Oahu parks in the past decade, but some have fared better than others.

A Later Start Time May Be Helping This School’s Students Succeed

A Later Start Time May Be Helping This School’s Students Succeed

Students report better health and grades since Kaimuki High School switched its opening bell from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.