August 2016

August 29, 2016

Cheaper Flights To Micronesia? Chad Blair/Civil Beat

Cheaper Flights To Micronesia?

A Hawaii state senator wants the island nations to unite behind a push for lower air fares to the vast region.

Obama In Town This Week Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Obama In Town This Week

The president will deliver remarks Wednesday at the East-West Center, fly to Midway Thursday and head to China Friday.

Settlement Requires Hawaii To Pay More For Foster Care Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Settlement Requires Hawaii To Pay More For Foster Care

The state agrees to raise stipends for foster parents that have been the same for 24 years.

Secret Deals: Prison Operator Is Mum On Hawaii Court Cases Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Secret Deals: Prison Operator Is Mum On Hawaii Court Cases

Hawaii prison officials also refuse to disclose issues or costs once lawsuits involving CCA’s Arizona facility have been settled.

Chad Blair: It’s Easy To Get On A Hawaii Ballot — Maybe Too Easy Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Chad Blair: It’s Easy To Get On A Hawaii Ballot — Maybe Too Easy

The parties have their rules and the right to challenge candidates, but the threshold to run as a Democrat or Republican is pretty low.

What Six Scientists Learned In A Year On ‘Mars’ University of Hawaii

What Six Scientists Learned In A Year On ‘Mars’

“Simply not being on Earth, I think everyone would agree, is the most challenging part of space.”

Pod Squad: Race And Ethnicity In Hawaii Politics

Pod Squad: Race And Ethnicity In Hawaii Politics

“You have to make alliances across ethnicities, and that is wonderful,” says retired UH history professor Dan Boylan.

Reader Rep: The Real Research On Anonymity In Online Comments Ozzzie/Flickr

Reader Rep: The Real Research On Anonymity In Online Comments

If your goal is a higher-quality conversation, you might want to insist that people use their real names.

New Civil Beat Initiative: Meet 3 Aspiring Young Hawaii Journalists Cory Lum/Civil Beat

New Civil Beat Initiative: Meet 3 Aspiring Young Hawaii Journalists

We’re helping local journalists develop important high-level skills in our new intensive internship program.

Trump’s Finger On The Button? No Thanks DonkeyHotey via Flickr

Trump’s Finger On The Button? No Thanks

The propensity of Republican presidents to wage war combined with the unpredictable and inexperienced Trump could add up to disaster.

August 28, 2016

Plan Ahead For IUCN Traffic

Plan Ahead For IUCN Traffic

Officials are warning of road closures and limited access in Honolulu for the World Conservation Congress.

Hawaii: Not Friendly For Taxes

Hawaii: Not Friendly For Taxes

The Aloha State ranks just behind California when it comes to worst states for taxes.

August 26, 2016

Hawaii Democrats To Challenge Kaaihue’s Candidacy Facebook

Hawaii Democrats To Challenge Kaaihue’s Candidacy

UPDATED: The Republican running for the 2nd Congressional District has filed to run as a Democrat in the special election to fill the 1st District seat.

Court: PUC Appointment Stands Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Court: PUC Appointment Stands

The judge dismissed a legal challenge to Hawaii Gov. David Ige’s interim appointment of Public Utilities Commissioner Tom Gorak.

Secret No More: Rail Subcontractors Received $235M In One Year Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Secret No More: Rail Subcontractors Received $235M In One Year

For years, HART officials refused to release how much money subcontractors were being paid on the biggest infrastructure project in state history. Until now.

New President For EWC EWC

New President For EWC

Richard Vuylsteke succeeds Charles Morrison.

How To Pronounce ‘Papahanaumokuakea’ James Watt

How To Pronounce ‘Papahanaumokuakea’

The Hawaiian name for the marine monument near Hawaii is rich in meaning.

The Street: Downtown Honolulu At Midday Tim Huynh/Civil Beat

The Street: Downtown Honolulu At Midday

The photographer spends his lunch hours in the Ala Moana area watching others working, walking and enjoying a siesta.

There’s One Obvious Solution To Hawaii’s Feral Cat Problem Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

There’s One Obvious Solution To Hawaii’s Feral Cat Problem

More data-driven discussion is important. But a decision needs to be made soon before endangered animal populations suffer further harm.

Civil Geeks: Feeling The Vog? This Tool Can Help You Deal Janet Babb/USGS/HVO

Civil Geeks: Feeling The Vog? This Tool Can Help You Deal

Scientists from several agencies launch a slate of tools to help residents prepare for hazy days of “vog” downwind of Kilauea.

Health Beat: Relax, Prescription Coverage Changes Are No Big Deal Flickr: Sharyn Morrow

Health Beat: Relax, Prescription Coverage Changes Are No Big Deal

Having to switch drugs is a pain, but the alternative should be just as effective and the system keeps costs down.

Pick A New President But Don’t Choose A Lemon Gage Skidmore via Flickr

Pick A New President But Don’t Choose A Lemon

Trump is ignorant, bigoted, Clinton shifty, untrustworthy. What’s a voter to do? This one is supporting Green Party nominee Jill Stein.

August 25, 2016

10 Vie In CD1 Special Vote Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

10 Vie In CD1 Special Vote

They will be on the November ballot for the right to fill out the remainder of the late Mark Takai’s congressional term.

Obama Creates World’s Largest Protected Marine Area Off Hawaii Courtesy: Jim Abernethy

Obama Creates World’s Largest Protected Marine Area Off Hawaii

UPDATED: The expanded Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument will be 600,000 square miles — nearly the size of Alaska.

Hawaii Judge Mulls Legality Of Governor’s PUC Appointment Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Judge Mulls Legality Of Governor’s PUC Appointment

It likely won’t affect the NextEra deal, but the ruling could affect the governor’s power to make interim appointments in certain cases.

A Postage Stamp For Diwali

A Postage Stamp For Diwali

Tulsi Gabbard was among those pushing for the official commemoration celebrating the Festival of Lights.

Ige Backs Monument Expansion Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ige Backs Monument Expansion

Hawaii Gov. David Ige has thrown his support behind the proposed expansion of Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument.

Just 2 Lobbyists Have Donated $650K To Hawaii Candidates In The Past 10 Years PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Just 2 Lobbyists Have Donated $650K To Hawaii Candidates In The Past 10 Years

UPDATED Lobbyists gave about $2.5 million to state and local candidates over the last decade, and the two owners of the state’s biggest firm doled out about $650,000 themselves.

War Of Words Escalates As Monument Decision Nears Courtesy: Expand PNMN

War Of Words Escalates As Monument Decision Nears

Supporters of expanding Papahanaumokuakea unveil an ad countering one by opponents of the proposal for the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.

Peter Apo: Why Hawaii’s Old Gods Live On Wikimedia/Yoshi Canopus

Peter Apo: Why Hawaii’s Old Gods Live On

The Battle of Kuamo’o was intended to stamp out the kapu system. But a semblance remains, like the battlefield itself.

Range Anxiety? Today’s Electric Cars Usually Go Far Enough Volta Industries

Range Anxiety? Today’s Electric Cars Usually Go Far Enough

Most Americans’ driving needs can be met with low-cost electric vehicles. They just need options for the occasional long road trips.

Hawaii’s Use Of Striped Uniforms For Prisoners Is Downright Inhumane

Hawaii’s Use Of Striped Uniforms For Prisoners Is Downright Inhumane

Reinforcing the criminal mindset through uniforms that degrade prisoners doesn’t help prepare inmates to re-enter society.

August 24, 2016

CCA Faces Shareholder Revolt Cory Lum/Civil Beat

CCA Faces Shareholder Revolt

The country’s largest for-profit prison company is accused of making false and misleading statements to its shareholders.

Hawaii Elections 2016: General Election Ballot Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Elections 2016: General Election Ballot

Need to figure out who to vote for on Nov. 8? Click on the links in this story to see how candidates in your area feel about certain issues.

Analysis: Airbnb’s Effect On Rents Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Analysis: Airbnb’s Effect On Rents

FiveThirtyEight examined booking and revenue data, which put Honolulu at the top of the list in commercial shares.

Low ACT Scores For Hawaii Grads The Hill

Low ACT Scores For Hawaii Grads

The college preparatory test company says the state ranks near the bottom with Nevada, Mississippi and South Carolina.

Hirono: Trump ‘Bizarre’ On Immigration Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hirono: Trump ‘Bizarre’ On Immigration

The Hawaii senator tells MSNBC that the GOP presidential nominee is changing his views because his poll numbers are dropping.

New City Transit Director Named Cory Lum/Civil Beat

New City Transit Director Named

Mark Garrity has been named the Department of Transportation Services acting director.

Bullying Of Asian-Americans, Pacific Islanders ‘On The Rise’ The White House

Bullying Of Asian-Americans, Pacific Islanders ‘On The Rise’

A new White House report underscores Hawaii statistics that show mistreatment of students by their peers.

Ian Lind: Behind The Democrats’ Failed Push To Close The Primary

Ian Lind: Behind The Democrats’ Failed Push To Close The Primary

The party sued to keep non-Democrats from voting in its primary races, but federal judges are having none of it.

Hawaii Should Pay Attention To Feds’ Decision On Private Prisons Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Should Pay Attention To Feds’ Decision On Private Prisons

The state just signed a deal with a private prison firm, but the federal government is walking away from those facilities.

State GOP Disavows Kaaihue, But What About Trump? Facebook / Wikimedia Commons

State GOP Disavows Kaaihue, But What About Trump?

The state Republican Party chair’s criticism of his party’s congressional nominee ignores the realities of the GOP that allowed her to win.

August 23, 2016

Second Lawsuit Over Hepatitis A Hawaii Department of Health

Second Lawsuit Over Hepatitis A

A class-action lawsuits has been filed on behalf of those who have been vaccinated for hepatitis A after being sickened by the virus’ outbreak in Hawaii.

State Gets TRO Against Itself

State Gets TRO Against Itself

Hawaii will have to hold off on implementing a law to help Maui hospital workers.

Star-Advertiser Rescinds Buyout Offer For Newsroom Employees Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Star-Advertiser Rescinds Buyout Offer For Newsroom Employees

The company blames the employees union and is now likely to proceed with an unknown number of involuntary job cuts.

Hepatitis In 2nd Flight Attendant Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hepatitis In 2nd Flight Attendant

Both work for Hawaiian Airlines. In the latest case, the attendant served food and beverages on four flights from July 31 to Aug. 12.

No More Swimming With Dolphins? Flickr: Caroline Gagné

No More Swimming With Dolphins?

UPDATED NOAA proposes a new rule to ban swimming or even getting too close in a boat to spinner dolphins in certain Hawaiian waters.

Will Hawaii Dems’ Progressive Movement Have Staying Power? Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Will Hawaii Dems’ Progressive Movement Have Staying Power?

UPDATED: Energized by the Sanders presidential campaign and hot-button local issues, a handful of newcomers spiced up primary races.

Denby Fawcett: When The Law Allows Overbuilding For The Rich Courtesy of Alexander & Baldwin

Denby Fawcett: When The Law Allows Overbuilding For The Rich

A proposal to build six luxury condos on a single oceanfront lot is the type of project that’s more likely to benefit out-of-staters than locals.

From Wine To Weed: Keeping The Marijuana Farm Small And Local iStock.com

From Wine To Weed: Keeping The Marijuana Farm Small And Local

As marijuana prohibition comes to a close, states should consider ways of encouraging small farms to continue playing a role.

Expanding Monument Would Set Smart Conservation Precedent Courtesy: Sen. Brian Schatz

Expanding Monument Would Set Smart Conservation Precedent

It would protect biodiversity, including more than 7,000 marine species, from the tiny Regal Parrotfish to the Hawaiian black grouper.

Why Hawaii Should Adopt Finland’s Annual Day For Failure Pixabay

Why Hawaii Should Adopt Finland’s Annual Day For Failure

If we embraced learning from mistakes and working to improve rather than punishing people for being human, we’d all be better off.

August 22, 2016

Hawaii GOP Appears Stuck With Angela Aulani Kaaihue kaaihue4congress.com

Hawaii GOP Appears Stuck With Angela Aulani Kaaihue

As offensive as the congressional nominee’s views on ethnicity and religion are, there is little that the Republican Party can do to make her go away.

Poverty High In Marshall Islands Chad Blair/Civil Beat

Poverty High In Marshall Islands

The Asian Development Bank says the income gap is most severe in Majuro and Ebeye where 75 percent of the population lives.

Going Green At IUCN Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Going Green At IUCN

Organizers of the World Conservation Congress meeting in Hawaii next month urge participants to be “carbon neutral, plastic free, paper low.”

How One Attorney Is Trying To Make Food Safer Cory Lum/Civil Beat

How One Attorney Is Trying To Make Food Safer

Hawaii’s hepatitis A outbreak is the latest battleground for a Seattle attorney who specializes in foodborne illnesses and has won damages of more than $600 million.

Hawaii’s Love(sick) Affair With Seafood Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii’s Love(sick) Affair With Seafood

The islands are particularly vulnerable to foodborne illness. The culprit: seafood.

Reader Rep: Don’t Freak Out If Your Kid Wants To Study Journalism PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Reader Rep: Don’t Freak Out If Your Kid Wants To Study Journalism

The news industry may be unstable for workers, but good communication skills are essential for success in most jobs.

34.8 Percent Turnout? Hawaii Must Do Better Anita Hofschneider/Civil Beat

34.8 Percent Turnout? Hawaii Must Do Better

We should revisit automatic registration and voting by mail and take up the challenge of online voting.

Protect Certain Animals By Making Others Suffer? No Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Protect Certain Animals By Making Others Suffer? No

There are perhaps as many as 300,000 free-roaming cats on Oahu — far too many to simply eliminate.

Health Department Moving To Fill New Positions Hawaii Department of Health

Health Department Moving To Fill New Positions

Hiring new vector control workers to fight dengue fever and other diseases requires a “thoughtful process.”

August 21, 2016

Hawaii Ranked 48th Freest State Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Ranked 48th Freest State

The Cato Institute evaluated each state by how “their public policies promote freedom in the economic, social and personal realms.”

August 20, 2016

Hawaii GOP Chair Denounces His Own Party’s US House Nominee

Hawaii GOP Chair Denounces His Own Party’s US House Nominee

Angela Aulani Kaaihue is slammed for “bigoted” and “vulgar” comments about Democratic candidates, including her opponent, Tulsi Gabbard.

August 19, 2016

Justice Department Will Stop Using Private Prisons Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Justice Department Will Stop Using Private Prisons

The federal government’s decision comes a couple of weeks after Hawaii extended its contract with a for-profit prison in Arizona.

Civil Geeks: When Science And Art Intersect Courtesy Rebecca Rutstein and Bridgette Mayer Gallery

Civil Geeks: When Science And Art Intersect

“We can reach a whole new audience,” says a representative of one of the research projects hosting artists in residence.

Hawaii Storytellers: How A Fishing Trip Hooked Me On Out-Of-The-Way Places Olelo

Hawaii Storytellers: How A Fishing Trip Hooked Me On Out-Of-The-Way Places

A childhood fishing trip with his uncle leads Chris D’Angelo to make a cascade of life-changing decisions.

August 18, 2016

A Full-Year Homeless Emergency Cory Lum/Civil Beat

A Full-Year Homeless Emergency

Gov. David Ige signed a supplemental proclamation to extend the state of emergency for two more months.

Takai Honored In Emotional Tributes Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Takai Honored In Emotional Tributes

The late congressman was remembered for 22 years of public service, including two decades in the Legislature, 17 years in the National Guard.

The Projector: Aloha, Congressman Mark Takai Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The Projector: Aloha, Congressman Mark Takai

In a Thursday service at the Capitol, state and national leaders join hundreds of other people to grieve and share memories.

UH Preps For Conservation Event Courtesy: University of Hawaii

UH Preps For Conservation Event

Law school students are getting ready with motions for the international gathering.