December 2017

December 17, 2017

Tom Yamachika: When Is Gambling Criminal Conduct? Flickr: BarricadeCaptures

Tom Yamachika: When Is Gambling Criminal Conduct?

Questions have been raised in Hawaii about an online “casino” game called Star Wars: Battlefront II.

December 15, 2017

Civil Beat Poll: Lottery Has Big Support In Hawaii Flickr: Ross Catrow

Civil Beat Poll: Lottery Has Big Support In Hawaii

Most survey respondents say a lottery can bring much-needed cash to state government, but critics warn they mostly tax the poor.

Finding Hawaii Heroes In A School Cafeteria Michelle Galimba

Finding Hawaii Heroes In A School Cafeteria

Meet two men who are bringing locally grown products to local school lunch menus.

These Hawaii Seniors Hang Out In A Warehouse To Spice Up Their Lives Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

These Hawaii Seniors Hang Out In A Warehouse To Spice Up Their Lives

“Where else can you discuss your prostate problems?” asks the founder of the Hawaii Men’s Shed, a place to socialize and build stuff.

How Will Hawaii Fare Under Federal Tax Changes? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

How Will Hawaii Fare Under Federal Tax Changes?

Limits on deductions for mortgage interest and state and local tax payments could offset the benefits of temporary tax cuts for island residents.

December 14, 2017

Hawaii Supreme Court: Christopher Deedy Can Go On Trial For A Third Time PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Hawaii Supreme Court: Christopher Deedy Can Go On Trial For A Third Time

UPDATED: The federal agent’s attorneys said pursuing a third trial against him for the death of Kollin Elderts is double jeopardy.

Consent To Kids At Heart Of Gay Couple’s Child Support Case Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Consent To Kids At Heart Of Gay Couple’s Child Support Case

UPDATED: Woman asks Hawaii Supreme Court to sever her parental rights to a child who her wife gave birth to.

Civil Beat Poll: Voters Just Say No To Legalizing Recreational Marijuana Flickr.com/cagrimmett

Civil Beat Poll: Voters Just Say No To Legalizing Recreational Marijuana

Survey respondents 50 and older aren’t ready to take the step, and in Hawaii, older voters still call the shots.

Do You Even Know Who Your Leaders Are?

Do You Even Know Who Your Leaders Are?

There is no excuse for not getting involved in the Hawaii political process.

How Will Hawaiian Airlines Weather Its Big Transition In 2018? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

How Will Hawaiian Airlines Weather Its Big Transition In 2018?

With a new chief executive and the bulk of a new fleet set to arrive, Hawaii’s dominant airline will face a major competitor — Southwest Airlines.

Jason Armstrong: Why The Long Wait For Overnight Lodging On Mauna Kea? Jason Armstrong/Civil Beat

Jason Armstrong: Why The Long Wait For Overnight Lodging On Mauna Kea?

Cabins and bunkhouses at Hawaii County’s 6,000-foot-high recreational area were originally scheduled to be available for rent last January.

Legislators May See Another Heavy Load Of Medical Marijuana Measures Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Legislators May See Another Heavy Load Of Medical Marijuana Measures

A legislative working group wraps up its recommendations for what should be considered at the session starting in January.

December 13, 2017

Director Of Colorado Pension Fund Dies Snorkeling In Hawaii Colorado PERS

Director Of Colorado Pension Fund Dies Snorkeling In Hawaii

Gregory Smith died while vacationing with family and friends on Maui.

Civil Beat Poll: Support Is Still Strong For Medical Aid In Dying Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Civil Beat Poll: Support Is Still Strong For Medical Aid In Dying

Proponents of the legislation outnumber opponents by a 3-to-1 ratio. But will the Hawaii Legislature care?

This Woman Lost 10 Years Battling A System Where Insurers Call The Shots Cory Lum/Civil Beat

This Woman Lost 10 Years Battling A System Where Insurers Call The Shots

Hobbled by pain from work injuries, Vanessa Sylva had to overcome medical reports by insurance doctors that challenged her need for surgeries.

Recent Court Decisions Beneficial For Injured Workers Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Recent Court Decisions Beneficial For Injured Workers

The Hawaii Supreme Court made two rulings in 2015 in favor of workers who had been denied treatment for their injuries.

Cannabis Cardholders Increase, But They Aren’t Flocking To Dispensaries Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Cannabis Cardholders Increase, But They Aren’t Flocking To Dispensaries

A by-the-numbers look at the medical marijuana landscape now that dispensaries have opened on Oahu and Maui.

The GOP Doesn’t Care If You Like Its Tax Plan — Here’s Why Flickr.com

The GOP Doesn’t Care If You Like Its Tax Plan — Here’s Why

If Republicans can’t cut taxes when they have control of the presidency and both houses of Congress, what do they have to live for?

Health Beat: What You Can Do To Help Us All Afford Our Insurance Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Health Beat: What You Can Do To Help Us All Afford Our Insurance

Being a smart consumer when it comes to pharmaceuticals helps to control insurance costs for everyone.

Trump’s Monumental Mistake In The Pacific U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Trump’s Monumental Mistake In The Pacific

Shrinking a national marine protected area near Hawaii and allowing fishing are not in the nation’s best interests

December 12, 2017

Insurance ‘Hell’ Leaves Many Injured Workers Broken Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Insurance ‘Hell’ Leaves Many Injured Workers Broken

In Hawaii’s workers’ comp system, people with long-lasting injuries are often forced to battle doctors hand-picked by insurance companies to get treatment.

Charter School Debuts An Online Hawaiian-English Dictionary Suevon Lee/Civil Beat

Charter School Debuts An Online Hawaiian-English Dictionary

Students at the immersion school say the product could prepare them for a vocabulary test. But it’s also designed for the wider community.

Time To Exempt Food From The GET Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Time To Exempt Food From The GET

Hawaii Republicans argue that the state Legislature should “stop taxing life.”

Civil Beat Poll: Power To The People — Voters Want More Control Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Civil Beat Poll: Power To The People — Voters Want More Control

Respondents support term limits for legislators, all-mail balloting and establishment of a statewide system for initiatives, referendums and recalls.

Denby Fawcett: Sweeping The Boat People Of Ala Wai Harbor Denby Fawcett/Civil Beat

Denby Fawcett: Sweeping The Boat People Of Ala Wai Harbor

Plenty of them are illegally sleeping aboard vessels — only 129 “live-aboard” permits are allowed out of the 747 slips.