April 2018

April 25, 2018

Supreme Court Justices Skeptical About Hawaii’s Challenge to Trump Travel Ban Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Supreme Court Justices Skeptical About Hawaii’s Challenge to Trump Travel Ban

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in one of the most high-profile cases so far of President Donald Trump’s tenure.

Letters: Self-Driving Cars Will Not Make Rail Obsolete

Letters: Self-Driving Cars Will Not Make Rail Obsolete

Removing human hands from steering wheels will take a long time, and there will still be a need for mass transit.

Check Out These Before-And-After Photos Of The Kauai Flood Google

Check Out These Before-And-After Photos Of The Kauai Flood

Take a look at the first Google satellite imagery capturing the extent of the flooding, road damage and altered beachscapes.

It’s Time To Make UH Campuses Completely Smoke-Free Challiyil EswarChalakudy via Wikimedia Commons

It’s Time To Make UH Campuses Completely Smoke-Free

A student leader of the ban effort was inspired by a childhood of watching her tobacco-addicted relatives — and inhaling their smoke.

Kauai Flooding Heightens Worries About West Oahu Isolation Courtesy of Deejay Martin

Kauai Flooding Heightens Worries About West Oahu Isolation

If a disaster were to close the Farrington Highway, what would be the alternative route to and from the Leeward Coast?

A ‘Descendants’-Style Land Feud Breaks Out On The Big Island Patricia Giles

A ‘Descendants’-Style Land Feud Breaks Out On The Big Island

A trust established by a former Dole president and Bishop Estate trustee has spawned a legal fight over a historic, 4,000-acre ranch.

April 24, 2018

State May Experiment With All-Mail Voting On Kauai Caleb Hartsfield/Civil Beat

State May Experiment With All-Mail Voting On Kauai

The Garden Island has had difficulty in the past recruiting volunteer poll workers.

Legislators Agree To Spend $200M More On Affordable Rentals Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Legislators Agree To Spend $200M More On Affordable Rentals

Lawmakers say they expect to create 25,000 affordable rental housing units by 2030.

Letters: Socialism Is Not the Answer

Letters: Socialism Is Not the Answer

Readers get agitated over criminal justice, rail costs and trailer parks.

Big Island: UH Hilo Enrollment Plunges Even As Campus Grows Jason Armstrong/Civil Beat

Big Island: UH Hilo Enrollment Plunges Even As Campus Grows

Millions of dollars have been spent to enlarge and spruce up the university, but there’s a five-year trend of fewer students.

My Recent Experience With Ohana Air Was (Spoiler Alert) Not Good Cory Lum/Civil Beat

My Recent Experience With Ohana Air Was (Spoiler Alert) Not Good

Having dispatchers in Idaho is just one of the factors causing a frustrating lack of communication between the airline and passengers.

Ad Watch: David Ige Reminds Voters Of His Roots

Ad Watch: David Ige Reminds Voters Of His Roots

Hawaii’s governor emphasizes education and working families in his first re-election television commercial.

This New Military Spending Site Is Floundering Cory Lum/Civil Beat

This New Military Spending Site Is Floundering

The state launched a website to track defense dollars with the help of a federal grant. But now there’s no one keeping the site updated.

Honolulu’s Morgue Is So Run Down Even The Autopsy Room Leaks Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu’s Morgue Is So Run Down Even The Autopsy Room Leaks

The conditions raise concerns about employee health and the quality of lab results, including whether evidence is being contaminated.

April 23, 2018

Voters Will Decide Whether To Hike Property Taxes To Fund Schools Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Voters Will Decide Whether To Hike Property Taxes To Fund Schools

Even if the proposed constitutional amendment passes in November, it won’t automatically guarantee new money for schools.

$93K Is Now Considered Low-Income For Honolulu Family Of 4 Anita Hofschneider/Civil Beat

$93K Is Now Considered Low-Income For Honolulu Family Of 4

Oahu’s median income jumped nearly 11 percent in a year, according to new federal housing guidelines.

Feds: Honolulu Needs $250 Million More To Complete Rail Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Feds: Honolulu Needs $250 Million More To Complete Rail

Local officials believe their $8.16 billion cost estimate remains sound, despite the shortfall identified in an unreleased draft report.

For Hawaii Politicians, It Pays To Have Jennifer Sabas On Your Side Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

For Hawaii Politicians, It Pays To Have Jennifer Sabas On Your Side

Support from the former top aide to the late Sen. Daniel Inouye has been a boon to two prominent candidates in their bids for higher office.

Hawaii Businesses Are Making Billions Off The Military Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Businesses Are Making Billions Off The Military

Hawaii is second only to Virginia in the amount of money that flows into the state through Defense Department spending.

Letters: We Need To Help Our Children

Letters: We Need To Help Our Children

The state Department of Education and its practices caught readers’ attention this past week. So did the Kauai storm.

Why Honolulu Rail Will Be A Moot Point Flickr: Jaguar MENA

Why Honolulu Rail Will Be A Moot Point

Automated vehicles are the way of the future.

Hawaii House Needs To Beef Up Harassment Rules — Now Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Hawaii House Needs To Beef Up Harassment Rules — Now

The House, which currently has a toothless policy, should adopt the Senate’s rules until lawmakers can make additional improvements.

Lawmakers Question Whether State Should Buy Kauai Farmland Google Maps

Lawmakers Question Whether State Should Buy Kauai Farmland

A bill would provide $6 million to the Hawaii Agribusiness Development Corp. to acquire the land, part of which is already leased to a seed company.

April 22, 2018

Tom Yamachika: Bills Transform Like Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Flickr: Docking Bay 93

Tom Yamachika: Bills Transform Like Mighty Morphin Power Rangers

The Hawaii Legislature proposes new drafts to bills with no public notice and allows no testimony.

April 20, 2018

House, Senate Agree To $14 Billion State Budget Bill Cory Lum/Civil Beat

House, Senate Agree To $14 Billion State Budget Bill

A joint conference committee passed the overall budget bill ahead of schedule to fast-track funding for areas hit by flooding.