April 2018

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.

Lowering The Voting Age Should Be Our Next Great Cause Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lowering The Voting Age Should Be Our Next Great Cause

Issues such as the minimum wage, school safety and sexual harassment require expanding our electorate.

Hawaii Democrats Have Failed Criminal Justice Reform

Hawaii Democrats Have Failed Criminal Justice Reform

Any real change to the system will require a major political realignment of the one-party state.

Lifeline To Kauai’s North Shore Must Be Rebuilt Now, Relocated Later DLNR

Lifeline To Kauai’s North Shore Must Be Rebuilt Now, Relocated Later

UPDATED: Officials expect to reopen one lane for emergency access on the damaged Kuhio Highway by May 7.

How Will Honolulu Pay To Run Rail Once It’s Built? The City Still Doesn’t Know Cory Lum/Civil Beat

How Will Honolulu Pay To Run Rail Once It’s Built? The City Still Doesn’t Know

Many other rail transit systems rely on special sales taxes to pay what passenger fares don’t cover.

Big Island: Saving Reefs One Sunscreen Container At A Time Jason Armstrong/Civil Beat

Big Island: Saving Reefs One Sunscreen Container At A Time

Beachgoers respond favorably when a nonprofit offers to swap their products containing oxybenzone for other sunscreens considered reef-safe.

Letters: Mainland Views On Kauai Floods

Letters: Mainland Views On Kauai Floods

Out-of-staters share their aloha for the Garden Island and their appreciation for Civil Beat flood coverage.

Nanakuli Village Center: Big Plans But Few Results So Far Kali Watson/Hawaiian Community Development Board

Nanakuli Village Center: Big Plans But Few Results So Far

After more than a decade of planning, construction could begin this month on a commercial center — or it might not.

April 19, 2018

Co-Defendant In UH Concert Scam Gets 2 Months In Jail AP

Co-Defendant In UH Concert Scam Gets 2 Months In Jail

He’s the second person sentenced this month in connection with a bogus promotion for a Stevie Wonder performance.

Kauai Storm Was Bad And Ugly, But The Good Was Overwhelming Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Kauai Storm Was Bad And Ugly, But The Good Was Overwhelming

As terrible as the flooding has been, the crisis was managed competently and selflessly.

Health Beat: Feds Should Stop Restricting Medical Marijuana Research Pöllö via Wikimedia Commons

Health Beat: Feds Should Stop Restricting Medical Marijuana Research

Cannabis has potential for treating various disorders, but pharmaceutical companies won’t do their thing while it’s a Schedule 1 drug.

Study: Few Hawaii Students Have Access To After-School Meals Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Study: Few Hawaii Students Have Access To After-School Meals

A new report by the Food Research & Action Center shows Hawaii near the bottom in terms of serving an after-school supper to low-income students.

Kupuna Caregivers Program Deserves More Money Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Kupuna Caregivers Program Deserves More Money

Better support for Hawaii caregivers and home care is a no-brainer.

Here’s Why The Weather Experts Didn’t See The Kauai Storm Coming Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Here’s Why The Weather Experts Didn’t See The Kauai Storm Coming

The rain-laden system was hard to track because it wasn’t large-scale, like a tropical storm. And Hawaii weather is just hard to predict.

April 18, 2018

Hawaii Seems Poised To Ban Coral-Damaging Sunscreen Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Seems Poised To Ban Coral-Damaging Sunscreen

Updated: It would be the first state to prohibit the use of sunscreen containing ingredients that scientists say harm sea life.

Legislators Push To Send $100 Million To Kauai For Flood Damage Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Legislators Push To Send $100 Million To Kauai For Flood Damage

UPDATED: They also plan to set aside $25 million to help other parts of the state. Meanwhile, Gov. Ige addresses Oahu damage.

Whose Side Is This Workers’ Comp Doctor On? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Whose Side Is This Workers’ Comp Doctor On?

Chris Brigham has exerted major influence on how Hawaii’s insurers treat injured workers claims. Critics say he has mostly made it easier to slash benefits.

Reality Sets In For Kauai’s Flooded-Out Residents Courtesy of Courtney McLaughlin

Reality Sets In For Kauai’s Flooded-Out Residents

“It’s so surreal that everything that we had is now just part of the land,” said an Anahola resident surveying her ruined homestead.

Lawmakers Really Need To Prohibit Fundraising During Session Flickr: Tax Credits

Lawmakers Really Need To Prohibit Fundraising During Session

It doesn’t get any more outrageous than legislative leaders asking people to pony up cash for Colleen Hanabusa at the same time they’re voting on bills and budgets.

The Disconnect Between Trump And Christian Values Flickr: Gage Skidmore

The Disconnect Between Trump And Christian Values

Some evangelical leaders simply refuse to acknowledge the obvious immorality of the president.

Tourism Industry Needs Better Planning, Not Budget Cuts Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Tourism Industry Needs Better Planning, Not Budget Cuts

The state needs to invest in marketing that strategically attracts the visitors who contribute to real economic impact.

Are Hawaii Schools Doing Enough To Address Bullying? Courtesy Joshua Franklin

Are Hawaii Schools Doing Enough To Address Bullying?

DOE takes steps to beef up its anti-bullying efforts, but it faces a lawsuit alleging schools didn’t stop the harassment of two students.

Kauai: Record Storm Drives Tourists Out But Hanalei Residents Dig In Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Kauai: Record Storm Drives Tourists Out But Hanalei Residents Dig In

Construction crews arrive in force and businesses and homeowners clean up,  but residents are keeping a wary eye on weather reports.

Letters: Why Weren’t People Warned About Massive Rainstorm?

Letters: Why Weren’t People Warned About Massive Rainstorm?

A reader wonders why people in Hanalei weren’t told just how severe the weather would be.