Civil Beat Staff

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Pod Squad: Expanding Hawaii State Hospital ‘Long Overdue’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Pod Squad: Expanding Hawaii State Hospital ‘Long Overdue’

A top Health Department official talks about how an improved facility in Kanoehe could benefit the entire state.
Pod Squad: Talking Medi-Pot With a Potential Dispensary Operator Chad Blair/Civil Beat

Pod Squad: Talking Medi-Pot With a Potential Dispensary Operator

Eight business licenses will soon be up for grabs to grow medical marijuana and operate Hawaii's first dispensaries.
Pod Squad: The TMT Battle and the Native Hawaiian Leadership Void Marina Riker/Civil Beat

Pod Squad: The TMT Battle and the Native Hawaiian Leadership Void

Peter Apo joins the podcast to talk about his support for the controversial telescope project atop Mauna Kea.
Pod Squad: Looking Behind the ‘Facade’ at Vacant Public Housing Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Pod Squad: Looking Behind the ‘Facade’ at Vacant Public Housing

While some state-run apartment complexes look good from the front, there may be vacant units in back awaiting major maintenance work.
Pod Squad: ‘Down-and-Dirty History of Planning’ in Honolulu Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Pod Squad: ‘Down-and-Dirty History of Planning’ in Honolulu

The sprawling, unplanned development that was panned in the 1930s continues to this day in Hawaii's biggest city, says columnist Curt Sanburn.
Pod Squad: The Battle Over Maunalua Bay Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Pod Squad: The Battle Over Maunalua Bay

Hawaii Kai residents are justifiably concerned about proposed new restrictions, says their state representative, Gene Ward.
Pod Squad: We Can Do Something About High Home Prices and Rents

Pod Squad: We Can Do Something About High Home Prices and Rents

Is it time to use tax penalties to go after the "people who are squandering the housing stock" by allowing homes to sit empty?
Pod Squad: Hawaii Needs An Interisland Ferry System Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Pod Squad: Hawaii Needs An Interisland Ferry System

Connecting the islands better could boost salaries and lower the cost of living.
Pod Squad: Why Public Review of Police Action Is Important Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Pod Squad: Why Public Review of Police Action Is Important

The death of a Nanakuli man at the hands of Honolulu police is sparking a new conversation about the lack of transparency when it comes to police conduct.
Pod Squad: He’s Glad He Left Hawaii for New Life in Panama Anita Hofschneider/Civil Beat

Pod Squad: He’s Glad He Left Hawaii for New Life in Panama

How's that move to a different tropical setting working out? Former Hawaii resident Mark Heilbron talks to the Pod Squad.
Pod Squad: Nestor Garcia and Why Media Ethics Are Important Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Pod Squad: Nestor Garcia and Why Media Ethics Are Important

Civil Beat editors discuss why the recent ethics flap involving KHON reporter Nestor Garcia wasn't allowed to pass unnoticed.
Pod Squad: Wow, Election Season Already? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Pod Squad: Wow, Election Season Already?

What's up with Colleen Hanabusa, Brian Schatz, Kirk Caldwell and other well-known politicos? And how about those Republicans?