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Anita Hofschneider

Should Hawaii Lose Its Pesticide Enforcement Power? Zeynel Cebeci/Wikimedia Commons

Should Hawaii Lose Its Pesticide Enforcement Power?

UPDATED: Earthjustice claims the Department of Agriculture isn't doing enough to protect the public from misuse of pesticides.
How Mayoral Candidates Would Tackle Housing And Homelessness Cory Lum/Civil Beat

How Mayoral Candidates Would Tackle Housing And Homelessness

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell wants to continue existing programs. His top opponents have other ideas, but no details to go with them.
What The Federal GMO Food Labeling Law Means For Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat

What The Federal GMO Food Labeling Law Means For Hawaii

National requirements take effect effect in two years, but local GMO labeling advocates don't think they go far enough.
City To Pay $80K In Couple’s Arrest Civil Beat

City To Pay $80K In Couple’s Arrest

The City Council votes next week on an $80,000 settlement after two women were arrested by an officer who allegedly berated them for kissing in public.
Candidates Embrace Punitive Approach To Homelessness Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Candidates Embrace Punitive Approach To Homelessness

If people living on Honolulu streets vote, they might take a pass on the mayor's race, where top candidates are all talking tough.
Suit Challenges US Military Plans To Bomb Islands In Marianas Courtesy of Save Pagan Island

Suit Challenges US Military Plans To Bomb Islands In Marianas

The Navy and Marines are violating environmental laws, several organizations claim.
Feds Finalize $175 Million Plan To Protect Waikiki From Flooding Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Feds Finalize $175 Million Plan To Protect Waikiki From Flooding

Tropical Storm Darby was a reminder that a much bigger 100-year flood could devastate Honolulu's economic engine.
Sewer Spills, Road Closures, Handi-Van Problems In Darby’s Wake Anthony Quintano / Civil Beat

Sewer Spills, Road Closures, Handi-Van Problems In Darby’s Wake

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell said the tropical storm was a good dress rehearsal for future emergencies.
Why The Hawaii GOP’s Only Senate Seat May Be In Jeopardy Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Why The Hawaii GOP’s Only Senate Seat May Be In Jeopardy

Democrats Stanley Chang and Mike Bennett face off in the primary for a shot at veteran Republican legislator Sam Slom.
Ige Endorses Clinton For President Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ige Endorses Clinton For President

Hawaii Gov. David Ige said electing Hillary Clinton as president "is so important to the future of our nation and our state."
Should A Syngenta Spokeswoman Serve On Kauai’s Water Board? Nick Grube/Civil Beat

Should A Syngenta Spokeswoman Serve On Kauai’s Water Board?

The seed company has been in the middle of debate over pesticide use on the island, an issue that has ramifications for water quality.
Djou Raises Nearly $260,000 In First Weeks Of Mayoral Campaign Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Djou Raises Nearly $260,000 In First Weeks Of Mayoral Campaign

Incumbent Kirk Caldwell had about $1.2 million on hand as of June 30 while a third candidate, ex-mayor Peter Carlisle, had zero.