Civil Beat Staff

Anita Hofschneider

Office Of Hawaiian Affairs Trustee Calls For Firing Of CEO Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Office Of Hawaiian Affairs Trustee Calls For Firing Of CEO

A recent state audit found both the chief executive, Kamana‘opono Crabbe, and trustees are responsible for misspending.

Study: Hawaii Residents Are The Deepest In Debt Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Study: Hawaii Residents Are The Deepest In Debt

Hawaii residents don’t earn enough money to offset expensive rent, student loans and consumer debt.

Maui Senator Tries Again To Reform High-Interest Payday Loans Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Maui Senator Tries Again To Reform High-Interest Payday Loans

Hawaii currently allows lenders to offer loans with annual interest rates as high as 459 percent.

Ige Promises To Help Anxious Kakaako Seniors Facing Rent Hikes Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ige Promises To Help Anxious Kakaako Seniors Facing Rent Hikes

The governor says the state will provide monthly subsidies of up to $250, and indicates a willingness to help residents elsewhere.

Final State Audit Criticizes OHA For Misspending, Lack Of Transparency Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Final State Audit Criticizes OHA For Misspending, Lack Of Transparency

The audit found the Office of Hawaiian Affairs is spending money too loosely in a way that benefits the politically connected.

Development Lobbyist Failed To Register With Honolulu Ethics Commission Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Development Lobbyist Failed To Register With Honolulu Ethics Commission

David Arakawa hadn’t registered to lobby at Honolulu Hale for at least five years. And then a reporter asked him about it.

OHA Demands Financial Details From Its Own Companies Cory Lum/Civil Beat

OHA Demands Financial Details From Its Own Companies

Organizations created by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs will have to provide documents for an internal audit.

Seniors Fear Sharp Rent Increases In Kakaako Anita Hofschneider/Civil Beat

Seniors Fear Sharp Rent Increases In Kakaako

UPDATED: Ownership of the property has changed recently and residents are being asked to sign new leases.

Hawaiian Is An Official Language So Why Isn’t It Used More? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaiian Is An Official Language So Why Isn’t It Used More?

The dispute about whether a protester could testify in Hawaiian in court highlights the gap between the state’s two official languages.

Hawaii Auditor Demands Investigation Into Leak Of OHA Audit Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Auditor Demands Investigation Into Leak Of OHA Audit

Les Kondo says a release to the media of a draft audit into problems at the Office of Hawaiian Affairs violated state ethics law.

Searing Audit Says OHA Misspent Millions Of Dollars Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Searing Audit Says OHA Misspent Millions Of Dollars

UPDATED: The Office of Hawaiian Affairs chairwoman says trustees are already addressing problems identified in the audit.

Mismanagement Could Cost Honolulu Another $10 Million Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Mismanagement Could Cost Honolulu Another $10 Million

The city is scrambling to figure out how to make use of empty buildings in Waipahu and Chinatown.