Civil Beat Staff

Anita Hofschneider

Kauai Groups Sue State, Syngenta To Stop GMO Farming On Public Land Nick Grube/Civil Beat

Kauai Groups Sue State, Syngenta To Stop GMO Farming On Public Land

Local organizations contend the state was wrong to give the seed company a permit to grow genetically modified crops on public land.

State Board Delays Decision On Kakaako Housing Rules Cory Lum/Civil Beat

State Board Delays Decision On Kakaako Housing Rules

The Hawaii Community Development Authority board is revising a proposal to preserve for-sale units for middle-income people.

Medical Marijuana Dispensary To Open Without Any Marijuana Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Medical Marijuana Dispensary To Open Without Any Marijuana

Licensed companies are still waiting for the Department of Health to certify labs to test the products before they can start selling

Is It Fair To Profit From Reselling Affordable Housing? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Is It Fair To Profit From Reselling Affordable Housing?

The state considers new rules that would give it some of the equity when workforce units are resold. Opponents say that’ll do more harm than good.

Kauai Councilman Fails To Disclose His Medical Marijuana Venture Flickr.com: Sharon Har

Kauai Councilman Fails To Disclose His Medical Marijuana Venture

In county documents, former legislator Derek Kawakami didn’t mention his involvement in a company challenging the dispensary license awards.

Former DuPont Worker Claims Retaliation For Pesticide Complaints Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Former DuPont Worker Claims Retaliation For Pesticide Complaints

A woman files suit saying she lost her job after repeatedly reporting misuse of pesticides on the company’s North Shore farm.

Why It’s Taking So Long To Open Hawaii’s Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Why It’s Taking So Long To Open Hawaii’s Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

The state legalized the use of cannabis as medicine 17 years ago, but patients still have no place to legally buy it.

Honolulu Won’t Authorize Use Of Property Taxes For Rail — Yet Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Won’t Authorize Use Of Property Taxes For Rail — Yet

The Legislature adjourned last week without coming to a decision about how to fund the nearly $10 billion project.

Hilton Janitors Expect To Get $1.1 Million In Unpaid Wages Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Hilton Janitors Expect To Get $1.1 Million In Unpaid Wages

They claimed the hotel’s cleaning company paid them far less than union members — in violation of a union contract.

Lawmakers Adjourn Without Deal To Pay For Rail Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lawmakers Adjourn Without Deal To Pay For Rail

UPDATED: Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell hopes for a special session, but the Legislature is done for now after a final day shake-up in leadership.

House Speaker Joe Souki Expected to Lose His Post, Members Say Cory Lum/Civil Beat

House Speaker Joe Souki Expected to Lose His Post, Members Say

The expected shakeup in House leadership comes as the Senate is undergoing its own significant reshuffling.

Sen. Jill Tokuda To Be Ousted As Ways And Means Chair Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Sen. Jill Tokuda To Be Ousted As Ways And Means Chair

UPDATED: The move against Tokuda came as the House and Senate remained deadlocked over how to fund the Honolulu rail project.