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Anita Hofschneider

Should Hawaii Spend $2 Billion To Build Homes Residents Can Afford? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Should Hawaii Spend $2 Billion To Build Homes Residents Can Afford?

Hawaii Sen. Will Espero says the time is right for the state to float general obligation bonds to address the housing shortage.

Supreme Court Considers A Third Trial For Christopher Deedy Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Supreme Court Considers A Third Trial For Christopher Deedy

Two juries have failed to convict the federal agent from the mainland, who had been in Waikiki only a few hours when he fatally shot a local man.

House Lawmakers Debate Bills To Make It Easier To Evict People Cory Lum/Civil Beat

House Lawmakers Debate Bills To Make It Easier To Evict People

Housing Committee Chairman Tom Brower says he hasn’t decided about measures to amend the landlord-tenant code.

Pot Decriminalization Has A Shot This Session, But Ige Wants To Wait PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Pot Decriminalization Has A Shot This Session, But Ige Wants To Wait

The governor wants to see how medical marijuana dispensaries work out first, but some legislators and advocates don’t see the connection.

Does Honolulu’s Plastic Bag Ban Go Far Enough? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Does Honolulu’s Plastic Bag Ban Go Far Enough?

The city has no data on whether the ban has reduced litter or plastic bag waste, and a bill to strengthen the restriction is languishing in the City Council.

Hawaii Dispensaries Can Start Growing Medical Marijuana Soon Anthony Quintano / Civil Beat

Hawaii Dispensaries Can Start Growing Medical Marijuana Soon

It’s still many months before the product will be for sale, but the state has reached a milestone that’ll lead to planting.

Ige: Keep Minor Offenders Out Of Jail And Off The Streets Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ige: Keep Minor Offenders Out Of Jail And Off The Streets

Hawaii Gov. David Ige wants $200,000 for a pilot program based on what’s been accomplished in Seattle and elsewhere.

Do Condo Owners Need Some Help From Hawaii’s Legislature? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Do Condo Owners Need Some Help From Hawaii’s Legislature?

Potential condo-related proposals run the gamut from establishing an ombudsman to merely clarifying existing laws.

State Says Number Of Available Shelter Beds Will Go Up In 2017 Anita Hofschneider/Civil Beat

State Says Number Of Available Shelter Beds Will Go Up In 2017

Hawaii nonprofits also promise to double the number of homeless people who enter permanent housing.

Honolulu Tweaking Its Rules For Affordable Housing Near Rail Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Tweaking Its Rules For Affordable Housing Near Rail

Some advocates criticize the option of allowing developers to pay a fee to the city to avoid the requirements.

Missing Data Plagues Military Training Plans In The Marianas Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Missing Data Plagues Military Training Plans In The Marianas

A Navy plan to bomb Pagan and put a destructive artillery range on Tinian overlooks many potential impacts and suggests little to make up for the destruction.

Guam: Many In This Military Outpost Welcome More Troops Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Guam: Many In This Military Outpost Welcome More Troops

The military buildup is expected to help Guam’s economy. But will it make the island a target as well?