Bianca Smallwood

Bianca Smallwood is a former Civil Beat intern
In Hawaii, We Waste More Than A Fourth Of All Our Food Flickr/jbloom

In Hawaii, We Waste More Than A Fourth Of All Our Food

We pay more for our food than in any other state;  but a report finds the high cost doesn't stop us from wasting much of it.  
Advocates Ask State For Clear Policies On Transgender Students Civil Beat

Advocates Ask State For Clear Policies On Transgender Students

The Kumu Hina Project asks the Department of Education to protect transgender students' rights.
USS Arizona Dock To Be Replaced Cory Lum/Civil Beat

USS Arizona Dock To Be Replaced

The dismantling, removal and replacement of the dock will prevent visits for two weeks during the busy June tourist season.
Legislature Passes Bill To Ban Smoking At State Health Facilities Chad Blair/Civil Beat

Legislature Passes Bill To Ban Smoking At State Health Facilities

The measure headed to Gov. David Ige would prohibit using tobacco and electronic smoking inside and outside the sites.
Bill To Create Industrial Hemp Pilot Program Clears Panel Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Bill To Create Industrial Hemp Pilot Program Clears Panel

While the Senate bill progresses in the House, another hemp-cultivation measure awaits hearings in the Senate.
State Population Up 5.2 Percent In 5 Years Cory Lum/Civil Beat

State Population Up 5.2 Percent In 5 Years

The U.S. Census Bureau reports that as of 2015, 1.43 million people lived in the islands.
Bill Regulating Uber Insurance Killed Flickr.com/Adam Fagen

Bill Regulating Uber Insurance Killed

The measure would have set insurance standards for drivers of transportation network companies such as Uber and Lyft.
Hawaii’s Latest Sex Trafficking Bill Generates Familiar Opposition Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Hawaii’s Latest Sex Trafficking Bill Generates Familiar Opposition

Supporters want those who work for sex traffickers to be considered victims, not criminals, but prosecutors say it's not that simple.
Lawmakers: Hawaii Can Do More To Make Sure Women Get Equal Pay U.S. Senate Democrats

Lawmakers: Hawaii Can Do More To Make Sure Women Get Equal Pay

Statistics show the gender pay gap in the islands is smaller than it is nationwide, but there's still room for improvement.
Will Roadwork Really Make A Dent In Waianae Coast Congestion? Bianca Smallwood

Will Roadwork Really Make A Dent In Waianae Coast Congestion?

Several projects are underway or under consideration to address the infamous traffic backups along the Farrington Highway.
Smokers Take A Couple Of Hits At the Legislature PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Smokers Take A Couple Of Hits At the Legislature

Bills advance that would tax and regulate e-cigarette products and prohibit smoking in a motor vehicle with a minor present.
Lawmakers To Agencies: Take Good Care Of Your Records Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Lawmakers To Agencies: Take Good Care Of Your Records

A Senate bill for the first time would require Hawaii's government to take proper care of public information.
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