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Kirstin Downey

US Senate Bill Calls For Better Monitoring of Volcanic Eruptions Michael Poland/USGS/HVO

US Senate Bill Calls For Better Monitoring of Volcanic Eruptions

Hawaii’s Hirono supports the measure. An expert says the lack of seismic monitoring coordination threatens public safety.

The Surprising State Of Military Unreadiness Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The Surprising State Of Military Unreadiness

“We need to tell the truth about how unready we are,” says U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, an Oklahoma Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee.

How Trump Is Working To Play Nice With Japan Cory Lum/Civil Beat

How Trump Is Working To Play Nice With Japan

Abe and his wife will visit the White House and then spend the weekend with Trump and his wife at the president’s Palm Beach golf resort.

Army Gives Go-Ahead For Dakota Pipeline Project Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Army Gives Go-Ahead For Dakota Pipeline Project

Native Americans pledge “massive resistance” against Trump administration plan to push ahead with the Dakota Access Pipeline

Education Secretary Passes With Near-Failing Grade betsydevos.com

Education Secretary Passes With Near-Failing Grade

Hawaii residents flooded Capitol Hill offices with letters, calls and emails opposing school-voucher advocate Betsy DeVos as secretary of education.

Hunters And Fishermen Score A Quick Kill Of Public Lands Bill Courtesy: The Good Reverend Flash via Flickr

Hunters And Fishermen Score A Quick Kill Of Public Lands Bill

A congressional land grab of 3.3 million acres didn’t sit well with groups that use public lands, a significant issue for Hawaii, too.

After Secret Trip, Gabbard Derided As ‘Stooge,’ Praised As ‘Courageous’ Brian Tseng/Civil Beat

After Secret Trip, Gabbard Derided As ‘Stooge,’ Praised As ‘Courageous’

No stranger to the national stage, the Hawaii congresswoman is getting international attention after meeting with Syrian President Assad.

Gabbard Acknowledges Meeting With Syrian President Assad Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Gabbard Acknowledges Meeting With Syrian President Assad

The Hawaii congresswoman reveals no details about the encounter during her inauguration week trip to the Middle East.

Few Tears Shed In Hawaii As Trump Dumps Pacific Trade Pact Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Few Tears Shed In Hawaii As Trump Dumps Pacific Trade Pact

The state’s congressional delegation opposed the Trans-Pacific Partnership, but the state Chamber of Commerce expressed concerns.

Massive March On DC: Fear, Fun, Animosity And A Touch Of Aloha Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Massive March On DC: Fear, Fun, Animosity And A Touch Of Aloha

A Hawaii contingent joined a huge but disorganized demonstration that was part carnival and part crowd-control nightmare.

‘It Was Worth It’: Hawaii Trump Fans Glad They Flew To DC Cory Lum/Civil Beat

‘It Was Worth It’: Hawaii Trump Fans Glad They Flew To DC

They did what it took to get there, and in some cases wrangled prime viewing spots for the inauguration.

Will GOP Punish Hawaii Because We’re Democrats? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Will GOP Punish Hawaii Because We’re Democrats?

Schatz and Hirono are already making stands on Trump’s environmental nominees. But the state’s GOP chair warns against going too far.