Civil Beat Reporting Fellow

Natanya Friedheim

Council Takes Step To Allow Use Of Property Tax For Rail Construction Cory Lum/CIvil Beat

Council Takes Step To Allow Use Of Property Tax For Rail Construction

The Legislature is insisting that Honolulu leaders lift their prohibition on using city tax revenues for the project.

Honolulu Council Gives Preliminary OK To Tax And Fee Increases flickr.com

Honolulu Council Gives Preliminary OK To Tax And Fee Increases

For now Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s budget proposals are mostly meeting with approval — but rail funding is a big uncertainty.

Honolulu March For Science Draws Nearly 1,000 Protestors Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Honolulu March For Science Draws Nearly 1,000 Protestors

As part of protests across the country, the crowd marched from the University of Hawaii to Moiliili Park Saturday in opposition to Trump administration policies.

Waimanalo Gym Closure Leaves A Town Feeling Sidelined Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Waimanalo Gym Closure Leaves A Town Feeling Sidelined

Residents are frustrated by the long wait to start a $3.12 million repair job on the damaged gym, which was a “safe haven” for kids.

Honolulu Climate Change Office Hasn’t Opened, But It’s Already Shrinking Natanya Freidheim/Civil Beat

Honolulu Climate Change Office Hasn’t Opened, But It’s Already Shrinking

Budget Committee looks for spending cuts as Mayor Caldwell broaches possibility of raising property taxes for rail construction.

Most Hawaii House Members Won’t Say Where They Stand On Aid In Dying Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Most Hawaii House Members Won’t Say Where They Stand On Aid In Dying

The House Health Committee’s deferral of the bill let other members off the hook on making their position on the issue known to the public.

Proposal To Charge For Honolulu Trash Pickup Discarded For Now Department of Environmental Services

Proposal To Charge For Honolulu Trash Pickup Discarded For Now

But the City Council Budget Committee approves some of the other tax and fee proposals from Mayor Kirk Caldwell.

Proposed Increases In Honolulu Taxes And Fees Will Be ‘A Tough Sell’ Flickr.com

Proposed Increases In Honolulu Taxes And Fees Will Be ‘A Tough Sell’

City officials say the cost of government operations is growing — including salaries, pensions and other benefits. But some council members are pushing back.

Council OK’s Bill Eliminating Cap On Rail Money Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Council OK’s Bill Eliminating Cap On Rail Money

City council members say the measure will help satisfy federal officials concerns over a spending cap.

Will Tiny Homes Help Big Island Farmers? Courtesy of One Island Sustainable Living

Will Tiny Homes Help Big Island Farmers?

Providing housing for farm workers is one way to attract employees.

Why It’s So Hard To Eat Healthy In Hawaii If You’re Poor Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Why It’s So Hard To Eat Healthy In Hawaii If You’re Poor

Making local produce more available can feed the stomachs and nurture the cultures of Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders.

Low-Income Tenants Ask State To Keep Their Housing Affordable Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Low-Income Tenants Ask State To Keep Their Housing Affordable

The case of a Maui apartment complex raises the question: What happens when an affordable housing requirement expires?