Civil Beat Reporting Fellow

Natanya Friedheim

Honolulu Council Committee Shoots Down Islandwide Sit-Lie Ban Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Council Committee Shoots Down Islandwide Sit-Lie Ban

The panel tinkered with homelessness proposals, shifting from the concept of safe zones to tiny homes.

State Plans To Clear Out Homeless Camp Under Honolulu Freeway Cory Lum/Civil Beat

State Plans To Clear Out Homeless Camp Under Honolulu Freeway

Moanalua Stream will also be blocked, in order to keep those with rafts or boats from returning or setting up camp elsewhere.

Why It’s So Difficult To Clean Up This Honolulu Hoarder House Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Why It’s So Difficult To Clean Up This Honolulu Hoarder House

The city is seeking a court order to clean up a house where decades of piled trash have provided a haven for rats and feral cats.

Boat Harbor Encampment Cited As Model For Homeless Safe Zones Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Boat Harbor Encampment Cited As Model For Homeless Safe Zones

A working group created by legislators takes testimony and presents three possible sites on Oahu for safe zones.

Islandwide Sit-Lie Ban Gets Preliminary Approval Despite Opposition Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Islandwide Sit-Lie Ban Gets Preliminary Approval Despite Opposition

Three Honolulu City Council bills would further restrict where homeless people can be. Critics say that would worsen the problem.

Tax Breaks Proposed For Organic Farms And ‘Ocean Friendly’ Restaurants Martha Cheng

Tax Breaks Proposed For Organic Farms And ‘Ocean Friendly’ Restaurants

Councilwoman Kymberly Pine is also still pushing a measure to ban plastic foam takeout containers.

Councilman: Contraflow Lane Is Doing More Harm Than Good Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Councilman: Contraflow Lane Is Doing More Harm Than Good

Honolulu should stop prohibiting so many left turns during the afternoon rush hour, says Trevor Ozawa.

Hawaii Officials To The Homeless: Go Away Natanya Freidheim/Civil Beat

Hawaii Officials To The Homeless: Go Away

An islandwide ban on sitting or lying on public sidewalks is among a slew of new bills aimed at moving homeless people out of public places.

Overtime Costs Keep Going Up For Honolulu City Government Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Overtime Costs Keep Going Up For Honolulu City Government

The expense of paying workers time and a half increased 30 percent in the last five years, reaching $67 million in fiscal year 2017.

City Must Find $160 Million To Pay For Rail Agency’s Employees Cory Lum/Civil Beat

City Must Find $160 Million To Pay For Rail Agency’s Employees

Those costs had been covered by general excise tax revenue, but the legislative bailout requires that money to be used only for construction.

Some Honolulu High Rises Don’t Need Sprinklers, Fire Safety Panel Says Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Some Honolulu High Rises Don’t Need Sprinklers, Fire Safety Panel Says

Residential buildings could each be evaluated to determine if a sprinkler retrofitting is necessary, a City Council committee is told.

The Big Island’s First Legal Homeless Camp: Safe Zone Or Shanty Town? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The Big Island’s First Legal Homeless Camp: Safe Zone Or Shanty Town?

Mayor Harry Kim wants several encampments around the island, but critics say the focus should be on finding permanent housing.