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Hawaii Lawmakers May Triple Fines For Speeding, Cell-Phone Use, DUI Courtesy: Lord Jim/Flickr

Hawaii Lawmakers May Triple Fines For Speeding, Cell-Phone Use, DUI

A Senate committee plans to hear six bills Wednesday that would also raise more money for state coffers.

Judge: Blacked-Out Health Department Reports Are Worthless Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Judge: Blacked-Out Health Department Reports Are Worthless

The state is violating public records law by blacking out too much information from nursing home inspection reports.

Environmental Council Wants Hawaii To Redefine Success Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Environmental Council Wants Hawaii To Redefine Success

The council is proposing the use of a “genuine progress indicator” to evaluate the state in a way that goes beyond dollars and cents.

Hawaiian Electric Revives Three Oahu Solar Projects Doug Murray/FPL

Hawaiian Electric Revives Three Oahu Solar Projects

The utility company had canceled its contracts with SunEdison as it headed toward bankruptcy, but NRG Energy has stepped up in its place.

How A Big Island Family’s Tragedy Is Saving Lives Today Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

How A Big Island Family’s Tragedy Is Saving Lives Today

A couple lost their son in a hiking fall 20 years ago. They turned their grief into a memorial foundation raising money for lifeguards and firefighters.

Money Sought To Protect Watersheds And Grow More Food Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Money Sought To Protect Watersheds And Grow More Food

Hawaii Gov. David Ige joins department heads asking legislators to approve funds for his Sustainable Hawaii Initiative.

Scientists See ‘Glimmer Of Hope’ For Hawaiian Monk Seals Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Scientists See ‘Glimmer Of Hope’ For Hawaiian Monk Seals

The endangered species, which is endemic to Hawaii, is growing in population after decades of decline.

Lawmakers Demand Answers To Honolulu Rail’s Ballooning Costs Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Lawmakers Demand Answers To Honolulu Rail’s Ballooning Costs

Caldwell proposes increases in Oahu’s fuel tax, vehicle weight tax and parking fees to show the city has “skin in the game.”

Efforts Underway To Rid Hawaii Of Coral-Damaging Sunscreen Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Efforts Underway To Rid Hawaii Of Coral-Damaging Sunscreen

State lawmakers have introduced two bills and a study is planned to determine the effectiveness of public-outreach campaigns.

Potholes, Lost Inmate Property, Falling Ceiling Cost Taxpayers PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Potholes, Lost Inmate Property, Falling Ceiling Cost Taxpayers

The state approved nearly $200,000 in small claims to cover a wide range of incidents reported by residents, prisoners and others.

Fiji Is Showing Off Its Sharks — Should Hawaii Do The Same? Courtesy: Alana Hong Eagle

Fiji Is Showing Off Its Sharks — Should Hawaii Do The Same?

The apex predators are more than just a tourist attraction. Their protection in a marine park helps other fish thrive as well.

Is Hawaii Spending Enough To Protect Its Natural Resources? Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Is Hawaii Spending Enough To Protect Its Natural Resources?

The challenge facing the DLNR is called “overwhelming,” but the agency hasn’t hired all the people it’s authorized to.