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Nathan Eagle

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.

More Money Sought To Fix Hawaii’s Harbors, Airports And Roads Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

More Money Sought To Fix Hawaii’s Harbors, Airports And Roads

The state Department of Transportation has a long list of budget requests from the Legislature and the needs just keep piling up.

Hawaii Pension Fund Shortfall Hits $12 Billion PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Hawaii Pension Fund Shortfall Hits $12 Billion

People are living longer and investment returns were weaker than expected.

Nurse Aide Slaps Dementia Patient Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Nurse Aide Slaps Dementia Patient

Judge bans the nurse from caring for patients for 30 days.

Meet Hawaii’s Newest Lawmaker

Meet Hawaii’s Newest Lawmaker

The governor has appointed Chris Todd of Hilo from a list of three names submitted by the Democratic Party.

Cinch Up The Belt: State Budget Forecast Drops By $155 Million Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Cinch Up The Belt: State Budget Forecast Drops By $155 Million

The Council on Revenues lowered its growth projections after a debate that included speculation about Trump’s effects on tourism.

Fifth Whale Carcass Washes Ashore NOAA

Fifth Whale Carcass Washes Ashore

Since Nov. 11, five whales have washed up in the islands, sometimes prompting the posting of warning signs because sharks are attracted.

Senators Question Whether PUC Member Had Conflicts Of Interest Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Senators Question Whether PUC Member Had Conflicts Of Interest

They want a state agency to look into the legal services Tom Gorak was providing while general counsel for the Public Utilities Commission.

Hawaii’s Public Records Agency Is Picking Up The Pace A Bit Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii’s Public Records Agency Is Picking Up The Pace A Bit

The Office of Information Practices receives hundreds of requests a year regarding release of public records and meeting notifications.