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How One Woman’s Snorkeling Death Might Help Save Lives Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

How One Woman’s Snorkeling Death Might Help Save Lives

Her husband thinks a new style of mask may be to blame, but no one keeps track of the equipment being used when someone drowns.
Coast Guard, Navy Board 16 Ships To Enforce Fishing Laws Courtesy: Danny Kelley/U.S. Navy

Coast Guard, Navy Board 16 Ships To Enforce Fishing Laws

They were on an 18-day mission to crack down on illegal fishing in the Central and South Pacific.

Ban On Many Sunscreen Products Likely To Pass In Hawaii Senate Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Ban On Many Sunscreen Products Likely To Pass In Hawaii Senate

The Democratic Party, Office of Hawaiian Affairs and others are urging the House to follow suit, but the measure faces opposition there.

How Hawaii Is Saving Whales From Fishermen And Tourists Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

How Hawaii Is Saving Whales From Fishermen And Tourists

A joint effort by government scientists and law enforcement officers helps whales coexist with humans in the islands.

How Ige Plans To Cut $220 Million From His Budget Cory Lum/Civil Beat

How Ige Plans To Cut $220 Million From His Budget

Lower tax revenue means less money for state programs and services.

Hawaii Governor Appoints Former Campaign Manager To Be Judge Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Hawaii Governor Appoints Former Campaign Manager To Be Judge

Keith Hiraoka was one of three appointments Gov. David Ige made to the 1st Circuit Court.

Report: Public Records Agency Slower Than Ever With Appeals Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Report: Public Records Agency Slower Than Ever With Appeals

A study by a public interest law firm is critical of the state Office of Information Practices’ handling of public records and open meeting challenges.

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.