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Hawaii Loses Its Bid for Obama Library Snohetta and WCIT

Hawaii Loses Its Bid for Obama Library

Several media reports say Chicago beat out Honolulu and New York City with its bid for the coveted Obama presidential library.

Study: Big-Time Political Spending Came from Elite Donors

Study: Big-Time Political Spending Came from Elite Donors

The outsized impact of these big givers, including 150 from Hawaii, has been steadily increasing in recent years.
DHHL Told to Clean Up Wastes at Former Race Track Site vimeo.com

DHHL Told to Clean Up Wastes at Former Race Track Site

The Department of Hawaiian Home Lands is found liable for the wastes left behind on the site it leased to a race track operator.
Geothermal Developer Denies Fraud in Response to Whistleblower Lawsuit Ormat Technologies Inc.

Geothermal Developer Denies Fraud in Response to Whistleblower Lawsuit

The owner of Hawaii’s sole geothermal power plant tells a federal court in Nevada that it committed no fraud to land $130 million in federal grants.

Roll Call: Hawaii’s DC Delegation Packs the Least Punch Roll Call

Roll Call: Hawaii’s DC Delegation Packs the Least Punch

Hawaii suffered a precipitous fall in the national ranking of political influence.
Battle Over Geothermal Contract Plays Out in Court and at PUC Flickr

Battle Over Geothermal Contract Plays Out in Court and at PUC

Critics say they will contest a new geothermal energy deal between Hawaii Electric Light Co. and Ormat, its longtime partner.

More Federal Funds to End Homelessness Among Vets

More Federal Funds to End Homelessness Among Vets

The expansion of the HUD-VASH program comes at the time when the number of Hawaii's homeless veterans keeps growing.
Suit Alleging Massive Fraud Includes Hawaii Geothermal Plant Ormat Technologies Inc.

Suit Alleging Massive Fraud Includes Hawaii Geothermal Plant

The owner of Puna Geothermal Ventures is mired in a federal whistleblower lawsuit that could result in penalties amounting to hundreds of millions of dollars.

New Report Estimates More Taxes From Undocumented Immigrants Courtesy of Korean Resource Center

New Report Estimates More Taxes From Undocumented Immigrants

Hawaii will see about a 10 percent increase in taxes paid by undocumented immigrants because of the president’s executive actions.

Could Hawaii Geothermal Plant Become a Windfall for Public? Courtesy of Puna Geothermal Venture

Could Hawaii Geothermal Plant Become a Windfall for Public?

If power plant on Big Island were to start extracting valuable minerals like lithium on state-owned land, royalty payments should increase.

A Cultural Exchange Program or a Ticket to Sweatshop Labor? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

A Cultural Exchange Program or a Ticket to Sweatshop Labor?

A Japanese woman's poor working conditions as a Waikiki pastry chef illustrate the dark side of a visa program that brings thousands of temporary foreign workers to Hawaii each year.
Housing Program for Homeless Veterans Hits a Snag in Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Housing Program for Homeless Veterans Hits a Snag in Hawaii

Hawaii’s tight housing market and landlords reluctant to take federal vouchers are keeping dozens of veterans from getting a place to live.