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Rui Kaneya

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.

Krishna Cult Rumors Still Dog Tulsi Gabbard PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Krishna Cult Rumors Still Dog Tulsi Gabbard

The Hawaii congresswoman’s national rise invites closer scrutiny of her family ties to an offbeat religious community. Her fiancé and chief of staff also grew up in families affiliated with the sect.

No Political Pedigree: Can Gabbard’s Top Advisor Succeed in D.C.? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

No Political Pedigree: Can Gabbard’s Top Advisor Succeed in D.C.?

Many questions surround the Hawaii congresswoman’s pick of Kainoa Penaroza as her new chief of staff, mainly his lack of political experience that the job demands.

Eyebrow Raiser: Tulsi Gabbard’s New Chief of Staff Baffles Political Insiders Screenshot: Puna Noni home page

Eyebrow Raiser: Tulsi Gabbard’s New Chief of Staff Baffles Political Insiders

Kainoa Penaroza is a health-food sales manager with little political experience and no apparent background in Washington, D.C. But the high-profile congresswoman has tapped him to be her top political adviser.