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Is Honolulu Turning Homeless People Into Criminals? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Is Honolulu Turning Homeless People Into Criminals?

Mayor Kirk Caldwell believes sit-lie bans will prod people into shelters but critics say the growing boundaries put the city in legal jeopardy.

Why Hawaii Won’t Join Battle Against Trump’s ‘Sanctuary City’ Crackdown Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Why Hawaii Won’t Join Battle Against Trump’s ‘Sanctuary City’ Crackdown

While Hawaii has led the legal charge against the administration’s travel ban, Gov. David Ige is not supporting the sanctuary movement.

First Rat Lungworm Case Since 2010 Reported On Oahu Tad Bartimus/Civil Beat

First Rat Lungworm Case Since 2010 Reported On Oahu

Fifteen other cases — all on Maui or the Big Island — have been reported this year, the most in a decade.

Rat Lungworm: Hawaii Kicks Off $1 Million Campaign To Halt Spread of Disease Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Rat Lungworm: Hawaii Kicks Off $1 Million Campaign To Halt Spread of Disease

Most of the money will be devoted to public awareness and education efforts, as well as an epidemiological study.

State Steps Up Its Homeless Sweeps Along Highways Cory Lum/Civil Beat

State Steps Up Its Homeless Sweeps Along Highways

Aggressive new effort comes as officials question if moving people along encourages them to use shelters.

No Relief In Sight For High Cost Of Prison Phone Calls Cory Lum/Civil Beat

No Relief In Sight For High Cost Of Prison Phone Calls

After a federal court overturned a national limit on the price of the calls, activists turn to state and local governments.

Judge Grants Hawaii’s Request On Refugees In Travel Ban Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Judge Grants Hawaii’s Request On Refugees In Travel Ban

UPDATED: The Trump administration will appeal the ruling, which found that grandparents, grandchildren, uncles, aunts and other relatives should be exempted.

Honolulu Judge Rejects Hawaii’s Latest Challenge To Travel Ban Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Honolulu Judge Rejects Hawaii’s Latest Challenge To Travel Ban

State had argued that subjecting grandparents and other relatives to the travel ban was “preposterous.”

Hawaii Claims Scaled-Back Trump Travel Ban Still On ‘Flawed Trajectory’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Claims Scaled-Back Trump Travel Ban Still On ‘Flawed Trajectory’

The state argues the new rules are remain too restrictive because they subject grandparents and other relatives of visa holders to the travel ban.

Inmate Deaths Leave Families, Advocates Searching For Answers Leo Azambuja

Inmate Deaths Leave Families, Advocates Searching For Answers

The deaths of eight inmates, including five suicides, at local correction facilities during the last 18 months have spurred calls for changes.

 

Chin ‘Cautiously Optimistic’ Supreme Court Will Back Hawaii On Travel Ban Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Chin ‘Cautiously Optimistic’ Supreme Court Will Back Hawaii On Travel Ban

After winning at the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Hawaii’s attorney general expects the challenge to Trump’s executive order to reach the high court.

Maui Mother Of Two Avoids Deportation — At Least For Now Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Maui Mother Of Two Avoids Deportation — At Least For Now

She faced the possibility of being put on the next flight to Mexico. Instead, she got a temporary reprieve on a $5,000 bond.