Sophie Cocke

Sophie Cocke Sophie Cocke is a former reporter for Civil Beat.
Oahu Faces a Future With Far Fewer Beaches Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Oahu Faces a Future With Far Fewer Beaches

Sand erosion already has exacted a huge toll and it's expected to accelerate. Scientists say it's time to take aggressive steps to save the island's remaining shoreline.
Why Did the City Approve a New Seawall for a Kahala Property After the State Ordered It Removed? Sophie Cocke/Civil Beat

Why Did the City Approve a New Seawall for a Kahala Property After the State Ordered It Removed?

Despite concerns over erosion, the city says it would have been a hardship for the Samsung chairman to not have a wall protecting his beachfront property.
Feds Give OK to NextEra Purchase of Hawaiian Electric Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Feds Give OK to NextEra Purchase of Hawaiian Electric

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has approved the planned acquisition of Hawaiian Electric Industries by Florida based-NextEra Energy, according to…
House Committee Kills Homeless Bill of Rights Cory Lum/Civil Beat

House Committee Kills Homeless Bill of Rights

Other measures relating to homelessness in Hawaii are still alive in the Legislature.
Man Dies In Police Custody After Being Tased, Pepper Sprayed Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Man Dies In Police Custody After Being Tased, Pepper Sprayed

A man died on Monday night after being tased, pepper sprayed and restrained by Honolulu police officers, according to a…
State Study: Possible Sand Island Homeless Camp Site is Safe PF Bentley/Civil Beat

State Study: Possible Sand Island Homeless Camp Site is Safe

New soil samples show levels of arsenic, lead and other chemicals don't pose a risk to human health, according to Department of Health.
Will Hawaii Finally Become Last State to Ban New Cesspools? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Will Hawaii Finally Become Last State to Ban New Cesspools?

Health Department's plan to impose a ban last year was thwarted by then-Gov. Neil Abercrombie's inaction. Now the Legislature is getting into the act.
Saving Waikiki Beach — At Least for Now

Saving Waikiki Beach — At Least for Now

The city hopes to raise $600,000 annually from local businesses to combat chronic erosion, but some are balking at the proposal. Would the efforts merely stave off the inevitable?
Women In Renewable Energy Ban the Press Screenshot, The Plaza Club

Women In Renewable Energy Ban the Press

Civil Beat was eager Friday morning to report what Gov. David Ige and newly appointed Cabinet members had…
Caldwell Administration Stresses Fiscal Austerity in 2016 Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Caldwell Administration Stresses Fiscal Austerity in 2016

Honolulu mayor proposes no new taxes or fees in the upcoming fiscal year budget, while reducing capital spending.
Living Hawaii: How Come Our Electric Bills Are Still So High?

Living Hawaii: How Come Our Electric Bills Are Still So High?

Oil prices dropped by half, but Hawaii electricity rates decreased just 18 percent. How is that possible?
Despite City’s Sit-Lie Crackdown, Homeless Aren’t Moving Into Shelters Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Despite City’s Sit-Lie Crackdown, Homeless Aren’t Moving Into Shelters

Instead, they're moving to other parts of the island as the city enforces bans on sitting and lying on sidewalks in Waikiki and business districts throughout Oahu.