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Stewart Yerton

These North Shore Food Trucks Are Under Fire From Environmentalists Cory Lum/Civil Beat

These North Shore Food Trucks Are Under Fire From Environmentalists

A petition seeks to force the city to enforce land use and coastal zone management laws designed to protect marine areas from overuse.

Is This Obscure Bean Tree Hawaii’s Next Bigtime Crop? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Is This Obscure Bean Tree Hawaii’s Next Bigtime Crop?

A startup is using former sugar cane land on the North Shore to “grow oil” — pongamia trees whose seeds can be turned into biofuel.

Retail Shops On Hawaii Farmland: Kauai Dispute Could Set A Precedent Courtesy of LBD Coffee

Retail Shops On Hawaii Farmland: Kauai Dispute Could Set A Precedent

A company points to a 2012 state law as it sues for the right to sell its coffee beans and cigars on agricultural land.

Controversial Pesticide Remains Unregulated In Hawaii Flickr.com

Controversial Pesticide Remains Unregulated In Hawaii

The chemical dicamba appears to have caused widespread crop damage on the mainland but in Hawaii you can’t even find out whether it’s being used or where.

The Estimated Cost Of Honolulu Rail Just Dropped By $1 Billion Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The Estimated Cost Of Honolulu Rail Just Dropped By $1 Billion

A $10 billion figure was often cited as rail’s total cost, but HART tells the feds it thinks it can finish the project for $9 billion.

Honolulu Rail Board: What Do You Do With A $2.4 Billion Bailout? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Rail Board: What Do You Do With A $2.4 Billion Bailout?

A board member expressed concern about new oversight rules, but rail managers say those are “not much of an issue.”

This Waikiki Land Fight Is A Doozy Cory Lum/Civil Beat

This Waikiki Land Fight Is A Doozy

The developers have already paid $40 million for the property envisioned to bring a major new addition to Waikiki.

How the Legislature’s ‘Big Five’ Crafted A Deal To Rescue Honolulu Rail Stewart Yerton/Civil Beat

How the Legislature’s ‘Big Five’ Crafted A Deal To Rescue Honolulu Rail

Legislative leaders said efforts by Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell to derail the plan actually helped unite them.

$2.4 Billion Rescue Bill For Honolulu Rail Wins Final Approval Cory Lum/Civil Beat

$2.4 Billion Rescue Bill For Honolulu Rail Wins Final Approval

The state House passes a bailout plan that includes a hotel tax increase and an extension of the general excise tax surcharge.

Will Stricter Oversight Put Honolulu Rail On Track? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Will Stricter Oversight Put Honolulu Rail On Track?

The rail funding package passed by the Legislature requires an in-depth audit of the project, closer monitoring of spending and more financial transparency.

Tax Increase To Rescue Honolulu Rail Project Heads To A Final Vote Stewart Yerton/Civil Beat

Tax Increase To Rescue Honolulu Rail Project Heads To A Final Vote

UPDATED: The $2.4 billion measure now moves to the full House, where a final vote is expected Friday.

Lawmakers Skeptical That Hotel Room Tax Hike Would Hurt Hawaii Tourism Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lawmakers Skeptical That Hotel Room Tax Hike Would Hurt Hawaii Tourism

“That’s going to break the back of the industry?” one senator asks opponents of a plan to help bail out the Honolulu rail project.