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A Look At The Business Execs Up For Seats On Honolulu Police Commission Cory Lum/Civil Beat

A Look At The Business Execs Up For Seats On Honolulu Police Commission

The City Council is set to vote Wednesday on Mayor Caldwell’s nominees, who would join the oversight panel amid a corruption scandal at HPD.

The Children’s Trust Fund At The Heart Of The Kealoha Indictment Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The Children’s Trust Fund At The Heart Of The Kealoha Indictment

Federal prosecutors say Katherine Kealoha stole almost $150,000 from two children for whom she was appointed guardian.
What Started The Marco Polo Fire Remains A Mystery Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

What Started The Marco Polo Fire Remains A Mystery

Honolulu fire investigators know where the Honolulu high-rise fire started and how it spread, but not what caused it.

North Korea Nuclear Threat: Viral Headlines Aren’t Scaring Hawaii Visitors Away Cory Lum/Civil Beat

North Korea Nuclear Threat: Viral Headlines Aren’t Scaring Hawaii Visitors Away

But a defense industry lobbyist wonders if Hawaii is waiting too long to raise the alarm.

Lawsuit: New Airport Shuttle Service Won’t Deliver On Promises Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lawsuit: New Airport Shuttle Service Won’t Deliver On Promises

Robert’s Hawaii submitted a winning proposal calling for a fleet of new buses and islandwide service. It takes over the state contract Sunday.

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.