Civil Beat Staff

Stewart Yerton

Immigrant Investor Project Gets Rocky Reception From City Council Hawaii City Plaza

Immigrant Investor Project Gets Rocky Reception From City Council

A developer is using a federal cash-for-green card investment program designed for economically distressed areas to finance a condominium project near Ala Moana Center.

City And Tourist Industry Blast Hotel Tax Hike As A Bad Idea Cory Lum/Civil Beat

City And Tourist Industry Blast Hotel Tax Hike As A Bad Idea

Critics say the the proposed 30% increase would leave Honolulu with one of the highest hotel tax rates in the country.

Were These ‘Local’ Products Really Made In Hawaii? Stewart Yerton

Were These ‘Local’ Products Really Made In Hawaii?

Firms connected to the mainland like to evoke Hawaii in their marketing. Many have island origins, but have found it’s hard to expand here.

Cayetano To Trump: Cut Honolulu Rail Funds Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Cayetano To Trump: Cut Honolulu Rail Funds

UPDATE: The former Hawaii governor is asking the president to withhold $800 million in federal money for the rail project.

Competing Airbnb Bills Set Off Lobbying Battle Screenshot

Competing Airbnb Bills Set Off Lobbying Battle

A  bill letting online brokers serve as tax collectors is likely to pass, but lawmakers are still debating giving local governments more enforcement power.