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Why The Hawaii GOP’s Only Senate Seat May Be In Jeopardy

Democrats Stanley Chang and Mike Bennett face off in the primary for a shot at veteran Republican legislator Sam Slom.

Ige Looks To Reduce Unsheltered Homeless To ‘Functional Zero’

The Hawaii governor unveils a four-year plan that calls for building 10,000 affordable housing units.

Schatz Shows Fundraising Prowess

Hawaii’s senior U.S. senator has a lot of money in the bank, yet he doesn’t face much of a challenge in the 2016 election.

Legislature Overrides Ige’s Veto Of Maui Hospital Workers Bill

UPDATED: The governor considered the measure too generous. Hawaii lawmakers aren’t sure what it will cost or where the money will come from.

How Two Different People Could Win The Same US House Seat

Come November, voters may be asked to elect short-term and long-term replacements for the late Mark Takai.

Tributes Pour In After Death of Congressman Mark Takai

The first-term Democratic congressman, diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last October, died Wednesday at age 49.

NextEra Opponents Take Victory Lap, Ponder Hawaii’s Energy Future

They want Hawaiian Electric Industries to work collaboratively with other stakeholders to figure out what comes next.

Court Rules Against Elections Office In Ballot Shortage Case

The Hawaii Supreme Court partly overturned a case from 2012 when the state ran out of ballots at two dozen precincts.

Schatz Enjoys A Comfortable Perch On Capitol Hill

The Hawaii senator seems like a sure bet for re-election. Now he’s hoping for more power if Democrats regain majority control.

How We’re Hurting Endangered Monk Seals

This North Shore monk seal mom had a tough week fighting off things that could harm her weeks-old pup.

Labor Pains: Still No Deal On Bill To Assist Maui Hospital Workers

State lawmakers plan to reconvene in special session Wednesday as the governor continues talks with union members.

Former Governor, Chefs Protest Marine Monument Expansion

A rally at a Honolulu pier draws 200 who oppose a proposal to expand Papahanaumokuakea in the Norwestern Hawaiian Islands.

Between now and the Aug. 13 primary, we’ll be publishing articles about the candidates and issues, as well as videos about how the voting process works.
We’ve also reached out to every candidate to explain in their own words why they should be elected, and their responses are rolling in. Let’s go to the links:

Pod Squad: The Making Of ‘Electric Dreams’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Pod Squad: The Making Of ‘Electric Dreams’

Eric Pape discusses his ongoing series and how Hawaiian Electric’s development parallels and impacts the history of the islands.

Pod Squad: Is Mayor Kirk Caldwell In Trouble? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Pod Squad: Is Mayor Kirk Caldwell In Trouble?

Rail likely will loom large in the Honolulu mayoral race, which is bad news for the incumbent.

Pod Squad: Taking Down That ‘Pesky Paywall’

Pod Squad: Taking Down That ‘Pesky Paywall’

As it transitions to nonprofit status, Civil Beat makes its content free to everyone. But its editorial mission remains the same.

State Rejects Sale Of Hawaiian Electric to NextEra Energy

UPDATED: With Commissioner Tom Gorak abstaining, the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission blocks the $4.3 billion acquisition.

The Projector: Stepping Back In Time Amid Native Birds, Plants

The Projector: Stepping Back In Time Amid Native Birds, Plants

A few lucky visitors gain entrance to Maui’s Waikamoi Preserve on the east slope of Haleakaia.

Feds Want Public Input On Marine Monument Expansion

Public meetings are set for next month on Oahu and Kauai to let fishermen, conservationists and others air their concerns.