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City To Pay $80K In Couple’s Arrest

The City Council votes next week on an $80,000 settlement after two women were arrested by an officer who allegedly berated them for kissing in public.

Candidates Embrace Punitive Approach To Homelessness

If people living on Honolulu streets vote, they might take a pass on the mayor’s race, where top candidates are all talking tough.

Here’s The Deal Honolulu Made With Its Departing Ethics Director

Chuck Totto got two months’ severance pay, but the city says it might punish him if it finds he committed ethics violations.

As Caldwell And Djou Sharpen Attacks, Carlisle Goes For Laughs

Unlike his opponents, the former mayor of Honolulu doesn’t seem inclined to confront the other candidates.

Feds Finalize $175 Million Plan To Protect Waikiki From Flooding

Tropical Storm Darby was a reminder that a much bigger 100-year flood could devastate Honolulu’s economic engine.

Sewer Spills, Road Closures, Handi-Van Problems In Darby’s Wake

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell said the tropical storm was a good dress rehearsal for future emergencies.

FTA Gives Honolulu More Time For Rail Plan

UPDATED: But with a new deadline set at year’s end, the feds balked at giving the city as much time as it wanted to figure out what’s next.

Caldwell Ad ‘Fact-Checks’ Djou on Rail, Homelessness

Both campaigns accuse the other of being the first to go negative in the Honolulu mayoral election.

HART Signs $875M Contract To Build Rail To Middle Street

There’s not enough money to go any farther on the project. City officials are now scrambling for solutions.

Djou Raises Nearly $260,000 In First Weeks Of Mayoral Campaign

Incumbent Kirk Caldwell had about $1.2 million on hand as of June 30 while a third candidate, ex-mayor Peter Carlisle, had zero.

Why Honolulu Can’t Be Sure How Many Homeless Veterans It Has

At least 200 veterans still need permanent housing, but two recent efforts to count them generated significantly different results.

A Peek Inside The Corruption Probe Of Honolulu’s Police Chief

Records in a lawsuit by Chief Louis Kealoha and his wife against the city ethics commission shed light on alleged abuses of power by the couple.

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: First He Got Frustrated, Then He Got In The Race For Mayor

Pod Squad: First He Got Frustrated, Then He Got In The Race For Mayor

Political novice Ron Hochuli says satisfying special interests has left the city “in very dire straits.”

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.

Anderson Calls Martin ‘Untrustworthy’ After City Council Shakeup

UPDATED: A day after another move to demote Councilman Ikaika Anderson was aborted, he loses a plum committee chairmanship.

Honolulu Mayoral Candidates Trade Barbs Over Canceled Debate

UPDATED: Kirk Caldwell says Charles Djou’s nonparticipation “reflects poorly” on him, but the challenger says he never confirmed his appearance.

Council Tries To Entice Homeowners To Add Rental Units

Permit and sewer fees are waived to encourage Honolulu residents to build secondary dwellings on their property.

Housing Prices Hit Record Highs

Twenty homes sold for at least $2 million each in Honolulu in June.

Honolulu City Council Aborts Leadership Shake-Up

Councilman Ikaika Anderson will remain vice chair despite a proposal by his colleague Trevor Ozawa to replace him with Joey Manahan.

New Honolulu Rail Board Member Climbs Aboard With Council Approval

John Henry Felix joins the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation board, which manages the city’s troubled rail project.