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Proposal Asks Voters To End Council Earmarks For Nonprofits

The Honolulu City Council approves millions in extra funding for nonprofits, but the mayor frequently holds back the money.

Are Oahu’s Bridges Better Off Than They Were 4 Years Ago?

Kirk Caldwell promised to improve them. But while work has continued, there haven’t been any new repair initiatives.

Do We Need New Agencies For Climate Change And Public Lands?

Proposed Honolulu charter amendments would create two more departments. Supporters cite efficiency, opponents lament bureaucracy.

This Clear Water Has Been Flowing Under Kakaako Since The 1920s

An auwai has been discovered underground, and Howard Hughes wants to find a way to bring it to the surface.

Defining Downtown Honolulu Isn’t As Easy As You’d Think

Historic charm, urban bustle, convenience and homelessness in a place of uncertain borders.

Caldwell Approves Ewa Lagoon

The measures allow Haseko to scrap its previous plan to build a marina.

Amendment Would Help Fund Honolulu Zoo With Property Taxes

Voters are asked to dedicate a portion of the tax revenue. The zoo recently lost its accreditation, partially due to the lack of a steady funding.

Palolo Valley: ‘Overshadowed By Its Past,’ But Making Progress

Though outsiders have long been wary of the community east of Manoa, its reputation is changing for the better.

Djou Says Caldwell Lied About Bank Compensation

But the mayor’s political advisers say the ethics complaint is just a campaign ploy.

Almost Three-Quarters Of Voters Want To Strengthen Police Panel

In other issues raised by charter amendments, they aren’t hot on extending term limits or dedicating a portion of property taxes to the zoo.

Mayor Wright Reconstruction Will Displace 1,500 Anxious Tenants

Plans call for the public housing project to be rebuilt. Current residents have been promised interim housing and a chance to return.

Honolulu Voters Don’t Love Rail, But They Still Want The Job Done

Supporters of building the train’s route all the way to Ala Moana Center far outnumber people who want to cut the rail line short.

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Pod Squad: Hawaii Public Radio Looks To Extend Its Reach Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Pod Squad: Hawaii Public Radio Looks To Extend Its Reach

Jose Fajardo, HPR’s president and general manager, wants to expand the two stations’ local content.

Pod Squad: What’s Up With The Lack of Mayoral Debates?

Pod Squad: What’s Up With The Lack of Mayoral Debates?

The 2016 elections are coming at a time that political debates are changing, and not for the better.

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Pod Squad: Capitol Debate Series Takes On Pesticides

Want to learn more about pesticide buffer zones? Go to the debate on Friday between college debate teams.

Voters Asked To Strengthen Honolulu Police Commission

But the commission’s newest member questions whether it would use the additional authority.

Caldwell Up 7 Points Over Djou In Honolulu Mayor’s Race

Trump is far behind Clinton among Oahu voters. That may hurt Republican Djou even though the mayor’s race is nonpartisan.

Effort To Condemn Private Kakaako Streets Moves Forward

Residents and businesses say the streets are in poor condition, and traffic is obstructed by rented parking slots.

Housing Advocates Divided On Proposed Honolulu Charter Change

Voters will decide whether to loosen the rules governing how Honolulu’s affordable housing fund can be used.

The History Of Kakaako, Told In Student Essays From Decades Ago

By presenting a new way of understanding the neighborhood, the hope is that people can feel more connected to it.

Ex-Supreme Court Justice Picked For Honolulu Police Commission

UPDATE: Steven Levinson will replace Ron Taketa, currently the chairman of the embattled board.