Special Report

Not So Public

How HART Tried — And Failed — To Keep Rail Records Secret Cory Lum/Civil Beat

How HART Tried — And Failed — To Keep Rail Records Secret

The agency fought to keep the public from knowing what the Utah Transit Authority found during a study. So we got the records from Utah — in four days.

State Hides Work History Of Former Cop Charged With Sex Assault Screen shot

State Hides Work History Of Former Cop Charged With Sex Assault

But state law requires disclosure of detailed information about a public employee’s job qualifications.

Hawaii Prison Officials Say It Will Cost $23,000 For Public Records Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Prison Officials Say It Will Cost $23,000 For Public Records

Eight months after we asked, the state wants big bucks for records pertaining to violence at an Arizona prison.

What Happens When A Cop Goes On Desk Duty? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

What Happens When A Cop Goes On Desk Duty?

The department refuses to disclose portions of many of its policies to the public, including the one on use of force.

What’s The Honolulu Board of Water Supply Trying To Hide?

What’s The Honolulu Board of Water Supply Trying To Hide?

Officials have taken a curious approach to withholding information about an employment disagreement that we think should be public.

Not So Public: Hey DLNR, We’re Still Waiting For That Info On Commercial Tours Marina Riker/Civil Beat

Not So Public: Hey DLNR, We’re Still Waiting For That Info On Commercial Tours

Four months later, and the state Department of Land and Natural Resources has yet to provide information about permits, fees and fines.
Why Was Ethics Director Suspended? Report Offers Few Details PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Why Was Ethics Director Suspended? Report Offers Few Details

On the day Chuck Totto returns to work in Honolulu, the city releases heavily redacted documents related to his discipline.
Not So Public: Hawaii Withholds Prison Death Records, Gets Sued Flickr: Ken_Mayer

Not So Public: Hawaii Withholds Prison Death Records, Gets Sued

ACLU of Hawaii alleges state is breaking the law, following orders from private prison company.
Not So Public: Open Records Agency Takes Up Our Appeal, 1 Year Later

Not So Public: Open Records Agency Takes Up Our Appeal, 1 Year Later

Honolulu Police Department had rejected Civil Beat request for information about two cops.
Not So Public: Recipients of Hawaii Film Tax Credits Under Wraps

Not So Public: Recipients of Hawaii Film Tax Credits Under Wraps

Public can't review recipients of taxpayer-funded incentives.
Not So Public: When Emails Brought Down Hawaii Official Flickr: Marcin Wichary

Not So Public: When Emails Brought Down Hawaii Official

Tourism CEO was fired for using state laptop to forward racist, sexist material.
Not So Public: Auditor Stonewalled On Prison Job

Not So Public: Auditor Stonewalled On Prison Job

And we thought reporters had it bad.
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