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How Social Media Is Used To Fight Aloha Abuse Michael Loftin/808 Cleanups

How Social Media Is Used To Fight Aloha Abuse

Volunteer groups go on Facebook and other platforms to organize cleanups and let the public know how some natural areas are trashed.
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.
Could A Hawaii Sports Authority Spark A New Industry? Cory Lum / Civil Beat

Could A Hawaii Sports Authority Spark A New Industry?

A House bill aims to attract major events to Hawaii. But the Senate has already killed similar legislation.

Lawmakers Debate A Lower Blood-Alcohol Limit For Drivers Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lawmakers Debate A Lower Blood-Alcohol Limit For Drivers

The measure is deferred, but another making it illegal to smoke in a car containing minors is passed by the Senate Transporation and Energy Committee.
Hawaii Wants Southeast Asia Tourists Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Wants Southeast Asia Tourists

Hawaii Tourism Authority sees an untapped market.
Hawaii Supreme Court Rules Against Waikiki Hotel’s Shoreline Exemption Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Supreme Court Rules Against Waikiki Hotel’s Shoreline Exemption

Honolulu officials shouldn't have exempted Kyo-ya Hotels & Resorts from a coastal height setback requirement, justices decide.
Ala Wai Canal Flood Control: The High Cost of Protecting Waikiki Courtesy of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Ala Wai Canal Flood Control: The High Cost of Protecting Waikiki

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is accepting comments until Oct. 7 on a $173 million plan for construction of concrete canal walls, pump stations and floodwater repositories along streams in Manoa, Palolo and Makiki.
City Reopens Waikiki and Ala Moana Beaches After Sewage Spill Cory Lum/Civil Beat

City Reopens Waikiki and Ala Moana Beaches After Sewage Spill

But a brown water advisory is still in effect, and residents are warned not to go swimming at the Ala Wai Small Boat Harbor and Kewalo Basin Small Boat Harbor.
Honolulu Beaches Remain Closed Pending Water Test Results Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Beaches Remain Closed Pending Water Test Results

While the Ala Moana sewage spill was localized, Waikiki beaches were closed out of an “abundance of caution,” city official says.

Massive Honolulu Sewer Spill Shuts Down Waikiki Beach Nick Grube

Massive Honolulu Sewer Spill Shuts Down Waikiki Beach

The Hawaii Department of Health warns people to stay out of the water as crews try to contain more than 500,000 gallons of wastewater.
Failed Lawsuit Illustrates Plight of Non-Union Hotel Employees Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Failed Lawsuit Illustrates Plight of Non-Union Hotel Employees

Some of the workers on the front lines of Hawaii's tourism industry work in fancy hotels but are employed by contractors. They're still supposed to receive union wages under a collective bargaining agreement, but that doesn't necessarily happen despite legal action and union grievances.
Hawaii: Sun, Surf and Suicides John Morgan/Flickr

Hawaii: Sun, Surf and Suicides

The islands seem to be part of a phenomenon one expert dubbed "suicide tourism," in which some people seek out final-destination spots in well-known places.