Civil Beat Topics

Land Use In Hawaii

A&B’s Return Of East Maui Water: Generous Gesture Or Staged Event? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

A&B’s Return Of East Maui Water: Generous Gesture Or Staged Event?

UPDATED: Hawaii legislators praise the company for restoring several streams to help taro farmers, but critics contend it's still illegally diverting water.
Report: Maui’s Farming Future Courtesy: Maui Tomorrow

Report: Maui’s Farming Future

A new report commissioned by Maui Tomorrow shows how the Valley Isle could transition out of a century of sugarcane and into regenerative agriculture.
Maui’s Ancient Water Rights Debate Headed For Capitol Showdown Alexander & Baldwin

Maui’s Ancient Water Rights Debate Headed For Capitol Showdown

UPDATED 4/6/2016: Big Ag has long diverted water to serve Central Maui at the expense of others, and the dispute is outliving sugar cane farming.
Unfilled Seats Strangle Hawaii Environmental Council’s Work Phil Roeder/Flickr

Unfilled Seats Strangle Hawaii Environmental Council’s Work

Members whose terms expired in June stay on to keep the council running as they wait — and wait — for Gov. David Ige to make new appointments.
Why Can’t the State Make Developers Keep Their Promises? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Why Can’t the State Make Developers Keep Their Promises?

The state Land Use Commission often lacks the power to enforce the conditions that developers agree to.
Convicted Car Dealer Poised to Donate Hawaii Kai Land for Nature Reserve DLNR

Convicted Car Dealer Poised to Donate Hawaii Kai Land for Nature Reserve

The DLNR is in the process of negotiating for the 300-acre site in the Pia Valley owned by James Pflueger and other family members.
Peter Apo: Urban Crawl – Is Hawaii Becoming Just Another Place? PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Peter Apo: Urban Crawl – Is Hawaii Becoming Just Another Place?

The nature of key development projects on West Oahu may mean the area loses its unique rural appeal.
Is Kapolei a Mistake? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Is Kapolei a Mistake?

Oahu's "Second City" doesn't meet the generally accepted elements of "smart growth" and even city officials are putting more emphasis on development along the Honolulu rail line.
Curt Sanburn: Land Use Shenanigans on the Windward Side Curt Sanburn

Curt Sanburn: Land Use Shenanigans on the Windward Side

A bureaucrat rewrote the Koolauloa Sustainable Communities Plan, but then the zoning committee rode to the rescue — for a while, anyway.
Abercrombie Signs Bill to Protect 665 Acres at Turtle Bay Resort Courtesy of Gov. Neil Abercrombie

Abercrombie Signs Bill to Protect 665 Acres at Turtle Bay Resort

Hawaii Sens. David Ige and Clayton Hee seize the opportunity to tout their records as they campaign for higher office.
Hawaii Legislature Mulls Solar Power and Child Care on Agricultural Land Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Hawaii Legislature Mulls Solar Power and Child Care on Agricultural Land

Bills would allow more solar facilities, child care businesses and more on farmland.
Hawaii Senate to Decide on Aaron Mahi for the Land Use Commission

Hawaii Senate to Decide on Aaron Mahi for the Land Use Commission

The Native Hawaiian musician would bring a rich cultural perspective to the oft-criticized and powerful land board.
Land Use In Hawaii