July 2018

July 19, 2018

Can An Algae Supplement Turn Around A Struggling Hawaii Startup? Stewart Yerton/Civil Beat

Can An Algae Supplement Turn Around A Struggling Hawaii Startup?

Cardax, after burning through nearly $58 million, is finally making money and trying to expand sales on the mainland.

Campaign Corner: Why We Need David Tarnas Back In The Legislature

Campaign Corner: Why We Need David Tarnas Back In The Legislature

The state House candidate’s skills and unique expertise are vitally important.

Here’s Why These Rookie Candidates Decided To Get Into Politics Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Here’s Why These Rookie Candidates Decided To Get Into Politics

This year’s newcomers come from all over the political spectrum, and a variety of issues inspired them to run.

Campaign Corner: Reports Show Who’s Serious In OHA Races Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Campaign Corner: Reports Show Who’s Serious In OHA Races

A candidate for Office of Hawaiian Affairs trustee says the latest fundraising totals tell a lot about who’s a reformer and who isn’t.

The Painful Demise Of A Big Island Charter School Courtesy Josh DeWeerd

The Painful Demise Of A Big Island Charter School

Ka’u Learning Academy had its charter revoked after multiple violations, but there were plenty of red flags from the beginning.

Big Island: Incumbent’s Surprise Withdrawal Opens Up Council Race Courtesy of Jen Ruggles

Big Island: Incumbent’s Surprise Withdrawal Opens Up Council Race

The departure leaves two newcomers who emphasize agriculture and sustainability facing off for the seat.

July 18, 2018

Authorities Search For Safe Spots For People To Watch Lava Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Authorities Search For Safe Spots For People To Watch Lava

A tour boat mishap that injured 23 people illustrates the danger of getting too close to the spectacle that many want to see.

Candidate Q&A: Honolulu City Council District 2 — Robert Bunda

Candidate Q&A: Honolulu City Council District 2 — Robert Bunda

“To ensure the survival of Hawaii’s middle class, we need to curb real estate speculation that drives up the cost of owning a home and increases the property tax burden on homeowners.”

Candidate Q&A: State Senate District 18 — Emil Svrcina

Candidate Q&A: State Senate District 18 — Emil Svrcina

How can ‘we the people’ allow government workers – our elected servants, employees – to organize themselves into unions and still believe that we have government of the people, by the people, for the people?

Candidate Q&A: State Senate District 12 — Brickwood Galuteria

Candidate Q&A: State Senate District 12 — Brickwood Galuteria

“A multi-party system doesn’t necessarily ensure open government and transparency. Democratic Party control has existed since 1962, all the while reformist measures have been pursued and implemented.”

Candidate Q&A: State Senate District 7 — Michael Tengan

Candidate Q&A: State Senate District 7 — Michael Tengan

“We set a dangerous precedent when we allow our elections to be decided by who can raise the most money. Indeed, this has nothing to do with who can best represent the people.”

Candidate Q&A: U.S. Senate — Mazie Hirono Kullia LLC

Candidate Q&A: U.S. Senate — Mazie Hirono

“Should we take back the majority in the Senate, I would want to pursue tax reform that benefits all Americans – not just the wealthiest 1 percent.”

Candidate Q&A: U.S. Senate — Robert Helsham

Candidate Q&A: U.S. Senate — Robert Helsham

“I bring a unique blend of team building, culture bridging, and cooperative commonality that will reach out to all sides of the aisle, from each level, federal, state, city and county.” 

Big Island Police Officer Fatally Shot; Suspect Sought AP

Big Island Police Officer Fatally Shot; Suspect Sought

UPDATED: Off-duty officers and some who returned to work from vacation and days off join the the manhunt.

State Agrees To Upgrade Public Housing For Disabled After Federal Probe Cory Lum/Civil Beat

State Agrees To Upgrade Public Housing For Disabled After Federal Probe

An investigation found hundreds of violations of accessibility standards in Hawaii Public Housing Authority complexes.

No Time Like The Present To Revitalize Hilo Cory Lum/Civil Beat

No Time Like The Present To Revitalize Hilo

Recently signed legislation will improve Banyan Drive and the industrial area, as well as boosting astronomy.

Big Island: Volcano Politics Play Out In Lava-Swamped Council District Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Big Island: Volcano Politics Play Out In Lava-Swamped Council District

Two candidates who have played significant roles in lava relief efforts are squaring off in the Aug. 11 primary.

Community Outcry Saves A Banyan Tree Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Community Outcry Saves A Banyan Tree

Residents and others rejoiced after their protests changed the plan of a condo association and the city to cut down the massive tree.

Campaign Corner: Housing Shortage Demands Emergency Response Courtesy: Duane Kurisu

Campaign Corner: Housing Shortage Demands Emergency Response

Building low-cost affordable homes on government-owned land can greatly reduce prices.

How Charles Djou Is Keeping His Hand In Honolulu Politics Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat

How Charles Djou Is Keeping His Hand In Honolulu Politics

The former Republican congressman, who unsuccessfully ran for mayor against Kirk Caldwell in 2016, is backing several City Council candidates.

Hawaii Civics 101: The Primary Election

Hawaii Civics 101: The Primary Election

The most important election in Hawaii is also the one you are least likely to vote in.

July 17, 2018

Judge: Officer in Kealoha Civil Case Entitled to City-Funded Attorney Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Judge: Officer in Kealoha Civil Case Entitled to City-Funded Attorney

The court ruled the city must pay for the defense of HPD officer Ming-Hung Nguyen because he was sued for actions “done in performance of duty.”

Candidate Q&A: State House District 5 – Jeanné Kapela photo by Ranae Keane-Bamsey of w

Candidate Q&A: State House District 5 – Jeanné Kapela

“Each year, we see so-called Democrats take positions that oppose their own party’s platform, even on major issues, like raising our state’s minimum wage.”

Candidate Q&A: State House District 2 — Chris Todd

Candidate Q&A: State House District 2 — Chris Todd

“Hilo lacks economic opportunity and many young people are moving away. We need a dramatic expansion of our early college program and CTE training at the high school level, along with strong incentives for local college grads to stay on the Big Island.”

Candidate Q&A: Maui County Council (West Maui) — Tamara Paltin

Candidate Q&A: Maui County Council (West Maui) — Tamara Paltin

“I have noticed that new developments, especially commercial properties, are often left vacant or if businesses move to new developments their old buildings are left vacant, to the detriment of our communities.”