August 2018

August 14, 2018

Bar Brawl: Can The World’s Largest Law Firm Practice In Hawaii? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Bar Brawl: Can The World’s Largest Law Firm Practice In Hawaii?

A Honolulu lawyer wants to block the merger of one of the state’s most prominent law firms with a giant multinational.

Wind Farms Want Permission To Kill More Bats — A Lot More Forest and Kim Starr

Wind Farms Want Permission To Kill More Bats — A Lot More

In a “conservation conundrum,” projects to produce more clean energy are a threat to Hawaii’s only native land mammal.

Crossing America In The Hunt For New Teachers Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Crossing America In The Hunt For New Teachers

Hawaii school officials have a new strategy for filling teacher vacancies: Bring principals along on mainland recruitment trips.

I Tried To Get A New Driver’s License And Tripped Over HECO Cory Lum/Civil Beat

I Tried To Get A New Driver’s License And Tripped Over HECO

You have no idea how hard it can be to change your name on your electric bill.

Denby Fawcett: Has Carpenters Union Lost Some Of Its Political Muscle? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Denby Fawcett: Has Carpenters Union Lost Some Of Its Political Muscle?

Its super PACs have spent big money in recent elections, but its anointed candidates often lose. The latest example: Colleen Hanabusa.

August 13, 2018

Kauai: There May Be No Stopping Derek Kawakami’s Mayoral Campaign Allan Pararchini/Civil Beat

Kauai: There May Be No Stopping Derek Kawakami’s Mayoral Campaign

Meanwhile, a political newcomer emerges in the County Council race on a day when some of the island’s few voters were inspiring.

Big Island: Newly Elected Council Members Face A County In Turmoil Jason Armstrong/Civil Beat

Big Island: Newly Elected Council Members Face A County In Turmoil

Most of the leadership lineup is set after the primary, and big challenges lie ahead in dealing with the volcanic eruption.

Inside Ige’s Political Turnaround — And How Hanabusa Helped Him Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Inside Ige’s Political Turnaround — And How Hanabusa Helped Him

Two natural disasters and an opponent whose overconfident campaign tried to run out the clock helped the governor secure a second term.

Letters: Clarifying Data On Sex Offenders Caleb Hartsfield/Civil Beat

Letters: Clarifying Data On Sex Offenders

The authors of a recent opinion piece make some valid points, but there are some “contravening facts” that must be pointed out.

Why Early Education Must Be Done Right Courtesy

Why Early Education Must Be Done Right

There’s a zero margin of error for creating Hawaii’s new system.

August 12, 2018

Chad Blair: On The Day After, Democratic Dominance On Display Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Chad Blair: On The Day After, Democratic Dominance On Display

As always, winners and losers came together in the same room just hours after the primary for the biennial Unity Breakfast.

The Primary Turnout Was Low — But Not As Low As 2016 Eugene Tanner

The Primary Turnout Was Low — But Not As Low As 2016

The turnout of 38.6 percent included 179,078 people who voted by mail or at early polling places.

Tom Yamachika: Weekends Safe Once Again, Maybe Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Tom Yamachika: Weekends Safe Once Again, Maybe

A taxpayer wins a calendar dispute with the City and County of Honolulu.

August 11, 2018

Slideshow: Primary Election Scenes Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Slideshow: Primary Election Scenes

The last of the votes were cast on a sunny Saturday, then candidates and their supporters sweated out the returns through the night.

Kawakami, Victorino Leading In Kauai, Maui Mayor Races Allan Pararchini/Civil Beat

Kawakami, Victorino Leading In Kauai, Maui Mayor Races

Maui’s Victorino and Kauai’s Kawakami lead in the most recent returns for mayor, while dozens of county council seats get fresh blood.

3 Incumbent Lawmakers Lose State Legislative Seats Cory Lum/Civil Beat

3 Incumbent Lawmakers Lose State Legislative Seats

Sen. Brickwood Galuteria, as well as Reps. Cindy Evans and Lei Learmont, lost their re-election efforts.

OHA Candidates Headed To General Election Runoff Cory Lum/Civil Beat

OHA Candidates Headed To General Election Runoff

Kalei Akaka and Esther Kia‘aina will face off for the Oahu trustee seat while three incumbents advance with three challengers to November.

Tupola Wins GOP Primary For Governor Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Tupola Wins GOP Primary For Governor

The state lawmaker defeated perennial GOP candidate John Carroll and former DOE official Ray L’Heureux.

Ed Case Wins 1st Congressional District Primary Race Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat

Ed Case Wins 1st Congressional District Primary Race

U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard easily wins the Democratic nomination for the 2nd Congressional District.

Ozawa, Waters Headed For November Runoff In Council Race Courtesy of the candidates

Ozawa, Waters Headed For November Runoff In Council Race

Heidi Tsuneyoshi and Carol Fukunaga gain the majorities needed to win their races outright.

Josh Green Prevails In Democratic Lieutenant Governor Race Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat

Josh Green Prevails In Democratic Lieutenant Governor Race

Super PAC funding helped state Sen. Josh Green gain a significant advertising edge over state Sen. Jill Tokuda in the lead-up to the election.

Ige Defeats Hanabusa In Democratic Primary For Governor Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ige Defeats Hanabusa In Democratic Primary For Governor

Incumbent Hawaii Gov. David Ige will be heavily favored in the general election against the GOP nominee, state Rep. Andria Tupola.

ELECTION DAY LIVE — Hawaii’s 2018 Primary Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat

ELECTION DAY LIVE — Hawaii’s 2018 Primary

Civil Beat’s coverage of Hawaii’s primary election starts here with reports from the field, community comments and more on the races.

August 10, 2018

State Fines Pro-Hanabusa Super PAC $3,000 Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

State Fines Pro-Hanabusa Super PAC $3,000

The fine, levied against upstart super PAC Defend Hawaii Now, comes amid a last-minute spending push in the days before the primary election.

Supreme Court Justice Reports Improper Emails Regarding TMT Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Supreme Court Justice Reports Improper Emails Regarding TMT

Justice Michael Wilson said he didn’t read the messages from Sam Gon, a member of the state board that approved the telescope project.