October 2018

October 18, 2018

Hawaii High Court Weighs Whether To Release Secret Investigation Of State Auditor Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii High Court Weighs Whether To Release Secret Investigation Of State Auditor

Justices appeared concerned about the state’s argument that attorney-client privilege protects the Legislature from releasing the report.

Candidate Q&A: State House District 3 — Frederick Fogel Frederick F. Fogel

Candidate Q&A: State House District 3 — Frederick Fogel

“Hey, it takes money to win, but I’m a believer in severe campaign spending limitations. Televising and archiving all hearings? Sounds like a good thing.”

Supreme Court Hears Challenge To ConAm Ballot Measure But Defers Ruling Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Supreme Court Hears Challenge To ConAm Ballot Measure But Defers Ruling

Hawaii’s county governments hope the court will act quickly to invalidate the measure that would allow the state to tax property for education.

Candidate Q&A: OHA Trustee At-Large — Rowena Akana Rowena Akana

Candidate Q&A: OHA Trustee At-Large — Rowena Akana

“OHA needs to change the classification of the CEO back to administrator, allowing trustees, as advised by the State Auditor, to take back the office.”

Candidate Q&A: OHA Trustee At Large — Brendon Kalei’aina Lee Brendon Kalei'aina Lee

Candidate Q&A: OHA Trustee At Large — Brendon Kalei’aina Lee

“Given that OHA’s strategic plan expires this year, this election is that much more critical.”

Candidate Q&A: OHA Trustee At Large — William Aila William Aila Jr.

Candidate Q&A: OHA Trustee At Large — William Aila

“One of the most pressing issues to Native Hawaiians is the failure of OHA to collect its fair share of ceded lands revenue.”

Candidate Q&A: OHA Trustee At Large — John Waihee IV John Waihee IV

Candidate Q&A: OHA Trustee At Large — John Waihee IV

“I think that for many Hawaiians, living in an environment that does not promote or celebrate a culture that they identify with has left them with a feeling of hopelessness.”

Candidate Q&A: OHA Trustee At-Large —  Leina’ala Ahu Isa

Candidate Q&A: OHA Trustee At-Large — Leina’ala Ahu Isa

“I think it’s about time I go back to my roots and give back in whatever way I can help our Hawaiian people.”

Why Are City Lawmakers Involved In This Lobbyist’s Backyard Tiff? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Why Are City Lawmakers Involved In This Lobbyist’s Backyard Tiff?

Alicia Maluafiti’s dog kennels are upsetting her Ewa Beach neighbors. Now City Council Chair Ernie Martin has introduced a bill that would legalize them.

Letters: Private Donations To Teachers Simply Wrong

Letters: Private Donations To Teachers Simply Wrong

Hawaii public education is underfunded, but directly involving rich people is a path toward privatization.

Neal Milner: To Survive A Disaster, Get To Know Your Neighbor Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Neal Milner: To Survive A Disaster, Get To Know Your Neighbor

Emergency preparedness isn’t just about shoring up Honolulu’s infrastructure. It also depends on our social infrastructure — the vitality of our neighborhoods.

If We Want To Fix Hawaii Government We Have To Do It Ourselves Caleb Hartsfield/Civil Beat

If We Want To Fix Hawaii Government We Have To Do It Ourselves

Desperately needed reforms to increase transparency are proposed every session, and every session they die. Bring on the constitutional convention.

This Landlord-Investor Says Vote ‘Yes’ On ConAm For Schools Courtesy of Kim Coco Iwamoto

This Landlord-Investor Says Vote ‘Yes’ On ConAm For Schools

Insufficiently funding public education exacerbates the economic disparities we see in Hawaii.

Let’s Not Move Too Fast On The ConAm Question Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Let’s Not Move Too Fast On The ConAm Question

It’s good to talk about supporting teachers, but let’s get everyone involved in the conversation.

Civil Beat Poll: Voters Want Ige To Stick Around As Hawaii’s Governor Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Civil Beat Poll: Voters Want Ige To Stick Around As Hawaii’s Governor

Republican state Rep. Andria Tupola trails by 21 percentage points among likely Hawaii voters in the latest survey.

October 17, 2018

City Taxpayers Move Closer To Covering Rail Costs After Council Vote Cory Lum/Civil Beat

City Taxpayers Move Closer To Covering Rail Costs After Council Vote

Backed in a corner, the Honolulu City Council took steps Wednesday to commit $44 million in bonds to help build the 20-mile rail system.

Commission Doubles Fines For First-Time Campaign Spending Violators Blaze Lovell/CivilBeat

Commission Doubles Fines For First-Time Campaign Spending Violators

New penalties were levied against 25 candidates and committees. Maui mayoral candidate Mike Victorino will pay the biggest penalty.

Candidate Q&A: State House District 50 — Cynthia Thielen

Candidate Q&A: State House District 50 — Cynthia Thielen

“I continue to speak out and do not hesitate to go against leadership. This is why a two-party system is so essential.”

Candidate Q&A: State House District 50 —  Micah Kalama Pregitzer Micah Kalama Pregitzer

Candidate Q&A: State House District 50 — Micah Kalama Pregitzer

“Former politicians should not be allowed to be paid lobbyists after they are no longer in office. Also, PACs and corporate money have no place in politics.”

Hawaii Democrats Have Strayed Too Far To The Left Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Democrats Have Strayed Too Far To The Left

Look no farther than the recent actions of Sens. Brian Schatz and Mazie Hirono.

Kauai County Council Elections Shaping Up As A Free-For-All Allan Pararchini/Civil Beat

Kauai County Council Elections Shaping Up As A Free-For-All

The winners must deal with several looming issues, including combating climate change, worries over the relentless growth of tourism and maintaining the island’s rural lifestyle.

How OHA Trustees Spent Their Allowances Cory Lum/Civil Beat

How OHA Trustees Spent Their Allowances

Thousands of dollars went to support athletic competitions, charitable galas and beauty pageants.

The Strange Intersection Of A Rail Deadline And City Council Politics Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The Strange Intersection Of A Rail Deadline And City Council Politics

The incumbent has stalled council bills considered crucial for the project, while the challenger is a close ally of the mayor who leads the charge for rail.

Civil Beat Poll: Voters Like The Idea Of A ConCon, They’re Just Not Going To Vote For It Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Civil Beat Poll: Voters Like The Idea Of A ConCon, They’re Just Not Going To Vote For It

There is significant support for the idea once it’s explained, but that support has decreased from previous polls.

Civil Beat Poll: Voters Want Term Limits For State Legislators Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Civil Beat Poll: Voters Want Term Limits For State Legislators

They also support an initiative process, all-mail voting and a lottery. But forget about legalizing pot.