June 2018

June 19, 2018

Is Honolulu Hale Making City Staffers Sick? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Is Honolulu Hale Making City Staffers Sick?

City Council Chairman Ernie Martin thinks so — and wants to relocate the legislative branch out of the 90-year-old building.

Ad Watch: Ige And Hanabusa On What Makes Them Different Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ad Watch: Ige And Hanabusa On What Makes Them Different

The incumbent Hawaii governor boasts of delivering on a promise to put AC in classrooms, while the challenger touts her leadership chops.

Kauai: Why The Beef Industry Is Rapidly Expanding On The Garden Island Allan Pararchini/Civil Beat

Kauai: Why The Beef Industry Is Rapidly Expanding On The Garden Island

The Hawaii market develops a taste for meat born, raised and slaughtered in the islands, and these ranchers are happy to serve it up.

June 18, 2018

Candidate Q&A: Governor —  Terrence K. Teruya

Candidate Q&A: Governor — Terrence K. Teruya

“I want to address the 27,000 gallons of jet fuel that leaked into Red Hill above our water aquifier. This needs to be addressed since traces of fuel have already been detected.”

Candidate Q&A: Governor —  Wendell Ka’ehu’ae’a

Candidate Q&A: Governor — Wendell Ka’ehu’ae’a

“As governor, I would propose a state lottery to directly support our educational system, state roads and airports.”

Candidate Q&A: U.S. House District 1 — Donna Mercado Kim

Candidate Q&A: U.S. House District 1 — Donna Mercado Kim

“Spending for the military should not be compared as a trade-off with spending for the poor and homeless. Both are crucial for our society.”

Candidate Q&A: U.S. House District 2 — Brian K. Evans

Candidate Q&A: U.S. House District 2 — Brian K. Evans

“I would seek to have a committee formed to immediately address our hospital medical error crisis.”

3 More Monk Seals Die From Disease Linked To Feral Cats Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

3 More Monk Seals Die From Disease Linked To Feral Cats

Scientists urge the public to stop feeding free-roaming cats, which are the only animals that can transmit the parasitic disease.

Letters: Neighbor Islands Better Suited For New Hawaiian Homelands

Letters: Neighbor Islands Better Suited For New Hawaiian Homelands

One reader argues a plan for a new Native Hawaiian Homeland is too Oahu-focused; another says Molokai Ranch would be an ideal site.

Big Island: Hawaii’s Last Hippie Holdouts May Not Survive The Eruption Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Big Island: Hawaii’s Last Hippie Holdouts May Not Survive The Eruption

The lava is doing a number on counterculture havens, and it’s hard to imagine some of these “Punatics” fitting in anywhere else.

Campaign Corner: We Need Public Financing Of Political Campaigns Flickr: AMagill

Campaign Corner: We Need Public Financing Of Political Campaigns

Taking the big money out of politics will empower Hawaii’s working class.

Should Hawaii Hotels Help Their Workers Buy Homes? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Should Hawaii Hotels Help Their Workers Buy Homes?

Hawaii has record visitor spending but many hotel employees still can’t afford to buy homes.

Chad Blair: She’s Back! Hawaii’s Most Notorious Candidate Returns www.hawaiigovernor.com

Chad Blair: She’s Back! Hawaii’s Most Notorious Candidate Returns

Along with her friend “Jesus,” Angela Kaaihue is now vying for Andria Tupola’s Leeward Oahu seat.

We’re Giving All Hawaii Candidates The Chance To Make Their Case Cory Lum/Civil Beat

We’re Giving All Hawaii Candidates The Chance To Make Their Case

Civil Beat has again emailed surveys to every person on the ballot in the islands. Now we’re starting to publish their answers.

June 17, 2018

Candidate Q&A: State Senate District 3 — Brenda Ford

Candidate Q&A: State Senate District 3 — Brenda Ford

“When the Legislature refuses to pass laws that the people want, disregards issues that even legislators try to get passed, and refuses to have a statewide citizens initiative process, it is time for a constitutional convention.”

Candidate Q&A: State Senate District 3 — Michael Last

Candidate Q&A: State Senate District 3 — Michael Last

“It will be a tough uphill battle to accomplish anything against the other Democratic members. Hopefully the general population has had enough of one party rule-making.”

Mesmerizing New Videos Of Hawaii Volcano Eruption

Mesmerizing New Videos Of Hawaii Volcano Eruption

Civil Beat videographer Anthony Quintano just sent back these recent views of the Kilauea hot lava flows.

Tom Yamachika: HART Board Could’ve Altered Agenda To Address Audit Concerns Marcel Honore/Civil Beat

Tom Yamachika: HART Board Could’ve Altered Agenda To Address Audit Concerns

It takes a two-thirds vote, but public bodies can legally address some items that come up unexpectedly during meetings.

June 15, 2018

Big Island Mayor Harry Kim Has Another Bout Of Pneumonia Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Big Island Mayor Harry Kim Has Another Bout Of Pneumonia

Kim, who has been at the forefront of the county’s response to the eruption of the Kilauea volcano, suffered two heart attacks in April.

Eruption Brings Back Memories For Those Who Were In Lava’s Path Before AP

Eruption Brings Back Memories For Those Who Were In Lava’s Path Before

Kilauea has covered large swathes of the Big Island’s rural Puna district several times over the past century.

Hawaii Gets $3.2 Million To Thwart Election Hacking Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Gets $3.2 Million To Thwart Election Hacking

Russian hacking in 2016 prompted Congress to bolster state elections security with new funding.

Big Island: Rat Lungworm Threatens Animals — Especially Puppies Courtesy of Richard Malik

Big Island: Rat Lungworm Threatens Animals — Especially Puppies

Veterinarians are seeing a lot of cases involving dogs. The disease is treatable — maybe even preventable — but it’s expensive.

Ethics Commission Audit Quashed On Advice Of City’s Lawyer Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ethics Commission Audit Quashed On Advice Of City’s Lawyer

The Honolulu auditor was concerned its results might be “discoverable” in a lawsuit filed by Louis and Katherine Kealoha.

Let’s Create A New Native Hawaiian Homeland Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Let’s Create A New Native Hawaiian Homeland

Giving Hawaiians land in each of the 1,600 Ahupuaʻa in Hawaii is a place to start.