May 2021

May 14, 2021

PODCAST: Lessons from Hawaii’s Successful Battle With The Avocado Lace Bug Kuʻu Kauanoe/Civil Beat

PODCAST: Lessons from Hawaii’s Successful Battle With The Avocado Lace Bug

When the invasive avocado pest was first spotted in Hawaii, farmers were worried. But collaboration provided a path forward, and can help combat other threats.

Hawaii Has A Lot Of Unemployed People. But Companies Still Can’t Find Help Ben Nishimoto/Civil Beat

Hawaii Has A Lot Of Unemployed People. But Companies Still Can’t Find Help

The labor force has been reduced by workers leaving the state and staying home to supervise children and avoid potential exposure to the virus.

Hawaii Gov Should Veto New Red-Light Camera Program Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Gov Should Veto New Red-Light Camera Program

Past experience and the likelihood that innocent car owners may be penalized are big red flags for the red-light program.

Summer School Offers Kids A ‘Last Chance’ To Catch Up Before New School Year Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Summer School Offers Kids A ‘Last Chance’ To Catch Up Before New School Year

Federal relief money enabled Hawaii to offer summer school for free this year to help students overcome pandemic-related setbacks.

May 13, 2021

Hawaii Will Maintain Mask Rules Despite New CDC Guidance, Governor Says Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Will Maintain Mask Rules Despite New CDC Guidance, Governor Says

Gov. David Ige said he believes it’s too soon to lift mask mandates because “it’s impossible to determine who’s vaccinated and who’s not vaccinated.”

Taxpayers On The Hook For $2.3M To Settle Legal Claims Against The State Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Taxpayers On The Hook For $2.3M To Settle Legal Claims Against The State

UPDATED: Two incidents on state highways accounted for more than $1 million in settlements the state entered in 2020.

Chad Blair: Why We Drink So Much During The Pandemic Flickr: TIGER500

Chad Blair: Why We Drink So Much During The Pandemic

Many of us are anxious, lonely and depressed, obviously. But it’s not a healthy trend.

Neal Milner: Our Moral Compass Is Lost In The Political Wilderness Courtesy: Hawaii Modernism Library

Neal Milner: Our Moral Compass Is Lost In The Political Wilderness

So many people are distancing themselves from mainline religion that churches have lost their power to sway the public.

Ko Hawaiʻi ʻUhaʻuha ʻAna I Kona Hoʻomalu ʻAi ʻAna — A Me Ka Mea E Loaʻa Hou Mai Ai Courtesy: Mahi Pono

Ko Hawaiʻi ʻUhaʻuha ʻAna I Kona Hoʻomalu ʻAi ʻAna — A Me Ka Mea E Loaʻa Hou Mai Ai

I nā makahiki 1960 i hoʻomaka ai ʻo Hawaiʻi e kaukaʻi i ka hoʻopae ʻana mai i ka ʻai. Inā hoʻi nāna e hoʻolako i ka ʻai nona ponoʻī iho, manaʻo nā mea ʻike loa e pono ana ke lawelawe hou ʻia nā pono kahiko a hoʻohana ʻia nā mea paʻahana hou.

May 12, 2021

Honolulu Rail Chief Says Ridership Projections Have Dropped Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Rail Chief Says Ridership Projections Have Dropped

Rail authority CEO Lori Kahikina provided no details, but said she believes public interest in riding the train is still high.

‘Just A Pinch’: Hawaii Children Line Up To Get A COVID-19 Vaccine Cory Lum/Civil Beat

‘Just A Pinch’: Hawaii Children Line Up To Get A COVID-19 Vaccine

Hawaii kicked off the next phase of its COVID-19 vaccine campaign to include preteens.

QAnon Hasn’t Gone Away. It’s Alive And Kicking Across The Country Getty Images/iStockphoto

QAnon Hasn’t Gone Away. It’s Alive And Kicking Across The Country

The QAnon universe lives on – now largely through involvement in local, not national, Republican politics.

Incoming Hawaii Teachers Union Chief Offers Changes In Style Not Substance Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Incoming Hawaii Teachers Union Chief Offers Changes In Style Not Substance

HSTA Vice President Osa Tui Jr., registrar at McKinley High, will take the helm of the union in July.

Small Farmers Deserve Better Support Than The ADC Has Provided Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Small Farmers Deserve Better Support Than The ADC Has Provided

Twenty-five years after the agency was created, it’s past time for change.

Lee Cataluna: The Local-Versus-Outsider Leadership Debate Continues Getty Images/iStockphoto

Lee Cataluna: The Local-Versus-Outsider Leadership Debate Continues

There are pros and cons in promoting from within or doing a wider executive search; but is that really the most important thing when finding a new leader?

May 11, 2021

Hawaii Police Shootings Board Says It Will Step Up Its Work Screenshot

Hawaii Police Shootings Board Says It Will Step Up Its Work

The review board, which has not met in more than a year, now plans to meet monthly and review up to three cases of deadly force every month.

Hanabusa Trades In A Lucrative Rail Contract For An Unpaid Seat On The HART Board Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hanabusa Trades In A Lucrative Rail Contract For An Unpaid Seat On The HART Board

The former congresswoman had lined up a consulting gig that could have been worth nearly $1 million. But the deal raised many concerns including by contract experts.

Hawaii Football Star Colt Brennan Dead At 37 HNN

Hawaii Football Star Colt Brennan Dead At 37

The former UH quarterback finished the 2007 campaign as a Heisman Trophy finalist.

The Tourists Are Back. In Rural Hana, The Residents Aren’t Happy Brittany Lyte/Civil Beat

The Tourists Are Back. In Rural Hana, The Residents Aren’t Happy

Visitors are bringing an infusion of cash but they’re underscoring concerns about overtaxed roads, beaches and infrastructure, environmental degradation and cultural exploitation.  

Despite Budget Woes, This Legislative Session Held Bright Spots For Local Ag

Despite Budget Woes, This Legislative Session Held Bright Spots For Local Ag

Many legislators voted to create a more sustainable, resilient Hawaii.