March 2021

March 01, 2021

This Program Helped Big Island Farmers And Families. Now It’s Out Of Cash Cory Lum/Civil Beat

This Program Helped Big Island Farmers And Families. Now It’s Out Of Cash

Federal funding and private donations helped support local food producers and feed thousands of local families during the pandemic.

Make Sure Hawaii’s Tax Policy Is Equitable Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Make Sure Hawaii’s Tax Policy Is Equitable

The Legislature considers numerous tax bills every session and this year is no exception.

Hawaii’s Summer Tourism Season Is Looking Promising Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat

Hawaii’s Summer Tourism Season Is Looking Promising

But economists say state officials need to do more to help the economy recover, including better messaging and loosening tight travel rules.

Here’s What Happens When Social Workers, Not Police, Respond To Mental Health Crises Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Here’s What Happens When Social Workers, Not Police, Respond To Mental Health Crises

More cities are adopting a model for de-escalation that has the potential to benefit people with mental illness, allow police to focus on serious crime and save taxpayer dollars. 

The Fish We Eat Are Eating Plastic. That’s Not A Good Thing The Conversation

The Fish We Eat Are Eating Plastic. That’s Not A Good Thing

Our research showed that fishes such as sharks, grouper and tuna that hunt other fishes or marine organisms as food were more likely to ingest plastic.

Hawaii Preschools See Declines In Enrollment And Available Seats Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Preschools See Declines In Enrollment And Available Seats

Private pre-kindergarten programs have lost $7 million in tuition as fewer families send children to school, according to the Hawaii Association of Independent Schools.

February 2021

February 28, 2021

Kenji Price: An Uncertain Future For A Republican In Deep Blue Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Kenji Price: An Uncertain Future For A Republican In Deep Blue Hawaii

Hawaii’s charismatic U.S. attorney is an up and coming conservative. Hawaii’s GOP would love to talk him into running for office here.

Did An Abusive Relationship Lead To A Young Woman’s Involvement In A North Shore Murder? Courtesy: Hawaii News Now

Did An Abusive Relationship Lead To A Young Woman’s Involvement In A North Shore Murder?

A woman charged in the 2017 beating death of Telma Boinville says she didn’t participate in the killing. 

Lee Cataluna: The One Mistake That is Never Forgotten Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lee Cataluna: The One Mistake That is Never Forgotten

Remember that other lawmaker who got arrested for DUI?  Of course you do.

The Civil Beat Editorial Board Interview: UH Economists Carl Bonham And Sumner La Croix

The Civil Beat Editorial Board Interview: UH Economists Carl Bonham And Sumner La Croix

The UHERO executive director and research fellow assess the state of the economy, the vaccination rollout and more nearly one year after COVID-19.

John Pritchett: Day Tripper ASUS

John Pritchett: Day Tripper

A bill to allow the use of psychedelic mushrooms for medical purposes was shelved earlier this month. But its author, Sen. Stanley Chang, is hopeful the legislation will do better down the road.

February 27, 2021

Hundreds Of Military Vets Get COVID-19 Vaccines In Hawaii Kevin Knodell/Civil Beat

Hundreds Of Military Vets Get COVID-19 Vaccines In Hawaii

Winter storms on the mainland disrupted the supply chain of vaccines to the island last week, officials said.

February 26, 2021

Military Health Chief Says Demand For COVID-19 Vaccine Outpacing Supply Tripler Army Medical Center

Military Health Chief Says Demand For COVID-19 Vaccine Outpacing Supply

Lt. Gen. Ron Place says he and other leaders are trying to understand why as many as a third of service members refused to take the vaccine.

AlohaSafe Alert Set To Launch In Tagalog, Marshallese Cory Lum/Civil Beat

AlohaSafe Alert Set To Launch In Tagalog, Marshallese

More than 325,000 users have downloaded AlohaSafe Alert as of Feb. 25, the smartphone app developers say.

COVID-19 Strain That Originated In Brazil Detected On Oahu Cory Lum/Civil Beat

COVID-19 Strain That Originated In Brazil Detected On Oahu

Other COVID-19 variants are also on the upswing in the islands.

Gov And LG Need To Get On The Same Page On Major Public Statements

Gov And LG Need To Get On The Same Page On Major Public Statements

Once again, Hawaii’s governor and lieutenant governor are confusing us all when it comes to what’s happening with the state’s recovery plans and projections.

Now Is The Wrong Time To Defund Public Health Infrastructure Catherine Pirkle

Now Is The Wrong Time To Defund Public Health Infrastructure

The United States has been gutting public health for decades and we are all paying the price.

Eric Stinton: The DOE Is Looking In The Wrong Places To Trim The Fat Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Eric Stinton: The DOE Is Looking In The Wrong Places To Trim The Fat

If we cut teacher differentials for special education teachers, those who suffer the most will be the ones who need teachers the most.

Hawaii Lawmakers Mull Mediation To Prevent Mass Evictions After Moratorium Lifted Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Lawmakers Mull Mediation To Prevent Mass Evictions After Moratorium Lifted

A bill would require landlords to enter mediation upon a tenant’s request, but some advocates say the measure doesn’t do enough to protect renters at risk of eviction.

February 25, 2021

Proposed Mauna Kea Working Group Is Already Creating Divisions Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Proposed Mauna Kea Working Group Is Already Creating Divisions

But proponents hope the group could still be Hawaii’s best chance at building consensus over the future of a mountain considered sacred by many.