June 2021

June 24, 2021

UH Law Professor To Serve In Biden Administration

UH Law Professor To Serve In Biden Administration

Maxine Burkett has been appointed a senior advisor with the Office of the Special Presidential Envoy for Climate.

HDOT Changes Plans For Farrington Highway Bypass After Community Protests Claire Caulfield/Civil Beat/2021

HDOT Changes Plans For Farrington Highway Bypass After Community Protests

There is new hope for residents hoping to reroute Farrington Highway makai of Makaha Beach Park.

Hawaii’s National Guard Begins Winding Down Its COVID-19 Response Teams Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii’s National Guard Begins Winding Down Its COVID-19 Response Teams

Federal funding is set to expire in September, and Gov. David Ige has asked commanders to draft plans scaling back operations.

E Lilo Koke Ana Nō Anei Ke Kaʻa Wahie O Hawaiʻi Nei He Mea Kū I Ka Wā Kahiko? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

E Lilo Koke Ana Nō Anei Ke Kaʻa Wahie O Hawaiʻi Nei He Mea Kū I Ka Wā Kahiko?

Ke māhuahua aʻe nei ka nui o nā kaʻa uila a he manaʻo ko nā alakaʻi o ka mokuʻāina e pau liʻiliʻi nā kaʻa wahie. Wahi a nā kamaʻāina kūʻai kaʻa, he pākela ka wikiwiki o ko lākou holomua.

Ige: Lack Of Public Input Is Driving Concerns Over Bills — And Possible Vetoes Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Ige: Lack Of Public Input Is Driving Concerns Over Bills — And Possible Vetoes

The Hawaii governor is criticizing lawmakers’ failure to give the public or agencies a chance to comment before final votes on seven measures.

How Hawaii’s Remote Worker Initiative Connects Students To Industry Pros Cory Lum/Civil Beat

How Hawaii’s Remote Worker Initiative Connects Students To Industry Pros

A volunteer project connected to the Movers & Shakas program led to paid internship opportunities for some public high school students.

This North Shore Community Has Had Enough Of Towering Wind Turbines Stewart Yerton/Civil Beat2021

This North Shore Community Has Had Enough Of Towering Wind Turbines

But clean energy advocates and power producers are pushing back against new Honolulu City Council proposals meant to protect communities from large wind energy projects.

June 23, 2021

Community Members Want A Voice In Hiring Honolulu’s Next Police Chief Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Community Members Want A Voice In Hiring Honolulu’s Next Police Chief

Some commissioners said they’re in favor of community input while reviewing police chief candidates, but they don’t want to take hiring recommendations from anyone.

Wespac Bans Wire Leaders To Help Reduce Shark Deaths Courtesy: Kaikea Nakachi

Wespac Bans Wire Leaders To Help Reduce Shark Deaths

The Hawaii Longline Association announced last year that it would voluntarily replace those leaders with less-lethal gear.

Scientists Eradicate Seabird-Killing Ants at Johnston Atoll Courtesy: Robert Peck, HCSU/USGS/20211

Scientists Eradicate Seabird-Killing Ants at Johnston Atoll

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that its successful eradication effort marks the first time yellow crazy ants have been removed from such a large area in the U.S.

Lanai’s Newspaper Is Now Owned By The Company That Owns Lanai Patti Epler/Civil Beat

Lanai’s Newspaper Is Now Owned By The Company That Owns Lanai

The sale of Lanai Today to billionaire Larry Ellison is raising concerns about journalistic integrity. But it may have saved Lanai from becoming a news desert.

Wanted: Maui Seeks New Police Chief. FBI Training Is A Plus Yoohyun Jung/Civil B eat

Wanted: Maui Seeks New Police Chief. FBI Training Is A Plus

The search comes as Honolulu’s police commission also is recruiting a new police chief. But the selection processes are playing out much differently.

The Civil Beat Editorial Board Interview: Gov. David Ige Screenshot

The Civil Beat Editorial Board Interview: Gov. David Ige

Hawaii’s chief executive talks about his veto rationale, the growing economy, easing travel restrictions and whether state leaders will agree to extend the taxes used to pay for Honolulu rail.

Lawsuit Challenges Kauai’s Termination Of Youth Drug Treatment Contract Brittany Lyte/Civil Beat/2021

Lawsuit Challenges Kauai’s Termination Of Youth Drug Treatment Contract

Hope Treatment Services says Kauai County prevented it from meeting a deadline to open the inpatient drug treatment center.

Ige: Hawaii Unlikely To Ease Travel Restrictions Ahead Of July 4 As Vaccinations Slow Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ige: Hawaii Unlikely To Ease Travel Restrictions Ahead Of July 4 As Vaccinations Slow

Lt. Gov. Josh Green had publicly urged the governor to end the pre-travel testing requirement on July 1.

Providing Better Language Assistance For Micronesians Will Help The Entire State

Providing Better Language Assistance For Micronesians Will Help The Entire State

Language assistance for Micronesians is federally mandated and vital to the community’s well-being.

June 22, 2021

Denby Fawcett: Developer Defends Monster Houses As Criticism Mounts Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Denby Fawcett: Developer Defends Monster Houses As Criticism Mounts

The laws are stricter now, but they still don’t go far enough to prevent supersized homes from spreading throughout Oahu’s older neighborhoods.

Many UH Students Struggled With Hunger And Homelessness Last Year Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Many UH Students Struggled With Hunger And Homelessness Last Year

The university is developing a master plan to help address economic challenges undergraduates are facing.

Why Nobody Will Ever Agree On Whether COVID Lockdowns Were Worth It Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2020

Why Nobody Will Ever Agree On Whether COVID Lockdowns Were Worth It

Even if it were possible to isolate the number of deaths prevented through a lockdown, it’s hard to measure costs and benefits associated with coronavirus policies.

Tourists Are Back In Force On Hana Highway. Why Not Charge Them? Courtesy: Hana Highway Regulation

Tourists Are Back In Force On Hana Highway. Why Not Charge Them?

It would be a simple solution to help reduce neighbor-island traffic — and make life better for the locals there, a UH economist says.