September 2021

September 19, 2021

John Pritchett: End Game John Pritchett/Civil Beat/2021

John Pritchett: End Game

Things are looking worse and worse for the beleaguered Honolulu rail project. Cost overruns. Construction defects. Staff turnover. When does it all end?

Can The Rich History Of Ewa Villages Spark A New Sense Of Community? Ku‘u Kauanoe/Civil Beat/2021

Can The Rich History Of Ewa Villages Spark A New Sense Of Community?

Less expensive housing has drawn more people to the former sugar town, but that’s also changing the character of a place once known for how well it cared for those who lived there.

The Civil Beat Editorial Board Interview: City Council Leaders Tommy Waters And Ester Kiaaina

The Civil Beat Editorial Board Interview: City Council Leaders Tommy Waters And Ester Kiaaina

The chair and vice chair stress due diligence, listening and collaboration to address Honolulu’s myriad challenges.

Japan’s Plan To Discharge Nuclear Waste Into The Pacific Worries Island Nations Susanna Loof / IAEA

Japan’s Plan To Discharge Nuclear Waste Into The Pacific Worries Island Nations

The effects and memory of U.S. nuclear testing endures in the Pacific. “It is a level up from urgent for us,” one Pacific leader says.

 

Attorney: Air Force Mom To Reunite With Abused Daughter

Attorney: Air Force Mom To Reunite With Abused Daughter

Former Sgt. Natasha Beyer, acquitted of charges in the death of her son, has been trying to regain custody of a daughter whom had been assaulted by her husband.

Lee Cataluna: One Mission These Hawaiian Airlines Crews Will Never Forget Courtesy: Maydell Morgan

Lee Cataluna: One Mission These Hawaiian Airlines Crews Will Never Forget

Hawaiian Airlines crews say their humanitarian mission to ferry Afghan refugees was a highlight of their careers.

September 18, 2021

American Samoa Reports First Covid-19 Case Eddy23/Wikimedia Commons

American Samoa Reports First Covid-19 Case

The U.S. territory has been closed since March last year, and opened up its Hawaiian Airlines link on Monday.

September 17, 2021

Honolulu City Council Wants To Regulate Car-Sharing Companies Flickr: Kai Friis

Honolulu City Council Wants To Regulate Car-Sharing Companies

Complaints by annoyed neighbors about crowded parking spaces prompted the city to introduce a resolution.

China Bids For A Place in Pacific Trade Deal Gobierno de Chile via Wikimedia Commons

China Bids For A Place in Pacific Trade Deal

Pioneered by Barack Obama, the Pacific trade pact, formerly known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, was initially seen as a means to balance China’s increasing influence.

Inmate Vaccination Rates Climb In Hawaii Prisons And Jails Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Inmate Vaccination Rates Climb In Hawaii Prisons And Jails

Oahu Community Correctional Center remains the site of the largest coronavirus outbreak in state jails and prisons.

Hawaii Supreme Court: The Public Has A ‘Compelling’ Interest In Knowing About Police Misconduct Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Hawaii Supreme Court: The Public Has A ‘Compelling’ Interest In Knowing About Police Misconduct

The decision upholds the release of public records in a Civil Beat lawsuit that sought the arbitration file of Sgt. Darren Cachola.

One Miske Defendant Gets Out On Bail, Another Ordered To Remain Behind Bars Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2015

One Miske Defendant Gets Out On Bail, Another Ordered To Remain Behind Bars

New developments this week in the complex criminal case against what’s alleged to be a large criminal enterprise operating in Honolulu.

Workers In Hawaii Face New Job Losses — This Time Without A Safety Net Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Workers In Hawaii Face New Job Losses — This Time Without A Safety Net

Hawaii still lags behind other states in how quickly the state processes initial unemployment payments.

Conservationists Threaten To Sue Maui Resort Over Injured Seabirds Courtesy: Andre Raine/2021

Conservationists Threaten To Sue Maui Resort Over Injured Seabirds

For more than a decade, artificial lighting on the grounds of the Grand Wailea Resort has been causing endangered seabirds to fall from the sky, a pair of conservation groups says.

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Why Hawaii’s Best Future Is Female Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2019

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Why Hawaii’s Best Future Is Female

Women have been on the front lines of Hawaiian marches for decades. Now they are increasingly emerging as community leaders.

September 16, 2021

Hawaii Education Plan for ‘Learning Acceleration’ Short on Details, Board Members Say Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Education Plan for ‘Learning Acceleration’ Short on Details, Board Members Say

Some members wanted more specificity and strategic planning from DOE officials on how to help students catch up.

Hawaii Longline Fleet’s Switch To Shark-Friendly Gear Taking Longer Than Expected Courtesy: Kaikea Nakachi

Hawaii Longline Fleet’s Switch To Shark-Friendly Gear Taking Longer Than Expected

The transition was supposed to be done by July. Now, expect it done by the end of the year, an industry leader says.

Air Force And Marines Team Up For First Trans-Pacific Reaper Drone Flights Courtesy: Michael Mason/USAF/2019

Air Force And Marines Team Up For First Trans-Pacific Reaper Drone Flights

The exercise runs through Oct. 8, but the Marines are preparing for the eventual permanent stationing of the remote weapon system on Oahu.

Aotearoa: Campaign Launched To Rename New Zealand Wikimedia Commons

Aotearoa: Campaign Launched To Rename New Zealand

The Maori party of New Zealand has said they are “sick to death” of their ancestral names being “mangled, bastardized and ignored.”