March 2019

March 19, 2019

Senate Shoots Down Proposal To Buy Underused Federal Prison Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Senate Shoots Down Proposal To Buy Underused Federal Prison

A House bill sought to save money and lessen overcrowding in state facilities by pushing to acquire the Federal Detention Center.

Hawaii Weighs First-In-Nation Plastic Bans At Restaurants AP

Hawaii Weighs First-In-Nation Plastic Bans At Restaurants

Dozens of cities have banned plastic foam containers, but the Legislature is considering bills for a statewide ban.

An Inmate Riot In An Overcrowded Jail Shows Legislators Should Not Bail On Bail Reform Hawaii DPS

An Inmate Riot In An Overcrowded Jail Shows Legislators Should Not Bail On Bail Reform

One key bill is dead but lawmakers should still act on other legislation that could improve our jam-packed, aging correctional facilities.

HI-Priced Q&A: How This 23-Year-Old Saves For Retirement On $36,000 A Year

HI-Priced Q&A: How This 23-Year-Old Saves For Retirement On $36,000 A Year

“Even if you save $5 a month, you’re closer than you were last month.”

DOE Ought To Consider Pre-K-To-Third-Grade Model Flickr: Steven Depolo

DOE Ought To Consider Pre-K-To-Third-Grade Model

This approach uses the skills of teachers more efficiently.

The Battle Over Preschool Puts Hawaii Governor On The Hot Seat Suevon Lee/Civil Beat

The Battle Over Preschool Puts Hawaii Governor On The Hot Seat

Gov. David Ige’s remarks suggest he believes the statewide school administration, not the office delegated to bolster early learning programs, should be in charge.

Denby Fawcett: The Enduring Appeal Of Hippies Courtesy of John Wehrheim

Denby Fawcett: The Enduring Appeal Of Hippies

A remake of a documentary evokes nostalgia for a different time when an enclave of free spirits sprang up on Kauai’s north shore.

Follow Civil Beat’s Lead On Planting Trees Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Follow Civil Beat’s Lead On Planting Trees

What Honolulu needs is the right tree, in the right place, getting the right care.

Pod Squad: Trevor Ozawa — ‘I Bring An Independent Voice To This Community’ April Estrellon/Civil Beat

Pod Squad: Trevor Ozawa — ‘I Bring An Independent Voice To This Community’

Social issues, the environment and public safety including homelessness top the District 4 candidate’s concerns.

March 18, 2019

Supreme Court Rejects B&B Owner Who Denied Room To Gay Couple AP

Supreme Court Rejects B&B Owner Who Denied Room To Gay Couple

The federal high court declined to hear the appeal of a Hawaii operator of a B&B who was found to have discriminated.

Judge Orders Release Of More Records In Case Of HPD Officer Who Beat Girlfriend Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Judge Orders Release Of More Records In Case Of HPD Officer Who Beat Girlfriend

But it’s unclear when the public will actually get to see the files. The police union has promised to appeal.

Buyer Beware: Oceanfront Homes Keep Going Up Despite Rising Seas Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Buyer Beware: Oceanfront Homes Keep Going Up Despite Rising Seas

Now, Hawaii lawmakers are considering bills that force sellers to tell prospective owners about vulnerable coastal properties.

John Pritchett: Police Test Scores Doctored? John Pritchett

John Pritchett: Police Test Scores Doctored?

Longtime Honolulu political cartoonist has this view on the recent settlement between the city and a former police officer who said she was fired for reporting altered test scores.

Danny De Gracia: Hawaii Is Way Out There On Gun Control Marina Riker/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: Hawaii Is Way Out There On Gun Control

A state senator’s resolutions targeting the Second Amendment are among several firearms measures in the Legislature.

What We Must Talk About When We Talk About Housing Cory Lum/Civil Beat

What We Must Talk About When We Talk About Housing

Like child labor laws, the minimum wage and workplace safety regulations, housing is a basic right.

Pod Squad: Tommy Waters Says Homelessness Is The Issue In Council Race Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Pod Squad: Tommy Waters Says Homelessness Is The Issue In Council Race

The Honolulu City Council candidate discussed his upcoming rematch with Trevor Ozawa for the District 4 seat.

Kauai: The Pig Man Of The Garden Isle Courtesy of Rebekah Magers

Kauai: The Pig Man Of The Garden Isle

Nic Barca doesn’t just hunt pigs. He’s the resident scholar of all things porcine on the island.

Creating A Better Life For Hawaii’s Developmentally Disabled

Creating A Better Life For Hawaii’s Developmentally Disabled

Gov. Ige has proposed spending $7.7 million to overhaul the state DD program, which includes offering clients more opportunities for jobs and setting goals for themselves.

March 17, 2019

Tom Yamachika: Hedging The Cost And Effective Date Of Bills Is Common

Tom Yamachika: Hedging The Cost And Effective Date Of Bills Is Common

Why Hawaii lawmakers often write incomplete bills and fill in key information later.

March 15, 2019

Lawmakers Looking Closely At Public Safety Director’s Performance Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lawmakers Looking Closely At Public Safety Director’s Performance

Nolan Espinda’s work record will be the subject of a public hearing, and he’s also expected to meet with Senate Democrats next week.

Nonprofits Get 3 Nerve-Wracking Minutes To Make Pitch To Legislators Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Nonprofits Get 3 Nerve-Wracking Minutes To Make Pitch To Legislators

Nearly 300 Hawaii organizations seek grant-in-aid funding from the state. Most will probably fail.

Navy Wants To Continue Bombing This Tiny Island In The Pacific Courtesy of NOAA

Navy Wants To Continue Bombing This Tiny Island In The Pacific

A plan to expand military training in the Marianas, which also includes more sonar and underwater explosive training, has drawn concerns from environmentalists.

Bill To Create An Airport Corporation Advances — With A Very Big Catch Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Bill To Create An Airport Corporation Advances — With A Very Big Catch

Backers of an independent corporation to run Hawaii’s airports say it needs freedom from the state’s time-consuming procurement process. Key lawmakers disagree.

Maui Riot Just The Latest Sign Of Trouble In State’s Overcrowded Jails Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Maui Riot Just The Latest Sign Of Trouble In State’s Overcrowded Jails

Pretrial detainees make up a big part of the inmate population. Meanwhile, most proposed reforms appear dead in Legislature.

Youth Leadership Needed In Time Of Climate Uncertainty Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Youth Leadership Needed In Time Of Climate Uncertainty

School’s out for many this Friday to demand meaningful action on global warming.