February 2020

February 19, 2020

Fault Lines Reader Feedback On How Hawaii’s Ex-Govs Feel About The State Of The State Now

Fault Lines Reader Feedback On How Hawaii’s Ex-Govs Feel About The State Of The State Now

Civil Beat readers discuss what top political leaders have to say about Hawaii’s growing fault lines.

Charter Commission Director Steps Down For New DOE Role Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Charter Commission Director Steps Down For New DOE Role

Sione Thompson was nominated to be the next complex area superintendent for Nanakuli-Waianae.

Bill Would Make Sexual Assault Of Animals A Crime Sophie Cocke/Civil Beat

Bill Would Make Sexual Assault Of Animals A Crime

Hawaii is one of only a few of states that does not explicitly prohibit bestiality.

Lawmakers Want More Transparency About Prosecutors’ Charging Decisions Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lawmakers Want More Transparency About Prosecutors’ Charging Decisions

Hawaii’s four county prosecutors worry a proposed bill requires them to provide extra data about defendants without providing their offices any extra funding.

Tulsi Gabbard Continues To Spend Heavily On Long-Shot Presidential Bid Nick Grube/Civil Beat

Tulsi Gabbard Continues To Spend Heavily On Long-Shot Presidential Bid

After finishing near the bottom in New Hampshire, the Hawaii Democrat continues to make a push in other early primary states.

Danny De Gracia: Forget The Blue-Ribbon Commission. Just Fix The Problems Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: Forget The Blue-Ribbon Commission. Just Fix The Problems

Hearing Native Hawaiians oppose major projects over ancient graves, cultural artifacts and environmental concerns is not only predictable, it is inevitable under poor economic conditions.

What Happens To All That Leftover Presidential Campaign Cash? Screen shot

What Happens To All That Leftover Presidential Campaign Cash?

It’s against the law to use it for personal expenses. But there are plenty of other options.

Want To Build Affordable Housing More Quickly? This Bill Would Sidestep Public Input Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Want To Build Affordable Housing More Quickly? This Bill Would Sidestep Public Input

Hawaii’s leaders are offering developers a chance to skip a major vetting procedure, which could undermine efforts to protect public lands.

Why Are Hawaii’s Lawmakers So Scared Of Hemp? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Why Are Hawaii’s Lawmakers So Scared Of Hemp?

As other states establish flourishing industrial hemp programs, we continue to lag far behind.

February 18, 2020

Will Espero Looks To Return To Public Service Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Will Espero Looks To Return To Public Service

The former state senator is running for the Honolulu City Council.

Should Hawaii Build An Underwater Tunnel Between Ewa And Downtown? Google

Should Hawaii Build An Underwater Tunnel Between Ewa And Downtown?

State lawmakers may ask the DOT to study the idea as a way to alleviate traffic, even as a rail line is still being built.

Six Feet Above: Where To Draw The Line On Sea Level Rise Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Six Feet Above: Where To Draw The Line On Sea Level Rise

Lawmakers are considering how far to set back new developments as well as specific strategies to deal with climate change.

Denby Fawcett: How Marketeers Turned The Diamond Head Shoreline Into The Gold Coast Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Denby Fawcett: How Marketeers Turned The Diamond Head Shoreline Into The Gold Coast

Before the luxury apartments and the seawalls, the once-expansive shoreline was known to Hawaiians as Kapua, meaning “the flower.”

Why Is The Hawaii Legislature Still Protecting Bad Cops? Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Why Is The Hawaii Legislature Still Protecting Bad Cops?

Enough already. A bill to allow public disclosure of the names of misbehaving police officers should be passed this session.

Four Ex-Hawaii Governors Say They Fear For Our Future Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Four Ex-Hawaii Governors Say They Fear For Our Future

Civil Beat interviewed four of Hawaii’s most prominent leaders. They had a lot to say about our growing social and economic problems and the lack of leadership to help resolve them.

We Need Better Renewable Energy Siting Guidelines Cory Lum/Civil Beat

We Need Better Renewable Energy Siting Guidelines

Poorly planned green energy projects can tear Hawaii communities apart.

February 17, 2020

Fault Lines Reader Feedback: Why Can’t We All Get Along? Allan Parachini/Civil Beat

Fault Lines Reader Feedback: Why Can’t We All Get Along?

Comments from Civil Beat readers about the growing angst in Hawaii today:

February 16, 2020

Tom Yamachika: The ‘Flipping Surcharge’ And Other Housing Solutions Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Tom Yamachika: The ‘Flipping Surcharge’ And Other Housing Solutions

When the Hawaii Legislature is in session it’s always best to brace oneself for more tax proposals.

February 14, 2020

Hawaii Police Shootings Review Board Finally Releases Its First Decision

Hawaii Police Shootings Review Board Finally Releases Its First Decision

The case involved the shooting death of Justin Waiki, who was being pursued in connection with the murder of a Big Island police officer.

Hawaii Lawmakers Again Considering Taxing Income On REITs Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Hawaii Lawmakers Again Considering Taxing Income On REITs

Similar legislation was vetoed by Gov. David Ige in 2019, who warned that it would hurt investment in the islands.