June 2021

June 22, 2021

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

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.

June 21, 2021

Hawaii Gov Intends To Veto Dozens Of Bills, Likely Triggering A Special Session Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Hawaii Gov Intends To Veto Dozens Of Bills, Likely Triggering A Special Session

Some controversial measures will become law, including long-term state lease extensions and a new Aloha Stadium proposal.

Oahu Veterans Bid Emotional Farewell To Coast Guard Ship Getting ‘New Life’ In Vietnam Kevin Knodell/Civil Beat/2021

Oahu Veterans Bid Emotional Farewell To Coast Guard Ship Getting ‘New Life’ In Vietnam

The ship’s public decommissioning ceremony was called off due to COVID-19 last year, but it made a port call in Honolulu last week.

We Need To Improve Government Transparency in Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat

We Need To Improve Government Transparency in Hawaii

Openness doesn’t require a lot of resources — and it is invaluable to democracy.

Why Juneteenth Is A Complicated Holiday For Hawaii’s Black Community Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Why Juneteenth Is A Complicated Holiday For Hawaii’s Black Community

Some say recognizing Juneteenth must be followed by efforts to improve racial inequity in Hawaii.

Frustration Grows Among Hawaii Parents Who Aren’t Ready To Send Their Kids Back To Class Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Frustration Grows Among Hawaii Parents Who Aren’t Ready To Send Their Kids Back To Class

The DOE has mandated that all schools be fully open in the fall, but many families want their kids to still attend classes remotely.

Danny De Gracia: Hawaii Is Becoming An Unpleasant Place To Live. Arguing Doesn’t Help Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2015

Danny De Gracia: Hawaii Is Becoming An Unpleasant Place To Live. Arguing Doesn’t Help

We need to cool down and de-escalate community conflicts. That starts by being more tolerant of people with opposing views.

Power Struggle: A Major Source Of Air Pollution On Oahu Is Also Keeping The Lights On Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2019

Power Struggle: A Major Source Of Air Pollution On Oahu Is Also Keeping The Lights On

A new proposal to keep the electric plant operating is drawing strong opposition from clean-energy advocates.

June 20, 2021

A Year Of Good Ideas Has Led To Some Great Discussion. But Now What?

A Year Of Good Ideas Has Led To Some Great Discussion. But Now What?

We don’t want to just publish good ideas that collect dust. This forum is all about sparking substantive change, even in small doses.

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: It’s Time To Face Painful Truths About Racism Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: It’s Time To Face Painful Truths About Racism

Apologies can’t undue the past, but they are an important part of healing and creating change.

The Race Is On To Book A Reservation At Hanauma Bay Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2018

The Race Is On To Book A Reservation At Hanauma Bay

As county parks implement online reservation websites, Hawaii is talking about creating a statewide system.

John Pritchett: Market Price ASUS

John Pritchett: Market Price

Hawaii has always been an expensive place to live, but a bottleneck in international supply chains due to COVID-19 has dramatically increased the costs of groceries.

June 19, 2021

Honolulu Councilman’s Old Blackface Video Is Raising Concerns Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2017

Honolulu Councilman’s Old Blackface Video Is Raising Concerns

A 15-year-old comedy skit featuring Augie Tulba in blackface was recently posted on the politician’s Instagram page.

Longtime Hawaii Journalist, Sportscaster Robert Kekaula Dies Screenshot

Longtime Hawaii Journalist, Sportscaster Robert Kekaula Dies

A legend in Hawaii sports media, Kekaula was most recently a managing editor at KITV.

June 18, 2021

DOJ Issues Target Letter To Former Honolulu Managing Director Amid Ongoing Corruption Probe Cory Lum/Civil Beat

DOJ Issues Target Letter To Former Honolulu Managing Director Amid Ongoing Corruption Probe

Roy Amemiya, who served as city managing director under former Mayor Kirk Caldwell, was already on notice when he received a subject letter last year.

Big Island Police Kill Knife-Wielding Man Jason Armstrong/Civil Beat/2019

Big Island Police Kill Knife-Wielding Man

UPDATED: This is the second fatal shooting involving the Hawaii Police Department in the same week.