May 2019

May 22, 2019

Hirono Co-Sponsors Bill To Help Adoptees Get Citizenship Nick Grube/Civil Beat

Hirono Co-Sponsors Bill To Help Adoptees Get Citizenship

Thousands were left out of a bill in 2000 that extended U.S. citizenship to children adopted internationally by American parents.

UH Lab Gets $77M Contract For Defense Research Blaze Lovell/CivilBeat

UH Lab Gets $77M Contract For Defense Research

Core subjet areas for the Applied Research Laboratory at the University of Hawaii Manoa include ocean science, astronomy, sensor development and renewable energy .

NOAA Forecasts As Many As Eight Central Pacific Cyclones In 2019 NOAA

NOAA Forecasts As Many As Eight Central Pacific Cyclones In 2019

UPDATED: Last year six storms entered the region that includes Hawaii. All of them were hurricanes at one point.

Kealoha Trial Kicks Off With Opening Statements Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Kealoha Trial Kicks Off With Opening Statements

Prosecutor describes “long story of abuse of position,” while a defense attorney says the “conspiracy theory” requires “leaps of faith.”

Gabbard Continues To Poll Poorly In Presidential Field Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Gabbard Continues To Poll Poorly In Presidential Field

The Hawaii congresswoman has been stuck at just 1% among the Democratic contenders.

Why Are There So Many Candidates For President? Jared Rodriguez/Truthout.org

Why Are There So Many Candidates For President?

Thanks to the diminishing influence of the national political parties, this is likely to be the new norm for whichever party is out of office.

Chad Blair: Why Bikini Islanders Bought Land On The Big Island

Chad Blair: Why Bikini Islanders Bought Land On The Big Island

The Micronesians have been nomads since the U.S. tested nuclear weapons there in the 1940s and 1950s.

Who — Or What — Is To Blame For The Death Of Sheldon Haleck? Submitted

Who — Or What — Is To Blame For The Death Of Sheldon Haleck?

Haleck was killed in 2015 after a scuffle with Honolulu police officers. A lawsuit filed against three officers is now going to trial.

Preservation Land Should Not Be Rezoned For Profit Kau'i Pratt-Aquino

Preservation Land Should Not Be Rezoned For Profit

A proposed development in Kaneohe has some longtime residents upset.

There’s Still No Word On How Much Honolulu Rail Will Cost —To Ride Cory Lum/Civil Beat

There’s Still No Word On How Much Honolulu Rail Will Cost —To Ride

Interim service looms next year, but city officials don’t know what the fares will be, and no formal proposals have been made.

It’s Too Soon For A Pedestrian Safety Commission, Council Panel Decides Cory Lum/Civil Beat

It’s Too Soon For A Pedestrian Safety Commission, Council Panel Decides

Honolulu’s transportation chief says the city should first consider a newly released plan to protect pedestrians. Twenty-seven of them died on Oahu last year.

May 21, 2019

Judge: State Can Refile Charges In Fatal Front Porch Shooting Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Judge: State Can Refile Charges In Fatal Front Porch Shooting

Prosecutors haven’t decided if they will recharge a man who shot through his front door as another man pounded on it, mistaking it for his own home two doors down.

Hawaii AG Joins Group Suing Trump Over Health Care Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii AG Joins Group Suing Trump Over Health Care

Twenty-three cities and states want to block the administration’s rule alleged to allow discrimination.

A Dome Holding Nuclear Waste Is Leaking In The Pacific Tamara Greenstone Alefaio

A Dome Holding Nuclear Waste Is Leaking In The Pacific

Runit Dome in the Marshall Islands contains radioactive material leftover from U.S. nuclear testing in Micronesia.

Coalition Pressures Ige To Veto Airbnb Bill

Coalition Pressures Ige To Veto Airbnb Bill

A new television ad warns of legitimizing illegal vacation rentals.

DLNR Releases 6 Palila Into Restored Forest DLNR

DLNR Releases 6 Palila Into Restored Forest

The state is trying to boost the population of the at-risk finches.

Congress Is Considering Privacy Legislation – Be Afraid Flickr.com

Congress Is Considering Privacy Legislation – Be Afraid

States such as California — and Hawaii — should be allowed to pursue their own measure to protect consumer data.

The Injustice of Disability-Based Subminimum Wages Flickr: Dan Kamminga

The Injustice of Disability-Based Subminimum Wages

People with disabilities have organized in a quest for liberation from second-class citizen status.

Bills On Ige’s Desk Could Be ‘Game-Changer’ For Criminal Justice Reform Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Bills On Ige’s Desk Could Be ‘Game-Changer’ For Criminal Justice Reform

Laws that cleared the Legislature would open up jails and courts to more scrutiny and improve the bail system.

Denby Fawcett: Mailbox Crime Didn’t Begin With The Kealoha Case Flickr.com

Denby Fawcett: Mailbox Crime Didn’t Begin With The Kealoha Case

Even those big blue Postal Service containers have been stolen occasionally. But most mail thieves grab the contents and run — they don’t take the boxes.