March 2019

March 22, 2019

After City Offered Help, Kealoha Says He Wants To Stick With His Federal Lawyer Cory Lum/Civil Beat

After City Offered Help, Kealoha Says He Wants To Stick With His Federal Lawyer

Details must still be worked out regarding whether Honolulu or the federal government will cover the former police chief’s legal costs.

State Withholds Names Of Inmates Transferred After Maui Riot Department of Public Safety

State Withholds Names Of Inmates Transferred After Maui Riot

A total of 37 prisoners were flown to Oahu after their suspected involvement in the disturbance, but five have been returned to Maui.

Budget Time At The Legislature, In Poetry Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Budget Time At The Legislature, In Poetry

“Let’s look at these fine audits,” said the Chairman. “Let’s put you to the test.”

Political Mailers: Shamelessly Exploiting The News Media

Political Mailers: Shamelessly Exploiting The News Media

News organizations have no say over how their material is used. In fact, we often don’t even know it is being used.

Ige Turns To Private Prison Firm For New Oahu Jail Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ige Turns To Private Prison Firm For New Oahu Jail

Hawaii officials are struggling to find the hundreds of millions of dollars in state money needed for a new correctional facility.

March 21, 2019

Kauai Tops State For Percentage Of Unvaccinated School Kids Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Kauai Tops State For Percentage Of Unvaccinated School Kids

UPDATED: For the first time, the state Department of Health has released statistics on vaccination rates for individual public and private schools.

Honolulu Police Chief Gets High Marks From Commission And Community Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Honolulu Police Chief Gets High Marks From Commission And Community

A new cybercrime unit, better training to deal with the homeless and speeding up the hiring process are among numerous accomplishments in the first year.

Legislative Committees Reject Plastics Ban Proposals AP

Legislative Committees Reject Plastics Ban Proposals

Hawaii would have been the first to impose the prohibitions at a statewide level.

Chad Blair: Are Hawaii Legislators Paid Too Much? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Chad Blair: Are Hawaii Legislators Paid Too Much?

It depends on who you compare them to. Compensation for lawmakers varies widely from state to state.

Sterling Higa: When Everyone Has College Degrees, They’ll Be Worthless Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Sterling Higa: When Everyone Has College Degrees, They’ll Be Worthless

We cannot blindly assume that sending a higher percentage of students to college will benefit them or society.

Protect The Rights Of Children In Our Justice System

Protect The Rights Of Children In Our Justice System

Too little attention has been paid to the most vulnerable casualties of mass incarceration in America.

The Buddhist Monk Who Introduced Mindfulness To The West Prepares To Die Wikimedia Commons

The Buddhist Monk Who Introduced Mindfulness To The West Prepares To Die

Thich Nhat Hanh suffered a stroke in 2014 and more recently retired to his home in Vietnam.

Hawaii Pushes Bank Of America To Resolve Multimillion-Dollar Dispute Mike Mozart/Flickr.com

Hawaii Pushes Bank Of America To Resolve Multimillion-Dollar Dispute

The company left the islands in 1997, but it had already been ordered to make $180 million in loans, partially because of discrimination against Native Hawaiians and Filipinos.

March 20, 2019

HPD Chief Ballard Says Allegations Of Doctored Test Scores Are Unfounded Cory Lum/Civil Beat

HPD Chief Ballard Says Allegations Of Doctored Test Scores Are Unfounded

The chief told the Honolulu Police Commission Wednesday the city settled the case for $550,000 for financial reasons.

All The Retirement Plans In The World Won’t Help If We Don’t Save Flickr: GotCredit

All The Retirement Plans In The World Won’t Help If We Don’t Save

The obvious truth is that Americans are not very good at handling their finances.

Outdated Technology Hampers Investigations Into Hawaii Professionals Anita Hofschneider/Civil Beat

Outdated Technology Hampers Investigations Into Hawaii Professionals

The state agency charged with overseeing thousands of licensees is finally switching to an updated complaints management system.

Hawaii Supreme Court: Giant Law Firm OK To Set Up Shop Here PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Hawaii Supreme Court: Giant Law Firm OK To Set Up Shop Here

In a ruling based on the court’s own rules, the justices said multistate law firms can operate in Hawaii.

This Longtime Acupuncturist Who Pushed For Oversight Is Now Under Investigation John Hill/Civil Beat

This Longtime Acupuncturist Who Pushed For Oversight Is Now Under Investigation

Mike Hashimoto was accused of sexual misconduct by a patient three years ago. The still unresolved case highlights problems within the state agency that regulates licensed professionals.

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: It’s Time For UH To Walk Away From TMT Huffington Post Hawaii

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: It’s Time For UH To Walk Away From TMT

Astronomers believe there are great discoveries to be made “out there,” whereas Hawaiians believe there are equally great discoveries to be made right here.

The Last Family Health Clinic In East Hawaii Flickr: Frank

The Last Family Health Clinic In East Hawaii

We must find a way to fairly and immediately compensate our few remaining primary care physicians in rural areas.

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.