January 2020

January 17, 2020

Reforming Inefficiencies Begins With Government Employees Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Reforming Inefficiencies Begins With Government Employees

Unfortunately, not everyone chooses to embrace innovation unless required by management.

Sterling Higa: Is This Any Way To Run An Airport? Sterling Higa/Civil Beat

Sterling Higa: Is This Any Way To Run An Airport?

State officials should give some serious thought to making the international terminal a more inviting experience for those traveling abroad.

DOE Faces More Tough Questions Over How It Will Pay For Teacher Raises

DOE Faces More Tough Questions Over How It Will Pay For Teacher Raises

Education officials began providing $10 million in incentives for special ed and rural teachers without a guarantee the Hawaii Legislature will fund the pay increases in the future.

January 16, 2020

Lawyer: Mid-Pac Institute ‘Showed Stupefying Incompetence’ In Death Of Boy Bickerton Law Group

Lawyer: Mid-Pac Institute ‘Showed Stupefying Incompetence’ In Death Of Boy

The school’s day camp supervisors did a number of things wrong the day a 5-year-old boy and a camp supervisor drowned during a beach outing, a new lawsuit says.

New Prison Oversight Commission Has A Full Plate Yoohyun Jung/Civil Beat

New Prison Oversight Commission Has A Full Plate

Off to a slow start, the new commissioners say they want to take a wide-ranging look at the entire criminal justice system.

Honolulu Sues To Recoup Kealoha Retirement Money Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Sues To Recoup Kealoha Retirement Money

Even if Honolulu’s lawsuit succeeds, it could take a long time for the city to get the money back.

127 Homeless People Died On Oahu Last Year, Up From 2018 Cory Lum/Civil Beat

127 Homeless People Died On Oahu Last Year, Up From 2018

The figure is also a 46% increase from just two years ago.

Neal Milner: Why Oscar Mayer Won’t Let Me Drive Its Wienermobile Getty Images

Neal Milner: Why Oscar Mayer Won’t Let Me Drive Its Wienermobile

Even at my age, that is what I’d truly like to do. But the company, in an act of blatant discrimination, says I’m too old.

Lawsuit: Slug Found In Sandwich Exposed Family To Rat Lungworm Disease Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Lawsuit: Slug Found In Sandwich Exposed Family To Rat Lungworm Disease

The young Big Island family is the third party since February 2019 to sue a restaurant over uncleaned produce that has caused the potentially fatal disease.

Kai Kahele: ‘We Have A Moral Obligation To Humanity’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Kai Kahele: ‘We Have A Moral Obligation To Humanity’

The state senator who’s now running for Congress is no stranger to war. But he wants to restrict the president’s ability to take military action without the approval of Congress.

Hawaii County Leading The Way On Climate Change Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Hawaii County Leading The Way On Climate Change

Local governments around the world are stepping up and showing that they can achieve serious collective actions.

January 15, 2020

Can Hawaii’s Elected Leaders Save The State From ‘Drowning?’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Can Hawaii’s Elected Leaders Save The State From ‘Drowning?’

Legislators kicked off the 2020 session united with the governor to tackle the cost of living. The question is whether their bold ideas will become reality.

Mayors Want State Action On Traffic, E-Scooters, Rideshare  Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Mayors Want State Action On Traffic, E-Scooters, Rideshare 

Hawaii’s four mayors have transportation initiatives on the brain in 2020, their latest requests to state lawmakers show.

3 Detained With Live Mortar Round At Pearl Harbor Gate Cory Lum/Civil Beat

3 Detained With Live Mortar Round At Pearl Harbor Gate

After a guard noticed the smell of marijuana, he then looked inside the vehicle and saw the ordnance.

TSA: More Guns Being Brought To Airport Checkpoints TSA

TSA: More Guns Being Brought To Airport Checkpoints

Last year set a record with 4,432 firearms discovered in carry-on bags or on passengers.

NTSB Report: Visibility Low When Kauai Tourist Helicopter Crashed NTSB photo by Brice Banning

NTSB Report: Visibility Low When Kauai Tourist Helicopter Crashed

The preliminary report also said that the helicopter’s pilot was on his eighth and final scheduled 50-minute tour flight of the day.

Investor: Changes At Hawaiian Electric ‘Can Happen Fast’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Investor: Changes At Hawaiian Electric ‘Can Happen Fast’

A activist shareholder says Hawaiian Electric could be a case study for environmental sustainability.

Denby Fawcett: How I Almost Fell For An Internet Scam Denby Fawcett/Civil Beat

Denby Fawcett: How I Almost Fell For An Internet Scam

Cybercriminals are sneakier now than just a Nigerian prince pleading for help.

 

Three Hawaii Correctional Facilities Ban Contact Visits Despite Potential Benefits Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Three Hawaii Correctional Facilities Ban Contact Visits Despite Potential Benefits

Studies suggest non-contact visits can be harmful for families, especially children.

Helping Protect Wildlife At The Honolulu Zoo Helps Everyone Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Helping Protect Wildlife At The Honolulu Zoo Helps Everyone

In saving our native animals, we are also able to save ourselves from mistakes our own species have made.