November 2019

November 19, 2019

Bill Banning Plastics Has Too Many Problems To Fix

Bill Banning Plastics Has Too Many Problems To Fix

The City Council should vote “no” on Bill 40 and work on a solution that involves all stakeholders.

Restoring Kaiwainui Marsh After Years Of Neglect Is Not As Easy As It Could Be Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Restoring Kaiwainui Marsh After Years Of Neglect Is Not As Easy As It Could Be

Lots of different groups want to restore and protect the iconic Oahu wetland. They just can’t agree on how best to do it.

Energy Giant AES Has A Big — And Growing — Footprint In Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Energy Giant AES Has A Big — And Growing — Footprint In Hawaii

The Kahuku wind farm developer opposed a proposed ban on coal in Hawaii.

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Gems Of Local Culture Make Hawaii Unique Anthony Quintano / Civil Beat

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Gems Of Local Culture Make Hawaii Unique

We need to make it a point to support small businesses that are in danger of dying.

Hawaii Supreme Court: Gov Can Appoint Whoever He Wants During Interim Civil Beat

Hawaii Supreme Court: Gov Can Appoint Whoever He Wants During Interim

Monday’s opinion resolves a dispute that arose in the wake of the failed NextEra-Hawaiian Electric Industries merger.

November 18, 2019

Top Honolulu Rail Official Leaves HART As Project Reaching Critical Stage Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Top Honolulu Rail Official Leaves HART As Project Reaching Critical Stage

Paula Youngling is the second high-level procurement officer to leave HART in recent months.

 

Audit: Monster Houses Still Running Amok Despite City Law Christine Otto Zaa

Audit: Monster Houses Still Running Amok Despite City Law

The city blamed turnover, reduced time for training and other factors for its failure to enforce the 2019 law.

Kauai’s Carvalho Backs Kahele For Congress Courtesy

Kauai’s Carvalho Backs Kahele For Congress

The Democratic state senator continues to rack up the endorsements.

Million-Dollar Oahu Homes Shrink In Size

Million-Dollar Oahu Homes Shrink In Size

The square footage is smaller than it was just five years ago.

More Arrests As Oahu Wind Farm Protest Enters Second Month Blaze Lovell/CivilBeat

More Arrests As Oahu Wind Farm Protest Enters Second Month

Updated: Honolulu police have made more than 160 arrests while assisting with the delivery of wind turbine parts for Na Pua Makani.

Hawaii Has A Meth Problem That Needs Attention — Now Getty Images/iStockphoto

Hawaii Has A Meth Problem That Needs Attention — Now

Opioid abuse is serious, but we can’t let it distract us from the need for new initiatives to combat by far the most tenacious drug problem in the islands.

Kauai: Helping Small Food Companies Cope With High Costs Allan Parachini/Civil Beat

Kauai: Helping Small Food Companies Cope With High Costs

A new business development program on Kauai aims to provide small operators with tools and resources to grow.

Honolulu Traffic Is Terrible. So Why Aren’t More People Riding TheBus? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Traffic Is Terrible. So Why Aren’t More People Riding TheBus?

With ridership sliding, city officials are trying to get more butts in transit seats.

Danny De Gracia: Trump Needs To Address Local Issues In 2020 Campaign Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: Trump Needs To Address Local Issues In 2020 Campaign

Local reelection campaign should get the president to visit Hawaii and speak to what he can do about the crisis in the islands.

How Will Climate Change Affect Surfing In Hawaii? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

How Will Climate Change Affect Surfing In Hawaii?

Some iconic surf breaks could be completely eliminated while others will see bigger waves than ever before.

The 2020 Census Is Important For Native Hawaiians Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The 2020 Census Is Important For Native Hawaiians

New data could lead to extending funding for health programs to the continent.

Ewa Beach Residents Want Marines To Take Another Look At Retaining Wall Christina Jedra/Civil Beat

Ewa Beach Residents Want Marines To Take Another Look At Retaining Wall

Military says it’s fine but Hawaii’s top coastal management official calls the project part of a “death knell” for the islands’ beaches.

November 17, 2019

Tom Yamachika: Why Hawaii Needs An Effective Invasive Species Inspection Fee U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Southeast Region

Tom Yamachika: Why Hawaii Needs An Effective Invasive Species Inspection Fee

Hawaii must catch and eliminate the harmful creatures regardless of the means by which they hitchhike to our state.

November 15, 2019

Study: Hawaii Has A Number Of Options For A Paid Family Leave Program Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Study: Hawaii Has A Number Of Options For A Paid Family Leave Program

Hawaii could be an early adopter of a program that has found some success in other states.