November 2018

November 16, 2018

Looking To Singapore For Answers To Honolulu’s Housing Crisis Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Looking To Singapore For Answers To Honolulu’s Housing Crisis

A state senator, inspired by the island nation’s program, wants to build massive amounts of public housing that residents could purchase.

Hawaii Scientists Are Learning A Lot About Autism From Blind Cave Fish Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat

Hawaii Scientists Are Learning A Lot About Autism From Blind Cave Fish

Scientists are using the unusual fish to study how a low-carb diet helps perk up behavior in fish as well as humans.

A Poem For These Perilous Times Courtesy

A Poem For These Perilous Times

UH Manoa students update a classic work for the modern age.

November 15, 2018

HART Approves Rail’s Recovery Plan – Again Cory Lum/Civil Beat

HART Approves Rail’s Recovery Plan – Again

The move is intended to free up more than $700 million withheld by the project’s federal partners.

UH Regents Approve New Leadership Organization PF Bentley/Civil Beat

UH Regents Approve New Leadership Organization

The recombining of the University of Hawaii system president with the Manoa chancellor is among other bureaucratic shifts coming to UH.

$1 Million Grant Keeps ‘Super Coral’ Research Alive Alana Eagle/Civil Beat

$1 Million Grant Keeps ‘Super Coral’ Research Alive

Scientists will continue the work of the late Ruth Gates to develop corals that are more resistant to the effects of climate change and create reefs that provide natural coastal protection.

Honolulu Rolls Out Ankle Bracelet To Monitor Drunken Drivers Terri Langford/Civil Beat

Honolulu Rolls Out Ankle Bracelet To Monitor Drunken Drivers

Repeat drunken drivers in Honolulu can soon be made to wear a SCRAM CAM anklet that detects alcohol consumption through a wearer’s sweat and notifies the courts.

Audit: Licensing Process For Adult Care Homes Is Seriously Flawed Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Audit: Licensing Process For Adult Care Homes Is Seriously Flawed

The state agency overseeing adult care homes says it is improving its practices and there is no risk to the health or safety of the patients.

Back In Washington Ed Case Gets Ready For ‘A Wild Ride’ Nick Grube/Civil Beat

Back In Washington Ed Case Gets Ready For ‘A Wild Ride’

The congressman will join one of the most diverse freshman classes in U.S. House history, one that must decide if Nancy Pelosi will still lead them.

Democracy Needs To Grow Up Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Democracy Needs To Grow Up

Democracy in Hawaii has become self-serving, self-promoting, patronage fostering, elitist driven, poverty blaming and anti-native.

Neal Milner: I’m Old Not ‘Cute’ iStock.com

Neal Milner: I’m Old Not ‘Cute’

Words have meaning especially as you age.

We’re Exploring Hawaii’s ‘Unofficial Tax’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

We’re Exploring Hawaii’s ‘Unofficial Tax’

Civil Beat is deepening its coverage of Hawaii’s cost-of-living crisis — and inviting readers to join a civic conversation about what it takes to get by in the islands.

Living On $70,000 In Kaneohe

Living On $70,000 In Kaneohe

In HI-Priced, a new email newsletter that’s part of our ongoing “Living Hawaii” series, we’re asking local people how they make ends meet in the Aloha State.

10 Family Members, 4 Bedrooms And ‘A Dream To Have Your Own Place’ Anita Hofschneider/Civil Beat

10 Family Members, 4 Bedrooms And ‘A Dream To Have Your Own Place’

Living with multiple generations is a way of life in Hawaii that Jowenna Ellazar embraces. But like many others, she has few options in a city where the median home price hovers around $800,000.

Hawaii’s Teacher Shortage Is Getting Worse Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii’s Teacher Shortage Is Getting Worse

The latest employment data from the Hawaii DOE shows a year-over-year struggle to hold on to teachers as the number of positions continues to grow.

November 14, 2018

Honolulu City Council Moves Forward With Higher Bus Fares Noelle Fujii/Civil Beat

Honolulu City Council Moves Forward With Higher Bus Fares

The rates could go up as soon as next year if the measure continues to gain approval.

Denby Fawcett: What Happened To This Honolulu Architect Is Still A Mystery Courtesy: Paula Bauer

Denby Fawcett: What Happened To This Honolulu Architect Is Still A Mystery

But a new generation of designers is revitalizing interest in Edwin Bauer’s iconic Mid-Century Modern buildings.

Bus Fares Will Likely Increase For The Second Year In A Row flickr.com

Bus Fares Will Likely Increase For The Second Year In A Row

Seniors and other adults would see the largest fare jumps, but Handi-Van fares would rise only slightly.

Hawaii Legislature: Leadership Will Stay The Same Despite New Faces Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Legislature: Leadership Will Stay The Same Despite New Faces

The House and Senate plan to install new judiciary chairs but keep the current heads of each chamber and their respective money committees.

Analysis: Lane Could Have Destroyed Thousands of Aging Honolulu Homes Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Analysis: Lane Could Have Destroyed Thousands of Aging Honolulu Homes

A new estimate finds nearly 4,000 families would have been displaced, mostly those living in wooden-frame houses built before the stronger 1995 building regulations.

HART’s P3 Plan Another Bad Sign For Rail Cory Lum/Civil Beat

HART’s P3 Plan Another Bad Sign For Rail

Hoping to save money by forming a public-private partnership is foolhardy.

November 13, 2018

Bike-Share Program In Honolulu Will Expand As Ridership Soars Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Bike-Share Program In Honolulu Will Expand As Ridership Soars

Biki plans on adding more than 300 bikes and expanding services to Iwilei, Makiki and Waikiki

Getting A Driver’s License Or ID Can Be Easy. Really! City and County of Honolulu Department of Customer Services

Getting A Driver’s License Or ID Can Be Easy. Really!

Contrary to common perception, the city says Oahu residents will find the process quick and convenient.

Can Setting Out Tables, Painting Street Murals Transform Honolulu’s Neighborhoods? Natanya Friedheim/ Civil Beat

Can Setting Out Tables, Painting Street Murals Transform Honolulu’s Neighborhoods?

A new Honolulu program encourages residents to create do-it-yourself “pop-up” urban design projects to make their communities safer and more walkable.

Danny De Gracia: Remembering Hawaii’s Long Line Of Heroes Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: Remembering Hawaii’s Long Line Of Heroes

On the heels of last week’s election, Veterans Day was an ideal time for elected officials to re-dedicate themselves to duty, honor, country, and service before self.