February 2019

February 21, 2019

Neal Milner: Living In Hawaii Drives Me Nuts But You Can’t Beat The Neighbors Randy Kashka/Flickr.com

Neal Milner: Living In Hawaii Drives Me Nuts But You Can’t Beat The Neighbors

The internal dialogue kicked in big-time when we started searching for a new comfort zone, which we may find in Portland.

Banning Bikes At The Capitol Would Make Cycling On Oahu Even Harder Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Banning Bikes At The Capitol Would Make Cycling On Oahu Even Harder

With the right design, walkers and cyclists can coexist on the Capitol grounds. Legislators, however, are pushing for an outright ban.

Special Council Election Requires Hundreds Of New Campaign Finance Reports Courtesy of the candidates

Special Council Election Requires Hundreds Of New Campaign Finance Reports

In the revote for the East Honolulu City Council seat, Trevor Ozawa had a financial advantage over Tommy Waters in the latest reports.

E-Cigs Can Help Wean Smokers Off Tobacco Cory Lum/Civil Beat

E-Cigs Can Help Wean Smokers Off Tobacco

Electronic smoking devices are a step in the right direction, not a cure-all, for addiction.

Chad Blair: Public Records Chief Is Still Trying To Make It Harder To Get Public Records Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Chad Blair: Public Records Chief Is Still Trying To Make It Harder To Get Public Records

Cheryl Kakazu Park, director of the Office of Information Practices, is working hard to get around a Supreme Court ruling on the Uniform Information Practices Act.

Denby Fawcett: A Death Trap At The Entrance To Diamond Head Denby Fawcett/Civil Beat

Denby Fawcett: A Death Trap At The Entrance To Diamond Head

Visitors love Honolulu’s iconic state monument  — perhaps too much. Now there are plans to move pedestrian traffic to a different tunnel and possibly restrict vehicle access.

February 20, 2019

US Supreme Court Ruling Boosts Hawaii Effort To Limit Property Forfeiture Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

US Supreme Court Ruling Boosts Hawaii Effort To Limit Property Forfeiture

Hawaii’s policy for seizing property has long been criticized because it can affect people who are only suspected in crimes, sometimes not even charged.

Schatz Health Care Idea On Presidential Stage Nick Grube/Civil Beat

Schatz Health Care Idea On Presidential Stage

Amy Klobuchar, the U.S. senator from Minnesota, said she doesn’t see Medicare-for-all happening anytime soon. But she likes a Hawaii senator’s alternative.

Family Is The Safety Net For Many Young Adults On Pricey Oahu Anita Hofschneider/Civil Beat

Family Is The Safety Net For Many Young Adults On Pricey Oahu

Kristina Ballina wants to move out of her parents’ Honolulu home but at age 28, she doesn’t think she can afford to.

10 Charts That Show The Struggle Of Being A Millennial In Hawaii Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

10 Charts That Show The Struggle Of Being A Millennial In Hawaii

Adults aged 25 to 34 are facing higher college tuition, higher rents and bigger housing prices than previous generations.

Police Union Goes To Court To Overturn Labor Board Ruling On Officer Transfers Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Police Union Goes To Court To Overturn Labor Board Ruling On Officer Transfers

The State of Hawaii Organization of Police Officers challenged the right of Police Chief Susan Ballard to reassign officers.

New Military Base Increases Calls For Okinawa’s Independence Flickr: Times Asi

New Military Base Increases Calls For Okinawa’s Independence

The longer the construction at Henoko continues, the more resentment there will be towards the U.S.

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Do We Really Know Who We Are Anymore? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Do We Really Know Who We Are Anymore?

The promise of what Hawaii could be seems simultaneously more powerful and empty than ever today.

February 19, 2019

Landslide Closes Pali Highway And Seriously Injures Woman AP

Landslide Closes Pali Highway And Seriously Injures Woman

The road was completely closed Tuesday and portions will remain shut down all week while the area is surveyed.

Judge: HPD Must Release Arbitration Report On Officer Who Beat Girlfriend Civil Beat

Judge: HPD Must Release Arbitration Report On Officer Who Beat Girlfriend

There is a “significant public interest” in how the Honolulu Police Department handles misconduct investigations of its officers, the judge says.

Man Dies After ‘Extreme Struggle’ With Deputy Sheriff Outside Hawaii Capitol AP

Man Dies After ‘Extreme Struggle’ With Deputy Sheriff Outside Hawaii Capitol

The man was shot in the torso after he attacked the officer, said state Public Safety Director Nolan Espinda.

So Why Would Anyone Fake Stealing A Mailbox? The Feds Make Their Case Cory Lum/Civil Beat

So Why Would Anyone Fake Stealing A Mailbox? The Feds Make Their Case

The U.S. Justice Department wants to present evidence of the Kealohas’ alleged financial crimes to help establish motive for the broader conspiracy case.

Kirk Caldwell’s Side Job At The Bank Would Be Outlawed Under This Bill Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Kirk Caldwell’s Side Job At The Bank Would Be Outlawed Under This Bill

UPDATED: House Speaker Scott Saiki’s anti-moonlighting bill would apply to the governor as well as Hawaii’s mayors.

Pod Squad: Kai Kahele Is Already Running For Congress. Here’s Why April Estrellon/Civil Beat

Pod Squad: Kai Kahele Is Already Running For Congress. Here’s Why

The Hawaii state senator from the Big Island is highly critical of opponent Tulsi Gabbard’s meeting with Syrian president Assad.

Kauai: Picking Up The Pieces After Big Disasters Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Kauai: Picking Up The Pieces After Big Disasters

After last year’s big flood and hurricane damage, two local communities are finding their footing with disaster plans tailored for their areas.

Failure To Enact A Living Wage Will Hurt Businesses Flickr: Navin75

Failure To Enact A Living Wage Will Hurt Businesses

Two Hawaii lawmakers who are also employers say paying a decent minimum wage motivates people to perform well.

Danny De Gracia: Not So Fast On Massive New Green Movement PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: Not So Fast On Massive New Green Movement

We need to address Hawaii’s own economic crisis before we embrace the much-touted Green New Deal.

February 18, 2019

Hawaii And Other States Sue Trump Over Border Wall Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Hawaii And Other States Sue Trump Over Border Wall

California is taking the lead in a case that alleges constitutional violations.

February 17, 2019

Tom Yamachika: Squirreling Away Money At The DOT

Tom Yamachika: Squirreling Away Money At The DOT

The state agency wants to raise fees and taxes even as if fails to spend what it already has.

February 15, 2019

Rail Project Faces Grand Jury Probe Just As It Pushes For Federal Funds Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Rail Project Faces Grand Jury Probe Just As It Pushes For Federal Funds

News of a criminal investigation arrives as Honolulu looks to seal the deal on the release of $744 million from the Federal Transit Administration.