May 2022

May 20, 2022

The Effort To Save A Historic Maui Church — And A ‘Sense Of Place’ Marina Riker/Civil Beat/2022

The Effort To Save A Historic Maui Church — And A ‘Sense Of Place’

Ka‘ahumanu Church has been standing in Wailuku since 1876. The price tag to fix it up: $2 million.

Catherine Toth Fox: How Did My 5-Year-Old Learn His Way Around An iPad Already? Catherine Toth Fox/Civil Beat/2022

Catherine Toth Fox: How Did My 5-Year-Old Learn His Way Around An iPad Already?

Many parents swore they would limit their children’s screen time. Then came the pandemic.

Is Honolulu Really Planning For Affordable, Livable Housing? Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Is Honolulu Really Planning For Affordable, Livable Housing?

Suburbanization and very tall buildings are not the result of good public interest planning but only of real-estate speculation.

May 19, 2022

Honolulu Police Chief Finalists Address Crime And Officer Shortages PBS Hawaii/2022

Honolulu Police Chief Finalists Address Crime And Officer Shortages

The Honolulu Police Commission has said it plans to announce its choice by June, about a year after the previous police chief resigned.

BOE Chooses Keith Hayashi To Lead Hawaii’s Public Schools Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

BOE Chooses Keith Hayashi To Lead Hawaii’s Public Schools

Hayashi, who has been interim superintendent since Aug. 1, was selected after a tense daylong meeting that was punctuated by protests.

Former Prison Chief Nolan Espinda Found Dead At Kailua Beach Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2019

Former Prison Chief Nolan Espinda Found Dead At Kailua Beach

Espinda abruptly retired in 2020 as Covid-19 spread through the state correctional system, and public worker unions called for his ouster.

HART Pays Nearly $1 Million To Compensate 24 Parties Short-Changed By Rail Relocation Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

HART Pays Nearly $1 Million To Compensate 24 Parties Short-Changed By Rail Relocation

Meanwhile, questions remain about the overpayments that were also made as part of the same widespread problems.

An Inmate’s Suicide Is Prompting Calls For ‘Meaningful Change’ In Hawaii’s Prison System Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2019

An Inmate’s Suicide Is Prompting Calls For ‘Meaningful Change’ In Hawaii’s Prison System

The prison director told an oversight commission that the correctional system is trying to prevent inmate suicide but can do better.

Number Of Homeless People Counted In Oahu Survey Drops 11% Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Number Of Homeless People Counted In Oahu Survey Drops 11%

Oahu’s homeless population includes 55 adults who said they are on the Hawaiian Homelands waitlist, the survey found.

This Honolulu Architect Admitted To Bribery. But He Still Has His License Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

This Honolulu Architect Admitted To Bribery. But He Still Has His License

Despite pleading guilty to a job-related felony, William Wong was able to renew his license for another two years.

Why Early Childhood Mental Health Care Is So Important Screenshot/2022

Why Early Childhood Mental Health Care Is So Important

Programs can help inform parents about child development and provide a nonjudgmental space for questions and concerns.

Makemake Ke Kula ‘O Kamehameha E Kūkulu I Hōkele Hiwahiwa E Hōʻihi Moʻomeheu Ma Ka Moku O Keawe Kamehameha Schools/2022

Makemake Ke Kula ‘O Kamehameha E Kūkulu I Hōkele Hiwahiwa E Hōʻihi Moʻomeheu Ma Ka Moku O Keawe

Hopohopo nā lālā o ka lehulehu i ka hoʻonui kaheaholo kaʻa a me ka nui kōlea ma ke awa o Keauhou a me ka noi kāpae ʻana i kahi kahua pōpaʻipaʻi kahakai kaulana.

Neal Milner: Should We Debate The Meaning Of Food On Social Media — Or Just Taste It? Getty Images/iStockphoto

Neal Milner: Should We Debate The Meaning Of Food On Social Media — Or Just Taste It?

In Hanalei, near the start of the 20th century, a Chinese immigrant named Chock Chinn opened a Chinese restaurant…
Investigation Shows Hawaii Prison Officials Tried To Cover Up Errors Leading Up To An Inmate’s Death Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2019

Investigation Shows Hawaii Prison Officials Tried To Cover Up Errors Leading Up To An Inmate’s Death

The internal affairs report claimed staff had been trained in suicide prevention policies, and a guard made the required cell checks. Neither was true, and an inmate died.

A Look At The 4 Finalists For Honolulu’s Police Chief Cory Lum/Civil Beat

A Look At The 4 Finalists For Honolulu’s Police Chief

The four candidates in contention to be the next chief of HPD have over 90 years of combined police service.

May 18, 2022

NOAA: Expect Less Activity In The Upcoming Hurricane Season Courtesy: NWS/2020

NOAA: Expect Less Activity In The Upcoming Hurricane Season

Nonetheless, emergency management officials encourage local residents to stay prepared in case a major storm hits the islands.

Honolulu Mayor Says A New Mask Mandate Is A ‘Possibility’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Honolulu Mayor Says A New Mask Mandate Is A ‘Possibility’

Hawaii officials are worried about a rise in Covid-19 cases but say policy decisions will depend on hospitalizations.

Hosted Short-Term Vacation Rentals Could Ease Housing Crunch Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat/2022

Hosted Short-Term Vacation Rentals Could Ease Housing Crunch

Leverage the tourism industry to create an environment where locals can become homeowners while guests can get an authentic Hawaii experience.

Lee Cataluna: The State’s Manini Tax Break Could Have Fixed Some Real Problems Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2020

Lee Cataluna: The State’s Manini Tax Break Could Have Fixed Some Real Problems

Why give people barely enough to cover a couple of cheap tires when the Legislature could have chipped away at its endless to-do list?

Why Do These Candidates Want To Lead Hawaii’s Public Schools? Submitted

Why Do These Candidates Want To Lead Hawaii’s Public Schools?

The Board of Education is preparing to select the next Department of Education superintendent in front of the public.