August 2019

August 19, 2019

How A Design Detail Caused A Multi-Million Dollar Headache For Honolulu Rail Cory Lum/Civil Beat

How A Design Detail Caused A Multi-Million Dollar Headache For Honolulu Rail

Canopy arms, meant to anchor the sail-like fabric covers for the stations, were already plagued with design and construction problems. Then, they started cracking.

Some Six-Figure Salaries At The State’s Watchdog Agencies Civil Beat file photo

Some Six-Figure Salaries At The State’s Watchdog Agencies

At look at the payrolls of the State Auditor’s Office, Ethics Commission and Ombudsman’s Office

Health Beat: Why More Transparent Hospital Prices Won’t Lower Health Costs Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Health Beat: Why More Transparent Hospital Prices Won’t Lower Health Costs

In Hawaii, most patients have limited choices of where they can go for medical treatment and they’re unlikely to choose hospitals based on posted costs.

Danny De Gracia:  A Guaranteed Income Is One Idea To Keep Hawaii From Destitution Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: A Guaranteed Income Is One Idea To Keep Hawaii From Destitution

Income inequality is behind many social conflicts in Hawaii. A range of solutions should be considered before it’s too late.

Trump Weakens Protections For Hawaii’s Imperiled Plants And Animals Alana Eagle/Civil Beat

Trump Weakens Protections For Hawaii’s Imperiled Plants And Animals

The revised Endangered Species Act regulations flabbergasted environmentalists who are concerned about warding off more extinctions.

Can The Seed Industry’s Decline Lead To A Sustainable Food System? PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Can The Seed Industry’s Decline Lead To A Sustainable Food System?

We must restore long abused soils to the fertile agriculture lands they once were.

August 17, 2019

A Universal Perspective Upon The Altar Of Mauna Kea Cory Lum/Civil Beat

A Universal Perspective Upon The Altar Of Mauna Kea

There is no greater tribute to humankind than an eye to the stars and a hope for humanity.

What Has Astronomy Done For Us? Quite A Lot Flickr: Mike Durkin

What Has Astronomy Done For Us? Quite A Lot

For starters, it guided humanity into civilization by making agriculture and navigation possible.

Religion Versus Science On Mauna Kea Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Religion Versus Science On Mauna Kea

It’s time to listen and learn from indigenous sisters and brothers

Wake Up, Hawaii: It’s Not All About A Telescope Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Wake Up, Hawaii: It’s Not All About A Telescope

Building the TMT on Mauna Kea is assertion of dominance by an outside interest. Again.

August 16, 2019

Has Statehood Actually Worked Out For Hawaii? Civil Beat

Has Statehood Actually Worked Out For Hawaii?

So many residents struggle to provide a future for the next generation.

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Bikini Atoll Beer Is An Offensive Misappropriation Of Culture Screenshot: Manhattan Project Beer Co.

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Bikini Atoll Beer Is An Offensive Misappropriation Of Culture

Sadly, Manhattan Project Beer Co. is only the latest in a string of companies that have wrongly taken cultural identity for their own profit.

Limited Training Options Worsen Hawaii’s Doctor Shortage Vina Cristobal

Limited Training Options Worsen Hawaii’s Doctor Shortage

Officials estimate the state needs 800 more physicians, but the training pipeline for future doctors would need to expand three-fold to begin filling the gap.

August 15, 2019

Hawaii DOE Releases Revised Data on Student Suspensions Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii DOE Releases Revised Data on Student Suspensions

Release of the data comes amid efforts to correct what the DOE says was erroneous counts of students suspensions in the 2015-16 school year.

NOAA: ‘The Reefs Weren’t Damaged, They Were Just Gone’ Courtesy: Kailey Pascoe/NOAA

NOAA: ‘The Reefs Weren’t Damaged, They Were Just Gone’

Scientists return from the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument after surveying the underwater aftermath of a major storm last year.

Count Hawaii Among States Opposing Trump Asylum Rules Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Count Hawaii Among States Opposing Trump Asylum Rules

“We stand with our fellow states in opposing yet another unlawful rule,” said Attorney General Clare Connors

DBEDT Releases Latest Hawaii Data Book Cory Lum/Civil Beat

DBEDT Releases Latest Hawaii Data Book

The 2018 edition contains plenty of factoids on the state and its people.

Hanabusa Takes First Steps In Run For Honolulu Mayor Eugene Tanner/Civil Beat

Hanabusa Takes First Steps In Run For Honolulu Mayor

UPDATED: The former U.S. congresswoman would be a marquee name in a potentially large field of candidates.

Maybe It’s Time To Cap The City’s Spending Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Maybe It’s Time To Cap The City’s Spending

Raising property taxes and fees is simply unsustainable.

This Is What Scientists Would Be Missing If The TMT Doesn’t Go On Mauna Kea NASA/JPL-Caltech

This Is What Scientists Would Be Missing If The TMT Doesn’t Go On Mauna Kea

Scientists are already jockeying for time slots for ambitious research projects on the proposed Thirty Meter Telescope and another giant telescope being constructed in Chile.