November 2021

November 24, 2021

New HART Report Floats Some Cheerier Budget Possibilities Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

New HART Report Floats Some Cheerier Budget Possibilities

Report by a committee of HART board members claims there may be hundreds of millions of dollars in new revenue or cost savings to be had.

Veteran Hawaii Journalist Bob Jones Dead At 85 Courtesy Denby Fawcett

Veteran Hawaii Journalist Bob Jones Dead At 85

His extensive career included work as a print reporter, foreign correspondent, TV anchor and columnist.

Lee Cataluna: Let’s Hit Pause Instead Of Charging Forward Amid The Pandemic Cory Lum/Civil /2021

Lee Cataluna: Let’s Hit Pause Instead Of Charging Forward Amid The Pandemic

The golden rule of dogged tenacity may not suit this era’s mix of volatile anger and intentional reform.

50 Years Later, Hawaii’s Law Requiring Professional Licenses Could Be In For An Overhaul Stewart Yerton/Civil Beat /2021

50 Years Later, Hawaii’s Law Requiring Professional Licenses Could Be In For An Overhaul

The occupational licensing requirements for many professions may be hindering qualified professionals from moving to Hawaii and getting work.

Navy Should Make Jet Fuel, Not Store It At Red Hill Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Navy Should Make Jet Fuel, Not Store It At Red Hill

It could lead the way in showing how water, air and sunshine can create carbon-neutral jet fuel for all.

Hawaii’s Food Hubs Get $1 Million For Statewide Expansion Flickr.com: Brock Rosberry

Hawaii’s Food Hubs Get $1 Million For Statewide Expansion

A collective of statewide food hubs has a plan to get more crops from small farmers to businesses, institutions and families that want locally grown food.

Maui County Mulls An Agreement Between Police And US Immigration Agency Ludwig Laab/Civil Beat/2021

Maui County Mulls An Agreement Between Police And US Immigration Agency

The Maui Police Department said the proposal is about resources for fighting crime, and they’re not involved in enforcing immigration laws.

November 23, 2021

Honolulu Rail Holds Onto Federal Funds And Buys Time To Craft Recovery Plan Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Honolulu Rail Holds Onto Federal Funds And Buys Time To Craft Recovery Plan

UPDATED: The FTA has been withholding the local transit project’s federal dollars for the past seven years as its struggles have mounted.

Honolulu Mayor Lifts More Pandemic Restrictions On Large Events Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Honolulu Mayor Lifts More Pandemic Restrictions On Large Events

UPDATED: The announcement is a major step forward for weddings, conferences and other large events as well as restaurants and bars.

Hawaii GOP Elects New Party Chair, Again Chad Blair/Civil Beat/2014

Hawaii GOP Elects New Party Chair, Again

Lynn Finnegan is a former state House representative and Lt. Gov. candidate.

Denby Fawcett: A Historic Mural Now Belongs To The People Of Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Denby Fawcett: A Historic Mural Now Belongs To The People Of Hawaii

First Hawaiian Bank has agreed to donate a mural by Jean Charlot as a gift to the state after it vacates its current Waikiki branch.

 

Eric Stinton: If You Want To Improve Schools, Help Parents Ludwig Laab/Civil Beat/2021

Eric Stinton: If You Want To Improve Schools, Help Parents

There are definitely reforms that will improve the education system, and we should absolutely implement them. But there’s more to it than that.

Does Hawaii Really Need To Have A Bar Exam?

Does Hawaii Really Need To Have A Bar Exam?

The state should instead implement diploma privileges for graduates of the William S. Richardson School of Law.

The Prosecution Of Police Misconduct Cases Essentially Stopped During The Pandemic Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

The Prosecution Of Police Misconduct Cases Essentially Stopped During The Pandemic

More than 500 complaints were made against HPD employees last year, leading to recommendations for dozens of firings and suspensions.

 

November 22, 2021

Navy Stops Red Hill Pipeline Leak Of Fuel And Water That Began Saturday U.S. Navy

Navy Stops Red Hill Pipeline Leak Of Fuel And Water That Began Saturday

It’s another leak in a series of unfortunate events as the Navy tries to secure a permit from the Hawaii Department of Health.

Victim Of Mistaken Identity Files Civil Rights Lawsuit Against Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Victim Of Mistaken Identity Files Civil Rights Lawsuit Against Hawaii

Joshua Spriestersbach wants to hold accountable all the individuals and institutions that forced him to stay locked up in the Hawaii State Hospital for more than two years.

Ige Says He’ll Announce Looser Covid Restrictions Before Thanksgiving Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Ige Says He’ll Announce Looser Covid Restrictions Before Thanksgiving

Indoor mask mandates and the Safe Travels program are expected to stay in place.

How A Decades-Old Zoning Change Opened Makaha To Short-Term Rentals Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

How A Decades-Old Zoning Change Opened Makaha To Short-Term Rentals

A Honolulu City Council decision in 1989 paved the way for vacation rentals in Makaha decades later. 

Hawaii’s Message At COP26: The World Must Move Beyond Zero Emissions Office of the Governor/2021

Hawaii’s Message At COP26: The World Must Move Beyond Zero Emissions

We must truly embrace that we are a global community with global impacts, and cannot hide behind national borders.

The US Faces Pressure To Do More To Address Its Nuclear Legacy In The Marshall Islands Mark Edward Harris/Civil Beat/2015

The US Faces Pressure To Do More To Address Its Nuclear Legacy In The Marshall Islands

Marshallese are concerned about continued health effects from Cold War-era nuclear testing as well as a concrete dome in which the atomic waste was stored.