September 2010

September 03, 2010

Can’t Miss Comments, Sept. 4 — Change is Good

Can’t Miss Comments, Sept. 4 — Change is Good

Civil Beat gets a new hairdo, a letter and debate heat up the election discussion, and UH salaries reveal some trends.
Our Hawaiian Manhattan

Our Hawaiian Manhattan

Imagine if Hawaii builds upward, instead of outward. Traffic melts away and farms remain farms. Rush-hour traffic inspires Lee Hiromoto to take us along for the ride.
Week 18: Enjoying the Fruits of Our Labor

Week 18: Enjoying the Fruits of Our Labor

Today is four months to the day since the formal launch of Civil Beat. As we rest from our labors this weekend, I hope you'll take some time to look back over the work we've done.

Kauai Wants License to Kill 15 Birds Per Year

With football games already moved from Friday nights to Saturday afternoons, the county government has applied for a habitat conservation plan that will take other steps to protect threatened birds.

Caldwell: Honolulu to Collect $300 Million on Interest for Rail

The mayoral candidate says that the proposed rail-transit project has been, "fully paid for, fully financed." Part of that money, he says, is coming from $300 million the city is collecting on interest "right now."

10 Questions for the Mayoral Candidates

Civil Beat sent the three leading candidates for Honolulu mayor the same questionnaire, read their responses.

Kaneshiro Stands Alone on Human Trafficking Law

Two city prosecutor candidates say it is a federal responsibility to fight human trafficking in Hawaii. Keith Kaneshiro thinks Honolulu can do more.
Are You There GOP? It’s Me, Chad

Are You There GOP? It’s Me, Chad

Civil Beat's calls to Linda Lingle, Jonah Kaauwai and the RNC were not returned. Too bad. We had some questions about God and politics.

10 Questions for the Prosecutor Candidates

Civil Beat sent the three candidates the same questionnaire. Read their responses.

September 02, 2010

Giving It Up for the CJ

Not a negative word was heard when the Senators voted 22-0 to make Mark Recktenwald Hawaii's next Supreme Court chief justice, a stark contrast from the battle over the failed nomination of Katherine Leonard.
Largest Human Trafficking Case in U.S. History Filed in Honolulu

Largest Human Trafficking Case in U.S. History Filed in Honolulu

A federal grand jury indicts six people in scheme to force 600 Thai nationals to work on farms in Hawaii and Washington state.
Olbermann: Hawaii GOP Chair ‘Worst Person In the World’

Olbermann: Hawaii GOP Chair ‘Worst Person In the World’

Jonah Kaauwai, already under fire locally for his controversial letter to church pastors, on Wednesday night saw his name on national cable television with an unwanted honor.
States Developing Test For National Standards

States Developing Test For National Standards

Hawaii is one of two state groups to receive federal grants to develop a national test. The test will be based on recently adopted national curriculum standards.

Abercrombie: I Helped Clean up Manoa Finance Collapse

The former congressman touts his role cleaning up the collapse of the lending institution and recovering depositors' money.

Prosecutor Candidates On How They’d Change The Office

Two would add specialized departments, while a third would transform the office by adopting a new approach to fighting crime.

Djou Thrifty His First Month On the Job

A report released this week by the U.S. House of Representatives shows how much Hawaii's new congressman spent in the weeks after he was given the taxpayers' credit card in May.

Education and the Right to Choose

Many parents in Hawaii choose private school for their children, but public school parents have many choices, too, if they take advantage of them.

10 Questions for the City Council Candidates

Four out of the Honolulu City Council‘s nine councillors are vacating their seats for the 2010…
The Impact Of Private Schools On Public Education

The Impact Of Private Schools On Public Education

Eighteen percent of Hawaii's student population attend private schools, seven percent higher than the national average. What's the impact on public education?

Rep. Oshiro: Carlisle’s No Donkey, Either

Did headline writers at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser take some liberties in declaring mayoral hopeful Peter Carlisle “draws…