November 2020

November 24, 2020

Work On Magic Island Parking Lot Completed, Finally

Work On Magic Island Parking Lot Completed, Finally

Access to the popular park had been limited for months due to reconstruction.

Oahu Short-Term Rental Listings On Airbnb, Expedia Face New Requirements Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Oahu Short-Term Rental Listings On Airbnb, Expedia Face New Requirements

It’s about to get tougher to advertise illegal transient vacation rentals in Honolulu.

VIRUS TRACKER — Nov. 24: 61 New COVID-19 Cases In Hawaii, Kauai Reports First Death Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat

VIRUS TRACKER — Nov. 24: 61 New COVID-19 Cases In Hawaii, Kauai Reports First Death

Roughly 1,300 people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in Hawaii in the last two weeks.

Denby Fawcett: The Hibiscus Drive Neighborhood Is Slowly Coming Back To Life Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Denby Fawcett: The Hibiscus Drive Neighborhood Is Slowly Coming Back To Life

Tragedy struck the venerable Diamond Head neighborhood in January when two police officers and a longtime homeowner were killed and a fire that started during the rampage burned numerous homes.

How Hawaii’s Patsy Mink Blazed The Political Trail For Kamala Harris Cory Lum/Civil Beat

How Hawaii’s Patsy Mink Blazed The Political Trail For Kamala Harris

It’s not Susan B. Anthony, who advocated for a woman’s right to vote, that should be getting the credit.

COVID-19 Has Decimated College Sports — And The Pathway They Offered To Higher Education AP

COVID-19 Has Decimated College Sports — And The Pathway They Offered To Higher Education

Talented islanders who used their athletic skills to get to university are finding themselves blocked by the pandemic. More high school counselors, the author argues, are needed to help students find their way.

COVID-19 Is Changing ‘The Face Of Hunger’ In Hawaii Kuʻu Kauanoe/Civil Beat

COVID-19 Is Changing ‘The Face Of Hunger’ In Hawaii

The Hawaii Foodbank has distributed nearly 19 million pounds of food since March. The statewide food insecurity rate for 2020 was projected to be 16.8%, but the figure was far greater for children at 29.4%, or 89,050.

Chad Blair: Pay-To-Play ‘Journalism’ Is Now In Hawaii

Chad Blair: Pay-To-Play ‘Journalism’ Is Now In Hawaii

Sadly, we are not immune from a troublesome nationwide misinformation trend.

November 23, 2020

House Speaker: Changing Hawaii’s Pre-Travel Testing Program ‘Doesn’t Serve The Public’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

House Speaker: Changing Hawaii’s Pre-Travel Testing Program ‘Doesn’t Serve The Public’

Business and political leaders criticized the governor for changing a program that seems to be working.

Keoni Souza Asks Hawaii Supreme Court For Recount In OHA Race

Keoni Souza Asks Hawaii Supreme Court For Recount In OHA Race

The race fell just outside of the threshold for an automatic recount.

Honolulu Adds $24 Million To Business Relief Fund Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Adds $24 Million To Business Relief Fund

Honolulu is using CARES funding to help more businesses.

‘Treading Water’: Working From Home Hasn’t Hurt Hawaii’s Office Rental Market — Yet Cory Lum/Civil Beat

‘Treading Water’: Working From Home Hasn’t Hurt Hawaii’s Office Rental Market — Yet

A wholesale shift to employees working from home amidst the COVID-19 pandemic has softened the office market but there’s been no mass exodus from office space.

Hawaii Principals Find Communal Space: ‘We Need Each Other’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Principals Find Communal Space: ‘We Need Each Other’

Principals on the mainland have adopted their framework for a weekly online discussion stemming from the pandemic.

Danny De Gracia: Rail Is A Hot Mess And Everyone Knows It Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: Rail Is A Hot Mess And Everyone Knows It

The project began on the ballot. Maybe it should go back before voters to decide its future.

Man’s Death In Honolulu Police Custody Caused By Drugs, Shackles And A Struggle Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Man’s Death In Honolulu Police Custody Caused By Drugs, Shackles And A Struggle

A medical examiner’s report shows the 28-year-old Kaneohe man died in June from a combination of drug and alcohol use and a physical struggle with police.

Kahele Plans To Go ‘Old School’ And Move Family To Washington To Build Ties Nick Grube/Civil Beat

Kahele Plans To Go ‘Old School’ And Move Family To Washington To Build Ties

Hawaii’s congressman-elect has a young family that he wants with him as he tries to build a career in Congress.

November 22, 2020

VIRUS TRACKER — Nov. 22: 123 New COVID-19 Cases, 2 Deaths Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat

VIRUS TRACKER — Nov. 22: 123 New COVID-19 Cases, 2 Deaths

There have been over 1,300 new cases in Hawaii in the past two weeks.

Here’s Why Hawaiian Homesteaders May Never Fully Profit From Their Own Land Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Here’s Why Hawaiian Homesteaders May Never Fully Profit From Their Own Land

Those fortunate enough to secure a DHHL lot — often after waiting years or decades — find themselves unable to access the property’s market value.

Here’s How To Transform Tourism In Hawaii

Here’s How To Transform Tourism In Hawaii

It’s time to build an industry that exists to serve the public good.