May 2021

May 11, 2021

The Tourists Are Back. In Rural Hana, The Residents Aren’t Happy Brittany Lyte/Civil Beat

The Tourists Are Back. In Rural Hana, The Residents Aren’t Happy

Visitors are bringing an infusion of cash but they’re underscoring concerns about overtaxed roads, beaches and infrastructure, environmental degradation and cultural exploitation.  

Despite Budget Woes, This Legislative Session Held Bright Spots For Local Ag

Despite Budget Woes, This Legislative Session Held Bright Spots For Local Ag

Many legislators voted to create a more sustainable, resilient Hawaii.

More Marines Are Coming To Hawaii. Will Kaneohe Be Ready For Them? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

More Marines Are Coming To Hawaii. Will Kaneohe Be Ready For Them?

Hawaii is scheduled to get about 2,700 more Marines along with their spouses and children in coming years but the military lacks a plan for accommodating the restructured force.

The Civil Beat Editorial Board Interview: Hawaii House Leaders Screenshot

The Civil Beat Editorial Board Interview: Hawaii House Leaders

Speaker Scott Saiki says the Legislature “stopped the bleeding” from the pandemic and recession.

Denby Fawcett: Mayor Offers Long List Of Improvements For Chinatown Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Denby Fawcett: Mayor Offers Long List Of Improvements For Chinatown

But residents say just three things will make life better for them.

May 10, 2021

Hawaii Is Ready As Preteens Get In Line For COVID-19 Vaccines Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Is Ready As Preteens Get In Line For COVID-19 Vaccines

The expanding eligibility pool bodes well for resuming in-person classes in the fall, Hawaii officials said.

Saiki Finalizes Mauna Kea Working Group Membership Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Saiki Finalizes Mauna Kea Working Group Membership

Protest leaders, UH officials and astronomers will all have seats on the panel.

Danny De Gracia: It’s Time To Drop The COVID-19 Tier System

Danny De Gracia: It’s Time To Drop The COVID-19 Tier System

It would be better to focus on encouraging vaccinations, rather than maintaining a system that was never meant to be permanent.

The Miske Case: A Co-Defendant Turns Against Alleged Honolulu Crime Boss Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The Miske Case: A Co-Defendant Turns Against Alleged Honolulu Crime Boss

As trial for Michael Miske Jr. approaches in September, more people involved in myriad crimes he’s alleged to have masterminded are expected to cooperate with federal prosecutors.

Hawaii Police Shootings Review Board Has At Least A Dozen Cases Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Police Shootings Review Board Has At Least A Dozen Cases

But that’s fewer than half the number of police killings or in-custody deaths in the state since the board was created in 2017.

Big Island On Pace To Meet Renewable Energy Goals In 2 Years Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Big Island On Pace To Meet Renewable Energy Goals In 2 Years

Hawaii island could be the first area in the state to exceed goals set by the Legislature and regulators for renewable energy.

RIP Marsha Rose Joyner: One of Hawaii’s Most Formidable Activists Has Passed

RIP Marsha Rose Joyner: One of Hawaii’s Most Formidable Activists Has Passed

Marsha Rose Joyner was a predominant voice on issues from women’s rights and the legalization of cannabis to honoring Martin Luther King Jr. in Hawaii.

How One Hawaii Foundation Is Helping Build A Local Tutor Pipeline For Schools Cory Lum/Civil Beat

How One Hawaii Foundation Is Helping Build A Local Tutor Pipeline For Schools

A disrupted academic year has caused many high school students to fall behind. A new partnership will connect them to local college students to help them catch up.

May 09, 2021

9 Hikers Cited For Trespass At Oahu’s Sacred Falls On Sunday DLNR

9 Hikers Cited For Trespass At Oahu’s Sacred Falls On Sunday

The hikers were caught by state law enforcement on the Mother’s Day anniversary of rockslides at the now-closed hiking trail that killed eight and injured dozens in 1999.

Eric Stinton: Welcome To Hawaii. Now Pay Up Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Eric Stinton: Welcome To Hawaii. Now Pay Up

A $20 entry fee could be used to pay to protect natural resources. Or we could just give it to tourism industry workers who have to put up with all the tourists.

Tourists Are Returning To Hawaii, So Why Aren’t Tourism Jobs? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Tourists Are Returning To Hawaii, So Why Aren’t Tourism Jobs?

Hawaii hosted 8% more tourists in March 2021 than in March 2020 but 35% fewer hotel and restaurant jobs.

These Hawaii Doctors Are Fighting Guam’s Abortion Law Cory Lum/Civil Beat

These Hawaii Doctors Are Fighting Guam’s Abortion Law

Abortions are legal in Guam, but women have no access to them because of a lack of local providers and rules requiring in-person consultations for the procedures.

The Civil Beat Editorial Board Interview: US Sen. Brian Schatz

The Civil Beat Editorial Board Interview: US Sen. Brian Schatz

Fourteen months after the start of the pandemic, he sees light at the end of the tunnel. Schatz also calls for filibuster reform and nudges Gov. David Ige to heed the advice of the CDC on travel requirements.

How To Make The Most Of Our Federal Relief Funds

How To Make The Most Of Our Federal Relief Funds

The focus now must be on stabilization and long-term recovery.

John Pritchett: Final Destination John Pritchett/Civil Beat

John Pritchett: Final Destination

A $3.6 billion dollar budget deficit has taxpayers in Honolulu wondering if the rail project will ever reach Ala Moana Center as promised. The line is now projected to cost at least $12.4 billion and there are more calls for it to stop at Middle Street.