February 2020

February 12, 2020

Here’s An Even Better Vision For Food Sustainability Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Here’s An Even Better Vision For Food Sustainability

What are the real barriers to increasing local food production, self-sufficiency and agricultural vitality?

February 11, 2020

Is An $868,000 Home Affordable? Hawaii Senators Say No Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Is An $868,000 Home Affordable? Hawaii Senators Say No

Advocates voiced forceful opposition to a so-called affordable housing bill they say is far from affordable. A committee of lawmakers took their side.

Lawmakers Limit Scope Of Bill Banning AG’s Probe Of Hawaiian Nonprofit ronitphoto

Lawmakers Limit Scope Of Bill Banning AG’s Probe Of Hawaiian Nonprofit

Amendments would prohibit the attorney general from investigating KAHEA and other nonprofits if the investigation would create a conflict of interest.

Gabbard Staying In The Race Despite Finishing Far Behind In New Hampshire Nick Grube/Civil Beat

Gabbard Staying In The Race Despite Finishing Far Behind In New Hampshire

The Hawaii congresswoman invested a lot of resources in New Hampshire with hopes of outperforming the polls and keeping her struggling campaign afloat.

Senate’s New Sexual Harassment Policy Hailed As ‘Good Step’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Senate’s New Sexual Harassment Policy Hailed As ‘Good Step’

The updated guide will apply to third parties who work with Hawaii lawmakers, not just senators and staff.

EPA: Hawaii Toxic Releases Dropped In 2018 Cory Lum/Civil Beat

EPA: Hawaii Toxic Releases Dropped In 2018

Hawaii said “aloha” to a significant amount of chemicals related to the petroleum sector.

NOAA To Homeport New Oceanographic Ship In Honolulu NOAA

NOAA To Homeport New Oceanographic Ship In Honolulu

Its mission will include general research and exploration of marine life, and climate and ocean ecosystem studies.

New Director Joins Hawaii’s Top Mental Health Advocacy Group Contributed by Mental Health America of Hawaii

New Director Joins Hawaii’s Top Mental Health Advocacy Group

Bryan Talisayan hails from Waianae and brings more than 20 years of nonprofit experience to the top job at Mental Health America of Hawaii.

Bill: No Relieving Oneself Publicly In Business Districts Flickr: happyskrappy

Bill: No Relieving Oneself Publicly In Business Districts

Urinating or defecating near Hawaii hotels and banks or in parking lots and plazas would be subject to a penalty.

Denby Fawcett: City Removes 2nd Fence From Diamond Head Seawall Courtesy: Alexi Drouin

Denby Fawcett: City Removes 2nd Fence From Diamond Head Seawall

The fences were installed in December but both have been removed following public protests.

 

Not Everyone Born In American Samoa Wants US Citizenship AP

Not Everyone Born In American Samoa Wants US Citizenship

But supporters of U.S. birthright citizenship say it would particularly benefit the more than 150,000 Samoans who live in Hawaii and the mainland.

Hawaii Lawmakers Are Showing A Little Love For Kona Coffee Stewart Yerton

Hawaii Lawmakers Are Showing A Little Love For Kona Coffee

A bill that would require coffee labeled with a Hawaiian name contain at least 50% Hawaii-grown beans has so far faced no opposition.

 

Hanapepe: ‘This Is The Town That Keeps Refusing To Die’ Kuʻu Kauanoe/Civil Beat

Hanapepe: ‘This Is The Town That Keeps Refusing To Die’

The Kauai town has its flash points, but a shared sense of pride continues to hold this community together.

Why Hawaii Isn’t Competitive In Recruiting Teachers Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Why Hawaii Isn’t Competitive In Recruiting Teachers

A recent study found Hawaii teacher salaries don’t go as far when compared to other school districts in high-price areas.

The Case For Dissolving HART Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The Case For Dissolving HART

Let’s cut to the chase — the current setup does not allow for proper oversight of the rail project.

February 10, 2020

A Proposed Native Hawaiian Commission Is Already Getting Pushback Cory Lum/Civil Beat

A Proposed Native Hawaiian Commission Is Already Getting Pushback

UPDATED: Critics say Native Hawaiians, not the governor, should pick the members and the issues it considers.

HART Board Member Most Critical Of Rail’s Handling Resigns Cory Lum/Civil Beat

HART Board Member Most Critical Of Rail’s Handling Resigns

John Henry Felix has repeatedly called to pause rail construction at Middle Street.

One Hawaii Resident In Mandatory Coronavirus Quarantine Eleni Gill/Civil Beat

One Hawaii Resident In Mandatory Coronavirus Quarantine

The man who traveled to Hubei Province in China has not shown any symptoms, but his health will be monitored in quarantine.

26 Self-Quarantined As Precaution Against Coronavirus CDC

26 Self-Quarantined As Precaution Against Coronavirus

Some Hawaii residents who traveled to China are staying behind doors for two weeks to ensure they weren’t exposed to the coronavirus.