September 2020

September 18, 2020

Candidate Q&A: Maui County Council Lanai District — Gabe Johnson

Candidate Q&A: Maui County Council Lanai District — Gabe Johnson

“The problem we are facing is that COVID-19 isn’t going away soon, and our present tourism model requires big numbers to be successful.”

Candidate Q&A: Maui County Council Kahului District — Carol Kamekona

Candidate Q&A: Maui County Council Kahului District — Carol Kamekona

“To protect our reefs we need better mountain to sea water management plans to hold back sediment from reaching the ocean.”

Senate To Hold Special Session In October For Judicial Appointments

Senate To Hold Special Session In October For Judicial Appointments

The public will have a rare opportunity for live, remote testimony to the Legislature.

Forget Pirates, Illegal Fishermen Are Now Coast Guard’s Public Enemy No. 1 Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Forget Pirates, Illegal Fishermen Are Now Coast Guard’s Public Enemy No. 1

The agency released a new strategic plan that will focus its efforts on stopping illegal fishing that officials say erodes national security and destroys economies.

Honolulu Rail P3 Bidder Wants More Than $2 Billion For The Final Stretch Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Rail P3 Bidder Wants More Than $2 Billion For The Final Stretch

Local officials have remained tight-lipped on what’s happening with the long-anticipated award for the project’s final leg.

Is Long-Term Distance Learning Leading To Educational Atrophy? Robert Pollack via Flickr

Is Long-Term Distance Learning Leading To Educational Atrophy?

The longer our children spend in such an environment, the more complacent they might become.

Hilo Veterans Home Deaths: Rev. Richard Uejo Ministered To Many In Hawaii Courtesy: Carolyn Uejo Kuntemeyer

Hilo Veterans Home Deaths: Rev. Richard Uejo Ministered To Many In Hawaii

He was a nisei World War II veteran who died in the COVID-19 outbreak at the Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home.

September 17, 2020

Councilwoman Files Ethics Complaints Over Chair’s Departure To Union Job Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Councilwoman Files Ethics Complaints Over Chair’s Departure To Union Job

Councilwomen Heidi Tsuneyoshi and Kym Pine are requesting a more open process to choose Anderson’s replacement.

Civil Beat Economy Panel: ‘We Don’t Survive’ Without Reopening Tourism

Civil Beat Economy Panel: ‘We Don’t Survive’ Without Reopening Tourism

The first of Civil Beat’s three-part event series on Hawaii’s changing economy kicked off with a discussion on reimagining tourism and reopening the economy.

Councilman: HPD Should Help People During Pandemic, Not Ticket Them Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Councilman: HPD Should Help People During Pandemic, Not Ticket Them

HPD has handed out an unprecedented number of criminal citations in the last month.

Hawaii Schools To Continue Mostly Distance Learning Through December Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Schools To Continue Mostly Distance Learning Through December

Education officials plan to follow new Department of Health guidelines for when it’s safe for kids to return to the classroom.

VIRUS TRACKER — Sept. 17: 160 New COVID-19 Cases And 5 Deaths In Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat

VIRUS TRACKER — Sept. 17: 160 New COVID-19 Cases And 5 Deaths In Hawaii

At least 120 people have died from the virus in Hawaii to date, though the state’s official tally is lower because of reporting lags.

Candidate Q&A: State Senate District 16 — Bennette Misalucha Bennette Misalucha

Candidate Q&A: State Senate District 16 — Bennette Misalucha

“In this time of the pandemic, access to broadband is not just a privilege, it is a right.”

Candidate Q&A: State Senate District 16 — Kelly Kitashima Kelly Kitashima

Candidate Q&A: State Senate District 16 — Kelly Kitashima

“My top priority is kick-starting our local economy through smart tourism.”

Candidate Q&A: Maui Council Makawao-Haiku-Paia District — Mike Molina

Candidate Q&A: Maui Council Makawao-Haiku-Paia District — Mike Molina

“I supported legislation to pursue
 a multistate lawsuit against the oil companies related to climate change.”

Candidate Q&A: Maui Council Makawao-Haiku-Paia District — Aja Eyre

Candidate Q&A: Maui Council Makawao-Haiku-Paia District — Aja Eyre

“I plan to increase involvement in local government, drawing in more of our youth and community, adding optimism, energy and ideas.”

Neal Milner: Pacific Islanders Are Mentors Not Victims Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Neal Milner: Pacific Islanders Are Mentors Not Victims

Pacific Islanders have been hard hit by the coronavirus in Hawaii. But they’re not waiting for government to take care of things for them like so many of us are.

Honolulu Police Are Issuing An ‘Unprecedented’ Number Of Pandemic Tickets Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Police Are Issuing An ‘Unprecedented’ Number Of Pandemic Tickets

Many are being dismissed. But the court system is struggling to keep up as thousands of violators are forced to appear before a judge anyway.

Term Limits For Honolulu Prosecutor Are A Great Idea

Term Limits For Honolulu Prosecutor Are A Great Idea

A charter amendment question this November asks whether the position should be capped at two four-year terms. We think they should.