January 2022

January 16, 2022

Tonga Is Still Cut Off Following Massive Eruption Tonga Geological Services/2022

Tonga Is Still Cut Off Following Massive Eruption

The Hunga Tonga volcano spewed ash and rock, setting off tsunamis across the Pacific and cutting off the Pacific nation’s key communication lines with the rest of the world.

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Radio Station Layoffs Are A Blow To Hawaiian Music Courtesy: Lina Girl and Billy V/2022

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Radio Station Layoffs Are A Blow To Hawaiian Music

Hawaiian music radio has always been about more than just music. It has been a space for Hawaiians and Hawaiian issues to be amplified.

Hawaii Legislature 2022: Smart Spending Could Help Big Problems Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Hawaii Legislature 2022: Smart Spending Could Help Big Problems

The Legislature has money available for almost any policy initiative imaginable, and every member of the House and Senate is up for reelection.

Why Hawaii Needs A Chief Data Officer — Now Wikimedia Commons

Why Hawaii Needs A Chief Data Officer — Now

Technology experts say such a position is necessary to help government and the public better access and share critical information.

John Pritchett: Checkered Past John Pritchett/Civil Beat/2022

John Pritchett: Checkered Past

The indictments last week of former city employees raise questions about what former Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell knew and when he knew it, since he was the boss of two of the employees and appointed the third.

January 14, 2022

How The Victim Of Mistaken Identity Was Finally Let Out Of The Hawaii State Hospital Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2019

How The Victim Of Mistaken Identity Was Finally Let Out Of The Hawaii State Hospital

A new court filing seeks to remove any reference to an alias from his police records. But it also lays out how a doctor at the facility figured out he was not who they thought he was.

Will This Bureaucratic Tug Of War Over Hawaii’s Ag Lands Finally End? Thomas Heaton/Civil Beat/2022

Will This Bureaucratic Tug Of War Over Hawaii’s Ag Lands Finally End?

Ranchers are fed up with waiting two decades for the departments of Agriculture and Land and Natural Resources to sort out legally mandated land transfers.

The US Must Compensate Islanders For Pacific Nuclear Testing Wikimedia Commons

The US Must Compensate Islanders For Pacific Nuclear Testing

The economic-funding agreement with the Republic of the Marshall Islands is set to expire next year.

Lawmakers: Red Hill Fuel Leaked Into Well Through A Pipeline Navy Didn’t Know Existed Courtesy: State Senate/2022

Lawmakers: Red Hill Fuel Leaked Into Well Through A Pipeline Navy Didn’t Know Existed

Navy officials didn’t know about the pipeline until someone reviewed the facility’s schematics from 1941, lawmakers who took a tour said they were told.

 

Sterling Higa: When The Joys Of Our Sugar-Loving Culture Go Too Far Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons

Sterling Higa: When The Joys Of Our Sugar-Loving Culture Go Too Far

Many Hawaii residents are at risk or have diabetes, and the purveyors of confections aren’t helping.

January 13, 2022

DOE Officials Preview Budget Priorities To Hawaii Lawmakers Screenshot/2022

DOE Officials Preview Budget Priorities To Hawaii Lawmakers

The interim superintendent, meanwhile, apologized for the recent failure of dozens of schools to report the number of Covid cases as required by law.

Health Regulators Want Budget Boost Amid Covid, Drinking Water Crises Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Health Regulators Want Budget Boost Amid Covid, Drinking Water Crises

The department has asked the Legislature for millions of dollars to ramp up staff and keep essential services running smoothly while the pandemic takes center stage.

Annual Statewide Count Of Hawaii’s Homeless Population Postponed Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Annual Statewide Count Of Hawaii’s Homeless Population Postponed

The count for unsheltered and sheltered individuals was rescheduled for March 10.

Schatz Covid Case Upends US Senate Votes Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Schatz Covid Case Upends US Senate Votes

The Hawaii senator tested positive with a breakthrough case.

Neal Milner: College Football Transfers Are A Microcosm Of A Very Familiar Hawaii Dilemma Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Neal Milner: College Football Transfers Are A Microcosm Of A Very Familiar Hawaii Dilemma

New rules allowing increased mobility for UH football players once again shows how economic forces can overwhelm cultural attachments.

Danny De Gracia: Hawaii’s Capitol Can Be Opened Safely. Here’s How Claire Caulfield/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: Hawaii’s Capitol Can Be Opened Safely. Here’s How

The open air rotunda provides an ideal place for social distanced meetings with legislators.

Penei E Pilikia Ai Ka ʻŌnaehana Wāwahie Ma Kapūkakī I Ko O‘ahu Wai Inu No Nā Kekeke He Nui Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2016

Penei E Pilikia Ai Ka ʻŌnaehana Wāwahie Ma Kapūkakī I Ko O‘ahu Wai Inu No Nā Kekeke He Nui

ʻOiai, ua kūkulu koke ʻia ka pono lako ma ke Kaua Honua ʻElua, he moʻolelo ko ia mea no ke kūlono ʻino ʻana i loko nō o ko ka Pūʻali Koa Moana hoʻohiki ʻana i ka hoʻopaʻa pono ʻia o ua kūkulu nei.

It’s Tough To Figure Out Just How Hard The Pandemic Has Hit The Hawaii Economy Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat/2020

It’s Tough To Figure Out Just How Hard The Pandemic Has Hit The Hawaii Economy

Personal income in Hawaii actually increased overall during the pandemic, but experts say people are going to be worse off this year as federal bailout money dries up.

January 12, 2022

Honolulu Police Chief Search Expected To Take At Least 6 More Months Honolulu Police Commission/2022

Honolulu Police Chief Search Expected To Take At Least 6 More Months

PSI Services LLC, the consulting firm hired to assist in the search, said it plans to present the police commission with up to four finalists in June.