April 2010

April 23, 2010

Who are Hawaii’s key players?

Maya Soetoro-Ng, President Obama’s half-sister and Hawaii resident, lent the Obama glow to Neil Abercrombie’s campaign for governor at a…

April 22, 2010

Watch out what you tweet!

A couple hours after I tweeted Wednesday about how user-friendly the city website was for those following…

Social media is alive and well at Honolulu Hale

For those not watching the Honolulu City Council meeting, Mayor Mufi Hannemann offered this…

Another Day, Another Tax

The theme at the City Hall budget meeting this week was — see if you can guess? — tax hikes.

Unknown candidates for No. 2 no help for Aiona

So far, only two Republicans have pulled papers to seek the lieutenant governor’s job, neither of them brand names. That…

April 21, 2010

Wasting away again at the Ala Wai

As the son (but not “the son of a son”) of a sailor man, I am intimate with the recordings…

No Surprise: Prevedouros Turns Republican

Panos Prevedouros will run for Honolulu mayor this year if Mufi Hannemann runs for governor, a near…

What if Honolulu Can’t Pay for Rail?

If you live on Oahu, you know you’re paying an extra 0.5 percent General Excise Tax surcharge…

Coming Soon? The Aloha Stadium Mall

The state wants to allow commercial shops at Aloha Stadium and to rent the 50,000-seat facility for private use when…

Transit Arithmetic: Make your own formula?

Honolulu City and County of Honolulu officials estimate that a proposed $5.3 billion elevated rail project will create…

How will furlough days affect the kids?

One of our members, Jennifer Chandler, asked why I haven’t addressed the Furlough Fridays issue on…

The real cost of the General Excise Tax

There are a number of common experiences that bind us here in Hawaii. The trade winds. The warm beaches. The…

Big day for education reform?

The question of education reform could come to a head in the Legislature today. A committee of representatives from both…

‘Plastic soup’ in Atlantic Ocean, too

The Pacific garbage patch isn’t alone. That swirling mass of refuse between Hawaii and California has a sibling in the…

What does the Turtle Bay decision mean?

I’ve been looking into the impact of the Hawaii Supreme Court‘s Turtle Bay decision. The…

What’s on Your Mind?

I just posted Expect the Unexpected and would love to hear what’s on your mind!…

Renewed Fight for Hawaii Civil Unions

Supporters of House Bill 444, the controversial measure that would extend “the same rights, benefits, protections, and responsibilities of spouses in a marriage to partners in a civil union” — namely, gay and lesbian couples — want another vote before the state Legislature adjourns April 29.

Expect the Unexpected

In the weeks leading up to our soft open, we felt like we had a pretty good “pre-opening” plan in…

Why Civil Beat?

Name of site reflects mission to build new civic square where citizens are engaged in conversation about important issues.

E komo mai (welcome)

As a small island chain in the middle of a vast ocean, Hawaii has limited natural resources. But the demands…