January 2022

January 12, 2022

Three Former Honolulu Officials Charged With Conspiracy For Kealoha Payout Hawaii News Now/2022

Three Former Honolulu Officials Charged With Conspiracy For Kealoha Payout

UPDATED: All defendants pleaded not guilty, and a judge allowed their release on unsecured $50,000 bonds.

Kahikina Lists Achievements In Her First Year Leading Honolulu Rail Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Kahikina Lists Achievements In Her First Year Leading Honolulu Rail

An official slide presentation on the new executive director’s performance cites plenty of achievements but no weaknesses.

Hawaii Democrats: Rep. Case Does Not Reflect Party’s Values And Principles Kuʻu Kauanoe/Civil Beat/2020

Hawaii Democrats: Rep. Case Does Not Reflect Party’s Values And Principles

The congressman is criticized for his stance on Build Back Better, but Case says the party mischaracterizes his position and never bothered to call him.

Is The Hawaii Legislature Ready To Give Teachers A Raise? Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Is The Hawaii Legislature Ready To Give Teachers A Raise?

The economic outlook is sharply improved from last year’s legislative session, when the theme was staving off job cuts or teacher furloughs.

Report: Hawaii Voters Support Upgrades to State Online Services, But Not With Tax Hikes Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2020

Report: Hawaii Voters Support Upgrades to State Online Services, But Not With Tax Hikes

Only one in five respondents found the state’s digital infrastructure to be “adequate.”

January 11, 2022

CNMI House Votes To Impeach Governor Torres Courtesy: CNMI Office of Governor

CNMI House Votes To Impeach Governor Torres

The House voted in favor of six articles of impeachment relating to fraud, theft, neglect of duty, corruption and unlawful travel.

DLNR Asks Hawaii Legislators For An Additional $31.6 Million Courtesy: Lesley Macpherson/DLNR

DLNR Asks Hawaii Legislators For An Additional $31.6 Million

The budget boost would help the department hire more people in order to better maintain state parks and trails, officials said.

The Maui Charter Commission Is Weighing 85 Changes To County Government Ludwig Laab/Civil Beat/2021

The Maui Charter Commission Is Weighing 85 Changes To County Government

Later this month members of the public can comment on the proposed amendments, which if approved by voters would reform county elections, policing, zoning and more.

West Hawaii May Get House Seat As Reapportionment Shake-Up Continues Screenshot

West Hawaii May Get House Seat As Reapportionment Shake-Up Continues

The Big Island could have eight seats in the 51-member Hawaii House as the state redistricting process continues and new maps emerge.

Moderna Boosters Now Available After Five Months Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Moderna Boosters Now Available After Five Months

Adults who have been vaccinated with either Moderna or Pfizer can now get boosters five months after their second shot.

Navy Agrees To Comply With Hawaii’s Order To Drain Red Hill Fuel Facility Screenshot: House Armed Services/2022

Navy Agrees To Comply With Hawaii’s Order To Drain Red Hill Fuel Facility

Employees at Red Hill filed complaints about safety hazards before the leaks in 2021, a Navy official said.

Calvin Say: Red Hill Crisis Requires Hawaii To Unite And Act Now Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Calvin Say: Red Hill Crisis Requires Hawaii To Unite And Act Now

The Honolulu City Council is expected to consider Bill 48 at a hearing Tuesday that proposes a possible solution.

‘We Can’t Just Talk About It Anymore’: Hawaii’s Legislature Will Take On Climate Change Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

‘We Can’t Just Talk About It Anymore’: Hawaii’s Legislature Will Take On Climate Change

The Environmental Legislative Caucus plans to announce a package of climate change measures the first week of the 2022 session.

Denby Fawcett: How Covid-19 Has Warped Our Sense Of Time Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Denby Fawcett: How Covid-19 Has Warped Our Sense Of Time

Stress can make time seem to pass more slowly, boredom more quickly, and both have been at play during the pandemic.

January 10, 2022

Hawaii Rep. Sharon Har Is Acquitted Of A Drunken Driving Charge Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Hawaii Rep. Sharon Har Is Acquitted Of A Drunken Driving Charge

Honolulu Prosecutor Steve Alm said he is “very disappointed” in the court’s decision to clear Rep. Sharon Har.

Hawaii Covid-19 Hospitalizations Rise As The Omicron Surge Continues Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat/2021

Hawaii Covid-19 Hospitalizations Rise As The Omicron Surge Continues

Hawaii health officials are urging everyone to get vaccinated, and urging people who are vaccinated to get booster shots to avoid overwhelming hospitals.

House May Ask AG To Probe Alleged Criminal Conduct By State Auditor Screenshot/2022

House May Ask AG To Probe Alleged Criminal Conduct By State Auditor

Rep. Della Au Belatti said her committee’s work raises concerns about possible witness tampering by Les Kondo, who called the allegation “irresponsible and outrageous.”

HPD And DOE Sued For Allegedly Handcuffing 10-Year-Old Girl Over Drawing Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

HPD And DOE Sued For Allegedly Handcuffing 10-Year-Old Girl Over Drawing

The civil rights lawsuit was filed Friday and alleges that the girl suffered physical, emotional and physiological injuries in the wake of the incident.

HPU Hopes A New School Of Nursing Will Boost Recruiting Efforts Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2020

HPU Hopes A New School Of Nursing Will Boost Recruiting Efforts

The need to attract more nurses is a longstanding problem in Hawaii, but the pandemic has intensified the problem.

 

Danny De Gracia: Take Care Of Each Other, Everyone’s Life Matters Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat/2021

Danny De Gracia: Take Care Of Each Other, Everyone’s Life Matters

The most important thing we can do right now is to keep people from falling through the cracks by creating circles of accountability and support.