May 2021

May 06, 2021

Blangiardi Offering $10 Million In Incentives To Affordable Housing Developers Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Blangiardi Offering $10 Million In Incentives To Affordable Housing Developers

The Honolulu mayor hopes the incentives spur private development of affordable homes.

Oahu To Keep Current Pandemic Restrictions For At Least Four More Weeks Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Oahu To Keep Current Pandemic Restrictions For At Least Four More Weeks

The state and county will be working together to figure out how to incorporate vaccination counts into the tier system, Blangiardi’s office said.

At What Age Are People Usually The Happiest? Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat

At What Age Are People Usually The Happiest?

New research offers surprising clues. Spoiler alert: It’s not 29.

Lawmakers Passed On The Chance To Fortify Public Health

Lawmakers Passed On The Chance To Fortify Public Health

They could — and should — have passed the sugary drinks tax.

A Maui Farmer’s Dream: Where Food, Not Fences, Separates The Homes Brittany Lyte/Civil Beat

A Maui Farmer’s Dream: Where Food, Not Fences, Separates The Homes

Facing a shortage of affordable agricultural land, a Maui farmer is forging unique partnerships with high-end homeowners to grow food in their yards.

Civil Beat/HNN Poll: Majority Of Oahu Voters Oppose Rail Project Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Civil Beat/HNN Poll: Majority Of Oahu Voters Oppose Rail Project

But 44% say it should go all the way to Ala Moana Center instead of shortening the 20-mile route.

Kūmākena Nā Poʻe Hoʻokele Moku I Ka Hala Hoʻokāhāhā O Kekahi O Nā Loea Hoʻokele 'Oiwi TV

Kūmākena Nā Poʻe Hoʻokele Moku I Ka Hala Hoʻokāhāhā O Kekahi O Nā Loea Hoʻokele

ʻO Kalepa Baybayan, he kāpena ʻo ia no ka manawa he nui ma Hōkūleʻa i kākoʻo i ka hoʻomaka hou ʻana i ka hoʻokele kuʻuna ma ka Pakipika, ua hala  ʻokoʻa ʻo ia ma Seattle ma ka Pōʻahā. 

May 05, 2021

Guilty Plea: Former Maui Cop Offered To Sabotage Case In Exchange For Sexual Relationship

Guilty Plea: Former Maui Cop Offered To Sabotage Case In Exchange For Sexual Relationship

The former officer could go to prison for offering to perjure himself in exchange for sex, the DOJ said.

Big Island Planning Commissioner Gets Three Months To Improve Behavior Screenshot

Big Island Planning Commissioner Gets Three Months To Improve Behavior

The Hawaii County mayor had asked the County Council to remove Leeward Planning Commissioner Mark Van Pernis, saying he was too combative and rude.

Hawaii To Launch School-Based COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii To Launch School-Based COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics

The clinics, which are seen as a key step toward fully reopening campuses, will begin Thursday at Waipahu High School.

Hirono Dishes On Rail, Anti-Asian Hate And Vaccine-Hesitant Trumpers Screen shot

Hirono Dishes On Rail, Anti-Asian Hate And Vaccine-Hesitant Trumpers

Hawaii U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono says Honolulu shouldn’t expect more money from the federal government to bail out its $12 billion transportation project.

Civil Beat/HNN Poll: Hawaii Voters Really, Really Like Lt. Gov. Josh Green Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Civil Beat/HNN Poll: Hawaii Voters Really, Really Like Lt. Gov. Josh Green

But Gov. David Ige gets low marks as does Speaker Scott Saiki, the Legislature and former Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell.

Hawaiian Electric Says It Might Pull The Plug On Giant Battery Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaiian Electric Says It Might Pull The Plug On Giant Battery

Regulators gave the green light to the project, which they say is needed to keep Oahu’s lights on, but with conditions the company opposes.

As Demand Wanes, Hawaii Reduces Its COVID-19 Vaccine Order For The First Time Cory Lum/Civil Beat

As Demand Wanes, Hawaii Reduces Its COVID-19 Vaccine Order For The First Time

The slowdown comes as Hawaii reached a milestone, with nearly 63% of the 16-and-older population fully vaccinated as of Tuesday.

Bringing Back The Pork: Case, Kahele Make Their Pitch For $57 Million Dan Dennison

Bringing Back The Pork: Case, Kahele Make Their Pitch For $57 Million

Earmarks were banned in 2011 after a series of scandals involving congressionally directed spending. Now Congress has decided to bring the process back with more transparency.

May 04, 2021

Ed Case Revives Ambitious Pacific Island Foreign Policy Bill Chad Blair/Civil Beat

Ed Case Revives Ambitious Pacific Island Foreign Policy Bill

The bill would authorize $1 billion in aid to Pacific Island nations and boost trade, diplomatic and military relations across the region.

Fear Of Side Effects, Government Mistrust Among Reasons For Vaccine Hesitancy Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Fear Of Side Effects, Government Mistrust Among Reasons For Vaccine Hesitancy

Health authorities fear a wane in demand for COVID-19 vaccines could jeopardize Hawaii’s ability to achieve mass immunity needed to stamp out the disease.

Denby Fawcett: Hawaii’s Capitol Shouldn’t Be Turned Into A Fortress Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Denby Fawcett: Hawaii’s Capitol Shouldn’t Be Turned Into A Fortress

A bill to fortify Hawaii’s open State Capitol with metal detectors and security barriers thankfully dies in the Legislature.

Civil Beat/HNN Poll: Most People Surveyed In Hawaii Say They Will Get Vaccinated Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Civil Beat/HNN Poll: Most People Surveyed In Hawaii Say They Will Get Vaccinated

Only 12% say they have chosen not to be immunized for COVID-19. There is also support for vaccine passports and employer mandates.