September 2021

September 23, 2021

Advocates Raise Transparency Concerns Over Oahu’s Redistricting Screenshot

Advocates Raise Transparency Concerns Over Oahu’s Redistricting

Some worry there’s not enough time for a commission to examine the census data and for the public to provide input.

September 22, 2021

Court Urged To Order More Hawaii Inmate Releases To Slow Virus Spread Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Court Urged To Order More Hawaii Inmate Releases To Slow Virus Spread

Supreme Court justices signaled they may order corrections officials to make reports every 90 days on pretrial jail inmates.

Honolulu Community Services Director Resigns

Honolulu Community Services Director Resigns

Deputy Director Joy Barua will serve as acting director of the department.

Rep. Case: Manoa Post Office To Remain Open

Rep. Case: Manoa Post Office To Remain Open

The federal facility was scheduled to close Sept. 30.

Molokai Has An Electricity Problem. This Co-Op Wants To Change That Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Molokai Has An Electricity Problem. This Co-Op Wants To Change That

A new co-op plans to reclaim some of its electricity ownership by bidding on a community-based renewable energy project.

Grassroot Institute Founder Was Right About Big Government Flickr: Christian Schnettelker

Grassroot Institute Founder Was Right About Big Government

Bureaucracy ought to be tolerated only to the extent that it serves the individual.

Seasonal Farm Work Has Been A Lifeline For Pacific Islanders. The Pandemic Made It Harder Courtesy: Peter Bumseng

Seasonal Farm Work Has Been A Lifeline For Pacific Islanders. The Pandemic Made It Harder

Thousands of Pacific Island workers were stranded in New Zealand and Australia when the pandemic began. Others were stuck at home.

Lee Cataluna: Mayor Blangiardi’s Surprisingly Un-Trumpy Style Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Lee Cataluna: Mayor Blangiardi’s Surprisingly Un-Trumpy Style

With decisive action and straight talk, Honolulu’s new mayor has so far not made himself in the image of the former president he once supported.

September 21, 2021

Agribusiness Agency Pleads For More Time To Deal With Longstanding Issues

Agribusiness Agency Pleads For More Time To Deal With Longstanding Issues

Meanwhile, lawmakers want the agency to hasten its pace in addressing deficiencies a state audit found earlier this year.

Family Of Paralyzed Teen Sues Police, Alleging Injuries Resulted From High-Speed Chase Hawaii News Now

Family Of Paralyzed Teen Sues Police, Alleging Injuries Resulted From High-Speed Chase

Dayten Gouveia was left paralyzed after police allegedly ran a car he was in off the road, causing a severe crash.

Menor-McNamara May Run For Hawaii Lieutenant Governor Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2016

Menor-McNamara May Run For Hawaii Lieutenant Governor

The president and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii has filed organizational paperwork.

Four Years After A Toddler Died Of Scalding, Her Mother Still Seeks Answers Courtesy: Sassidy Curry

Four Years After A Toddler Died Of Scalding, Her Mother Still Seeks Answers

As the anniversary of her baby’s death approaches, a Las Vegas mother is renewing calls for answers and accountability.

Training Records May Be Sticking Point In Fire Chief Deadlock Screenshot

Training Records May Be Sticking Point In Fire Chief Deadlock

The Honolulu Fire Commission will meet again this week to take up the hiring impasse.

Denby Fawcett: The Unseen Cost To Taxpayers Of Vaccine Exemptions Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Denby Fawcett: The Unseen Cost To Taxpayers Of Vaccine Exemptions

State and city governments are allowing their workers to avoid the vaccine for religious or medical reasons, but processing the requests and keeping track of the workers takes time and money.

Honolulu’s Search For A New City Auditor May Finally Be Near An End Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu’s Search For A New City Auditor May Finally Be Near An End

A search committee selected a candidate with experience in Washington, D.C., and Seattle. The City Council must approve the appointment.

Many Head Start Classes Go Back Online Amid Covid Surge Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Many Head Start Classes Go Back Online Amid Covid Surge

The decision came as the delta variant spread rapidly in communities served by the federally funded preschool program.

September 20, 2021

LGBTQ Veterans Would Get Honorable Discharge Status Under New Bill Courtesy: Audrey Jensen/USAF/2018

LGBTQ Veterans Would Get Honorable Discharge Status Under New Bill

It was reintroduced by Hawaii’s Democratic Sen. Brian Schatz on the 10th anniversary of the repeal of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.

Honolulu Mayor Extends Restrictions On Social Gatherings Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Honolulu Mayor Extends Restrictions On Social Gatherings

The order comes as case counts are coming down and almost nine of 10 of those eligible have gotten at least one vaccination.

Lawmakers Question State Auditor About His Probe Of Agribusiness Agency Screenshot

Lawmakers Question State Auditor About His Probe Of Agribusiness Agency

The agency and the auditor are expected to appear before House lawmakers again Tuesday.