February 2020

February 10, 2020

Danny De Gracia: Hawaii’s Struggling Teachers Deserve Some Tax Relief Ku’u Kauanoe/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: Hawaii’s Struggling Teachers Deserve Some Tax Relief

Passing a proposed $500 tax credit for buying classroom supplies would be a small step by the Legislature to provide teachers the help they deserve.

Hawaii Prison Reformers Call For New Approach To Guard Training Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Prison Reformers Call For New Approach To Guard Training

An overhaul of the training program is competing with many other priorities.

How Is Plastic Getting Into Hawaii’s Soil? Claire Caulfield/Civil Beat

How Is Plastic Getting Into Hawaii’s Soil?

One way is through compost. And that’s affecting our farmers.

It Is Simply Impossible To Survive On $21,000 A Year Cory Lum/Civil Beat

It Is Simply Impossible To Survive On $21,000 A Year

Come on, Hawaii lawmakers — let’s raise the minimum wage to $17 an hour.

The Ongoing TMT Crisis Cries Out For Collective Hawaii Leadership Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The Ongoing TMT Crisis Cries Out For Collective Hawaii Leadership

A reconciliation process being offered by legislative leaders is a way forward. But lawmakers need to act decisively and soon.

February 09, 2020

Tulsi Gabbard Bets Her Presidential Campaign On New Hampshire Nick Grube/Civil Beat

Tulsi Gabbard Bets Her Presidential Campaign On New Hampshire

The Hawaii congresswoman, who performed dismally in Iowa, has pretty much lived in the Granite State since December and hosted more than 100 events.

Tom Yamachika: The ConAm Returns Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Tom Yamachika: The ConAm Returns

The Hawaii Legislature is considering a constitutional amendment on real property taxes.

February 07, 2020

Corruption Has Nothing To Do With Race Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Corruption Has Nothing To Do With Race

Civil Beat readers have lots to say about the new Fault Lines series.

SLIDESHOW: The Beat Must Go On Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat

SLIDESHOW: The Beat Must Go On

Since its founding in 1994 by the husband and wife duo Kenny and Chizuko Endo, the Taiko Center of the Pacific has been fostering the art of taiko drumming and a vibrant community of students and performers. These drums take a lot of beatings, which means every two to three years they must take the drums apart and give them a complete rehaul, making repairs and refreshing the cowhide skins. For the New Year, students and their families came together this month to get the job done.
State Lawmakers Are Weighing A Slate Of Bills That Affect Native Hawaiians DHHL via Facebook

State Lawmakers Are Weighing A Slate Of Bills That Affect Native Hawaiians

But DHHL reforms and measures that cover cultural practitioners have a long way to go this session.

Valley Isle Leads The Way In Combating Elder Abuse Flickr: Forest and Kim Starr

Valley Isle Leads The Way In Combating Elder Abuse

The Maui prosecutor’s proposed bill addressing elder abuse is a substantial effort to protect our kupuna.

Tangled Web Of Campaign Cash Connects Hawaii To Maine U.S. Sen. Susan Collins

Tangled Web Of Campaign Cash Connects Hawaii To Maine

Tens of thousands of dollars in contributions have flowed from a Hawaii defense contractor, his family and employees to a Maine Republican senator.

Plan For Dramatic Expansion Of Hawaii Pre-K Programs Still Lacks Details Suevon Lee

Plan For Dramatic Expansion Of Hawaii Pre-K Programs Still Lacks Details

A proposal by Gov. David Ige and legislative leaders sets a goal of providing childcare or preschool options for all 3- and 4-year-olds in Hawaii by 2030.

 

February 06, 2020

State To Pull Out Of Dillingham Airfield, Leaving Businesses Up In The Air Mark Ture/Flickr

State To Pull Out Of Dillingham Airfield, Leaving Businesses Up In The Air

UPDATED: Hundreds of employees who work at the airfield or indirectly depend on it could be affected by the state’s decision to walk away.

Bill Forfeiting Worker Benefits In Felony Cases Advances Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Bill Forfeiting Worker Benefits In Felony Cases Advances

Hawaii is one of only a few states that has no such law for government employees.

A Proposal To Clear Up Traffic And Clean The Air Flickr: edward stojakovic

A Proposal To Clear Up Traffic And Clean The Air

De-congestion pricing is working wonders in Stockholm and London. Why not here?

Hawaii Taxpayers To Foot Bill For Student’s Near-Drowning, Teen’s Fatal Scooter Crash Blaze Lovell/CivilBeat

Hawaii Taxpayers To Foot Bill For Student’s Near-Drowning, Teen’s Fatal Scooter Crash

The Ige administration is asking the Legislature to approve over $1 million worth of settlements.

Fear Of The Coronavirus Probably Won’t Get You Asylum In The US Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Fear Of The Coronavirus Probably Won’t Get You Asylum In The US

Two Chinese people taken into federal custody at Honolulu’s airport were reported to be seeking asylum because of the virus.

Trump’s Revamp Of Major Environmental Law ‘A Disaster For Hawaii’ Hawaii DLNR

Trump’s Revamp Of Major Environmental Law ‘A Disaster For Hawaii’

Proposed changes to one of the country’s most influential environmental laws could mean less public scrutiny and oversight of big projects.

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: AG Steering Hawaii In Wrong Direction With TMT Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: AG Steering Hawaii In Wrong Direction With TMT

The state Attorney General’s latest action to subpoena a nonprofit’s bank records borders on a dangerous abuse of power.