January 2021

January 20, 2021

Lee Cataluna: The New Year Brings A New Hawaii

Lee Cataluna: The New Year Brings A New Hawaii

While we’ve been sheltering from COVID-19, Hawaii has changed in big, unexpected ways.

January 19, 2021

A Year Later, HPD Still Investigating Shooting Deaths Of 2 Police Officers Cory Lum/Civil Beat

A Year Later, HPD Still Investigating Shooting Deaths Of 2 Police Officers

HPD has yet to release any of its findings about the day two of its officers were killed.

Ige Selects Acasio To Fill Kahele’s Senate Seat

Ige Selects Acasio To Fill Kahele’s Senate Seat

She is a teacher who has served in Democratic Party leadership roles.

Honolulu Prosecutor Drops Surgeon General’s COVID Violation Charge Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Prosecutor Drops Surgeon General’s COVID Violation Charge

HPD ticketed the federal official for being in a closed park in violation of the mayor’s order.

Denby Fawcett: Some Want Permanent Security Barriers At Capitol, But At What Cost? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Denby Fawcett: Some Want Permanent Security Barriers At Capitol, But At What Cost?

Fencing and blockades mar the open spaces of one of the most beautiful buildings in Hawaii and reduce public access to the workings of government.

Hawaii Owes The Feds $700 Million. Businesses May Have To Pay The Tab Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Owes The Feds $700 Million. Businesses May Have To Pay The Tab

The state borrowed $700 million to pay unemployment benefits, but businesses may have to repay it.

It’s Time For Hawaii To Tax The Rich

It’s Time For Hawaii To Tax The Rich

We are facing an urgent test of our moral character.

New Wave Of Federal Stimulus Money Is Hitting Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat

New Wave Of Federal Stimulus Money Is Hitting Hawaii

But it may be too late for some businesses, particularly restaurants.

Eric Stinton: What Hawaii Can Learn From The Trump Years Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat

Eric Stinton: What Hawaii Can Learn From The Trump Years

If there is any hope for the future of local politics, it is coming from the left wing of the otherwise centrist Democratic Party here.

The Battered State Budget Will Dominate The Next Hawaii Legislature Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The Battered State Budget Will Dominate The Next Hawaii Legislature

With money tight, lawmakers are looking to the Biden administration and Congress to help shore up a huge deficit as the 2021 session opens this week.

January 18, 2021

HAWAII VIRUS TRACKER — Jan. 18: 129 New COVID-19 Cases Cory Lum/Civil Beat

HAWAII VIRUS TRACKER — Jan. 18: 129 New COVID-19 Cases

Hawaii has seen a triple-digit increase in cases for 14 straight days.

5 Ways We Can Move Away From Single-Use Plastics Rafael Bergstrom

5 Ways We Can Move Away From Single-Use Plastics

The pandemic is putting even more plastic into our oceans. But we can change that.

Danny De Gracia: Hawaii Should Rise Up While ‘The Stars Are Aligned’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: Hawaii Should Rise Up While ‘The Stars Are Aligned’

With Democrats in control, the Legislature needs to capitalize on the potential to pull in more federal money to rebuild.

Black Lives Matter Means All Lives Matter Keisa Liu

Black Lives Matter Means All Lives Matter

The movement has never been just about Black lives. It’s about the injustices that can affect anyone.

Lee Cataluna: What Have We Learned In The Last 10 Months? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lee Cataluna: What Have We Learned In The Last 10 Months?

Looking back at Hawaii’s response to COVID-19, no one was prepared for the crisis to last this long.

EPA: Hawaii’s Military Bases Dumped 630,000 Pounds Of Toxic Nitrate Into The Ocean Cory Lum/Civil Beat

EPA: Hawaii’s Military Bases Dumped 630,000 Pounds Of Toxic Nitrate Into The Ocean

While federally permitted, the Environmental Protection Agency hopes the data’s public release spurs facilities to reduce their chemical waste.

John Pritchett: Under Siege John Pritchett/Civil Beat

John Pritchett: Under Siege

Security is being beefed up at the U.S. Capitol as well as state capitols across the country including in Hawaii. Police are concerned about more efforts to disrupt the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden on Wednesday.

January 17, 2021

HAWAII VIRUS TRACKER — Jan. 17: 132 New COVID-19 Cases And 2 Deaths Cory Lum/Civil Beat

HAWAII VIRUS TRACKER — Jan. 17: 132 New COVID-19 Cases And 2 Deaths

Hawaii has seen a triple-digit increase in cases for 13 straight days.

January 16, 2021

Maui Vaccination Clinic Temporarily Closes Due To Shortage Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Maui Vaccination Clinic Temporarily Closes Due To Shortage

All appointments scheduled through Feb. 7 have been canceled.