April 2021

April 07, 2021

New Honolulu Police Policy On Using Force Aims To Defuse Tense Situations Cory Lum/Civil Beat

New Honolulu Police Policy On Using Force Aims To Defuse Tense Situations

HPD has new rules about when officers can shoot at moving vehicles, use vascular neck restraints and deploy other uses of force.

Here’s How Hawaii’s New State Budget Is Shaping Up Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Here’s How Hawaii’s New State Budget Is Shaping Up

With just a few weeks left in session, both the House and Senate plan to bail out Hawaii employers and pass some tax increases.

April 06, 2021

Hawaii Expects To Meet Biden’s New Goal Of Offering Vaccines To All Adults By April 19 Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Expects To Meet Biden’s New Goal Of Offering Vaccines To All Adults By April 19

Honolulu is the only county in Hawaii that has yet to widen its COVID-19 vaccine eligibility pool to everyone 16 and older.

House Leaders Ignored The Needs Of Hawaii’s Workers Cory Lum/Civil Beat

House Leaders Ignored The Needs Of Hawaii’s Workers

They killed bills to raise the state minimum wage and to help the unemployed.

Denby Fawcett: Hawaii Wants To Dismantle Breakwater At Popular Swimming Hole Flickr.com

Denby Fawcett: Hawaii Wants To Dismantle Breakwater At Popular Swimming Hole

Critics say the breakwater’s removal will allow large ocean swells to slam into the basin at the late heiress Doris Duke’s former mansion, making it dangerous and unusable.

Under New Leadership, HART Purges Nearly Half Its Staff Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Under New Leadership, HART Purges Nearly Half Its Staff

The move aims to streamline HART, but some worry such severe cuts could hurt the struggling transit project in the long term.

As Honolulu Opens Up, Some Artists Wonder Why Their Venue Is Still Shut Down Courtesy: Debra Casey

As Honolulu Opens Up, Some Artists Wonder Why Their Venue Is Still Shut Down

The artists’ plight highlights the uneven way in which Honolulu has reopened.

April 05, 2021

Honolulu Police Chase And Shooting Leaves 16-Year-Old Suspect Dead, Others Injured Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Police Chase And Shooting Leaves 16-Year-Old Suspect Dead, Others Injured

The police chased and shot at a vehicle holding teenagers and a 22-year-old, the police chief said.

Labor Leaders Urge Lawmakers To Move Minimum Wage Increase Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Labor Leaders Urge Lawmakers To Move Minimum Wage Increase

Teamsters, ILWU and Local 5 leaders ask House Speaker Scott Saiki to schedule a floor vote by Wednesday.

New Rent, Utility Relief Fund Maxes Out Applications Within Hours Cory Lum/Civil Beat

New Rent, Utility Relief Fund Maxes Out Applications Within Hours

The first round of applications has already closed. It’s unclear when the second round will launch.

Ige Calls For Patience On Travel Restrictions, Vaccine Passports Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ige Calls For Patience On Travel Restrictions, Vaccine Passports

Updated: The Hawaii governor also urged the public to follow health protocols as COVID-19 cases rise on Oahu and in Maui County.

Despite Rising Cases, Blangiardi ‘Dead Set Against’ Return To Tier 2 For Honolulu Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Despite Rising Cases, Blangiardi ‘Dead Set Against’ Return To Tier 2 For Honolulu

The mayor wants to change the tier system to keep current restrictions the same.

Lawmakers Consider Adding ‘Coercive Control’ In Domestic Violence Cases

Lawmakers Consider Adding ‘Coercive Control’ In Domestic Violence Cases

Supporters say the bill will make it easier to prosecute domestic abusers, but critics including law enforcement say its definition is far too broad.

Study: Air Travel Didn’t Lead To Virus Spread In Early Days Of Pandemic Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Study: Air Travel Didn’t Lead To Virus Spread In Early Days Of Pandemic

Requiring proof of a negative COVID-19 test for air travel will do very little to slow the spread of the virus, data shows.

Sun Protection Is An Important Public Health Issue Jason Armstrong/Civil Beat

Sun Protection Is An Important Public Health Issue

Banning sunscreen ingredients means creating a greater risk of skin cancer.

Hawaii Parents Say ‘So Far, So Good’ As Schools Push Toward Full Reopening Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Parents Say ‘So Far, So Good’ As Schools Push Toward Full Reopening

Schools had to get creative to accommodate more in-person students while maintaining safety protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

HPD Chief Susan Ballard Is Up For Review This Week. Is She Still Up To The Job? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

HPD Chief Susan Ballard Is Up For Review This Week. Is She Still Up To The Job?

Four years ago, she was praised for righting a department in turmoil. Now, under fire from critics inside and outside the department, Ballard faces a new assessment from the Honolulu Police Commission.

Hawaii Data Landscape: Antiquated Infrastructure, Widespread Distrust Courtesy: Hawaii Data Collaborative

Hawaii Data Landscape: Antiquated Infrastructure, Widespread Distrust

New report from the Hawaii Data Collaborative lays out the challenges faced by the state’s data ecosystem and recommendations on how to move forward.

April 04, 2021

Get Involved With A Public Board Or Commission. They Need You Chad Blair/Civil Beat

Get Involved With A Public Board Or Commission. They Need You

They offer citizens a way to take part in government without having to organize a political campaign.