April 2021

April 04, 2021

Lee Cataluna: Blangiardi Has A Chance To Change The Game On City Corruption Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lee Cataluna: Blangiardi Has A Chance To Change The Game On City Corruption

The Honolulu mayor, a former coach, can score points early on when it comes to the planning department fiasco.

Big Island Mayor Wants To Oust Planning Commissioner For Being Hostile

Big Island Mayor Wants To Oust Planning Commissioner For Being Hostile

Mayor Mitch Roth says Mark Van Pernis has disrupted public business. Most recently, Van Pernis raised questions about a Roth appointee.

John Pritchett: Tourism, The Sequel John Pritchett/Civil Beat

John Pritchett: Tourism, The Sequel

The recent influx of visitors to the islands brings to mind a tag line from the old “Poltergeist” films. We need tourists, but their outsize presence after a year’s absence is also a little unnerving.

How The Westside Is Restoring The Coconut Tree As A Food Source In Hawaii Kuʻu Kauanoe/Civil Beat

How The Westside Is Restoring The Coconut Tree As A Food Source In Hawaii

A group from the University of Hawaii West Oahu sees planting coconut trees as a way of improving food security and cultural ties in Hawaii.

Want To Combat Climate Change? Feed Seaweed To Cows

Want To Combat Climate Change? Feed Seaweed To Cows

Feeding cows a few ounces of seaweed daily could sharply reduce their contribution to climate change.

April 02, 2021

Veterans Home In Hilo To Get $600,000 In Federal Relief Funds Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Veterans Home In Hilo To Get $600,000 In Federal Relief Funds

The facility was the site of a COVID-19 outbreak that killed 27 and prompted a change in management, a lawsuit and a massive federal fine.

New CDC Guidance Paves The Way For Hawaii To Implement ‘Vaccine Passports’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

New CDC Guidance Paves The Way For Hawaii To Implement ‘Vaccine Passports’

The federal agency said it’s safe for fully vaccinated people to travel without testing or quarantine.

Vaccines Open To 16 And Up On Kauai And Big Island Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Vaccines Open To 16 And Up On Kauai And Big Island

More vaccines are on their way, but so are visitors.

Hawaii’s Pandemic-Induced Rental Car Shortage — Here’s What The Data Shows Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii’s Pandemic-Induced Rental Car Shortage — Here’s What The Data Shows

Rental car companies sold off part of their fleets to make up for economic losses caused by the pandemic.

When It Comes To Gun Control, The US Can Learn From Other Nations Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

When It Comes To Gun Control, The US Can Learn From Other Nations

Australia, South Korea and Japan show that real progress can be made to reduce mass shootings.

Hawaii Restaurants Could Escape Shifting Pandemic Rules Under Proposed Program Stewart Yerton/Civil Beat

Hawaii Restaurants Could Escape Shifting Pandemic Rules Under Proposed Program

An initiative to help small businesses avoid government mandates has gained traction with some policymakers and could eventually include other industries.

How Addressing Hawaii’s Affordable Housing Crisis Could Help Farming Efforts Cory Lum/Civil Beat

How Addressing Hawaii’s Affordable Housing Crisis Could Help Farming Efforts

Farmers say housing insecurity threatens their ability to retain employees and makes it difficult to ramp up production.

The Legislature Should Not Create Barriers To The Public’s Access To Virtual Meetings

The Legislature Should Not Create Barriers To The Public’s Access To Virtual Meetings

Senate Bill 1034 deserves passage but in its original form and not the current amended version.

April 01, 2021

Kahuku Wind Farm Case Goes Before Hawaii Supreme Court Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Kahuku Wind Farm Case Goes Before Hawaii Supreme Court

The oral arguments Thursday were the first of three Hawaii’s highest court will hear involving renewable energy projects.

Report: State Auditor Not In ‘Complete Compliance’ With Constitution Olelo Community Media

Report: State Auditor Not In ‘Complete Compliance’ With Constitution

State Auditor Les Kondo calls the investigation into his office “sneaky and underhanded.”

Hawaii Jockeys For Advantage In Biden’s $2 Trillion Infrastructure Plan Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Jockeys For Advantage In Biden’s $2 Trillion Infrastructure Plan

Local politicians, business leaders and labor organizers say Hawaii needs funds to reduce its dependence on petroleum, boost rail and improve wastewater systems.

Senate Panel Approves Increases In Hawaii Estate, Conveyance Taxes Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Senate Panel Approves Increases In Hawaii Estate, Conveyance Taxes

The measure would also suspend some excise tax exemptions for various industries to generate extra tax revenue.

Leonardo DiCaprio Lends Support To Hawaii Bill Protecting Sharks

Leonardo DiCaprio Lends Support To Hawaii Bill Protecting Sharks

The actor and environmentalist says that shark populations “are critical to ocean health and resiliency.”

REITs Occupy A Valuable Place In Hawaii’s Economy Cory Lum/Civil Beat

REITs Occupy A Valuable Place In Hawaii’s Economy

But there is a lot of misinformation being spread around about what exactly the real estate investment trusts do — or should do.