January 2023

January 25, 2023

Plans For A New 43-Story High Rise On Kapiolani Blvd Move Ahead

Some residents in the neighborhood of the affordable housing project are against it and say the project is moving too fast.

Chief Justice Calls On State To ‘Join Forces’ To Solve Homelessness, Mental Health Crisis

Mark Recktenwald, the head of the state’s court system, advocated for more funding for diversion programs.

‘I Feel Like They Murdered 25 Years Of My Life’

Freed after decades in prison for a wrongful murder conviction, a Hawaii man reflects on his case and his future.

Hawaii Ag Director Plans To ‘Go Big’ If Confirmed

The department's funding has become cause for concern after losing a special revenue stream. Lawmakers say they are listening, but they expect the next director to ask for more.

How A Longtime Politician Became The Chair Of The House Finance Committee

Rep. Kyle Yamashita, who is known for his quiet nature, is leading one of the most powerful committees in the Legislature.

New Park Rangers To Serve As Beach Sleuths

A set of mobile cops will fan out across Oahu's parks, looking for the rogue operators that are driving residents crazy.

Why School Enrollment Declines Are A ‘Significant Concern’ In Hawaii 

Hawaii is on track to have fewer students enrolled in state-run schools by 2027 than at any point since the early years of statehood. 

January 24, 2023

Hawaii Man Freed After More Than 20 Years In Jail For 1991 Murder

UPDATES: The decision came after new evidence was presented in the 1991 killing of 23-year-old Dana Ireland on the Big Island.

30×30 Is Conservation’s Flashy New Goal. Now It’s Time To Figure Out What It Means

The new global target aims to protect 30 percent of land and waters. But is it a powerful goal or an empty slogan?

Police In Hawaii Killed 2 People Last Year. Is It A Sign Of A Downward Trend?

Data that captures trends in police killings over the past five decades shows a steep decline across the U.S., even while the 2022 national total shows little change in their frequency.

Denby Fawcett: A Ceremony For A Hawaiian ‘Princess’ Unlikely To Be Repeated

Abigail Kawananakoa's public viewing at Iolani Palace drew some 1,600 people.

Hawaii Lawmakers Seek Shields Against Supreme Court Rulings On Abortion, Guns

Lawmakers are considering statewide regulations on concealed carry and also plan to debate measures protecting doctors who perform abortions.

January 23, 2023

‘Too Much On The Line’: Hawaii Gov. Josh Green Promises To Tackle Tough Issues Head On

Housing, homelessness and cost of living were top priorities in the new governor's first State of the State address to lawmakers.

Rep. Amy Perruso: Don’t Underestimate How Important Reform Is To The Public

This lawmaker hopes citizens will seize the moment and testify in support of dozens of measures to make state government more transparent and accountable.

Danny De Gracia: Corporate Greed Is Best Foiled By Consumer Action Rather Than New Laws

The new trend is charging consumers for components already installed. We should vote with our pocketbooks.

East Maui Residents Endured A Month Without Phone Or Internet After Storm

Hawaiian Telcom says the area is remote and rugged, making it more challenging to do the repair work.

Proposed $1 Billion Hydrogen Fuel Hub Signals A New Start For Reenergized Hawaii Agency

The state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism floundered under the Ige administration.

Advocates Say It’s No Longer Whether Hawaii Should Charge A Green Fee, But How

Hawaii's new governor supports a visitor-impact fee, and supporters say they're more organized than ever. But it will be up to state legislators to decide.

January 22, 2023

Investing In Health Care Workers Is An Investment In Hawaii’s People

Demand for workers has increased at a faster rate than the workforce programs can match.

The Civil Beat Editorial Board Interview: US Rep. Jill Tokuda

Hawaii's newest member of its congressional delegation recalls the chaotic first four days of the new House, here priorities for education and agriculture, and the ongoing need to diversify government representation.