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Anita Hofschneider

Rod Becker Will Stay At State Budget Agency — But Not In The Top Job

Rod Becker Will Stay At State Budget Agency — But Not In The Top Job

He is the second Ige Cabinet member who the governor had hoped would continue to lead an agency but whose appointment ran into trouble in the Senate.

Former Head Of Hawaiian Home Lands Is Back At Agency In A New Job Anita Hofschneider/Civil Beat

Former Head Of Hawaiian Home Lands Is Back At Agency In A New Job

Jobie Masagatani will earn a six-figure salary as executive assistant to the director.

Hawaii Public Housing Applicants Now Have Until June To Sign Up Online Anthony Quintano/ Civil Beat

Hawaii Public Housing Applicants Now Have Until June To Sign Up Online

The Housing Authority extended the deadline for nearly 14,000 applicants to sign up on the wait list.

New Federal Rules Block Driver’s Licenses For Micronesians In Hawaii Anita Hofschneider/Civil Beat

New Federal Rules Block Driver’s Licenses For Micronesians In Hawaii

State officials say new federal guidelines prohibit many Pacific Islanders from getting licenses and state IDs that comply with the REAL ID Act.

This Native Hawaiian Taro Farmer Has Been Fighting A&B For Decades Cory Lum/Civil Beat

This Native Hawaiian Taro Farmer Has Been Fighting A&B For Decades

The result has been bittersweet. Stream water was restored to his East Maui land three years ago, but so many others gave up traditional taro farming during the long battle.

State To Housing Applicants: Sign Up Online Or Lose Your Spot On Wait List Cory Lum/Civil Beat

State To Housing Applicants: Sign Up Online Or Lose Your Spot On Wait List

The Honolulu Public Housing Authority has sent out nearly 14,000 letters, but some advocates fear people won’t understand their importance.

What’s The Holdup On A Bill That Targets Child Sex Abusers? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

What’s The Holdup On A Bill That Targets Child Sex Abusers?

Both legislative chambers appear to agree there should be no statute of limitations in child sex abuse cases, but the measure may still be in trouble.

Where Hawaii Renters Spend Half Their Incomes On Housing Carlie Procell/Civil Beat

Where Hawaii Renters Spend Half Their Incomes On Housing

In the state as a whole, people at many income levels who rent — not just low-income residents — face a shortage of rental housing.

Waters Defeats Ozawa In Honolulu City Council Rematch Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Waters Defeats Ozawa In Honolulu City Council Rematch

After being outpolled by Trevor Ozawa by margins of 22 and 41 votes in prior contests, Tommy Waters won by 1,004 in the special election.

Last Chance To Vote In City Council Special Election Courtesy of the candidates

Last Chance To Vote In City Council Special Election

More than 32,700 people have already cast ballots in the race to represent East Honolulu.

Hawaii Loses Leading Civil Rights Advocate Joakim ‘Jojo’ Peter Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Loses Leading Civil Rights Advocate Joakim ‘Jojo’ Peter

The native of Chuuk, Micronesia fought for social justice for Pacific Islanders in Hawaii and beyond.

More Than 31,000 Have Voted In City Council Race Cory Lum/Civil Beat

More Than 31,000 Have Voted In City Council Race

The special election between Trevor Ozawa and Tommy Waters for the East Honolulu seat ends Saturday.