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Anita Hofschneider

Here’s What Trump Plans To Discuss With Three Pacific Nations Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Here’s What Trump Plans To Discuss With Three Pacific Nations

President Donald Trump intends to meet with the heads of Palau, the Marshall Islands and the Federated States of Micronesia on Tuesday.

Trump To Meet Leaders Of 3 Micronesian Nations Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Trump To Meet Leaders Of 3 Micronesian Nations

All three Pacific island countries have strategic agreements with the U.S. that give the military control over their airspace and waters.

Hirono Urges Feds To Expedite Paperwork For COFA Citizens Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hirono Urges Feds To Expedite Paperwork For COFA Citizens

Thousands of legal migrants from Pacific island nations are now unable to get federally approved IDs due to new Homeland Security guidelines.

Confusion Reigns As Some Pacific Islanders Are Denied Licenses And IDs Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Confusion Reigns As Some Pacific Islanders Are Denied Licenses And IDs

There were more questions than answers in a packed meeting Friday as a federal official tried to clarify the effect of new Homeland Security rules.

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.