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Anita Hofschneider

Hirono Co-Sponsors Bill To Help Adoptees Get Citizenship Nick Grube/Civil Beat

Hirono Co-Sponsors Bill To Help Adoptees Get Citizenship

Thousands were left out of a bill in 2000 that extended U.S. citizenship to children adopted internationally by American parents.

A Dome Holding Nuclear Waste Is Leaking In The Pacific Tamara Greenstone Alefaio

A Dome Holding Nuclear Waste Is Leaking In The Pacific

Runit Dome in the Marshall Islands contains radioactive material leftover from U.S. nuclear testing in Micronesia.

Some Hawaii Public Housing Tenants Could Be Evicted Under Trump Proposal Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Some Hawaii Public Housing Tenants Could Be Evicted Under Trump Proposal

The proposed rule would require HUD to check the immigration status of anyone under 62 who receives public assistance including housing.

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.