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Anita Hofschneider

Last-Minute Challenge Fails To Delay Medical Marijuana Licenses Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Last-Minute Challenge Fails To Delay Medical Marijuana Licenses

Hawaii's Department of Health plans Friday morning to announce the licensees to grow and sell medical cannabis.
Lawmakers OK Millions To Build Housing But Deny Renters Tax Relief Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lawmakers OK Millions To Build Housing But Deny Renters Tax Relief

Nearly $62 million will subsidize developing affordable housing in Hawaii, but key lawmakers don't support increasing a tax credit for renters.
Martin Backs Off Proposal To Fund Expansion Of New Hope Church Cory Lum/CIvil Beat

Martin Backs Off Proposal To Fund Expansion Of New Hope Church

Honolulu City Council Chairman Ernie Martin said he wants to direct $250,000 to social services instead of giving it to a capital campaign for a Christian megachurch.
Councilmen Push For New Hope Church Subsidy That May Be Unconstitutional Eric Pape/Civil Beat

Councilmen Push For New Hope Church Subsidy That May Be Unconstitutional

Law professors say the City and County of Honolulu should not give $250,000 for the expansion of an evangelical Christian church.
Should Honolulu Bring Back A Housing Department? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Should Honolulu Bring Back A Housing Department?

Housing prices are skyrocketing, but the city doesn't have one central agency to manage affordable housing and homelessness.
Council Members Seek $250K For Church Alia Wong/Civil Beat

Council Members Seek $250K For Church

Honolulu City Council Chairman Ernie Martin and Councilman Joey Manahan propose using public money to pay for new church facilities.
$100K Sought For Pacific Arts Festival Cory Lum/Civil Beat

$100K Sought For Pacific Arts Festival

Hawaii will host the international cultural festival for the first time in 2020.
Ige Extends Homelessness Proclamation Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ige Extends Homelessness Proclamation

Hawaii Gov. David Ige's extension of the state of emergency for homelessness allows the state to build housing faster.
Official: Homeless Service Can Continue PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Official: Homeless Service Can Continue

A daytime activity center for people with mental health issues can keep operating even without the city grant it recently lost out on, its director says.