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Anita Hofschneider

Legislative Negotiators Agree To End Payday Loans In Hawaii By 2022 Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Legislative Negotiators Agree To End Payday Loans In Hawaii By 2022

The bill would replace the high-interest loans with installment loans that have lower fees.

Police Killing Of Micronesian Teen In Hawaii Prompts Grief And Questions Anita Hofschneider/Civil Beat/2021

Police Killing Of Micronesian Teen In Hawaii Prompts Grief And Questions

Nearly two weeks after the shooting, Honolulu police still haven’t explained why the teenager was shot or released officers’ body camera footage.

Hawaii’s Transgender Community Pushes For Better Health Insurance Coverage Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Hawaii’s Transgender Community Pushes For Better Health Insurance Coverage

Experts say getting access to transition services is important, but there’s the debate over how much insurance companies should cover.

Lawmakers Consider Adding ‘Coercive Control’ In Domestic Violence Cases

Lawmakers Consider Adding ‘Coercive Control’ In Domestic Violence Cases

Supporters say the bill will make it easier to prosecute domestic abusers, but critics including law enforcement say its definition is far too broad.

For Many Hawaii Companies, The Pandemic Has Changed Work Forever Claire Caulfield/Civil Beat/2020

For Many Hawaii Companies, The Pandemic Has Changed Work Forever

Many companies are grappling with when — and whether — to bring workers back to the office and how to do so safely.

Hawaii Health Agency Releases Resources For LGBTQ+ Community Screenshot

Hawaii Health Agency Releases Resources For LGBTQ+ Community

It’s the first such website for the community published by the state Department of Health.

Immigration Reform Efforts In Congress Offer Hope To Hawaii ‘Dreamers’ Bryan Berkowitz/Civil Beat/2021

Immigration Reform Efforts In Congress Offer Hope To Hawaii ‘Dreamers’

But the bill the House passed last week that would create a pathway to citizenship for 2.5 million undocumented immigrants faces an uphill battle in the Senate.

Pacific Islanders, Including Hawaiians, Disproportionately Missing Out On Vaccines Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Pacific Islanders, Including Hawaiians, Disproportionately Missing Out On Vaccines

Barriers to vaccine access include the state’s prioritization categories, vaccine hesitancy, technology and language barriers, state officials say.

To Get Leftover Vaccines In Hawaii, It Helps To Be Related To A Hospital Employee Tim Wright/Civil Beat

To Get Leftover Vaccines In Hawaii, It Helps To Be Related To A Hospital Employee

In the absence of official guidance on how to distribute extra COVID-19 vaccines, two Hawaii hospitals are prioritizing employees’ families.