Civil Beat Staff

Anita Hofschneider

Abercrombie: Affordable Housing Is Hawaii’s Most Pressing Issue PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Abercrombie: Affordable Housing Is Hawaii’s Most Pressing Issue

The governor gave an impassioned speech, a rare occurrence since he was resoundingly defeated in the August primary.
Nearly $8 Million Raised to Defeat Maui GMO Ballot Initiative PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Nearly $8 Million Raised to Defeat Maui GMO Ballot Initiative

Proponents of the initiative have spent under $83,000, far less than the $5 million spent by Monsanto alone.
Just How Bad Is Honolulu’s Housing Crisis? PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Just How Bad Is Honolulu’s Housing Crisis?

The numbers don't lie — the cost of living here is high.
Promised Land: The Navy and the Damage Done PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Promised Land: The Navy and the Damage Done

THIRD OF THREE PARTS: Kahoolawe still bears the scars of decades of bombing, and erosion unearths even more unexploded ordnance. State lawmakers wonder if it's time to try to compel the Navy to finish its cleanup.
Promised Land: ‘Where Beauty Is Alongside the Ugliness’ PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Promised Land: ‘Where Beauty Is Alongside the Ugliness’

SECOND OF THREE PARTS: As they sweat through the monumental task of restoring an island decimated by ranching, goats and bombs, workers' efforts are infused with respect for its history and significance to Native Hawaiians. But at least one activist questions whether it's worth all the effort.
Promised Land: Will Kahoolawe Ever Be Saved? PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Promised Land: Will Kahoolawe Ever Be Saved?

FIRST OF THREE PARTS: The state agency tasked with restoring the island for Native Hawaiian cultural uses is running out of money, and the Navy left unfinished the job of removing unexploded ordnance from the former bombing range. But the volunteers keep coming, at least for now.
The Hill: EPA OKs New Pesticide for GMO Crops Sophie Cocke/Civil Beat

The Hill: EPA OKs New Pesticide for GMO Crops

Honolulu Earthjustice attorney Paul Achitoff says the newly approved herbicide is linked to serious illnesses.
More Than $11M Spent on Oregon GMO Labeling Ballot Measure John Pritchett/Civil Beat

More Than $11M Spent on Oregon GMO Labeling Ballot Measure

Some of the biggest donors in Oregon are also major players in Maui's debate over whether to impose a moratorium on GMO farming.
Is Hilo the 5th Most Expensive City in the Nation? Flickr: Alan L.

Is Hilo the 5th Most Expensive City in the Nation?

Both Honolulu and Hilo are among America's top five cities with the highest cost of living, according to the Council for Community and Economic Research
New Anti-GMO PAC Forms After Biotech Group Spends $820,000 on TV Ads File Photo

New Anti-GMO PAC Forms After Biotech Group Spends $820,000 on TV Ads

The Center for Food Safety has formed the Coalition for a Safer, Healthier Maui to support a temporary moratorium on genetically engineered farming in Hawaii.
Tiny Studio Apartments May Be Coming to Kakaako PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Tiny Studio Apartments May Be Coming to Kakaako

The Hawaii Community Development Authority is moving forward with a plan to develop micro units that low-income people can afford.