Civil Beat Staff

Anita Hofschneider

Earthjustice, Center for Food Safety Seek to Defend Big Island GMO Ban Sophie Cocke/Civil Beat

Earthjustice, Center for Food Safety Seek to Defend Big Island GMO Ban

The nonprofits, along with three Hawaii County farmers, have filed a motion to intervene in a lawsuit challenging the moratorium on new genetically engineered crops.
Japan’s Resorttrust Inc. Buys Kahala Hotel for $300M Courtesy of Sarah Ackerman via Flickr

Japan’s Resorttrust Inc. Buys Kahala Hotel for $300M

The company expects an annual cash flow of about one billion yen per year, or more than $9.7 million.
Conference to Explore Higher Ed Funding for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Conference to Explore Higher Ed Funding for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

The Asian American & Pacific Islander Association of Colleges and Universities is hosting the conference at Kapiolani Community College on Friday.
Hawaiian Homestead Subdivision Breaks Ground in Kapolei

Hawaiian Homestead Subdivision Breaks Ground in Kapolei

The project will provide homes for 160 Native Hawaiian families.
Lack of Land Use Commission Members Stalls Development Petitions PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Lack of Land Use Commission Members Stalls Development Petitions

The board has just four of its nine members, and needs at least five to make a quorum.
South Kona’s $27.9M Māmalahoa Highway Bypass Extension Breaks Ground Sophie Cocke/ Civil Beat

South Kona’s $27.9M Māmalahoa Highway Bypass Extension Breaks Ground

The 2.2-mile southern segment of the bypass is scheduled to open in 2016.
Planned Kauai Dairy Farm Backed by eBay Founder Omidyar Reduces Project Size Screenshot of Ulupono Initiative website

Planned Kauai Dairy Farm Backed by eBay Founder Omidyar Reduces Project Size

The dairy will start off with 650-699 cows rather than 1,800 cows as originally planned.
Hawaii Immigration Court Receives Eight Unaccompanied Children Courtesy of U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jim Greenhill

Hawaii Immigration Court Receives Eight Unaccompanied Children

More than 57,000 children have migrated to the U.S., which more than doubles last year's total.
Disclosures: Googling Hawaii’s Former Board Members PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Disclosures: Googling Hawaii’s Former Board Members

Online databases contain much of the information that former members of the Board of Regents and Land Use Commission may have wanted kept confidential.
Native Hawaiian Nation-Building Process Delayed Six Months PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Native Hawaiian Nation-Building Process Delayed Six Months

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs extended the timetable in response to feedback requesting more time and education.
In Hawaii, Who Has the Authority To Regulate GMOs and Pesticide Use? PF Bentley/Civil Beat

In Hawaii, Who Has the Authority To Regulate GMOs and Pesticide Use?

Biotech companies seek to invalidate Kauai County ordinance regulating pesticide spraying and requiring disclosure of genetically engineered crops
State Announces $657,388 in Grants for Small Business Training Programs Screen shot of website

State Announces $657,388 in Grants for Small Business Training Programs

Awardees represent industries ranging from retail to hospitality to agriculture