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Anita Hofschneider

Donations Pour in to Influence GMO Debate, But Are They Being Disclosed? PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Donations Pour in to Influence GMO Debate, But Are They Being Disclosed?

No ballot issue committees have formed to raise money for or against the proposed Maui County GMO ban on the fall ballot, but a lot has been spent on political candidates.
Honolulu Planners to Present Ala Moana Draft TOD Plan Next Week

Honolulu Planners to Present Ala Moana Draft TOD Plan Next Week

The workshop at 6 p.m. on Aug. 27 at the Washington Middle School Cafeteria will feature Mayor Kirk Caldwell.
Clash Over State’s Kawainui Marsh Plan Divides Kailua PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Clash Over State’s Kawainui Marsh Plan Divides Kailua

Some Native Hawaiians see the plan as an opportunity to preserve their culture in the gentrified coastal town but many residents fear more tourists and environmental damage.
Honolulu Planners Mull Rezoning Application for Controversial Hoopili Subdivision Sophie Cocke/Civil Beat

Honolulu Planners Mull Rezoning Application for Controversial Hoopili Subdivision

City planners have until Oct. 30 either to reject the application or send recommendations to the Honolulu Planning Commission.
This Kailua Subdivision is Agricultural in Name Only

This Kailua Subdivision is Agricultural in Name Only

Residents of upscale development sometimes run into trouble with expansion plans because area was never rezoned.
Hawaii Economy Slows as Tourism Stalls, Construction Jobs Decline PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Hawaii Economy Slows as Tourism Stalls, Construction Jobs Decline

A new report by the University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization has grim news for Hawaii’s economy: construction hasn’t…
Honolulu July Home Prices, Sales Up Since Last Year

Honolulu July Home Prices, Sales Up Since Last Year

The median price of a home in July was $683,500, up more than 5 percent compared to July 2013.
Storm Prompts Kakaako Parks Closure, Frustrating Homeless Advocates

Storm Prompts Kakaako Parks Closure, Frustrating Homeless Advocates

Kathryn Xian, congressional candidate and advocate for homeless people, argues closing the parks tonight isn't necessary.
Affordable Housing Developer Urges HCDA to Approve Higher Asset Limit for Buyers Screen shot of Rycroft Terrace website

Affordable Housing Developer Urges HCDA to Approve Higher Asset Limit for Buyers

The Hawaii Community Development Authority is planning to take up the question at its meeting next week.
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.