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Anita Hofschneider

A High-Stakes Initiative Could Ban GMO Farming in Maui County PF Bentley/Civil Beat

A High-Stakes Initiative Could Ban GMO Farming in Maui County

A measure likely to make the November ballot would impose a moratorium on genetically engineered agriculture, affecting companies that employ many.
The Coming Debate on Federal Recognition for Native Hawaiians PF Bentley/Civil Beat

The Coming Debate on Federal Recognition for Native Hawaiians

The Department of Interior is embarking on a process that supporters say could eventually secure more land and resources for the native community.
Hawaii Governor Signs Bills to Combat Invasive Species, Require Hawaiian Expertise on Land Board

Hawaii Governor Signs Bills to Combat Invasive Species, Require Hawaiian Expertise on Land Board

One measures also boosts tax credits for property owners who designate their land as important agricultural land
Feds to Hold Public Meetings on the U.S.-Native Hawaiian Relationship PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Feds to Hold Public Meetings on the U.S.-Native Hawaiian Relationship

UPDATED: State's congressional delegation hails "historic opportunity" regarding Native Hawaiian self-determination.
A Republican’s GMO Bill Would Set National Standard

A Republican’s GMO Bill Would Set National Standard

Despite biotech industry support, the proposal is unlikely to pass. But it raises the question of whether a national law would quell the debate raging in Hawaii.
Biotech Trade Group Brings Muscle to Hawaii County GMO Fight Sophie Cocke/Civil Beat

Biotech Trade Group Brings Muscle to Hawaii County GMO Fight

The national nonprofit is backing Big Island farmers in a lawsuit against Bill 113, which bans most genetically modified crops.
Report: Kakaako Condo Prices Soar 59 Percent Over 2013

Report: Kakaako Condo Prices Soar 59 Percent Over 2013

A new report by Prudential Locations found that one in four homes on Oahu sold above asking price so far this year
Hawaii Seed Industry Group Revamps Leadership Nick Grube/Civil Beat

Hawaii Seed Industry Group Revamps Leadership

The trade group's new president Kirby Kester says the biotechnology industry is "under seige"
Kauai Bill Would Remove Tax Benefits for Crop Research

Kauai Bill Would Remove Tax Benefits for Crop Research

State officials, landowners and seed industry representatives criticize the proposal.
KAHEA to Host Celebration of World Ocean’s Day

KAHEA to Host Celebration of World Ocean’s Day

The free event by the Hawaiian environmental group will include music, spoken word and a showing of "Hawaiian: The Eddie Aikau Story"
Hawaii Development Agency Expands Homeless Services in Kakaako Anita Hofschneider/Civil Beat

Hawaii Development Agency Expands Homeless Services in Kakaako

Board member questions whether the decision diverges from the agency's mission of revitalizing Kakaako
HCDA Defers Decision on Kewalo Harbor Lease Flickr

HCDA Defers Decision on Kewalo Harbor Lease

Residents, business operators push for more transparency. "It's people's livelihood on the line," says one merchant.