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Honolulu Among Top US Cities that Locals Leave Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Among Top US Cities that Locals Leave

In a new analysis by Bloomberg, one expert says the high cost of housing is to blame.
Tulsi Gabbard Says Bill to Prevent GMO Labeling is Bad for Democracy Courtesy of Tulsi Gabbard

Tulsi Gabbard Says Bill to Prevent GMO Labeling is Bad for Democracy

The Hawaii congresswoman followed up her criticism with an appeal for campaign funds.
Will Honolulu Ethics Commission Take the Gag Off its Director? Nick Grube/ Civil Beat

Will Honolulu Ethics Commission Take the Gag Off its Director?

A restrictive communications policy may be replaced, but the proposed new one retains contradictory language requiring Chuck Totto to seek pre-approval to talk to the media.
Governor’s Office Denies Reported Plan to Move Encampment Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Governor’s Office Denies Reported Plan to Move Encampment

Hawaii News Now reports that state and city have reached agreement regarding homeless camp in Kakaako.
US Military Should Spend $1 Billion to Restore Kahoolawe, Scientists Say PF Bentley/Civil Beat

US Military Should Spend $1 Billion to Restore Kahoolawe, Scientists Say

Over 500 scientists from the Association of Tropical Biology and Conservation in Honolulu signed a declaration calling for "the full remediation and biocultural restoration of the island."
BLNR Board Member Had No Conflict of Interest in Vote on Mauna Kea Access Cory Lum/Civil Beat

BLNR Board Member Had No Conflict of Interest in Vote on Mauna Kea Access

An op-ed written by a university law student was simply wrong in accusing former board member Stanley Roehrig of a conflict involving a $15,000 grant funded by the Thirty Meter Telescope.
Ige Signs Bill Legalizing Medical Marijuana Dispensaries in Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ige Signs Bill Legalizing Medical Marijuana Dispensaries in Hawaii

Issuing a press release instead of holding a bill-signing ceremony, the governor quietly approves the establishment of a dispensary system.
Congressional Panel Passes Bill to Prevent Mandatory GMO Food Labeling Alexis Baden-Mayer/Flickr

Congressional Panel Passes Bill to Prevent Mandatory GMO Food Labeling

It's a victory for the agricultural and grocery industries but a disappointment to consumer groups.
DHHL Receives $8.7 Million Federal Grant for Affordable Housing Department of Hawaiian Home Lands

DHHL Receives $8.7 Million Federal Grant for Affordable Housing

The Native Hawaiian Housing Block Grant will help the agency build and renovate affordable homes and subsidize housing.