Civil Beat Staff

Anita Hofschneider

More Than 130,000 Native Hawaiians Sign Up for Nation Building

More Than 130,000 Native Hawaiians Sign Up for Nation Building

The Native Hawaiian community may hold a constitutional convention as soon as this fall.
Taking Root: A Rising Voice in Hawaii’s GMO Politics

Taking Root: A Rising Voice in Hawaii’s GMO Politics

The Center for Food Safety is escalating the political and legal warfare over genetically engineered crops in Hawaii.

Hawaii Senate to Vote on Controversial Nomination to HCDA Kakaako Board

The Hawaii Senate plans to vote Thursday on Gov. Neil Abercrombie’s nomination of Brian Tamamoto to the Hawaii…

Public Access Trails Hawaii Wins Case Against Haleakala Ranch Company on Maui

A jury on Maui ruled Wednesday that the Haleakala Trail on Maui belongs to the state, dismissing Haleakala Ranch…
Hawaii’s Hotel-to-Condo Conversions Spark Activism Among Filipinos

Hawaii’s Hotel-to-Condo Conversions Spark Activism Among Filipinos

A City Council bill would require owners to get a permit before converting many hotel rooms to condos or time shares.
Hawaii Gov Announces Turtle Bay Agreement, But Fight Is Far From Over

Hawaii Gov Announces Turtle Bay Agreement, But Fight Is Far From Over

The iconic resort on Oahu's North Shore has agreed to conserve 665 acres in return for $48.5 million.
Critics Say Bills Undermine Hawaii’s Historic Preservation Laws

Critics Say Bills Undermine Hawaii’s Historic Preservation Laws

A pair of bills intended to make Hawaii's permitting process more efficient are getting pushback from environmental and cultural groups.
Center for Food Safety, Earthjustice Join Case to Defend Kauai GMO Law Sophie Cocke/Civil Beat

Center for Food Safety, Earthjustice Join Case to Defend Kauai GMO Law

A federal judge approved a motion by several groups to intervene in a lawsuit filed by seed companies.
Hawaii Lawmakers Advance Minimum Wage Bill, Curbs on HCDA

Hawaii Lawmakers Advance Minimum Wage Bill, Curbs on HCDA

Protesters failed to prevent the passage of OHA residential development in Kakaako Makai.
Hawaii Rock Climbers File Ethics Complaint Against Rep. Sylvia Luke

Hawaii Rock Climbers File Ethics Complaint Against Rep. Sylvia Luke

Group claims Luke, a personal injury lawyer, had a conflict of interest when she changed a bill aimed at protecting the state from being sued.
Bill Scales Major Hurdle, Could Lead to Reopening Rock-Climbing Trails Flickr: Maria Ly

Bill Scales Major Hurdle, Could Lead to Reopening Rock-Climbing Trails

UPDATED The House Finance Committee passed a bill to protect the state from extreme sports liability.
Should Hawaii Pay Turtle Bay Resort to Not Develop Some North Shore Land?

Should Hawaii Pay Turtle Bay Resort to Not Develop Some North Shore Land?

The state is trying to finish negotiating with the hotel before the legislative session ends in May.