Civil Beat Staff

Anita Hofschneider

City Reopens Waikiki and Ala Moana Beaches After Sewage Spill Cory Lum/Civil Beat

City Reopens Waikiki and Ala Moana Beaches After Sewage Spill

But a brown water advisory is still in effect, and residents are warned not to go swimming at the Ala Wai Small Boat Harbor and Kewalo Basin Small Boat Harbor.
Section 8 Waiting Game: Even With Vouchers in Hand, There May Be No Place to Rent Courtesy of Jennifer Lilla

Section 8 Waiting Game: Even With Vouchers in Hand, There May Be No Place to Rent

Participants in the federally funded rental subsidy program may wait years to finally become eligible for subsidies, but then still struggle to find housing in Hawaii's rental market.
City Council Fills New, $84K Housing Position With Political Operative PF Bentley/Civil Beat

City Council Fills New, $84K Housing Position With Political Operative

Peter Boylan has plenty of experience in Hawaii political circles, but no particular background in housing and homelessness, the issues he'll engage in his new job.
Nonprofit Accepting Donations for Disaster Relief in Saipan Courtesy of Dan Lin

Nonprofit Accepting Donations for Disaster Relief in Saipan

Hawaii Sen. Glenn Wakai is helping to assist hundreds of residents in the Northern Marianas whose homes were devastated by Typhoon Soudelor.
Faster Permitting Urged for State Public Housing Work Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Faster Permitting Urged for State Public Housing Work

The Hawaii Public Housing Authority has been working with the Honolulu Department of Planning and Permitting to come up with ways to process permits more quickly.
Should Hawaii Public Housing Make Homeless Children a Higher Priority? Eric Pape/Civil Beat

Should Hawaii Public Housing Make Homeless Children a Higher Priority?

The state Housing Authority is exploring the possibility of bringing homeless families with children to the top of the waiting list for units.
Council Panel Agrees to Nearly $1M Subsidy for Mainland Company Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Council Panel Agrees to Nearly $1M Subsidy for Mainland Company

Honolulu Budget Committee Chair Ann Kobayashi was reluctant to approve a bill to help recycling companies, but relented under pressure from Council Chair Ernie Martin.
Mayor’s Search for Company to Install LED Streetlights Scrutinized Curt Sanburn

Mayor’s Search for Company to Install LED Streetlights Scrutinized

The Honolulu City Council Budget Committee approves a resolution asking for more information about plans to install LED streetlights.
Scrap Metal Firm Could Save $1.3M a Year — at Honolulu’s Expense Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Scrap Metal Firm Could Save $1.3M a Year — at Honolulu’s Expense

The City Council Budget Committee is taking up a bill to reinstate a discount for metal recycling, but the chair said she's not persuaded it's necessary.