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Hawaii First in Nation to Raise Smoking Age to 21 Anita Hofschneider/Civil Beat

Hawaii First in Nation to Raise Smoking Age to 21

UPDATE: Gov. David Ige signs a bill banning anyone under 21 from consuming tobacco products, including e-cigarettes. It takes effect next January.
The Average Honolulu Worker Needs 12.8 Years of Wages to Buy a House

The Average Honolulu Worker Needs 12.8 Years of Wages to Buy a House

The problem is worse for service workers like the retail and hospitality employees who support Hawaii's tourism economy.
Hawaii Kai Abuzz Over Possible New Restrictions on  Maunalua Bay Richard Wiens/Civil Beat

Hawaii Kai Abuzz Over Possible New Restrictions on Maunalua Bay

There's one day left to weigh in on proposed marine sanctuary expansions, including more regulations for the coastal stretch east of Diamond Head, west of Koko Head.
Federal Grants to Preserve Internment Sites Win Praise from Hawaii Congressional Delegation Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Federal Grants to Preserve Internment Sites Win Praise from Hawaii Congressional Delegation

The Department of Interior has awarded nearly $3 million in grants to organizations including the Japanese Cultural Center.
The New Yorker: Hokulea Crew Paddles Canoes on the Hudson River Sam Kapoi/Oiwi TV

The New Yorker: Hokulea Crew Paddles Canoes on the Hudson River

The magazine has a short piece on Nainoa Thompson and others' recent visit to Manhattan.
California Supreme Court OKs Affordable Housing Requirements PF Bentley/Civil Beat

California Supreme Court OKs Affordable Housing Requirements

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell is working on an islandwide strategy to require all major developments to set aside a certain amount of affordable housing, a policy also known as inclusionary zoning.
Federal Judge Plans to Rule on Maui GMO Moratorium By End of June Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Federal Judge Plans to Rule on Maui GMO Moratorium By End of June

Advocates for the hard-won ballot initiative aren't optimistic about their chances at the District Court level.
Nine Months In, How’s That Affordable Housing Plan Coming Along? PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Nine Months In, How’s That Affordable Housing Plan Coming Along?

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell is still honing his strategy, and the City Council hasn't exactly raced to support his proposals.
Navy Agrees to Upgrade Red Hill Fuel Storage Tanks Courtesy of the EPA

Navy Agrees to Upgrade Red Hill Fuel Storage Tanks

In January 2014, the tanks spilled 27,000 gallons of fuel, raising concerns about potential drinking water contamination.