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Threat To Drinking Water Remains As Navy Studies Options For Fuel Tanks PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Threat To Drinking Water Remains As Navy Studies Options For Fuel Tanks

Some 27,000 gallons of fuel spilled at the Red Hill facility in 2014. City, state and federal officials aren’t satisfied with all the steps taken since then.

Can Revamped Honolulu Ethics Commission Rebuild Its Credibility? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Can Revamped Honolulu Ethics Commission Rebuild Its Credibility?

The commission’s former executive director often tangled with Mayor Caldwell’s administration. Now new director Jan Yamane has big plans for change.

Is This Kahala Man’s Pitch To Help The Homeless For Real? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Is This Kahala Man’s Pitch To Help The Homeless For Real?

Some people are skeptical of a man with a criminal past who says he wants to sell his multimillion-dollar Kahala home and give $200,000 to a foundation to help working homeless families.

Special Permits Near Honolulu Rail Line Attract Proposals For Big Hotels Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Special Permits Near Honolulu Rail Line Attract Proposals For Big Hotels

Developers can build higher and denser as long as the city finds that their projects promote “transit-enhanced neighborhoods.”

Ige Plans To Veto Bill To End Aquarium Fishing Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ige Plans To Veto Bill To End Aquarium Fishing

The Hawaii governor plans to veto 15 bills, including legislation that would have given public worker unions more power.

Honolulu Is Paying Back $1.45 Million In Federal Housing Funds Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Is Paying Back $1.45 Million In Federal Housing Funds

The city approved a contract to rehabilitate Kahuku Elderly housing complex despite the appearance of a conflict of interest, a federal audit found.

What Honolulu Lobbyists Don’t Tell You Cory Lum/Civil Beat

What Honolulu Lobbyists Don’t Tell You

The Ethics Commission chief says the city should “completely overhaul” how it tracks the spending of money to influence leaders.

Ige Says His Low-Key Approach Is Producing Good Results For Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ige Says His Low-Key Approach Is Producing Good Results For Hawaii

In the face of low poll numbers, the governor cites his accomplishments and talks about the legal challenges to Trump’s immigration ban.

Kauai Groups Sue State, Syngenta To Stop GMO Farming On Public Land Nick Grube/Civil Beat

Kauai Groups Sue State, Syngenta To Stop GMO Farming On Public Land

Local organizations contend the state was wrong to give the seed company a permit to grow genetically modified crops on public land.

State Board Delays Decision On Kakaako Housing Rules Cory Lum/Civil Beat

State Board Delays Decision On Kakaako Housing Rules

The Hawaii Community Development Authority board is revising a proposal to preserve for-sale units for middle-income people.

Medical Marijuana Dispensary To Open Without Any Marijuana Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Medical Marijuana Dispensary To Open Without Any Marijuana

Licensed companies are still waiting for the Department of Health to certify labs to test the products before they can start selling

Is It Fair To Profit From Reselling Affordable Housing? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Is It Fair To Profit From Reselling Affordable Housing?

The state considers new rules that would give it some of the equity when workforce units are resold. Opponents say that’ll do more harm than good.