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Anita Hofschneider

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.
Will Hiking Trails in Hawaii Be Shut Down?

Will Hiking Trails in Hawaii Be Shut Down?

A House committee hasn't set a hearing for a bill to protect the state from being sued despite a key deadline on Friday.
The Future Is Still Cloudy For Bills Affecting Kakaako Development PF Bentley/Civil Beat

The Future Is Still Cloudy For Bills Affecting Kakaako Development

A big question — and political fight — hangs over development in OHA's Kakaako Makai.
Senate Panel OKs Ag Board Nominee Over Opposition from Anti-GMO Activists

Senate Panel OKs Ag Board Nominee Over Opposition from Anti-GMO Activists

Sen. Russell Ruderman's email opposing Richard Ha's nomination backfired.
Global Horizons Liable For Mistreating Thai Farm Laborers in Hawaii

Global Horizons Liable For Mistreating Thai Farm Laborers in Hawaii

The California company likely will pay millions of dollars to more than 500 victims, some of them still in Hawaii.