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Anita Hofschneider

Is Updating Hawaii’s Outdated Farmland Ratings Worth the Cost?

Is Updating Hawaii’s Outdated Farmland Ratings Worth the Cost?

Policymakers are basing their decisions about agricultural land use on decades-old data.
Kamehameha Schools Talks Urban Growth and Kakaako at Civil Cafe

Kamehameha Schools Talks Urban Growth and Kakaako at Civil Cafe

Attendees challenge the trust to reconcile its big development plans with its mission to serve Native Hawaiians
Hawaii Lawmakers Juggle Multiple Tax Credit Proposals www.LendingMemo.com

Hawaii Lawmakers Juggle Multiple Tax Credit Proposals

The Legislature mulls tax breaks for many competing interest groups.
Anti-GMO Activists Fear Gov’s Nomination Weakens Their Cause PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Anti-GMO Activists Fear Gov’s Nomination Weakens Their Cause

Some see the governor's appointment of Jessica Wooley to an environmental post as a cynical political calculation.
Smooth Passage for Most Bills at Hawaii Legislature PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Smooth Passage for Most Bills at Hawaii Legislature

But Hanohano unsettles some House colleagues by speaking Hawaiian while Solomon gets miffed over Senate holdup of a floor amendment.
‘I Don’t Want to Translate’: Rep. Hanohano’s Use of Hawaiian Leads to Tension on House Floor

‘I Don’t Want to Translate’: Rep. Hanohano’s Use of Hawaiian Leads to Tension on House Floor

The Native Hawaiian representative has been under fire from critics who say she made racist remarks.
Native Hawaiian Lobbying Is Paying Dividends at Hawaii’s Legislature

Native Hawaiian Lobbying Is Paying Dividends at Hawaii’s Legislature

A flurry of bills move forward related to the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Hawaiian-language education and more.
What Bills Are Still Alive at the Halfway Point of Hawaii’s Legislature? PF Bentley/Civil Beat

What Bills Are Still Alive at the Halfway Point of Hawaii’s Legislature?

UPDATED Laws on renewable energy, schools, the elderly, invasive species, the environment and others are set to pass.
Should Hawaii Hotel Developers Get a Tax Break to Help Tourism? Courtesy of WireLizard via Flickr

Should Hawaii Hotel Developers Get a Tax Break to Help Tourism?

House lawmakers push a bill aimed at spurring hotel construction and renovation.
Developing Agriculture: HCDA Helps Restore Kalo Fields in Windward Oahu

Developing Agriculture: HCDA Helps Restore Kalo Fields in Windward Oahu

A local nonprofit Kakoo Oiwi hopes to double Oahu's taro production.
Maui Residents Want to Let Voters Decide on GMO Ban

Maui Residents Want to Let Voters Decide on GMO Ban

While Hawaii lawmakers debate regulating genetic engineering, citizens push for a county ballot initiative.
Legislature: Reform Hawaii’s Tourism Agency Anita Hofschneider/Honolulu Civil Beat

Legislature: Reform Hawaii’s Tourism Agency

Lawmakers are responding to an audit criticizing the agency's marketing plan.