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Anita Hofschneider

Sen. Donovan Dela Cruz Is Trying to Restore the Heartland of Oahu PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Sen. Donovan Dela Cruz Is Trying to Restore the Heartland of Oahu

The politician who grew up in Wahiawa has a vision for the old pineapple town and surrounding area.
It’s Your Money: Hawaii Gov Wants $60,700 for Membership Fee

It’s Your Money: Hawaii Gov Wants $60,700 for Membership Fee

Gov. Neil Abercrombie is requesting $132,000 in emergency appropriations from the Legislature.

Bill Would Give Hawaii Legislators More Power Over Public Trails

But one group thinks the measure is directly aimed at undermining its lawsuit over trail access.
Should Hawaii Lawmakers Create a ‘Koreatown’ in Honolulu? PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Should Hawaii Lawmakers Create a ‘Koreatown’ in Honolulu?

Rep. Sharon Har is trying to establish Koreatown on Keeaumoku Street but many are skeptical of the idea.
Birth Rights: Mothers Cry Foul at Bill to Regulate Home Births

Birth Rights: Mothers Cry Foul at Bill to Regulate Home Births

Sen. Josh Green's proposal to hold midwives accountable draws passionate opposition.
What Should Lawmakers Do With Hawaii’s Development Authority? PF Bentley/Civil Beat

What Should Lawmakers Do With Hawaii’s Development Authority?

City and state legislators mull bills to reform the Hawaii Community Development Authority.
Bid to Override County GMO Restrictions Is Dead — for Now

Bid to Override County GMO Restrictions Is Dead — for Now

Legislative efforts to supersede local regulations on GMO use didn't make it past a key Senate committee.
Sen. Chun Oakland Seeks $220M for Affordable Housing in Hawaii

Sen. Chun Oakland Seeks $220M for Affordable Housing in Hawaii

The senator wants state funds to subsidize rental housing for poor people.
Hawaii AG May Spend $3 Million to Investigate Matson, Defend State Sophie Cocke/Civil Beat

Hawaii AG May Spend $3 Million to Investigate Matson, Defend State

The attorney general is requesting $1 million from the Legislature in an emergency appropriation.
Food Fight: Hawaii Lawmakers Grapple With GMO Labeling

Food Fight: Hawaii Lawmakers Grapple With GMO Labeling

A bill to require labeling on genetically engineered food sparks tensions at the State Capitol.
Living Hawaii: Could Removing State Taxes on Food Make it Cheaper?

Living Hawaii: Could Removing State Taxes on Food Make it Cheaper?

Because Hawaii has a general excise tax not a sales tax, it's hard to tell.
Bill Would Create a Park on North Shore to Address Erosion, Traffic Woes Anita Hofschneider/Civil Beat

Bill Would Create a Park on North Shore to Address Erosion, Traffic Woes

Hawaii Sen. Clayton Hee wants to spur the state Dept. of Transportation into fixing the road by Laniakea Beach.