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Anita Hofschneider

‘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.
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.