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Anita Hofschneider

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.
Is Hawaii Really Doing So Well? Fact-Checking the Governor’s Speech

Is Hawaii Really Doing So Well? Fact-Checking the Governor’s Speech

Gov. Neil Abercrombie painted the state in a rosy light during the State of the State, boosting his re-election campaign.
Hawaii House Speaker: It’s High Time We Allow Marijuana Dispensaries

Hawaii House Speaker: It’s High Time We Allow Marijuana Dispensaries

Rep. Joe Souki surprises some by stressing marijuana distribution in his opening speech.
Urban Color Scheme: Why Is Honolulu So Beige?

Urban Color Scheme: Why Is Honolulu So Beige?

We may be the Rainbow State but our urban landscape is anything but colorful.
Kamehameha Highway Chaos: State’s Parking Barriers May Bring Lawsuit

Kamehameha Highway Chaos: State’s Parking Barriers May Bring Lawsuit

The state is finally taking action to address North Shore traffic jams but critics say the plan is misguided.
Reforming the Juvenile Justice System Could Save Hawaii Millions

Reforming the Juvenile Justice System Could Save Hawaii Millions

New report suggests changes that could cut detainees by 60 percent and save the state $11 million in five years.