Civil Beat Staff

Anita Hofschneider

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.
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.