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Anita Hofschneider

Kauai Councilman Fails To Disclose His Medical Marijuana Venture Flickr.com: Sharon Har

Kauai Councilman Fails To Disclose His Medical Marijuana Venture

In county documents, former legislator Derek Kawakami didn’t mention his involvement in a company challenging the dispensary license awards.

Former DuPont Worker Claims Retaliation For Pesticide Complaints Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Former DuPont Worker Claims Retaliation For Pesticide Complaints

A woman files suit saying she lost her job after repeatedly reporting misuse of pesticides on the company’s North Shore farm.

Why It’s Taking So Long To Open Hawaii’s Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Why It’s Taking So Long To Open Hawaii’s Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

The state legalized the use of cannabis as medicine 17 years ago, but patients still have no place to legally buy it.

Honolulu Won’t Authorize Use Of Property Taxes For Rail — Yet Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Won’t Authorize Use Of Property Taxes For Rail — Yet

The Legislature adjourned last week without coming to a decision about how to fund the nearly $10 billion project.

Hilton Janitors Expect To Get $1.1 Million In Unpaid Wages Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Hilton Janitors Expect To Get $1.1 Million In Unpaid Wages

They claimed the hotel’s cleaning company paid them far less than union members — in violation of a union contract.

Lawmakers Adjourn Without Deal To Pay For Rail Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lawmakers Adjourn Without Deal To Pay For Rail

UPDATED: Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell hopes for a special session, but the Legislature is done for now after a final day shake-up in leadership.

House Speaker Joe Souki Expected to Lose His Post, Members Say Cory Lum/Civil Beat

House Speaker Joe Souki Expected to Lose His Post, Members Say

The expected shakeup in House leadership comes as the Senate is undergoing its own significant reshuffling.

Sen. Jill Tokuda To Be Ousted As Ways And Means Chair Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Sen. Jill Tokuda To Be Ousted As Ways And Means Chair

UPDATED: The move against Tokuda came as the House and Senate remained deadlocked over how to fund the Honolulu rail project.

Mayors Urge Governor To Extend Legislative Session For Rail Bill Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Mayors Urge Governor To Extend Legislative Session For Rail Bill

UPDATED: The Council Budget Committee passes a resolution allowing the city to use any revenue for rail, including property taxes.

Senate Kills Effort To Lift Limits On Public Land Leases Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Senate Kills Effort To Lift Limits On Public Land Leases

The Legislature also approved the state budget with billions of dollars for capital improvement projects statewide.

As Time Runs Out, House And Senate Still Divided Over How To Pay For Rail Cory Lum/Civil Beat

As Time Runs Out, House And Senate Still Divided Over How To Pay For Rail

UPDATED: After the tourism industry raised concerns about a hotel tax increase, the Senate shifted back to a 10-year extension of the GET surcharge. But the House rejected that proposal.

Life And Death Drama— For Bills — At The Hawaii Legislature Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Life And Death Drama— For Bills — At The Hawaii Legislature

A look at some of the survivors and casualties in the unpredictable waning days of the session.