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Bianca Smallwood

The Debate Over ‘Safe Zones’ Is Heating Up In West Oahu Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The Debate Over ‘Safe Zones’ Is Heating Up In West Oahu

As the homeless population increases on the Leeward Coast, a new plan for legal encampments is getting mixed reviews.

Audit: Honolulu Parks Could Save Millions By Reducing Potable Water Use Courtney Teague/Civil Beat

Audit: Honolulu Parks Could Save Millions By Reducing Potable Water Use

Water usage increased 13 percent over three years, and there are formal plans to install more nonpotable fixtures at city parks.

Would New Uber And Lyft Rules Hit West Side Drivers Hardest? Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Would New Uber And Lyft Rules Hit West Side Drivers Hardest?

A lot of drivers live on the Leeward Coast, where incomes are generally lower and driving distances are longer.

Toxic Lot In Maili May Finally Get Cleaned Up Carroll Cox

Toxic Lot In Maili May Finally Get Cleaned Up

PCBs have been awaiting cleanup for years at a contaminated lot near a residential neighborhood in West Oahu.

The Fight To Save A Sacred Owl In West Oahu Javier Cotin/The Pueo Project

The Fight To Save A Sacred Owl In West Oahu

A nonprofit group based in Ewa Beach is concerned future development will destroy the habitat of the Hawaiian short-eared owl.

Kauai Flooding Heightens Worries About West Oahu Isolation Courtesy of Deejay Martin

Kauai Flooding Heightens Worries About West Oahu Isolation

If a disaster were to close the Farrington Highway, what would be the alternative route to and from the Leeward Coast?

Nanakuli Village Center: Big Plans But Few Results So Far Kali Watson/Hawaiian Community Development Board

Nanakuli Village Center: Big Plans But Few Results So Far

After more than a decade of planning, construction could begin this month on a commercial center — or it might not.

Filthy Bathrooms At This Popular Beach Park Are Creating A Stir Bianca Smallwood/ Civil Beat

Filthy Bathrooms At This Popular Beach Park Are Creating A Stir

Pokai Bay Beach Park has other health and environmental hazards, too.

Waianae Substance Abuse Program Opens Women’s Shelter Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Waianae Substance Abuse Program Opens Women’s Shelter

Women who seek help with addiction often need a safe place to stay away from abusive partners.