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Hawaii Chief Justice: Courts Must Address Systemic Inequities Screenshot from Hawaii Judiciary

Hawaii Chief Justice: Courts Must Address Systemic Inequities

UPDATED: Hawaii’s Judiciary is stepping up efforts to combat racism and bias but it’s also grappling with possible budget cuts.

Hawaii Legislature Launches ‘Laser Beam’ Session In A Locked Down Capitol Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Legislature Launches ‘Laser Beam’ Session In A Locked Down Capitol

Traditional festivities and speeches were all canceled amid security concerns and the threat of COVID-19.

The Battered State Budget Will Dominate The Next Hawaii Legislature Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The Battered State Budget Will Dominate The Next Hawaii Legislature

With money tight, lawmakers are looking to the Biden administration and Congress to help shore up a huge deficit as the 2021 session opens this week.

Hawaii Lawmakers May Cut Solar Credits Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Hawaii Lawmakers May Cut Solar Credits

The credits help to develop renewable energy projects but also cost the state millions of dollars.

No More ‘Gifts Of Aloha’ For State Lawmakers Anthony Quintano

No More ‘Gifts Of Aloha’ For State Lawmakers

A ban on food items and other items of nominal value affects state officials and the business of lobbyists.

Hawaii Vector Control Branch Faces Budget Cuts (Again) Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Vector Control Branch Faces Budget Cuts (Again)

The job losses could have serious effects on public health if another disease outbreak occurs.

Will Hawaii Legislature Reverse Ige’s Suspension Of The Public Records Law? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Will Hawaii Legislature Reverse Ige’s Suspension Of The Public Records Law?

The governor’s order has been in effect since March, but it’s unclear if lawmakers will do anything about it next session despite their opposition to it.

Saving Hawaii’s Koa Industry — And The Environment Denby Fawcett/Civil Beat

Saving Hawaii’s Koa Industry — And The Environment

Updated: The private sector and state are coming together to ensure an abundance of koa far into the future.

Police Fatally Shoot Windward Oahu Man Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Police Fatally Shoot Windward Oahu Man

The male suspect was wanted in connection to an ongoing kidnapping case.