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The Quest To Rebuild An Old Russian Fort On Kauai — And Meet Putin Mike Coots/Civil Beat

The Quest To Rebuild An Old Russian Fort On Kauai — And Meet Putin

But a UH archaeologist says the Russian presence was minimal — and any plan should focus on the fort’s place in Native Hawaiian history.

More Victims Of The Kauai Flood — Tourist Vacation Rentals Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

More Victims Of The Kauai Flood — Tourist Vacation Rentals

Kauai County had already cracked down on hundreds of remote visitor rentals. The flood might have doomed many more.

Experts: Think Twice Before Rebuilding In Kauai’s Flood Zone Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Experts: Think Twice Before Rebuilding In Kauai’s Flood Zone

Kauai has historically allowed development along rivers and in coastal areas vulnerable to flooding.

Hawaii Seeks Federal Disaster Assistance For Flood-Ravaged Kauai Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Hawaii Seeks Federal Disaster Assistance For Flood-Ravaged Kauai

The state’s detailed assessment of damage includes destroyed homes and roads, lost tourism dollars and PTSD among residents.

Floods Have Left Behind ‘A Different World’ On Kauai’s North Shore Matt Feeser/Civil Beat

Floods Have Left Behind ‘A Different World’ On Kauai’s North Shore

The storm’s toll in Hanalei and more remote areas includes destroyed homes, lost jobs and vanished tourist dollars.

Lifeline To Kauai’s North Shore Must Be Rebuilt Now, Relocated Later DLNR

Lifeline To Kauai’s North Shore Must Be Rebuilt Now, Relocated Later

UPDATED: Officials expect to reopen one lane for emergency access on the damaged Kuhio Highway by May 7.

Reality Sets In For Kauai’s Flooded-Out Residents Courtesy of Courtney McLaughlin

Reality Sets In For Kauai’s Flooded-Out Residents

“It’s so surreal that everything that we had is now just part of the land,” said an Anahola resident surveying her ruined homestead.

Hawaii Supreme Court Rules Some Extra-Long Sentences Unconstitutional Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Supreme Court Rules Some Extra-Long Sentences Unconstitutional

Several offenders who were given extended sentences for their crimes by a judge, rather than a jury, may have to be resentenced.

Kanaka Rangers: It’s Time To Move Forward With Hawaiian Homesteads Courtesy: Big Island Beneficiary Trust Council

Kanaka Rangers: It’s Time To Move Forward With Hawaiian Homesteads

The state is decades behind in awarding land to Native Hawaiians on Mauna Kea and elsewhere under the state homestead act.

New Molokai Ranch Plans Pitched To A Development-Wary Island PF Bentley/Civil Beat

New Molokai Ranch Plans Pitched To A Development-Wary Island

An energy company has proposed buying the 55,000 acre ranch, which has been idle since 2008, to farm organic biofuels.

A Family Struggles To Understand The Death Of Their Homeless Son Contributed by Erica Woods

A Family Struggles To Understand The Death Of Their Homeless Son

Bryan McKay Moorefield led a seemingly carefree life in Waikiki, but was searching for a way off the streets at the time of his death.

Hawaiian Sovereignty Protest Gets Hana Student Suspended Contributed by Jesiah Malaikini

Hawaiian Sovereignty Protest Gets Hana Student Suspended

A high school student was disciplined for rearranging the school flagpole to fly the Hawaiian flag above the U.S. flag.