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Hawaii Storytellers: An Up-Close View Of Incarceration Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Storytellers: An Up-Close View Of Incarceration

With laughter, song and tears, six people shared their experiences with the Hawaii prison system at a recent Civil Beat Storytellers event. Watch their videos below.

Disappearance Of A Whale Tooth Necklace Spawns A Big Island Lawsuit Alika Tejada

Disappearance Of A Whale Tooth Necklace Spawns A Big Island Lawsuit

A Native Hawaiian cultural practitioner is suing Hilo Medical Center, where he says a technician removed his sacred necklace that had been in his family for generations.

Judge: State Can Refile Charges In Fatal Front Porch Shooting Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Judge: State Can Refile Charges In Fatal Front Porch Shooting

Prosecutors haven’t decided if they will recharge a man who shot through his front door as another man pounded on it, mistaking it for his own home two doors down.

A Tragic Misunderstanding That Left A Navy Man Dead On His Neighbor’s Porch Cory Lum/Civil Beat

A Tragic Misunderstanding That Left A Navy Man Dead On His Neighbor’s Porch

Criminal charges were recently dismissed. But a judge will decide whether prosecutors can still pursue a case that goes to the heart of Hawaii’s self-defense laws.

PETA Wants Kauai Inmate To Eat Vegan Meals Cory Lum/Civil Beat

PETA Wants Kauai Inmate To Eat Vegan Meals

The animal rights group argues that the inmate, charged with destroying his boss’s home with a machete, also acted violently when he went fishing.

UH To Produce Oral History Of Obama’s Island Years Cory Lum/Civil Beat

UH To Produce Oral History Of Obama’s Island Years

The project will include interviews with roughly 400 key figures from Barack and Michelle Obama’s lives in Hawaii, Chicago and the White House.

Maui Residents Push Back On Loosening Liquor Laws Creative Commons/Edsel Little

Maui Residents Push Back On Loosening Liquor Laws

Allowing restaurants to sell take-out booze is the latest in a series of controversial proposals. “We don’t want Maui to turn into Las Vegas,” says one critic.

Near-Extinct Native Crow Builds First Nest In Decades San Diego Zoo Global

Near-Extinct Native Crow Builds First Nest In Decades

One of the critically rare native Hawaiian crows appears to be incubating an egg, but first-time parents are not usually successful.

Microplastics From Kure Atoll Star In Flashy New Campaign Swaantje Güntzel Microplastics II, 2016 by Henriette Pogoda

Microplastics From Kure Atoll Star In Flashy New Campaign

Many common skin care products add to the bombardment of microplastics in the ocean. A new German campaign seeks legislative support to rid them from store shelves.

New Psychiatric Beds Could Close Costly Gap In Health Care Cory Lum/Civil Beat

New Psychiatric Beds Could Close Costly Gap In Health Care

The project is part of a larger statewide initiative to expand the state health care system to better support people struggling with mental illness, drug addiction or homelessness.

Kauai Gets A Residential Drug Treatment Facility For First Time In Decades Kauai County

Kauai Gets A Residential Drug Treatment Facility For First Time In Decades

The eight-bedroom Adolescent Treatment and Healing Center in Kapaia was first proposed in 2003.

Hawaii Ignores National Survey On Police Burden To Transport Psychiatric Patients Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Hawaii Ignores National Survey On Police Burden To Transport Psychiatric Patients

A new national survey finds that law enforcement agencies nationwide are spending vast amounts of money, time and resources on intervening when people have a mental health crisis.