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Widow Of Tattoo Legend ‘Sailor Jerry’ Sues Rum Distillers flicker.com/Ragz Rejected

Widow Of Tattoo Legend ‘Sailor Jerry’ Sues Rum Distillers

Louise Collins claims in a lawsuit that the makers of Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum are misappropriating her husband’s name, tattoo designs and likeness.

Spitting Caterpillars From Asia Are The Latest Threat To Native Insects On Maui Courtesy of Keahi Bustamente

Spitting Caterpillars From Asia Are The Latest Threat To Native Insects On Maui

People are urged to be on the lookout for the newcomer to Hawaii, which adds to the problems already hindering the rarely seen Kamehameha butterfly and host plants.

Molokai, Kauai Groups Recognized For Restoring Sustainable Fisheries Cyril Fluck/Flickr

Molokai, Kauai Groups Recognized For Restoring Sustainable Fisheries

This is the first time the prestigious Equator Prize has been awarded to indigenous communities in the United States.

Could New Utility Model Save Money And Bolster Clean Energy Goals? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Could New Utility Model Save Money And Bolster Clean Energy Goals?

A new report examines alternative utility ownership and regulation models to cut greenhouse gas emissions, boost system reliability and help consumers.

Ige Extends Kauai Disaster Funds At Park Reopening Courtesy of Kauai County

Ige Extends Kauai Disaster Funds At Park Reopening

Governor David Ige extends disaster relief funds for flood-ravaged Kauai at celebration for the reopening of Haena State Park.
Hawaii Doctors Turn To Telemedicine As Number of Abortion Providers Dwindles Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Doctors Turn To Telemedicine As Number of Abortion Providers Dwindles

Hawaii was the first state to recognize a woman’s right to terminate her pregnancy, but women in rural Hawaii who wish to exercise that right face plenty of hurdles.

Feds’ Secret List Of Troubled Nursing Homes Includes Hawaii Facilities Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Feds’ Secret List Of Troubled Nursing Homes Includes Hawaii Facilities

Two U.S. senators have released a list of nursing homes nationwide, including six in Hawaii, that have a pattern of providing residents unsafe or substandard care.

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.