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2 Pretrial Detainees Escape From Maui Jail Cory Lum/Civil Beat

2 Pretrial Detainees Escape From Maui Jail

UPDATED 4/15/19: The men fled the facility in the early morning. One later turned himself in to authorities.

Hawaii Loses Leading Civil Rights Advocate Joakim ‘Jojo’ Peter Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Loses Leading Civil Rights Advocate Joakim ‘Jojo’ Peter

The native of Chuuk, Micronesia fought for social justice for Pacific Islanders in Hawaii and beyond.

Chad Blair: Inside The Legislature’s Backroom Brawl Over A Water Rights Bill Hawaii Farm Bureau

Chad Blair: Inside The Legislature’s Backroom Brawl Over A Water Rights Bill

Hawaii lawmakers are assessing whether there is support for reviving a bill allowing Alexander & Baldwin continued water access on Maui that was once declared dead.

Minimum Wage Increase Among Hundreds Of Bills Moving Forward Chad Blair/Civil Beat

Minimum Wage Increase Among Hundreds Of Bills Moving Forward

But there was no action on a controversial measure — stymied for now — that would allow continued diversion of stream water.

Chad Blair: Possible Resurrection Of Water Bill Has Capitol Abuzz Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Chad Blair: Possible Resurrection Of Water Bill Has Capitol Abuzz

Lawmakers supporting the measure to extend rights to divert stream water — including for Alexander & Baldwin — play hardball behind closed doors.

Ed Case’s ‘Talk Story’ Has Aged Well Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ed Case’s ‘Talk Story’ Has Aged Well

The Hawaii congressman perfected constituent forums when he was in office 10 years ago. Now he’s taking that show on the road again.

A&B Water Rights Bill May Have New Life Cory Lum/Civil Beat

A&B Water Rights Bill May Have New Life

UPDATED: There is talk that the Hawaii state Senate will vote on the controversial legislation as early as Tuesday.

Water Rights Bill Goes Down The Drain In ‘Historic Vote’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Water Rights Bill Goes Down The Drain In ‘Historic Vote’

The land company Alexander & Baldwin is among the big losers after senators can’t agree on a proposal to allow stream diversion to continue.

Vote On Water Rights Bill Postponed After Heated Testimony Chad Blair/Civil Beat

Vote On Water Rights Bill Postponed After Heated Testimony

A Senate committee is expected to decide Thursday whether to extend stream diversion authority for another three years.

Lawmakers Revive Bail Reform Efforts To Reduce Overcrowding Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lawmakers Revive Bail Reform Efforts To Reduce Overcrowding

Several criminal justice measures are still alive and will likely be hashed out in Senate-House conference committees.

Ige Decides Not To Renominate Two Cabinet Members Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ige Decides Not To Renominate Two Cabinet Members

The heads of Hawaiian Home Lands and Budget and Finance will not be nominated for new terms.

Chad Blair: How To Pick A President Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Chad Blair: How To Pick A President

The Democratic Party of Hawaii has asked members for input on its 2020 presidential preference poll.