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Christina Jedra

Criminal Probe Into Rail Might Creep Into Honolulu Hale, Attorneys Fear Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Criminal Probe Into Rail Might Creep Into Honolulu Hale, Attorneys Fear

After the City Council rejected using taxpayer money to pay for legal representation, city employees would have to seek it out on their own.

How To Remove Homeless People From A Park? Close It, Honolulu Says Cory Lum/Civil Beat

How To Remove Homeless People From A Park? Close It, Honolulu Says

Opponents of the city proposal say closing parks is not the answer when better enforcement and maintenance is needed.

Honolulu Medical Examiner, Highest Paid City Employee, Resigns

Honolulu Medical Examiner, Highest Paid City Employee, Resigns

Christopher Happy wrote in a resignation letter that he is leaving to attend to a family member’s illness.

With Eye On Mauna Kea, Oahu Isn’t Letting Protesters Stop Unpopular Projects Cory Lum/Civil Beat

With Eye On Mauna Kea, Oahu Isn’t Letting Protesters Stop Unpopular Projects

But the price for pushing through unpopular projects such as the Nā Pua Makani wind farm is an enormous logistical effort to keep the kiaʻi at bay.

Wind Farm Protesters Arrested As They Blockade Road For Construction Vehicles Blaze Lovell/Civil Beat

Wind Farm Protesters Arrested As They Blockade Road For Construction Vehicles

UPDATED: After the arrests, four construction trucks carrying sections of turbines left for the wind farm site in Kahuku but were later blocked by a downed power pole that HECO says was intentionally cut down.

Navy Resists Calls To Relocate Or Strengthen Red Hill Fuel Tanks Christina Jedra/Civil Beat

Navy Resists Calls To Relocate Or Strengthen Red Hill Fuel Tanks

Critics worried about leaks into Honolulu’s drinking water are calling for the Navy to relocate the tanks as fast as possible.

How Honolulu’s Japanese, Spurned At The Library, Made Their Own Bookstore Culture Cory Lum/Civil Beat

How Honolulu’s Japanese, Spurned At The Library, Made Their Own Bookstore Culture

When Honolulu’s library first opened, it ignored the needs of Japanese readers. In response, Japanese shop owners stepped up to provide books. Of 41 booksellers of that era, one store remains.

Honolulu Council OKs Requiring Union Labor For City Projects Over $2 Million Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Council OKs Requiring Union Labor For City Projects Over $2 Million

The measure has been forcefully opposed by non-union contractors.

Formerly Homeless Now In Charge Of $3.8M Grant To Help Kids Still On The Streets Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Formerly Homeless Now In Charge Of $3.8M Grant To Help Kids Still On The Streets

A federal youth homelessness project in Honolulu is being guided by nine young people who know the issue first-hand.

Opponents Of Sherwood Forest Development File Lawsuit Against Honolulu, Federal Government Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Opponents Of Sherwood Forest Development File Lawsuit Against Honolulu, Federal Government

Despite a public outcry demanding Honolulu halt the project, Mayor Kirk Caldwell said the city is moving forward with it.

Hefty Property Fine? Honolulu Will Happily Settle For 10% Christina Jedra/Civil Beat

Hefty Property Fine? Honolulu Will Happily Settle For 10%

City officials say they’re less interested in raising money than in getting property owners to comply, so are willing to take much less when the violation is corrected.

Police Arrest 28 Protesters Blocking Construction At Waimanalo Park Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Police Arrest 28 Protesters Blocking Construction At Waimanalo Park

The protesters sang and chanted as they passively resisted the officers. They were later released after posting $100 bail each.