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City, State Officials Monitoring Threats From Right-Wing Extremists PF Bentley/Civil Beat

City, State Officials Monitoring Threats From Right-Wing Extremists

Mayor Rick Blangiardi – who voted for President Trump in 2016 – called the insurrection at the Capitol “reprehensible.”

Honolulu Police Spent $150,000 In CARES Funds On A Robot Dog Hawaii News Now

Honolulu Police Spent $150,000 In CARES Funds On A Robot Dog

Flush with CARES Act cash, the Honolulu Police Department has spent millions on what one officer called “toys.” 

Hawaii ‘Proud Boy’ Could Face Consequences With Help Of US Attorney Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii ‘Proud Boy’ Could Face Consequences With Help Of US Attorney

After the U.S. Capitol was overtaken by a violent and destructive mob of Trump supporters, prosecutors nationwide committed to bringing charges.

Honolulu Council Chair Announces Committee Assignments Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Council Chair Announces Committee Assignments

Councilmen Calvin Say and Brandon Elefante will be in powerful roles.

Caldwell’s Top Aide Lands City Council Gig To Cash In On Retirement Benefits Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Caldwell’s Top Aide Lands City Council Gig To Cash In On Retirement Benefits

The six-month job will set up former city Managing Director Roy Amemiya for benefits he can access for the rest of his life.

Kirk Caldwell’s Legacy As Honolulu Mayor Is Marred By Rail And Homelessness Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Kirk Caldwell’s Legacy As Honolulu Mayor Is Marred By Rail And Homelessness

As the city’s top official leaves office, we look back at the ups and downs of the Caldwell era.

Are Open-Book Tests Making It Too Easy To Become A Honolulu Police Officer? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Are Open-Book Tests Making It Too Easy To Become A Honolulu Police Officer?

HPD says the change emphasizes critical thinking, but others argue police must know some things by heart.

Some Honolulu Police Officers Are Doubling Their Salaries With Overtime Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Some Honolulu Police Officers Are Doubling Their Salaries With Overtime

Records show police officers’ overtime has increased while the crime-solving rate has declined.

Some Honolulu COVID-19 Services Will Continue Into 2021, Mayor Says Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Some Honolulu COVID-19 Services Will Continue Into 2021, Mayor Says

The city will spend money that was originally intended for the rainy day fund, city officials said.