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Kealoha Corruption Probe Is Why Honolulu Is Paying A Mainland Law Firm To Fight The Feds Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Kealoha Corruption Probe Is Why Honolulu Is Paying A Mainland Law Firm To Fight The Feds

Federal agents seized a “very broad” set of emails in connection with an investigation that is now before a grand jury, according to Honolulu City Council member Ron Menor.

Keep The Change: Honolulu Won’t Try To Recover Almost $100,000 It Overpaid Workers Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Keep The Change: Honolulu Won’t Try To Recover Almost $100,000 It Overpaid Workers

Despite a state law that says governments “shall” recover overpayments, Human Resources Director Carolee Kubo says it’s too late and, besides, the city made the mistake.

Why The Growing Demand For AC Threatens Hawaii’s Renewable Energy Goals Christina Jedra/Civil Beat

Why The Growing Demand For AC Threatens Hawaii’s Renewable Energy Goals

Far more residents now have air conditioning to deal with a warming climate. But their increased electrical use makes the problem worse.

Honolulu Will Pay For ‘Confidential’ Criminal Defense Work For Years Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Will Pay For ‘Confidential’ Criminal Defense Work For Years

Taxpayers are on the hook for as much as $700 an hour to block some records from being seen by federal investigators.

‘This Is Our Mauna Kea’: Oahu Wind Farm Opponents Say They’re Inspired By Big Island Protests Kuʻu Kauanoe/Civil Beat

‘This Is Our Mauna Kea’: Oahu Wind Farm Opponents Say They’re Inspired By Big Island Protests

The movement on Mauna Kea is motivating others to assert collective power over land-use decisions, even at the last minute.

Kealoha Cases Are Racking Up ‘Endless’ Taxpayer Legal Bills Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Kealoha Cases Are Racking Up ‘Endless’ Taxpayer Legal Bills

The legal fees for one lawsuit alone break down to about 70 cents per Oahu resident.

Honolulu Council OKs Funds To Shield Records Seized By Feds Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Council OKs Funds To Shield Records Seized By Feds

Two council members who previously supported the funding voted no.

Attorney Megan Kau Announces Run For Honolulu Prosecutor Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Attorney Megan Kau Announces Run For Honolulu Prosecutor

Former Prosecuting Attorney Peter Carlisle, who introduced Kau at her Tuesday press conference, said he is no longer considering running for his old office.

Honolulu Fighting Disclosure of Records, Emails Seized by Feds, Councilman Says Cory Lum/CIvil Beat

Honolulu Fighting Disclosure of Records, Emails Seized by Feds, Councilman Says

The city is seeking authorization to spend $225,000 to make sure privileged information is not released.

Ala Moana Sand Replenishment Will Kill Sand-Dwelling Creatures, Researchers Say Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ala Moana Sand Replenishment Will Kill Sand-Dwelling Creatures, Researchers Say

The only question is how fast populations will recover, one researcher said. 

‘Stop The Scandals’: Businessman Keith Amemiya Says He’s Running For Mayor Cory Lum/Civil Beat

‘Stop The Scandals’: Businessman Keith Amemiya Says He’s Running For Mayor

Amemiya is getting out ahead of what could be a crowded field for Honolulu’s top job.

Honolulu Invests $500,000 To Reach Hardest-To-Serve Homeless People Denby Fawcett/Civil Beat

Honolulu Invests $500,000 To Reach Hardest-To-Serve Homeless People

The mayor is hoping state and federal agencies will help fund the effort to help homeless people, whether they want it or not.