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This Longtime Acupuncturist Who Pushed For Oversight Is Now Under Investigation John Hill/Civil Beat

This Longtime Acupuncturist Who Pushed For Oversight Is Now Under Investigation

Mike Hashimoto was accused of sexual misconduct by a patient three years ago. The still unresolved case highlights problems within the state agency that regulates licensed professionals.

Justice Served? A Highly Unusual Hawaii Law Is Costing This Woman Her Home Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Justice Served? A Highly Unusual Hawaii Law Is Costing This Woman Her Home

Her son was one of five teenagers who robbed and shot a Pearl City man during a home invasion 19 years ago. Now the victim has wound up with her house as part of his restitution claim.

Mysterious Manoa Tree Hackers May Be Peddling Hallucinogenic Bark Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Mysterious Manoa Tree Hackers May Be Peddling Hallucinogenic Bark

Large gashes in acacia trees, whose bark is reportedly hallucinogenic, were first noticed in December by Manoa residents.

These Lawmakers Think The State Should Charge $20 To Unblock Porn Sites Cory Lum/Civil Beat

These Lawmakers Think The State Should Charge $20 To Unblock Porn Sites

The ACLU argues the bills, which would require manufacturers to place blocking devices on computers and phones, are unconstitutional.

State Improperly Shared Unsubstantiated Reports Of Child Abuse For Years Cory Lum/Civil Beat

State Improperly Shared Unsubstantiated Reports Of Child Abuse For Years

Federal officials have told the Hawaii Department of Human Services to stop using the reports outside of child abuse investigations

Injured Workers Still Searching For Relief Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Injured Workers Still Searching For Relief

A key lawmaker is promising to again pursue reforms in Hawaii’s workers’ comp system during the upcoming legislative session.

Court Cases Open Window Into Marshallese Adoptions April Estrellon/Civil Beat

Court Cases Open Window Into Marshallese Adoptions

A lawsuit by a Kentucky couple alleges that an Arkansas attorney offered to fly a Marshallese birth mother to the U.S. despite a treaty that bars such travel

Delays, Denials, Wasted Tax Dollars: DOE’s Troubled Treatment Of Injured Workers

Delays, Denials, Wasted Tax Dollars: DOE’s Troubled Treatment Of Injured Workers

A Civil Beat investigation found frequent shortcomings with how Hawaii’s education department handles workers’ comp claims.

One Family’s Marshallese Adoption Odyssey Courtesy of Roxane Cartwright

One Family’s Marshallese Adoption Odyssey

Many adoptive parents document their adoption “journey.” For this couple, the better term would be “ordeal.”