Laura Thielen

Laura Thielen is a former chair of the state Department of Land and Natural Resources and current state senator for District 25 (Kailua, Waimanalo, Hawaii Kai and Papahanaumokuakea).
Civil Beat Series Was Right: Wespac Is No Friend Of The Ocean Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Civil Beat Series Was Right: Wespac Is No Friend Of The Ocean

Fishery council members have repeatedly shown that they cannot be trusted to govern themselves.

City Leaders Must Face The Realities Of Rail  Cory Lum/Civil Beat

City Leaders Must Face The Realities Of Rail 

It is time for the Mayor to consider greater cost-saving measures and to make some tough choices to complete this project.

We Can’t Let Airbnb Commercialize Hawaii’s Beaches Cory Lum/Civil Beat

We Can’t Let Airbnb Commercialize Hawaii’s Beaches

A bill before the Legislature would exempt the company from tax laws that apply to local property managers and allow it to hide illegal operators.
Senators: State Should Buy Dole Ag Lands On Oahu Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Senators: State Should Buy Dole Ag Lands On Oahu

What we need are working farms with long‐term leases that allow them to invest in their business, and sufficient land to produce the steady crops our market demands.