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Honolulu Rail Whistleblower: Tracks, Wheels A Maintenance Nightmare And Potential Safety Issue Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Honolulu Rail Whistleblower: Tracks, Wheels A Maintenance Nightmare And Potential Safety Issue

A  track consultant pressed HART officials for two years for the rail agency to make key changes that would make the system safer and more operable. They dismissed him in February.

HART Mum On Where Pivotal ‘Mauka Shift’ Approvals Stand Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

HART Mum On Where Pivotal ‘Mauka Shift’ Approvals Stand

It’s not clear why HART is moving ahead before confirming which environmental approvals are needed and how long they might take.

HART Overpaid Parties Relocating For Rail By At Least $2.3 Million Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

HART Overpaid Parties Relocating For Rail By At Least $2.3 Million

The rail agency hasn’t said who was responsible, but it assured they’re no longer working on the project.

Electric ‘Seagliders’ May Soon Carry Passengers Between Hawaii’s Islands Courtesy: REGENT

Electric ‘Seagliders’ May Soon Carry Passengers Between Hawaii’s Islands

The new hybrid craft, which is still in the testing phase, has been described as not quite a boat but not quite a plane either.

NTSB: Pilots At Fault For Fatal Hawaii Air Tour Crashes, But So Is FAA Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat/2020

NTSB: Pilots At Fault For Fatal Hawaii Air Tour Crashes, But So Is FAA

The National Transportation Safety Board analysts are raising concerns about small plane and helicopter pilots taking greater risks when they encounter bad weather.

Coalition Asks Biden To Dramatically Expand Marine Monument In Remote Pacific Courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Coalition Asks Biden To Dramatically Expand Marine Monument In Remote Pacific

The move would protect a swathe of ocean larger than Papahanaumokuakea but could face resistance from commercial fishing interests.

Hoʻopiʻi Kahi Hui Mālama ʻĀina I Ke Aupuni Pekelala E Kiaʻi Pono ʻIa Ai Nā Manō ʻAne Halapohe Courtesy: Kaikea Nakachi

Hoʻopiʻi Kahi Hui Mālama ʻĀina I Ke Aupuni Pekelala E Kiaʻi Pono ʻIa Ai Nā Manō ʻAne Halapohe

Ua hoʻolohi nā luna pekelala i nā noiʻi hōʻike akeakamai e pili ana i ka lawaiʻa lehulehu a me nā lālākea, wahi a nā mea mālama ʻāina. 

Why Do Box Jellyfish Show Up Off Oahu Beaches Like Clockwork? Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Why Do Box Jellyfish Show Up Off Oahu Beaches Like Clockwork?

The box jellyfish population off Waikiki has exploded in recent decades, leading to thousands of annual stings.

Advocates: Feds Aren’t Doing What’s Required To Protect Hawaii Endangered Species DLNR

Advocates: Feds Aren’t Doing What’s Required To Protect Hawaii Endangered Species

Nearly 50 local threatened species have not been designated with the habitat needed to help their numbers recover, according a prominent nonprofit conservation group.