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Voters Shooting Down HART Board Charter Amendment Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Voters Shooting Down HART Board Charter Amendment

The proposal would have made it easier for the board overseeing the Honolulu rail project to take action.

Honolulu To Take Out Short-Term Loan Of $44 Million To Keep Rail Going Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu To Take Out Short-Term Loan Of $44 Million To Keep Rail Going

This marks the first time that city property tax revenue will be used for the project.

Design Flaws May Delay Rail’s Interim Opening Set For 2020 Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Design Flaws May Delay Rail’s Interim Opening Set For 2020

Canopies planned for the project’s nine westernmost stations have “constructability issues,” said HART’s executive director.

Honolulu Taxpayers Now On The Hook To Help Build Rail Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Taxpayers Now On The Hook To Help Build Rail

UPDATED: The City Council move may satisfy rail’s impatient federal partners, but it also reverses a pledge not to use city dollars for construction.

Will Voters Make It Easier For Honolulu Rail Board To Make Decisions? Hawaiian Electric Co.

Will Voters Make It Easier For Honolulu Rail Board To Make Decisions?

Legislators added nonvoting members for more project scrutiny, but the move made it harder for the board to reach a quorum.

Feds To City: Show Us The Rail Money Now Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Feds To City: Show Us The Rail Money Now

Honolulu will need to come up with $44 million by Nov. 20 — and a good-faith effort to eventually issue bonds for those dollars next year won’t cut it.

The ConCon’s Real Price Tag? That’s Still A Mystery Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The ConCon’s Real Price Tag? That’s Still A Mystery

An opposition ad puts the cost at $55 million. But that assumes unprecedented full public funding of campaigns for hundreds of delegate candidates.

City Taxpayers Move Closer To Covering Rail Costs After Council Vote Cory Lum/Civil Beat

City Taxpayers Move Closer To Covering Rail Costs After Council Vote

Backed in a corner, the Honolulu City Council took steps Wednesday to commit $44 million in bonds to help build the 20-mile rail system.

What Hawaii Can Learn From Puerto Rico’s Devastation Eduardo Meléndez/Civil Beat

What Hawaii Can Learn From Puerto Rico’s Devastation

The U.S. territory still hasn’t recovered from Maria. Hawaii officials hope better coordination and a more resilient electric grid will help avoid a similar fate.

More Frequent And More Frightening Storms On The Horizon

More Frequent And More Frightening Storms On The Horizon

Hawaii has been hit directly by a hurricane or tropical storm five times since 1950. Three of those direct hits came in the last four years.

How The Ala Wai Canal Puts Honolulu’s Most Valuable Real Estate At Risk Cory Lum/Civil Beat

How The Ala Wai Canal Puts Honolulu’s Most Valuable Real Estate At Risk

Congress has authorized $345 million to strengthen the aging canal to protect against flooding in Waikiki and nearby neighborhoods.

Most Of Oahu’s Shelters Are A Long Way From Hurricane Ready Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Most Of Oahu’s Shelters Are A Long Way From Hurricane Ready

The state is assessing the conditions of shelters and retrofitting some, but the work is expensive and slow.