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Marcel Honore

Lawsuit Aims To Protect Hawaii’s Iiwi Bird From Extinction Jack Jeffrey Photography

Lawsuit Aims To Protect Hawaii’s Iiwi Bird From Extinction

Mosquito-borne illness has decimated the forest bird’s numbers. It could disappear on Kauai in the next 30 years if no action is taken, conservationists say.

Hawaii Island Couple In ‘Bizarre’ Aquarium Fishing Incident Fined More Than $270,000 Wikimedia Commons

Hawaii Island Couple In ‘Bizarre’ Aquarium Fishing Incident Fined More Than $270,000

State officers say a collector left his wife and another diver in the water while trying to hide their illegal aquarium fishing.

COVID-19 Relief Bill Includes $70 Million For Honolulu Rail Cory Lum/Civil Beat

COVID-19 Relief Bill Includes $70 Million For Honolulu Rail

The funding will help, but the multibillion-dollar transit project still faces much larger financial problems.

Bill Spares Hawaii Businesses From Replenishing UI Trust Fund — For Now Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Bill Spares Hawaii Businesses From Replenishing UI Trust Fund — For Now

The relief measure doesn’t solve how the state will pay back the more than $700 million it owes on mounting jobless claims.

Former HART Interim Director Krishniah Murthy Dies Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Former HART Interim Director Krishniah Murthy Dies

The longtime transit official was hired in 2016 to help guide Oahu’s rail project through an especially rocky period.

Could Hawaii’s Fossil Fuel-Powered Cars Soon Be A Relic Of The Past? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Could Hawaii’s Fossil Fuel-Powered Cars Soon Be A Relic Of The Past?

The electric vehicle market is growing and state leaders want to help phase out gas-powered cars. Local auto dealers say they’re moving too fast.

Condo Complex’s Plan To Uproot Trees Has Residents Worried About Kaneohe Bay Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Condo Complex’s Plan To Uproot Trees Has Residents Worried About Kaneohe Bay

The plan is really about clearing views for residents, according to a former Puu Alii board member.

EPA Hits Kapolei Refinery with $220,000 Fine For Clean Air, Hazardous Waste Violations Cory Lum/Civil Beat

EPA Hits Kapolei Refinery with $220,000 Fine For Clean Air, Hazardous Waste Violations

Par Hawaii says it disagrees with the EPA’s “assertions” following the agency’s inspections in 2018 and 2019.

It Will Take 18 Months To Overhaul Hawaii’s Outdated Unemployment System Cory Lum/Civil Beat

It Will Take 18 Months To Overhaul Hawaii’s Outdated Unemployment System

The state labor department made a deal to replace an antiquated mainframe but it won’t help with the current wave of claims.