Civil Beat Staff

Marcel Honore

NOAA: Expect Less Activity In The Upcoming Hurricane Season Courtesy: NWS/2020

NOAA: Expect Less Activity In The Upcoming Hurricane Season

Nonetheless, emergency management officials encourage local residents to stay prepared in case a major storm hits the islands.

Environmental Group Sues Feds To Better Protect Endangered Sharks Courtesy: Kaikea Nakachi

Environmental Group Sues Feds To Better Protect Endangered Sharks

Federal officials have delayed critical scientific assessments of how commercial fishing affects oceanic whitetips, conservationists say.

Inside The ‘Frantic’ Push To Shorten Rail And Keep Its Federal Funding Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Inside The ‘Frantic’ Push To Shorten Rail And Keep Its Federal Funding

Project officials stress that they’re still fully committed to getting rail to Ala Moana, but it’s still not clear financially how that would happen.

The ‘Lost Tower’: Why Howard Hughes Has A Love-Hate Relationship With Rail

The ‘Lost Tower’: Why Howard Hughes Has A Love-Hate Relationship With Rail

The city has spent several years and millions of dollars fighting the developer in court over land for rail. Now, the transit system might not reach the Hughes Kakaako properties.

‘Nobody Knows What’s Going On’: Kalihi Is Transforming Despite Uncertainty About Rail Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

‘Nobody Knows What’s Going On’: Kalihi Is Transforming Despite Uncertainty About Rail

Commercial property values have spiked along the rail line since the tax to build the project went into effect. But rail didn’t create that new value, local analysts say.

Rail May Not Make It To Ala Moana, But Developers Have Already Cashed In Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Rail May Not Make It To Ala Moana, But Developers Have Already Cashed In

Landowners got lucrative zoning perks and fast-track approvals to build luxury towers in the busy neighborhood all based on rail. Did they give enough back in return?

HART CEO Says She Won’t Accept Potential $25,000 Bonus Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2020

HART CEO Says She Won’t Accept Potential $25,000 Bonus

“There is still much more work to be done before we can turn this project into a success story,” Lori Kahikina said in a letter announcing her decision.

Honolulu Mayor Proposes Trimming Rail Line, Stations To Address Budget Woes Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Honolulu Mayor Proposes Trimming Rail Line, Stations To Address Budget Woes

The plan needs approval from the Federal Transit Administration, and it’s not clear yet whether that agency will get on board.

Kahikina Poised To Get $25K Bonus For First Year As Rail Director Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2020

Kahikina Poised To Get $25K Bonus For First Year As Rail Director

HART board members contemplated what message that bonus might send to the public, however, as rail faces a severe financial crisis.