Civil Beat Staff

Marcel Honore

Tourists Are Back In Force On Hana Highway. Why Not Charge Them? Courtesy: Hana Highway Regulation

Tourists Are Back In Force On Hana Highway. Why Not Charge Them?

It would be a simple solution to help reduce neighbor-island traffic — and make life better for the locals there, a UH economist says.

Emails Show Hanabusa Was Doing Rail Work Before She Got A Big Contract Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Emails Show Hanabusa Was Doing Rail Work Before She Got A Big Contract

Colleen Hanabusa says she drafted bills and monitored legislation on her own, not because she expected a contract or financial reward from the transit board.

Emails Show HART Leaders Always Wanted To Hire Hanabusa As Consultant Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Emails Show HART Leaders Always Wanted To Hire Hanabusa As Consultant

Newly released documents confirm what many suspected: that the contract and its restrictive qualifications were written with the former congresswoman in mind.

Companies To Pay $150,000 Fine After Jet Fuel Spill On Sand Island Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Companies To Pay $150,000 Fine After Jet Fuel Spill On Sand Island

The fuel escaped via the bottom of a storage tank. Operators detected the spill when noticing an “inventory discrepancy.”

Hawaii’s Rental Car Crisis Is Sending More Riders To Biki And TheBus Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Hawaii’s Rental Car Crisis Is Sending More Riders To Biki And TheBus

But Biki still faces steep hurdles recovering from the pandemic, including a spike in vandalized and damaged bikes.

Alternatives To The Last Honolulu Rail Leg? HART Releases A ‘Matrix’ Of Ideas Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Alternatives To The Last Honolulu Rail Leg? HART Releases A ‘Matrix’ Of Ideas

The FTA says it “will discuss all possible options” amid rail’s latest, massive cost increases and schedule delays.

Ohana Shutdown Leaves Molokai, Lanai Residents With Limited Flight Options Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ohana Shutdown Leaves Molokai, Lanai Residents With Limited Flight Options

Locals say it’s difficult for seniors and passengers with disabilities to use Mokulele’s smaller planes.

Senate Bill Would Make It Harder To Scrutinize Government Contract Awards, Critics Say Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Senate Bill Would Make It Harder To Scrutinize Government Contract Awards, Critics Say

State officials say the measure would speed up the cumbersome procurement process, but others worry it would make legitimate bid appeals unaffordable.

NOAA Predicts Less Hurricane Activity Than Usual In The Central Pacific This Year Courtesy: NWS/2020

NOAA Predicts Less Hurricane Activity Than Usual In The Central Pacific This Year

Forecasters didn’t predict whether the storms, which can range in force from a tropical depression to a hurricane, will actually make landfall in the Hawaiian islands.