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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.

Turning The Lights Back On Is Tough In Oahu’s Rugged Terrain Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Turning The Lights Back On Is Tough In Oahu’s Rugged Terrain

Maintaining electricity in the wake of a major storm is also key to keeping the water supply flowing.

If The Big One Hits, Honolulu Harbor Is A Fragile Lifeline Cory Lum/Civil Beat

If The Big One Hits, Honolulu Harbor Is A Fragile Lifeline

The isolated islands would rapidly burn through food and supplies should the port close. Plan B is to bring limited goods through Pearl Harbor.

Are We Ready? Or Not?

Are We Ready? Or Not?

Civil Beat explores how vulnerable Hawaii’s most populous island is if a hurricane hits — and what’s being done to make us more prepared.

Honolulu Rail Project Faces Critical Decisions In Next 60 Days Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Rail Project Faces Critical Decisions In Next 60 Days

City leaders are once again sparring over rail as they look to comply with a federal agency’s challenging demands.

Federal Agency Issues New Ultimatums On Honolulu Rail Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Federal Agency Issues New Ultimatums On Honolulu Rail

In a blunt letter, the Federal Transit Administration lays out demands that will prove tough for the city to meet.

St. Francis Medical Center Tries To Stop $80M Settlement For Abuse Victims Cory Lum/Civil Beat

St. Francis Medical Center Tries To Stop $80M Settlement For Abuse Victims

The center employed the psychiatrist accused of sexually abusing dozens of students at Kamehameha Schools, which reached the settlement with victims.