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Hawaii Governor Declares Maui County A Disaster Area As Drought There Persists Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Governor Declares Maui County A Disaster Area As Drought There Persists

The drought has lasted since March 2019, taking a heavy toll on farmers and homesteaders, as well as the deer that roam those islands.

Honolulu Boatyard Agrees To Six-Figure Penalty For Keehi Lagoon Pollution Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Boatyard Agrees To Six-Figure Penalty For Keehi Lagoon Pollution

The levels of contaminants discharged from the facility into the lagoon violated federal regulations, the EPA found.

Molokai’s Fabled Axis Deer Are Starving To Death In Droves Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Molokai’s Fabled Axis Deer Are Starving To Death In Droves

The crisis, triggered in part by drought, exposes rifts in the community and raises questions about how to manage the herd in the future.

New Route For Honolulu Rail? Any ‘Hare-Brained’ Scheme Is Being Considered Cory Lum/Civil Beat

New Route For Honolulu Rail? Any ‘Hare-Brained’ Scheme Is Being Considered

HART’s new executive director Lori Kahikina says she’s open to any ideas that avoid having to get special utility clearances along Dillingham Boulevard.

Hawaii Leaders Laud Nation’s Return To The Paris Climate Deal Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Hawaii Leaders Laud Nation’s Return To The Paris Climate Deal

The nation’s lone island state has its own aggressive climate goals and had pledged to follow the Paris accords even after the U.S. withdrew.

New Boulder Barriers Aim To Protect Monk Seals From Illegal Off-Roading Rachel Zalucki/Civil Beat

New Boulder Barriers Aim To Protect Monk Seals From Illegal Off-Roading

Trucks disrupting seals resting on the sand have been a problem for years at Wawamalu. The new barriers aim to stop that.

Court Ruling Halts All Existing Hawaii Commercial Aquarium Fishing Licenses FromSandToGlass/Flickr

Court Ruling Halts All Existing Hawaii Commercial Aquarium Fishing Licenses

The latest order compels state officials to cancel all existing commercial aquarium licenses because they lack the proper reviews, environmental advocates say.

Longtime Rail Officials Ousted As New CEO Joins HART Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Longtime Rail Officials Ousted As New CEO Joins HART

Bill Brennan and Joyce Oliveira were two of the longest-serving employees at a tumultuous agency that’s seen heavy turnover.

Here’s Why You Can’t Judge Honolulu’s Bike-Share Program On Public Costs Alone Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Here’s Why You Can’t Judge Honolulu’s Bike-Share Program On Public Costs Alone

With a new city audit out there’s plenty of talk about the bike-share’s costs. What’s missing is a similar examination of its community benefits.