Marina Starleaf Riker is a reporter covering Maui for Civil Beat.
She grew up in Haiku and graduated from University of Hawaii Manoa in 2015. While in college, she got her start in journalism working as an intern for Civil Beat. In the years that followed, she wrote about the Hawaii Legislature for the Associated Press and covered local government for newspapers in Bend, Oregon and Victoria, Texas.
Most recently, Marina worked on the San Antonio Express-News’ projects team, where she produced investigations that ranged from examining officials’ lack of communication during Texas’ deadly winter freeze to identifying the city’s most prolific evictors, including landlords who profited from taxpayer-funded programs. She has extensive experience reporting on affordable housing, disaster recovery and health care equity.
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In the absence of formal evacuation efforts, friends and neighbors tried to save seniors from the fire. Some succeeded. Others could not.
ʻO kēia hana ka hehi hope loa ma ka haku ʻana i ka papa luna hou, ka mea nona ke kuleana no ke koho ʻana i ka luna o kēia keʻena aupuni hou.
Concerns were raised that planning department staff would be given even more discretion over reducing or waiving fines.
Food accounts for roughly 19% of all the trash thrown out in the county, which lacks a municipal composting facility.
Several residents had complained last year about the cloud of dust that occasionally blanketed Central Maui.
The 0.5% surcharge takes effect next year.
The action marked the last step in creating the new board, which is tasked with choosing the director of the new government entity.
For the state, the purchase was a "huge victory" for the environment. For Brendan Balthazar, it was a devastating loss of agricultural land.
The Kihei campus is the first new public high school to open in Hawaii in 23 years.