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A Cultural Exchange Program or a Ticket to Sweatshop Labor? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

A Cultural Exchange Program or a Ticket to Sweatshop Labor?

A Japanese woman's poor working conditions as a Waikiki pastry chef illustrate the dark side of a visa program that brings thousands of temporary foreign workers to Hawaii each year.
Housing Program for Homeless Veterans Hits a Snag in Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Housing Program for Homeless Veterans Hits a Snag in Hawaii

Hawaii’s tight housing market and landlords reluctant to take federal vouchers are keeping dozens of veterans from getting a place to live.

Krishna Cult Rumors Still Dog Tulsi Gabbard PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Krishna Cult Rumors Still Dog Tulsi Gabbard

The Hawaii congresswoman’s national rise invites closer scrutiny of her family ties to an offbeat religious community. Her fiancé and chief of staff also grew up in families affiliated with the sect.

No Political Pedigree: Can Gabbard’s Top Advisor Succeed in D.C.? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

No Political Pedigree: Can Gabbard’s Top Advisor Succeed in D.C.?

Many questions surround the Hawaii congresswoman’s pick of Kainoa Penaroza as her new chief of staff, mainly his lack of political experience that the job demands.

Eyebrow Raiser: Tulsi Gabbard’s New Chief of Staff Baffles Political Insiders Screenshot: Puna Noni home page

Eyebrow Raiser: Tulsi Gabbard’s New Chief of Staff Baffles Political Insiders

Kainoa Penaroza is a health-food sales manager with little political experience and no apparent background in Washington, D.C. But the high-profile congresswoman has tapped him to be her top political adviser.