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Stewart Yerton

Airbnb Crackdown Does Not Deter Oahu Visitors Screenshot

Airbnb Crackdown Does Not Deter Oahu Visitors

More visitors came to Hawaii in September, but visitor spending dropped.

PUC’s Former Lawyer Says Approval Of Kahuku Wind Farm Violated Law Cory Lum/Civil Beat

PUC’s Former Lawyer Says Approval Of Kahuku Wind Farm Violated Law

A former Public Utilities Commission counsel said regulators needed to complete an environmental review before approving the controversial project.

Conflicts, Antitrust Questions Raised Regarding Maui Solar Farm Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Conflicts, Antitrust Questions Raised Regarding Maui Solar Farm

Utilities and others are concerned that the same lawyers are representing multiple parties in a competitive bidding process.

Hawaii’s Green Energy Projects Search For Ways To Navigate Community Opposition Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii’s Green Energy Projects Search For Ways To Navigate Community Opposition

A number of new solar and wind projects are needed on Oahu to replace the last coal-fired plant, which is scheduled to close in 2022.

Why Hawaii Still Has So Few Electric Cars Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Why Hawaii Still Has So Few Electric Cars

Only about 1% of cars here are electric vehicles. Advocates say boosting that number requires mandating builders install charging stations at new developments.

Who Climbs Koko Crater? An Avid Hiker Wants To Find Out Courtesy of Jane Howard

Who Climbs Koko Crater? An Avid Hiker Wants To Find Out

A University of Hawaii public policy professor conducted a private study that he hopes will help city officials better manage one of Oahu’s most popular — and overrun — hiking trails.

Hawaii Coffee Farmers: State Policy Is Putting Crops At Risk Stewart Yerton/Civil Beat

Hawaii Coffee Farmers: State Policy Is Putting Crops At Risk

Growers want Hawaii to adopt a strict federal policy designed to protect Hawaii coffee from invasive species.

How ‘Green Fees’ Might Offset The Hidden Costs Of Tourism In Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat

How ‘Green Fees’ Might Offset The Hidden Costs Of Tourism In Hawaii

A growing number of tourism hot spots, ranging from Mallorca to Bhutan to New Zealand, are imposing new taxes and fees on visitors.

This Facebook Campaign Is Teaching Tourists How To Behave In Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat

This Facebook Campaign Is Teaching Tourists How To Behave In Hawaii

Officials believe visitors will follow local customs if they simply understand them.