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Stewart Yerton

Can A New Generation Save Honolulu’s Oldest Natural Foods Store? Stewart Yerton/Civil Beat

Can A New Generation Save Honolulu’s Oldest Natural Foods Store?

The Kokua Market is on life support, trying to survive in a marketplace where Whole Foods is ubiquitous and even McDonald’s serves quinoa.

New Shipping Rules May Drive Up Hawaii’s Power Bills Cory Lum/Civil Beat

New Shipping Rules May Drive Up Hawaii’s Power Bills

But experts say there is a silver lining: higher fuel prices will make renewable energy sources in Hawaii even more competitive.

Rushing To Mine A Sea Floor Full Of Treasure — And Unique Creatures Craig Smith/University of Hawaii

Rushing To Mine A Sea Floor Full Of Treasure — And Unique Creatures

Critics fear rules for opening a swath of ocean bed between Mexico and Hawaii won’t protect “the most pristine wilderness on the planet.”

Hawaii Democrats Cheer New Balance of Power In Washington Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Democrats Cheer New Balance of Power In Washington

But local Republicans took solace in their expanded majority in the U.S. Senate.

Maui Voters Want Tougher Fines For Unlicensed Airbnbs Airbnb

Maui Voters Want Tougher Fines For Unlicensed Airbnbs

On Kauai, voters were rejecting an amendment that would repeal the current term limits on County Council members.

Filmmaker Sues Hawaii: My Film Is ‘Not The History They Want Told’ Tim Chey/RiverRain Productions

Filmmaker Sues Hawaii: My Film Is ‘Not The History They Want Told’

Tim Chey alleges the state film office withheld tax grants for his movie “Islands” because it’s about the Christian conversion of a Hawaiian chiefess.

Will Kiosks And Robots Replace Hotel Workers? Caleb Hartsfield/Civil Beat

Will Kiosks And Robots Replace Hotel Workers?

Striking hotel workers in Hawaii and elsewhere, fearful of losing jobs, want a seat at the table as management rolls out disruptive technology.

Supreme Court Approves Thirty Meter Telescope Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Supreme Court Approves Thirty Meter Telescope

UPDATED: The ruling says the state Board of Land and Natural Resources properly granted a conservation district permit for Mauna Kea.

Should Unlicensed Airbnbs On Maui Face A $20,000 Fine? Airbnb

Should Unlicensed Airbnbs On Maui Face A $20,000 Fine?

Voters will decide whether to amend the county charter to crack down on the proliferation of vacation rentals.