Civil Beat Staff

Stewart Yerton

How UH Hopes To Turn Research Into Business Startups Cory Lum/Civil Beat

How UH Hopes To Turn Research Into Business Startups

A new innovation program approved by the Legislature is aimed at encouraging faculty and staff to act as entrepreneurs.

Resort Fees: A Hidden Pain For Tourists, A Windfall For Hotels Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Resort Fees: A Hidden Pain For Tourists, A Windfall For Hotels

While consumer advocates decry costs for amenities like swimming pool access and in-room safes, the fees bring in an estimated $2.6 billion annually for hotels.

Waikiki Hotel, State Sued Over Native Hawaiian Burial Site Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Waikiki Hotel, State Sued Over Native Hawaiian Burial Site

A lawsuit claims Pacific Beach Hotel and public agencies violated state law by not properly surveying and monitoring a construction site where bones were discovered.

HART Sues State Blood Bank To Take Land For Rail Cory Lum/Civil Beat

HART Sues State Blood Bank To Take Land For Rail

The rail agency and Blood Bank of Hawaii can’t agree on compensation for the portion of the site needed for the project.

Opposition To Foreign Condo Sales Raises Legal Questions Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Opposition To Foreign Condo Sales Raises Legal Questions

Did a City Council member create legal risks by suggesting the council might deny a development permit if the condos were sold to Chinese buyers?

City Searches For A Way To Encourage Affordable Housing Near Rail Stops Cory Lum/Civil Beat

City Searches For A Way To Encourage Affordable Housing Near Rail Stops

The council considers a bill Wednesday to give developers a break on zoning laws if they sell almost a third of their units as affordable housing.

How This Hawaii Business Is Using A New Law To Raise Money Hawaii Cider Co./Wefunder

How This Hawaii Business Is Using A New Law To Raise Money

A recent change in securities law allows companies to offer stocks and bonds through Kickstarter-like websites.

Immigrant Investor Project Gets Rocky Reception From City Council Hawaii City Plaza

Immigrant Investor Project Gets Rocky Reception From City Council

A developer is using a federal cash-for-green card investment program designed for economically distressed areas to finance a condominium project near Ala Moana Center.

City And Tourist Industry Blast Hotel Tax Hike As A Bad Idea Cory Lum/Civil Beat

City And Tourist Industry Blast Hotel Tax Hike As A Bad Idea

Critics say the the proposed 30% increase would leave Honolulu with one of the highest hotel tax rates in the country.

Were These ‘Local’ Products Really Made In Hawaii? Stewart Yerton

Were These ‘Local’ Products Really Made In Hawaii?

Firms connected to the mainland like to evoke Hawaii in their marketing. Many have island origins, but have found it’s hard to expand here.

Cayetano To Trump: Cut Honolulu Rail Funds Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Cayetano To Trump: Cut Honolulu Rail Funds

UPDATE: The former Hawaii governor is asking the president to withhold $800 million in federal money for the rail project.

Competing Airbnb Bills Set Off Lobbying Battle Screenshot

Competing Airbnb Bills Set Off Lobbying Battle

A  bill letting online brokers serve as tax collectors is likely to pass, but lawmakers are still debating giving local governments more enforcement power.