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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.

Court Strikes Down Education Tax Ballot Measure Marcel Honore/Civil Beat

Court Strikes Down Education Tax Ballot Measure

UPDATED: The Hawaii Supreme Court ruled the language wasn’t clear enough on a proposed constitutional amendment to fund public schools.

Surprise Eviction Notices Have This Old Plantation Community Up In Arms Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Surprise Eviction Notices Have This Old Plantation Community Up In Arms

State Sen. Donovan Dela Cruz and a state agency are aggressively moving ahead with development plans for Central Oahu’s Whitmore Village.

Supreme Court Hears Challenge To ConAm Ballot Measure But Defers Ruling Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Supreme Court Hears Challenge To ConAm Ballot Measure But Defers Ruling

Hawaii’s county governments hope the court will act quickly to invalidate the measure that would allow the state to tax property for education.

This Maui Couple’s Photo App Is An Instagram Sensation Troy Plota

This Maui Couple’s Photo App Is An Instagram Sensation

Prominent influencers are using the startup company’s program, which has 6 million downloads and counting.

Has Kakaako Gotten Too Fancy Even For IBM? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Has Kakaako Gotten Too Fancy Even For IBM?

The company will soon depart its landmark namesake building to make way for developer offices and model condos.

2,700 Workers Strike At Popular Waikiki Hotels Cory Lum/Civil Beat

2,700 Workers Strike At Popular Waikiki Hotels

The work stoppage comes despite management agreement to subsidize worker housing.

If You Don’t Vote On Constitutional Questions, You’ve Just Voted ‘No’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

If You Don’t Vote On Constitutional Questions, You’ve Just Voted ‘No’

Thanks to a 1997 Supreme Court ruling, the deck is stacked against the ConCon and the constitutional amendment for school funding.

Snuggle Up: Professional Cuddling Is Going Mainstream Aloha Cuddle Co.

Snuggle Up: Professional Cuddling Is Going Mainstream

Cuddling industry workers report making as much as $5,000 a month providing human contact to those willing to pay for it.

Can Hawaii’s Oldest Dive Bar Survive Chinatown’s Invading Hipsters? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Can Hawaii’s Oldest Dive Bar Survive Chinatown’s Invading Hipsters?

The owner of Smith’s Union Bar in Chinatown, opened in 1935, worries his landlord won’t renew the bar’s lease.

HART Wants A Private Company To Finish The Honolulu Rail Project Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

HART Wants A Private Company To Finish The Honolulu Rail Project

The rail agency’s directors approve the concept of a public-private partnership to design and build the stretch through the central part of the city.