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Stewart Yerton

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.

Hawaii Unions Say Little Has Changed Since Landmark Janus Decision Cory Lum / Civil Beat

Hawaii Unions Say Little Has Changed Since Landmark Janus Decision

Union supporters had feared the opinion by U.S. Supreme Court’s conservative majority would erode union membership.

New Report Reveals Hawaii’s Not-So-Booming Economy Getty Images/iStockphoto

New Report Reveals Hawaii’s Not-So-Booming Economy

A declining population and weak increases in personal income have helped keep a lid on inflation in Honolulu, economists say.

The Next Emergency Text You Get May Be From The President Federal Emergency Management Agency

The Next Emergency Text You Get May Be From The President

The first ever “Presidential Alert” for emergencies will be tested on cell phones nationwide Oct. 3.

Why Hawaii Farmers Are Actually Embracing Government Regulation Stewart Yerton/Civil Beat

Why Hawaii Farmers Are Actually Embracing Government Regulation

Some small ag operations are finding federal food safety regulations can help them expand to new markets.

Thousands Poised To Strike At Some Of Waikiki’s Biggest Hotels Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Thousands Poised To Strike At Some Of Waikiki’s Biggest Hotels

The union vote could lead to a work stoppage by about 3,500 workers, including those at the Royal Hawaiian, Westin Moana Surfrider and Sheraton Waikiki.

Hawaii Counties Ask Court To Block School Property Tax Measure Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Counties Ask Court To Block School Property Tax Measure

All the state’s counties oppose the proposed constitutional amendment, arguing it would siphon dollars from their tax base.

Honolulu Lawsuit Aims To Stop Proposed Ballot Measure On Education Funding Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Honolulu Lawsuit Aims To Stop Proposed Ballot Measure On Education Funding

Honolulu’s city attorney says the ballot title misleads voters on a proposed constitutional amendment.

What Killed Hurricane Lane? site called Earth: A Global Map of Wind, Weather, and Ocean Conditions.

What Killed Hurricane Lane?

Scientists agree high southwest winds helped save Hawaii. “They took its head off,” one says.

Fear The Hurricane? Not These Hardy Tourists Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Fear The Hurricane? Not These Hardy Tourists

“We’re the hurricane that hit Honolulu,” says one visitor who arrived in Honolulu with a large extended family.