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Let’s Remove Obstacles That Keep Citizens From Getting Government Records Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat/2013

Let’s Remove Obstacles That Keep Citizens From Getting Government Records

Some bills before the Legislature would help -- for instance, by reducing copying fees. Others are bad ideas that would blow holes in the public's right to know.
The Civil Beat Editorial Board Interview: AARP Hawaii State Director Kealii Lopez Screenshot/2022

The Civil Beat Editorial Board Interview: AARP Hawaii State Director Kealii Lopez

The nonprofit advocacy organization is again pushing for the Legislature to enact a Hawaii Retirement Savings Program. But that's just one part of its broad agenda.
The Civil Beat Editorial Board Interview: State Sen. Donovan Dela Cruz Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat/2022

The Civil Beat Editorial Board Interview: State Sen. Donovan Dela Cruz

The chair of the Ways and Means Committee discusses the governor's proposed $100 refund to residents, infrastructure, education and jobs.
Don’t Back Down On Financial Disclosure Requirement For State Boards Screenshot/2020

Don’t Back Down On Financial Disclosure Requirement For State Boards

The Legislature is considering redacting dollar amount ranges from public view because some think that could attract more and better applicants.
The Civil Beat Editorial Board Interview: US Rep. Ed Case Screenshot/2022

The Civil Beat Editorial Board Interview: US Rep. Ed Case

The Hawaii congressman on Build Back Better, foreign adversaries, Red Hill, Covid-19 and more.
The Civil Beat Editorial Board Interview: EWC President Suzanne Vares-Lum Screenshot/2022

The Civil Beat Editorial Board Interview: EWC President Suzanne Vares-Lum

The new leader of the East-West Center in Honolulu discusses the organization's role in the Asia-Pacific region, the importance of Hawaiian values and relief efforts in Tonga.
The Civil Beat Editorial Board Interview: UH Climate Expert Chip Fletcher Ku‘u Kauanoe/Civil Beat/2021

The Civil Beat Editorial Board Interview: UH Climate Expert Chip Fletcher

The University of Hawaii climate change expert explains why freaking out doesn't help, the need for COP26 to be more inclusive and how lawmakers could make a meaningful difference with increased funding.
The Civil Beat Editorial Board Interview: Hawaiian Homes Chair William Aila Jr. Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

The Civil Beat Editorial Board Interview: Hawaiian Homes Chair William Aila Jr.

The director of the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands discusses challenges facing the agency including the need for more funds and access to water.
The Civil Beat Editorial Board Interview: Hawaii Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald Screenshot/2021

The Civil Beat Editorial Board Interview: Hawaii Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald

The chief justice talks about adapting to Covid, case backlogs, judicial vacancies, diversity on the bench and budget priorities.  
The Civil Beat Editorial Board Interview: Honolulu Parks Director Laura Thielen Screenshot

The Civil Beat Editorial Board Interview: Honolulu Parks Director Laura Thielen

The former state senator and land board chair, along with her deputy, share goals for Honolulu's Department of Parks and Recreation.