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Green Energy Group Ranks Honolulu Among The ‘Most Improved’ Cities Stewart Yerton/Civil Beat

Green Energy Group Ranks Honolulu Among The ‘Most Improved’ Cities

But the report calls on all cities to commit to energy policies that promote social and racial equity.

Military Families Who Sued Over Kaneohe Soil Contamination Get Another Day In Court Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2018

Military Families Who Sued Over Kaneohe Soil Contamination Get Another Day In Court

After a federal judge rejected most of their claims, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sent the case to state court.

The Proposed Sites For Oahu’s New Landfill Would Threaten Drinking Water, Officials Say Ku‘u Kauanoe/Civil Beat/2021

The Proposed Sites For Oahu’s New Landfill Would Threaten Drinking Water, Officials Say

The four sites under consideration are all above groundwater aquifers. But finding a new location could require repealing a law meant to protect communities and delaying the city’s already tight deadline.

There’s A Lot More To Hawaii’s Cacao Industry Than Making Chocolate Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

There’s A Lot More To Hawaii’s Cacao Industry Than Making Chocolate

Cacao has been in Hawaii for at least 190 years, but it’s only been in the last few decades that people are getting interested in making chocolate locally. Agrotourism may hold the answer for future growth.

US Request For More Bigeye Tuna Denied By Pacific Commission Allen Shimada/NMFS/2015

US Request For More Bigeye Tuna Denied By Pacific Commission

Wespac Executive Director Kitty Simonds expressed her disappointment, saying the council had been trying for six years to negotiate an increase.

Maui Conservationists Sound Alarm Over Sightings Of Invasive Bird Courtesy: Maui Invasive Species Committee/2021

Maui Conservationists Sound Alarm Over Sightings Of Invasive Bird

The bird is already established on Oahu, where it gorges on tropical fruit and orchid buds, causing hundreds of thousands of dollars in agricultural losses.

Hawaii Military Families Move Into Hotels Amid Red Hill Water Crisis Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Hawaii Military Families Move Into Hotels Amid Red Hill Water Crisis

The hotel industry is once again providing emergency shelter, this time for families who need clean water.

It Could Cost Billions For The Navy To Move Red Hill Fuel Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

It Could Cost Billions For The Navy To Move Red Hill Fuel

A 2018 study found that building a new jet fuel facility to replace the aging tanks at Red Hill could cost as much as $10 billion and could take until 2051.

Christmas Trees And Lucky Soup: Hawaii Wishes For A Biosecure Holiday Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Christmas Trees And Lucky Soup: Hawaii Wishes For A Biosecure Holiday

The state has struggled with biosecurity due to staffing issues and underfunding for more than 10 years. Whether the Legislature will increase funding to meet the state’s needs is still up in the air.

From ‘Sacred Place’ To ‘Dumping Ground,’ West Oahu Confronts A Legacy Of Landfills Cory Lum/Civil Beat

From ‘Sacred Place’ To ‘Dumping Ground,’ West Oahu Confronts A Legacy Of Landfills

Mental health professionals say the community is working to overcome the negative stereotypes associated with decades of hosting the island’s less desirable municipal facilities.