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Kauai: The Pig Man Of The Garden Isle Courtesy of Rebekah Magers

Kauai: The Pig Man Of The Garden Isle

Nic Barca doesn’t just hunt pigs. He’s the resident scholar of all things porcine on the island.

Creating A Better Life For Hawaii’s Developmentally Disabled

Creating A Better Life For Hawaii’s Developmentally Disabled

Gov. Ige has proposed spending $7.7 million to overhaul the state DD program, which includes offering clients more opportunities for jobs and setting goals for themselves.

Lawmakers Looking Closely At Public Safety Director’s Performance Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lawmakers Looking Closely At Public Safety Director’s Performance

Nolan Espinda’s work record will be the subject of a public hearing, and he’s also expected to meet with Senate Democrats next week.

Nonprofits Get 3 Nerve-Wracking Minutes To Make Pitch To Legislators Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Nonprofits Get 3 Nerve-Wracking Minutes To Make Pitch To Legislators

Nearly 300 Hawaii organizations seek grant-in-aid funding from the state. Most will probably fail.

Bill To Create An Airport Corporation Advances — With A Very Big Catch Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Bill To Create An Airport Corporation Advances — With A Very Big Catch

Backers of an independent corporation to run Hawaii’s airports say it needs freedom from the state’s time-consuming procurement process. Key lawmakers disagree.

Maui Riot Just The Latest Sign Of Trouble In State’s Overcrowded Jails Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Maui Riot Just The Latest Sign Of Trouble In State’s Overcrowded Jails

Pretrial detainees make up a big part of the inmate population. Meanwhile, most proposed reforms appear dead in Legislature.

21 Maui Inmates Transferred to Halawa After Riot Cory Lum/Civil Beat

21 Maui Inmates Transferred to Halawa After Riot

UPDATED: The pretrial detainees were upset about jail overcrowding, according to Public Safety Director Nolan Espinda.

State Deputy Sheriffs Still Aren’t Accredited — 8 Years After the Law Required It Cory Lum/Civil Beat

State Deputy Sheriffs Still Aren’t Accredited — 8 Years After the Law Required It

All four county departments already have the accreditation, which sets standards regarding use of force, weapons, training and officer conduct.

Big Pay Raises Coming For Lawmakers And Top State Execs Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Big Pay Raises Coming For Lawmakers And Top State Execs

UPDATED 3/14/19: But the Hawaii Commission on Salaries proposed far lower increases for judges.

Revenue Council Predicts Slowdown In State Economic Growth Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Revenue Council Predicts Slowdown In State Economic Growth

The forecast means a little less money is available for the Hawaii Legislature this session, but leaders of the money committees aren’t too concerned.

Immigrant Sanctuary Bill Dies In Hawaii Legislature Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Immigrant Sanctuary Bill Dies In Hawaii Legislature

A bill that passed in the Senate stalled in a House committee whose chairman said decisions about sanctuary status should be up to the counties.

2019 Is Shaping Up As The Year Of Investigation In Congress Nick Grube/Civil Beat

2019 Is Shaping Up As The Year Of Investigation In Congress

Hawaii Congressman Ed Case plans to keep tabs on the Trump administration by exerting influence over the purse strings, but he’s not keen on impeachment.

March 2019

Friday, March 15

Lawmakers Looking Closely At Public Safety Director’s Performance

Nonprofits Get 3 Nerve-Wracking Minutes To Make Pitch To Legislators

Bill To Create An Airport Corporation Advances — With A Very Big Catch

Maui Riot Just The Latest Sign Of Trouble In State’s Overcrowded Jails

Thursday, March 14

21 Maui Inmates Transferred to Halawa After Riot

State Deputy Sheriffs Still Aren’t Accredited — 8 Years After the Law Required It

Wednesday, March 13

Big Pay Raises Coming For Lawmakers And Top State Execs

Revenue Council Predicts Slowdown In State Economic Growth

Tuesday, March 12

Immigrant Sanctuary Bill Dies In Hawaii Legislature

2019 Is Shaping Up As The Year Of Investigation In Congress

Gov. Ige’s Re-Appointment Of Public Safety Director Is Meeting Resistance

Friday, March 8

Chad Blair: David Ige Unwinds And Chats About Hawaii’s Future

Thursday, March 7

House Votes To Decriminalize Possessing Small Amounts Of Pot

Big Island: Opponents Will Try To Stop Geothermal Plant From Reopening

Bill Focuses On Revolving Door Of Involuntary Psychiatric Treatments

Many Climate Change Bills Are Still Alive, Including A Carbon Tax

Wednesday, March 6

Hawaii Opens Medical Marijuana Registration To Out-Of-State Visitors

Mother Alleges Police Negligence In Shooting Death Of Her Son

Tuesday, March 5

Senate Approves Proposed Tax Increase To Help Public Schools

Hawaii Prisons: ‘You Can’t Have A System Policing Itself’

Legislature Considers Sex Abuse Investigation Of Catholic Church

Monday, March 4

The Roadblocks Are Rising For Much-Touted Bail Reform

When Hawaii Politicians Really Start Caring About Young Voters

Here’s What’s Not Passing The Hawaii Legislature This Year

Friday, March 1

Big Island: Unlikely Wranglers Oversee An Unusual Roundup

February 2019

Thursday, February 28

‘It’s More Than Pay’: The Plight Of UH Grad Assistants

Lawmakers Propose Fixes For A Broken Psychiatric Care Law

How Many Kids In Hawaii Have Been Vaccinated? The State Doesn’t Know

Wednesday, February 27

Southwest Gets FAA Approval For Flights Between Hawaii And California

Chad Blair: How Much Hate In The 808 These Days?

Tuesday, February 26

Bringing The Right To Vote Behind Bars

Kauai: Here’s A Place That Got Pounded With 519 Inches Of Rain Last Year

Bills To Help Sexual Misconduct Victims Speak Out Also Could Keep Them Silent

Monday, February 25

When Delusions Steal Your Daughter

Be Audited Or Die: New Budget Process Cracks Down On State Agency

Sunday, February 24

Ige Doesn’t Think HART’s Federal Funding Is Threatened

Friday, February 22

Some Pot Bills Are Still Alive, But Recreational Use Looks Like A Nonstarter

Hawaii Could Really Use This Federal Prison That Has Plenty Of Empty Cells

Study: Moving Ourselves Away From The Shoreline Is Hard But Doable

Wednesday, February 20

US Supreme Court Ruling Boosts Hawaii Effort To Limit Property Forfeiture

Schatz Health Care Idea On Presidential Stage

Tuesday, February 19

Man Dies After ‘Extreme Struggle’ With Deputy Sheriff Outside Hawaii Capitol

Kirk Caldwell’s Side Job At The Bank Would Be Outlawed Under This Bill

Monday, February 18

Hawaii And Other States Sue Trump Over Border Wall

Friday, February 15

Here’s One Idea For Keeping Crime Out Of Waikiki — Keep Offenders Out

Thursday, February 14

Lawmakers: Release Information When A Prisoner Dies

Legislature’s New Approach: Inspect Budgets In Bite-Sized Chunks

Wednesday, February 13

Katherine Kealoha And Her Brother Are Free Pending Trial On Drug Charges

Tuesday, February 12

Micronesia Official Charged In Bribery Scandal Involving Hawaii Firm

These Rare Seabirds Are Having Babies On Oahu’s North Shore

Monday, February 11

Big Island: Loss Of Slaughterhouse Cripples Specialty Meat Industry

Friday, February 8

Former Pearl Harbor Navy Spokesman Sentenced In Corruption Scandal

Taxpayers Hit With $1.1 Million Tab After State Settles Lawsuits

Fighting To Keep The Kealoha Case Open To The Public

Thursday, February 7

Judge Denies Hawaii’s Move To Get Airbnb Host Records

‘It’s A Crime’: Will Legislature Fix Hawaii’s Broken Bail System?

Wednesday, February 6

Former OHA Trustee Rowena Akana Hit With $23K Ethics Fine

Effort To Pump Up Voter Interest In Elections Goes Nowhere In Legislature

Senate May Invoke Rarely Used Subpoena Power For Hearing On Prison Chief

Growing Our Own: Hawaii Still Lacks Enough Local Food Production

Court Ruling On Water Heaters Will Help ‘Protect The Climate’

Tuesday, February 5

State: Airbnb Acknowledges Rental Hosts Aren’t Paying All Taxes

Big Island: No Aloha So Far For A Puna Spaceport

These Lawmakers Think The State Should Charge $20 To Unblock Porn Sites

Monday, February 4

Looks Like We’ll Still Be Using Private Prisons On The Mainland For A While

HI-Priced Q&A: Working Full-Time, Part-Time And Freelancing — All For $45K Per Year

Report: Far Fewer HPD Officers Were Fired Or Suspended Last Year

Rushing To Save Kauai’s Ohia Trees From A Deadly, Fast-Spreading Disease

Friday, February 1

Tulsi Gabbard Kicks Off 2020 Campaign With $2 Million In The Bank

How Many More Cars Can We Cram On Oahu?

High Turnover In Gabbard’s Office Preceded ‘Tulsi 2020’ Problems

January 2019

Thursday, January 31

Kauai, Big Island Mayors Dubious About Raising Minimum Wage

Proposal For New Dairy On Kauai Dropped After 5-Year Effort

Almost Half The Senate Signs On To Bill To Legalize Recreational Marijuana

Airbnb Criticizes Attempt By Hawaii To Subpoena Hosts’ Records

Some Question Calls For Tougher Penalties On OHA Takeover Group

Key Lawmakers Are Trying To Water Down Inspection Rules For Elder Care Homes

Wednesday, January 30

Gabbard’s Claims Of ‘Religious Bigotry’ Draw Cheers From The Right

Dozens Of Proposed Bills Could Change The Way We Vote

Tuesday, January 29

Thirty Meter Telescope Opponents Appeal To Key Project Funder

House Speaker: Really, Judges Are My BFFs

If Mayor Caldwell Has His Way You Couldn’t Turn Right On A Red Light Anymore

Monday, January 28

University Of Hawaii Proposes Tuition Reduction, Freeze

Not All Hawaii Lawmakers Embrace Gut-And-Replace

A New Public Corruption Scandal Looms For Hawaii

Friday, January 25

Despite Shutdown, Hawaii Housing Programs Are OK — For Now

Big Island: Hamakua Flood Victims Feel Overshadowed By Lava Disaster

Welcome To The Instant Outrage Of Today’s Washington, Mr. Case

Thursday, January 24

Judge Dismisses Suit Challenging Gut-And-Replace Legislation

Tulsi Gabbard Formally Launches Presidential Campaign With Video

Honolulu Contractor Pleads Guilty In State Bribery Scheme

Kauai: World’s Biggest Solar Power Plant Relies On A Flock Of Sheep

As Hurricane Lane Approached, Some Boats Had Nowhere To Escape

State Improperly Shared Unsubstantiated Reports Of Child Abuse For Years

Wednesday, January 23

Caucus Pushes Bills Addressing Violence Against Women

Big Island: New Steam Cracks Plague Residents In Eruption Zone

Hawaii Energy Office — And Other Programs — May Face The Budget Ax

Tuesday, January 22

Bail Reform Could Get Serious Consideration From Legislature

Ige: ‘The Future Is Personal’

Massive Flood Risks Don’t Deter Kauai Homeowners From Rebuilding

Big Island: Hawaiians Step Up For Sacred Park In Face Of Shutdown

Monday, January 21

Sen. Kai Kahele Gets A Jump On 2020 In Announcing Congressional Bid

Friday, January 18

Government Shutdown Won’t Stall Kealoha Trial

Bill Would Lower Voting Age To 16 For State And Local Elections

OHA’s Own Audit Is Being Blocked — By People At OHA

Thursday, January 17

Four Men Arrested For Assault After OHA Office Occupied

Gabbard Apologizes In Video For Past Statements On Gay Rights

Journalism Grant Will Pump Up Our Health Care Coverage

Budget Hawk Sylvia Luke: ‘I Try To Know More Than Them’

Wednesday, January 16

Gov. Ige’s Administrative Director Is Now Also His Chief Of Staff

Minimum Wage Hike Gets Immediate Support As Legislature Convenes

Tuesday, January 15

Senators: Some Cabinet Nominees Won’t Make It

Denby Fawcett: I Like Dogs But Not When They’re In My Face — Or My Food

Monday, January 14

HI-Priced Q&A: Commuting, Paying For Preschool And Digging Out Of Debt

Thursday, January 10

Homelessness Coordinator Touts Progress As Lawmakers Criticize Pace Of Work

Super PAC Crackdown On The Agenda In 2019 Legislature

Minimum Wage And Marijuana: What To Expect In The 2019 Hawaii Legislature

Big Island: Other Spaceport Plans Crashed — Will This One Fly?

Wednesday, January 9

Court Rejects LoPresti’s Challenge Of His Loss In Ewa Beach Senate Race

Big Island: Joining The Parade Of Counties That Are Raising Taxes

Tuesday, January 8

By Land And Sea, The Shutdown Takes Its Toll On Hawaii

This Long-Expired High-Tech Tax Credit Is Still Costing Hawaii Millions

Why Critics Say New House Sexual Harassment Policy Doesn’t Go Far Enough

Monday, January 7

Filmmaker Settles Lawsuit After Hawaii Grants Him Tax Credits

Hawaii House Of Representatives May Update Sexual Harassment Policy

Kauai: Tourists Keep Coming To Queen’s Bath Despite The Deadly Danger

Gov. Ige’s New Cabinet Is Still Almost Half Empty

Sunday, January 6

Obama: ‘We Have A Deficit Of Leadership And We Need New Blood’

Saturday, January 5

Tulsi Gabbard Is A Rising Progressive Star Despite Her Support For Hindu Nationalists

Friday, January 4

Task Force Criticizes ‘Punitive Mentality’ Of Hawaii Criminal Justice System

‘I Feel The Energy’: Ed Case Returns To Congress

Thursday, January 3

If You Thought Legislature Would Bury The Hatchet With Ige, Think Again

Ige Selects Trial Lawyer To Be Hawaii’s New Attorney General

Missiles, Mac Nuts And Military Money Among Hawaii’s Top Congressional Wins

Wednesday, January 2

He Fought For Hawaii’s Aid In Dying Law. Now He Wants To Use it.

Addicted To Airbnb: Hawaii’s Tourism Economy Depends On Illegal Vacation Rentals

Big Island: The Vog Is Gone — For The First Time In Decades