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‘I Worked Very Hard’: Hawaii Gov. David Ige Looks Back At 8 Years Leading The State Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

‘I Worked Very Hard’: Hawaii Gov. David Ige Looks Back At 8 Years Leading The State

The Hawaii governor gets mixed reviews from other top state officials on how well he governed. Ige thinks he did just fine.

Hawaii Sent At Least 10 Foster Children To An Abusive Home At The Center Of A Drug Ring Hawaii News Now

Hawaii Sent At Least 10 Foster Children To An Abusive Home At The Center Of A Drug Ring

Hawaii Child Welfare Services may have had no reason not to approve Yvonne and Paul Caitano as foster parents. But when did it find out that things had gone wrong?

Hawaii Judges Were Trained To Run Better Child Welfare Hearings. Their Performance Plummeted Ludwig Laab/Civil Beat/2021

Hawaii Judges Were Trained To Run Better Child Welfare Hearings. Their Performance Plummeted

The hearings can determine whether parents lose their children, but topics that could help avoid that are rarely or never discussed.

Ige Closes Out His Tenure With A Record-Setting Surplus Of More Than $2.6 Billion Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Ige Closes Out His Tenure With A Record-Setting Surplus Of More Than $2.6 Billion

The surplus for fiscal year 2022 is double the previous year, and leaves Josh Green’s incoming administration with ample funding to pursue his initiatives.

‘Just A Number’: Parents Who Face Losing Their Kids Say Court-Appointed Attorneys Don’t Do Enough Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

‘Just A Number’: Parents Who Face Losing Their Kids Say Court-Appointed Attorneys Don’t Do Enough

A Civil Beat review found that parents almost never win on appeal, and that the appellate court finds procedural flaws in half the cases.

Hawaii’s Nonprofits Are Still Waiting For Millions Of Dollars In Needed Grants Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2018

Hawaii’s Nonprofits Are Still Waiting For Millions Of Dollars In Needed Grants

The Legislature changed the Grant-In-Aid process this year and that’s keeping money from getting to the organizations that need it.

Hawaii Senator Says Changes Are Needed To Curb ‘Illegal, Knee-Jerk’ Child Abuse Investigations Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Hawaii Senator Says Changes Are Needed To Curb ‘Illegal, Knee-Jerk’ Child Abuse Investigations

Sen. Joy San Buenaventura is considering writing a bill that would likely reduce the number of children taken from their parents without a court order.

‘You Need A Warrant!’: Hawaii’s Dubious Practice Of Taking Children Without A Court Order Courtesy: Jennifer Chapman

‘You Need A Warrant!’: Hawaii’s Dubious Practice Of Taking Children Without A Court Order

More than 80% of children taken into protective custody in Hawaii are removed from their families without a judge’s approval. That’s not how it works in many other jurisdictions.

Damning Report Unlikely To Affect Honolulu Ethics Director’s Job Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2016

Damning Report Unlikely To Affect Honolulu Ethics Director’s Job

Jan Yamane was deeply unpopular as the acting state auditor, according to a state investigative report, but she’s a hit with the Honolulu Ethics Commission.

An ‘Explosive’ Report On The Former State Auditor Describes An Office In Turmoil Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2017

An ‘Explosive’ Report On The Former State Auditor Describes An Office In Turmoil

It took more than six years, a lawsuit and two appeals to the Hawaii Supreme Court to force the AG’s office to release results of the investigation.