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Sykap Hearing Focuses On Whether Officer Shot Teen To Protect Colleague Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Sykap Hearing Focuses On Whether Officer Shot Teen To Protect Colleague

Body camera footage was played in court for the first time, showing the moment three officers shot into a stolen white Honda, killing a teen and injuring his brother.

BB Gun Was Found In Stolen Car After Police Shooting, Witnesses Say Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Advertiser/2021

BB Gun Was Found In Stolen Car After Police Shooting, Witnesses Say

The preliminary hearing is revealing new information about what happened the day police killed Iremamber Sykap and injured his brother.

Honolulu Police Commission Fails To Detail Its Public Agendas, Complaint Says Screenshot: Honolulu Police Commission livestream

Honolulu Police Commission Fails To Detail Its Public Agendas, Complaint Says

Police commissioners have been discussing topics without proper public notice and meeting privately without justifying it, a government transparency advocate argues.

Honolulu Police Need More Interpreters For Pacific Islanders, Advocates Say Cory Lum/CIvil Beat/2016

Honolulu Police Need More Interpreters For Pacific Islanders, Advocates Say

Interim Police Chief Rade Vanic acknowledged the need and said the department is searching for grants to help pay interpreters.

Study: Wealthy Out-Of-State Renters Are Driving The Market In Honolulu Getty Images/iStockphoto

Study: Wealthy Out-Of-State Renters Are Driving The Market In Honolulu

Short-term leases also are much more popular among people looking for rentals in Honolulu, a study shows.

Paid To Stand By: How A Botched Rail Contract Multiplied Costs Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Paid To Stand By: How A Botched Rail Contract Multiplied Costs

Rail contractors were paid to ramp up and be ready to perform utility relocation work that didn’t materialize.

Chad Blair: Honolulu Was Already Transformed By Tourism In 1969 Thomas Nebbia/National Geographic

Chad Blair: Honolulu Was Already Transformed By Tourism In 1969

National Geographic’s profile of Hawaii’s capital city 10 years after statehood was a preview of things to come.

The Heat Is Especially Dangerous For Honolulu’s Homeless Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

The Heat Is Especially Dangerous For Honolulu’s Homeless

Honolulu wants to plant 100,000 trees in the next few years to help provide shelter from rising temperatures and a growing urban heat island.

Nan Inc. Prevails In Rail-Related Whistleblower Lawsuit Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Nan Inc. Prevails In Rail-Related Whistleblower Lawsuit

The firm’s former in-house counsel had alleged illegal activity related to rail work in 2019.

July 2021

Wednesday, July 28

Sykap Hearing Focuses On Whether Officer Shot Teen To Protect Colleague

Tuesday, July 27

BB Gun Was Found In Stolen Car After Police Shooting, Witnesses Say

Honolulu Police Commission Fails To Detail Its Public Agendas, Complaint Says

Honolulu Police Need More Interpreters For Pacific Islanders, Advocates Say

Monday, July 26

Study: Wealthy Out-Of-State Renters Are Driving The Market In Honolulu

Paid To Stand By: How A Botched Rail Contract Multiplied Costs

Sunday, July 25

Chad Blair: Honolulu Was Already Transformed By Tourism In 1969

The Heat Is Especially Dangerous For Honolulu’s Homeless

Friday, July 23

Emergency Calls Are Back To Pre-Pandemic Levels On Oahu. Here’s How EMS Is Coping

HART’s Expecting Fewer Riders — Even Absent The Pandemic

Wednesday, July 21

Blangiardi’s Latest Nominee Is A Step Closer To Filling Police Commission Seat

Honolulu Police Commission Struggles To Line Up Consultant To Help Hire Police Chief

Kaimuki Wants To Return The Queen Theater To Its Former Glory

Tuesday, July 20

Aalto Moves Closer To Replacing Uno On HART Board

Judge Allows Case Against HPD Officers In Sykap Shooting To Move Forward

Getting Rental And Utility Relief On Oahu Can Be Harder Than It Seems

Monday, July 19

The Case Of 3 Honolulu Cops Charged With Killing Teen Is Ramping Up

Sunday, July 18

Back Rent And Seized Wine: The Legal Battle Behind Shirokiya’s Closure

Friday, July 16

City Council Leaders Look To Remove Rail Critic From HART Board

Thursday, July 15

Honolulu Prosecutor: Sykap Case Is ‘No Perry Mason Moment’

A New Oahu Jail May Need To Be A Lot Bigger In The Near Future

Honolulu Mayor Vows To ‘Play Tough’ On Crime In Chinatown

Court: Federal Agent Christopher Deedy Could Face A Third Trial

How One Hawaii Man Is Using An Invasive Tree To Nurture His Community

Monday, July 12

Building Honolulu Rail: It’s Just A Matter Of Time Before You Hit Something Important

Friday, July 9

Toby Martyn Resigns As HART Board Chair Amid Latest Rail Upheaval

Defendant In 2010 Killing Of Cab Driver Found Guilty Of Manslaughter

Ethics Commission Quietly Drops Kealoha Investigation As Questions Swirl

Wednesday, July 7

Taxpayers May Foot The Bill For Lawyers For Officers Charged In Sykap Shooting

Friday, July 2

Thousands Of New Rooftop Solar Systems Could Be Going Up On Oahu

OIP To Investigate HART For Possible Sunshine Law Violations

Thursday, July 1

Honolulu Plans To Increase Police Patrols To Improve Safety In Chinatown

June 2021

Wednesday, June 30

Honolulu Prosecutor: Police Officers Who Shot And Killed Lindani Myeni Were Justified

Tuesday, June 29

After Embezzling To Fund ‘Luxurious Lifestyle,’ Former Nonprofit Exec Begs For Leniency

Sunday, June 27

He Survived Cambodia’s Killing Fields Only To Be Murdered In Hawaii. Who Did It?

Friday, June 25

Honolulu Officers Charged In Police Shooting Appear In Court

Another Questionable Million-Dollar Honolulu Rail Contract?

Thursday, June 24

HDOT Changes Plans For Farrington Highway Bypass After Community Protests

Wednesday, June 23

Community Members Want A Voice In Hiring Honolulu’s Next Police Chief

Sunday, June 20

The Race Is On To Book A Reservation At Hanauma Bay

Saturday, June 19

Honolulu Councilman’s Old Blackface Video Is Raising Concerns

Friday, June 18

DOJ Issues Target Letter To Former Honolulu Managing Director Amid Ongoing Corruption Probe

Attorney Says Lindani Myeni Was Acting Strangely Before Lethal Encounter With Police

Honolulu Is Revamping How It Prosecutes Domestic Violence Cases

Thursday, June 17

Emails Show Hanabusa Was Doing Rail Work Before She Got A Big Contract

Tuesday, June 15

Honolulu Officers Face Murder Charges In Sykap Case

Video Reveals Details Of Events Leading To HPD’s Killing Of Lindani Myeni

Emails Show HART Leaders Always Wanted To Hire Hanabusa As Consultant

Monday, June 14

Federal Investigation Into Keith Kaneshiro Picks Up As Pandemic Winds Down

Saturday, June 12

Blangiardi Nominates Ann Botticelli To Honolulu Police Commission

Friday, June 11

Blangiardi Has Chosen A Third Police Commission Nominee But He’s Not Revealing Who It Is

Oahu Moves To Tier 4, Allowing Larger Gatherings Indoors And Outside

UH Will Test Sewage At 11 Dorms This Fall To Help Prevent COVID-19 Outbreaks

Thursday, June 10

Amid Scrutiny Of HPD’s Fatal Shooting Of Teenager, Police Union Defends Officers

Wednesday, June 9

Grand Jury Declines To Indict Officers In Sykap Shooting

ACLU Files Lawsuit Accusing HPD Officer Of Helping His Friend

Family Of Man Killed By HPD Wants Officer To Face Criminal Charges

Tuesday, June 8

Activists Hit New Roadblock In Efforts To Reroute Farrington Highway At Makaha Beach

Monday, June 7

Honolulu Joins A National Debate: When Should Police Bodycam Footage Be Released?

Friday, June 4

Blangiardi Police Commission Nominee Backs Out After Backlash To Discrimination Comments

Thursday, June 3

HPD Officer At The Center Of A $1 Million Wrongful Death Settlement Has A History Of Complaints

HART Asks The City To Borrow Up To $550 Million To Keep Rail Moving

Wednesday, June 2

Honolulu Budget: City Council Approves ‘Pathway Out Of The Pandemic’

Alternatives To The Last Honolulu Rail Leg? HART Releases A ‘Matrix’ Of Ideas

Tuesday, June 1

HPD’s Use Of Lethal Force Is Near The US Average. But There’s Far More To The Story

May 2021

Thursday, May 27

Civil Beat Law Center Sues Prosecutor For Release Of Sykap Shooting Video

Oahu’s Vaccination Rate Will Be Used In Deciding COVID-19 Rules

Wednesday, May 26

Honolulu Police: Plainclothes Officer Shot Man Who Brandished A Gun

Tuesday, May 25

The Fight Over Hawaii’s ‘Important Agricultural Lands’

Monday, May 24

Honolulu Police Don’t Always Turn On Their Body Cams. That Needs To Change, Commissioners Say

Friday, May 21

Sykap Family Sues Honolulu Police, Alleging Wrongful Death Of Teen

Wednesday, May 19

ACLU Accuses HPD Officer Of Bias In Favor Of Business Partner

Sunday, May 16

The Civil Beat Editorial Board Interview: Honolulu Prosecutor Steve Alm

Honolulu’s Teenagers: Their Lives Are Defined By Resilience And Cautious Optimism

Wednesday, May 12

Honolulu Rail Chief Says Ridership Projections Have Dropped

Tuesday, May 11

Hanabusa Trades In A Lucrative Rail Contract For An Unpaid Seat On The HART Board

Monday, May 10

The Miske Case: A Co-Defendant Turns Against Alleged Honolulu Crime Boss

Sunday, May 9

Tourists Are Returning To Hawaii, So Why Aren’t Tourism Jobs?

Thursday, May 6

Blangiardi Offering $10 Million In Incentives To Affordable Housing Developers

Oahu To Keep Current Pandemic Restrictions For At Least Four More Weeks

Civil Beat/HNN Poll: Majority Of Oahu Voters Oppose Rail Project

Wednesday, May 5

Honolulu Police Commission Chooses Ballard’s Interim Replacement

Civil Beat/HNN Poll: Hawaii Voters Really, Really Like Lt. Gov. Josh Green

Hawaiian Electric Says It Might Pull The Plug On Giant Battery

Monday, May 3

City Pays $365,000 To Motorist In Crash With HPD

April 2021

Friday, April 30

911 Call: ‘He’s In The House,’ Tearful Woman Tells Police

Blangiardi Suggests Rail Could Stop Short Of Ala Moana

Thursday, April 29

Honolulu Prosecutor Promises Independent Investigations Into Police Shootings

Wednesday, April 28

Hanabusa Awarded $200K HART Consulting Contract

Honolulu Prosecutors Have Long Been Stymied When Investigating Police Killings. That’s About To Change

Tuesday, April 27

Alleged Crime Boss Says He’s Being Thwarted From Preparing A Defense

Sunday, April 25

The ‘Mauka Shift’ Could Solve Rail’s Utility Woes. Why Did It Happen So Late?

Thursday, April 22

Widow of Lindani Myeni Sues Honolulu Police For Wrongful Death

Wednesday, April 21

Commissioners: Why Isn’t HPD Releasing Body Cam Video Of Teen Shooting?

Tuesday, April 20

Blangiardi Nominates Former Mainland Officer To Honolulu Police Commission

HPD Says It Won’t Release Video Of Officers Fatally Shooting 16-Year-Old

Monday, April 19

How Honolulu Will Select Its Next Police Chief

Friday, April 16

Police Body Cam Footage Shows Officers Struggle With, Shoot Man In Nuuanu

Thursday, April 15

HPD: Officers Shot Man After Home Invasion, Assault On Officers

Wednesday, April 14

Honolulu Police Shoot, Kill Break-In Suspect In Nuuanu

Another $800M For Rail? Don’t Count On It, Schatz Says

Tuesday, April 13

Blangiardi’s Pick For Police Commission Withdraws Nomination

Denby Fawcett: Honolulu Is Seeking A New Way To Address The Growing Homeless Problem

A Building Inspector Took Money From A Homeowner. Her Punishment: 2 Years Paid Time Off

Friday, April 9

Embattled Honolulu Police Chief Announces Retirement

Wednesday, April 7

Police Commission Slams Chief For Leadership Failures, Puts Her On Improvement Plan

Blangiardi And Ige Agree To Keep Looser COVID Restrictions Despite Rising Cases

City Permits Employee Pleads Guilty To Accepting Bribe To Expedite Project

New Honolulu Police Policy On Using Force Aims To Defuse Tense Situations

Tuesday, April 6

Under New Leadership, HART Purges Nearly Half Its Staff

As Honolulu Opens Up, Some Artists Wonder Why Their Venue Is Still Shut Down

Monday, April 5

Honolulu Police Chase And Shooting Leaves 16-Year-Old Suspect Dead, Others Injured

Despite Rising Cases, Blangiardi ‘Dead Set Against’ Return To Tier 2 For Honolulu

HPD Chief Susan Ballard Is Up For Review This Week. Is She Still Up To The Job?

March 2021

Tuesday, March 30

Five Honolulu Planning Department Employees Indicted For Bribery

Sunday, March 28

Hawaii Nonprofit Leader Pleads Guilty To Embezzling And Agreeing To Take A Bribe

Friday, March 26

These Makaha Residents Are Hoping To Move A Major Highway

Honolulu Police Overtime Reached New Heights In The Last Fiscal Year

Wednesday, March 24

Blangiardi Nominates Former HPD Officer For Police Commission

Tuesday, March 23

Despite Lawsuit, HPD Still Lacks Conflict Of Interest Policy

Monday, March 22

Honolulu Council Hopes Federal Relief Can Reverse Cuts In Blangiardi Budget 

Thursday, March 18

HART, Hitachi At Odds Over Wheel Defect As Rail Costs Soar

Wednesday, March 17

Consider Shifting Police Funds To Social Services, Police Commission Says

Tuesday, March 16

HART: Defective Train Wheels Are A ‘Major’ Problem And Possible Safety Issue

HPD Lawsuit Settlement: Teen Arrested By Classmate’s Father To Receive $150,000 

Monday, March 15

Budget Realities Undermine Blangiardi’s Vision For Honolulu

Thursday, March 11

Honolulu Adjusts COVID Rules To OK Bars, Large Funerals And Sports

Tuesday, March 9

Feds Examining Honolulu Police CARES Spending On ATVs, Robot Dog

Monday, March 8

Rail Board Believed HART’s Former Director Misled On Costs, Records Show

There Are 10 Community Gardens On Oahu. None Of Them Are On The Westside

Thursday, March 4

Police Commissioners: Redirect HPD Funds To Social Services And Cut Overtime

Wednesday, March 3

Judge Upholds New State Law Requiring Police Misconduct Disclosure

Tuesday, March 2

Blangiardi Proposes Slashing Honolulu Budget, No Tax Rate Hikes

Monday, March 1

COVID-19 Relief Bill Includes $70 Million For Honolulu Rail

Here’s What Happens When Social Workers, Not Police, Respond To Mental Health Crises

February 2021

Thursday, February 25

Honolulu Council Chair Calls For Audit Of HPD Overtime

‘We’re Really Celebrating Tier 3’: Honolulu Eases Restrictions On Businesses

Tuesday, February 23

Mayor: Oahu Pandemic Restrictions Set To Loosen On Thursday

Friday, February 19

Honolulu Mayor Files Financial Disclosure — 3 Weeks Late

Monday, February 15

Condo Complex’s Plan To Uproot Trees Has Residents Worried About Kaneohe Bay

Friday, February 12

Honolulu: Blangiardi Keeps Oahu’s Pandemic Restrictions In Place

Thursday, February 11

Hawaii Homeless Program Failed After Prosecutors And Police Wouldn’t Play Ball

The Construction Industry Is Still Going Strong In Hawaii. It May Get Even Stronger

Wednesday, February 10

Will This Watchdog Bite? The Honolulu Police Commission Is At A Crossroads

Friday, February 5

Denby Fawcett: A Mom’s Effort For A Safer Neighborhood Draws Fire

Wednesday, February 3

‘Significant’ Disparity In Use Of Force Questioned By Honolulu Police Commission

Judge Sends Former Cop Who Flipped On The Kealohas To Prison

Tuesday, February 2

Judge’s Ruling Gives Hawaii A Big Win In Kakaako Roads Dispute

Monday, February 1

New Police Disciplinary Reports Reveal Serious Misconduct By Dozens Of Officers

January 2021

Friday, January 29

Civil Beat Sues Honolulu Police To Make Officer Overtime Data Public

Thursday, January 28

HPD Chief Shakes Up Covert Intelligence Unit After Years Of Scandal

Wednesday, January 27

PODCAST: What Will It Take For Hawaii To Grow More Of Its Own Food?

Monday, January 25

She Was About To Lose Her Job. Then Her Dad’s Department Hired Her

Thursday, January 21

New Route For Honolulu Rail? Any ‘Hare-Brained’ Scheme Is Being Considered

Friday, January 15

Soldier Arrested In Woman’s Death At Schofield Barracks, Army Says

Congresswoman Concerned About Hawaii Pandemic Response Got No Answers From Ige

Thursday, January 14

Auditor: State Agriculture Agency Is Failing To Fulfill Mission

New Honolulu Mayor, Same Pandemic Tier System For Now

Tuesday, January 12

New Honolulu Prosecutor Pledges To Restore Trust

Monday, January 11

City, State Officials Monitoring Threats From Right-Wing Extremists

Sunday, January 10

Honolulu Police Spent $150,000 In CARES Funds On A Robot Dog

Miske Case Weaves Together Disparate Strands Of Past Crimes

Friday, January 8

Here’s Why You Can’t Judge Honolulu’s Bike-Share Program On Public Costs Alone

Thursday, January 7

Hawaii ‘Proud Boy’ Could Face Consequences With Help Of US Attorney

Wednesday, January 6

HPD Deputy Says ‘We Did Nothing Wrong’ In Surveillance Of Cabinet Official

Caldwell’s Top Aide Lands City Council Gig To Cash In On Retirement Benefits

Monday, January 4

Conspiracy Charge Dismissed Against Katherine Kealoha Victim

For The Honolulu Rail Project, 2020 Was The Year The Wheels Fell Off