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How Honolulu Will Select Its Next Police Chief Cory Lum/Civil Beat

How Honolulu Will Select Its Next Police Chief

The Police Commission has the legal authority to hire the next chief, but Mayor Blangiardi has stated his desire to have “a very big say” and give preference to in-house candidates.

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

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

Video of the dark scene shows officers didn’t announce themselves as police, but HPD says the man must’ve known they were law enforcement.

HPD: Officers Shot Man After Home Invasion, Assault On Officers Cory Lum/Civil Beat

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

Police said the man entered a home, sat down and took off his shoes before returning to his car and initiating a violent assault on officers who responded.

Honolulu Police Shoot, Kill Break-In Suspect In Nuuanu Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Police Shoot, Kill Break-In Suspect In Nuuanu

This is the second fatal shooting by Honolulu police officers this month.

Another $800M For Rail? Don’t Count On It, Schatz Says Cory Lum/Civil Beat

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

Hawaii’s senior senator says there’s little appetite in Washington to appropriate more federal funds for Honolulu’s troubled and overbudget rail.

Blangiardi’s Pick For Police Commission Withdraws Nomination Hawaii News Now

Blangiardi’s Pick For Police Commission Withdraws Nomination

Ben Mahi, whose partner still works for HPD, faced criticisms about a potential conflict of interest.

Denby Fawcett: Honolulu Is Seeking A New Way To Address The Growing Homeless Problem Courtesy: Department of Parks and Recreation

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

Mayor Rick Blangiardi’s housing chief says focus will be on trust and sanitation, not sweeps of illegal camps.
A Building Inspector Took Money From A Homeowner. Her Punishment: 2 Years Paid Time Off Cory Lum/Civil Beat

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

The 2018 investigation was supposed to wrap up in a few weeks but dragged on for two years. No criminal charges have been filed.

Biki Announces Steep Cuts As It Tries To Ride Out The Pandemic Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Biki Announces Steep Cuts As It Tries To Ride Out The Pandemic

The bike-share was a success after its 2017 launch, but revenues have plunged by nearly half amid COVID-19.

April 2021

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