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Audit: HPD Could Do More To Prevent Officer Misconduct Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Audit: HPD Could Do More To Prevent Officer Misconduct

The audit was requested in the aftermath of the Kealoha scandal.

Driver For TheBus Dies Due To COVID-19 Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Driver For TheBus Dies Due To COVID-19

Oahu transit leaders described the driver as an “excellent employee” and “very dependable.”

Honolulu Taxpayers Will Foot The Bill For HPD Overtime Abuse Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Taxpayers Will Foot The Bill For HPD Overtime Abuse

Mayor Kirk Caldwell says the city will pay for inappropriate OT costs and federal relief money will be used for other programs.

Police Commissioner: People Want Answers On HPD’s Low Crime-Solving Rate Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Police Commissioner: People Want Answers On HPD’s Low Crime-Solving Rate

Chief Susan Ballard says the FBI data on HPD’s clearance rates is wrong, but her department shared data with a city councilman that reveals similarly troubling numbers.

Honolulu Neighborhood Board Election Period Opens Natanya Freidheim/Civil Beat

Honolulu Neighborhood Board Election Period Opens

The volunteer boards hold public meetings and make recommendations to elected leaders.

Honolulu Distributing $500 Grocery Gift Cards Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Distributing $500 Grocery Gift Cards

Thousands of Oahu households will receive assistance with food and other necessities from city CARES Act funds.

Read Katherine Kealoha’s Sentencing Letter Asking For Leniency Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Read Katherine Kealoha’s Sentencing Letter Asking For Leniency

The former deputy prosecutor, who’s guilty of a series of federal crimes, blamed her drug addiction for clouding her judgment.

Rail’s Interim Service Could Be Pushed Back A Year Amid COVID-19, Testing Woes Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Rail’s Interim Service Could Be Pushed Back A Year Amid COVID-19, Testing Woes

Officials had hoped to deliver rail’s first 10 miles for service this fall. Now they don’t expect that to happen until late 2021.

Work On Magic Island Parking Lot Completed, Finally

Work On Magic Island Parking Lot Completed, Finally

Access to the popular park had been limited for months due to reconstruction.

December 2013

Monday, December 30

Hawaii Police Union Wants Officer Misconduct Records Kept Confidential

Friday, December 27

Urban High: Rail Lets Honolulu Grow Up

Tuesday, December 24

Gene Park: Who Were the Social Media Stars of Hawaii Politics in 2013?

Monday, December 23

It’s Your Money: Man Shot By Honolulu Police Gets $150K

Sunday, December 22

Another Union, Another Raise: Who’s To Say There’s No Money?

Tuesday, December 17

Honolulu Rail Audit: Too Many Consultants, Too Little Accountability

Friday, December 13

Finding the City’s Flow: Why Honolulu’s Traffic Goes Against the Grain

Pritchett: From Riches to Rags

Open Letter to the Honolulu City Council

Thursday, December 12

Did Honolulu’s $142M Housing Deal Collapse?

Wednesday, December 11

Running a Business: Inside The Honolulu Marathon

Tuesday, December 10

Caldwell Fears For Honolulu Homeless If City Housing Deal Collapses

Mayor Caldwell’s #AskKirk Twitter Town Hall Grabs Attention, Offers Answers

Saturday, December 7

Honolulu Rail Exec Had Been VP at Firm That Just Won New Rail Contract

Thursday, December 5

Gene Park: Kirk Caldwell’s Big Twittersphere Splash

‘Tis the Season: See What Gifts Honolulu City Agencies Got This Year

The List: Contributors to Mayor’s Transition Committee Revealed

Will The Honolulu Ethics Commission Have To Subpoena The Mayor’s Cabinet?

Wednesday, December 4

Who Knows Better? Honolulu Ethics Commission Or Caldwell’s Attorneys?

Tuesday, December 3

Financial Disclosure: Check Out The Latest Filings From City Officials

Sunday, December 1

$156 Million Short? Honolulu Mayor Keeping Budget in Check

November 2013

Wednesday, November 27

New Engineer Takes Over Honolulu Rail Project

Tuesday, November 26

Cleaning Up the Streets of Honolulu Without Hammering the Homeless

Thursday, November 21

Pritchett: The Vigilante With a Sledgehammer

Tuesday, November 19

Caldwell Admin Defends Budget Tactics Before Ethics Commission

Monday, November 18

Denby Fawcett: Kakaako’s Diminishing Park Space

What’s Going on Between Ethics Commission and Caldwell Administration?

Thursday, November 14

It’s Your Money: Lack of Flood Prevention Costs Honolulu $2.7 Million

Monday, November 11

Denby Fawcett: In Praise of Genshiro Kawamoto

Saturday, November 9

Campaign Corner: A Time for Scrutiny

Friday, November 8

Civil Beat Files Lawsuit In Effort to Free Up Police Misconduct Records

Thursday, November 7

Pritchett: Captain Kirk’s Ethical Odyssey

Tuesday, November 5

Is Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell Trying to Weaken the Ethics Commission?

Friday, November 1

Is Honolulu City Council Targeting the Homeless in Latest Sidewalk Proposal?

October 2013

Saturday, October 19

Ethics Probe into Honolulu Mayor Sparks Talk of Reform

Thursday, October 10

Honolulu Charities Fight For Taxpayer Dollars in Heated Political Debate

Pritchett: Police Inaction

Wednesday, October 9

Tunnel Vision? Not When It Comes to Honolulu’s High Stakes Rail Project

Tuesday, October 8

Campaign Corner: City Council Shouldn’t Tamper With Commission’s Work

Monday, October 7

A Tale of Two Cops: One HPD Officer Fired, Another Keeps His Badge

Sunday, October 6

Honolulu Rail Project Epitomizes Lapses of Elected Officials

Saturday, October 5

News Media Seek Court Ruling on Open Trials

Tuesday, October 1

New Age Toilet Paper Clogging Honolulu’s Sewer Pipes, Causing Headaches

September 2013

Friday, September 20

Gene Park: Our Old-School Sounding Boards of Change

Thursday, September 19

Unions Spared From Taxes After Honolulu Mayor Defers His Own Bill

(de)Occupy Day 684: Still Here After Movement’s National 2nd Anniversary

Thursday, September 12

It’s Your Money: How Much Does an HPD Motorcade Cost?

Pritchett: Moving Day in Kahala

Tuesday, September 10

$98 Million Buys Kawamoto Properties for Alexander & Baldwin

Sunday, September 8

Lying Down on Honolulu Sidewalks Could Soon Cost You $50

Saturday, September 7

Deedy Trial Still Shaking Up Hawaii

Thursday, September 5

Honolulu Rail’s New $27 Million Safety Feature to Avert Track Fatalities

August 2013

Friday, August 30

Deedy Case: Is a Second Trial Worth the Cost?

Wednesday, August 28

Honolulu Prosecutor: Deedy Will Face New Murder Charge

Tuesday, August 27

Deedy Trial: A Hung Jury Means Federal Agent Could Be Back In Court

The “Stairway to Heaven” Is More Remote Than Ever

Friday, August 23

Why Didn’t Hawaii Counties Fight Back Against SHOPO Contract?

Thursday, August 22

Who’s Really to Blame for Honolulu’s Budget Woes?

Tuesday, August 20

Who’s the New Guy Running Things at Honolulu Hale?

Friday, August 16

Deedy Trial: What’s a Murderer Look Like?

Will Court Delays Let Honolulu Argue Rail Is Past Point of No Return?

Tuesday, August 13

ORI Refutes Any Wrongdoing, Says Honolulu ‘Caved’ to HUD

Thursday, August 8

Deedy Trial — Should A Federal Agent Have Left Before Violence Erupted?

Wednesday, August 7

Christopher Deedy: ‘My Brain Was Going in a Thousand Directions’

Friday, August 2

At What Point Is Killing Another Man Considered Self-Defense in Hawaii?

July 2013

Friday, July 26

Off The Beat: When Does a Sweep Become a Raid?

Thursday, July 25

Did Honolulu Commit $10 Million in Mistakes on Ala Wai Pipe Fix?

Sunday, July 21

Despite Honolulu’s Own Investigation, Questions Remain About ORI

Friday, July 19

ORI Investigation Over, Honolulu to Pay Back $1.88M in Federal Grants

Monday, July 15

Honolulu Rail: Where Are We Now?

Thursday, July 11

Honolulu Police Contract’s $200 Million Increase Could Spur Tax Hikes

Deedy Trial: McDonald’s Video is of Such Poor Quality It’s Little Help

Honolulu Cop Under Fire for Facebook Comments About Deedy Murder Trial

June 2013

Friday, June 28

A House Divided — Which Way Will Democrats in Hawaii Go?

Tuesday, June 25

Embattled Hawaii Nonprofit Enjoyed Tens of Millions in Military Dollars

Friday, June 21

Caldwell: Brace for Cuts in Honolulu City Services

Thursday, June 20

VIDEO: The Kirk Cam — Our Intimate View of the Mayor’s Spin About Town

Wednesday, June 19

Feds: Hawaii Must Repay Half-Million Dollars in Stimulus Money

Tuesday, June 18

Inouye’s Chief of Staff Takes Over Honolulu Rail Advocacy Group

Saturday, June 15

Honolulu Could Kickstart Response to Urban Homelessness

Wednesday, June 12

HUD: Was ORI Loan Forgiven Because of Campaign Contributions?

Friday, June 7

Kickback? Letter Shows ORI Head Sought $90k Donation From Contractor

Thursday, June 6

Honolulu City Council Keeps Controversial Earmarks For Nonprofits

Wednesday, June 5

LaFrance: How Civil Beat Covered a Scandal City Officials Wanted to Avoid

ORI Mismanagement May Throw A Last-Minute Wrench In City Budget

Tuesday, June 4

HUD Nails City For $8 Million In ORI Mismanagement Fiasco

Saturday, June 1

Should The City Earmark Millions For Favored Nonprofit Groups?

Goodbye To The Ala Wai Canal’s ‘Black Noodle’

May 2013

Friday, May 31

Who’s Driving TheBus? Honolulu Councilman Wants Ethics Oversight

Thursday, May 30

Honolulu Mayor Blasts City Council For ‘Out Of Control’ Earmarks

Tuesday, May 28

Honolulu City Council’s Approach To Budget Is Shortsighted

Saturday, May 25

Is Honolulu Hale Safe?

Friday, May 24

Should Honolulu Council Restore TheBus Or Spend More Money On Charities?

Wednesday, May 22

Honolulu City Council Denies Mayor’s Repeated Requests To Raise Taxes

Tuesday, May 21

Civil Beat Lab Tests: Canal Seafood Is Contaminated

Taxpayers Pay When Ala Wai Pollution Hits Waikiki

Saturday, May 18

Federal Judge Refuses To Toss (de)Occupy Honolulu Suit Despite City’s Efforts

Thursday, May 16

Caldwell Campaign Chair Backs Out Of Zoning Board Appointment

Tuesday, May 14

Honolulu’s Thomas Square Upgrade Steeped In Controversy

Honolulu Seeks Ways To Cut Down Wait For Firearm Permits

Saturday, May 11

Where’s The Pork? Honolulu City Council Dishes Out The Earmarks

Friday, May 10

A ‘Desperate’ Search For More Money Inside The Walls Of Honolulu Hale

Housing Honolulu’s Homeless Won’t Come Cheap Under New Plan

Thursday, May 9

A Park Is For The Public — Unless They Are Homeless?

Wednesday, May 8

Kaneohe Lab Gives Forgotten Texts Second Life Online

Change Of Heart: Mayor’s Office Releases Names Of Executive Staff

Honolulu City Council Pushes Back Against Mayor’s Proposed Budget

Tuesday, May 7

War In Waikiki? The Fight Over The Natatorium Is Far From Over

Friday, May 3

Honor, Courage And Commitment

Off The Beat: Why Won’t Kirk Caldwell Say Who Works For Him?

Wednesday, May 1

Abercrombie Teams With Caldwell To Tear Down Waikiki Natatorium

April 2013

Tuesday, April 30

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s Staff Comes With A High Price Tag

Tuesday, April 23

Is Honolulu’s Rail Money on Track Given Sequestration?

Friday, April 19

It’s Your Money: Rapist Wins $35k From Honolulu After Cops Beat Him Up

Tuesday, April 16

Federal Agent On Trial For Murder Boosts Defense Fund Via Internet

Friday, April 12

Honolulu Rail CEO Explains Why He Deserves a $35,000 Bonus

Tuesday, April 9

In The Case Of This Fired Honolulu Cop, The Public Is Still In The Dark

Thursday, April 4

It’s Your Money: Bumpy Roads, Brain Injury And A $1.7 Million Pothole

Can Kirk Caldwell Succeed Where Others Have Failed With Honolulu Homeless?

March 2013

Friday, March 29

A Man’s World: Honolulu Fire Behind Nation in Number of Women in Dept

Tuesday, March 19

City Ethics Enforcement: ‘Fight Against Corruption’ Could Get Cash Infusion

Saturday, March 16

‘Tis The Season: Your Honolulu City Council Budget Primer

Friday, March 15

Honolulu Rail: A Textbook Case Of Poor Planning, Denial And Diversion

Friday, March 8

Tombstone Tower

Leeward Residents Protest Temporary Road Through Makaha Beach

Wednesday, March 6

After Japan Arrest, Will Genshiro Kawamoto Lose Kahala Houses?

Saturday, March 2

Want Nice Roads? Honolulu Mayor Wants You To Pay More At The Pump

Friday, March 1

At HPD, Domestic Violence Is Not Uncommon But It’s Hard To Track

February 2013

Monday, February 11

FOCUS: Meet Jean Carr, The Volunteer

Tuesday, February 5

Can Caldwell’s Cabinet Catch Up in Time for Budget Deadline?

Saturday, February 2

Off The Beat: City Should Use More Caution In Its Choice Of Tape

January 2013

Thursday, January 24

Bedbug Infestation Costs Honolulu $17,300

Thursday, January 17

Caldwell to Hawaii Legislature: Where’s My Money? I Want it Now

Wednesday, January 9

What Tesoro’s Pull Out Means For Hawaii’s Energy Landscape

Friday, January 4

Audit: Honolulu’s Post-Rod Tam Spending Policies Still Too Vague

Thursday, January 3

Will Honolulu’s Mayor and Council Finally Work Together?