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New HART Analyses Show Millions Of Dollars In Added Rail Costs Cory Lum/Civil Beat

New HART Analyses Show Millions Of Dollars In Added Rail Costs

Rail’s ultimate price tag remains a mystery, but HART’s own risk reports show the costs steadily climbing.

Council Passes Landmark Bill Restricting Single-Use Plastics On Oahu Claire Caulfield/Civil Beat

Council Passes Landmark Bill Restricting Single-Use Plastics On Oahu

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell has signaled he supports the bill. Its restrictions on food-vendor plastics would roll out in the next two years.

Case Dismissed: 8 Years, No Conviction And A Honolulu Man’s Life Derailed Illustration by Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Case Dismissed: 8 Years, No Conviction And A Honolulu Man’s Life Derailed

Sefo Fatai says a woman he thought would give him money to pay off a debt to his boss handed him meth instead, plunging him into an eight-year ordeal fighting the criminal justice system.

Security Deposits Put Housing Out Of Reach For Some In Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Security Deposits Put Housing Out Of Reach For Some In Hawaii

As housing costs rise, renters have to cut bigger and bigger checks just to get in the door.

Now’s Our Chance To Clean House In Honolulu Government Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Now’s Our Chance To Clean House In Honolulu Government

As the police corruption investigation continues with a focus on other city agencies, leaders and voters must take steps to guard against similar problems.

‘Please Hold’: Disabled Handi-Van Users Face Long Waits To Book Rides Cory Lum/Civil Beat

‘Please Hold’: Disabled Handi-Van Users Face Long Waits To Book Rides

City officials blame heavy call volumes and technological issues for a system that has been problematic for years.

Honolulu Council Chair’s Staffer Announces Bid For Windward Seat Courtesy of Alan Kekoa Texeira campaign

Honolulu Council Chair’s Staffer Announces Bid For Windward Seat

Ikaika Anderson is set to finish his third and last council term next year, and Alan Kekoa Texeira hopes to succeed him.

Denby Fawcett: Rescuing A 12th Century Heiau From A Garbage Dump courtesy shouldbedigging.com

Denby Fawcett: Rescuing A 12th Century Heiau From A Garbage Dump

There’s a new effort to restore the sacred Pahukini Heiau and increase public access.

HART’s Last Original Board Member Hasn’t Left As Planned Cory Lum/Civil Beat

HART’s Last Original Board Member Hasn’t Left As Planned

Damien Kim announced his departure five months ago, but the City Council can’t find a qualified successor.

Honolulu May Sue Convicted Police Chief To Claw Back Retirement Money Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu May Sue Convicted Police Chief To Claw Back Retirement Money

The city will likely take its former police chief to court.

More HART Employees Hit With Federal Subpoenas Cory Lum/Civil Beat

More HART Employees Hit With Federal Subpoenas

It’s the second round of orders sent to rail staff. The agency still won’t say how many employees have received subpoenas.

Former Judge Steve Alm Announces Bid For Prosecuting Attorney Christina Jedra/Civil Beat

Former Judge Steve Alm Announces Bid For Prosecuting Attorney

He has the support of the police union and the chair of the police commission.

December 2014

Tuesday, December 30

Caldwell: City Meets Road Repaving Goal for 2014

Got a $700M Shortfall? Set the Cycle to ‘Spin’

Monday, December 29

Living Hawaii: Going Mobile — Could Life on the Road Help Reduce the Price of Paradise?

Thursday, December 25

Slideshow: President and First Lady Pay Christmas Visit to Troops

Wednesday, December 24

Court Rejects Tommy Waters’ Election Challenge for Honolulu City Council

Friday, December 19

Caldwell Won’t Discuss the Problems of Honolulu’s Police Chief

Thursday, December 18

Off the Rails: Honolulu Transit Project Up to $700M Over Budget

Wednesday, December 17

Honolulu Police Commission Defers Chief Kealoha Investigation

Tuesday, December 16

FBI Asked to Probe Whether Honolulu Police Mishandled Chief’s Mailbox Theft Case

Monday, December 15

Living Hawaii: The Little Solution to the Big Housing Crisis

Honolulu Zoo has Big Plans for Japanese Giant Salamanders

Thursday, December 11

Will Honolulu’s Sit-Lie Ban Expand Again to Target the Homeless Outside Malls?

Wednesday, December 10

Will Honolulu Police Commission Hold Chief Kealoha Accountable?

Monday, December 8

Honolulu Median Home Price Reaches Record $719K Due to High-End Sales

Friday, December 5

Former Certified Hawaii CEO Charged with 14 Felony Counts of Theft

Did Honolulu’s Police Chief Intentionally Cause a Mistrial?

Thursday, December 4

Mistrial Declared in Honolulu Police Chief’s Missing Mailbox Case

Let’s Share Our Way to Automotive Aloha

Tuesday, December 2

Caldwell Signs Bill Banning Sitting and Lying on Sidewalks in Oahu Commercial Districts

Landlords’ Rejections Keep Hawaii Homeless on the Streets Longer

November 2014

Tuesday, November 25

HCDA Greenlights Two More Kakaako Projects and Gives Director a Raise

Caldwell Picks Olelo CEO to be City’s New Managing Director, Sources Say

Monday, November 24

Tommy Waters Seeks Recount in City Council District 4 Race

Honolulu Deputy Prosecutor Suspended in Negligent Homicide Case

Dear Mayor: Complaints about the Homeless Pour Into Caldwell’s Office

Thursday, November 20

Council Committee Advances Measure to Ease Restrictions on Ohana Units

Wednesday, November 19

PRP’s Campaign Spending Violations Sent to City Prosecutors

Caldwell Wants HCDA to Adopt City’s New Affordable Housing Rules

Tuesday, November 18

Here’s What You Should Know About Mayor Caldwell’s New Housing Strategy

Residents of Haseko Resort Development Concerned About Lagoon’s Algae

Saturday, November 15

Hawaii Housing Summit Highlights Need for Low-Income Rentals

Friday, November 14

Honolulu City Council Expands Sit-Lie Ban To Districts Throughout Oahu

Death on the Streets: Homeless Veterans Treated With Honor After They Die

Thursday, November 13

Homeless Rousted from Kakaako as ‘Hawaii Five-0’ Readies Shoot

Death on the Streets: Lack of Health Care a Major Factor in Homeless Deaths

Wednesday, November 12

Death on the Streets: Hundreds of Homeless People Have Died on Oahu in Recent Years

Honolulu City Council Postpones Vote to Expand Sit-Lie Ban Until Friday

Last Words: A Homeless Woman Writes Home Just Before She Dies

Saturday, November 8

City, HUD Agree on $2.9 Million Spending Plan to Resolve Dispute

Friday, November 7

City May Scrap Plan for Sand Island Homeless Camp

Thursday, November 6

Red Hill Task Force May Recommend Navy Double Line Fuel Tanks in 10 Years

Potential Contamination at Proposed Homeless Camp to be Studied

Tuesday, November 4

Honolulu City Council: Carol Fukunaga and Trevor Ozawa Win

It’s Election Day: Here’s What’s At Stake in Hawaii

Monday, November 3

PR Campaign Would Discourage Homeless from Moving to Hawaii

October 2014

Thursday, October 30

Developers, Unions Jockey for Position in Honolulu City Council Races

Wednesday, October 29

Bill Encourages Car Sharing on Oahu

Thursday, October 23

Just How Bad Is Honolulu’s Housing Crisis?

Wednesday, October 22

The Case of the Mysterious Attack Ads: Tommy Waters Called a ‘Carpetbagger’

Friday, October 17

Watch: HPD Releases Cachola Surveillance Videos, 911 Tape

Thursday, October 16

Asia Matters: Moving Beyond Waikiki — Why Hawaii Needs a Bali Strategy

Tuesday, October 14

HPD Looks to Break Code of Silence, Improve Abuse Training

Military Fuel Tanks on Oahu, Kauai Face Increased Regulation

HART Responds About Safety on the Honolulu Rail Project

Friday, October 10

Sharply Different Styles Separate District 6 Honolulu City Council Candidates

Thursday, October 9

Prosecutor: Criticism of Handling of HPD Domestic Violence Case ‘Uninformed’

iPhone Video Shows HPD Officer Striking Man, City Pays $37,500

Wednesday, October 8

Honolulu City Council Votes to Increase Fines for Illegal Dumping

Release of Hotel-to-Condo Conversion Documents: Full Disclosure or Politics?

No Criminal Charges for HPD Officer Who Beat His Girlfriend

City Seeks to Hire Law Firm to Avoid New Sewage Plant Regulations

Monday, October 6

We Need Police Accountability in Honolulu

Friday, October 3

How Safe Has the Honolulu Rail Project Been?

A New Way to Manage the Risks on Our Streets

Thursday, October 2

East Honolulu City Council Candidates Stake Out their Differences

Wednesday, October 1

New Housing Office Would Manage Homeless, Affordable Housing Initiatives

September 2014

Tuesday, September 30

Hawaii Lawmakers Grill Honolulu Police Chief on Domestic Violence

Cachola Accuses Former Colleagues on City Council of Ethics Violations

Monday, September 29

Living Hawaii: Houston, We’ve Got a Problem

HPD Chief: ‘There’s No Dark Conspiracy Here’

Saturday, September 27

Honolulu Ethics Commission Fines Romy Cachola $50K

Thursday, September 25

Missing Mailbox Exposes Family Friction for HPD Chief, Prosecutor Wife

Caldwell to Sign Plastic Bag Ban Amendment

Wednesday, September 24

Shelters Team Up to Help Move Homeless Families Into Housing

Tuesday, September 23

HPD Chief Sends Officer-Involved DV Case to Prosecutor

Denby Fawcett: Domestic Violence in Hawaii

Monday, September 22

Opponents of Sand Island Homeless Encampment Challenge State Approval

Honolulu Police Chief: We’re Not As Transparent As We Should Be

Thursday, September 18

Honolulu Police Chief Vows He Won’t ‘Cave In’ To Political Pressure

Sidewalk Sit-Lie Ban: First Waikiki, Now Other Commercial Areas Around Oahu?

Caldwell Fundraiser Pumps the Tourism Industry for Cash

Wednesday, September 17

Hawaii Women Lawmakers Slam Police Chief for Canceling Domestic Violence Meeting

Laniakea Homeowners Face Stiff Fines For Fence

Tuesday, September 16

HECO Asks Oahu Customers To Cut Back on Electricity to Avoid Power Outages

Monday, September 15

County Councils Agree to Lobby State for More Hotel Tax Revenue

Friday, September 12

Hawaii Land Board Approves Lease For Sand Island Homeless Site

Caldwell: ‘Extreme Action’ Required If HPD Officer Assaulted Girlfriend

Hawaii Interagency Report Advised Against Homeless Encampments

Thursday, September 11

Will HPD Seriously Confront Domestic Violence Within Its Ranks?

New Honolulu Housing Policy Aims to Help Renters, Low-Income Residents

The City Reaches Out to Locals About Sand Island Homeless Camp

Hidden Super PAC Money Comes to Light in Campaign Spending Reports

Wednesday, September 10

Honolulu City Council Votes to Ban Sitting, Lying on Waikiki Sidewalks

Proposed Sand Island Homeless Camp Could Carry Risks of Toxic Exposure

Feds: ‘Aggressive Cost Containment’ Needed for Rail Project

Tuesday, September 9

High Construction Costs Could Delay Honolulu Rail Opening

Monday, September 8

DOD Says Navy’s Red Hill Fuel Tanks Pose a ‘High Potential for Fire’

Wednesday, September 3

Residents of Chinatown High-Rise to Get Homeless and Mentally Ill Neighbors

Tuesday, September 2

Hawaii Counties Prepare for Another Battle over Hotel Tax Revenue

August 2014

Saturday, August 30

City Auditor Slams Long Wait Times at Oahu DMV Offices

Thursday, August 28

Portion of Sand Island Could Become City Homeless Camp

Bills Aimed at Getting Homeless Off Sidewalks Resurrected

Odds Are Good for a Major Earthquake to Rock Big Island

Wednesday, August 27

Honolulu Rail Chief: ‘Healthy’ Cash Balance in Contingency

Tuesday, August 26

Oahu Could Raise Minimum Age for Buying Smokes to 21

Leeward Landfill Seeks Exemption from City’s Waste-to-Energy Fees

Thursday, August 21

Living Beside Diamond Head: The Evolution of Access

Monday, August 18

Cashing In: Caldwell Stocking Up For A Showdown

Thursday, August 14

Solutions Elusive at Lively Discussion on Homelessness in Hawaii

Jury Finds Deedy Not Guilty of Murder

Saturday, August 9

Honolulu City Council: Two Districts Will Have Run-offs in November

Thursday, August 7

Hawaii Lacks Hurricane Emergency Plan for Waikiki, Neighbor Islands

Wednesday, August 6

State to UberX and Lyft: No More Airport Rides

July 2014

Thursday, July 31

Will New Honolulu City Council Members Smooth Friction with Mayor Caldwell?

Tuesday, July 29

Public Safety Tops Candidate Concerns In District 8 Race

Monday, July 28

Council District 6 Race Heats Up, Complete With Super PAC Money

Friday, July 25

VIDEO: Maui Mayoral Candidate Tased, Arrested

Honolulu Rail Funding Coming Up Short

Campaign Corner: No Compassion in Honolulu Homeless Plan

Thursday, July 24

Honolulu Mayor’s ‘Compassionate Disruption’ Campaign Disrupted

Wednesday, July 23

Hawaii Monitor: Why Has Florida Company Picked a Fight Over Aerial Advertising?

Tuesday, July 22

Raw Sewage Sparks Public Warnings Along Waikiki, Ala Moana Beaches

Monday, July 21

Aerial Banners North Pilot Arrested

Schatz: FAA Backs Honolulu’s Ban on Aerial Advertising

PRP Emails Reveal Connections to Former Aide to Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell

Political Newcomers Challenge Honolulu Council Chair for District 2 Seat

Friday, July 18

Homelessness and Housing Costs Top Concerns In City Council District 4 Race

Thursday, July 17

HART Board Approves $6 Million in Added Rail Costs

Hawaii Supreme Court Rebukes Deedy Trial Judge Over Closed Proceedings

City Seeks to Safeguard Bus and Handi-Van Money From Rail Project

Denby Fawcett: Sky Ad Company Has ‘Zero Intention’ of Stopping Flights

Wednesday, July 16

Illegal Wedding Businesses Could Face Stiffer Fines

Navy’s Red Hill Fuel Facility Could Be Partially or Completely Shut Down

Tuesday, July 15

Health, Navy Officials to Hold Community Meeting on Red Hill Fuel Leak

Handi-Van Fires Blamed on Vehicles Being Over-Aged and Over-Driven

Friday, July 11

Federal Agent Accused of Murder Back in Honolulu for Second Trial

Waialae Avenue Repaving Project Is Finally Finished

Wednesday, July 9

Are Oahu Jails Throwing Away Homeless People’s ID Cards?

Monday, July 7

State and Local Officials Up Ante Against Sky Banner Ad Company

Thursday, July 3

HPD Pushes to Increase Number of Female Officers On the Force

Wednesday, July 2

Housing Policy Is Helping to Kill Chinatown

Tuesday, July 1

Lyft and UberX: Innovative Ride Services or ‘Bandit Cabs’?

June 2014

Friday, June 27

PRP Under Investigation Over Its 2012 Campaign Spending

Thursday, June 26

Honolulu Ethics Commission Reaffirms Independence From City

It’s Your Money: HPD Spends $240,000 to Record License Plates

Tuesday, June 24

Honolulu Ethics Commission Complains of Affronts to Its Independence

Sunday, June 22

The Projector: The Politics of Homelessness — June 16 – 22

Friday, June 20

PRP Super PAC Under the Microscope After Release of Internal Emails

An Inside Look at the Hawaii Super PAC That Helped Defeat Cayetano

Thursday, June 19

Honolulu Mayor Ramps Up Response to Homelessness

Monday, June 16

Nightly Migration: Homeless Chased From Waikiki — for a Few Hours

Reporter’s Notebook: Telling Stories of Homelessness in Waikiki

Sunday, June 15

The Projector: Homeless in Waikiki — June 9 – 15

Friday, June 13

Former Hawaii Gov. Cayetano Settles Libel Lawsuit Against Super PAC

Wednesday, June 11

HCDA Defers Decision on Kewalo Harbor Lease

Tuesday, June 10

Increased Funding for Homelessness Comes With Challenges

Monday, June 9

Let’s Overhaul the Way We Deal With Homeless People

Thursday, June 5

Chinatown Housing Deal Sparks Debate on Low-Income Residents

HPD: Nearly $6 Million in Legal Settlements in 11 Years

Wednesday, June 4

Honolulu’s Budget Includes Big Hike for Homelessness

City Council Prepares for Final Vote on Budget

Tuesday, June 3

Denby Fawcett: Mayor’s Proposal to Keep the Homeless Moving

Appeals Court Rules Against Hanabusa in Waimanalo Landfill Case

Monday, June 2

‘Compassionate Disruption’: Honolulu’s Homelessness Balancing Act

Is Honolulu Rail Living Up to Its Promises of Job Creation?

Officials: Navy Slow to Address Red Hill’s Threat to Drinking Water

May 2014

Friday, May 30

Honolulu Council Chair Hopes to Boost Funds for Homelessness

Thursday, May 29

Chinatown Tenant Income Levels Debated in City Housing Sale

Wednesday, May 28

Honolulu Board of Water Supply Fights to Maintain Autonomy

HPD Use of Force Report: A Blurred Snapshot Lacking Context

Tuesday, May 27

Denby Fawcett: Our Favorite Local Hangouts Are Overrun With Tourists

Friday, May 23

Top Navy Officials Respond to Questions About Red Hill Fuel Leak

Cost of Preventing Ala Wai Canal Flood Rises to $200 Million

Wednesday, May 21

Kalanianaole Highway Repaving to Begin in June

Why Is It So Dangerous for Pedestrians in Hawaii?

Saturday, May 17

Honolulu Prosescutor Agrees More Transparency Better In Police Shootings

Friday, May 16

Withholding Police Disciplinary Records Will Cost Honolulu $43,000

Thursday, May 15

Indictment: Longterm Deceit Alleged in Honolulu Landfill Disaster

Tuesday, May 13

Denby Fawcett: Oahu’s Banyan Trees Are Under Attack, Many Are Dying

Saturday, May 10

Honolulu Rail Takes Shape, City Prepares for Development Boom

Thursday, May 8

It’s Your Money: Honolulu Pays $50,000 to Bicyclist Hit by Garbage Truck

Honolulu Bus Advertising Bill Moves Forward

Tuesday, May 6

Companies Jockey for $1 Billion Worth of Honolulu Rail Contracts

Sunday, May 4

Could Ads on City Buses Help Sustain Honolulu’s Transportation System?

Friday, May 2

Ethics Commission Seeks Greater Oversight of Honolulu Rail Contractors

April 2014

Saturday, April 26

Honolulu Residents: ‘Saddening’ Lack of Trust in City Government

Friday, April 25

Honolulu Officials’ Salaries Lag Behind Counterparts in Comparable Cities

Wednesday, April 23

Disgust Over City Council Action on Hotel-to-Condo Conversion Bill

Tuesday, April 22

LIVE: Civil Cafe on Honolulu’s Bicycling Renaissance

Will Aiea Development Meet Affordable Housing Expectations?

Monday, April 21

Hawaii’s Hotel-to-Condo Conversions Spark Activism Among Filipinos

Thursday, April 17

Honolulu’s City Council Moves to Restore Some Nonprofit Funding

Friday, April 11

New Sewage Rules Could Cost Honolulu Taxpayers Millions of Dollars

Monday, April 7

Denby Fawcett: Preventing Injuries at Doris Duke’s Shangri La Harbor

Friday, April 4

City Council Unveils Budget Priorities, Cuts Into Mayor’s Spending Plan

Thursday, April 3

City Law Bans Planting Iconic Honolulu Trees, Favoring Native Species

Wednesday, April 2

How Much Money Do Honolulu Agencies Really Need? Officials Won’t Say

Ad Watch: Union Recruits Honolulu City Council Members to Fight Kaiser

March 2014

Saturday, March 29

Is the Hawaii Dept of Transportation Sabotaging an Oahu Transit Group?

The Real Costs of Waialae Avenue’s Rocky Roadwork

Wednesday, March 26

Honolulu City Council Leaders Cutting Into Mayor Caldwell’s Budget

Friday, March 21

Honolulu City Council: Make It Easier To Build Shoreline Retaining Walls

Wednesday, March 19

The Mayor’s Money: Caldwell Expands Office Budget in Tight Times

Is Hanauma Bay Preserve Undermined by Disrepair and an Opaque Budget?

Saturday, March 15

Low Cash Flow Leads Rail Authority to Ask Honolulu for $1.5 Billion Loan

Wednesday, March 12

Honolulu Says It Will Fight New Rules For Sewage Treatment

Tuesday, March 11

Honolulu Ethics Director Takes His Case for More Money to City Council

Sunday, March 9

Pedal Power: Gaining Traction on Oahu’s Bike Safety and Infrastructure

Friday, March 7

Waikiki Luxury Tower Moves Forward Despite Protests

Thursday, March 6

Honolulu Salaries 2013 — Chief Medical Examiner City’s Top Paid Employee

Sunday, March 2

Developers of 2 Waikiki High-Rises Have Donated Heavily to City Officials

Saturday, March 1

Caldwell Would Hike Fees and Taxes, Proposes Spending Along Rail Line

February 2014

Friday, February 28

Pritchett: Greetings from Honolulu, Wish You Weren’t Here

Wednesday, February 26

Caldwell Plans Vacant Job Cuts, While Seeking to Improve City Services

Wednesday, February 19

Hele On: Courts Rule in Favor of Honolulu Rail

Tuesday, February 18

Fired Honolulu Police Officer’s File Destroyed Before Discharge Revealed

Monday, February 17

Denby Fawcett: Bye Bye, Genshiro Kawamoto

Friday, February 14

Pritchett: Disciplinary Action

Thursday, February 6

Honolulu Risks Losing Millions on Affordable Housing Projects

January 2014

Wednesday, January 22

Campaign Corner: ‘Safe Routes to School’ Is Getting Shortchanged

Wednesday, January 15

PRP Tax Filing Details Political Spending But Questions Remain

Monday, January 13

Honolulu Police Misconduct Continues But So Does the Secrecy

Friday, January 10

HUD Tells Honolulu to Pay $3 Million for ORI Grant Mismanagement

Tuesday, January 7

Last-Ditch Effort: Honolulu Offers Cash to Save $142M Housing Deal

A New Era in Ethics in Honolulu? Time Will Tell

Saturday, January 4

‘Extraordinary’ Effort Needed to Save Honolulu’s $142M Housing Deal

Friday, January 3

Hawaii Supreme Court Tells Deedy Judge To Defend Closed Proceedings

Thursday, January 2

The End of Waikiki’s International Market Place