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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.

New Snags Hold Back Ala Wai Flood Control Project Cory Lum/Civil Beat

New Snags Hold Back Ala Wai Flood Control Project

UPDATED: Both the city and a state court judge have issues with the environmental impact reports, halting the controversial flood control project.

December 2015

Wednesday, December 30

The Long Road Home

Friday, December 25

Obama To Troops: ‘We Are Extraordinarily Grateful’

Thursday, December 24

The Projector: Holidays In Hawaii — Shopping, Budgeting And Presidential Golf

Wednesday, December 23

Espero: Still Pushing For More Citizen Oversight Of The Police

Tuesday, December 22

Homeless Move A Few Feet To Avoid First The State, Then The City

What Could $1.5 Billion Buy You (Besides More Of The Rail Project)?

Monday, December 21

Will Duke Aiona Run For Mayor Of Honolulu?

Christmas Brings Gifts, And Possibly Toilets, To Homeless Encampment

Saturday, December 19

The Obamas And Oahu, Together Again For The Holidays

Friday, December 18

The Projector: The Fish Auction Is A Morning Ritual At Pier 38

Thursday, December 17

Caldwell (Finally) Speaks Out About Kealoha

Rail Contracts Delayed Until Tax Passes

City Government Gets Burned In H-POWER Audit

Wednesday, December 16

Caldwell: Honolulu On Right Track In Tackling Homelessness

Tuesday, December 15

Protests Pay Off: Sisters Can Remain At Saint Francis Convent

Monday, December 14

In Kakaako Parks, State Wades Into Thorny Issue of Property Confiscation

Wednesday, December 9

State Gears Up To Sweep Homeless Encampments At Kakaako Parks

City Council Considers Killing Proposed Cap On Honolulu Rail Tax

It’s Your Money: How A Pothole May Cost The City $1.2M

Monday, December 7

Kinder, Gentler Sweeps Of Honolulu’s Homeless?

Friday, December 4

When Half A Train Is Better Than None

New Survey Takes Census Data Down To The Neighborhood Level

Tuesday, December 1

State Homeless Coordinator: No Sweep Planned For The Harbor

November 2015

Monday, November 30

Are Honolulu Planning Officials Too Cozy With This Developer?

Wednesday, November 25

How Crappy Sewers Make It Hard To Build Housing In Honolulu

Tuesday, November 24

Honolulu Rail Budget In Limbo Until City Council Acts

Monday, November 23

New Laws Encourage Solar Panels, Allow Waikiki Rezoning

Under The Microscope: Honolulu Included In Federal Rail Audit

Thursday, November 19

Sand Island Facility Opens Its Doors To The Homeless

City Agrees Not to Throw Out ‘Personal Property’ During Homeless Sweeps

No Sweep Of The Harbor Planned, Says State Homeless Coordinator

Wednesday, November 18

Willing To Foot The Bill To Help Hawaii’s Homeless Families

Honolulu Rail Tax Extension Gets Preliminary OK

Tuesday, November 17

HART Finds Savings With Latest Honolulu Rail Bids

Living Hawaii: Rooftop Solar Boosts Home Values

Monday, November 16

Caldwell: Honolulu Would Be ‘Lolo’ To Imperil Its Federal Funds for Rail

Friday, November 13

Caldwell: Feds Withholding Honolulu Rail Funds Until Council Acts

Living Hawaii: It’s The Land That Really Drives Up Honolulu’s Home Prices

Thursday, November 12

Is Honolulu Rail Project’s Future At Stake In Dispute Over Council’s Budget Role?

‘The Harbor’: Special Report Will Explore Misconceptions About The Homeless

Wednesday, November 11

How Landlords Can Help Homeless Vets

Tuesday, November 10

Mayor Asks Developers: What’ll It Take To Build Affordable Housing?

VIDEO: Are These Honolulu Cops Acting Appropriately?

Who Is Sticking Up for Tenants in Honolulu?

Monday, November 9

Caldwell Urges Council Not To Cap GET Surcharge For Rail

Agreement Reached for Senior Housing

In A Survey Of Police Sex Misconduct, Hawaii’s Nowhere To Be Found

Friday, November 6

Hawaii Sen. Brickwood Galuteria Still Not Off The Hook On Residency Question

Thursday, November 5

Martin to HART: Is It Time For A Shake-Up?

Wednesday, November 4

Honolulu Pays $190K To Settle Jailhouse Death Lawsuit

Keep What You Sweep, Homeless Plaintiffs Urge City In New Motion

Tuesday, November 3

Is The Honolulu Ethics Commission Going After Director Chuck Totto?

Who Should Be In Charge of Running Honolulu’s Rail?

Monday, November 2

Putting The Public Back Into Public Records

October 2015

Thursday, October 29

Honolulu Police, The FBI And The So-Called ‘Ferguson Effect’

Wednesday, October 28

Calls Grow For Reforms To Boost Police Accountability

Tuesday, October 27

Arrests Of Lesbians Spur Lawsuit, Internal Affairs Investigation

Wednesday, October 21

Honolulu Police Commission ‘Knows Nothing’ About HPD Chief Probe

City Budget Committee Mulls Tougher Line, Possible Cap on Rail Spending

Honolulu Rail’s Big Cash Problem

Tuesday, October 20

City Council Panel Urges State to Fund Repairs for Empty Public Housing

Lawsuit: Coverup In Honolulu Police Custody Death

Monday, October 19

Bill Slowing Bike Lane Construction Approved Over Bike Riders’ Objections

Friday, October 16

Ex-HPD Officer Sentenced to 30 Months in Federal Prison for Attacks

Honolulu Rail Project Eclipses $6.5 Billion

Thursday, October 15

HART Board Waiting on Honolulu City Council for Rail Cash

Who’s the Special Prosecutor Investigating the Honolulu Police Chief?

Monday, October 12

Kirk Caldwell’s Many ‘Tokens of Aloha’ Came From Influential Parties

Friday, October 9

Honolulu Police Chief Sues Ethics Commission to Stop Probe

Many of Kakaako’s Homeless Are Not Shelter-Bound

Thursday, October 8

Will the Sit-Lie Ban Cost Agencies Trying to Help Honolulu’s Homeless?

Whistleblower Lawsuit Filed Against Honolulu Rail Contractor

Wednesday, October 7

Kakaako Encampment Braces for the Final Sweeps

Monday, October 5

Here’s What Homeless People Have to Do to Get Their Property Back

Thursday, October 1

U.S. Navy Has 20 Years to Fix Leak-Prone Red Hill Fuel Tanks

September 2015

Wednesday, September 30

Why Can’t the State Make Developers Keep Their Promises?

Monday, September 28

Is the City Violating the Law in Destroying Homeless People’s Property?

It’s a Once-in-a-Decade Chance to Change the Honolulu City Charter

Pod Squad: ACLU Says It’s on ‘Solid’ Legal Footing in Fighting Sweeps

Thursday, September 24

Caldwell Questions Honolulu Rail Projection for Delays, Higher Costs

HPD Ignores ‘Toothless’ Police Commission in Use of Force Case

Wednesday, September 23

Hawaii Supreme Court Rules Against Waikiki Hotel’s Shoreline Exemption

A ‘No-Brainer’: Honolulu Streets Should Be for the People, Not the Cars

Tuesday, September 22

Federal Judge Refuses to Immediately Halt Honolulu Homeless Sweeps

Friday, September 18

Gifts Given to Honolulu Officials Remain Under Wraps

Thursday, September 17

City Sweeps Another Stretch of Kakaako Homeless Encampment

SCOTUS May Hear Affordable Housing Case

Wednesday, September 16

Lawsuit Filed Over Seizure of Homeless People’s Property

Disabled and Homeless: This Hawaii Woman Found She Had No Place To Go

Tuesday, September 15

Higher Costs and More Delays on the Way for Honolulu Rail

Monday, September 14

Honolulu Police Officer Sued For Killing Mentally Ill Man

Sunday, September 13

Is Help With the Rent an Answer to Homelessness?

Friday, September 11

The Projector: City Dispatches Some Homeless People While Improving Emergency Dispatching

Honolulu Rail Consultant Under Ethics Probe for Boat Trip with Contractor

Thursday, September 10

Honolulu’s Affordable Housing Rules Only Produced 33 Units in FY 2014

Tuesday, September 8

Lawsuit Seeks New City Council Votes on Honolulu Rail

Honolulu Launches First Phase of Homeless Enforcement in Kakaako

Did Political Donations Influence Honolulu City Council’s Hoopili Vote?

Thursday, September 3

Honolulu Councilman Accuses Mayor’s Spokesman of ‘Hostile’ Behavior

State, County Lawmakers Want to Explore Public Utility Option for Hawaii

How Do You House the Homeless When No One Wants Them Nearby?

Wednesday, September 2

City Council Loosens Ohana Unit Rules to Boost Rental Housing Stock

When Cops Become Criminals: Arrests of HPD Officers Point to a ‘Culture of Corruption’

Tuesday, September 1

Ala Wai Canal Flood Control: The High Cost of Protecting Waikiki

August 2015

Friday, August 28

Living Hawaii: Honolulu Is the Nation’s Most Expensive City for Singles

Thursday, August 27

Caldwell: Honolulu to Resume ‘Phased Enforcement’ at Kakaako Encampment

HART Pushes Back When Company Seeks to Withdraw Low Construction Bid

Wednesday, August 26

City Reopens Waikiki and Ala Moana Beaches After Sewage Spill

Tuesday, August 25

Honolulu Beaches Remain Closed Pending Water Test Results

Monday, August 24

Massive Honolulu Sewer Spill Shuts Down Waikiki Beach

OHA Spent $4,785 on a Massive March With an Anti-TMT Flavor

Friday, August 21

City Council Fills New, $84K Housing Position With Political Operative

Thursday, August 20

Faster Permitting Urged for State Public Housing Work

Key Rail Contractor Tangled Up in Fraud Allegations in Hawaii Courts

Wednesday, August 19

Council Panel Agrees to Nearly $1M Subsidy for Mainland Company

Mayor’s Search for Company to Install LED Streetlights Scrutinized

Tuesday, August 18

Living Hawaii: Can We Un-corner Markets in Our Over-Priced State?

Scrap Metal Firm Could Save $1.3M a Year — at Honolulu’s Expense

Friday, August 14

The Projector: Living on Borrowed Time Under the Nimitz Highway

Thursday, August 6

Failed Lawsuit Illustrates Plight of Non-Union Hotel Employees

Wednesday, August 5

City Council Passes Bill That Could Target Kapalama Canal Encampment

Tuesday, August 4

Caldwell Doesn’t Plan to Open Emergency Shelters for Guillermo

Honolulu May Spend $75K to Settle Case of Alleged Police Brutality

July 2015

Friday, July 31

Assault Charges Filed Against Honolulu Police Officer

The Projector: New Team Targets Homelessness; New Classrooms at Schofield Barracks School

Living Hawaii: Many Residents Are Leaving High-Priced Honolulu

Wednesday, July 29

Mayor Hires ‘Fresh Set of Eyes’ to Monitor Honolulu Rail Project

Tuesday, July 28

Judge Rules in Favor of Secret Government Deliberations

City Won’t Acquire Hilo Hattie Property for Homeless Shelter

Wednesday, July 22

Endless Sweep: City Keeps Rousting Homeless at a Cost of $750,000 a Year

Tuesday, July 21

Will Honolulu Ethics Commission Take the Gag Off its Director?

Monday, July 20

HPD Taser Case: Did Officers Follow Protocol When Sheldon Haleck Died?

Wednesday, July 15

Denby Fawcett: Saving Ala Moana Beach Park for the People

Honolulu Rail Project Gets a Boost as Ige Signs GET Extension Bill

Tuesday, July 14

Councilman Martin Resurrects Proposal That Allows Homes in Malaekahana

Council Members’ Allowances: A Lot of Travel and a Little Charity

Autopsy: Honolulu Man Dies After ‘Violent Physical Struggle’ With Cops

Wednesday, July 8

HCDA Hears Tenant Concerns About the Homeless in Kakaako

Monday, July 6

Will the Hammer Fall on Homeless Encampment in Kakaako?

Thursday, July 2

IHS Gets Contract to Operate Sand Island Facility for Homeless

How Old Is Too Old for a Cop?

June 2015

Tuesday, June 30

Why Did Tom Brower’s Visit to Homeless Encampment End in Violence?

WATCH: Taser Video Shows Final Minutes Before Sheldon Haleck Died in Police Custody

‘One-of-a-Kind’: Woman Runs Her Own Homeless Shelter

Friday, June 26

Did Kirk Caldwell Mislead the Legislature on Rail Taxes?

Thursday, June 25

Hawaii Supreme Court Weighs Preserving Hoopili Farmland

More HPD Officers Face Federal Charges in Beating Case

Wednesday, June 24

Honolulu Ethics Commission to Director Chuck Totto: Shut Up

Monday, June 22

Caldwell Slams Political Rival for Meddling With City Budget

The Death of Aaron Torres: ‘What’s the Big Secret?’

Friday, June 19

Waikiki Natatorium: Not Gone, Yet Not Really Here

Thursday, June 18

Hawaii’s High Court Considers Whether Police Misconduct Should Be Public

Wednesday, June 17

Living Hawaii: How Military Policies Drive Up Rents on Oahu

Tuesday, June 16

A Ray of Hope for Honolulu Rail?

Monday, June 15

Revised Sand Island Plan for Homeless Borrows From a Mainland Model

UH Study: City’s Recent Moves Aren’t Curbing Homelessness

Friday, June 12

Why Are the Autopsy Results for Man Tasered by Honolulu Police Still a Secret?

Thursday, June 11

Rail Operating Costs: A Looming Financial Crisis That Will Cost Taxpayers Billions

Tuesday, June 9

Living Hawaii: Boost Property Taxes on Out-of-State Owners to Ease Housing Costs

Hawaii’s Iconic Stairway to Heaven Might Finally Be Coming Down

Saturday, June 6

Nestor Garcia Resigns From KHON2 News

Friday, June 5

New Honolulu Deputy City Clerk Is Raising Eyebrows

Thursday, June 4

Living Hawaii: How Island Appeal Adds to the Nation’s Highest Rents

Peter Apo: Urban Crawl – Is Hawaii Becoming Just Another Place?

Wednesday, June 3

Honolulu City Council Overrides Caldwell, Expands Sit-Lie

Honolulu Is Bad at Creating Livable Wage Jobs

Honolulu City Council Will Keep Pushing to Move the Homeless Along

Tuesday, June 2

Nine Months In, How’s That Affordable Housing Plan Coming Along?

Monday, June 1

Want to Fill Up Your Homeless Shelter? Ditch Some of the Rules

Antiquated Law Spares Lobbyists in Honolulu Ethics Scandal

May 2015

Friday, May 29

Farewell Horizon Lines, Hello Less Competition in Shipping for Hawaii

Thursday, May 28

Neal Milner: What Hawaii Kai Tells Us About Honolulu

Wednesday, May 27

Is Kapolei a Mistake?

Thursday, May 21

Honolulu Mayor Vetoes Latest Sit-Lie Bill

Wednesday, May 20

Can Honolulu’s Sit-Lie Ban Pass Constitutional Muster?

Doctors and Lawyers: An Innovative Partnership in Kalihi

Monday, May 18

Curt Sanburn: Errant Towers or the Oahu That Never Was

Thursday, May 14

Record Number of Votes Cast in Neighborhood Board Elections

Shangri La Harbor May be Dismantled to Save Divers From Themselves

Wednesday, May 13

Inside the Rail Checkbook: More than $1 Billion Spent but Few Details to Go Along With It

Tuesday, May 12

How Can ‘Housing First’ Work When the Housing Isn’t There?

Living Hawaii: Some Reasons Not to Start a Career in Honolulu

Friday, May 8

City Needs to Manage Bike Lane Projects Better, Audit Says

Wednesday, May 6

Spiritual Healing: A ‘More Hawaiian’ Way to Deal With Delinquent Kids

Tuesday, May 5

Council Chair: No ‘Easy Sell’ for Honolulu Rail Tax

Monday, May 4

Living Hawaii: The Jones Act, the Cost of Living and the Search for the Truth

Friday, May 1

Honolulu Rail Tax Lives Another Day, Heads For Floor Vote

April 2015

Thursday, April 30

Bill to Rezone Land for Hoopili Heading to Full City Council

Wednesday, April 29

Deal on Honolulu Rail Tax Remains Up in the Air

Monday, April 27

Roads for Rail? Hawaii Senators Pitch New Tax Idea

Living Hawaii: The Jones Act Pays Off — in Politics

Thursday, April 23

Work on Rail Tax Compromise Moves Behind Closed Doors

Living Hawaii: We’re Rolling Out Your Stories on the High Price of Paradise

Wednesday, April 22

Civil Beat Poll: Most Voters Oppose Honolulu Rail Tax Extension

Monday, April 20

Honolulu’s Homeless Population On The Rise

Thursday, April 16

Living Hawaii: Before Rail and GMOs, There Was the Jones Act

Monday, April 13

Secret Subcontractors: What Honolulu Rail Officials Aren’t Telling You

Friday, April 10

Caldwell: Honolulu Rail Tax Is Not ‘Chump Change’

Thursday, April 9

Hawaii Charge Card Scandal Prompts Honolulu to Release Info on Its Cards

Tuesday, April 7

Senators Give Honolulu Rail ‘A Great Deal of Opportunity’

Monday, April 6

Living Hawaii: How Much Does Shipping Increase the Cost of Living?

Is Ige On Board With Extending Honolulu Rail Tax?

Thursday, April 2

D.R. Horton Agrees to Provide Cheaper Housing in Hoopili

Wednesday, April 1

Honolulu Traffic Jam: ‘A Perfect Storm of Everything Falling Apart’

Tension Bubbles Between Honolulu City Council and HART

March 2015

Tuesday, March 31

Honolulu Drivers Frustrated With Traffic Hell Take to Twitter

Why Did the City Approve a New Seawall for a Kahala Property After the State Ordered It Removed?

Monday, March 30

Railing Against Honolulu’s $6 Billion Rail Project

Wednesday, March 25

Frequent Fliers: Nearly $500K Spent on Rail Travel to Date

Tuesday, March 24

Housing Program for Homeless Veterans Hits a Snag in Hawaii

Thursday, March 19

Honolulu Rail Tax: How Long Will It Go?

Tuesday, March 17

Denby Fawcett: Mayor Caldwell, Save Ala Moana Park for the Regular People

Friday, March 13

State Study: Possible Sand Island Homeless Camp Site is Safe

Monday, March 9

Saving Waikiki Beach — At Least for Now

Thursday, March 5

Honolulu City Council Panel Says No to 875 Homes in Malaekahana

Wednesday, March 4

Hawaii Legislature: Not So Fast on More Taxes for Rail

Math Problem: Does Honolulu Rail GET Shortfall Really Add Up?

Tuesday, March 3

Honolulu Rail Construction Proposals Millions Higher Than Expected

HPD Officer Caught on Video Slamming Man to the Ground

Monday, March 2

Caldwell Administration Stresses Fiscal Austerity in 2016

February 2015

Friday, February 27

In Hawaii, Police Transparency Will Have to Wait

Despite City’s Sit-Lie Crackdown, Homeless Aren’t Moving Into Shelters

Tuesday, February 24

Caldwell Vows Not to Run From Rail, Homeless Problems

Behind Closed Doors: Honolulu Rail Officials Planned Political Strategy in Executive Session

Denby Fawcett: New Park Provides a Pathway to Recreation, History

Thursday, February 19

Disappearing Farmland: Hoopili Continues the Trend

Schatz: Protecting Federal Money for Rail a Top Priority

Friday, February 13

Living Hawaii: Is There Finally Some Hope on the Housing Front?

Thursday, February 12

Honolulu Rail Tax Alive, But Ige Still Has Questions

Wednesday, February 11

Living Hawaii: The American Dream Is Broken for the Middle Class

HART: Rail Could Run Out of Cash By This Summer

Tuesday, February 10

Police Reform Measures Gain Steam in Hawaii Legislature

Thursday, February 5

Living Hawaii: Middle-Class Millionaires

Tuesday, February 3

Honolulu Police Sent 22 Misconduct Cases to Prosecutors in 2014

Monday, February 2

Large Rail Contractors Dump $1.3 Million into Local Campaign Coffers

January 2015

Friday, January 30

At Least $1.25B Has Been Spent on Rail So Far, But Where Has All the Money Gone?

Thursday, January 29

City of Honolulu Hiring Practices: Not Everyone Gets a Fair Shot

Wednesday, January 28

Living Hawaii: Who Can Afford to Retire in the Islands?

Monday, January 26

Living Hawaii: Why the Islands Need Mobile Homes — and Don’t Have Them

Urban Hawaii: Are Lofty Ambitions for Artists in Kakaako a Good Idea?

Friday, January 23

How Can Police Regain the Public’s Trust?

Honolulu Authorities Ramp Up Arrests, Prosecutions of Pimps

Thursday, January 22

Honolulu Rail Deficit Could Be Closer to $1 Billion

Wednesday, January 21

Hawaii Police Killed At Least 36 People in 20 Years

Tuesday, January 20

Urban Hawaii: When the World Is Your Neighbor, Do You Ever Meet?

Wednesday, January 14

Attorney: Honolulu Police Chief’s Stolen Mailbox ‘An FBI Matter’

Honolulu Police Chief Under Fire: Can He Survive Legal and Legislative Scrutiny?

Tuesday, January 13

Honolulu Nonprofits Say the City Is Ignoring Them on Loan Requests

Monday, January 12

Urban Hawaii: Who Is Remaking Kakaako?

Wednesday, January 7

Senators Want Better Management of HPD, Ask For ‘Co-Chiefs’

Monday, January 5

Urban Hawaii: What Does Future Hold for Honolulu — and Us?

Honolulu City Council Continues on Collision Course With Mayor