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Lawmakers: Red Hill Fuel Leaked Into Well Through A Pipeline Navy Didn’t Know Existed Courtesy: State Senate/2022

Lawmakers: Red Hill Fuel Leaked Into Well Through A Pipeline Navy Didn’t Know Existed

Navy officials didn’t know about the pipeline until someone reviewed the facility’s schematics from 1941, lawmakers who took a tour said they were told.


Honolulu Police Chief Search Expected To Take At Least 6 More Months Honolulu Police Commission/2022

Honolulu Police Chief Search Expected To Take At Least 6 More Months

PSI Services LLC, the consulting firm hired to assist in the search, said it plans to present the police commission with up to four finalists in June.

Three Former Honolulu Officials Charged With Conspiracy For Kealoha Payout Hawaii News Now/2022

Three Former Honolulu Officials Charged With Conspiracy For Kealoha Payout

UPDATED: All defendants pleaded not guilty, and a judge allowed their release on unsecured $50,000 bonds.

Kahikina Lists Achievements In Her First Year Leading Honolulu Rail Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Kahikina Lists Achievements In Her First Year Leading Honolulu Rail

An official slide presentation on the new executive director’s performance cites plenty of achievements but no weaknesses.

Navy Agrees To Comply With Hawaii’s Order To Drain Red Hill Fuel Facility Screenshot: House Armed Services/2022

Navy Agrees To Comply With Hawaii’s Order To Drain Red Hill Fuel Facility

Employees at Red Hill filed complaints about safety hazards before the leaks in 2021, a Navy official said.

HPD And DOE Sued For Allegedly Handcuffing 10-Year-Old Girl Over Drawing Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

HPD And DOE Sued For Allegedly Handcuffing 10-Year-Old Girl Over Drawing

The civil rights lawsuit was filed Friday and alleges that the girl suffered physical, emotional and physiological injuries in the wake of the incident.

SHOPO Leader Wants Faster Progress In Finding A New Honolulu Police Chief Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

SHOPO Leader Wants Faster Progress In Finding A New Honolulu Police Chief

The union’s newly elected president, Robert Cavaco, criticized the police commission’s decision to hire a consulting firm to help with the search.

Miske’s Hawaii Kai Home Is For Sale, But He’s Unlikely To Get The Proceeds Honolulu Board of Realtors

Miske’s Hawaii Kai Home Is For Sale, But He’s Unlikely To Get The Proceeds

The waterfront property has been encumbered by the federal government’s intent to seek its forfeiture if Miske is convicted on the charge of racketeering conspiracy.

Employees Challenge Hawaiian Airlines Vaccine Mandate Ludwig Laab/Civil Beat/2021

Employees Challenge Hawaiian Airlines Vaccine Mandate

Seven employees sued the company, alleging it violated federal law when implementing its vaccine policy.

December 2016

Friday, December 30

Hanabusa Makes Her Escape From The Federal Building

Thursday, December 29

Young Entrepreneurs Make A Stand In Honolulu’s Chinatown

After-School Program Helps Palolo’s Kids Find Their Way

Wednesday, December 28

Why Now, After 75 Years? Japan And US Had Their Reasons

Tuesday, December 27

Abe At Pearl Harbor: ‘Sincere And Everlasting Condolences’

Monday, December 26

Japan’s Shinzo Abe Pays Respects At Oahu Memorial Sites

Thursday, December 22

Was Acting HPD Chief In On The Theft Conspiracy?

Wednesday, December 21

Senate Leader Opposes Fast-Tracking Honolulu Rail Bill

Tuesday, December 20

Honolulu Police Chief Placed On Leave During Corruption Probe

Denby Fawcett: Diamond Head Slopes Are Absolutely Trashed

Monday, December 19

Feds Say Honolulu Police Chief Is A Suspect In Corruption Case

Friday, December 16

Ex-Cop Pleads Guilty In Mailbox Conspiracy Involving Police Chief

Thursday, December 15

Conspiracy Charges Filed Against Former Cop In Chief’s Mailbox Case

Mayor’s Prediction Of More Rail Problems Comes True Immediately

Wednesday, December 14

New Lawsuit Filed Against Police Chief, His Wife And Other Officers

Friday, December 9

Dole Street Called ‘A Big Slap In The Face’ For Hawaiian Students

Thursday, December 8

State Hides Work History Of Former Cop Charged With Sex Assault

Wednesday, December 7

The Projector: Pearl Harbor, 75 Years Later

Feds Extend Deadline for Honolulu Rail Recovery Plan

Tuesday, December 6

Principals Push For A Louder Voice In Public Education Reform Efforts

Friday, December 2

$9.5 Billion For Honolulu Rail?

Activists Fear Thomas Square Could Become A ‘Revenue Cow’

Thursday, December 1

City Gets Authority To Condemn Private Kakaako Streets

Council Approves $150K To Pay Lawyers For Police Chief

Angela Kaaihue Removed From City Council Meeting After Disruptions

Baby Death Lawsuit Cites A Hospital Language Barrier

The Projector: Rain Can’t Stop A Search For The Perfect Tree

November 2016

Wednesday, November 30

City Still Misuses Hanauma Bay Funds, Advocacy Group Says

Tuesday, November 29

Services For The Needy Generate Hope, Complaints In Chinatown

Denby Fawcett: Neighbors Say No To Doris Duke Swimming Hole Changes

Councilwoman Wants To Stop Manoa Flooding Before It Returns

Monday, November 28

Hoping For A Queen Theater Comeback In Kaimuki

Wednesday, November 23

Denby Fawcett: City Officials Didn’t Tell Voters Zoo Director Had Quit

Why Keith Kaneshiro Is Standing Behind Katherine Kealoha

Kakaako Food Pantry To Close — At Least For Now

Monday, November 21

This Kalihi Bike Shop Is Helping Kids Learn Life Lessons

Friday, November 18

Will Residents Ever Feel Safe In This Downtown Honolulu Park?

Thursday, November 17

Amid The Buzz Of Waikiki, 21,000 People Who Call It Home

Wednesday, November 16

Wrongful Death Case Highlights Kealoha’s Legal Entanglements

Sunday, November 13

Anti-Trump Protest In Waikiki: Peace, Aloha And ‘Rebellion’

Tuesday, November 8

Kaimuki Is A Little Bit Vintage Hawaii, A Little Bit Hipster

Fee Plan Along Rail Line Pits Schools Against Affordable Housing

Monday, November 7

City Wants To Clean Up Bike Path By Designating It A Park

Friday, November 4

The Street: Scenes From The Scary Season In Waikiki

A Rare Gift: HPD Chief Donates $500 To Prosecutor’s Campaign

3 Civil Questions For Kirk Caldwell And Charles Djou — Episode 4

Thursday, November 3

Honolulu Mother Looks In Vain For Answers In Son’s Day Care Death

VIDEO: 3 Civil Questions For The Mayoral Candidates — Episode 3

Wednesday, November 2

Anti-Caldwell Super PAC May Have Broken Campaign Laws

Formby Would Serve As Hanabusa’s Chief of Staff In Congress

State Says It’s Working To Make Kaena Point Safer For Wildlife

VIDEO: 3 Civil Questions For Caldwell and Djou — Episode 2

Honolulu City Council Incumbents Maintain Fundraising Advantage

Tuesday, November 1

Super PACs Raise Over $1 Million In Honolulu Mayor’s Race

VIDEO: 3 Civil Questions For Kirk Caldwell And Charles Djou

Rolling Toward Re-Election, Keith Kaneshiro Defends His Record

October 2016

Monday, October 31

Measure Asks: Are All Those Boards and Commissions Needed?

Once The ‘Wild West’ Of The City, Kakaako Is Trying To Settle Down

Friday, October 28

AG Offers A Shortcut To Acquire Troublesome Kakaako Roads

Thursday, October 27

HART Hires Former LA Official As Interim Director For Rail Project

Proposal Asks Voters To End Council Earmarks For Nonprofits

Wednesday, October 26

Are Oahu’s Bridges Better Off Than They Were 4 Years Ago?

Do We Need New Agencies For Climate Change And Public Lands?

This Clear Water Has Been Flowing Under Kakaako Since The 1920s

Tuesday, October 25

Defining Downtown Honolulu Isn’t As Easy As You’d Think

Monday, October 24

Amendment Would Help Fund Honolulu Zoo With Property Taxes

Palolo Valley: ‘Overshadowed By Its Past,’ But Making Progress

Friday, October 21

Djou Says Caldwell Lied About Bank Compensation

Almost Three-Quarters Of Voters Want To Strengthen Police Panel

Thursday, October 20

Mayor Wright Reconstruction Will Displace 1,500 Anxious Tenants

Honolulu Voters Don’t Love Rail, But They Still Want The Job Done

Voters Asked To Strengthen Honolulu Police Commission

Wednesday, October 19

Caldwell Up 7 Points Over Djou In Honolulu Mayor’s Race

Tuesday, October 18

Effort To Condemn Private Kakaako Streets Moves Forward

Housing Advocates Divided On Proposed Honolulu Charter Change

Monday, October 17

The History Of Kakaako, Told In Student Essays From Decades Ago

Ex-Supreme Court Justice Picked For Honolulu Police Commission

City Spending $1 Million On Buses That May Have Nowhere To Go

Charter Amendment Asks Voters To Clear Up Public Records Law

Friday, October 14

Both Mayoral Candidates Ask: Better Off Than 4 Years Ago?

Wednesday, October 12

Djou, Caldwell Make Pitches To Native Hawaiian Audience

Tuesday, October 11

Do Officials Really Want To Know What Kalihi Residents Think?

Monday, October 10

City Plans Bus System To Connect To Rail Stop That May Never Come

Thursday, October 6

Why It’s So Hard To Find Serious Candidates For City Prosecutor

Wednesday, October 5

What Will Anosh Yaqoob Do If He’s Elected? He Has No Idea

Monday, October 3

Honolulu Tries To Buy Even More Time To Come Up With Rail Plan

Caldwell Aide Works Campaign For Free But Gets City Contracts

Kalihi: ‘The Last Working Class Neighborhood In Central Honolulu’

Can Homeless Families Really Find Housing Within 90 Days?

Saturday, October 1

Honolulu Mayoral Candidates Vie For Coveted Kupuna Vote

VIDEO: AARP Tele-Town Hall with Kirk Caldwell and Charles Djou

September 2016

Thursday, September 29

HART Raises Estimate For Total Cost Of Rail To $8.6 Billion

9/11 Becomes Boiling Point In Honolulu Mayoral Debate

What Happens When A Cop Goes On Desk Duty?

Wednesday, September 28

Djou To Skip PBS Honolulu Mayoral Debate With Caldwell

Some See Danger As Honolulu’s Yellow Streetlights Turn White

Laid-Back, Aging Manoa Is No Longer A Haven For Young Families

Tuesday, September 27

Honolulu Star-Advertiser To Cut 15 Newsroom Jobs

Denby Fawcett: Advice For The Next Mayor On Homelessness

Monday, September 26

Honolulu Misuses Hanauma Bay Funds, Nonprofit Group Claims

Why Is Ron Taketa Still On The Honolulu Police Commission?

Friday, September 23

The Street: Markets Spring To Life In Chinatown’s Morning Ritual

Wednesday, September 21

Are Honolulu Prosecutors Covering Up Police Misconduct?

Job Cuts At The Star-Advertiser By ‘End Of The Month’

Tuesday, September 20

City Postpones Effort To Condemn Obstructed Kakaako Streets

Honolulu May Have To Pay $16M For Misuse Of Housing Grants

Monday, September 19

Chinatown Tries To Hang On To Tradition, Even As It Changes

Honolulu Parking Stalls Become Tiny Public Parks For A Day

Friday, September 16

Catholic Charities Hawaii Will Run New Kakaako Homeless Center

Residents Try To Imagine Kalihi Without Its 100-Year-Old Jail

Thursday, September 15

Homeless Families In Kakaako Will Soon Have Another Place To Go

Wednesday, September 14

Feds Zeroing In On Targets In Police Chief Probe

Wednesday, September 7

New Police Commissioner Takes on Honolulu Police Chief

Honolulu City Council Delays Decision on Luxury High-Rise

Honolulu High-Rise: 36 Stories And No Affordable Housing

Tuesday, September 6

HPD Chief Kealoha Lawsuit Could Cost City $300K

Monday, September 5

Djou Rakes In Campaign Cash, Caldwell Spends Heavily

Thursday, September 1

The Projector: Hawaii Welcomes World Conservation Congress

August 2016

Tuesday, August 30

Feds To Honolulu: Finish Rail Route Or Give Us Back Our Money

Friday, August 26

Secret No More: Rail Subcontractors Received $235M In One Year

The Street: Downtown Honolulu At Midday

Tuesday, August 23

Star-Advertiser Rescinds Buyout Offer For Newsroom Employees

Thursday, August 18

Grabauskas Resigns As HART Executive Director

The Street: Night Life In Honolulu’s Chinatown

Tuesday, August 16

Attorney: Police Commission ‘Ill Equipped’ To Investigate Chief

Kealohas’ ‘Bizarre’ Legal Strategy: Filing Lawsuits And Going Public

Monday, August 15

Lawsuit Over Homeless Sweeps A Step Closer To Settlement

Sunday, August 14

Hawaii Democrats Gather For Continuity As Much As Unity

Saturday, August 13

Caldwell, Djou Headed For Runoff In Honolulu Mayor’s Race

Friday, August 12

Take A Ride On The Honolulu Rail Route Alternatives

Wednesday, August 10

How Will Honolulu’s Next Mayor Pay To Finish The Rail Project?

Monday, August 8

Why Does It Cost So Much To Build Stuff In Honolulu?

How Ethics Commission Upheaval Is Playing Out In The Mayor’s Race

Some New Ads In The Mayor’s Race Stretch The Truth

Thursday, August 4

How Kirk Caldwell Blew Through $500K In Just 29 Days

Voters Aren’t Happy About Rail, But Still Want It Fully Built

How Mayoral Candidates Would Tackle Housing And Homelessness

Wednesday, August 3

City Council Votes To Impose Regulations On Uber, Lyft Drivers

Djou Holds A 9-Point Lead Over Caldwell In Mayor’s Race

Caldwell’s Inaction On Police Reform Draws Political Attacks

Tuesday, August 2

Ad Watch: Carlisle Says You Can Trust Him To Build Rail Right

July 2016

Friday, July 29

City To Pay $80K In Couple’s Arrest

Candidates Embrace Punitive Approach To Homelessness

Thursday, July 28

Here’s The Deal Honolulu Made With Its Departing Ethics Director

Tuesday, July 26

As Caldwell And Djou Sharpen Attacks, Carlisle Goes For Laughs

Feds Finalize $175 Million Plan To Protect Waikiki From Flooding

Monday, July 25

Sewer Spills, Road Closures, Handi-Van Problems In Darby’s Wake

Friday, July 22

FTA Gives Honolulu More Time For Rail Plan

Caldwell Ad ‘Fact-Checks’ Djou on Rail, Homelessness

Tuesday, July 19

HART Signs $875M Contract To Build Rail To Middle Street

Thursday, July 14

Djou Raises Nearly $260,000 In First Weeks Of Mayoral Campaign

Why Honolulu Can’t Be Sure How Many Homeless Veterans It Has

Wednesday, July 13

A Peek Inside The Corruption Probe Of Honolulu’s Police Chief

Thursday, July 7

Anderson Calls Martin ‘Untrustworthy’ After City Council Shakeup

Honolulu Mayoral Candidates Trade Barbs Over Canceled Debate

Wednesday, July 6

Council Tries To Entice Homeowners To Add Rental Units

Honolulu City Council Aborts Leadership Shake-Up

New Honolulu Rail Board Member Climbs Aboard With Council Approval

Honolulu Mayor’s Six-Figure Compensation From Bank Draws Fire

Friday, July 1

Councilman Calls For Audit Amid Honolulu Ethics Commission Chaos

The Projector: Showing Off Hale Mauliola, A New Type Of Shelter

June 2016

Thursday, June 30

Power Of Incumbency On Display In Honolulu City Council Races

Tuesday, June 28

In Latest Campaign Spot, Caldwell Accentuates The Positive

Friday, June 24

The Projector: Taking Their Shots At Koko Head

Tuesday, June 21

From Leis To World Travel: The City Council’s Invisible Spending

Thursday, June 16

Djou Challenges Mayor To Call For Return of Honolulu Ethics Director

Hopelessly Over-Budget, Rail Should Stop At Middle Street, Mayor Says

Regulation Of Uber, Lyft Coming Too Slowly, Taxi Executive Complains

Wednesday, June 15

Honolulu Ethics Director Quits Over Direction Commission Is Headed

Monday, June 13

How Caldwell Has Undermined The Honolulu Ethics Commission

Sunday, June 12

‘I’m Going To Live For Those 50 People’

Friday, June 10

Honolulu Is Short $1.4 Billion To Cover Retirees’ Pension Benefits

Thursday, June 9

Supreme Court Ruling May Increase Transparency In Police Misconduct

Wednesday, June 8

HART: Honolulu Rail Faces $1.14 Billion Shortfall, May Cost $8 Billion

Monday, June 6

Carlisle To Run For Honolulu Mayor; Martin Opts Out

Friday, June 3

Caldwell Nominates ‘Breath Of Fresh Air’ For Honolulu Police Commission

Thursday, June 2

Honolulu Charter Commission Sees ‘Urgent’ Need For Rail Changes

Wednesday, June 1

Council Pounds Out Budgets That Cap Rail Funds, Help Nonprofits

May 2016

Friday, May 27

The Projector: Despite Rail Turmoil, Just Another Day On The Job

Tuesday, May 24

Martin Makes Curious Pick For HART

What Would Honolulu Save By Pulling The Plug On Rail?

Friday, May 20

Lesbians Win $80K Over HPD Arrest

The Projector: Honoring 46 Fallen Honolulu Police Officers

Thursday, May 19

Totto Tells Ethics Commission To Scrap ‘Silly’ Time Sheet Rules

Tuesday, May 17

Does Colbert Matsumoto Have A Conflict Of Interest With Rail?

Monday, May 16

Future of Honolulu Rail Uncertain After Feds Say It Might Cost $8.1B

Friday, May 13

Honolulu Rail Price Estimate Jumps To $6.9B

Carlisle Wants To Be Mayor Of Honolulu, Again

Monday, May 9

What’s The Honolulu Board of Water Supply Trying To Hide?

Thursday, May 5

Rail Contractor Gets ‘Public Apology’ After Bitter Lawsuit Ends

Wednesday, May 4

Caldwell: ‘I Want To Keep This Job’

April 2016

Thursday, April 28

Under Investigation: Kealohas Speak Out, Suggest They’re Political Targets

Prosecutor Files Complaint Over Police Officer Actions

‘Final’ Price Tag For Rail Not Expected Until Next Year

Wednesday, April 27

Martin Backs Off Proposal To Fund Expansion Of New Hope Church

Councilmen Push For New Hope Church Subsidy That May Be Unconstitutional

Tuesday, April 26

Should Honolulu Bring Back A Housing Department?

Monday, April 25

Council Members Seek $250K For Church

Thursday, April 21

Hanabusa Takes Over As Chairwoman Of Honolulu Rail Board

Wednesday, April 20

Messy Draft Budget: Once Again, City Council, Mayor Don’t See Eye To Eye

HPD Officer Arrested On Suspicion Of Attempted Bribery, Prostitution

Tuesday, April 19

Honolulu Rail Project Expected To Cost The DOE Millions For New Schools

City Denies Grant To Program Helping Mentally Ill Homeless People

Friday, April 15

HART Continues Its Assault On Audit That Criticizes Rail Project

Thursday, April 14

Grabauskas: Honolulu Rail Audit ‘A Mess’

Cops, Coffee and Conversation: HPD Reaches Out To Citizens

Wednesday, April 13

Grant To Help Court Address Backlog

Monday, April 11

HART Board Chairman Resigns Amid Questions About Rail Cost Overruns

‘A Bum Job:’ Trust In Honolulu’s Police Commission Crumbles

How Can One City Tackle Climate Change?

Thursday, April 7

Honolulu Won’t Fund Travel To NC, Miss.

Cops, Coffee And A PR Push For Harmony

Tuesday, April 5

Why Was Ethics Director Suspended? Report Offers Few Details

Friday, April 1

Neighborhood Concerns Face Off Against Honolulu’s Need For Affordable Housing

March 2016

Thursday, March 31

Supporters Of Uber And Taxis Battle At Honolulu Hale And The Capitol

Monday, March 28

City Suggests Fee Waivers After Effort To Increase Rentals Produces Just 7 Units

Friday, March 25

Mayor Says Honolulu Is Especially Prone To Park Vandalism

Wednesday, March 23

Charter Change: How Easy Should It Be To Fire A Police Chief?

Can Caldwell’s Relationship With The City Council Get Any Worse?

Tuesday, March 22

What’s Happened To Mayor’s ‘Bold’ Affordable Housing Plan?

Thursday, March 17

Raw Sewage Leak Near Pearl Harbor

Wednesday, March 16

Council Overrides Mayor’s Veto Of Recycling Subsidy

Hawaii Lifeguards Get 16 Percent Raises Under New Union Contract

Why The Big Island Is So Unhealthy

Monday, March 14

Honolulu Ethics Director On Leave After Internal Investigation

High Public Cost Of Race Case Bolsters Calls For Police Reform

Will Roadwork Really Make A Dent In Waianae Coast Congestion?

Friday, March 4

How Caldwell Wants To Spend $61.7 Million On Housing

Thursday, March 3

Caldwell Vetoes $600,000 Recycling Subsidy

Wednesday, March 2

Caldwell, Martin Clash Over City Budget Proposal

Should Tourists Be Brought To Snorkeling Hot Spot By The Busloads?

Tuesday, March 1

Lawmakers Consider ‘Mobile Court’ For Homeless Defendants

February 2016

Monday, February 29

Caldwell Stays The Course In State Of The City Speech

Old Case Sheds New Light On Police Major’s Domestic Violence Past

Sunday, February 28

Caldwell Sets State Of City Address

Friday, February 26

The Projector: Mayor Takes A Stroll In Beleaguered Chinatown

Thursday, February 25

Rail Vote Suit Dismissed, Appeal Likely

Wednesday, February 24

My Mayor, My Boss: Employees Contribute To Caldwell Campaign

Friday, February 19

HPD Race Case Could Cost Honolulu Nearly $1 Million In Legal Fees

Wednesday, February 17

No Promotion For HPD Major With Domestic Abuse Baggage

Tuesday, February 16

HPD To Investigate Assistant Police Chief With Domestic Violence Past

Wednesday, February 10

Civil Beat Poll — Full Questionnaire And Results — January 2016

‘We Need To Speak Out’: Lawmaker Fights For Police Reform

Tuesday, February 9

Hawaii Senators Ponder Rules And Money For Police Body Cameras

Monday, February 8

Civil Beat Poll: More Voters Call For More Police Oversight

Friday, February 5

Civil Beat Poll: Only 16 Percent Of Voters Feel Good About Honolulu Rail

Thursday, February 4

HPD’s New Assistant Chief Has A History Of Domestic Violence

Committee OKs Bill Granting Public Access To Police Misconduct Records

Cops Who Quit: Resignations Hide Police Misconduct In Hawaii

Tuesday, February 2

Rangers, New LED Lights Planned To Beef Up Ala Moana Beach Park Security

Honolulu Mayor Won’t Rule Out More Private Beach Parties With Alcohol

Monday, February 1

HPD Tried To Fire A Record Number Of Cops In 2015

January 2016

Thursday, January 28

Honolulu Approves NFL Plan For Private Cocktail Party At Queen’s Beach

Navy’s Insistence on Red Hill Fuel Tank Secrecy Raises Alarms

Wednesday, January 27

Honolulu City Council Approves Rail Tax Extension

HPD Keeps Mum About Fired Cop Now Charged With Sex Assault

Wednesday, January 20

Court OKs New Rules On Homeless Sweeps

Friday, January 15

Police Reform Gaining Steam At Honolulu Charter Commission

Thursday, January 14

A Fundraiser For Ernie Martin

Wednesday, January 13

DLNR Was Warned About Bad Cop Before Hiring Him

Tax Extension Revenue For Honolulu Rail Chugs Ahead

Tuesday, January 12

Five Unanswered Questions About Honolulu’s $6.6 Billion Rail Project

Monday, January 11

Why Did The State Hire A Cop Who’d Been Fired By HPD?

Living Hawaii: New Studies Show The Price Of Paradise Is Still Defeating Us

Friday, January 8

Honolulu City Council Will Consider An Alternative To HECO

Thursday, January 7

Who In City Government Gets A Six-Figure Paycheck?

Monday, January 4

Lawsuit Filed Over HPD Beating Caught on Video