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ACLU Presses HPD To Fix Racial Disparities In Policing Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

ACLU Presses HPD To Fix Racial Disparities In Policing

The police chief has repeatedly said the department doesn’t need broad-based reform.

Honolulu Sued Over Fatal Police Shooting Of Waianae Man Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Sued Over Fatal Police Shooting Of Waianae Man

The family of the man who died alleges police used excessive and unreasonable force after stopping the suspected shoplifter last year.

How Rick Blangiardi Got Caught Up In A 1980s Bank Fraud Scheme Cory Lum/Civil Beat

How Rick Blangiardi Got Caught Up In A 1980s Bank Fraud Scheme

Thirty-five years ago, the federal government sued Rick Blangiardi for his participation in a loan scam. The mayoral candidate says he was duped by criminals.

New TV Spots Promote Keith Amemiya’s Democratic Roots

New TV Spots Promote Keith Amemiya’s Democratic Roots

The first-time candidate in the nonpartisan race for Honolulu mayor is also advertising heavily.

Pedestrians In Hawaii Need More Space. Here’s How To Give It To Them Cory Lum/ Civil Beat

Pedestrians In Hawaii Need More Space. Here’s How To Give It To Them

COVID-19 has more Honolulu residents out walking. ‘Quick Build’ projects could keep it that way.

Honolulu Fire Chief’s Plan For A New Rescue Unit Ignites Controversy Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Fire Chief’s Plan For A New Rescue Unit Ignites Controversy

All six rescue captains are protesting, accusing the chief of retaliation against them. And a City Council member now wants to limit his ability to move forward quickly.

City To Start Daily Temperature Checks Of All Bus Drivers Cory Lum/Civil Beat

City To Start Daily Temperature Checks Of All Bus Drivers

Plans for new mass-testing protocols were ramped up after a driver tested positive over the weekend.

Honolulu Star-Advertiser To Lose 12 Journalists Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Star-Advertiser To Lose 12 Journalists

Hawaii’s largest newspaper has taken a major hit during the COVID-19 pandemic.

HPD Data Shows Racial Disparities In Stay-At-Home Enforcement Cory Lum/Civil Beat

HPD Data Shows Racial Disparities In Stay-At-Home Enforcement

An analysis by Hawaii Public Radio shows Micronesian, Samoan and Black communities are disproportionately affected by arrests.

July 2020

Monday, July 6

ACLU Presses HPD To Fix Racial Disparities In Policing

Thursday, July 2

Honolulu Sued Over Fatal Police Shooting Of Waianae Man

How Rick Blangiardi Got Caught Up In A 1980s Bank Fraud Scheme

Wednesday, July 1

New TV Spots Promote Keith Amemiya’s Democratic Roots

Pedestrians In Hawaii Need More Space. Here’s How To Give It To Them

June 2020

Tuesday, June 30

Honolulu Fire Chief’s Plan For A New Rescue Unit Ignites Controversy

Monday, June 29

HPD Chief Says There’s Less Racial Bias In Hawaii. She’s Wrong

Sunday, June 28

Kym Pine Touts ‘Strong, Passionate’ Leadership In Political Ad

Wednesday, June 24

Why ‘Mayor Mufi’ Wants To Be Mayor Mufi Again

20 Years Of Honolulu Police Misconduct Summaries Document Serious Bad Behavior

Monday, June 22

How 12 Teens Who’d Never Met Before Organized Honolulu’s Black Lives Matter Protest

Sunday, June 21

John Pritchett: Police Protection?

Friday, June 19

Man Who Died In Honolulu Police Custody Identified As 28-Year-Old Kaneohe Resident

Honolulu Police Chief Hopes Nationwide Reform Movement Skips Hawaii

Thursday, June 18

Man Dies In Kaneohe While In Honolulu Police Custody

Wednesday, June 17

Shoddy Record Keeping By HPD Skews Public Picture Of Police Killings

Hanabusa: There’s No Time For On-The-Job Training In A Crisis

Saturday, June 13

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser Is Gutting Its Newsroom

Wednesday, June 10

Rail Investigation Is Latest Casualty Of COVID-19

Survey Counts Over 4,400 Homeless People On Oahu Before COVID-19

Monday, June 8

Honolulu Police To Temporarily Halt Use Of Vascular Neck Restraints

Caldwell Names Two New Honolulu Police Commissioners

How A Major Campaign Donor Got A Million-Dollar Cleaning Contract In Honolulu

Friday, June 5

With Tourists Gone, City Will Open Kalakaua to Bikers and Pedestrians

Thursday, June 4

HART Has Spent Millions On Rail Design Work That May Not Be Used

Honolulu Is On The Brink Of A New Political Era

Wednesday, June 3

Honolulu Police Chief: George Floyd’s Death Was ‘Avoidable’ And ‘Criminal’

Tuesday, June 2

Honolulu Unveils $19 Million Plan To Coordinate Economic Recovery

Monday, June 1

Two Reform-Minded Members Quit The Honolulu Police Commission

Mufi Hannemann Is Running For Honolulu Mayor — Again

May 2020

Friday, May 29

Civil Beat/HNN Poll: Retired Judge Enjoys Double-Digit Lead In Prosecutor’s Race

Thursday, May 28

HART’s ‘Out-Of-The-Box’ Plan To Keep Construction Moving Fizzles

Civil Beat/HNN Poll: Honolulu Mayor’s Race Is Up For Grabs

Wednesday, May 27

Honolulu Mayoral Candidates Tout Experience, Need For Change

Tuesday, May 26

Honolulu Hair Salons, Offices, Gyms Will Reopen In Waves Starting Friday

Saturday, May 23

Another Crackdown On Honolulu’s Homeless Has Legal Experts Crying Foul

Friday, May 22

Honolulu Is Testing Sewage To Watch For The Spread Of COVID-19

Thursday, May 21

The Pay Keeps Flowing For Accused Honolulu Officials On Leave

Wednesday, May 20

The Navy Replaced Its Leaky Fuel Tanks In California. Why Not Oahu? 

Free ‘Pop-Up’ Health Clinic In Kalihi Aims To Cover The Newly Uninsured

Monday, May 18

Honolulu Spared From Paying A Hefty Price For Lack Of Trash

Saturday, May 16

Oahu Retailers Welcome Back Shoppers With Disinfectant And Some Doubt

Friday, May 15

Honolulu Council Rebuked Again For Violating Open Meetings Law

Thursday, May 14

HART: Utility Work In Town Will Cost At Least $135M More Than Expected

Wednesday, May 13

First COVID-19 Cases Reported In Hawaii Public Housing

How Honolulu Will Spend $487 Million In Federal Funds

The Pandemic Ignites A Bike Boom In Honolulu

Tuesday, May 12

City Council Grows Anxious As Rail’s COVID-19 Problems Deepen

Pandemic Forces Honolulu Council To Slash Budget

Wednesday, May 6

Honolulu Moving To Expand Crackdown On Homeless

Honolulu To Allow Delayed Property Tax Payments

Civil Rights Lawsuit Against Kealohas Stuck In Limbo

Monday, May 4

A Prominent Developer Was Charged With Assault. Then The Case Languished For A Year

April 2020

Thursday, April 30

Punahou Coach Accused Of Sex Abuse Went On To Other Schools

Wednesday, April 29

Honolulu Official On Leave After Sex Abuse Accusations In Lawsuit

Public Shut Out Of Honolulu Police Commission Meeting

Tuesday, April 28

Rail Meeting Crashes Online, Leaving Public In The Dark

Saturday, April 25

The Trash That Fuels Oahu’s Power Plant Is Vanishing As Fast As The Tourists

Friday, April 24

Hawaii Foodbank Gets $2 Million Boost

Thursday, April 23

Honolulu Will Hold Off On Purchase Of Questionable Virus Test Kits

Caldwell: Reopen Golf Courses First, Church Services Will Have To Wait

Wednesday, April 22

Virus Test Kits Touted By City Lack Federal And State Approval

Tuesday, April 21

Caldwell Extends Oahu Stay At Home Order To May 31

Saturday, April 18

Rick Blangiardi Is Back On TV, But This Time He’s A Political Candidate

Thursday, April 16

HART Explores Ways To Keep Rail Work Going Amid COVID-19 Setbacks

Paused For Pandemic, Honolulu Homeless Sweeps To Resume

Wednesday, April 15

Coronavirus Site For Oahu’s Homeless Will Not Offer Testing

Tuesday, April 14

Honolulu Will Require Masks At Businesses And Riding Transit

Monday, April 13

Caldwell: No More Night Driving Restrictions For Oahu

Coronavirus Won’t Stop Father And Son From Finishing Community Project

Saturday, April 11

How Honolulu Lost Its Top Ranking For The Nation’s Worst Traffic

Thursday, April 9

COVID-19 Slows Honolulu Rail Progress, Could Delay Opening

Nighttime ‘No Driving’ Rules To Be In Place On Oahu Over Easter Weekend

Wednesday, April 8

Nonprofit Plans To Stock Oahu Public Bathrooms During Pandemic

Tuesday, April 7

Caldwell Stops Waimanalo Project ‘Indefinitely’ After Bone Discovery

New Honolulu Tent Program Will Allow Social Distancing For The Homeless

Oahu Traffic Is Gone, For All The Wrong Reasons

Monday, April 6

Construction Resumes At Waimanalo Park Despite Pandemic And Protest

Thursday, April 2

Oahu Homeless Shelters Are Desperate For More Room As Virus Looms

Wednesday, April 1

Honolulu Mayor: Prison May Be ‘Safest Place’ To Ride Out COVID-19

March 2020

Monday, March 30

Honolulu Council Axes Caldwell Budget Increases As Virus Concerns Grow

Friday, March 27

Honolulu Cuts Some Bus Service As Ridership Plummets

Honolulu Steps Up Effort To Protect Homeless Population From Virus

Tuesday, March 24

Honolulu To Reopen Public Bathrooms, State Keeps Theirs Closed

Honolulu’s Spending On Homeless Stagnates Even As Problem Persists

Honolulu Bus Drivers ‘On The Front Lines’ Of The Coronavirus Crisis

Monday, March 23

‘Borderline Criminal’: Honolulu Not Following CDC Advice For Homeless

Sunday, March 22

Honolulu Mayor Orders ‘Stay At Home, Work From Home’ For All Oahu

Wednesday, March 18

Last Call: Caldwell Orders Bars, Restaurants To Restrict Service Starting Friday

Tuesday, March 17

Condo ‘Disaster’: Waikiki Maintenance Fees Hit $1,800

Monday, March 16

First Coronavirus Case Reported In Hawaii Not Linked To Out-Of-State Travel

Friday, March 13

Feds Want Katherine Kealoha In Prison For 14 Years

Honolulu Cancels Meetings And Travel, Considers Disaster Funding

Honolulu: Virus Outbreak Is No Excuse To Not Pay Your Property Tax

Thursday, March 12

Honolulu Police Corruption: Feds Want Judge To Throw The Book At Kealohas

Monday, March 9

Acting Prosecutor Dwight Nadamoto Announces Run For The Job

Friday, March 6

Coronavirus Is Causing A New Set Of Problems For Honolulu Rail

Judge: Honolulu City Council Violated Open Meetings Law

Wednesday, March 4

Honolulu Agrees To Post Financial Disclosures Online

Hawaii’s Largest Private College Is Fighting For Its Future

Tuesday, March 3

Honolulu’s $2.98 Billion Budget: More Rail Funding and Police, No Tax Increase

Monday, March 2

Honolulu Ethics Commission Scrubs Financial Disclosures From Website

February 2020

Friday, February 28

This Oahu Developer Is Planting A Native Hawaiian Forest

Wednesday, February 26

City Leaders Unveil Most – But Not All – Of Future Rail Operations Costs

Tuesday, February 25

Caldwell Took In $155,000+ From Territorial Bank in 2019

Monday, February 24

HART Employee Reported Improper Use Of Federal Funds In 2015

Tuesday, February 18

Denby Fawcett: How Marketeers Turned The Diamond Head Shoreline Into The Gold Coast

Friday, February 14

HART Grapples With Lessons Learned From West Side Rail Construction

Thursday, February 13

Florence Puana, Grandmother of Katherine Kealoha, Dies At Age 100

Honolulu Is A Top Potential Market For E-Scooters — But They’re Still A Year Away

Tuesday, February 11

Denby Fawcett: City Removes 2nd Fence From Diamond Head Seawall

Thursday, February 6

State To Pull Out Of Dillingham Airfield, Leaving Businesses Up In The Air

Monday, February 3

New Police Misconduct Reports Show A Range Of Bad Behavior

City Stops Planned $700 Million Blaisdell Renovation

Saturday, February 1

Amemiya Raises Most Campaign Cash In Honolulu Mayor’s Race

January 2020

Friday, January 31

Caldwell Raises Nearly $300K For 2022 Governor’s Race

Defense Attorney Kau Leads Honolulu Prosecutor’s Race In Campaign Cash

Sterling Higa: It’s Time To Clean Up Chinatown

Thursday, January 30

SLIDESHOW: Emotions Run High At Memorial Service For Slain HPD Officer

Feds: HART Shouldn’t Promise To Have Rail Ready In October

There’s A Lot Of Parking In Ala Moana – If You Know Where To Look

Wednesday, January 29

The Honolulu Morgue Is Still A Mess

Can Fixing Parking Rules Make Honolulu More Affordable?

Tuesday, January 28

Prosecutor Candidates Promise To Restore Trust, Change Culture

Friday, January 24

HART Struggles To Keep Critical Utility Work On Schedule

Thursday, January 23

Caldwell Talks Homelessness, HUD and Honolulu Rail In Washington DC

Plenty Of Warning Signs But Few Treatment Options In Police Killer Case

Tuesday, January 21

Police Find Human Remains At Diamond Head Home Where Two Cops Were Killed

Sunday, January 19

Man Suspected Of Fatally Shooting 2 HPD Officers Was Facing Eviction

Thursday, January 16

Honolulu Sues To Recoup Kealoha Retirement Money

Monday, January 13

Oahu Is Overhauling How It Counts The Homeless

Friday, January 10

Sheehan Out As Honolulu Police Commission Chair

Sterling Higa: Why Can’t I Find An Apartment To Rent In Honolulu?

Thursday, January 9

HART: ‘This Is The Year’ For Limited Rail Passenger Service

Wednesday, January 8

Auditor: Handi-Van Software – And Perhaps Its Operator – Need An Overhaul

Tuesday, January 7

Honolulu Police Official Says Suspect Shot Because ‘He Was Not Compliant’

Audit: Honolulu Can’t Meet Building Industry Demands For Permits

Vacation Rentals Are Still Thriving In Kailua

Monday, January 6

Honolulu Police Shoot Man In Kailua

Former SHOPO President Sues Over Police Chief Comments In A Civil Beat Story

Friday, January 3

Honolulu Businessman Files Federal Complaint In Prosecutor Impeachment Effort

TheBus Redux: A City Transit Leader Responds To Riders’ Questions