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John Pritchett: There’s No Place Like Seoul John Pritchett/Civil Beat/2023

John Pritchett: There’s No Place Like Seoul

Five members of the Honolulu City Council and a staffer are traveling to South Korea this week as part of a Sister City relationship. Their hosts are picking up part of the tab.

John Pritchett: State Of The Art John Pritchett/Civil Beat/2023

John Pritchett: State Of The Art

A rebrand of the Hawaii State Art Museum has turned HiSAM into Capitol Modern. But hardly anyone likes the change, which came from a well-paid consultant working with museum executives.

John Pritchett: Gag Order John Pritchett/Civil Beat/2023

John Pritchett: Gag Order

The Honolulu rail authority has proposed new rules that critics say could limit the free speech rights of some board members.

John Pritchett: First Nonresponder John Pritchett/Civil Beat/2023

John Pritchett: First Nonresponder

Maui County Mayor Richard Bissen has left a lot of critical questions unanswered about the Lahaina fires.

John Pritchett: Chopping Block John Pritchett/Civil Beat/2023

John Pritchett: Chopping Block

The Honolulu rail authority has upset The Outdoor Circle and area residents for cutting down kamani trees along the planned fixed guideway system.

John Pritchett: You Did It. No, You Did It John Pritchett/Civil Beat/2023

John Pritchett: You Did It. No, You Did It

Maui County and Hawaiian Electric Co. have both been targets of public outrage over who's responsible for the devastation and death in Lahaina -- the utility because power lines may have sparked the fire and the county for its ineffective response including leaving the Lahaina area too soon. First, Maui County filed a lawsuit against HECO then HECO pushed back last week with its view of events.

John Pritchett: Missed Opportunities John Pritchett/Civil Beat/2023

John Pritchett: Missed Opportunities

Despite years of studies and debate over managing the risk from wildfires, government officials still neglected the opportunities to put money or programs in place to address the growing problem.

John Pritchett: Flock Of Lawyers John Pritchett/Civil Beat/2023

John Pritchett: Flock Of Lawyers

Within days of the start of the Maui wildfires, attorneys in Honolulu and California filed a class action suit against Hawaiian Electric on behalf of victims and survivors.

John Pritchett: Pigging Out  John Pritchett/Civil Beat/2023

John Pritchett: Pigging Out 

Feral pigs are running rampant across Oahu, but residents are not without solutions.

John Pritchett: Monster House John Pritchett/Civil Beat/2023

John Pritchett: Monster House

Large-scale dwellings continue to pop up in Hawaii, but there is little that residents can do to stop the trend.