Three major forces are at the center of any discussion about Hawaii’s ability to work through its problems: Communities – our people and the ties that bind them – Leadership in the political, business and civic sectors, and Native Hawaiians, who are becoming a dynamic political voice.
A former Harvard Medical School professor is teaming up with local engineers who have designed products for firms like Apple, Google and Tesla.
Some policymakers want to keep wind turbines away from homes but energy developers say there’s not much room to maneuver on a small island.
Mark Noguchi and Amanda Corby Noguchi share how the love for their community brought them together.
The city says it will take months to repave the lot at Waialae and 12th Avenue but worried business owners are pushing back.
Kauai’s last mom and pop market is fighting to stay in business and nurture a new breed of local entrepreneurs.
Lava took a heavy toll on this Big Island congregation and almost destroyed the church. Now the problem is how to pay for its upkeep.
A Hilo-born haole plants Hawaiian trees and flowers every chance he gets.
The establishment of a popular Hawaiian immersion program several years ago has had an impact on the broader community, says the Hana High & Elementary principal.
As Hawaiian immersion programs soar in popularity, the lack of a common curriculum remains a big challenge.
The lure of better jobs, cheaper housing and other opportunities beckons many residents, particularly in western states.
The term “local” is so overrated. I’ve spent decades contributing to the public well-being without embracing that culturally sensitive label.
Hearing Native Hawaiians oppose major projects over ancient graves, cultural artifacts and environmental concerns is not only predictable, it is inevitable under poor economic conditions.
Hawaii’s leaders are offering developers a chance to skip a major vetting procedure, which could undermine efforts to protect public lands.
Civil Beat interviewed four of Hawaii’s most prominent leaders. They had a lot to say about our growing social and economic problems and the lack of leadership to help resolve them.
A company worked with scholars to develop a message that educates visitors en route to the North Shore about the place and its people.
The Kauai town has its flash points, but a shared sense of pride continues to hold this community together.
The protests are seen as part of a long push toward more self-determination for Native Hawaiians, but there is little consensus on how best to achieve that.
Hawaiian Electric says it sees growing issues concerning land use and where to site projects.
Local is still mostly about race in Hawaii, but talking about shared experiences can help us overcome some of those differences.
Since protests resumed six months ago, top elected officials have struggled to take ownership of resolving issues surrounding a major telescope project.
When police and social services agencies couldn’t help, this small band of neighbors took matters into their own hands. And it worked.
Whether you vote in local elections and how well you trust your neighbor has an impact on your community’s social capital.
Local identity originated with a famous murder in the early 1930s. Today, it can unite us as a society but all too often divides us.
It’s time to have a long talk about what’s going on in Hawaii these days. We’re convening a far-reaching community conversation on how to move forward despite our differences.