Special Report

Land Filled

About The Project

Land use in an island state is always a highly charged issue, especially when considering how and where to dispose of waste. This project will shine a light on the story of those who’ve had to bear the brunt of Hawaii’s trash.
The Kauai Landfill ‘Conundrum’ Could Quickly Become A ‘Public Health Hazard’ Ku'u Kauanoe/Civil Beat/2022

The Kauai Landfill ‘Conundrum’ Could Quickly Become A ‘Public Health Hazard’

The island’s only landfill is filling up fast. But the places available to put a new landfill are severely limited.

Future Of Oahu Landfill Is Uncertain After Committee Rejects Alternatives Ku‘u Kauanoe/Civil Beat/2021

Future Of Oahu Landfill Is Uncertain After Committee Rejects Alternatives

The city has until the end of the year to choose a new landfill site.

How This Kauai Community Is Benefiting From Hosting The Island’s Landfill Ku‘u Kauanoe/Civil Beat/2022

How This Kauai Community Is Benefiting From Hosting The Island’s Landfill

The west Kauai community has received more than $2 million through a benefits fund that residents have used for solar projects, youth sports and more.

Climate Change Will Make It Harder To Protect The Environment Around Oahu’s Next Landfill Ku‘u Kauanoe/Civil Beat/2021

Climate Change Will Make It Harder To Protect The Environment Around Oahu’s Next Landfill

The effects of a warming planet are also expected to make it more expensive to safeguard land and water.

From ‘Sacred Place’ To ‘Dumping Ground,’ West Oahu Confronts A Legacy Of Landfills Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2017

From ‘Sacred Place’ To ‘Dumping Ground,’ West Oahu Confronts A Legacy Of Landfills

Mental health professionals say the community is working to overcome the negative stereotypes associated with decades of hosting the island’s less desirable municipal facilities.

The Next Community To Host Oahu’s Landfill Can Learn From The Westside Ku‘u Kauanoe/Civil Beat/2021

The Next Community To Host Oahu’s Landfill Can Learn From The Westside

As the city searches for a new site, the Westside offers lessons on how a place can turn into the island’s perceived ‘dumping ground.’