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Carol Fukunaga

Newcomers Challenge A Career Politician In Honolulu City Council Race Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Newcomers Challenge A Career Politician In Honolulu City Council Race

Can Carol Fukunaga’s hyperlocal approach overcome the islandwide perspective of three challengers, including one with widespread union backing?

Chinatown Sidewalk Extensions Please Some But Infuriate Others Natanya Friedheim/ Civil Beat

Chinatown Sidewalk Extensions Please Some But Infuriate Others

A City Council committee passes a bill that would prohibit any more extensions, even though they’re intended to increase safety.

Council Rejects Proposal To Ban All Plastic Bags At Checkout Counters Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Council Rejects Proposal To Ban All Plastic Bags At Checkout Counters

A ban on thin plastic bags remains, but some stores have gotten around it by using thicker bags.

Committee Proposes Fee, But Balks At Total Ban On Plastic Bags Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Committee Proposes Fee, But Balks At Total Ban On Plastic Bags

Environmentalists who once supported a Honolulu City Council bag bill, now say that the amended version doesn’t go far enough.

Honolulu Joins Movement To Protect Undocumented Immigrants Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Honolulu Joins Movement To Protect Undocumented Immigrants

The City Council approves a resolution calling for a limit on cooperating with the federal crackdown on immigration.

Did Political Donations Influence Honolulu City Council’s Hoopili Vote? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Did Political Donations Influence Honolulu City Council’s Hoopili Vote?

Opponents of the project say citizens should be concerned. They want the Honolulu Ethics Commission to determine if votes were "compromised, biased, unethical and invalid."
City Council Overrides Veto on Chinatown Sit-Lie Expansion Nick Grube/Honolulu Civil Beat

City Council Overrides Veto on Chinatown Sit-Lie Expansion

Honolulu Mayor Caldwell opposed the legislation because of concerns regarding its constitutionality.
City Council Passes Bill That Could Target Kapalama Canal Encampment Cory Lum/Civil Beat

City Council Passes Bill That Could Target Kapalama Canal Encampment

UPDATED: Honolulu leaders approve two homelessness bills, including one that would again expand the sit-lie ban. Mayor Kirk Caldwell says he’s unlikely to sign one of them.

Council Members’ Allowances: A Lot of Travel and a Little Charity Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Council Members’ Allowances: A Lot of Travel and a Little Charity

UPDATED Each Honolulu City Council member gets $20,000 a year to cover costs related to official city business.
Honolulu City Council Will Keep Pushing to Move the Homeless Along Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu City Council Will Keep Pushing to Move the Homeless Along

The mayor let the genie out of the bottle, and now council members are looking at numerous ways to further expand Honolulu’s sit-lie ban.

Make Way for Hoopili: City Council Approves Rezoning Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Make Way for Hoopili: City Council Approves Rezoning

The hotly debated project would provide 11,750 homes in Honolulu at the cost of 1,289 acres of farmland.
Bill to Rezone Land for Hoopili Heading to Full City Council Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Bill to Rezone Land for Hoopili Heading to Full City Council

Zoning and Planning Committee passes measure to make way for the development of 11,750 homes.
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