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Privately Funded, ‘Destination’ Playground Proposed For Ala Moana Park Courtesy of Paani Kakou

Privately Funded, ‘Destination’ Playground Proposed For Ala Moana Park

A nonprofit would oversee building the free, fenced-in site featuring zip lines, fountains, a snack concession and a police office.

That Long Line For A Driver’s License May Get Even Longer Cory Lum/Civil Beat

That Long Line For A Driver’s License May Get Even Longer

The number of expiring licenses increased from about 2,000 per month in the summer of 2017 to 12,000 per month this summer.

Do The School Tax Ballot Question Right Or Don’t Do It At All Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Do The School Tax Ballot Question Right Or Don’t Do It At All

The courts or the Legislature need to quickly fix the wording of the proposed ballot measure so we know what we’re voting on, or try it again next year.

Hawaii Counties Ask Court To Block School Property Tax Measure Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Counties Ask Court To Block School Property Tax Measure

All the state’s counties oppose the proposed constitutional amendment, arguing it would siphon dollars from their tax base.

Here’s Why These Rookie Candidates Decided To Get Into Politics Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Here’s Why These Rookie Candidates Decided To Get Into Politics

This year’s newcomers come from all over the political spectrum, and a variety of issues inspired them to run.

Members Of Military Might Get A Property Tax Break Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Members Of Military Might Get A Property Tax Break

The Hawaii National Guard Enlisted Association helped Councilman Ernie Martin craft a bill to give military homeowners a $120,000 exemption.

Mayor Won’t Get Power To Hire Or Fire Honolulu Police Chief Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Mayor Won’t Get Power To Hire Or Fire Honolulu Police Chief

Councilman Ikaika Anderson pulls back his proposals to shake up how the city selects police and fire chiefs and commissions.

Recycle Or Incinerate? The Battle Of The Blue Bins Richard Wiens/Civil Beat

Recycle Or Incinerate? The Battle Of The Blue Bins

Burning more discards could save money as recycling gets more expensive, but environmentalists say it’s the cost of caring for the planet.

Audit: Honolulu Could Save Millions By Burning Recyclables For Energy City and County of Honolulu

Audit: Honolulu Could Save Millions By Burning Recyclables For Energy

Sorting and selling recyclables hauled away in blue bins no longer makes economic sense, the audit found.

Why It’s So Difficult To Clean Up This Honolulu Hoarder House Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Why It’s So Difficult To Clean Up This Honolulu Hoarder House

The city is seeking a court order to clean up a house where decades of piled trash have provided a haven for rats and feral cats.

Islandwide Sit-Lie Ban Gets Preliminary Approval Despite Opposition Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Islandwide Sit-Lie Ban Gets Preliminary Approval Despite Opposition

Three Honolulu City Council bills would further restrict where homeless people can be. Critics say that would worsen the problem.

Hawaii Officials To The Homeless: Go Away Natanya Freidheim/Civil Beat

Hawaii Officials To The Homeless: Go Away

An islandwide ban on sitting or lying on public sidewalks is among a slew of new bills aimed at moving homeless people out of public places.

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