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Chad Blair: Did Hawaii Really Try To Thwart CNN’s Homelessness Report? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Chad Blair: Did Hawaii Really Try To Thwart CNN’s Homelessness Report?

The DLNR explains its reasons for not granting a permit for access to an encampment near the Waianae Boat Harbor.

Land Board: Alexander & Baldwin Can Keep Diverting Maui Water Anita Hofschneider/Civil Beat

Land Board: Alexander & Baldwin Can Keep Diverting Maui Water

Opponents say water drawn from streams by the Hawaii land company harm the environment.

No Water For The Homeless At The Waianae Boat Harbor Camp Natanya Friedheim/Civil Beat

No Water For The Homeless At The Waianae Boat Harbor Camp

Residents of the camp are scrambling to make do by getting water from relatives and nearby parks.

How Hawaii Hopes To Protect Its Coastal Waters Courtesy of Raphael Ritson-Williams

How Hawaii Hopes To Protect Its Coastal Waters

New regulations — and better enforcement of existing laws — will be sought during the next legislative session.

‘Ecological Roulette’: Almost 70 Species Rode Tsunami Debris To Hawaii Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

‘Ecological Roulette’: Almost 70 Species Rode Tsunami Debris To Hawaii

New research shows non-native species can survive years at sea on buoys, nets, lost boats and trash before reaching distant shorelines.

Another Growing Threat To Hawaii’s Coral Reefs: Invasive Algae Courtesy: Randy Chiu/Flickr

Another Growing Threat To Hawaii’s Coral Reefs: Invasive Algae

Several years ago, the state stopped the infestation of leather mudweed by pulling up 3 million pounds of the algae. Now it’s back.

Constant Flooding in Mapunapuna May Lead State To Cut Lease Payments Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Constant Flooding in Mapunapuna May Lead State To Cut Lease Payments

Businesses that rent from DLNR in Mapunapuna can ask for rent reductions when their leases come up for renewal.

Commercial Catching Of Aquarium Fish Halted By Hawaii Supreme Court FromSandToGlass/Flickr

Commercial Catching Of Aquarium Fish Halted By Hawaii Supreme Court

UPDATED Justices rule the state’s practice of approving all properly prepared applications is inadequate.

Honolulu City Council May Seek Crackdown On Waikiki ‘Floatilla’ Events Courtesy: DLNR

Honolulu City Council May Seek Crackdown On Waikiki ‘Floatilla’ Events

Councilman Trevor Ozawa wants the state to ban offshore alcohol use and disorderly behavior at holiday weekend events.