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Here’s How The State Could End Up Owning Your Oceanfront Property Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Here’s How The State Could End Up Owning Your Oceanfront Property

When sea level rises, a new legal opinion says, public land follows the shoreline and the state can charge property owners to access their own places.

Why Hawaii’s Unlicensed Elder Care Industry Is Out Of Control Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Why Hawaii’s Unlicensed Elder Care Industry Is Out Of Control

UPDATED. Lawmakers have introduced a bill with the backing of the industry and some elderly-rights groups but the measure faces a long road to passage.
County Mayors: We Want More Power To Tax Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

County Mayors: We Want More Power To Tax

They also want a larger share of the state hotel tax revenues and immunity for lifeguards at state beaches.
Here’s How Climate Change Is Already Threatening Hawaii Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Here’s How Climate Change Is Already Threatening Hawaii

We've seen flooded streets and washed out beaches, but even the birds, the animals and the forests are being affected by global warming.
Legislature Convenes Amid Buzz Over False Missile Alert Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Legislature Convenes Amid Buzz Over False Missile Alert

UPDATED: Lawmakers highlight housing and education priorities while addressing public concerns over the Saturday panic.
8 Tips That Will Help You Get Involved In The Legislature Cory Lum/Civil Beat

8 Tips That Will Help You Get Involved In The Legislature

Save this guide to everything from decoding political jargon to signing up for automatic email alerts.
What We’ll Be Watching At The Hawaii Legislature Cory Lum/Civil Beat

What We’ll Be Watching At The Hawaii Legislature

How will new leadership roles, consolidated power, differing priorities — all in an election year -- affect the public's business?
Lawmakers, Health Officials Point To Each Other For Cesspool Answers Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lawmakers, Health Officials Point To Each Other For Cesspool Answers

Hawaii leaders have no idea what to do about an environmental problem that could cost billions of dollars to fix.

Hawaii Health Programs Brace For Federal Budget Cuts Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Health Programs Brace For Federal Budget Cuts

President Trump's budget proposal to Congress calls for at least $6.2 million in cuts to health programs in the islands.
Hawaii Is Still Waiting For An Audit Of Police Property Seizures Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Is Still Waiting For An Audit Of Police Property Seizures

A report that was due before the 2017 legislative session is now expected sometime during the 2018 session.

Economists: Financial Challenges Are Looming For Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Economists: Financial Challenges Are Looming For Hawaii

Economists caution legislators about the housing shortage, the possibility of lower tax revenue and reduced tourist spending.

‘From Bad To Worse:’ Hawaii’s $1.75 Billion Cesspool Problem Courtesy: Teresa Dawson

‘From Bad To Worse:’ Hawaii’s $1.75 Billion Cesspool Problem

The risks posed by the state’s 88,000 remaining cesspools will likely be amplified by climate change.