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City Government Gets Burned In H-POWER Audit Cory Lum/Civil Beat

City Government Gets Burned In H-POWER Audit

An audit questions whether city officials were duped into paying far more than they should have to run Honolulu's waste-to-energy facility.
Caldwell: Honolulu On Right Track In Tackling Homelessness Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Caldwell: Honolulu On Right Track In Tackling Homelessness

The mayor said that the city’s homelessness initiatives are making a real difference for hundreds of homeless people.

In Kakaako Parks, State Wades Into Thorny Issue of Property Confiscation Cory Lum/Civil Beat

In Kakaako Parks, State Wades Into Thorny Issue of Property Confiscation

Homeless encampments grew to about 180 people as the state created the rules for what do with their property when it clears them out. And those rules are already under fire.

How Crappy Sewers Make It Hard To Build Housing In Honolulu Cory Lum/Civil Beat

How Crappy Sewers Make It Hard To Build Housing In Honolulu

But there's hope around planned rail stations where the city administration wants to concentrate growth.
New Laws Encourage Solar Panels, Allow Waikiki Rezoning Cory Lum/Civil Beat

New Laws Encourage Solar Panels, Allow Waikiki Rezoning

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell signed five bills into law Monday on issues from property taxes to discrimination against women.
HART Finds Savings With Latest Honolulu Rail Bids Cory Lum/CIvil Beat

HART Finds Savings With Latest Honolulu Rail Bids

The $6.6 billion project still faces a $1 billion-plus deficit, but the latest construction bids are within current projections.
Curt Sanburn: Discovering Architectural Delights And A Sense Of Place In Pawaa © 2015, David Franzen Photography

Curt Sanburn: Discovering Architectural Delights And A Sense Of Place In Pawaa

An architectural tour of a few, tucked-away blocks of central Honolulu uncovers some of the best of mid-20th-century Modernism, Hawaii style.
Calls Grow For Reforms To Boost Police Accountability Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Calls Grow For Reforms To Boost Police Accountability

The Honolulu Charter Commission is receiving wide-ranging proposals to beef up the Police Commission and create other ways to address officer misconduct.

Kirk Caldwell’s Many ‘Tokens of Aloha’ Came From Influential Parties John Hook/Civil Beat

Kirk Caldwell’s Many ‘Tokens of Aloha’ Came From Influential Parties

Honolulu's mayor gets many small gifts from individuals with interest in city business. Municipal ethics rules don't seem to prohibit the largesse.
Is the City Violating the Law in Destroying Homeless People’s Property? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Is the City Violating the Law in Destroying Homeless People’s Property?

As the ACLU launches a legal battle against Honolulu’s sweeps of homeless encampments, it points to a Los Angeles case in which that city’s sweeps were ruled unconstitutional.

Neal Milner: ‘Shady Characters’ Tell a Spicy History of Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Neal Milner: ‘Shady Characters’ Tell a Spicy History of Hawaii

Veteran reporter Jim Dooley's new book recounts his coverage of the state's darker side — political scandals, crime and corruption.