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On Citizen Initiatives, Courts — Not Voters — Often Have The Last Word Cory Lum/Civil Beat

On Citizen Initiatives, Courts — Not Voters — Often Have The Last Word

Statewide citizen initiatives aren’t authorized in Hawaii. But each of the four counties allow voters to place proposed laws directly on the ballot.

New Molokai Ranch Plans Pitched To A Development-Wary Island ©PF Bentley/Civil Beat

New Molokai Ranch Plans Pitched To A Development-Wary Island

An energy company has proposed buying the 55,000 acre ranch, which has been idle since 2008, to farm organic biofuels.

These North Shore Food Trucks Are Under Fire From Environmentalists Cory Lum/Civil Beat

These North Shore Food Trucks Are Under Fire From Environmentalists

A petition seeks to force the city to enforce land use and coastal zone management laws designed to protect marine areas from overuse.

A&B’s Return Of East Maui Water: Generous Gesture Or Staged Event? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

A&B’s Return Of East Maui Water: Generous Gesture Or Staged Event?

UPDATED: Hawaii legislators praise the company for restoring several streams to help taro farmers, but critics contend it's still illegally diverting water.
Report: Maui’s Farming Future Courtesy: Maui Tomorrow

Report: Maui’s Farming Future

A new report commissioned by Maui Tomorrow shows how the Valley Isle could transition out of a century of sugarcane and into regenerative agriculture.
Maui’s Ancient Water Rights Debate Headed For Capitol Showdown Alexander & Baldwin

Maui’s Ancient Water Rights Debate Headed For Capitol Showdown

UPDATED 4/6/2016: Big Ag has long diverted water to serve Central Maui at the expense of others, and the dispute is outliving sugar cane farming.
Unfilled Seats Strangle Hawaii Environmental Council’s Work Phil Roeder/Flickr

Unfilled Seats Strangle Hawaii Environmental Council’s Work

Members whose terms expired in June stay on to keep the council running as they wait — and wait — for Gov. David Ige to make new appointments.
Why Can’t the State Make Developers Keep Their Promises? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Why Can’t the State Make Developers Keep Their Promises?

The state Land Use Commission often lacks the power to enforce the conditions that developers agree to.
Convicted Car Dealer Poised to Donate Hawaii Kai Land for Nature Reserve DLNR

Convicted Car Dealer Poised to Donate Hawaii Kai Land for Nature Reserve

The DLNR is in the process of negotiating for the 300-acre site in the Pia Valley owned by James Pflueger and other family members.
Peter Apo: Urban Crawl – Is Hawaii Becoming Just Another Place? PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Peter Apo: Urban Crawl – Is Hawaii Becoming Just Another Place?

The nature of key development projects on West Oahu may mean the area loses its unique rural appeal.
Is Kapolei a Mistake? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Is Kapolei a Mistake?

Oahu's "Second City" doesn't meet the generally accepted elements of "smart growth" and even city officials are putting more emphasis on development along the Honolulu rail line.
Curt Sanburn: Land Use Shenanigans on the Windward Side Curt Sanburn

Curt Sanburn: Land Use Shenanigans on the Windward Side

A bureaucrat rewrote the Koolauloa Sustainable Communities Plan, but then the zoning committee rode to the rescue — for a while, anyway.
Land Use In Hawaii