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SUMMIT Fest is coming October 24-26

Hawaii's celebration of arts, culture, and ideas launches soon

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Ikaika M Hussey
The true cost of Hawaiʻi’s militarization

An examination of the costs and benefits of housing the U.S. military dispels the myth that Hawaiʻi would not survive without it.

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Ikaika Ramones
Senate fails to pass campaign spending reform amendment

Senate Republicans unanimously voted against a proposed constitutional amendment today that would, among other things, repeal Citizens United.

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Will Caron
Honolulu Harbor molasses spill: one year later

In the months since the spill, no lawsuit or fines have been levied against Matson and there is no word on when the company will be held accountable.

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Manjari Fergusson
ACLU files suit over Big Island First Amendment violations

The ACLU of Hawaii is suing to have a pair of Hawai‘i County ordinances it says violates First Amendment rights taken off the books.

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Will Caron
A second look at Hawaiʻi’s medical pot program

At the request of the recently created Medical Marijuana Dispensary Task Force, the Hawaiʻi Legislative Reference Bureau has created an updated report on the feasibility of a medical marijuana dispensary program.

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Will Caron
Progress along the arc of social justice

A recent UN committee session provided an opportunity for social justice advocates to help shape future policy toward ending ongoing racial discrimination and human rights violations in the United States.

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Joshua Cooper
Growing demand for OHA scholarships

Number of students relying on OHA scholarships for college, percent of expenses covered by scholarships both increased this year.

The number of students receiving college scholarships from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) rose about 15 percent this year, according to the state agency. The average scholarship amount for the 354 Native Hawaiian students who were eligible for funding from OHA this year was $2,458.

Together, they earned a combined total of $870,000 in scholarship money to help pay for college in a time of rising tuition costs. This funding brought the total amount of college scholarship money that OHA has given out over the past five years to about $3.5 million.

The agency says that Native Hawaiian students are leaning more and more heavily on financial aid from OHA, where they have been turning to cover up to 25 percent of their college expenses.

Despite the growing demand, the agency said in a press release that, “Helping Native Hawaiian students pay for college remains a high priority at OHA, whose goals include increasing the number of Native Hawaiian students who graduate college with the marketable skills they need to support themselves and their families.”

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Will Caron
Hawai‘i County declared Ag disaster zone

In the wake of Iselle, Hawai‘i County's agriculture industry was adversely impacted to the point that the USDA declared the island a major disaster zone today.

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Will Caron
Rentals or fee simple?

After community concern over maintaining affordable housing units, Howard Hughes withdrew a request to switch the focus of one of its highrise projects from fee simple condos to rentals.

Developer Howard Hughes Corporation has withdrawn a request made to the Hawaiʻi Community Development Authority (HCDA) to switch the focus of its 988 Halekauwila highrise to affordable rentals instead of fee simple condos.

During an informational community meeting held last night, members of the public expressed concern that the request to focus on rentals was really a way for the developer to get away with building less affordable workforce housing than it initially promised in order to gain approval for the project.

But Howard Hughes Corp. Senior Vice President David Striph insisted that the company was not trying to lessen the number of affordable units it would have to build at 988 Halekauwila, or anywhere else in the Ward Village master plan.

Striph said that research conducted by the developer shows that there are five times more people interested in renting than in buying and that the company felt it should keep that in mind during the project’s planning.

HCDA executive director Tony Ching said the HCDA board is reviewing its reserve housing policy and that there could be changes ahead.

Howard Hughes plans to begin construction on 988 Halekauwila next year and is asking to build two more highrises at Ward Warehouse.

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Will Caron