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Black and white stripes are the new orange
Halawa Correctional Facility reverts to 19th century uniform practices. Read More »

Prison Reform »

SUMMIT Fest is coming October 24-26
Hawaii's celebration of arts, culture, and ideas launches soon Read More »
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. Read More »

Military » Pacific Pivot »

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. Read More »

Elections 2014 »

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. Read More »

Molasses spill »

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. Read More »

Houselessness »

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. Read More »

Marijuana »

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. Read More »

Human Rights Issues » Indigenous issues »

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. Read More »

Elections 2014 »

Navigating a path to the future
The Native Hawaiian Convention will bring together community members to discuss policy that will held shape the future of the community. Read More »

Indigenous issues »

Red Cross urges climate change preparedness
The disaster relief organization is calling on governments and international organizations at the Conference on Small Island Developing States to take concrete actions to reduce climate-change related disaster risks. Read More »

Climate change »

Memorializing money-making?
A report by the National Parks Service shows that commercial tour operators have been taking advantage of the Arizona Memorial's free passes policy to make a profit, while under the less-than-watchful eyes of the memorial's operators. Read More »
UN committee finds racial discrimination still prevalent in America
After the U.S. Human Rights Network presented information on continuing racial discrimination and human rights violations, the committee submitted a report with recommendations for the U.S. government. Read More »

Human Rights Issues » Indigenous issues »

Garden Isle greenbacks
A look at the money being spent in Kauaʻi County’s legal battle to preserve Ordinance 960. Read More »

Pesticide concerns »

Bought and paid for?
Monsanto, GMOs and the importance of independent research at the University of Hawaiʻi. Read More »

Pesticide concerns » Globalization »

Judge rules Kauaʻi pesticide law is pre-empted by state law
Kauaʻi residents and community leaders respond to a federal court ruling in the lawsuit brought by chemical companies against Kauaʻi's Ordinance 960: “This battle is far from over.” Read More »

Pesticide concerns »

Whales beware
Naval exercises like RIMPAC cause clear harm and distress to marine life including dolphins, fish and especially whales. Read More »

Military » Pacific Pivot »

Big Island Election Challenged in Hawai‘i Supreme Court
The ACLU and a group of Pahoa residents have filed lawsuit over alleged voting rights violations that came as a result of bad legislative practices in the wake of Hurricane Iselle. Read More »

Elections 2014 »

Continuing contradictions at the Cancer Center
Senior faculty researchers and Director Carbone continue to share highly different, opposing explanations of what is going on at the UH Cancer Center. Read More »

Cancer Center corruption »

Is Hawaiʻi’s military presence pricing local residents out of the housing market?
Housing demand is exceeding the supply more than ever, and high housing allowances may give military an edge. Read More »

Military »

Rally to be held for Kollin Elderts
The Elderts family and its supporters will hold a rally tonight in the wake of the not-guilty verdict handed down in the murder trial of Christopher Deedy. Read More »

Christopher Deedy retrial »

Kerry Reaffirms ‘Ambitious Agenda’ of U.S. Engagement in Asia and the Pacific
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry made a speech at the East-West Center on Wednesday confirming that, in the 21st century, United States foreign policy would be increasingly directed at the Asia-Pacific region. Read More »

Pacific Pivot »

PRIMM expansion a critical step towards healthy Pacific region
With a bold vision backed by strong science and important cultural leaders in the Pacific, President Obama could create a unique cultural and conservation legacy at the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument. Read More »

Indigenous issues »

Growing UH voices demand Apple’s reinstatement
The Faculty Senate Executive Committee has added its voice to the swelling call for Tom Apple's re-appointment as Chancellor of Mānoa. Read More »

Cancer Center corruption »

Hydrogen sulfide released at Puna geothermal plant
A small hydrogen sulfide leak has been reported in Puna, Hawaii. Read More »
OHA candidate guide
Our analysis of the candidates for OHA appearing in the primary election ballot, based on their responses to a questionnaire created by Ka Wai Ola. Read More »

Elections 2014 »

When voting for Governor, one vote is worth a thousand people

Elections 2014 »

When voting, think about the coalitions Analysis

Elections 2014 »

Inouye’s inheritance
This election cycle offers voters a choice between a return to old guard Democratic party dominance or a further diversification of Hawaiʻi's political scene. Read More »

Elections 2014 »

Students call for investigation into Apple’s termination
ASUH and GSO have sent a letter to Governor Abercrombie requesting a formal investigation into the firing of Tom Apple. Read More »

Cancer Center corruption »

Expecting more from our candidates
Putting today's CD1 race into historical perspective Read More »

Hawaii CD1 2014 »

Unanswered: Who is protecting Dr. Michele Carbone?
The Independent sent follow up questions to Sen. Roz Baker and President Lassner in an attempt to shed light on the mysterious support Dr. Michele Carbone continues to receive. Read More »

Cancer Center corruption »

UH chooses bad apple over good
The University System administration and President Lassner's decision to continue defending the unit director largely responsible for Chancellor Apple's removal jeopardizes both the future of the Cancer Center and the standing of the University as a whole. Read More »

Cancer Center corruption »

Students, faculty, community stage sit-in at Bachman Hall
Hoping to force UH System President David Lassner to reverse his decision to fire Manoa Chancellor Tom Apple, students, faculty and community members staged a sit-in outside the president’s office yesterday. Read More »

Cancer Center corruption »

Apple refutes biased performance evaluations
Tom Apple sent a letter to President Lassner last night in which he refutes the vague and general criticisms in his performance evaluation with factual examples of his exemplary performance. Read More »

Cancer Center corruption »

Hauʻoli Lā Hoʻihoʻi Ea
ʻUmi Perkins takes us through the history of today's national holiday celebrating the return of sovereignty. Read More »

Hawaiian Sovereignty »

A new day in environmental protection?
Analyzing the success of the governor's A New Day in Hawaii plan promise to protect Hawaii’s environment and resources. Read More »

What happened to Abercrombie’s New Day? »

A new day in renewable energy?
Analyzing the success of the governor's A New Day in Hawaii plan promise to reduce Hawaii’s dependence on fossil fuel imports and increase efficiency. Read More »

What happened to Abercrombie’s New Day? »

A new day in agriculture?
Analyzing the success of the governor's A New Day in Hawaii plan promise to increase Hawaii’s food security and the size of its farming community. Read More »

What happened to Abercrombie’s New Day? »

Apple cored: business as usual at UH
Chancellor Apple's removal after only two years on the job is a reflection of political in-fighting and dysfunction within the university, not on the performance of his duties. Read More »

Cancer Center corruption »

A new day in public education?
Analyzing the success of the governor's A New Day in Hawaii plan promise to decentralize Hawaii's public school system. Read More »

What happened to Abercrombie’s New Day? »

Glass in the trash
A lack of funding for recycling non-Hi5 glass has forced businesses to begin throwing their wine and spirit bottles out with the trash. Read More »

Sustainability »

Hawaii needs affordable rentals now
Gubernatorial candidate James "Duke" Aiona shares his plan for solving Hawaii's affordable rental housing problem with the Hawaii Independent. Read More »

Elections 2014 » Affordable housing »

A quarter of Hawaii now eligible for medicaid
Watchdog.org reports that one fourth of Hawaii's population now qualifies for Medicaid following implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Read More »
Kim campaign tactic erodes trust in voting process
The League of Women Voters has criticized a Kim campaign tactic urging her supporters to take a picture of their ballot and post to social media. Read More »

Elections 2014 »

Iwasa receives key endorsements
Star-Advertiser, Sierra Club endorse City Council candidate Natalie Iwasa (District 4, East Oahu). Read More »

Elections 2014 »

The true cost of the World Cup
An on-the-ground look at the direct and indirect costs of the world's largest soccer tournament on Brazil's every day citizens. Read More »

Globalization »

Framing the GMO debate through dance
Hawaiʻi-based dance theatre troupe Wai Company uses its medium to address GMOs with an informed and balanced portrayal. Read More »

Genetically-Modified Organisms »

Caldwell endorses Abercrombie
The mayor of Honolulu County bases his endorsement on his close working relationship with the governor. Read More »

Gubernatorial Race 2014 »

OHA trustee explains position on TMT
Hawai‘i Island OHA Trustee Robert Lindsey tells The Independent why he pushed for OHA to withdraw from the Thirty Meter Telescope contested case. Read More »

Thirty-Meter Telescope »

We’re putting our iOS app on ice Hawaiian political leader writes to U.S. senator—gets response
An exchange of letters between a Hawaiian political leader and a U.S. senator in 1897 reflects the central questions of today's Hawaiian sovereignty movement. Read More »

Hawaiian Sovereignty »

Gov. appoints new members to LUC, HHFDC
The executive office continues to fill vacancies on state agency boards with new appointments to the Land Use Commission and the Hawaiʻi Housing Finance and Development Corporation Read More »

Open Government »

OHA backs down from contesting the TMT sublease
After meeting on Tuesday to discuss the possibility of pursuing a petition OHA filed on July 7 to contest the Thirty Meter Telescope sublease, OHA's trustees have decided the agency will not attempt to block the project. Read More »

Thirty-Meter Telescope »

The 2014 “Rusty Scalpel” award goes to…
Government transparency advocacy groups make their pick for this year's most altered, unrecognizable and least transparent bill of the 2014 legislative session. Read More »

Open Government »

U.S. government vows to defend environment—except when military is around
Why no one should be surprised over environmental exemptions granted to the navy during RIMPAC and beyond. Read More »

Pacific Pivot » Military »

Ige and Abercrombie trade blows over kupuna
The Abercrombie campaign responds to criticism by David Ige over the governor's cancellation of three AARP debates. Read More »

Gubernatorial Race 2014 »

Elderts ohana, supporters march for justice
“We miss him everyday, he’s talked about everyday, he’s remembered everyday. We’re still lost, empty, not the same as we once were when he was around.” Read More »

Christopher Deedy retrial »

Three new appointees named to land board
The governor announced today three nominations for interim appointees to fill vacancies on the state's land board. Read More »

Open Government »

Explaining the Deedy retrial
Recapping the murder case and explaining what will be different in this retrial versus last year's mistrial. Read More »

Christopher Deedy retrial »

Deedy: Symptom of a disease
Christopher Deedy is just one manifestation of a larger disease that is poisoning our home and destroying our children. Read More »

Christopher Deedy retrial »

State agency board members resign en mass
After Governor Abercrombie let the new financial disclosure law pass without his signature, the tally of state officials that have resigned from agency boards continues to rise. Read More »

Open Government »

FAA: Waiver doesn’t trump local law
The FAA clarifies that the waiver it granted to the air-born banner advertisement company does not supersede either state or local laws, including the 1927 billboard ban. Read More »
Recognizing the Aloha in ‘No’
How anger too can be an expression of aloha. Read More »
Analysis

Hawaiian Sovereignty »

A speed date to remember
Progressive Democrats of Hawaii and Americans for Democratic Action, Hawaii will hold a speed dating forum with democratic candidates running in the first congressional district primary election. Read More »

Elections 2014 »

BLNR rules on Mauna Kea Telescope
The governing body for the Department of Land and Natural Resources approved the proposed sublease, despite ongoing contestation. Read More »

Thirty-Meter Telescope »

How much federal money goes towards Native Hawaiian programs?
About $34.9 million per year, according to our preliminary analysis. Read More »
Open Source

Hawaiian Sovereignty »

Army report imagines drastic isle cuts
The Star-Advertiser reports on “potential reductions” in military spending and presence being studied as a way to lend “flexibility” to decision makers. Read More »

Military »

Blue-washing the colonization and militarization of “our ocean”
How U.S. Marine National Monuments protect environmentally harmful U.S. military bases throughout the Pacific and the world. Read More »

Pacific Pivot » Military »

PMRF: Kaua‘i’s biggest bang is out of sight
A look at the Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kaua‘i and what the increasing military presence in the Pacific means for Hawai‘i and the world. Read More »

Pacific Pivot » Military »

Kia‘aina confirmed to Dept. of Interior
DLNR's Esther Kia‘aina was confirmed by the United States Senate as Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas at the U.S. Department of the Interior today. Read More »
On the chopping block
Governor Abercrombie's current list of bills he is considering vetoing. Read More »
At the threshold
Umi Perkins discusses the DOI and the five threshold questions about Hawaiian governance. Read More »
Discussion
U.S. solicits public opinion on Hawaiian governance
The U.S. Department of the Interior is considering how and whether to establish government-to-government relations with the Hawaiian people. Read More »

Hawaiian Sovereignty »

The contamination of natural Kaua‘i
The rare plants and wildlife of Kaua‘i are put at risk by the toxic chemicals used on the island’s GMO test fields. Read More »

Pesticide concerns »

The Kauaʻi Cocktail
Highly toxic pesticides are being applied to GMO test fields on Kauaʻi at a much higher rate than on most U.S. farms, an analysis of new data reveals. Read More »

Pesticide concerns »

How Kamehameha unified the islands
Recounting the history of modern Hawaiʻi's founding. Read More »
Analysis
Mauna Kea is only worth three apartment building development projects
The proposed sublease rent rates UH plans on charging the TMT LLC totals to roughly three times what the state will charge, in total, developer Forest City to build the 690 Pohukaina apartment building complex. Read More »

Thirty-Meter Telescope »

Come celebrate – and protect – the ocean →
Learn about current efforts to protect ocean resources this weekend Read More »
PSA KAHEA »
Explaining state bonds
What happened to the state budget this week? Here's what you need to know. Read More »
Explainer
Discrepancies hold up budget, bond-authorization bills
Governor Abercrombie announced a plan today to address discrepancies between the budget and bond-authorization bills preventing each from being signed. Read More »
TMT lease on BLNR agenda
The Thirty Meter Telescope is once again on the Board of Land and Natural Resources meeting agenda for this Friday. Read More »

Thirty-Meter Telescope »

New union endorsements for Hannemann, Abercrombie
The recently announced Hannemann campaign has secured two union endorsements, while Governor Abercrombie's campaign picked one up as well. Read More »

Gubernatorial Race 2014 »

Hannemann chooses veteran as running mate
Mufi Hannemann officially filed for the 2014 gubernatorial race today, and announced decorated military veteran Les Chang as running mate. Read More »

Gubernatorial Race 2014 »

City development fight heads to Supreme Court
After four years of appeals, the Supreme Court of Hawaiʻi will decide the fate of a Waikīkī development project. Read More »
A holistic approach to health
At Kokua Kalihi Valley, health care means more than a prescription: it means empowering communities to become whole. Read More »
UH opts for Lassner
The University of Hawaiʻi Board of Regents have selected interim president David Lassner to be the next UH System President. Read More »
Niʻihau family makes rare public address
On the last day of WiPC:E, the Robinson family, stewards of Niʻihau, spoke of maintaining the unique way of life still practiced on their island. Read More »

Indigenous issues »

Pitching change
The Hawaii Republican Assembly's letter criticizing the Hawaii Republican Party leadership already caused Colleen Meyer to quit the assembly. As she prepares to take on the HIRA-friendly candidate for Clayton Hee's senate seat, Richard Fale, we wonder what else this internal bickering could lead to. Read More »
Competing visions for Kakaʻako
Most recent Kakaʻako town hall shows continued division between stakeholders. Read More »

Kakaako » Transit-Oriented Development »

CEO Crabbe calls for solidarity at WiPC:E
World indigenous Peoples Conference on Education keynote speaker calls for solidarity, both internationally and internally. Read More »

Hawaiian Sovereignty » Crabbe/Kerry letter »

Hā‘ena Community-Based Subsistence Fishing Area moves forward
The BLNR voted today to approve public hearings regarding the adoption of a new rule that would create a subsistence fishing area on Kaua‘i. Read More »

Indigenous issues »

Report shows threat from pesticides is greatest on Oahu, not Kauai
Sampling by the DOH reveals Oahu's urban streams have the highest number of pesticides, but that most pesticide levels are still below EPA benchmarks. Read More »

Pesticide concerns »

World’s largest conservation gathering will come to Honolulu
The International Union for Conservation of Nature has selected Honolulu as the first U.S. venue to host its World Conservation Congress. Read More »

Sustainability »

Hawaii historic sites in danger of disappearing forever
Climate change will threaten two major historic sites in Hawaii, according to a new report Read More »

Climate change »

Wiercinksi’s way
What could happen to the University of Hawaii system, should Lt. General Frank Wiercinski be chosen as President
OHA Board deliberates in private

Crabbe/Kerry letter »

Two Ways To See A Book
Brian Liu continues our discussion on the shift from books to the Internet and tablets with a response to Umi Perkins' and Sterling Higa's respective essays. Read More »
Ethics findings show a need for better city employee training
The Honolulu Ethics Commission has found probable cause of ethics violations by a city employee involving accepting gifts and a misuse of sick leave. Read More »
Opposition for Lt. General Frank Wiercinski’s candidacy for UH President
A letter sent out by UH faculty members addressed to the Board of Regents outlines four primary concerns over Wiercinski's status as a finalist for UH President and invites members of the community to attach their names via online petition. Read More »