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Kaka’ako community group urges HCDA overhaul
Kakaʽako Ūnited has sent a letter to the gubernatorial candidates asking that the next Governor of Hawaiʻi change the way HCDA does business. Read More »

Kakaako » Transit-Oriented Development »

Private islands, super-yachts and Marine Protected Areas
How Marine Protected Areas have given rise to a surge of profit-seeking Eco-tourism investments. Read More »
Mānoa faculty demand System reform
A group of UH Mānoa faculty members have sent testimony to the Board of Regents urging the board to fix serious flaws at the System level. Read More »

UH System Woes »

Kaua‘i overwhelmingly supports Hāʻena subsistence fishing plan
Subsistence fishers, lineal descendants of Hāʻena and community members from across Kaua‘i and the rest of the state testified in support of the Hāʻena Community Based Subsistence Fishing Area rules. Read More »

Indigenous issues »

TMT groundbreaking ceremony blocked
Demonstrators have blockaded the Mauna Kea access road to protest the Thirty Meter Telescope project, which was set to break ground today. Read More »

Thirty-Meter Telescope »

Safe families create a healthy community
As a community, we must accept the bold truth that what goes on in the home, within intimate family arrangements, impacts us all. Read More »

Domestic Violence »

The ghost in the GMO machine
While independent research shows that Chlorpyrifos, a Dow Chemical insecticide used in Kaua‘i's GMO fields, can cause significant harm to children nearby, Dow is intent on convincing the EPA otherwise. Read More »

Pesticide concerns »

Tackling domestic violence: Hawaiʻi must do better
While state laws and the Honolulu Police Department's policies regarding domestic violence cases need some improvement, experts say it is HPD's poor enforcement of these laws and policies that is the real factor in continuing cycles of domestic violence in Hawaiʻi. Read More »

Domestic Violence »

Domestic violence explainer
An overview of HPD policies, State laws and annual statistics related to domestic violence. Read More »

Domestic Violence »

KAHEA: Restricting access to Mauna Kea is a First Amendment violation
The TMT project breaks ground next Tuesday, and protesters are concerned they won't be able to demonstrate because Hawaiʻi County Police has recommended that UH close off access to Mauna Kea during the ceremony. Read More »

Thirty-Meter Telescope »

Ethics violations cast doubt over City Council’s integrity
After an investigation into alleged ethics violations, State Rep. and former City Councilmember Romy Cachola has been ordered to pay a $50,000 fine. Read More »

Open Government »

Crisis at UH Mānoa
The consequences to the university's flagship campus, should the Board of Regents refuse a faculty demand for overhaul of board policies that promote interference and micromanagement, could be disastrous. Read More »

UH System Woes »

Kaua‘i pesticide disclosure fight continues
Kaua‘i community groups appeal lower court decision striking down County Ordinance 960, the pesticide disclosure law. Read More »

Pesticide concerns »

ACLU declares First Amendment victory
Judge Susan Mollway granted a temporary restraining order against Hawaiʻi County last week in Kona “Panhandling” case. Read More »

Houselessness »

Hawai‘i’s alternative industries get a boost
More than $5 million in federal grants will help develop Hawai‘i's agriculture, clean tech, manufacturing and healthcare industries. Read More »
Oahu defense contractor sentenced on espionage charges
A retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel and civilian contractor will spend more than seven years in federal prison after he was convicted on espionage charges. Read More »

Military »

Mānoa faculty censure Lassner
After nearly voting to send the UH system president a resolution of no confidence, Mānoa faculty opted to censure him instead. Read More »

UH System Woes »

New houseless bills won’t help
The city's “compassionate disruption” strategy does more to hide the houseless problem from tourists than it does actually solve the underlying problems that lead to houselessness. Read More »

Houselessness »

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 »

UH System Woes »

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 »

UH System Woes »

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 »

UH System Woes »

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 »

UH System Woes »

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 »

UH System Woes »

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 »

UH System Woes »

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 »

UH System Woes »

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 »

UH System Woes »

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 »