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Hawaii lawmakers seek exemption from Jones Act
Members of both houses of the Hawaii Legislature have filed resolutions seeking a Hawaii exemption from the "domestic build requirement" within the Jones Act. Read More »
News Report
Pro-GMO farmer to lead anti-GMO district
Lynn DeCroite, a Molokai farmer with ties to Monsanto, was sworn-in today to the state House to represent District 13, which voted in favor of the Maui GMO moratorium. Read More »
News Report

Ige Administration » 2015 Hawaii Legislative Session » Pesticide concerns »

State Senate schedules controversial confirmation hearing for DLNR
The Hawaii Senate has scheduled a confirmation hearing for controversial developer-lobbyist Carleton Ching, who was nominated by Governor Ige to head the Department of Land and Natural Resources. Read More »
News Report

Land and Water Use » Environmentalism » Ige Administration »

GSO highlights bills to fix UH Manoa
The Graduate Student Organization at the University of Hawaii at Manoa has released its list of priority bills for this legislative session for students to testify on. Read More »
Discussion

2015 Hawaii Legislative Session » UH System Woes »

State bills would help rectify injustices caused by Honolulu’s “nuisance” laws
A brief rundown on three bills that would alleviate some of the unnecessary hardship inflicted upon our houseless citizens by city ordinances that target them unjustly. Read More »
News Report

Houselessness » 2015 Hawaii Legislative Session »

To the cloud: Ige begins state government tech upgrades
The upgrade to the Human Resources Management System includes a backup and disaster recovery capability in the new Hawaii Government Private Cloud (GPC). Read More »
Press Release

Ige Administration »

It’s time to ban sex trafficking in Hawaii
Hawaii is only one of two states that still does not possess a comprehensive sex trafficking ban. Here are three bills that would change that. Read More »
Essay

Human Trafficking »

Ige’s Department of Land and Natural Development?
Governor Ige's latest DLNR leadership move is a serious blow to advocates for resource protection and the ethical and legal use of water and a boon for development interests. Read More »
Essay

Land and Water Use » Ige Administration »

Learning from the Cancer Center fiasco
A report confirming that Unit Director Michele Carbone ran the UH Cancer Center into the ground can teach us an important lesson about the systemic problems currently killing the University of Hawaii. Read More »
Essay

UH System Woes »

Senate bill would boost our food security
SB593 would require the Agribusiness Development Corporation to lease 50 percent of its land to local food production. Read More »
News Report

2015 Hawaii Legislative Session » Food Security »

Army downsize proponents make themselves heard
Despite being outnumbered at the Army listening sessions, proponents of a dramatic Army personnel reduction were able to make a successful case for the full downsize. Read More »
News Report

Military »

Women’s Caucus targets violence, health and the high cost of living
The Women’s Legislative Caucus, consisting of members from both the State Senate and House, today announced a joint package of measures for the 2015 legislative session. Read More »
News Report

2015 Hawaii Legislative Session » Domestic Violence »

Selling sex online
Developments in technology have made it easier than ever to sell sex and harder than ever to prosecute human trafficking crimes as sex rings move off the streets and onto websites. Read More »
Feature

Human Trafficking »

Conservationists mobilize against Ige’s DLNR nomination
More than twenty groups oppose Carleton Ching as new chair of the land and resource-management arm of the executive branch of the state government. Read More »
News Report

Land and Water Use » 2015 Hawaii Legislative Session »

Stop broadcast license renewals for the Raycom Media cartel
The danger of the Hawaii News Now media monopoly. Read More »
Essay

Open Newsroom » Open Government »

Petition opposing Ige’s DLNR nomination surpasses goal
Governor stands behind "the right person for the job." Read More »
David Ige, one-term wonder?
The new governor's selection of a development lobbyist to head the land-resource management branch of the state government is alienating many of his supporters. Read More »
Discussion

Land and Water Use » Ige Administration »

What does the DLNR do?
Here's what the Department of Land and Natural Resources does, and why it matters Read More »
Explainer

Land and Water Use »

Opening Day provides sampling of Hawaii’s important issues
The activists and members of the public gathered in the rotunda for the opening day of the 2015 legislative session reflected a sampling of the issues and problems most important to those engaged in Hawaii's future. Read More »
News Report

Hawaii Politics » 2015 Hawaii Legislative Session »

A case for army downsizing in Hawaii
Why the Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii and our Congressional delegates have it wrong. Read More »
Discussion

Military » Pacific Pivot »

Cultural practitioners, environmentalists deliver Mauna Kea demands to Governor
No further build-up on Mauna Kea, refusal to accept new UH lease top the list. Read More »
Verbatim

Thirty-Meter Telescope »

Why the University of Hawaii should divest from fossil fuels

Climate change »

Rep. Carroll resigns over health
State Representative Mele Carroll delivered her letters of resignation to Governor Ige and Speaker Souki today. Ige has 60 days to name a replacement. Read More »
Press Release

Hawaii Politics »

Disproportionate victims: the māhū prostitute
Discrimination forces many transgender women into prostitution to survive. But once in the sex trade, they are disproportionately effected by both violence and criminalization. Read More »
Feature

Human Trafficking »

Who owns the world’s wealth?
A new report by Oxfam shows that one percenters will soon own more than half the world's wealth and recommends solutions to close the gap between the world's ultra rich and desperately poor. Read More »
News Report

Globalization »

“Do not judge us”
The Hawaii Independent perspective on the 2015 Charlie Hebdo attack. Read More »
Hawaii: sex trafficking hub of the Pacific
Prostitution is a major industry in Hawaii, but with no sex trafficking laws on the books, the victims involved in the industry have no protection and no easy way out. Read More »
Feature

Human Trafficking »

Selling sex in paradise
Prostitution is a diverse, thriving industry in Honolulu, but misinformation about the highly varied nature of sex trafficking makes it harder to change laws that could provide protection to victims. Read More »
Feature

Human Trafficking »

Keystone bill advances in Senate
Senator Brian Schatz stood in opposition to the bill, delivering the following speech on the Senate floor. Senator Hirono also voted nay. Read More »
Verbatim

Climate change »

Voice your opinion on new Mauna Kea lease
The public has 30 days to comment on the environmental impact of UH's proposed new master lease for the Mauna Kea Science Reserve. Read More »
News Report

Thirty-Meter Telescope »

Maui region hospitals seek solutions for hospitals’ longevity
HHSC Maui region to enter into partnership discussion with Hawai‘i Pacific Health Read More »
Press Release
No new day for school empowerment
A pair of new studies show decentralization of the DOE saw little progress over the past four years—will our new governor have more success? Read More »
News Report

Public education system »

A clean energy holiday poem
Blue Planet gets into the holiday spirit with a re-worked "Night Before Christmas" that reviews Hawaii's progress as a clean-energy state during 2014. Read More »
Poem

Sustainability »

2015 Honolulu real property assessments
The city has determined that taxable real property on Oahu has increased 7.1 percent in value since last year. Read More »
Press Release
Obama does not represent Hawaii
When it comes to the Obama Presidential Library, we're better off without it. Read More »
Essay

Obama Presidential Library » Military » Trans-Pacific Partnership » Pacific Pivot »

Ching v. Ailā: protecting public trust lands at Pōhakuloa
The lawsuit seeks to force the State of Hawaiʻi to fulfill its obligations to protect public trust lands currently used by the United States military at Pōhakuloa by preventing the BLNR from renewing its lease there. Read More »
Analysis

Pohakuloa Training Area » Military »

PBN rebuttal misses the significance of Fuller’s “snarky shot” at Hawaii
“We should take this moment of feeling annoyed and even angered by this Washington Post article to reflect a little on how we talk about Hawaii, to other people and to each other.” Read More »
Essay

Obama Presidential Library » Hawaiian Sovereignty »

Report: Municipalities advance LGBT equality ahead of states, federal government
The state of LGBT equality in cities across the nation, including five Hawaii cities, is detailed in HRC’s 2014 Municipal Equality Index. Read More »
News Report

Marriage equality » Human Rights Issues »

On balance, American empire in world is a negative
A rebuttal to Thomas D. Farrell's November 23, 2014 "Island Voices" column in Honolulu Star Advertiser entitled "On balance, Army in Hawaii is a positive" Read More »
Essay

Military »

UH settles First Amendment lawsuit
Students no longer have to restrict protests to "free speech zones," seek administration approval for demonstrations. Read More »
News Report

UH System Woes »

Constitutional duty to Malama `Aina extends to military leased lands
There is precedent for a ruling in court case Ching v. Aila to force the DLNR to investigate and take all necessary steps to ensure military compliance with the lease terms of the Pohakuloa Training Area on Hawaii island. Read More »
Opinion

Pohakuloa Training Area » Military »

Hawaiian Electric to be sold for $2.63 billion to Florida company
American Savings Bank will be sold off as an independent public company Read More »
I Mua Mānoa responds to praise for Carbone
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa campus reform group I Mua Mānoa has issued a press release contesting many of the claims of former Cancer Center director Michele Carbone's success in his position there. Read More »
Press Release

UH System Woes »

UH budget crisis hits Mānoa graduate students especially hard
Many may lose their TAships, forcing them to halt or quit their own academic journeys, or risk going into debt from student loans. Read More »
News Report

UH System Woes »

Honolulu government clueless on houselessness
Homeless Awareness Week begins tomorrow, but recent Honolulu City actions demonstrate a serious lack of any such awareness. Read More »

Houselessness »

Tsuji assigned House Ag Chairmanship
His assignment is a major example of the State House moving in the opposite direction from the Senate. Read More »

Hawaii Politics »

No local peace at the Hawai‘i College & Career Fair
The Hawai‘i College & Career Fair has excluded groups that counter military recruiting from this year's fair. Read More »

Military »

State Senate will lean left, House will go right
In analyzing the power shifts in leadership and committee assignments for the upper house of the Hawaii State Legislature, we predict a more liberal Senate in the 2015-16 Legislature. But the House will likely shift right. Read More »
Analysis

Hawaii Politics »

Hawaiʻi Senate picks committee assignments
The Hawai‘i State Senate has chosen its leadership and committee assignments for the Twenty‐Eighth Legislature (2015‐2016). Read More »

Hawaii Politics »

Opposing views on Maui’s GMO moratorium
Leaders from the two sides of the GMO debate share their thoughts after Maui County voters passed a moratorium on further GMO production yesterday. Read More »

Pesticide concerns »

Bio-tech on the ballot
Today, voters in both Maui County and Kauaʻi County face decisions that will impact the bio-tech industry and the chemical companies that dominate it. Read More »

Pesticide concerns »

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 »
Analysis

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 »