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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 »
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 »
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 »

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 »
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 »
Lawmakers “baffled” by HMSA CEO’s statements
TL,DR: HMSA, WTH? Read More »
What to do this weekend →
Take Mom to Showdown in Chinatown, and more
INHNL »
Dustin Barca enters race for Kauai mayor
"It’s all about the future generations and our vision for Kaua‘i is for them." Read More »
The Pacific Region’s top climate concerns
Coral loss, water supplies, increased temperatures top Hawai‘i and Pacific Region Concerns in 3rd U.S. National Climate Assessment. Read More »

Climate change »

Flooding emergency in the Solomon Islands
The Red Cross launches emergency appeal to support 20,000 people affected by flash flooding. Read More »

Climate change »

Reason for concern, but not the end
A response to Umi Perkins' "Reasons End" Read More »
Small business, according to Governor Abercrombie
The Senate confirmed Brian Tamamoto to one of HCDA's two "small business" seats on April 24. The thing is, Tamamoto's company is a subsidiary of Kobayashi Group, a major developer ($3 billion worth so far) and anything but a small business. Read More »
Reason’s End
How a fundamental shift in our cultural values is leading us down an alarming path. Read More »
Marshalls sue in the name of peace
The lawsuit brought by the nuclear bomb-tested island nation against the nine world nuclear powers is for all our futures. Read More »
Hanabusa prioritizes military money
Colleen Hanabusa's introduction of a bill that would expand the Pohakuloa training area ignores Native Hawaiian, environmental, civilian concerns in favor of an Imitate Inouye policy. Read More »

Pohakuloa Training Area » Elections 2014 »

Signs, signs, everywhere there’s signs
You may have seen these signs. Here's the story behind them. Read More »
Help to shape the agenda for the 2014 elections

Agenda 2014 »

EDU committee defends, confirms Don Horner
Concerns raised by the LGBT community and its supporters over Horner's ability to keep his faith out of his job backfire. Read More »

Public education system »

LGBT, Church groups mobilize around Horner nomination
The BOE chairman's Senate re-appointment confirmation hearing could become a flash point for the first skirmish of the new year between the groups that fought over same-sex marriage in October. Read More »
Selling rail
Yes, half of the audience at this public meeting were HART employees. Read More »
Campaigners hold fast for immigration reform Wooley’s gut-and-replace gambit
In an attempt to get a GMO-labeling bill heard this session, Rep. Wooley turned to a legislative strategy that most would agree is, usually, a less-than-savory tactic. Read More »
Instructional what?
Defining instructional hours to allow for greater flexibility is the one thing everyone agrees HB1675 needs in order to be effective. Read More »

Public education system »

The short end of the stick
House Labor Chair Nakashima's compromise on the minimum wage increase bill favors small business owners over their employees. Read More »

Labor »

A school for Kaka‘ako
HCDA redevelopment plan must include considerations like schools and other healthy neighborhood features. Read More »

Kakaako Schools »

Announcing Summit Magazine
The new premium quarterly will present an updated take on Hawaii, with a focus on presenting Hawaii's best to the world. Purchase your pre-sale subscription here! Read More »
Help for Hawaiʻi island’s bug battle
With assaults from two highly pervasive pests destroying iconic big island crops, the Legislature is working on bills that would send funding to reinforce Hawaiʻi's farmers. Read More »
Aikea rallies against condo conversion
The job preservation movement, organized by Unite Here Local 5, rallied at Honolulu Hale today in support of City Bill 16. Read More »

Labor »

Legislation for Hawaiʻi’s keiki
Yesterday, the House and Senate Committees on Education (EDN, EDU) met to discuss education bills that have crossed over from each chamber. Read More »

Public education system »

Homeless Bill of Rights falls short for houseless
HB1889, known as the Homeless Bill of Rights, is widely supported, but not by some of the very people whom it would supposedly protect. Read More »
Long-time lobbyist goes legit
The tale of how media inquiries brought a prominent land development lobbyist to register with the ethics commission Read More »
Syngenta employee to run for Kauaʻi council seat
Agrees with employer that pesticide and GE crop disclosure should be regulated at the state, not county level. Read More »
Preschool/kindergarten announced for Kakaako

Kakaako Schools »

Kaua‘i GMO legal bout enters round two
National non-profits the Center for Food Safety and Earthjustice enter the ring on behalf of Kaua‘i County and its under-siege law. Read More »
OHA concerned over rent, not telescope
In its official statement regarding the TMT lease proposal, OHA lists concerns over the rent-terms of the lease and about forgone revenues, but says nothing about opposing the project itself. Read More »
Press Release

Thirty-Meter Telescope »

Simplifying our reading experience
We pushed through a revision to the Independent this weekend with the goal of simplifying and clarifying our reading experience. Read More »
Masthead »
Poll shows Ige, Abercrombie tied →
Civil Beat poll results provide Sen. Ige an opportunity for renewed fundraising. Read More »

Gubernatorial Race 2014 »

Civil Beat »
Belatti on Medi-Marijuana dispensaries
After an informational briefing highlighted the medicinal values and outlined the path and roadblocks to implementation of marijuana dispensaries, Rep. Della Au Belatti calls for "steady, measured and reasonable dialogue" on the subject. Read More »

Marijuana »

UH Regents vote for Mauna Kea sublease despite lawsuit, demonstrations
Amid an ongoing lawsuit and student-led demonstrations, the UH Board of Regents met today and voted for a planned sublease that would allow the Thirty Meter Telescope project to proceed. Read More »

Thirty-Meter Telescope »

The Hawaii State Ethics Commission: A Guide
What you need to know about the state regulatory entity responsible for addressing ethical issues involving legislators, registered lobbyists, and state employees. Read More »
State takes a step toward Hawaiian education Opinion HCDA’s Tony Ching answers questions
On discussion: mezzanines, a school facility, and affordability Read More »

Kakaako »

What do you think about a $10 fee for trash pickup on Oahu?
Take our short quiz. Read More »

Trash Pick-Up Fee »

“County preemption” measure dies in committee
Large crowd shows up on short notice Read More »

Genetically-Modified Organisms »

Remembering the Glades A rally for the rest of us
Thursday's “People Not Profits” rally brought together grassroots organizations lobbying on a variety of issues, all unified by the message that our government should serve the people, not corporations and developers. Read More »
Public Utilities Commission convenes hearings on undersea cable
Voices in opposition are outweighing the supporters Read More »
How will Waikiki adapt to climate change?
A Waikiki without beaches will be a very different place Read More »
Our Superbowl Special →
Read my lips: no intercepted passes

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Devour »
Hawaii’s gun laws are fairly strict
We're one of only 18 states that require a national background check Read More »
Understanding Hawaii’s early-education initiative
Investing in our keiki through effective early-ed programs will save the state money in the long run, if the governor's proposal finds support in the legislature. The question is the overall quality of the program. Read More »
Make your own 3D chocolate printer – out of Legos →
You may have heard that Hershey is making a chocolate 3D printer. Here's something even better.

Extra Extra »

Instructables »
Understanding prison reform
While the governor's call to bring home more Hawaii convicts from the mainland is a positive step, it does little to fix the root problems with Hawaii's prison system. Read More »
Explainer

Prison Reform »

NFL commentary by a British announcer →
Your editor doesn't know football either, but we've been informed that this is funny.

Extra Extra »

Kottke.org »
Ku‘i at the capitol
Today was opening day at the Hawaii State Legislature. Hundreds came to the Hawaii State Capitol to pound kalo into pa‘i ‘ai and poi. Read More »
Open fire and open markets
Thomas Friedman once said the hidden hand of the market needs the hidden fist of the military. The Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Obama administration's Pacific Pivot pack both. Read More »
Anderson defers Bill 6
Another "sidewalk bill" dies as the city struggles to find a solution to houselessness Read More »