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TPP fast-track legislation passes, but the fight is not over Discussion

Trans-Pacific Partnership » Globalization »

TMT construction on hold again
The state government discovered large boulders blocking the road to the TMT construction site which it is working on clearing today. Read More »
Verbatim

Thirty-Meter Telescope »

TPP opposition grows in Hawaii
Coalition of labor, environmental, Native Hawaiian, farmer, and social justice groups urges bold opposition to “fast tracking” the Trans-Pacific Partnership Read More »
News Report

Globalization »

On renaming Hawaii
De-memorializing the violence of colonial imperialism by abandoning the names of oppressors currently commemorated in our street, school and place names. Read More »
Essay

Human Rights Issues »

Neighbor island data confirms houselessness on the rise
The state released the neighbor island data from its 2015 Point in Time count today and, in all counties but Kauai, the number of houseless citizens has increased. Read More »
News Report

Houselessness »

Republican reps ask Souki to stand down on ethics commission complaint
State reps. Ward and McDermott say the speaker has overstepped his authority, praise commission's executive director, Les Kondo, for his firm enforcement of the state ethics code. Read More »
News Report

Open Government » Hawaii Politics »

Study shows sit-lie laws have worsened Honolulu’s houseless problem
A new study shows the city's policy of “compassionate disruption” and its accompanying sit-lie laws cause significant property and economic loss, physical and psychological harm and very likely violate certain constitutional rights. Not only that, they make it much harder for houseless people to get off the streets and into permanent housing. Read More »
News Report

Houselessness »

It’s not okay to be dumb, haole
A response to Sylvia Dahlby's May 18th op-ed in Civil Beat Read More »
Opinion

Hawaiian Sovereignty » Thirty-Meter Telescope »

Senate dems push for foreign policy shifts
U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) have released new, "forward-looking" foreign policy principles that they hope will do a better job guiding America in its role as a global leader in the 21st Century. Read More »
Verbatim

Globalization »

Gov. Ige to sign nation’s first 100 percent renewable energy requirement
All of Hawaii's electricity must be produced from solar, wind, geothermal, and other clean energy sources, before 2045. Read More »
News Report

Climate change » Environmentalism »

Mauna Kea lawsuit heads to Hawaii Supreme Court
The Hawaiʻi Supreme Court now has two telescope-related lawsuits on its plate, the other being the Solar Telescope case on Maui. Read More »
News Report

Thirty-Meter Telescope »

Come along and ride The Bus of change
Advocating for greater public participation in environmentally-friendly day-to-day practices and habits Read More »
Essay

Climate change » Environmentalism »

Mayor Caldwell announces temporary housing plan for houseless
Mayor Caldwell announced a plan to build Hale Mauliola, temporary modular housing, and to provide services for houseless on Sand Island site. Read More »
Press Release

Houselessness »

Okinawa governor visits Hawaii, asks for solidarity
Among important issues to Okinawans both in Hawaii and Okinawa is the proposed new military base in Henoko and the U.S. military presence in general. Read More »
News Report

Military » Pacific Pivot »

OHA pushes forward with Nai Aupuni despite concerns
Despite vocal opposition and community concerns raised at OHA board meetings in late April, 2015, the board has decided to go forward with a nation building process spearheaded by a new organization: Na‘i Aupuni. Read More »
News Report

Hawaiian Sovereignty » Indigenous issues »

Governor Ige announces changes to stewardship of Mauna Kea
The governor supports the TMT's right to move forward as well as public right to protest; charges UH with doing a better job serving the mountain's best interests. Read More »
Press Release

Thirty-Meter Telescope » Land and Water Use »

Asphalt stockpiling resumes in Kamilo Nui Valley
Resident concern is mounting over asphalt, debris and water flow impacts on the valley. Read More »
News Report

Land and Water Use »

HSTA election debacle signals need for change
A former HSTA member's perspective on the election debacle. Read More »
Opinion

Public education system » Labor »

Senate committees finalized
After the senate shakeup that happened at the tail end of the legislative session, the State Senate, now under Ron Kouchi and the Opihi faction, has announced its newly formed committees and their chairs. Read More »
Announcement

Hawaii Politics »

HSTA election debacle headed to the courts
The campaign team that received a majority of votes during the union's recent officers election has announced that it intends to sue to overturn the recent decision to throw out the election results and hold a new election. Read More »
News Report

Public education system » Labor »

Science, time, and Mauna a Wākea: part two
How science and time are each used as tools to promote Western notions of progress like the TMT, while suppressing indigenous viewpoints and concealing a history of capitalist-colonialist violence. Read More »
Essay

Thirty-Meter Telescope » Indigenous issues »

Caldwell vetoes Bill 6: sit-lie expansion
The mayor also offered the City Council a replacement bill which his office feels is legally more sound than the council's Bill 6. Read More »
News Report

Houselessness »

We do deserve better
An HSTA member's point of view of the union's election debacle. Read More »
Opinion

Public education system » Labor »

Schatz opposes TPP fast-track authority
The Hawaii Senator gave a speech in Washington D.C. today in opposition to legislation that would authorize fast-track authority over the trade agreement for the president. Read More »
Verbatim

Trans-Pacific Partnership » Globalization »

Mayor Caldwell signs bill to rezone land for Ho‘opili
Mayor Caldwell today signed Bill 3 (2015) into law, rezoning land in West O‘ahu for the Ho‘opili development. Read More »
Verbatim

Ho‘opili development » Ewa Development Plan »

The silencing of Hector Valenzuela
As the University of Hawai‘i was cozying up to GMO giant Monsanto, one of the school’s professors says that he was forced to tolerate a climate of “bigotry, retaliation and hostility” for speaking out about the potential risks of genetic engineering. The university disputes his charges. Read More »
Feature

Pesticide concerns »

The toxic truth
We trust our government to keep us safe through the regulation of companies like Monsanto and of products like Roundup; but should we? Read More »
Discussion

Pesticide concerns »

From Sugar to Monsanto
Today’s occupation of Hawaii by the Agrochemical Oligopoly Read More »
Feature

Pesticide concerns » Globalization » Trans-Pacific Partnership »

Science, time and Mauna a Wākea: the Thirty-Meter Telescope’s capitalist-colonialist violence
The ‪TMT‬ is, in fact, a part of a legacy of colonial-capitalist violence committed against Hawaii and Hawaiians, regardless of its scientific merit. Read More »
Essay

Thirty-Meter Telescope » Indigenous issues »

Solidarity between Hawaii, Okinawa on U.S. militarism
Last week, protestors of another planned U.S. military base in Okinawa rallied outside the Japanese embassy in a show of solidarity with Hawaiians and other occupied indigenous peoples around the world. Read More »
News Report

Military » Pacific Pivot »

Hawaii to adopt 100 percent renewable portfolio standard
Together with bills on solar PV and UH energy goals, HB623 accelerates the state’s energy push to 100 percent renewable by the end of 2045. Read More »
News Report

Sustainability »

A non-indigenous defense of Mauna Kea
We've heard from multiple members of the lāhui about the importance of stopping the TMT project, but here's why non-Hawaiians should be invested in the Mauna Kea struggle too. Read More »
Opinion

Thirty-Meter Telescope » Indigenous issues »

OHA stops short of opposing TMT
The trustees decided that the neutral "rescind" option was a more strategic move than outright opposition, but many of the gathered members of the Hawaiian community were visibly (and audibly) disappointed that OHA did not take a stronger stance on the issue. (Includes video footage.) Read More »
First-Hand Report

Thirty-Meter Telescope »

Hawaiian rights scrutinized, not considered, during TMT contested case
A response to Ian Lind's Civil Beat column, "Dangerous Intersection of Social Policy and the ‘Sacred.’" Read More »
Opinion

Thirty-Meter Telescope » Indigenous issues »

Environmental groups oppose gutting of environmental funds
15 environmental groups have written an open letter to the State House and Senate finance committee chairs urging them not to appropriate money from, or modify in an any way, several vital environmental funds. Read More »
Press Release

Environmentalism » 2015 Hawaii Legislative Session »

Sovereignty pains
The journey toward self-determination for Native Hawaiians does not come without its own form of growing pains. Read More »
Feature

Hawaiian Sovereignty » Indigenous issues »

Kauai delegation delivers strong message to Syngenta, Swiss lawmakers
A group of Kauai residents has been in Switzerland educating the Swiss public and shareholders of Swiss company Syngenta about the company's use of pesticides in Hawaii and its lawsuit against Kauai County, much to the chagrin of the company itself. Read More »
News Report

Pesticide concerns »

Mauna Kea and the awakening of the lahui
Multiple generations of campaigners are rallying around Mauna Kea as a symbol for the larger issues of self-determination and Aloha ʻĀina in what is becoming one of, if not the, largest mobilizations of Hawaiian activism in decades. Read More »
Feature

Thirty-Meter Telescope » Hawaiian Sovereignty » Indigenous issues »

Mauna Kea: The “Sacred” and The Destruction of Hawaii’s Next Generation
Op-Ed from Williamson Chang, Professor of Law at the University of Hawaii at Manoa's Richardson School of Law. Read More »
Opinion

Thirty-Meter Telescope » Hawaiian Sovereignty »

Not science, but privilege vs. culture Opinion

Thirty-Meter Telescope » Indigenous issues »

Maui hospitals to begin workforce reduction
Ige's public/private solution to the Maui hospital crisis may come too late for some hospital workers. Read More »
News Report

Labor » Public Health »

Conferees begin to hammer out final budget bill
The Hawaii House and Senate finance committees begin negotiations on the final version of the state's 2015 budget bill. Read More »
News Report

2015 Hawaii Legislative Session »

Kauai delegation heads to Syngenta’s home country
The delegation seeks to gain support for pesticide regulation here in Hawaii from leaders in Switzerland, where GMO cultivation and the use of many restricted use pesticides is already banned. Read More »
News Report

Pesticide concerns »

TMT LLC. handed cease and desist letter
The letter alleges that the TMT project is a war crime. Read More »

Thirty-Meter Telescope »

Hawaiians do not oppose science
An op-ed by the Kaua‘i and Ni‘ihau Trustee for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs Read More »
Opinion

Thirty-Meter Telescope » Indigenous issues »

Balfour passes WTL
Despite valid concerns raised by Native Hawaiian and environmental advocacy groups, Sen. Thielen's committee on water and land voted to advise the senate to consent to the governor's nomination of Bill Balfour to the state's water commission. Read More »
News Report

Land and Water Use » Ige Administration »

Balfour: strike two for David Ige?
Balfour's record during his prior term on the Water Commission shows how inappropriate a choice he is; Ige risks a second failed nomination only a month after the Ching fiasco. Read More »
Discussion

Land and Water Use » Ige Administration »

A Carleton Ching redux?
The governor's choice to fill a vacancy on the state's Water Commission is just as bad as his first choice to lead the DLNR. Read More »
Discussion

Land and Water Use » Open Government » Ige Administration »

“Continue to be Steadfast in Your Love for the Land” (E Ho‘omalu i ke kūpa‘a no ka ‘Āina)
A response to Bronson Kaahui's Op-Ed, Civil Beat, April 9, 2015 Read More »
Opinion

Thirty-Meter Telescope » Indigenous issues »

Uber misses its ride
Why multi-billion dollar transportation network companies like Uber and Lyft should be regulated under the same laws and held to the same standards as local taxi companies. Read More »
Analysis
Building an indigenous coalition for radical resistance to colonialism
We talk with Kanaka Maoli David Maile about indigenous coalition The Red Nation's efforts to unite different native people in radical resistance to colonialism, and how Native Hawaiians can stand in solidarity with other native peoples. Read More »
Interview

Indigenous issues » Hawaiian Sovereignty »

The Red Nation stands in solidarity with Native Hawaiians over Mauna Kea →
The indigenous rights and decolonization coalition issued a statement today declaring their support for the Native Hawaiian protestors currently attempting to block construction of the massive Thirty-Meter Telescope project on Hawaii island's Mauna Kea.
Link

Thirty-Meter Telescope »

The Red Nation »
Governor Ige names new group of UH regents
Supreme Court Justice Acoba and environmentalist Helen Nielsen, both currently serving in an interim capacity, stand out on list Read More »
Court rules navy training in Pacific violates laws meant to protect whales, sea turtles
Federal judge says feds wrongly approved plan allowing whales, dolphins, other wildlife to be harmed Read More »
News Report

Military »

TMT protest continues atop Mauna Kea
Social media posts from the ongoing protest: photos, video and commentary Read More »
First-Hand Report

Thirty-Meter Telescope »

Nominating committee to interview candidates to the Water Commission

Land and Water Use »

DBEDT director confirmation sails through Senate
Unlike the Carleton Ching nomination for the director of DLNR, the confirmation of the director and deputy director for the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism passed committee and the full senate with no hang-ups. Read More »
Announcement

Ige Administration »

The Carleton Ching withdrawal is a victory for Hawaii constituents
Regardless of whether you think Carleton Ching would fix the DLNR or favor developer interests that jeopardize our resources, the results of this strange confirmation process show that our voices can, and do, matter. We must stay engaged. Read More »
Discussion

Open Government » Ige Administration » Land and Water Use » Hawaii Politics »

Eight lessons from the Carleton Ching nomination
Governor Ige instigated a political crisis by nominating a developer's lobbyist to watch over Hawaii's natural resources. Here are some of the lessons that this crisis taught Hawaii about our political culture. Read More »
Discussion

Ige Administration » Hawaii Politics » Land and Water Use »

Community members allege desecration at North Shore heiau
Community members on the north shore led by anthropologist Malia Evans are claiming that a Waimea area land owner has damaged an ancient Hawaiian fishing heiau by stacking boulders up against it. Read More »
News Report

Indigenous issues »

Are there “safe levels” of pesticide exposure?
The State Department of Agriculture released a report finding pesticide levels near Waimea Canyon Middle School to be safe, but pesticide-regulation advocates aren't buying it. Read More »
Discussion

Pesticide concerns »

The irony of the U.S. military’s climate change spending
The debate over the recently released House Republican budget proposal has revealed that the United States military—one of he top polluters in the Pacific—is, in fact, very aware of the reality of climate change. Read More »
Discussion

Climate change » Military »

The Ten Most Pervasive Myths about Hawaiian History → History The Umiverse » Outrageous: House gives 48 minute (not 48 hour) notice of hearing →
One of the bills on the last minute hearing agenda commits $100 million in state bonds to promote a motorsport center on parkland determined eligible to be declared a National American Battlefield by the National Park Service.
Disappeared News »
Uber the top
Uber Hawaii's recent social media cry for protection against what it characterizes as crippling government regulation is going way uber the top for a $17 billion company that is, in fact, just another big business trying to maintain its profit margin. Read More »
Opinion
A Cyclone Destroys a Nation →
Pam, a Category 5 storm, has left most of Vanuatu's population homeless.
Link

Climate change »

The Atlantic »
Live Blog: Carleton Ching confirmation hearing
Carleton Ching, Castle & Cooke lobbyist and Governor Ige's nominee for head of the Department of Land and Natural Resources, comes before a Senate panel this morning at 10am in Capitol Room 229. Read More »

Land and Water Use »

Testimony against Carlton Ching nomination running 9-1 →
Controversial appointment draws close to 1,000 pieces of testimony
Link

Ige Administration » Land and Water Use »

KITV4 »
Advocates present strategic plan for Hawaiian Homelands
Community advocates for Hawaiian Homelands beneficiaries presented the first-ever community-created strategy for how those lands ought to be used to legislators this week. Read More »
News Report

Indigenous issues »

The “Lobbyist on Lanai” left a community torn apart by Big Wind
Carleton Ching's involvement with the proposed "Big Wind" project on Lanai flies in the face of the governor's empty statement that Ching "brings communities together." Read More »
Essay

Ige Administration » Land and Water Use » Molokai, Lanai wind energy » Hawaii wind power »

Oahu communities roundly oppose Malaekahana development
At a press conference today, the opposition to Malaekahana development expressed their reasons for supporting zoning chair Ikaika Anderson's proposed amendments to Bill 47. Read More »
News Report

Koolau Loa Sustainable Communities Plan » Envision Laie »

The 12 key highlights from the DOJ’s scathing Ferguson report → Link The Washington Post » Ige announces latest round of administrative appointments
Governor David Ige today announced appointments to his administration in the departments of Health, Public Safety and Transportation, as well as to his communication team. None of the appointments are subject to confirmation by the Senate. Read More »
Announcement

Ige Administration »

2015 State of the City Address
Transcript of Mayor Caldwell's third state of the city address. Read More »
Verbatim
City Council to decide the fate of Malaekahana
Zoning committee chair Anderson will introduce amendments that would kill most of the controversial proposed “Envision Laie” development on the rural northeast coast of Oahu. Read More »
News Report

Koolau Loa Sustainable Communities Plan » Envision Laie »

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 »