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  • Happy Memorial Day!

    We are taking the day off, too. But we’ll be back tomorrow with a full report. Have a great holiday!

  • Libertarian Presidential Ticket Picked

    Former governors Gary Johnson and William Weld offer an alternative to Republicans and Democrats.

  • WHO: Olympics Should Go On

    The World Health Organization on Saturday rejected a call from 150 health experts to consider postponing or moving the Rio Summer Olympics due to the Zika virus in Brazil.

Bernie’s Backers Prevail At Democratic State Convention Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Bernie’s Backers Prevail At Democratic State Convention

Despite party elite’s support of Hillary Clinton, Hawaii Democrats elected a party chair who supports Bernie Sanders.


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David Ige On Hawaii Democrats: ‘We Embrace Diversity’

Acknowledging the split between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton supporters, the governor tells convention attendees, “There is more that unites us than divides us.”

Legislature’s Multi-Million-Dollar Grant Program Remains ‘Mysterious’

Some nonprofits won and some lost out on state grants this year while lawmakers nixed legislation to reform the oft-criticized process.

The Projector: Despite Rail Turmoil, Just Another Day On The Job

The Projector: Despite Rail Turmoil, Just Another Day On The Job

While rising cost estimates prompt talk of shortening the route or even stopping the project altogether, they’re still working on the railroad.

Civil Geeks: Taking Robotics Into Uncharted Waters

Intermediate and high school teams design remotely-operated robots that can do complex jobs underwater.

Troubled Waters: Conflict In The South China Sea Explained

An upcoming ruling on island sovereignty disputes by the United Nations will do little to lessen the tension between China and its rivals.

Pesticides In Hawaii: ‘There Is A Lot We Don’t Know’

Gov. David Ige says he is open to a report’s recommendations for stronger regulation and monitoring of chemicals sprayed by seed companies.

Luke Evslin: A New Approach To Zoning Could Save Kauai’s Character

Focusing on the form of development could help us avoid becoming another Oahu.

How Can We Improve Hawaii Schools?

The Department of Education is seeking public input on its goals for public education in Hawaii.

Ige Should Sign ‘Rap Back’ FBI Gun Notification Bill

The bill would leverage a new FBI tool to quickly update records of gun owners who’ve been busted and may not be allowed to possess a firearm.

Is Hawaii Saving Millions By Using A Mainland Prison?

Many of the costs the state pays aren’t detailed in budget documents. And the expense is not the only issue.

Ian Lind: Justices Aren’t Buying That Voting Rights Weren’t Violated

A suit stemming from the 2012 election reaches the Supreme Court, which seems poised to order changes at the Office of Elections.

Health Beat: What If Doctors Helped Patients Without Office Visits?

Physicians generally don’t get paid for assistance rendered over the phone or through email. Hawaii’s biggest insurer is about to change that.

Hawaii’s New Ice Age: Crystal Meth in the Islands

Hawaii was where crystal meth first arrived in the U.S. Three generations later, the islands still have one of the country’s highest usage rates.

Martin Makes Curious Pick For HART

The Honolulu City Council chairman has nominated a former politician who has paid nearly $100,000 in fines for violating city and state rules, including those related to campaign finances.

What Would Honolulu Save By Pulling The Plug On Rail?

We might spend about $1.74 billion less in local funds by dismantling the project instead of completing it. But that could prove costly in other ways.

Pod Squad: Will 2017 Be The Breakthrough Year For Medical Aid in Dying? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Pod Squad: Will 2017 Be The Breakthrough Year For Medical Aid in Dying?

It’s been a high-profile issue in Hawaii since 1996, but advocates think next year could bring success at the Legislature.

Hawaii Storytellers — Gene Park’s Top Ten Reasons He Left Hawaii

Hawaii Storytellers — Gene Park’s Top Ten Reasons He Left Hawaii

The former Civil Beat staffer and now Washington Post social-media editor wryly explains why he left Honolulu.

Pod Squad: A Little A&B Sugar With That Coffee, Mr. Speaker? April Estrellon/Civil Beat

Pod Squad: A Little A&B Sugar With That Coffee, Mr. Speaker?

And that’s a wrap — the Legislature finishes another session. So what just happened?

Dayna Hakeem

Joint Fact-Finding Process Deserves Support In Kauai

Though criticized in recent weeks by agricultural interests, it remains a valid tool to help solve conflict over pesticides on the Garden Isle.

John Brizdle

Who, Exactly, Will Ride Rail? How Do We Know?

An 8-year-old projection of ridership on Honolulu rail makes a lot of assumptions. If they’re flawed, we’re in trouble.

Bob Jones

Making America Great — For Everyone

The powerful and well-off are doing fine already. It’s the rest of the country that needs a wider path to prosperity.

Narrissa P. Spies

The Science Behind Expansion Of Papahanaumokuakea

Increasing the square mileage within the national monument would be beneficial for both fishing and conservation.

Hanabusa To Run For Takai’s Seat In Congress?

The Democrat and former congresswoman likely would scare off many potential challengers for the seat she won twice before Takai.

Denby Fawcett: Visiting Cuba Before It is Bombarded With American Tourists

The columnist joins a tour group of mostly Hawaii residents in a quest to experience the island nation before the U.S. trade embargo is lifted.

Todd Simmons: A Not Very Grand Old Party In Hawaii

Some Republicans sought to run off their House minority leader over her lack of love for Trump. Does their party have elected leaders to spare?