Former Civil Beat Staff

Sophie Cocke

Sophie Cocke Sophie Cocke is a former reporter for Civil Beat.
Oahu Faces a Future With Far Fewer Beaches Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Oahu Faces a Future With Far Fewer Beaches

Sand erosion already has exacted a huge toll and it’s expected to accelerate. Scientists say it’s time to take aggressive steps to save the island’s remaining shoreline.

Why Did the City Approve a New Seawall for a Kahala Property After the State Ordered It Removed? Sophie Cocke/Civil Beat

Why Did the City Approve a New Seawall for a Kahala Property After the State Ordered It Removed?

Despite concerns over erosion, the city says it would have been a hardship for the Samsung chairman to not have a wall protecting his beachfront property.

Feds Give OK to NextEra Purchase of Hawaiian Electric Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Feds Give OK to NextEra Purchase of Hawaiian Electric

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has approved the planned acquisition of Hawaiian Electric Industries by Florida based-NextEra Energy, according to …
House Committee Kills Homeless Bill of Rights Cory Lum/Civil Beat

House Committee Kills Homeless Bill of Rights

Other measures relating to homelessness in Hawaii are still alive in the Legislature.

Man Dies In Police Custody After Being Tased, Pepper Sprayed Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Man Dies In Police Custody After Being Tased, Pepper Sprayed

A man died on Monday night after being tased, pepper sprayed and restrained by Honolulu police officers, according to a …
State Study: Possible Sand Island Homeless Camp Site is Safe PF Bentley/Civil Beat

State Study: Possible Sand Island Homeless Camp Site is Safe

New soil samples show levels of arsenic, lead and other chemicals don’t pose a risk to human health, according to Department of Health.

Will Hawaii Finally Become Last State to Ban New Cesspools? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Will Hawaii Finally Become Last State to Ban New Cesspools?

Health Department’s plan to impose a ban last year was thwarted by then-Gov. Neil Abercrombie’s inaction. Now the Legislature is getting into the act.

Saving Waikiki Beach — At Least for Now

Saving Waikiki Beach — At Least for Now

The city hopes to raise $600,000 annually from local businesses to combat chronic erosion, but some are balking at the proposal. Would the efforts merely stave off the inevitable?

Women In Renewable Energy Ban the Press Screenshot, The Plaza Club

Women In Renewable Energy Ban the Press

Civil Beat was eager Friday morning to report what Gov. David Ige and newly appointed Cabinet members had …
Caldwell Administration Stresses Fiscal Austerity in 2016 Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Caldwell Administration Stresses Fiscal Austerity in 2016

Honolulu mayor proposes no new taxes or fees in the upcoming fiscal year budget, while reducing capital spending.

Living Hawaii: How Come Our Electric Bills Are Still So High?

Living Hawaii: How Come Our Electric Bills Are Still So High?

Oil prices dropped by half, but Hawaii electricity rates decreased just 18 percent. How is that possible?

Despite City’s Sit-Lie Crackdown, Homeless Aren’t Moving Into Shelters Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Despite City’s Sit-Lie Crackdown, Homeless Aren’t Moving Into Shelters

Instead, they’re moving to other parts of the island as the city enforces bans on sitting and lying on sidewalks in Waikiki and business districts throughout Oahu.

Ormat Awarded Big Island Geothermal Contract Courtesy of Puna Geothermal Venture

Ormat Awarded Big Island Geothermal Contract

Hawaii Electric Light Co. has selected Ormat Technologies to provide an additional 25-megawatts of geothermal energy to the Big Island. The …
Caldwell Vows Not to Run From Rail, Homeless Problems Sophie Cocke/Civil Beat

Caldwell Vows Not to Run From Rail, Homeless Problems

In his State of the City address, the Honolulu mayor emphasized infrastructure progress while pressing for more money to fund the troubled rail project.

Caldwell to Deliver 2015 State of the City Address PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Caldwell to Deliver 2015 State of the City Address

Mayor Kirk Caldwell will deliver his third annual State of the City address on Tuesday at 8 a.m. at Foster …

April 2015

Thursday, April 9

Oahu Faces a Future With Far Fewer Beaches

March 2015

Tuesday, March 31

Why Did the City Approve a New Seawall for a Kahala Property After the State Ordered It Removed?

Monday, March 30

Feds Give OK to NextEra Purchase of Hawaiian Electric

Tuesday, March 17

House Committee Kills Homeless Bill of Rights

Man Dies In Police Custody After Being Tased, Pepper Sprayed

Friday, March 13

State Study: Possible Sand Island Homeless Camp Site is Safe

Wednesday, March 11

Will Hawaii Finally Become Last State to Ban New Cesspools?

Monday, March 9

Saving Waikiki Beach — At Least for Now

Friday, March 6

Women In Renewable Energy Ban the Press

Monday, March 2

Caldwell Administration Stresses Fiscal Austerity in 2016

Living Hawaii: How Come Our Electric Bills Are Still So High?

February 2015

Friday, February 27

Despite City’s Sit-Lie Crackdown, Homeless Aren’t Moving Into Shelters

Tuesday, February 24

Ormat Awarded Big Island Geothermal Contract

Caldwell Vows Not to Run From Rail, Homeless Problems

Monday, February 23

Caldwell to Deliver 2015 State of the City Address

Thursday, February 19

Hawaii Solar Industry Hemorrhaging Jobs

Councilman Menor Proposes New Housing Office

NYTimes: The Debate Over Housing the Homeless

Wednesday, February 18

Senate Confirmation Panel to Take Up Ching Nomination

Regulators Reject Petitions to Delay NextEra’s Purchase of HECO

Eight Industrial-Sized Solar Farms in the Works

Tuesday, February 17

Big Island Electric Co-op Seeks to Intervene in NextEra Sale

Monday, February 16

Waning of Hawaii’s Solar Boom is Getting Noticed

Thursday, February 12

Is Carleton Ching the Man to Protect Hawaii’s Public Lands?

Tuesday, February 10

Caldwell to Sign Bill that Bans Sitting and Lying in Outdoor Malls

Hawaii Lawmakers Hear Bill to Repeal Undersea Cable Law

Thursday, February 5

City Seeks Public Input on Overhaul of Blaisdell Center

Wednesday, February 4

Hawaii Consumer Advocate: Review of NextEra Deal Should Proceed

Tuesday, February 3

Clean Energy Advocates Push for 100 Percent Renewables

January 2015

Friday, January 30

Feds Order Cleanup of Sand Island Oil Spill

Thursday, January 29

NextEra Says Hawaii Customers Will Save $60 Million in HECO Merger

City of Honolulu Hiring Practices: Not Everyone Gets a Fair Shot

Wednesday, January 28

Legislators Find NextEra and HECO Execs Short on Details

Monday, January 26

NextEra Deal Sparks Talk of Big Island Electric Co-op

Friday, January 23

Ige Taps Castle & Cooke Lobbyist to Lead Land and Natural Resources Department

Wednesday, January 21

New Maps Chart Homeless Across the Nation, Hawaii Ranks #1

HECO Seeks to Make Rooftop Solar More Common, Less Lucrative

Friday, January 16

Ige Picks Randy Iwase for Hawaii’s PUC Chair as Major Energy Decisions Loom

Thursday, January 15

Big Island Geothermal Plant Fined for Clean Air Violations

Wednesday, January 14

Clean Energy Groups Urge Regulators to Hold off on NextEra Approvals

Tuesday, January 13

Oahu Residents Asked to Cut Energy Use Again

Honolulu Nonprofits Say the City Is Ignoring Them on Loan Requests

Monday, January 12

PUC Chair Mina Morita Resigns

Friday, January 9

Hawaiian Electric Execs Could Get Big Payouts in NextEra Deal

Attorneys Question Hawaii PUC’s Approval of Wind Farm

Wednesday, January 7

The High Price of Wind Energy in Breezy Hawaii

Tuesday, January 6

Kahuku ‘Is Going To Be Surrounded by Wind Turbines’

Monday, January 5

Honolulu Zoo Loses Another Director

Honolulu City Council Continues on Collision Course With Mayor

Friday, January 2

Honolulu Zoning Committee to Tackle Illegal Vacation Rentals

Honolulu City Council Committee Chairs Picked

December 2014

Tuesday, December 30

Caldwell: City Meets Road Repaving Goal for 2014

Wednesday, December 24

Court Rejects Tommy Waters’ Election Challenge for Honolulu City Council

Oahu Trash Pick-up Suspended for Holidays

Report Indicates Oahu’s Illegal Vacation Rentals Outnumber Permitted Ones

Monday, December 22

Energy Companies Jockey for Position in Hawaii Natural Gas Rush

Thursday, December 18

Executive Indicted on Charges of Taking $4M from Telecom Company

Wednesday, December 17

New Solar Projects Projected to Increase Oahu Electricity Bills

Thursday, December 11

New Fuel Contamination Detected in Red Hill Monitoring Wells

Will Honolulu’s Sit-Lie Ban Expand Again to Target the Homeless Outside Malls?

Wednesday, December 10

NextEra: Efficiency, Expertise and a Penchant for Getting What It Wants

Friday, December 5

HECO Moves Forward With 6 New Oahu Solar Projects

Wednesday, December 3

Hawaiian Electric Sale Raises Concerns Over Solar, Rates

Tuesday, December 2

Filing Period Opens for Neighborhood Board Candidates

Caldwell Signs Bill Banning Sitting and Lying on Sidewalks in Oahu Commercial Districts

November 2014

Sunday, November 30

Officials Will Have to Wait on Plan to Restrict Hawaii’s Plentiful Cesspools

Tuesday, November 25

Carbone Speaks Out About His Resignation From UH Cancer Center

Caldwell Picks Olelo CEO to be City’s New Managing Director, Sources Say

Monday, November 24

Tommy Waters Seeks Recount in City Council District 4 Race

Dear Mayor: Complaints about the Homeless Pour Into Caldwell’s Office

Friday, November 21

Michele Carbone Steps Down as Head of UH Cancer Center

Thursday, November 20

Council Committee Advances Measure to Ease Restrictions on Ohana Units

Tuesday, November 18

Residents of Haseko Resort Development Concerned About Lagoon’s Algae

Friday, November 14

Honolulu City Council Expands Sit-Lie Ban To Districts Throughout Oahu

Thursday, November 13

Homeless Rousted from Kakaako as ‘Hawaii Five-0’ Readies Shoot

Wednesday, November 12

Honolulu City Council Postpones Vote to Expand Sit-Lie Ban Until Friday

Saturday, November 8

City, HUD Agree on $2.9 Million Spending Plan to Resolve Dispute

Friday, November 7

City May Scrap Plan for Sand Island Homeless Camp

Thursday, November 6

Red Hill Task Force May Recommend Navy Double Line Fuel Tanks in 10 Years

Potential Contamination at Proposed Homeless Camp to be Studied

Tuesday, November 4

Honolulu City Council: Carol Fukunaga and Trevor Ozawa Win

Monday, November 3

PR Campaign Would Discourage Homeless from Moving to Hawaii

October 2014

Thursday, October 30

Developers, Unions Jockey for Position in Honolulu City Council Races

Wednesday, October 29

Bill Encourages Car Sharing on Oahu

The Maui Weekly is Pau

Tuesday, October 28

Japanese Dignitary Dies in Waikiki

Friday, October 24

Honolulu Rail Funding Continues to Lag

Wednesday, October 22

The Case of the Mysterious Attack Ads: Tommy Waters Called a ‘Carpetbagger’

Tuesday, October 14

Military Fuel Tanks on Oahu, Kauai Face Increased Regulation

Friday, October 10

Sharply Different Styles Separate District 6 Honolulu City Council Candidates

Wednesday, October 8

Honolulu City Council Votes to Increase Fines for Illegal Dumping

Release of Hotel-to-Condo Conversion Documents: Full Disclosure or Politics?

City Seeks to Hire Law Firm to Avoid New Sewage Plant Regulations

Friday, October 3

Waikiki Homeless Migrate to Airport, Fort DeRussy Beach

How Safe Has the Honolulu Rail Project Been?

Thursday, October 2

East Honolulu City Council Candidates Stake Out their Differences

Wednesday, October 1

Possible Ebola Patient Isolated in Honolulu Hospital

New Housing Office Would Manage Homeless, Affordable Housing Initiatives

September 2014

Tuesday, September 30

Cachola Accuses Former Colleagues on City Council of Ethics Violations

Friday, September 26

Director of City’s Community Services Department Steps Down

Thursday, September 25

Caldwell to Sign Plastic Bag Ban Amendment

Wednesday, September 24

Shelters Team Up to Help Move Homeless Families Into Housing

HECO Begins Smart Grid Rollout on Oahu

Monday, September 22

Opponents of Sand Island Homeless Encampment Challenge State Approval

Friday, September 19

HECO Executives Take Heat from Lawmakers, Solar Industry

Thursday, September 18

Sidewalk Sit-Lie Ban: First Waikiki, Now Other Commercial Areas Around Oahu?

Wednesday, September 17

Laniakea Homeowners Face Stiff Fines For Fence

Tuesday, September 16

HECO Asks Oahu Customers To Cut Back on Electricity to Avoid Power Outages

Friday, September 12

Hawaii Land Board Approves Lease For Sand Island Homeless Site

Hawaii Interagency Report Advised Against Homeless Encampments

Thursday, September 11

The City Reaches Out to Locals About Sand Island Homeless Camp

Wednesday, September 10

Honolulu City Council Votes to Ban Sitting, Lying on Waikiki Sidewalks

Proposed Sand Island Homeless Camp Could Carry Risks of Toxic Exposure

Monday, September 8

City to Hold Public Meeting On Proposed Sand Island Homeless Lot

DOD Says Navy’s Red Hill Fuel Tanks Pose a ‘High Potential for Fire’

Friday, September 5

HECO Warns Customers To Disconnect Rogue Solar Systems

Wednesday, September 3

Negotiations Over Navy’s Red Hill Facility Continue

Residents of Chinatown High-Rise to Get Homeless and Mentally Ill Neighbors

Tuesday, September 2

Caldwell Appoints New Design and Construction Director

Caldwell Announces City Employee and Manager of the Year

August 2014

Saturday, August 30

City Auditor Slams Long Wait Times at Oahu DMV Offices

Thursday, August 28

Portion of Sand Island Could Become City Homeless Camp

Bills Aimed at Getting Homeless Off Sidewalks Resurrected

Does HECO Have a Plan for the 21st Century?

Tuesday, August 26

Oahu Could Raise Minimum Age for Buying Smokes to 21

Leeward Landfill Seeks Exemption from City’s Waste-to-Energy Fees

Friday, August 22

Combat Gear Blurs Line Between Cops and Military, in Ferguson and Hawaii

Thursday, August 21

HART Job Numbers Increase

Saturday, August 9

Honolulu City Council: Two Districts Will Have Run-offs in November

Thursday, August 7

Hawaii Lacks Hurricane Emergency Plan for Waikiki, Neighbor Islands

Wednesday, August 6

State to UberX and Lyft: No More Airport Rides

Tuesday, August 5

Oahu Has History of Being Spared from Major Storms

HECO Warns Residents About Electrical Risks in Anticipation of Storm

Mayor Caldwell Cuts Japan Trip Short in Anticipation of Storm

Low Levels of Chemicals Found in Oahu Water Supply

July 2014

Thursday, July 31

Honolulu Council Proposes Tax Relief for High-End Homeowners

Will New Honolulu City Council Members Smooth Friction with Mayor Caldwell?

Tuesday, July 29

Public Safety Tops Candidate Concerns In District 8 Race

Monday, July 28

Council District 6 Race Heats Up, Complete With Super PAC Money

Friday, July 25

VIDEO: Maui Mayoral Candidate Tased, Arrested

Honolulu Rail Funding Coming Up Short

Thursday, July 24

Honolulu Mayor’s ‘Compassionate Disruption’ Campaign Disrupted

Tuesday, July 22

Raw Sewage Sparks Public Warnings Along Waikiki, Ala Moana Beaches

Monday, July 21

Caldwell Endorses Abercrombie In Governor’s Race

Political Newcomers Challenge Honolulu Council Chair for District 2 Seat

Sunday, July 20

Sewage Overflow in Kaneohe Sparks Water Advisories

Friday, July 18

Hippo Suddenly Perishes at Honolulu Zoo

Homelessness and Housing Costs Top Concerns In City Council District 4 Race

Thursday, July 17

HART Board Approves $6 Million in Added Rail Costs

City Seeks to Safeguard Bus and Handi-Van Money From Rail Project

Wednesday, July 16

Illegal Wedding Businesses Could Face Stiffer Fines

Navy’s Red Hill Fuel Facility Could Be Partially or Completely Shut Down

Tuesday, July 15

City to Host ‘Complete Streets’ Meeting

Health, Navy Officials to Hold Community Meeting on Red Hill Fuel Leak

Handi-Van Fires Blamed on Vehicles Being Over-Aged and Over-Driven

Wednesday, July 9

Are Oahu Jails Throwing Away Homeless People’s ID Cards?

Tuesday, July 8

Honolulu Council Chair Postpones Bill Authorizing City Housing Sale

Monday, July 7

Caldwell Plans to Boost Street Lighting After Pedestrian Accidents

State and Local Officials Up Ante Against Sky Banner Ad Company

Thursday, July 3

Honolulu Mayor Urges Crackdown on Aerial Ad Company

Wednesday, July 2

New Details Emerge About Chimpanzee Escape

Hawaii Homeless Effort Takes Data-Driven Approach

Tuesday, July 1

Lyft and UberX: Innovative Ride Services or ‘Bandit Cabs’?

June 2014

Monday, June 30

Rail Construction Begins Along H-1 Waiawa Interchange

Tuesday, June 24

HC&S Fined $1.3 Million for Air Quality Violations

Honolulu Ethics Commission Complains of Affronts to Its Independence

Monday, June 23

Caldwell Returns Budget Bills Unsigned in Protest of HART Oversight

Saturday, June 21

More Pukas Found in Navy’s Red Hill Fuel Tank

City of Honolulu Hikes Sewer Fees

Honolulu Council Chair Fast-Tracks Homeless Bills

Friday, June 20

Honolulu Councilman Urges Better Coordination of Roadwork

Thursday, June 19

Honolulu Mayor Ramps Up Response to Homelessness

Wednesday, June 18

Is the City Shutting Down Waikiki Restrooms to Deter the Homeless?

Solomon: Too Many Whales for Feds to React This Way

Friday, June 13

Online Tool Tracks Path of Polluted Runoff from Ala Wai Canal

Thursday, June 12

Navy Finds Tiny Holes in Red Hill Tank

Wednesday, June 11

EPA: Hawaii Gas Failed to Report Chemical Release, Update Risk Management Plan

Tuesday, June 10

Solar Continues Precipitous Decline on Oahu

Increased Funding for Homelessness Comes With Challenges

Thursday, June 5

Chinatown Housing Deal Sparks Debate on Low-Income Residents

Wednesday, June 4

Honolulu’s Budget Includes Big Hike for Homelessness

City Council Prepares for Final Vote on Budget

Tuesday, June 3

Greentech Media: Kuokoa Made $6 Billion Offer to Buy Hawaii Electric Utility

Appeals Court Rules Against Hanabusa in Waimanalo Landfill Case

Monday, June 2

Maui County Faces Millions in Fines for Clean Water Act Violations

Is Honolulu Rail Living Up to Its Promises of Job Creation?

Big Island Senator: Whales and Honu Have Too Many Protections

Officials: Navy Slow to Address Red Hill’s Threat to Drinking Water

May 2014

Friday, May 30

Honolulu Council Chair Hopes to Boost Funds for Homelessness

Thursday, May 29

Chinatown Tenant Income Levels Debated in City Housing Sale

Wednesday, May 28

Friend or Foam: Honolulu City Council Proposes Ban on Foam Food Containers

Honolulu Board of Water Supply Fights to Maintain Autonomy

Friday, May 23

Top Navy Officials Respond to Questions About Red Hill Fuel Leak

Cost of Preventing Ala Wai Canal Flood Rises to $200 Million

Thursday, May 15

Indictment: Longterm Deceit Alleged in Honolulu Landfill Disaster

Saturday, May 10

Honolulu Rail Takes Shape, City Prepares for Development Boom

Thursday, May 8

Honolulu Bus Advertising Bill Moves Forward

Wednesday, May 7

Hawaii Should Brace for Major Environmental Changes, Report Says

Tuesday, May 6

Companies Jockey for $1 Billion Worth of Honolulu Rail Contracts

Sunday, May 4

Could Ads on City Buses Help Sustain Honolulu’s Transportation System?

Friday, May 2

Ethics Commission Seeks Greater Oversight of Honolulu Rail Contractors

April 2014

Wednesday, April 30

Abercrombie Says Hawaii Has Crossed ‘the Energy Rubicon’ on Renewables

Tuesday, April 29

‘Community Solar’ Bill Is Another Victim of Hawaii Legislative Crunch

Saturday, April 26

Honolulu Residents: ‘Saddening’ Lack of Trust in City Government

Friday, April 25

Honolulu Officials’ Salaries Lag Behind Counterparts in Comparable Cities

Wednesday, April 23

Will HECO’s Plan For Its Own Solar Plant Help or Hurt Hawaii Consumers?

Tuesday, April 22

Will Aiea Development Meet Affordable Housing Expectations?

Thursday, April 17

Honolulu’s City Council Moves to Restore Some Nonprofit Funding

Wednesday, April 16

Hawaii Looks for Local Solutions As Washington, D.C., Stalls on Climate

Monday, April 14

Hawaii Sustainability Conference To Explore ‘A World Worth Living In’

Friday, April 11

New Sewage Rules Could Cost Honolulu Taxpayers Millions of Dollars

Friday, April 4

City Council Unveils Budget Priorities, Cuts Into Mayor’s Spending Plan

Thursday, April 3

City Law Bans Planting Iconic Honolulu Trees, Favoring Native Species

March 2014

Saturday, March 29

Is the Hawaii Dept of Transportation Sabotaging an Oahu Transit Group?

Wednesday, March 26

Honolulu City Council Leaders Cutting Into Mayor Caldwell’s Budget

Friday, March 21

Honolulu City Council: Make It Easier To Build Shoreline Retaining Walls

Wednesday, March 19

Is Hanauma Bay Preserve Undermined by Disrepair and an Opaque Budget?

Saturday, March 15

Low Cash Flow Leads Rail Authority to Ask Honolulu for $1.5 Billion Loan

Wednesday, March 12

Honolulu Says It Will Fight New Rules For Sewage Treatment

Tuesday, March 11

Honolulu Ethics Director Takes His Case for More Money to City Council

Sunday, March 9

Pedal Power: Gaining Traction on Oahu’s Bike Safety and Infrastructure

Saturday, March 8

Officials: Threat to Oahu’s Water Supply More Serious Than Thought

Friday, March 7

Waikiki Luxury Tower Moves Forward Despite Protests

Sunday, March 2

Developers of 2 Waikiki High-Rises Have Donated Heavily to City Officials

Saturday, March 1

Caldwell Would Hike Fees and Taxes, Proposes Spending Along Rail Line

February 2014

Wednesday, February 26

Caldwell Plans Vacant Job Cuts, While Seeking to Improve City Services

Wednesday, February 19

Is Mina Morita Out As Hawaii Public Utilities Commission Chair?

Tuesday, February 18

It’s Your Money: Governor’s Office Gets a $475K Tech Upgrade

Monday, February 3

Is Hawaii Afraid to Regulate Emissions of Greenhouse Gases?

Sunday, February 2

Hawaii Energy Policy Has Driven Up Electric Bills As HECO Maintains Profits

January 2014

Thursday, January 30

Red Hill: EPA May Force New Fuel Leak Detection System for Toxic Spills

Tuesday, January 28

Hydrogen Fuel Cell Cars Were Supposed to Be Hawaii’s Car of the Future

Sunday, January 26

Honolulu Harbor Molasses Spill Sparks Legislation

Wednesday, January 22

Plans for Oahu-Maui Grid Connection Raise Questions About Lanai

Friday, January 17

Leak in Navy Fuel Tank Raises Concerns About Water Contamination

Wednesday, January 15

Health Officials Open Keehi Lagoon Despite Unsafe Bacteria Levels

Tuesday, January 14

Rising Waters, Stinging Ants and GMOs Top Legislative Priorities

Monday, January 13

Energy Legislation Focuses on Hawaii’s Clean Energy Obstacles

Monday, January 6

New Head of Cultural Preservation in Hawaii Pledges Transparency

Saturday, January 4

Honolulu Forgoes Federal Funds to Manage Coastal Development

Friday, January 3

Respected Energy Team Quits East-West Center to Protest Leadership

December 2013

Tuesday, December 31

Washed Away: Huge North Shore Waves Reveal Hawaii’s Public Policy Gaps

Tuesday, December 24

Hawaii Regulators Approve Big Island Biomass Plant

Thursday, December 19

Hawaii Ag Dept Heavily Redacts Public Documents at Syngenta’s Request

Tuesday, December 17

Environmentalists Sue to Restrict Navy’s Undersea Sonar and Explosive Use

Saturday, December 14

Supreme Court Ruling Could Halt Construction of Haleakala Telescope

Thursday, December 12

Hawaii Health Director Loretta Fuddy Killed in Plane Crash Off of Molokai

Maui County Lawsuit Could Affect State Role in Open Meetings Oversight

Wednesday, December 11

Molokai Considers Forming Electric Co-Op to Break HECO Monopoly

Monday, December 9

Hawaii May Be Key Outpost for Massive Undersea Resource Rush

Friday, December 6

Maui May Become Hawaii’s Next Battlefield Over GMOs and Pesticides

Tuesday, December 3

Lightning Strikes Four Hawaii Planes in One Day

November 2013

Tuesday, November 26

Blown Out: Too Many Wind Farms On Oahu’s North Shore?

Friday, November 22

Will Kauai’s Mayor Face Fallout After GMO, Pesticide Battles?

Tuesday, November 19

Hawaii County Council Passes Biotech Ban

Monday, November 18

Plastic Debris Could Make Remote Pacific Island a Superfund Site

Saturday, November 16

Kauai’s GMO and Pesticide Bill Is Set to Become Law After Veto Override

New Member Could Tip Balance on Kauai County Council on Pesticide Bill

Friday, November 15

Democracy Interrupted: Kauai Suspends Vote on Pesticide, GMO Bill

Tuesday, November 12

Solar Farm Surprise? HECO Won’t Say Where It’s Putting New Huge Energy Projects

Friday, November 1

Did Mayor Undermine Kauai Council’s Legal Fight Against Biotech Giants?

October 2013

Thursday, October 31

Kauai Mayor Vetoes Pesticide and GMO Disclosure Bill

RoundUp, the Pesticide No One Checks for — Yet

Wednesday, October 30

Power Play: A Plan to Connect the Electric Grids of Oahu and Maui

Monday, October 28

Governor’s Environmental Appointee Fights Back on Her Superferry Record

Friday, October 25

Changing Rules, Unethical Sellers Create Solar ‘Horror Story’ for Some Users

Tuesday, October 22

HECO: 80 Percent of Circuits On Oahu Have Room for Solar

Wednesday, October 16

Kauai County Crosses the Rubicon, Council Passes Pesticide and GMO Bill

Tuesday, October 15

The Federal Shutdown May Help Developers Amid Big Island Water Debate

Some Solar Customers Getting Burned in Limbo

Wednesday, October 9

Kauai Mayor: County Doesn’t Have Money for Pesticide Oversight

Saturday, October 5

Does Hawaii’s Failure to Enforce Pesticide Use Justify Action by Kauai?

Wednesday, October 2

Federal Government Stoppage Hinders Molasses Spill Inquiry

September 2013

Saturday, September 28

Ecoterrorism? GMO Papaya Trees Cut Down on Big Island

Friday, September 27

Going Off the Grid and the Solar Industry’s Holy Grail

Thursday, September 26

Lawyer on Controversial North Shore Development Plan Bought Choice Land

Wednesday, September 25

Gov Wades Into Hawaii Pesticide Debate as Kauai Poised to Take Action

Friday, September 13

Questions of Lax Oversight Plague Honolulu Harbor Molasses Spill

Thursday, September 12

Molasses Spill Could Cause Substantial Damage to Marine Life

Tuesday, September 10

$98 Million Buys Kawamoto Properties for Alexander & Baldwin

Kauai’s Pesticide and GMO Bill Could Cost Millions

Monday, September 9

Kauai’s Passionate Anti-GMO March Aims to Sway Local Biotech Vote

Thursday, September 5

Apocalyptic Talk and Serious Issues at Big Island GMO Ban Debate

August 2013

Friday, August 30

Hawaii Scientists Seek to Calm U.S. Fears About Fukushima Radiation

Thursday, August 29

SHPD: Help Wanted Now!

Wednesday, August 28

State Senators: Sue Navy For $100 Million Over Kahoolawe Cleanup

Tuesday, August 27

A Retiree Tries Not to Get Burned in Hawaii’s White-Hot Solar Market

Friday, August 23

Will the Changing Energy Landscape Spark Biofuel Buyer’s Remorse?

Wednesday, August 21

GMO Fight Club: Accusations Fly Over Biotech on Kauai

Saturday, August 17

Bill on Big Island Could Ban Rainbow Papayas

Thursday, August 15

Energy Prices Shock Hawaii Farmers Into Alternatives

Tuesday, August 13

UH’s Neon Rabbits, Pigs and Sheep Fetuses Spark Ethics Debate

Tuesday, August 6

Teenage Girl to State: Clean Up the Ala Wai and Comply With Law

Sunday, August 4

Papaya Nightmares: A Farmer Struggles Amid Hawaii’s GMO Debate

July 2013

Tuesday, July 30

What Should the Public Know About Sandwich Isles? PUC Won’t Say

Independent Expert Rejects HECO’s Five-Year Energy Plans

Thursday, July 25

Feds Accuse Castle & Cooke of Illegal Home Mortgage Scheme

Tuesday, July 23

Bankrupt Company’s Fobs Shortcircuit Electric Car-Charging System

Thursday, July 18

It Wasn’t Magic — a Real Estate Developer Made an Entire Marina Disappear

Saturday, July 13

Hawaii Regulators Stop Plans for Lanai Wind Farm, Undersea Cable

Thursday, July 11

HECO Says Residents With Solar Aren’t Paying Their Fair Share of Costs

Wednesday, July 10

Top Hawaii Officials Say They Doubt HECO Can Do a Cable-Free Energy Plan

Tuesday, July 9

GMO Fight Heats Up on Kauai, Big Island

Wednesday, July 3

Head of Historic Preservation Agency Resigns Amid Criticism

Tuesday, July 2

Is Hawaii’s Interisland Cable Plan Dead?

June 2013

Friday, June 28

Feds To SHPD: Ongoing Failure, Only Less So

Tuesday, June 25

Why Does Geico Insurance Refuse Electric Car Owners Coverage?

Friday, June 21

Waikiki’s Venetian Nightmare: Natural Disasters in Paradise?

Wednesday, June 19

Big Fish Mystery: Why Are Big Island Reefs Suffering Such Dramatic Decline?

Saturday, June 15

Judge Tosses Sierra Club’s Solar Tax Credit Lawsuit

Friday, June 14

HECO’s New Energy Plan Needs More Work, Some Who Worked On It Say

Thursday, June 13

HECO’s New Five-Year Energy Plan Calls For Lowering Electric Bills

Bones in Purgatory: 660 Skeletal Remains Languish in Church Basement

Wednesday, June 5

Did Hawaii’s Energy Reform Leave Consumers Vulnerable?

Tuesday, June 4

Who Does Care About the Ala Wai Canal?

Saturday, June 1

Caldwell: City Ahead of Schedule in Fixing Sewer System

Goodbye To The Ala Wai Canal’s ‘Black Noodle’

May 2013

Wednesday, May 29

Feds Crack Down On Telecom Company Serving Native Hawaiians

Thursday, May 23

Ala Wai Canal: A $100 Million Problem

Wednesday, May 22

Ala Wai Canal: If It Makes You Sick Why Not Shut Down Public Access?

DATA: Ala Wai Bacteria Levels Off The Charts

Tuesday, May 21

Civil Beat Lab Tests: Canal Seafood Is Contaminated

Taxpayers Pay When Ala Wai Pollution Hits Waikiki

Ala Wai Canal: Oversight Is As Murky As The Water

Monday, May 20

MAP: Ala Wai Canal — Location And Landmarks

Ala Wai Canal: Hawaii’s Biggest Mistake?

Monday, May 6

Hawaii Historic Preservation Division Still On Federal Thin Ice

March 2013

Friday, March 8

Pesticide Contamination Of Drinking Water Worries State Health Officials

Saturday, March 2

NOAA Shelves Plan To Move Monk Seals to Main Hawaiian Islands

Sequestration Delays Major Review of Hawaii Historic Preservation Division

Friday, March 1

Is A Popular Weed Killer Harming Hawaii’s Environment?

February 2013

Wednesday, February 27

New House Leadership Accuses Calvin Say Of Last Ditch Power Grab

Friday, February 22

Can Abercrombie’s Oil Refinery Task Force Accomplish Its Goal?

Wednesday, February 13

Hawaii Economists: Residential Solar Could Cost State $1.4 Billion

Tuesday, February 12

Why Is A Monsanto Lobbyist Serving On A Water Resource Panel?

Monday, February 11

Hawaii Fishermen in Uproar About Cascade of Environmental Protections

Saturday, February 9

Hawaiian Home Lands Exec Secretly Recorded AG, Gov Chief of Staff

Thursday, February 7

Molokai Big Wind Deal Falls Apart

January 2013

Wednesday, January 30

Kuokoa Drops Bid To Take Over Hawaii Electric Utility

Lawmaker Raises Alarm About Geothermal Fracking in Hawaii

Sunday, January 27

Maui’s Hopes to Turn Its Trash Into Energy Could Be Dashed by HECO

Thursday, January 24

Will Hawaii Have a Solar System on Every Rooftop? Gov Hopes So

Wednesday, January 23

Delay In HECO’s Energy Plan Is Driving Up Costs For Developers

Friday, January 18

Hawaii Governor Seeks A Legislative Fix For Public Land Development Corp

Thursday, January 17

Hawaii Gas Gets Green Light From Feds To Begin LNG Shipments

HECO: Company Will Need Waiver From EPA Rules For LNG Switch

Tuesday, January 15

Sen. Brian Schatz Talks Washington Politics

Sunday, January 13

DLNR Renews Calls for Watershed Protection in 2013 Legislative Session

Friday, January 11

HECO: We Need Liquefied Natural Gas

Solar Tax Controversy Expected To Heat Up 2013 Legislative Session

Wednesday, January 9

What Tesoro’s Pull Out Means For Hawaii’s Energy Landscape

Monday, January 7

Report Says Natural Gas Will Bring Major Cost Savings to Hawaii

Friday, January 4

Gene Ward: Solar Only A Tiny Portion of Oahu’s Grid

December 2012

Saturday, December 29

State Historic Preservation Agency Still Not In Line With Federal Mandate

Friday, December 28

Japan Tsunami Debris Threatens Hawaii But Cleanup Money Is Lacking

Friday, December 21

Bucking The Boss: Former State Environment Chief Clashed With Abercrombie

Thursday, December 20

Still No End in Sight to Oahu’s Landfill Saga

Saturday, December 15

Court Rules Against Kawaiahao Church, State

Thursday, December 13

State Exempts Some Solar Projects From Tax Credit Crackdown

Wednesday, December 12

Superfund Designation Sought For Northwestern Hawaiian Islands

Tuesday, December 11

Bombs Away: Undersea Cable May Run Afoul Of WWII Munitions Dump

Friday, December 7

Report: More Traffic Will Clog North Shore If Turtle Bay Expands

Wednesday, December 5

After Fire, Kahuku Wind Farm Fends Off Safety Concerns

Saturday, December 1

Mustard Bombs Off Pearl Harbor Investigated for Potential Health Hazards

November 2012

Thursday, November 29

Could Hawaii’s Utility Be Doing More To Reduce Electricity Costs?

Tuesday, November 27

Hawaii Set to Spend Millions of Dollars to Boost Local Farming

Saturday, November 24

Hawaii Governor Wants To Make Peace With Groups Opposing PLDC

Tuesday, November 20

VIDEO: Kahuku Residents Fight To Save Homes From Developer

Friday, November 16

National Solar Expert: Hawaii Should Get Rid of State Tax Credits

Thursday, November 15

UH Officials Rush To Begin Construction On Haleakala Telescope

Wednesday, November 14

Hawaii’s Booming Solar Industry In Uproar Over New Tax Credit Rules

Friday, November 9

PLDC Schedules New Public Hearing But Will Anyone Be Able To Go?

Tuesday, November 6

Hawaii Tax Department Poised to Crack Down on Solar Tax Credits

Saturday, November 3

Hawaii’s Quest for Cheaper Energy Collides With Fracking Debate

Friday, November 2

Federal Judge Issues Split Decision On Honolulu Rail Environmental Suit

October 2012

Wednesday, October 31

Sierra Club Makes Hawaii PLDC An Election Issue

Thursday, October 18

Top Abercrombie Advisor Enlisted to Help Beleaguered PLDC

Wednesday, October 17

Anchor Man: Did Larry Ellison Park His Yacht In A Lanai Nature Preserve?

Tuesday, October 16

Vivint Dominates Hawaii Solar Market, Sparks Consumer Fears

Friday, October 12

Kauai Utility Blazes Ahead on Renewable Energy

Wednesday, October 10

Hawaii Historic Preservation Agency Says It’s Improved

Tuesday, October 9

More Iwi Discovered Along Honolulu Rail Route

Friday, October 5

Emails Back Up Concerns Of Inouye Interference In Maui Telescope Case

Wednesday, October 3

Hawaii Regulators Crack Down On Solar ‘Queue Squatters’

Tuesday, October 2

Abercrombie Moving Ahead On Natural Gas For Electricity Generation

September 2012

Friday, September 28

Rail Ruling Halts Construction at Kawaiahao Church

To Paddle Or Not? Canoe Race Sparks Controversy

Wednesday, September 26

Hawaii Still Lacks Tsunami Debris Cleanup Plan, Funding

Sunday, September 23

The Natatorium Emails, Part 2: State Considers How Best To Spin It

Saturday, September 22

William Aila: Sleep Well! The Natatorium Will Soon Be Mine

Thursday, September 20

PLDC Plows Ahead, Slowly

VIDEO: Kahuku Residents Protest Treatment of Iwi

Saturday, September 15

Native Hawaiians Press Land Board to Stop Haleakala Telescope

Friday, September 14

Plaintiff: Honolulu Rehashing Old Arguments in Rail Case

Wednesday, September 12

Hawaii’s Big Wind Project Downplayed in New Energy Study

Tuesday, September 11

Hawaii Lawmakers Vow to Clamp Down on Public Land Corp.

Thursday, September 6

Could Public Land Corp’s No-Bid Contract Policy Lead To Sweetheart Deals?

Wednesday, September 5

Would Kaimana Beach Disappear With the Waikiki Natatorium?

August 2012

Thursday, August 30

Oahu Shows No Love for Hawaii’s Public Land Corp.

Rail Ruling Another Black Eye For Hawaii’s Historic Preservation Division

Tuesday, August 28

‘Stunning’ Opposition Plagues Hawaiian Home Lands Director

Saturday, August 25

Beleaguered Public Land Corp. Agrees To Broadcast Oahu Meeting

Friday, August 24

NOAA Program: Kill The Sharks To Save The Baby Monk Seals

Thursday, August 23

Waikiki Natatorium Back In Limbo As State Steps In

Wednesday, August 22

North Shore Loses Top Environmental Advocate in House Race

Tuesday, August 21

Idle Kahuku Wind Farm Still Costing Ratepayers

Thursday, August 16

Hana Ranch Being Sold To Big Wind Developer

Tuesday, August 14

Hawaii, Japan Forge Energy Bond Following Fukushima Disaster

Hawaii Energy Confab: Hydrogen Fuel Cell Scooters Are Here

Thursday, August 9

Change Is In The Wind For Big Wind Project

Saturday, August 4

New Tests Show Hawaii Fish Jerky Is Safe But Questions Remain

Friday, August 3

Aina Koa Pono Biofuel Contract Gets Second Look

Thursday, August 2

You Can Have The Island, But I’m Keeping the Elephant Tusks

Wednesday, August 1

State Fights for Power Over Land Developers

July 2012

Wednesday, July 25

Hawaii Land Corp. Pushes Forward on Projects, Despite Lack of Rules

Monday, July 23

Pro-Wind Signs Come Down on Lanai

Friday, July 20

Oahu Heating Up? New Geothermal Testing Could Change Energy Plan

Wednesday, July 18

Birds Get $1 Million Fence, Sheep’s Future Not So Bright

Mayors Race Erupts on Big Island Over Geothermal

Wednesday, July 11

Health Dept: Dozens of Hawaii Beaches Not Tested for Contamination

Tuesday, July 10

Aloha, Oprah! Big Wind Developer May Be Celeb’s New Maui Neighbor

Sperm Banks For Coral? One Scientist’s Unusual Plan To Save The Species

Wednesday, July 4

New Hawaii Biodiesel Plant Could Be Game Changer

June 2012

Friday, June 29

Supreme Court Decision Could Patch Hawaii Health Care Cracks

Wednesday, June 27

Governor Signs Undersea Cable Bill, But Lanai Sale Front and Center

Hawaii’s Uninsured Could Lose in Supreme Court Health Care Ruling

Tuesday, June 26

Billionaire One Step Closer to Clinching Lanai Deal

Friday, June 15

Waikiki, Say Aloha to Jellyfish

Thursday, June 14

Report: Envisioning The Demise Of HECO

Wednesday, June 13

Hawaii Only State Not Regulating Pesticides Under Clean Water Act

Friday, June 8

State Approves Hoopili, Court Challenge Expected

Thursday, June 7

Oahu Burial Council Back in Business After Five-Month Break

Wednesday, June 6

Can Natural Gas Solve Hawaii’s Energy Woes?

Tuesday, June 5

Hawaii To Regulate Pesticides in Waterways

Saturday, June 2

Iwi in Limbo as Oahu Burial Council’s Hiatus Hits Record Five Months

May 2012

Thursday, May 31

Hawaii Auditor Critical of Natural Energy Lab

Wednesday, May 30

Pacific Island Could Be Spared From Becoming Tsunami Dump Site

Wednesday, May 23

Leadership Troubles Plague Hawaii’s Historic Preservation Division

Tuesday, May 22

Final Decision on Hoopili Delayed Despite Opponents’ Protests

Monday, May 21

D.R. Horton Tries to Put the Brakes on Hoopili Decision

Saturday, May 19

Half of Native Hawaiians Awarded Homesteads Under Lingle Lack Homes

Thursday, May 17

Hawaii Historic Preservation Office Spent Job Money on Cars, iPads

Wednesday, May 16

DHHL Funding on Shaky Ground Despite Supreme Court Ruling

Saturday, May 12

Hawaii’s Biggest Clean Energy Contract Generating Big Interest

Thursday, May 10

Hawaii Supreme Court: State Must Fund Dept. of Hawaiian Home Lands

Wednesday, May 9

New Electric Meters Spark Privacy, Health Fears

April 2012

Saturday, April 28

Hawaii Historic Preservation Agency Could Lose Certification, Funding

Friday, April 27

New Hearing Officer in UH Telescope Case is Also UH President’s Attorney

Thursday, April 26

Kahuku Now Top Site for Landfill After ‘Data Error’ Corrected

Tuesday, April 24

I Aloha Molokai: Arizona Utility Abandoning Wind Power

Sunday, April 22

Haleakala Telescope Opponents Sue To Stop Construction

Thursday, April 19

Report Says Solar Tax Credits Have Been Good For the State

Single-Use Bag Bill in Political Death Throes

Wednesday, April 18

Water Commission Nominees Confirmed Amid Growing Outcry

Tuesday, April 17

Seawater Air Conditioning Project Still Struggling

Friday, April 13

Solar Telescope Construction May Begin Despite Permit Challenge

Tuesday, April 10

Big Wind Opponents Suffer Defeat in House

Paper or Plastic? Environmentalists Say Neither

Saturday, April 7

Secrecy Shrouds Selection of Water Commissioners

Thursday, April 5

Where Did Hawaii’s Energy Stimulus Money Go?

Wednesday, April 4

Governor’s Water Commission Choices Are Once Again Under Fire

March 2012

Saturday, March 31

Bag Bill, Gutted and Replaced, Clings To Life

Friday, March 30

Haleakala Telescope Hearing Officer Fired

Thursday, March 29

Raw Sewage Still Flowing Into Local Waterways Despite Legal Agreement

Federal Stimulus Still Not Stimulating Many Jobs at Local Biorefinery Plant

Friday, March 23

Is Wind Really Hawaii’s Low Cost Option?

Tuesday, March 20

Hawaii Could Be First in Nation to Establish ‘Clean Economy Bank’ For Energy

Hawaii ‘Ambassador of Energy’ Pushing State Renewable Policy Forward

Saturday, March 17

Hoopili Hearings Pau But Debate Over State Ag Policy Goes On

Friday, March 16

Oahu Takes Steps to Identify and Protect ‘Important’ Ag Lands

Thursday, March 15

Waihee and Cayetano: Hoopili Flaunts Mandate to Protect Ag Land

Tuesday, March 13

Offshore Energy Projects Run Up Against Feds

Saturday, March 10

Hawaii Land Blog — Environment, Energy and Sustainability — Mar. 12-18

Thursday, March 8

State: No Data On Cost Of Solar System Tax Credits

Wednesday, March 7

Senate Passes Undersea Cable Bill While Backing Away From Big Wind

Tuesday, March 6

Hail, Stranded Dogs and Gushing Waters

Saturday, March 3

Hawaii Land Blog — Environment, Energy and Sustainability — Mar. 5-11

Hoopili Symbolizes Direction of Oahu’s Future

Thursday, March 1

State Supports Hoopili, But Top Official Will Testify For Opponents

February 2012

Tuesday, February 28

Hawaii’s Past Governors Say No to Hoopili

Hawaii Solar Energy Leader Voted Out

Saturday, February 25

It’s Your Money: Hawaii Residents Expected to Pay for Whistleblower Suit

Thursday, February 23

Abercrombie’s Latest Water Commission Nominees Don’t Quiet Uproar

Wednesday, February 22

Stop In the Name Of the Endangered Species Law: Put That Sea Turtle Back

Tuesday, February 21

Mistake? The Story of the Death of Single-use Bag Bill in Hawaii House

Friday, February 17

Ag Dept Struggles With Unwelcome Animals

Thursday, February 16

Environmentalists Peeved At House Speaker’s ‘Unusual’ Procedural Move

Tuesday, February 14

New Hawaii Water Commissioner Withdraws Amid Controversy

Friday, February 10

White House: Hawaii Birth Control Law Doesn’t Raise Insurance Premiums

Wednesday, February 8

Questions Raised About Abercrombie Handling of PUC Appointment

Tuesday, February 7

Hawaii Lawmakers Distance Cable Bill from Taint of Big Wind

Wednesday, February 1

Want Solar Panels? You May Have to Pay HECO Thousands in Studies

January 2012

Tuesday, January 31

Hawaii Land Development Corp Still Controversial

Saturday, January 28

Is Natural Gas A New Energy Source For Hawaii?

Friday, January 27

Consumers Could Be Charged for Plastic and Paper Bags

Wednesday, January 25

State Pushes Back Against Federal Monk Seal Protections

Tuesday, January 24

Abercrombie: Hawaii In The Hands of Singapore Oil Speculators

Friday, January 20

Aloun Farms Throws Its Support Behind Hoopili

Ailing Farm Industry Needs Help From Legislature This Year

Wednesday, January 18

Water, Fish, Trash Top Environmental Issues in 2012 Legislature

Oahu Faces a Future With Far Fewer Beaches

Sand erosion already has exacted a huge toll and it’s expected to accelerate. Scientists say it’s time to take aggressive steps to save the island’s remaining shoreline.