For the second day, Hawaii senators continue to question Carleton Ching on his nomination to be chairman of the state Department of Land and Natural Resources.
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If you missed this morning’s testimony on Carleton Ching, you can read the testimony submitted before today here, and catch up on reporter Anita Hofschneider’s live tweets at the hearing below.
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Edward Snowden, the NSA whistleblower on the run, spoke at ACLU Hawaii’s First Amendment Conference live Saturday, via a video link from Moscow, Russia.
The livestream, courtesy of Olelo Community Media, featured Snowden who appeared on a giant screen behind his attorney, Ben Wizner, the director of the ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project, and panel moderator Aviam Soifer, dean of the University of Hawaii law school.
The full discussion with Snowden, Wizner and Soifer is below, courtesy of Olelo Community Media:
A full social media recap of the conversation is below:
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If you missed it, Olelo will rebroadcast Snowden’s talk on Channel 54. The schedule:
6 p.m., Feb. 15
10:30 a.m., Feb. 20
9 a.m., Feb. 21
1:30 p.m., Feb. 23
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What’s an editor to do when her publisher’s philanthropy touches so many different organizations in Hawaii that it becomes difficult to measure its reach? Well, she writes about it, and sits down with Pod Squad host Chad Blair to talk about it, too.
In a wide-ranging interview, Civil Beat Editor Patti Epler explains what prompted her to write about the more than $100 million that Pierre and Pam Omidyar have spent on philanthropic causes and social-change efforts in Hawaii, and how people have reacted to the story. Pierre Omidyar is Civil Beat’s publisher.
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For Hawaii, 2014 was a newsy year. There were election surprises and the threat of a pair of hurricanes, with one turning into the damaging storm that struck the Big Island just before primary Election Day.
Beyond the breaking news, the state’s rising cost of living continued to turn the screws on residents in their daily lives, and our stories about this relentless phenomenon captured plenty of attention from readers.
It is clear that many of the big stories of 2014 will become an integral part of next year. We have yet to really feel the imprint of our new governor, David Ige, after his improbable rise to become the state’s chief executive. The GMO debate is sure to continue, with lawsuits moving forward. The inability of the city and the state, at least so far, to bend the curve on homelessness means that the issue will almost certainly continue to get plenty of attention. As for the cost of living, well, you tell us when things get a little easier.
In the meantime, here are the most-read stories Civil Beat published in 2014.
10) Living Hawaii: Many Families Sacrifice to Put Kids in Private Schools
Civil Beat really dived into its Living Hawaii series this year to explain, understand and seek solutions to the enormous challenges people face as a result of the high cost of living. The cost of education can be enormous. Families in Hawaii, and especially on Oahu, have a uniquely intense faith in private schools
As the end of the year approaches, we scoured the twittersphere in search of 25 particularly relevant comments on important issues in the islands over the last 12 months.
Milk and the Minimum Wage
A far-reaching law from the 2014 legislative sessions will put more money into the hands of low-salaried workers even as Hawaii’s high cost of living continued to rise. Lawmakers reached a deal to increase the state’s minimum wage to $10.10 by 2018.
For people earning the current minimum wage, an hour of work is barely equal to the cost of a gallon of milk. After taxes, it might not even be enough, depending on where people buy their milk. Forget the Big Mac Index. Hawaii’s milk is an easy reference point for high across-the-board prices.
Yall didn't believe me #HImilk pic.twitter.com/hwAwHPIn7J
— Kelsie (@kelsiehee) December 19, 2014
A few supermarket prices might help to convince people like “Hollywood Q” that moving to Hawaii isn’t quite as easy as he thinks.
I would not be opposed to buying a one way ticket to Hawaii n just finding minimum wage employment out there. Just for a little
— Hollywood Q (@quintondaniels_) November 4, 2014
Fortunately @_maarrk offered a little big-picture context.
If hawaii wasn't so expensive everyone could probably afford their own place ;p
— Mark (@_maarrk) December 18, 2014
Homeless in Paradise
Given the state’s rents, which cost 50 percent more than they do nationally, a lot of people can’t afford their own place, or even a shared one. Some mainlanders discovered as much when they read headlines highlighting the fact
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