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Honolulu is the capital of Hawaii. It is the state’s only unified city and county, encompassing the entire island of Oahu. As Hawaii’s center of commerce, Honolulu is home to about 70 percent of Hawaii’s residents, as well as its principal harbor and primary airport. Its location in the middle of the Pacific Ocean makes the subtropical island both a popular tourist destination and a strategic outpost for all branches of the U.S. military.

As the capital city of an isolated island state, Honolulu is the hub of air and sea transportation for Hawaii. While the neighbor islands all have regional airports, Honolulu International Airport is the primary gateway for air travel to the U.S. mainland and the Pacific region, as well as the main entry point for most Hawaii tourists.

As the city grows, primarily toward the west, the City and County of Honolulu is building a $5.2 billion elevated rapid-transit line that will cover 20 miles from east Kapolei to Ala Moana Center.

Honolulu’s growth has been limited by the natural borders created by the Koolau Mountains to the east, the Waianae Mountain Range to the west and the Pacific Ocean. For decades, the vast agricultural tracts owned by sugar and pineapple growers also kept urban sprawl in check. Today, almost one-third of the state’s population lives in the city of Honolulu, defined by the U.S. Census Bureau as the 84 square miles of land from Makapuu to Halawa Valley. Much of Honolulu’s infrastructure is currently overtaxed.

Honolulu is Hawaii’s only incorporated city. It spans the area that includes major government and business districts, as well as most of the high-rise office towers and condominiums that define the city’s skyline. The U.S. Census Bureau designates the city as the area from Makapuu to Halawa Valley. Some of Honolulu’s most recognizable landmarks fall within those boundaries, including Diamond Head Crater, Waikiki Beach, Ala Moana Center, Iolani Palace, Honolulu Harbor, Aloha Tower, historic downtown Honolulu and the USS Arizona Memorial.

Honolulu county encompasses the entire island of Oahu, which, at about 600 square miles, is often the measure Honolulu leaders use to describe the city. Waikiki and downtown Honolulu lie along the city’s south shore. The county extends west to the Ko Olina resort area and the Waianae coast and mountain range. The lush Windward side lies just past the city’s eastern border, sheltered by the Koolau Mountains. The island’s North Shore is a surfing mecca that includes the Banzai Pipeline, Waimea Bay and Sunset Beach.

As of 2013, U.S. Census estimates the City and County of Honolulu had 983,429 residents. Children and seniors account for more than a third of the population, with about 15 percent of Honolulu residents 65 years and older, slightly higher than both state and national averages.

Honolulu, nicknamed “The Gathering Place,” is known for its rich ethnic diversity. Hawaii is the only state that has never had a Caucasian majority. Since the late 18th century, the island’s original native Hawaiian settlers have been joined by migrants from Europe, North America and waves of immigrants from Japan, the Philippines, China, as well as other Asian and Pacific Island counties. Collectively Asians make up nearly half of the population; Whites and Hispanics, about a quarter; Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders about 10 percent. Those of mixed race account for more than 20 percent.

Honolulu has a higher median household income than the rest of the state or the nation. Honolulu also has fewer people living in poverty. Because many of the county’s residents live in a relatively small geographic area, the economic disparity is often literally on display. It’s not uncommon for public housing units to be tucked into middle class neighborhoods or for affordable units to be built in the lower floors of newly constructed luxury condominiums. 

Some scholars estimate Polynesian migrants arrived in Hawaii as early as 400 A.D.. Archaeologists believe it was centuries before the voyagers made their way up the island chain to Oahu. Oral history and archaeology date the earliest settlement on Oahu to 1100 A.D. In 1794, Capt. William Brown became the first foreigner to sail to Honolulu, guiding the English ship Butterworth into a well-protected natural harbor. He named it Fair Haven, but his contemporaries more commonly referred to as Brown’s Harbor. In the 1800s it took on the name Honolulu (“sheltered harbor”) while the city of Honolulu developed nearby.

Honolulu didn’t become part of the Hawaiian Kingdom until 1804. King Kamehameha I, on his way to unifying the major Hawaiian Islands, conquered Oahu in a decisive battle in Nuuanu Valley. He forced his opponents up a 1,000 foot cliff (“pali” in Hawaiian), where many leapt or fell to their deaths rather than surrender.

After taking control of Oahu, Kamahemeha I moved his court from the Big Island of Hawaii to Waikiki. He relocated it again to downtown Honolulu five years later to be closer to the harbor, where fragrant sandalwood — used for perfumes, cosmetics, incense and wood carvings — could be exported at a premium, particularly to China. Within a couple of decades, however, the Hawaiians had harvested the slow-growing sandalwood trees to near extinction. But even without the precious export, Honolulu Harbor remained the center of commerce for Oahu, welcoming whalers and traders who needed a place to restock, refuel and find some rest and relaxation.

But other Westerners saw Honolulu as more than just a way-station in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. In the 1820s, Christian missionaries from New England arrived in Hawaii and began exerting a Western influence through religion, education, economics and politics. In 1835, the first large commercial sugar plantation opened. As the industry took hold, more plantations opened and waves of laborers from China, Japan, Portugal, Puerto Rico and the Philippines arrived to work in the cane fields and factories.

The sugar industry thrived, helped in part by the American Reciprocity Act of 1874, which let the United States use Pearl Harbor as a naval base in exchange for duty-free importation of Hawaiian sugar. The tourism industry, on the other hand, would be slow to take hold, largely because it took weeks to travel by boat. The first attempt, a “HOTEL AT WAITITI” was advertised in the July 1, 1837, edition of the Sandwich Island Gazette. It closed after just a few years. The second wouldn’t open until 1888 and was also short lived, although it was leased and reopened as Sans Souci in 1893, becoming Waikiki’s first popular beach resort. Author Robert Louis Stevenson was one of the hotel’s first guests. Decades later, the introduction of trans-oceanic/trans-pacific commercial jet service in 1959 finally helped Honolulu’s tourism industry take off.


Honolulu has been the seat of government in Hawaii since 1850, when King Kamehameha III proclaimed it the capital of his kingdom. In 1959, Hawaii became a state and the Hawaii Legislature granted home rule to the counties. In Honolulu, this meant adoption of a city charter that created a mayor-council government structure.

The mayor serves as chief executive officer of the city, with responsibilities that include supervision of the executive agencies responsible for public safety and welfare; culture and recreation; community and human development; citizen participation; and general government operations.

A nine-member city council is responsible for legislative and investigative functions. All offices are nonpartisan and candidates are elected to four-year terms for a maximum of two consecutive terms. Elections are conducted by the city clerk every two years.

The mayor, city council and their appointees hold much of the power in Honolulu. Public worker unions, who represent many of the city’s essential workers, also wield significant influence. Lobbyists for public utilities, prominent developers and large landowners also have a voice in city planning and growth.

Elected neighborhood board members serve in an advisory capacity, bringing the issues that impact their communities to the attention of government officials.

Is the City Violating the Law in Destroying Homeless People’s Property? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Is the City Violating the Law in Destroying Homeless People’s Property?

As the ACLU launches a legal battle against Honolulu’s sweeps of homeless encampments, it points to a Los Angeles case in which that city’s sweeps were ruled unconstitutional.

Neal Milner: ‘Shady Characters’ Tell a Spicy History of Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Neal Milner: ‘Shady Characters’ Tell a Spicy History of Hawaii

Veteran reporter Jim Dooley’s new book recounts his coverage of the state’s darker side — political scandals, crime and corruption.

Will Honolulu Ethics Commission Take the Gag Off its Director? Nick Grube/ Civil Beat

Will Honolulu Ethics Commission Take the Gag Off its Director?

A restrictive communications policy may be replaced, but the proposed new one retains contradictory language requiring Chuck Totto to seek pre-approval to talk to the media.

Denby Fawcett: Saving Ala Moana Beach Park for the People Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Denby Fawcett: Saving Ala Moana Beach Park for the People

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell says there will be no unisex bathrooms and no fancy restaurants — just local kine grinds.

The Projector: A Week of Celebrations and Protests Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The Projector: A Week of Celebrations and Protests

Two parades inspire colorful street scenes while the rail project marches eastward and the Board of Education grapples with a controversial issue.

Nestor Garcia Resigns From KHON2 News Screenshot

Nestor Garcia Resigns From KHON2 News

The elected official-turned-news reporter has been under fire for ethical violations while on the Honolulu City Council.

Honolulu City Council Overrides Caldwell, Expands Sit-Lie Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu City Council Overrides Caldwell, Expands Sit-Lie

Despite legal opinions that expansion of the controversial ban is illegal, council members say they must provide relief to other urban areas where homeless people are congregating.

Want to Fill Up Your Homeless Shelter? Ditch Some of the Rules Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Want to Fill Up Your Homeless Shelter? Ditch Some of the Rules

Next Step shelter’s lenient approach leads to a higher occupancy rate than other Oahu facilities. But some question whether that’s best for the long term.

Antiquated Law Spares Lobbyists in Honolulu Ethics Scandal Civil Beat

Antiquated Law Spares Lobbyists in Honolulu Ethics Scandal

The people who wined and dined Honolulu City Council members in violation of ethics codes likely won’t face any punishment for their actions.

Curt Sanburn: Errant Towers or the Oahu That Never Was D Coetzee via Flickr

Curt Sanburn: Errant Towers or the Oahu That Never Was

Honolulu once allowed 40-story buildings just about anywhere on the island. Without changes, we might have also had highways on the reef and artificial island parks.

Curt Sanburn: Looking for Music at the Waikiki Shell Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Curt Sanburn: Looking for Music at the Waikiki Shell

The city is considering ways to bring new life to the iconic Honolulu concert venue.

A New Approach to the Homeless Problem in Waikiki Cory Lum/Civil Beat

A New Approach to the Homeless Problem in Waikiki

Security guards at the Outrigger Hotel are being trained to help the homeless, not just move them along.

Honolulu City Council Must Stop the Sit-Lie Expansion PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Honolulu City Council Must Stop the Sit-Lie Expansion

The measure would only further complicate a homelessness challenge that the recent point-in-time count shows is continuing to grow.

Peter Carlisle: Dropping a Dime on Ethics Scofflaws Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Peter Carlisle: Dropping a Dime on Ethics Scofflaws

To all the potential whistleblowers out there: There are places to turn, and a law to protect you.

Police Accreditation Committee Should Listen to Public’s Comments Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Police Accreditation Committee Should Listen to Public’s Comments

Testimony Tuesday was candid and caustic in the Honolulu Police Department’s accreditation forum. Recent events involving HPD should prompt a close review.

September 2015

Monday, September 28

Is the City Violating the Law in Destroying Homeless People’s Property?

August 2015

Thursday, August 13

Neal Milner: ‘Shady Characters’ Tell a Spicy History of Hawaii

July 2015

Tuesday, July 21

Will Honolulu Ethics Commission Take the Gag Off its Director?

Wednesday, July 15

Denby Fawcett: Saving Ala Moana Beach Park for the People

June 2015

Friday, June 19

The Projector: A Week of Celebrations and Protests

Saturday, June 6

Nestor Garcia Resigns From KHON2 News

Wednesday, June 3

Honolulu City Council Overrides Caldwell, Expands Sit-Lie

Monday, June 1

Want to Fill Up Your Homeless Shelter? Ditch Some of the Rules

Antiquated Law Spares Lobbyists in Honolulu Ethics Scandal

May 2015

Monday, May 18

Curt Sanburn: Errant Towers or the Oahu That Never Was

Monday, May 11

Curt Sanburn: Looking for Music at the Waikiki Shell

A New Approach to the Homeless Problem in Waikiki

Wednesday, May 6

Honolulu City Council Must Stop the Sit-Lie Expansion

April 2015

Monday, April 27

Peter Carlisle: Dropping a Dime on Ethics Scofflaws

Friday, April 17

Police Accreditation Committee Should Listen to Public’s Comments

Monday, April 13

Secret Subcontractors: What Honolulu Rail Officials Aren’t Telling You

Thursday, April 9

Oahu Faces a Future With Far Fewer Beaches

Monday, April 6

Curt Sanburn: Going Vertical and Green in Kakaako

Pod Squad: A Visit with Denby Fawcett About Chinatown Brothels

Thursday, April 2

D.R. Horton Agrees to Provide Cheaper Housing in Hoopili

March 2015

Tuesday, March 31

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

Curt Sanburn: Kirk Caldwell’s Designs on the Blaisdell Center

Denby Fawcett: The Brothels of Chinatown

Tuesday, March 17

Denby Fawcett: Mayor Caldwell, Save Ala Moana Park for the Regular People

Tuesday, March 10

Denby Fawcett: Making It Easier to Build in Rural Oahu

October 2014

Thursday, October 2

East Honolulu City Council Candidates Stake Out their Differences

September 2014

Monday, September 15

County Councils Agree to Lobby State for More Hotel Tax Revenue

March 2014

Wednesday, March 19

The Mayor’s Money: Caldwell Expands Office Budget in Tight Times

January 2014

Friday, January 10

HUD Tells Honolulu to Pay $3 Million for ORI Grant Mismanagement

December 2013

Friday, December 27

Urban High: Rail Lets Honolulu Grow Up

Thursday, December 5

‘Tis the Season: See What Gifts Honolulu City Agencies Got This Year

September 2013

Thursday, September 19

Unions Spared From Taxes After Honolulu Mayor Defers His Own Bill

August 2013

Tuesday, August 27

Deedy Trial: A Hung Jury Means Federal Agent Could Be Back In Court

Thursday, August 22

Who’s Really to Blame for Honolulu’s Budget Woes?

Tuesday, August 20

Who’s the New Guy Running Things at Honolulu Hale?

Friday, August 16

Will Court Delays Let Honolulu Argue Rail Is Past Point of No Return?

Tuesday, August 13

ORI Refutes Any Wrongdoing, Says Honolulu ‘Caved’ to HUD

July 2013

Wednesday, July 31

Tall Buildings, Cheap Rent and Hawaii’s Ability to Manage Development

Thursday, July 25

Did Honolulu Commit $10 Million in Mistakes on Ala Wai Pipe Fix?

Sunday, July 21

Despite Honolulu’s Own Investigation, Questions Remain About ORI

Friday, July 19

ORI Investigation Over, Honolulu to Pay Back $1.88M in Federal Grants

June 2013

Friday, June 7

Kickback? Letter Shows ORI Head Sought $90k Donation From Contractor

May 2013

Monday, May 20

Ala Wai Canal: Hawaii’s Biggest Mistake?

Saturday, May 18

Federal Judge Refuses To Toss (de)Occupy Honolulu Suit Despite City’s Efforts

Friday, May 10

Housing Honolulu’s Homeless Won’t Come Cheap Under New Plan

Wednesday, May 8

Change Of Heart: Mayor’s Office Releases Names Of Executive Staff

Tuesday, May 7

War In Waikiki? The Fight Over The Natatorium Is Far From Over

Wednesday, May 1

Abercrombie Teams With Caldwell To Tear Down Waikiki Natatorium

April 2013

Thursday, April 4

It’s Your Money: Bumpy Roads, Brain Injury And A $1.7 Million Pothole

Can Kirk Caldwell Succeed Where Others Have Failed With Honolulu Homeless?

November 2012

Friday, November 16

It’s Your Money: Death By Electrocution Costs Honolulu $550K

August 2012

Wednesday, August 29

Honolulu’s Most Dangerous Intersections: Guess Where?

July 2012

Thursday, July 26

Beach Ban for Business Vetoed by Honolulu Mayor

Saturday, July 21

Incumbency No Help for Honolulu’s Current Mayor

Thursday, July 5

Honolulu Ethics Panel Investigating Fire-EMS Merger Contract

March 2012

Friday, March 23

Developing Kakaako: The Big Picture

Tuesday, March 6

Honolulu’s Tech Deputy: Government Can Help

Thursday, March 1

Civil Beat Poll – Rail Top Issue for Honolulu Voters

February 2012

Saturday, February 18

Honolulu’s New 311 App Is a Step In the Right Tech Direction

January 2012

Saturday, January 14

Inside Honolulu — Government, Politics and Issues — Jan. 16-22

Saturday, January 7

Inside Honolulu — Government, Politics and Issues — Jan. 9-15

December 2011

Saturday, December 31

Inside Honolulu – Government, Politics and Issues – Jan. 2-8

Wednesday, December 28

Amid Arlington Grave Issues, VA Says Punchbowl Review ‘Not Necessary’

Monday, December 26

2011 Year in Review — Civil Beat Tells Hawaii’s Story

Saturday, December 24

2011 Year in Review — Honolulu

Friday, December 23

Inside Honolulu – Government, Politics and Issues – Dec. 26-Jan. 1

Wednesday, December 21

Honolulu’s Response to Too-Popular Service: Stop Offering It

Friday, December 16

Inside Honolulu – Government, Politics and Issues – Dec. 19-Dec. 25

Tuesday, December 13

Scathing Audit: Honolulu Ambulance Service Lacking

Saturday, December 10

Inside Honolulu – Government, Politics and Issues – Dec. 12-Dec. 18

Saturday, December 3

Inside Honolulu – Government, Politics and Issues – Dec. 5-Dec. 11

Friday, December 2

Inside Honolulu: Dec. 2

Thursday, December 1

Inside Honolulu: Dec. 1

November 2011

Tuesday, November 29

Inside Honolulu: November 30

Inside Honolulu: November 29

Friday, November 18

Inside Honolulu: November 18

Thursday, November 17

Inside Honolulu: November 17

Wednesday, November 16

Inside Honolulu: November 16

Tuesday, November 15

Inside Honolulu: November 15

Monday, November 14

Inside Honolulu: November 14

Sunday, November 13

APEC 2011 Hawaii — The Day in Pictures — Nov. 12

Thursday, November 10

SLIDESHOW: APEC 2011 Hawaii – Nov. 9 — By John Hook

Tuesday, November 8

Neighbor: Agent Not ‘the Kind of Guy Who Goes Around Killing People’

Saturday, November 5

Inside Honolulu: November 7

Berg: West Oahu Should Secede From Honolulu

Friday, November 4

Inside Honolulu: November 4

Wednesday, November 2

Inside Honolulu: November 3

Inside Honolulu: November 2

Tuesday, November 1

Inside Honolulu: November 1

October 2011

Saturday, October 29

Inside Honolulu: October 31

Friday, October 28

Inside Honolulu: October 28

Thursday, October 27

Inside Honolulu: October 27

Wednesday, October 26

Inside Honolulu: October 26

Tuesday, October 25

Inside Honolulu: October 25

Monday, October 24

Inside Honolulu: October 24

Friday, October 21

Inside Honolulu: October 21

Thursday, October 20

Inside Honolulu: October 20

Wednesday, October 19

Inside Honolulu: October 19

Tuesday, October 18

Inside Honolulu: October 18

Monday, October 17

Inside Honolulu: October 17

Thursday, October 13

Inside Honolulu: October 13

Police-Business Deal Raises Ethical Questions

Wednesday, October 12

Inside Honolulu: October 12

Tuesday, October 11

A Second Crack at Clearing Honolulu’s Sidewalks

Inside Honolulu: October 11

Monday, October 10

Inside Honolulu: October 10

Friday, October 7

Inside Honolulu: October 7

Thursday, October 6

Inside Honolulu: October 6

Wednesday, October 5

Inside Honolulu: October 5

Tuesday, October 4

Inside Honolulu: October 4

Saturday, October 1

Inside Honolulu: October 3

September 2011

Friday, September 30

Inside Honolulu: September 30

Thursday, September 29

Inside Honolulu: September 29

Wednesday, September 28

Inside Honolulu: September 28

Looking To Balance APEC Safety, First Amendment

Tuesday, September 27

Inside Honolulu: September 27

Monday, September 26

Inside Honolulu: September 26

Friday, September 23

Inside Honolulu: September 23

Thursday, September 22

Inside Honolulu: September 22

Wednesday, September 21

Inside Honolulu: September 21

Tuesday, September 20

Inside Honolulu: September 20

Monday, September 19

Inside Honolulu: September 19

Saturday, September 17

Marriott Hotel Part of A Big Laie Development Plan?

Friday, September 16

Inside Honolulu: September 16

Thursday, September 15

Inside Honolulu: September 15

Wednesday, September 14

Inside Honolulu: September 14

Panel Picks Honolulu Council Redistricting Plan

Tuesday, September 13

Inside Honolulu: September 13

Friday, September 9

Inside Honolulu: September 12

Inside Honolulu: September 9

Thursday, September 8

Inside Honolulu: September 8 – LIVE BLOG – HART Questions Ansaldo

Wednesday, September 7

Inside Honolulu: September 7

Tuesday, September 6

Inside Honolulu: September 6

Friday, September 2

Inside Honolulu: September 2

Carlisle Wants $1B Rainy Day Fund as Legacy

Thursday, September 1

Inside Honolulu: September 1

August 2011

Wednesday, August 31

Inside Honolulu: August 31

Tuesday, August 30

Inside Honolulu: August 30

Monday, August 29

Inside Honolulu: August 29

Friday, August 26

Inside Honolulu: August 26

Honolulu Rail Asks Losing Bidder to Extend Offer — Just In Case

Thursday, August 25

Inside Honolulu: August 25

Wednesday, August 24

Inside Honolulu: August 24

Tuesday, August 23

Inside Honolulu: August 23

Monday, August 22

Inside Honolulu: August 22

Thursday, August 18

Inside Honolulu: August 18

Wednesday, August 17

Inside Honolulu: August 17

Tuesday, August 16

Inside Honolulu: August 16

Monday, August 15

Inside Honolulu: August 15

Friday, August 12

Inside Honolulu: August 12

Thursday, August 11

Inside Honolulu: August 11

Enterprise Services Chief Quintal Retires, Quietly

Wednesday, August 10

Inside Honolulu: August 10

Tuesday, August 9

Inside Honolulu: August 9

Full Disclosure: Mayor Peter Carlisle’s Cabinet

Sunday, August 7

Inside Honolulu: August 8

Friday, August 5

Inside Honolulu: August 5

Thursday, August 4

Inside Honolulu: August 4

Wednesday, August 3

Inside Honolulu: August 3

Tuesday, August 2

Inside Honolulu: August 2

Monday, August 1

Inside Honolulu: August 1

July 2011

Saturday, July 30

Frequent-Flying Mayor Makes Japan Next Stop

Friday, July 29

Inside Honolulu: July 29

Thursday, July 28

Inside Honolulu: July 28

Wednesday, July 27

Inside Honolulu: July 27

Tuesday, July 26

Inside Honolulu: July 26

Sunday, July 24

Inside Honolulu: July 25

Friday, July 22

Even Without Challenger, Carlisle Rakes In Cash

Inside Honolulu: July 22

Thursday, July 21

Inside Honolulu: July 21

Wednesday, July 20

Inside Honolulu: July 20

Tuesday, July 19

Inside Honolulu: July 19

Embattled ORI Opens Doors, But Not Kimono

Monday, July 18

Inside Honolulu: July 18

Saturday, July 16

Berg Fires Chief of Staff Amid Attacks on State Rep

Friday, July 15

Inside Honolulu: July 15

Thursday, July 14

Inside Honolulu: July 14

Budget Battle Left Few Sewage Sludge Options

Wednesday, July 13

Inside Honolulu: July 13

Senator Could Give Hoopili Opponents Clout

Tuesday, July 12

Inside Honolulu: July 12

Monday, July 11

Inside Honolulu: July 11

Friday, July 8

Inside Honolulu: July 8

City Starts Work on Commitment to the Future

Thursday, July 7

Inside Honolulu: July 7

Wednesday, July 6

Inside Honolulu: July 6

Tuesday, July 5

Inside Honolulu: July 5

Friday, July 1

Inside Honolulu: July 1

Ewa Development Hearing All About Optics

June 2011

Wednesday, June 29

Un-Homed But Not Unhinged: Mr. Fix-it

Thursday, June 9

Legal Gun Permit Was Never an Option for Stangel

May 2011

Monday, May 30

The Heart of Honolulu

Thursday, May 19

Tourism Infrastructure Most Vulnerable to Climate Change in Honolulu

Tuesday, May 17

Off The Beat: Honolulu Drags Its Feet — When It Doesn’t Need To

Off The Beat: Voted For Your Neighbor Lately?

Thursday, May 12

Honolulu Is Best City For Commuting On Public Transportation

Wednesday, May 11

Soon To Be Illegal In Honolulu: Crossing the Street Using A Phone?

Wednesday, May 4

Inside Honolulu: May 4

April 2011

Friday, April 29

Property of Obama’s Childhood Home in Manoa Could Become Parking Lot

Lawmakers Finally Agree On Anti-Prostitution Bill

Friday, April 22

‘Speechless’ Over Rail Chief’s Attitude Toward Long-Term Operating Costs

Wednesday, April 13

Discussion: Prostitution In Honolulu

Selling Sex In Honolulu: Tracking Arrests

Selling Sex in Honolulu: Police Use Massage License Law Against Prostitutes

Selling Sex In Honolulu: In Nine Months, Police Dept. Arrests Just One Pimp

Tuesday, April 12

Hawaii Will Have A Symphony Once Again

Inside Honolulu: April 12

OSHA Opens Investigation After Deadly Hawaii Fireworks Explosion

Friday, April 8

Board of Water Supply Says Honolulu Has Fewer Water Main Breaks Than Average

Friday, April 1

No New Confirmed Dengue Cases In Hawaii

March 2011

Friday, March 25

Lab Results: Landfill Water Exceeded Legal Levels for Just One Chemical — Iron

Wednesday, March 23

U.S. Transportation Chief: “No Doubt” City Will Follow Path To Rail Success

Tuesday, March 22

Cops Crash Magic Island Spring Break Party

Saturday, March 19

How To Access (Almost) Real-Time Hawaii Radiation Data From EPA

Thursday, March 17

Un-homed But Not Unhinged: Bartering Along

Thursday, March 10

Why We Need A New Building At Kawaiahao

Tuesday, March 8

Repairs Continue On Waikiki Water Main

February 2011

Friday, February 25

Un-homed But Not Unhinged: I Miss My Bed

Saturday, February 19

Off The Beat: Indicted Police Officer Still At Work

Honolulu Police Major Indicted for Corruption

Wednesday, February 16

On Oahu’s North Shore, Is “Status Quo” a Bad Word?

Tuesday, February 15

Getting back to Basics: The Benefits of Breastfeeding

Friday, February 11

Un-homed but Not Unhinged: Full Monty or Not?

January 2011

Tuesday, January 25

Inside Honolulu: Jan. 25

Wednesday, January 12

No Mulligan for Sony Open Pro-Am

Friday, January 7

Inside Honolulu: Jan. 10

December 2010

Thursday, December 30

Stories From the Honolulu Beat – 2010 Recycled

Wednesday, December 29

Inside Honolulu: Dec. 29

October 2010

Monday, October 25

Carlisle Says ‘No’ to New Office of Housing

Saturday, October 16

Can’t Miss Comments, Oct. 16 – Honolulu Hale, Mayor Carlisle & Rail

Friday, October 1

Urban Zones Proposed to Keep Sidewalks Clear of Homeless

September 2010

Friday, September 3

Our Hawaiian Manhattan

August 2010

Monday, August 9

The Civil Beat Imaginarium

July 2010

Thursday, July 29

Discussion: Public Housing Safety

June 2010

Sunday, June 27

Numbers Don’t Add Up at New Star-Advertiser

Saturday, June 26

Inaccurate “Correction” by Star-Advertiser

Thursday, June 24

What it Means to be a One-Newspaper Town

Monday, June 14

The Weekend Editions Of The New Honolulu Star-Advertiser

Friday, June 11

Days 4-5 Of The New Star-Advertiser

Thursday, June 10

Day 3 Of The New Star-Advertiser

Tuesday, June 8

Day 1 Of The New Star-Advertiser

Sunday, June 6

Discussion: One-newspaper town

Reflections On The Death Of The Honolulu Advertiser

May 2010

Thursday, May 27

‘Hawaii Dive-O.’ A Revisionist View Of The Beloved Cop Show

Thursday, May 20

UPDATE: Tax Revenue for $5.5 Billion Rail Project Short $2 Million

Tuesday, May 18

UPDATE: City Testing Soil In Advance Of Rail Groundbreaking

Monday, May 17

UPDATE: Construction Leaders Weigh In On Rail

Monday, May 10

Civil Beat Poll: Slim Majority Supports Honolulu Rail Project

Sunday In The Park With ‘Uncle’

Wednesday, May 5

UPDATE: Postal Workers Assisting Rising Ranks of Hawaii’s Hungry

UPDATE: The Trash Pile Isn’t Moving

Tuesday, May 4

UPDATE: What’s All the Flushing Doing to the Ocean?

Monday, May 3

UPDATE: Curbside Recycling Spreads Across Island

Discussion: Honolulu

April 2010

Wednesday, April 21

Coming Soon? The Aloha Stadium Mall