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A&B’s Return Of East Maui Water: Generous Gesture Or Staged Event? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

A&B’s Return Of East Maui Water: Generous Gesture Or Staged Event?

UPDATED: Hawaii legislators praise the company for restoring several streams to help taro farmers, but critics contend it’s still illegally diverting water.

Report: Maui’s Farming Future Courtesy: Maui Tomorrow

Report: Maui’s Farming Future

A new report commissioned by Maui Tomorrow shows how the Valley Isle could transition out of a century of sugarcane and into regenerative agriculture.

Maui’s Ancient Water Rights Debate Headed For Capitol Showdown Alexander & Baldwin

Maui’s Ancient Water Rights Debate Headed For Capitol Showdown

UPDATED 4/6/2016: Big Ag has long diverted water to serve Central Maui at the expense of others, and the dispute is outliving sugar cane farming.

Unfilled Seats Strangle Hawaii Environmental Council’s Work Phil Roeder/Flickr

Unfilled Seats Strangle Hawaii Environmental Council’s Work

Members whose terms expired in June stay on to keep the council running as they wait — and wait — for Gov. David Ige to make new appointments.

Why Can’t the State Make Developers Keep Their Promises? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Why Can’t the State Make Developers Keep Their Promises?

The state Land Use Commission often lacks the power to enforce the conditions that developers agree to.

Convicted Car Dealer Poised to Donate Hawaii Kai Land for Nature Reserve DLNR

Convicted Car Dealer Poised to Donate Hawaii Kai Land for Nature Reserve

The DLNR is in the process of negotiating for the 300-acre site in the Pia Valley owned by James Pflueger and other family members.

Peter Apo: Urban Crawl – Is Hawaii Becoming Just Another Place? PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Peter Apo: Urban Crawl – Is Hawaii Becoming Just Another Place?

The nature of key development projects on West Oahu may mean the area loses its unique rural appeal.

Is Kapolei a Mistake? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Is Kapolei a Mistake?

Oahu’s “Second City” doesn’t meet the generally accepted elements of “smart growth” and even city officials are putting more emphasis on development along the Honolulu rail line.

Curt Sanburn: Land Use Shenanigans on the Windward Side Curt Sanburn

Curt Sanburn: Land Use Shenanigans on the Windward Side

A bureaucrat rewrote the Koolauloa Sustainable Communities Plan, but then the zoning committee rode to the rescue — for a while, anyway.

Abercrombie Signs Bill to Protect 665 Acres at Turtle Bay Resort Courtesy of Gov. Neil Abercrombie

Abercrombie Signs Bill to Protect 665 Acres at Turtle Bay Resort

Hawaii Sens. David Ige and Clayton Hee seize the opportunity to tout their records as they campaign for higher office.
Hawaii Legislature Mulls Solar Power and Child Care on Agricultural Land Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Hawaii Legislature Mulls Solar Power and Child Care on Agricultural Land

Bills would allow more solar facilities, child care businesses and more on farmland.
Hawaii Senate to Decide on Aaron Mahi for the Land Use Commission

Hawaii Senate to Decide on Aaron Mahi for the Land Use Commission

The Native Hawaiian musician would bring a rich cultural perspective to the oft-criticized and powerful land board.
Hawaii Monitor: Bill Would Expand Secrecy of DHHL Leases

Hawaii Monitor: Bill Would Expand Secrecy of DHHL Leases

But Senate chair Clayton Hee says: "This is a public trust, public land, public leases."
Kamehameha Highway Chaos: State’s Parking Barriers May Bring Lawsuit

Kamehameha Highway Chaos: State’s Parking Barriers May Bring Lawsuit

The state is finally taking action to address North Shore traffic jams but critics say the plan is misguided.

April 2016

Wednesday, April 20

A&B’s Return Of East Maui Water: Generous Gesture Or Staged Event?

Monday, April 11

Report: Maui’s Farming Future

Tuesday, April 5

Maui’s Ancient Water Rights Debate Headed For Capitol Showdown

October 2015

Tuesday, October 6

Unfilled Seats Strangle Hawaii Environmental Council’s Work

September 2015

Wednesday, September 30

Why Can’t the State Make Developers Keep Their Promises?

August 2015

Monday, August 31

Convicted Car Dealer Poised to Donate Hawaii Kai Land for Nature Reserve

June 2015

Thursday, June 4

Peter Apo: Urban Crawl – Is Hawaii Becoming Just Another Place?

May 2015

Wednesday, May 27

Is Kapolei a Mistake?

April 2015

Monday, April 20

Curt Sanburn: Land Use Shenanigans on the Windward Side

May 2014

Tuesday, May 20

Abercrombie Signs Bill to Protect 665 Acres at Turtle Bay Resort

March 2014

Saturday, March 22

Hawaii Legislature Mulls Solar Power and Child Care on Agricultural Land

Tuesday, March 18

Hawaii Senate to Decide on Aaron Mahi for the Land Use Commission

February 2014

Wednesday, February 5

Hawaii Monitor: Bill Would Expand Secrecy of DHHL Leases

January 2014

Tuesday, January 7

Living Hawaii: Priced Out of Paradise — Where $600K Is a Bargain Home

December 2013

Thursday, December 19

Kamehameha Highway Chaos: State’s Parking Barriers May Bring Lawsuit

Friday, December 13

Debate Rises Over Development Plan for Kailua Marsh

Thursday, December 5

Hawaii Development Agency Approves Kakaako Tower Over Protests

November 2013

Wednesday, November 27

Kakaako Rising: Is This Community Development?

Thursday, November 14

Honolulu City Council Approves Koa Ridge Development

October 2013

Tuesday, October 29

Governor’s Nominee to Board of Land and Natural Resources Draws Criticism

December 2012

Friday, December 7

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

November 2012

Tuesday, November 20

VIDEO: Kahuku Residents Fight To Save Homes From Developer

October 2012

Thursday, October 18

Lingle: I Never Sold an Acre of Ceded Land

August 2012

Wednesday, August 22

North Shore Loses Top Environmental Advocate in House Race

Wednesday, August 15

Native Hawaiians Sue City Over Haleiwa Park Sale

Friday, August 10

A Real Plan for Supporting Hawaii Farmers and Creating Jobs

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

Tuesday, July 10

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

Ewa Planning Decision Will Have Brutal Consequences for All

June 2012

Friday, June 22

Why People Can’t Afford to Live in Hawaii

Does the Sale of a Hawaiian Island Matter?

Friday, June 8

State Approves Hoopili, Court Challenge Expected

May 2012

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

Wednesday, May 16

DHHL Funding on Shaky Ground Despite Supreme Court Ruling

Thursday, May 10

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

April 2012

Friday, April 27

Civil Beat Poll – To Preserve or Develop Hawaii Land?

Thursday, April 26

Why Environmental Exemptions Are A Terrible Policy For Hawaii

Tuesday, April 24

Why Hawaii Needs to Pass the Environmental Exemptions Bill

Wednesday, April 4

Governor’s Water Commission Choices Are Once Again Under Fire

March 2012

Friday, March 23

Rail Construction End Of Long Line for Permits

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

Saturday, March 3

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

Raising Honolulu’s Building Height: Sustainable Density or Vertical Sprawl?

Friday, February 24

UH Law Professor Tapped for Land Trust Expertise in ‘The Descendants’

January 2012

Tuesday, January 31

Hawaii Land Development Corp Still Controversial

Friday, January 20

Aloun Farms Throws Its Support Behind Hoopili

Wednesday, January 18

Water, Fish, Trash Top Environmental Issues in 2012 Legislature

Farm Land Flip Flop? Hawaii Ag Officials Change Position on Hoopili

Saturday, January 14

Hawaii Land Blog — Environment, Energy and Sustainability — Jan. 16-22

Thursday, January 12

Did Abercrombie Flip-Flop on Hoopili?

Saturday, January 7

Hawaii Land Blog — Environment, Energy and Sustainability — Jan. 9-15

December 2011

Saturday, December 31

Hawaii Land Blog — Environment, Energy and Sustainability — Jan. 2-8

Friday, December 23

Hawaii Land Blog — Environment, Energy and Sustainability — Dec. 26-Jan. 1

Thursday, December 22

State Wrestles With How To Make Developers Keep Their Promises

Tuesday, December 20

Rule of Law — Does it Really Exist on Molokai?

Friday, December 16

Hawaii Land Blog — Environment, Energy and Sustainability — Dec. 19-Dec. 25

Ernie Els Golf Course Has Yet to Deliver on Ewa Community Benefits

Thursday, December 8

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

Hawaii Ag Corporation Ousts Longtime Director in Controversial Vote

October 2011

Tuesday, October 25

Hoopili Opponents: 30,000 Homes Shovel-Ready in Ewa Area

Monday, October 24

AG, DLNR Back Pedal On Problems With Land Development Corp

Tuesday, October 4

Army Can’t Say Whether Hawaii Seafood Is Safe

September 2011

Friday, September 30

Hawaii Plants and Animals Closer To Protected Status

Thursday, September 29

Station To Station: East Kapolei, UH West Oahu and Hoopili

Wednesday, September 21

Who Controls the Mineral Rights to Hawaiian Home Lands?

Saturday, September 17

Marriott Hotel Part of A Big Laie Development Plan?

Saturday, September 10

State Gives Opponents of Hoopili a Seat at the Table

Friday, September 2

Hoopili Opponent: Aloun Farms is the Best Farmland in State

August 2011

Wednesday, August 31

Eat Local Redux – Follow Civil Beat’s Week-long Experiment in Eating Local

Thursday, August 25

It’s a New Day at Turtle Bay

Wednesday, August 17

EPA Worries Maui Wastewater Threatens Drinking Water

Thursday, August 11

Honolulu Opposes Hee’s Intervention in Hoopili

Saturday, August 6

Large Rail Landowners Give to Pro-Rail Campaigns

Friday, August 5

DISCUSSION: Hawaii Fishing

July 2011

Wednesday, July 27

Hoopili and Koa Ridge Just Aren’t Pono

Friday, July 22

More States Turn to Private Companies to Develop Public Lands

Thursday, July 21

Sierra Club Poised to Strike Again

Tuesday, July 19

Committee Expands Search for New Landfill Site

Wednesday, July 13

Controlling the Damage at Kaena Point

Senator Could Give Hoopili Opponents Clout

Thursday, July 7

In the Shadow of the Train, Landowners Stand to Gain

Friday, July 1

Ewa Development Hearing All About Optics

June 2011

Thursday, June 23

Hoopili Wins Over Neighborhood Skeptics

Thursday, June 2

Laie Hotel Advances, But Flooding Still A Concern

May 2011

Wednesday, May 18

Stalled Once, Developer Returns With New Master Plan For Ewa, Kapolei

Koolau Loa Fight Turns Physical, Opponent Says

Friday, May 6

Session Wrap: Agriculture, Aina Not Top Priorities

Wednesday, May 4

Seawall = Highway? Fight Over Gold Coast Repairs

February 2011

Monday, February 21

Hawaii Developers Facing Tougher Requirements

Wednesday, February 16

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

Monday, February 14

Buy a House, Hope You Can Afford the Tax?

Friday, February 11

Surf Champ Kelly Slater Speaks Out Against North Shore Development

Thursday, February 10

Senate to OHA: Live to Fight Another Day

Inside Honolulu: Feb. 10

Wednesday, February 9

Who Paid for Poll Showing Support for Development?

Tuesday, February 8

Writing a $200 Million Check to Native Hawaiians

January 2011

Thursday, January 27

New Session, New Bills on Energy, Agriculture, Land

Wednesday, January 26

Environmental Groups Roll Out Legislative Agenda

Saturday, January 22

Looking for Cracks in East Maui’s Ditch System

Friday, January 21

State Changes Urban Land Back to Ag

City Reminds Winter White House Owner of Rental Law

Dump DéJà Vu

Friday, January 14

Once Adversaries, Aila and Army Now Teaming Up

Old Proposal Alive Under New Land Chief

Tuesday, January 11

North Shore Plan Earns National Recognition

Sunday, January 9

Biofuel Solution?

December 2010

Thursday, December 30

Stories From the Land Beat – 2010 Recycled

Wednesday, December 15

Aching for Development, Laie Has Hawaii’s Highest Household Size

Wednesday, December 8

It’s Blue vs. Green in Battle Over Koolau Loa Plan

Wednesday, December 1

What Are the ‘Returned Lands’ of Hawaii?

November 2010

Wednesday, November 24

Fight Over Future of Koolau Loa

Thursday, November 18

Next DLNR Chief Has Work To Do

I Say ‘Quarantine,’ You Say ‘Protective Measures’

Friday, November 12

Coffee Beetle Leaves State Seeking Quick Fix

October 2010

Monday, October 25

What Are the ‘Ceded Lands’ of Hawaii?

Wednesday, October 13

What Land Use Lawyers Want to Know From the Gov Candidates

September 2010

Friday, September 24

Losing Farmland, But Gaining Farmers

Thursday, September 16

Hawaii Beach Case Appealed to U.S. Supreme Court

Saturday, September 4

Pulling Up Roots, Seed Corn Co. to Leave Kauai

August 2010

Tuesday, August 10

What Does Right to Clean Environment Mean?

July 2010

Monday, July 26

In Portland, a Fine Line Between City and Country

Wednesday, July 21

Land Links for Wednesday, July 21

Monday, July 19

Land Links for Tuesday, July 20

Saturday, July 17

Land Links for Monday, July 19

Friday, July 16

Land Links for Friday, July 16

Thursday, July 15

Land Links for Thursday, July 15

Wednesday, July 14

Land Links for Wednesday, July 14

Monday, July 12

Land Links for Tuesday, July 13

Friday, July 9

Land Links for Monday, July 12

Land Links for Friday, July 9

Wednesday, July 7

Land Links for Thursday, July 8

Land Links for Wednesday, July 7

Friday, July 2

Land Links for Tuesday, July 6

State Weighing Rule Changes for 2 Million Acres

Land Links for Friday, July 2

Thursday, July 1

Land Links for Thursday, July 1

June 2010

Wednesday, June 30

Land Links for Wednesday, June 30

Land Use: A Right or a Privilege?

Tuesday, June 29

Land Links for Tuesday, June 29

Vacation Rentals Turn Kauai Neighborhoods Into Resorts

Monday, June 28

Land Links for Monday, June 28

Thursday, June 24

Land Links for Friday, June 25

Land Links for Thursday, June 24

Wednesday, June 23

Florida Beach Ruling Could Shape Hawaii Sand Fight

Land Links for Wednesday, June 23

Tuesday, June 22

Land Links for Tuesday, June 22

Sunday, June 20

Land Links for Monday, June 21

Friday, June 18

Land Links for Friday, June 18

Thursday, June 17

Land Links for Thursday, June 17

Wednesday, June 16

Land Links for Wednesday, June 16

Tuesday, June 15

Land Links for Tuesday, June 15

Saturday, June 12

Land Links for Monday, June 14

Friday, June 11

Land Links for Friday, June 11

Thursday, June 10

UPDATE: Hawaii Supreme Court Rejects Beach Ownership Case

Land Links for Thursday, June 10

Wednesday, June 9

Land Links for Wednesday, June 9

Monday, June 7

Land Links For Tuesday, June 8

Sunday, June 6

Land Links for Monday, June 7

Friday, June 4

Land Links for Friday, June 4

Thursday, June 3

Land Links for Thursday, June 3

Forest Saved, Now The Real Work Begins

Wednesday, June 2

Land Links for Wednesday, June 2

May 2010

Saturday, May 29

Land Links For Tuesday, June 1

Tightening Farm Rules Might Sound Good, But Could Hurt Real Farmers

Friday, May 28

Land Links For Friday, May 28

Thursday, May 27

UPDATE: Money Questions Remain For Mililani Solar Plan

Land Links for Thursday, May 27

What Rules Maui Water, Law or Sugar?

Wednesday, May 26

Land Links for Wednesday, May 26

Tuesday, May 25

UPDATE: Land Links for Tuesday, May 25

Monday, May 24

Land Links for Monday, May 24

Saturday, May 22

UPDATE: Developers to Environmentalists: You Can’t Handle The Truth

Friday, May 21

UPDATE: Land Links for Friday, May 21

UPDATE: The Public Hearing That Wasn’t

Thursday, May 20

Land Limits Hawaii’s Quest For Food, Energy Independence

Wednesday, May 19

UPDATE: Land Links for Thursday, May 20

Clean Energy Splits Environmentalists

UPDATE: Land Links for Wednesday, May 19

Tuesday, May 18

UPDATE: Hawaii Supreme Court Rejects Wal-Mart Burial Case

UPDATE: Land Links for Tuesday, May 18

Monday, May 17

UPDATE: A Long History Of Requests To Develop Farmland

UPDATE: Land Links for Monday, May 17

Friday, May 14

UPDATE: Land Links for Friday, May 14

Thursday, May 13

UPDATE: Land Links for Thursday, May 13

Wednesday, May 12

UPDATE: Land Links for Wednesday, May 12

UPDATE: We’ve Had the Driest Winter In 30 Years, But What Does It Mean?

Tuesday, May 11

UPDATE: Land Links for Tuesday, May 11

As Beaches Grow, Do Property Rights Grow With Them?

UPDATE: Maui Water Dispute Heating Up

Monday, May 10

Is Hawaii Ready For ‘Worst Case Scenario’ Oil Spill?

UPDATE: Land Links for Monday, May 10

Friday, May 7

UPDATE: Land Links for Friday, May 7

Thursday, May 6

UPDATE: Maui Pineapple Co. Dragged Into Human Trafficking Story

Tuesday, May 4

UPDATE: State Has Shifted More Than 80,000 Acres to Urban Uses Since 1964

UPDATE: Lessons for Hawaii in the Gulf Coast Oil Spill?

Monday, May 3

Discussion: Land

Sunday, May 2

Hawaii Takes Ad Hoc Approach to Preserving Farmland

April 2010

Tuesday, April 27

Implications of Turtle Bay ruling are both narrow and wide

Monday, April 26

Impacts of Turtle Bay ruling clear for resort, unclear for Hawaii

Friday, April 23

Turtle Bay developer asks Supreme Court to reconsider

At Hoopili, a choice between farming and housing

Land Use In Hawaii