Most talked about Honolulu Civil Beat stories

This Is What Happens When You Step On Molten Lava

civilbeat.com — As lava on Hawaii's Big Island nears a shopping center and gas station (it is expected to make contact around Christmas), we're taking this video as a reminder of what not to do. In the demonstration above, recorded in 2010 but only recently posted on YouTube, a safety-indifferent soul places his foot on the leading edge of a lava flow from the island's Kilauea volcano.

Slideshow: First Family Home for the Holidays

civilbeat.com — Out of the Night Sky Air Force One prepares to set down at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam at 10:38 p.m. Saturday. Back to the Island Air Force One taxies in as the First Family gets a late-night start to a 17-day vacation with no public events scheduled.

Caldwell Won't Discuss the Problems of Honolulu's Police Chief

civilbeat.com — Mayor Kirk Caldwell won't discuss recent events surrounding Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha's stolen mailbox or any of the questions it has raised about whether the public can trust that its police department is being run properly. The FBI has been asked by the U.S.
Dec 20, 2014

RT @CivilBeat: Mayor Caldwell Won’t Discuss the Problems of Honolulu’s Police Chief bit.ly/13L6SIe pic.twitter.com/mMgVZL0O9d

Dec 20, 2014

“It’s in litigation and it’s a private matter so we can’t talk about it.” civilbeat.com/2014/12/caldwe…

Dec 19, 2014

Why won't @MayorKirkHNL talk about an FBI inquiry involving his police department and its police chief? civilbeat.com/2014/12/caldwe…

Shark Warning Signs Posted Near Bellows

civilbeat.com — Our friends at KITV have the story: Shark warning signs have been posted near Bellows Air Force Station in Waimanalo Friday afternoon, according to the city's Emergency Services Department. Two sharks, which are roughly 8-to-10-feet-long, were spotted about 30-to-50-yards offshore. The sharks were seen by an off-duty lifeguard on the shoreline.
Dec 19, 2014

RT @NathanEagle: ICYMI... @chadblairCB has written 17 blog posts this week for @CivilBeat. The latest is here: bit.ly/1wvIyEV #machine

Financial Disclosure Debate Moving to Hawaii Supreme Court

civilbeat.com — The debate over whether the Hawaii State Ethics Commission must release the financial disclosure statements of certain state board members is heading to the Hawaii Supreme Court. First Circuit Judge Rhonda Nishimura last month ruled in favor of Honolulu Civil Beat's request for a preliminary injunction that would force the commission to release the records immediately.
Dec 19, 2014

RT @CivilBeat: BREAKING: Financial Disclosure Debate Moving to Hawaii Supreme Court bit.ly/1Hcz8jb

Air Force One Expected in Honolulu Late Friday

civilbeat.com — President Barack Obama and his family are scheduled to touch down at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam around 11:25 p.m. Friday, the White House said Friday morning. (An earlier report from the White House said Air Force One would land at 1:10 a.m. Saturday.)

Off the Rails: Honolulu Transit Project Up to $700M Over Budget

civilbeat.com — Honolulu's $5.2 billion rail project could go over budget by as much as $700 million, causing Mayor Kirk Caldwell and top transit officials to seek more funds elsewhere. On Thursday, Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation Executive Director and CEO Dan Grabauskas told the HART board of directors that construction delays and the current building boom have hurt the project's bottom line.
Dec 19, 2014

RT @CivilBeat: Off the Rails: Honolulu Transit Project Up to $700M Over Budget bit.ly/1wIHQ7i

Dec 18, 2014

RT @CivilBeat: BREAKING: Honolulu’s $5.2B Rail Project Could be Up to $700M Over Budget bit.ly/1wIHQ7i pic.twitter.com/FYaXQJmYjH

University of Hawaii Makes Its Case for More State Support

civilbeat.com — University of Hawaii officials want state taxpayers to help the 10-campus system pay its electric bills and unfunded federal mandates like the gender-equity dictates of Title IX that they project will cost more than $70 million over the next two years.
Dec 19, 2014

RT @CivilBeat: University of Hawaii Makes Its Case for More State Support bit.ly/1AyLnUV

Everybody Must Get Hemp

civilbeat.com — What crop can be grown without pesticides and has over 25,000 uses - from textiles, cosmetics, paper and food to medicine, biofuel and smoothies? If you said hemp, you got it. My wife, Carol, knows the excellent nutritional value of hemp seeds and luckily for me, has been putting them in my smoothies for years!

The Projector: Stormy Weather for Tourists, Police Chief and Rail Project

civilbeat.com — Windy at the Top Bunny Straka, left, and Chris Coyote, both from California, catch some air at the Pali Lookout on Tuesday as strong winds buffeted the islands. On the Lookout Maho Miyashita, 23, left, and Akina Ishikawa, 29, enjoy the blustery day atop the Pali Lookout.
Dec 19, 2014

RT @CivilBeat: The Projector: Stormy Weather for Tourists, Police Chief and Rail Project bit.ly/1sFJaCC pic.twitter.com/DoPaXovHuu

Sandwich Isles Exec Indicted on Charges of Taking $4M from Telecom Company

civilbeat.com — A federal grand jury has indicted Al Hee, president of Waimana Enterprises, on charges that he skimmed $4 million from the company to pay for $92,000 in personal massages, a $1.3 million house in Santa Clara, California, and tuition, rent and other expenses totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars that went to his wife and three college-aged children.
Dec 18, 2014

RT @sophiecocke: Telecom exec Al Hee charged with bilking company for $4M - money allegedly went to massages, $1M home, kids' tuition: civilbeat.com/2014/12/sandwi…