Most talked about Honolulu Civil Beat stories

Two People Arrested After Dipping Items into Lava Flow

civilbeat.com — Ruth Crawford, in her car along Pahoa Village Road, holds a hand mixer that she dipped in molten lava at 10 a.m. Thursday. Corey Lum/Civil Beat Two Big Island residents who showed reporters "golf clubs and an egg beater that they said they dipped in lava" in Pahoa were arrested yesterday for investigation of criminal trespass on county land.

Are Hawaii Officials Going Too Far in Restricting Access to the Pahoa Lava Flow?

civilbeat.com — PAHOA, HAWAII - Dozens of Hawaii National Guard members in combat gear arrived in Pahoa Thursday to help local officials man checkpoints and patrol the area. But the effort to restrict access to this small town 20 miles southwest of Hilo is causing friction between the civil authorities and journalists here to cover the disaster.
Oct 31, 2014

RT @CivilBeat: Are Hawaii Officials Going Too Far in Restricting Access to the Pahoa Lava Flow? bit.ly/1zPSJY1

Oct 31, 2014

RT @CivilBeat: Are Hawaii Officials Going Too Far in Restricting Access to the Pahoa Lava Flow? bit.ly/1zPSJY1

The Pod Squad on Preschool Ballot Measure

civilbeat.com — In order to help our readers and listeners better understand the Question 4 constitutional amendment, we invited Civil Beat education reporter Alia Wong to join Pod Squad host Chad Blair in a discussion about what it would mean for preschool children.

Why I Ride a Bike in Honolulu - and Why You Should Too

civilbeat.com — Living car free comes with stigmas. In addition to a few people thinking you don't have any money or are otherwise underemployed. In a few situations I was accused of not being a committed Hawaii resident, as if I was planning on moving.
Oct 31, 2014

RT @CivilBeat: Why I Ride a Bike in Honolulu — and Why You Should Too bit.ly/1u0VYsn by @s4xton

GOP Governors Assn: David Ige Voted to Raise Taxes $800M

civilbeat.com — Did David Ige vote for $800 million in new taxes? That's the claim being made in an ad from the Republican Governors Association. The group is citing a report from Americans for Tax Reform that was released in 2012. The report was used to attack Democratic governors across the country for raising taxes.

A Campaign Tale of Taxes - and Pledges - Hawaii Style

civilbeat.com — Much campaign rhetoric has been flowing over whether Democratic gubernatorial candidate David Ige signed a controversial pledge not to raise taxes more than a decade ago. Ige at first came close to denying it, telling Hawaii News Now: "I do not have explicit memory of signing it (the pledge).
Oct 31, 2014

RT @CivilBeat: A Campaign Tale of Taxes — and Pledges — Hawaii Style bit.ly/1u0Vmmr

North Shore Races Heat Up As Election Nears

civilbeat.com — When Hawaii House Democratic candidate Kent Fonoimoana was out campaigning earlier this week, he was shocked to find a flyer alleging that he owes money in taxes and may be operating his home inspection business illegally.

Culture Cave: Ready Or Not, The Honolulu Biennial Is Coming

civilbeat.com — Editor's Note: Hawaii's unique arts and culture scene is the focus of this new column by HuffPost Hawaii associate editor James Cave, the Honolulu Weekly's former arts and culture editor. Watch for regular reports on everything from architecture and design to contemporary art, music, events - anything that makes our island culture what it is.
Oct 31, 2014

RT @CivilBeat: Introducing our newest columnist: @jamescave on what's the haps with Honolulu arts/culture bit.ly/1u0TNVK pic.twitter.com/oU48vWXSRo

Oct 31, 2014

RT @CivilBeat: Culture Cave: Ready Or Not, The Honolulu Biennial Is Coming bit.ly/1u0TNVK

Hawaii's Homeless Population Increases as Nation's Numbers Decline

Oct 31, 2014

Homelessness is up 18 percent in Hawaii despite dropping 10 percent nationwide civilbeat.com/2014/10/hawaii… via @CivilBeat

Oct 31, 2014

RT @CivilBeat: Hawaii's Homeless Population Increases as Nation's Numbers Decline bit.ly/1uaMvQ0

Hawaii Volcano Lava Flow: 'Feel the Heat'

civilbeat.com — The molten river of lava flowing from Kilauea volcano continued its slow advance toward Big Island homes in the community of Pahoa on Wednesday. Civil Beat photographer Cory Lum caught a helicopter ride above the scene and captured these photos. Lum said there was a strong odor of sulfur in the air, even several hundred feet up.

Possible Vote Buying in Campaign for Maui GMO Initiative?

civilbeat.com — Did a supporter of the Maui ballot initiative calling for a temporary moratorium on GMO farming offer to buy votes to help get the measure passed? That's what the Hawaii Attorney General's Office is currently looking into. Michael Lilly, a Honolulu attorney, sent an email to the AG and the state Offices of Elections on Oct.
Oct 31, 2014

RT @CivilBeat: Possible Vote Buying in Campaign for Maui GMO Initiative? bit.ly/1uaLYgQ

James Pflueger Donates $4,000 to Libertarian Jeff Davis' Campaign

civilbeat.com — Two weeks before retired Honolulu car dealership owner James Pflueger was sentenced to jail for his role in the fatal Ka Loko dam breach, he made one of the biggest political donations of his life. State campaign finance records filed this week show Pflueger gave $4,000 to Jeff Davis, the Libertarian candidate for Hawaii governor, on Sept.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @CivilBeat: Before sentencing, Honolulu car dealer Pflueger donated $4,000 to Libertarian Jeff Davis bit.ly/1tnlzZI pic.twitter.com/goR3FfFoFW

Super PACs Spending at a Record Clip in Hawaii this Election

civilbeat.com — Hawaii super PACs eclipsed a record this year for spending on local races, according to the latest Campaign Spending Commission data. So far this election cycle independent expenditure committees - better known as super PACs - spent $5.9 million supporting or opposing various candidates for office.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @CivilBeat: Super PACs Spending at a Record Clip in Hawaii this Election bit.ly/1tlycof

Hawaii High School Confidential: Where All Politics Is Truly Local

civilbeat.com — Is there any way to escape high school in Hawaii politics? Take Mufi Hannemann. The former mayor of Honolulu and candidate for governor studied at Harvard University before serving as special assistant in the U.S. Department of the Interior. Punahou alum Sen.
Oct 29, 2014

RT @ericpape: You remember your high school class presidents and VPs? They are still doing the same thing, but in government. civilbeat.com/2014/10/hawaii…

Oct 29, 2014

RT @sophiecocke: Why where you went to high school wields importance in Hawaii politics: civilbeat.com/2014/10/hawaii…

Oct 29, 2014

RT @KiraOConnor: In Hawai’i, where you went to High School is often how you are defined as a person. ‘Where You Wen Grad?’ @GenePark bit.ly/1tjItRE

Oct 29, 2014

RT @CivilBeat: Hawaii High School Confidential: Where All Politics Is Truly Local bit.ly/1tNnzx5

Mark Takai Did Vote for a Pension Tax

civilbeat.com — Editor's Note: This commentary is in response to a Civil Beat Fact Check. Mark Takai voted in favor of the pension tax. That's a statement of fact. I served in the State House with Takai in 2011 and I was with him when he voted on first, second and third/final reading to pass the House pension tax bill.

Preschool Measure: Big Spending by Just a Few Groups

civilbeat.com — Hundreds of thousands of dollars have been spent to influence the outcome of Question No. 4 - the ballot initiative that proposes a constitutional amendment to allow the public funding of private preschools. But the bulk of that money is coming from just a few prominent organizations and corporations, according to reports recently filed with the Hawaii Campaign Spending Commission.

Chad Blair: Why Public Opinion Polls Suck

civilbeat.com — The latest polls on the race for Hawaii governor, the U.S. Congress and ballot question No. 4 on funding private preschool are out. Some people are very pleased with the results, some are quite disappointed and dissing them, and still others are pretending to ignore them.

Developers, Unions Jockey for Position in Honolulu City Council Races

civilbeat.com — Developers, unions, prominent attorneys and Realtors have thrown tens of thousands of dollars into the Honolulu City Council races this year, in which Councilwoman Carol Fukunaga is challenged by Sam Aiona for the District 6 seat and Tommy Waters and Trevor Ozawa are competing in District 4.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @CivilBeat: Developers, Unions Jockey for Position in Honolulu City Council Races bit.ly/1tlzv6o