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Every rape kit booked into evidence in Hawaii should be tested by police

Kata Issari | Posted 04.12.2016 | Hawaii
Kata Issari

The following op-ed originally appeared in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on Sunday, April 10, 2016, co-written with Natasha Alexenko: In 1993, Natasha...

Hawaii Becomes First State To Raise Smoking Age To 21

The Huffington Post | Chris DAngelo | Posted 01.01.2016 | Politics

Hawaii will ring in the new year by becoming the first state in the nation to raise the legal smoking age from 18 to 21. In June, Gov. David Ige (D) s...

Agents of Change: 5 Powerful Women Who Are Making a Positive Difference

Greg Archer | Posted 10.30.2016 | Women
Greg Archer

They walk among us--those agents of change. Sometimes, we just need to be reminded of who they are. Take note of five noteworthy women who are making a positive difference.

Representative Vigilante Strikes Back: The Ballad of Hawaii State Representative Tom Brower

Jason Walter | Posted 07.25.2016 | Politics
Jason Walter

Homelessness. Politicians, community, & spiritual leaders across the nation have been challenged by the issue.

My Run for Office in Hawaii: Why Call It a House When There Are So Few Mothers In It?

Shay Chan Hodges | Posted 06.09.2016 | Hawaii
Shay Chan Hodges

I'm very glad I threw my hat into the ring, and I hope I not only brought attention to legislation that working families need, but also to the fact that our state is losing out by not fully utilizing the creative and intellectual capacity of all our residents.

7 Myths About Moving To Hawaii

Kimanzi Constable | Posted 05.11.2016 | Hawaii
Kimanzi Constable

If Hawaii is your dream, don't let anything stop you. Life is too short to let fear, doubt, negative voices, or self-limiting beliefs win.

Medical Marijuana Dispensary Bill Passes Hawaii Legislature

Civil Beat | Anita Hofschneider | Posted 05.07.2015 | Politics

Members of the Hawaii Legislature approved a bill Thursday that would establish a system of medical marijuana dispensaries statewide by next summer. ...

Behind The Scenes Of The Doomed Ching Nomination | Posted 03.19.2015 | Hawaii

UPDATE: Gov. David Ige withdrew his controversial nomination for the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources when it became clear the votes we...

Tulsi Gabbard Still Dogged By Krishna Cult Rumors

Civil Beat | Rui Kaneya | Posted 03.16.2015 | Politics

HONOLULU -- Eleven years ago, U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, now a rising star in the Democratic Party, was a little-known state representative from a West ...

Tulsi Gabbard's New Chief Of Staff Raises Eyebrows In Hawaii

Posted 02.27.2015 | Politics

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard's (D-Hawaii) new chief of staff -- a business owner with no government experience -- is raising eyebrows in the state. Gabbard'...

Governor Ige Has Competition For Best 'Kermit The Frog' Impression

Posted 01.28.2015 | Hawaii

Hawaii is just getting used to the nasally monotone of its new governor, but David Ige -- the Twitterverse has noted -- sounds eerily familiar: Da...

10 Things Hawaii's Next Governor Has Said He'll Do | Posted 12.01.2014 | Hawaii

Monday marks the beginning of David Ige’s first four-year term as governor of Hawaii. The long road to his inauguration at the State Capitol was ...

Why Is The 'High School Question' So Important In Hawaii Politics? | Eric Pape | Posted 10.29.2014 | Hawaii

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 ...

Politically, Hawaii Is Not The 'Bluest' State | Posted 10.26.2014 | Hawaii

Hawaii is often called the “bluest” state when it comes to politics. Turns out we’ve got a shade of purple. The Hill has ranked all 50 state...

This State Is A Reminder That Americans Can Elect More Than White Men

The Huffington Post | Chloe Fox and James Cave | Posted 10.21.2014 | Politics

Let's face it: The 113th Congress is still, by and large, run by white men. But Hawaii's delegation is more diverse, with only one of the state's four...

The Face: Portraits of Hawaii's Candidates | Posted 10.16.2014 | Hawaii


Watching the GMO Debate as a New Maui Resident

Kimanzi Constable | Posted 12.15.2014 | Hawaii
Kimanzi Constable

As a new resident, I don't have to right to claim these lands like someone who has loved them for years or was born here. In our short time here, however, this has truly become our "aina" and we have fallen in love with every part of it.

How One Tiny County Is Taking On Big Biotech This Election Day

The Huffington Post | James Cave | Posted 10.09.2014 | Politics

Hawaii has long been considered "ground zero" for the debate over genetically modified organisms, but now one county is taking on big biotech in an un...

Media's Appetite for Hype Smears a Champion for Veterans

Jon Soltz | Posted 12.08.2014 | Media
Jon Soltz

The whole episode is a microcosm of what is wrong with politics in America, right now. While many on the left blame the Tea Party, or the Koch Brothers, for the degradation of our politics, and those on the right blame President Obama, the media is just as culpable.

Oahu Lawmakers In Talks To Raise Minimum Smoking Age To 21 | Posted 08.27.2014 | Hawaii

Oahu may join a growing number of jurisdictions throughout the country, including Hawaii County, to raise the minimum age for buying cigarettes from 1...

Despite Close Call, Hanabusa Concedes | Chad Blair | Posted 08.20.2014 | Hawaii

U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa will not challenge her narrow loss to U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz in court. She conceded the election to Schatz late Tuesday....

Is Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell Stocking Up For A Showdown? | Nick Grube | Posted 08.18.2014 | Hawaii

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s first term isn’t up until 2016, but that hasn’t stopped him from padding his campaign reserves. Caldwell repor...

Here's Why Governor Abercrombie Was 'Blasted' Out Of Office

Civil Beat | Denby Fawcett | Posted 08.21.2014 | Politics

Now that the dust has settled, it might be helpful to turn to the Hawaiian pidgin English dictionary to get a better grip on why Hawaii Gov. Neil Aber...

Why Hawaii's Polling Sucks

The Washington Post | Posted 08.11.2014 | Hawaii

Hawaii's governor and one of its two senators could lose their primaries on Saturday, with a new poll showing both Gov. Neil Abercrombie (D) and appoi...

Exceptional Volume of Pesticides Used by Chemical Companies in Hawaii

Andrea Brower | Posted 10.01.2014 | Hawaii
Andrea Brower

The connection between the chemical industry's deep and widespread influence in Hawaii, and a regulatory system that fails to protect people's health and the environment, is of grave concern to residents.