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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: ...

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.

Maui Mayor: Proposed GMO Moratorium Is Impractical

AP | Posted 12.03.2014 | Green

WAILEA, Hawaii (AP) — A moratorium on genetically modified crops is impractical, incumbent Maui County Mayor Alan Arakawa said. A pro...

Hawaii Governor Blames Historic Primary Loss On Gay Marriage

AP | VIJAY JOSHI AND CATHY BUSSEWITZ | Posted 08.30.2014 | Politics

HONOLULU (AP) -- Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie said he lost his bid for re-election in a Democratic primary because of his decision to call a special s...

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...

Colleen Hanabusa Asks Hawaii Court To Delay Friday's Special Election

AP | OSKAR GARCIA | Posted 08.13.2014 | Politics

HONOLULU (AP) - Rep. Colleen Hanabusa of Hawaii asked a court on the Big Island on Wednesday to delay a makeup election for more than 8,000 voters, sa...

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...

Feds Take Big Step Toward Native Hawaiian Recognition

AP | CATHY BUSSEWITZ | Posted 06.20.2014 | Politics

HONOLULU (AP) — The federal government announced Wednesday it will take a first step toward recognizing and working with a Native Hawaiian governmen...

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.

To Educate a Nation (VIDEO)

Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson | Posted 08.13.2014 | Hawaii
Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson

With the national PBS broadcast of KUMU HINA, people across the country will learn, many for the first time, about what makes Hawaiʻi unique, and how culture-based education empowers students to be all they can be by understanding where they come from.

Mayoral Candidate Dustin Barca Circles Kauai by Land and Sea

Choon James | Posted 08.11.2014 | Hawaii
Choon James

Dustin Barca began his circle-the-island marathon to fundraise and "talk-story" with the grassroots on May 29, 2014. He started by paddling from Ke'e Beach on the north, along the Na Pali coast, to Polihale State Park.

Enrique Iglesias Gives His Cousin's Campaign For Congress A Much-Needed Boost

Civil Beat | Nathan Eagle | Posted 05.30.2014 | Latino Voices

HONOLULU -- Not unlike other candidates for Congress, Honolulu City Councilman Joey Manahan is getting help from his ohana. The difference is Mana...