East Maui Irrigation Co.

State lawmakers are weighing a bill that would allow a dozen private users statewide, including Alexander and Baldwin, to continue to divert fresh stream water temporarily. The interim permits would remain in place until the state can issue long-term water leases. Critics say the measure ignores the impact even temporary diversions can have on public trust uses like taro farming.

Kauai Surf Co.

Remember when Mark Zuckerberg caused public outcry on Kauaʻi after seeking land titles from kuleana property owners? Yeah, Hawaiʻi lawmakers haven’t forgotten either. A bill before the State Legislature aims to change the way these property disputes are resolved. 

Kauai Surf Co.

A bill before the State Legislature may make it harder for new landowners in Hawaiʻi to clear title to their piece of paradise. Proponents of the bill say it would help native Hawaiians preserve ancestral lands. HPR Reporter Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi has more.

Ku'uwehi Hiraishi

First it was Maui County then Hawaiʻi County, and now the State is considering a ban on polystyrene food containers. Similar bans have been passed in cities and counties across the country, but this could make Hawaiʻi the first state to do so. HPR Reporter Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi has this story.

Town Square: Autism

Feb 5, 2015

For parents of autism spectrum kids nationwide, the big issue after diagnosis is where to get treatment and how to pay for it…and Hawai‘i is no different in that…with this exception: Hawai‘i is NOT one of the 38 states with legislation to make sure autism diagnosis and treatment are covered by insurance. That may change if one of a pair of bills moves to a successful conclusion this session. Our panel tonight: Big Island Sen. Josh Green MD, Lorri Unumb, the head of state government affairs for the New York-based non-profit Autism Speaks. And Neurodevelopmental pediatrician Ryan Lee from Honolulu’s Shriners Hospital.

Wayne Yoshioka

According to the U-S Census Bureau, nearly 40 percent of all single family homes on O’ahu were built in 1969 or earlier, and could experience delays when remodeled or demolished in the near future.   But, there’s a bill making its way through the legislature that could change all that.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.   

Ivory Ban Legislation Advances in House

Feb 4, 2014
Wayne Yoshioka

More than 35-thousand African elephants were slaughtered by poachers last year and the elephants face extinction in a dozen years.  Today, a House Committee unanimously advanced a bill to outlaw the sale of all ivory products in the state.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.   

Anti-Child Pornography Bill Introduced

Jan 23, 2014
Wayne Yoshioka

A state lawmaker has introduced a measure to provide additional funding to combat internet crimes against children.  As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, the bill is named for a victim from the East Coast who is sponsoring legislation nationwide.     

Sea Level Rise Legislation Being Introduced

Jan 14, 2014
Wayne Yoshioka

The State Legislature convenes tomorrow and lawmakers are expected to introduce about 3-thousand bills for consideration.   As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, one of the measures receiving broad-based support has to do with rising sea levels.  

Pet Deposit Bill Passed by Legislature

May 14, 2013
Wayne Yoshioka
Wayne Yoshioka

The legislature passed a bill last month to provide landlords with more options for renting to people with pets. The measure was a joint effort by animal protection advocates and property rental agents. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.