1. On Apr. 9, Common Cause Hawai‘i sent out a news release asking people to tell legislators that they support HB 1401. What does this bill do? A. Updates the Open Meetings law B. Clarifies laws governing lobbyists C. Enacts voting by mail for the entire state D. Institutes Ranked Choice Voting E. Authorizes the state Senate to approve or reject judicial … [Read more...] about Quizunderstood: What do you know about the median price of Maui condos?
Yesterday U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono, D–Hawaii, announced that she has kidney cancer. It's a rough, troubling bit of news coming at a time when it seems Washington is exploding with bad news. Here's her statement on the diagnosis, and her prognosis: During a routine pre-operative physical for my eye surgery, my doctor discovered an abnormality on my chest x-ray. After a series … [Read more...] about Hawaii officials offer support for Senator Mazie Hirono following cancer diagnosis
The Hawaii Access to Justice Commission has a new chairperson: Retired Supreme Court Associate Justice Simeon R. Acoba, Jr. Appointed by Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald, Acoba–who served as the commission’s first chairperson from 2008 to 2010–replaces Intermediate Court of Appeals Associate Judge Daniel R. Foley. “It is my honor and privilege to serve alongside … [Read more...] about Retired Supreme Court Justice Simeon R. Acoba, Jr. to Chair Hawaii Access To Justice Commission
Looks like the Hawaii State Judiciary’s Self-Help Centers have helped their 10,000th person. These are centers, located statewide, that are set up to provide legal consultation to people representing themselves in court. According to the judiciary, these centers are free to litigants and cost the state “virtually” nothing. “This milestone is a testament to the hard work and … [Read more...] about Hawaii State Judiciary Self-Help Centers celebrate big milestone
[Ed. note: We updated this post on Feb. 19 to include more tributes to Carroll from various public officials] State Representative Diana "Mele" Carroll has passed away. The Democrat who's represented East Maui, Lanai, Kaho'olawe and Molokai had recently been elected to her sixth term. Citing unspecified health issues, Carroll resigned her seat in January. According to a state … [Read more...] about UPDATED: Maui Representative Mele Carroll Passes Away