September 7, 2007, 8am PDT
<p>Developers of an oceanside resort and housing complex in Hawaii have significantly reduced their project's scope in an effort to win over wary neighbors and public officials. But the project is slated for a plot where "resorts" are prohibited.</p>
September 5, 2007, 2pm PDT
<p>The controversy over whether the environmental impacts of Hawaii's new "Superferry" should have been assessed continue. The large ferry boat sits idly in a harbor in Honolulu.</p>
August 31, 2007, 2pm PDT
<p>"ViralKauai" posts a self-made video on YouTube pointing out the problems from overdevelopment of the beautiful island of Kauai.</p>
August 25, 2007, 5am PDT
<p>Plans for an inter-island "superferry" may be stalled in Hawaii as environmental groups and the State Supreme Court have called for a more extensive environmental impact review of the harbor expansions the ferry system would require.</p>
August 19, 2007, 7am PDT
<p>This editorial from the <em>Honolulu Star-Tribune</em> looks at Oahu's traffic issues and how the baby steps proposed by the Honolulu City Council may be more effective than grand-scale transit plans.</p>
July 15, 2007, 5am PDT
<p>The city of Honolulu, Hawaii, has received initial approval for a $20 million federal grant for engineering studies on a planned rail system in the city.</p>
June 2, 2007, 5am PDT
<p>On the Hawaiian Island of Kauai, small towns are grappling with plans to develop more than 4,500 housing units. Of the most concern to residents is the increased traffic and strain on roads, so they have proposed a circulation plan.</p>
May 24, 2007, 12pm PDT
<p>Several projects on the Hawaiian Islands have run into unmarked grave sites, causing delays and creating controversy over moving sacred remains.</p>
January 28, 2007, 7am PST
<p>Officials in Honolulu is considering increasing the height limitations that dictate how tall buildings can rise in the beachside city. The mayor and city council hope that an increase in density will bring sustainable growth to the city.</p>
January 19, 2007, 1pm PST
<p>The Planning Director for Maui, Hawaii, Jeff Hunt, prepares to take on a new general plan process. He was formerly the director of community development in the Rocky Mountain resort town of Breckenridge, Colorado.</p>
January 12, 2007, 10am PST
<p>Hawaii's housing boom and other factors like high rents and a shortage of developable land mean that housing is often out of reach for the state's working poor. As a result, Hawaii has one of the nation's largest homeless populations.</p>
December 22, 2006, 8am PST
<p>In Oahu, lawmakers are having trouble agreeing on the best path for a proposed light rail line. The Honolulu mayor wants a different path than that approved by the city council. But it is not even certain if the proposed line will be rail or bus.</p>
November 22, 2006, 1pm PST
<p>The homeless population increases in Oahu, and the entire state of Hawaii struggles with a shortage of affordable housing. To deal with the problem, state officials have said that 30,000 housing units will be needed in the next two years.</p>
November 7, 2006, 12pm PST
<p>An amendment to make Honolulu a pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly city is threatened because of a proposed decrease in on-street parking spaces.</p>
November 4, 2006, 1pm PST
<p>The city's council chooses to proceed with plans for a new light rail system -- with a possible price tag of over $5 billion dollars.</p>
October 1, 2006, 7am PDT
A proposed commercial development on the Hawaiian Island of Kaua'i has been denied by a county planning commission. The site is located in a flood zone and construction would require the removal of many exotic trees. The developer plans to sue.
June 18, 2006, 9am PDT
President George Bush plans to establish the world's largest protected ocean site, an act which will preserve a sensitive coral reef ecosystem on islands and atolls near Hawaii.
December 8, 2005, 2pm PST
A review of a commission director's efforts to turn a Hawaiian island, devastated by years of bombing, into a model of environmental sustainability and cultural healing.
May 18, 2005, 11am PDT
Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano is the state's most popular tourist attractions, but also by far the state's worst source of air pollution.
Environmental News Network
April 19, 2005, 1pm PDT
Honolulu doesn't regularly analyze its traffic accident data for transit planning purposes, instead relying on complaints.