About Civil Beat
Honolulu Civil Beat is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt news organization dedicated to cultivating an informed body of citizens, all striving to make Hawaii a better place to live. We achieve this through investigative and watchdog journalism, in-depth enterprise reporting, analysis and commentary that gives readers a broad view on issues of importance to our community.
Entrepreneur and philanthropist Pierre Omidyar launched Civil Beat in 2010 as a local digital platform that looks beyond traditional print and television media approaches. To expand our reach so that more people in Hawaii have access to the information they need, Civil Beat removed our paywall in June 2016 and transitioned to 501(c)3 nonprofit status. We are a member of the Institute for Nonprofit News, a coalition of more than 100 nonprofit newsrooms across the U.S.
We are steadfast in our efforts to investigate wrongdoing, spotlight important issues, challenge our leaders to do better and be a voice for those who feel they have none.