Civil Beat Intern

Caleb Hartsfield

Caleb Hartsfield is a smile on a foggy mirror, a sand castle on the shoreline, a lit wick in the wind. He’s seen attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion, and watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. Something something, tears in rain.

In reality, Caleb Hartsfield is an intern and cartoonist at Honolulu Civil Beat. He makes cartoons, otherwise known as comics, and sometimes known as graphic novels…honestly, he doesn’t know what to call them. As a cartoonist, he’s not concerned with presenting reality at face value as much as he’s interested in abstracting and poking fun at it. In need of a more substantive opener, he wrote a litany in the vein of Billy Collins along with a couple of throwaway lines from Bladerunner.

He could tell you his credentials.That he was born and raised in Hawaii, wanted to draw comics ever since the 1st grade, and graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a Bachelors in Art. During his time in college he was the comic editor for Ka Leo and was an award finalist for the Associated College Press.

He could also tell you about his hobbies. That he enjoys playing guitar, reading, recreational snorkeling, and any form of artmaking (although he’s quite bad at crafts.)

But what’s the point of all this? It’s not much better than saying he likes long walks on the beach, pina coladas, and getting caught in the rain.

So if you want to know Caleb, don’t take this bio at face value; try to abstract from it a sense of his character instead and feel free to poke fun at him.

TheBus Noir: Mystery Of Circle Island

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Alternative Uses For Honolulu Rail Line

Alternative Uses For Honolulu Rail Line

Say city and state leaders never do figure out how to finish the project. That doesn’t mean what’s already built goes to waste.

Scariest Ride In Honolulu

Scariest Ride In Honolulu

The 50th State Fair has begun at Aloha Stadium near the route of the wildly over-budget Honolulu rail project.

Stopping Bad Behavior On TheBus

Stopping Bad Behavior On TheBus

Please kokua. It’s not in anyone’s interest to distract the person at the wheel of a big rig.

The Perils Of Fine Dining

The Perils Of Fine Dining

You are what you eat, and that can be disconcerting with the recent news about public health concerns in the islands.

In Case Of Nuclear Attack …

In Case Of Nuclear Attack …

What to make of the federal courthouse being the place to go if the apocalypse comes our way.

Spam Musubi: A Tasty History Lesson

Spam Musubi: A Tasty History Lesson

Here’s how the two came together to create an iconic island offering.

Da Best Musubi

Da Best Musubi

There are many variables of this local favorite, but there’s really no improving on the basic.

The 5 Stages of Opening the Rear Door On The Bus

The 5 Stages of Opening the Rear Door On The Bus

Regular bus riders will get this one right away.

Homeless On The Bus

Homeless On The Bus

When your fellow passengers assume the worst.

The State Of Paychecks In Hawaii

The State Of Paychecks In Hawaii

The islands have the smallest gender gap in the country, but that’s partly because pay for Hawaii men is below the national average.

The Perks Of Riding The Bus

The Perks Of Riding The Bus

How you get there affects how you feel upon arrival.