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Katie Boon

Like most sun-loving people, Katie left Seattle in search of a warmer environment in 2010.

Soon after arriving in Hawaii, she joined the military which moved her to parts of Florida and California — but not before finding a deep love for Oahu.

After the military, she moved to Washington, D.C., and backpacked the continental United States and parts of Southeast Asia before returning to school in Honolulu in 2017.

Katie is currently a junior at the University of Hawaii Manoa where she is studying journalism.

Taro Patches Are Classrooms For These Nanakuli Students Katie Boon/Civil Beat

Taro Patches Are Classrooms For These Nanakuli Students

They’re studying water management issues and pushing for the release of water into stream beds for agricultural use.

City Has No Aloha For A Waianae School Crosswalk Courtesy of Friends of Marc Pa'aluhi

City Has No Aloha For A Waianae School Crosswalk

The Waianae parents and community leaders are flabbergasted that the city painted over their crosswalks.

Bill Allows Fines For Those Who Falsely Claim To Have Service Animals Courtesy: Americans with Disabilities Act webiste

Bill Allows Fines For Those Who Falsely Claim To Have Service Animals

People increasingly bring untrained animals into public accommodations claiming they are service animals, say measure supporters.

Goat Hunters Say State’s Aerial Shooting Threatens A Traditional Food Source Courtesy of Michael Sturm

Goat Hunters Say State’s Aerial Shooting Threatens A Traditional Food Source

Concerns over damage to vegetation have the state taking flight to cull the goat population in the Waianae mountains.

Waialua Residents Want The Lights Back On At Their District Park Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Waialua Residents Want The Lights Back On At Their District Park

Swim team members are among the North Shore residents inconvenienced since the old lights were removed  in 2016.

Waianae’s Community Gym Is Finally On The Mend Katie Boon/Civil Beat

Waianae’s Community Gym Is Finally On The Mend

Classes in the facility’s upper level have been affected ever since a leak was discovered three years ago.