Kery Murakami

Kery Murakami is a former Civil Beat staff member.
Gov’t Shuts Down, Harms Hawaii’s Tourism and Federal Services

Gov’t Shuts Down, Harms Hawaii’s Tourism and Federal Services

The deadline to approve a federal budget has passed and non-essential services of the government have ceased.
The Ghost of Shutdown Future Is Set to Touch Down in Hawaii Flickr via KAZVorpal

The Ghost of Shutdown Future Is Set to Touch Down in Hawaii

Some federal workers will watch Monday Night Football and then go back to wondering about their jobs.
Hawaii and the Food Stamp Battle in D.C.

Hawaii and the Food Stamp Battle in D.C.

The number of food stamp recipients in Hawaii has doubled in 10 years. Republicans want sharp cuts.
A Federal Government Shutdown Would Hurt Hawaii in Many Ways

A Federal Government Shutdown Would Hurt Hawaii in Many Ways

Furloughs of 40 percent of the federal work force would inflict economic pain and cause personal and political hassles.
Latest Court Action in Case of Gabbard Harasser: Transfer to D.C.

Latest Court Action in Case of Gabbard Harasser: Transfer to D.C.

A federal magistrate has denied bail to man accused of stalking Rep. Tulsi Gabbard.
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s Ambitious New Group in Congress Looks Forward

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s Ambitious New Group in Congress Looks Forward

The representative is collaborating to end gridlock, which could smooth a path toward her own future.
Living Hawaii: Why Is the Price of Paradise So High?

Living Hawaii: Why Is the Price of Paradise So High?

The beginning of our look at why Hawaii's middle class is financially underwater, and what can change.
Schatz Talks Tough on Syria, Downgrades to Request for Debate

Schatz Talks Tough on Syria, Downgrades to Request for Debate

Senator's position changes as Congress senses public's mood, while Reps. Hanabusa and Gabbard seek more facts.
Man Arrested in Tijuana for Allegedly Threatening Hawaii Rep. Gabbard

Man Arrested in Tijuana for Allegedly Threatening Hawaii Rep. Gabbard

Emails show former Maui resident blamed Gabbard for trying to make him a "social leper."
Hawaii Dr. Irwin Schatz’ Stand Against Racism Resonates Decades Later

Hawaii Dr. Irwin Schatz’ Stand Against Racism Resonates Decades Later

What effect does a father's heroism have on a son who is running for the U.S. Senate? Brian and Irwin Schatz speak out.
NSA Domestic Surveillance Debate Reveals Differences in Hawaii Delegation

NSA Domestic Surveillance Debate Reveals Differences in Hawaii Delegation

One member favors defunding a controversial program. Others prefer disparate reforms.
Obamacare Could Cost Hawaii Millions for ‘Cadillac’ Healthcare Plans Flickr.com/libertygrace0

Obamacare Could Cost Hawaii Millions for ‘Cadillac’ Healthcare Plans

Healthcare reform contains a potentially bitter pill for unions' high-end insurance plans; Hawaii may feel the pain.