Marina Riker

Marina Riker is a former intern for Civil Beat.
How Does Social Media Affect Our Political Decisions? Pexel

How Does Social Media Affect Our Political Decisions?

University of Hawaii researchers found millennials using social media make political decisions differently than their older counterparts.
Is Hawaii Doing Enough To Oversee Commercial Tour Operators? Flickr: Ted Murphy

Is Hawaii Doing Enough To Oversee Commercial Tour Operators?

It's difficult for consumers to check up on tour companies, including their safety record or whether tour guides are qualified and trained.
Families Shoulder A Hefty Burden When A Visitor Dies In Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Families Shoulder A Hefty Burden When A Visitor Dies In Hawaii

Getting a loved one back home can be a tedious and costly process.
Stand Up Or Die: Snorkeling In Hawaii Is A Leading Cause Of Tourist Deaths Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Stand Up Or Die: Snorkeling In Hawaii Is A Leading Cause Of Tourist Deaths

Breathing through a tube is uniquely challenging. And it can turn deadly for those who have health issues but don't recognize the risk.
Death In Paradise Is All Too Frequent For Visitors To Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Death In Paradise Is All Too Frequent For Visitors To Hawaii

Yet state, county and even tourism officials are doing little to try to reduce what's become one of the highest rates of visitor deaths in the nation.
Breaking Bad: Dozens Of Tourists Suffer Spinal Cord Injuries Courtesy: Todd Duitsman

Breaking Bad: Dozens Of Tourists Suffer Spinal Cord Injuries

Too many people are ignoring or simply not understanding the warning signs posted at many public beaches.
New ID Law May Trip Up American Samoa Residents Cory Lum/Civil Beat

New ID Law May Trip Up American Samoa Residents

A driver’s license might not be enough to get through airport security checkpoints for areas that don't comply with the Real ID Act.
Lawmakers See Problems With Marijuana Medical Dispensary Regulations Dank Depot via Flickr

Lawmakers See Problems With Marijuana Medical Dispensary Regulations

But, with two weeks to go before it will start accepting license applications, the Department of Health says it won't make any changes.
Strains Of Dengue Virus Are Not Created Equal, And Our Risk Levels Vary Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Strains Of Dengue Virus Are Not Created Equal, And Our Risk Levels Vary

Only one of four virus types is found in Hawaii; but people previously exposed to other strains elsewhere face a greater risk of severe symptoms.
State Issues New Call For Public’s Help To Stop Rapid Ohia Death Marina Riker/Civil Beat

State Issues New Call For Public’s Help To Stop Rapid Ohia Death

Officials don't know how to treat the diseased trees on the Big Island, so for now they're concentrating on stopping its spread.
Big Island Residents Earn Least In Hawaii apasciuto/Flickr

Big Island Residents Earn Least In Hawaii

The poverty rate among Big Island high school graduates and bachelor’s degree holders grew the fastest in the state.
Hawaii Cited As ‘Model’ For Efforts To Apply Science To Community Issues Marina Riker/Civil Beat

Hawaii Cited As ‘Model’ For Efforts To Apply Science To Community Issues

Hundreds of students in the islands have taken courses in the Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities program.