Civil Beat Intern

Natanya Friedheim

Natanya Friedheim is a fellow at Civil Beat. She covers city government, general assignments and produces video content.
Natanya joined Civil Beat as an intern in August 2016 after completing an internship at Pacific Business News. Born and raised on Oahu, Natanya moved to Oakland, California to attend Mills College. As a student, Natanya taught civics classes at a public middle school in Oakland and worked in a preschool classroom. Upon completing her B.A. in literary and cultural studies with a minor in government, she returned to Oahu to settle down and start her career in journalism.
In her free time, Natanya is at the beach, skateboarding or makes goofy videos for her social media platforms.

For tips, story ideas or comments, you can reach Natanya at natanya@civilbeat.org. Her twitter handle is @natanya_hnl.

One Man’s Quest To Revive A Forgotten Kalihi Park Cory Lum/ Civil Beat

One Man’s Quest To Revive A Forgotten Kalihi Park

Robert Silva has spent two years restoring a taro patch in a small park that was once a gathering spot for Hawaiian royalty.

Bike Tour Offers Firsthand Look At Kalihi’s History — And Potholes Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Bike Tour Offers Firsthand Look At Kalihi’s History — And Potholes

Organizers of an upcoming tour want to show off the “hidden gems” of the working class community — and raise awareness of road problems.

The Sorry State Of Many Honolulu Parks Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The Sorry State Of Many Honolulu Parks

Millions of dollars have been spent on Oahu parks in the past decade, but some have fared better than others.

Council Rejects Proposal To Ban All Plastic Bags At Checkout Counters Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Council Rejects Proposal To Ban All Plastic Bags At Checkout Counters

A ban on thin plastic bags remains, but some stores have gotten around it by using thicker bags.

City Council Votes to Raise Parking Meter Fees And Vehicle Weight Tax Natanya Freidheim/Civil Beat

City Council Votes to Raise Parking Meter Fees And Vehicle Weight Tax

Work on the 2018 Fiscal Year budgets concludes with some proposed tax and fee increases approved and others rejected.

Developer Wants To Convert Farmland To Housing In Haleiwa Anthony Quintano/ Civil Beat

Developer Wants To Convert Farmland To Housing In Haleiwa

He calls it “working class housing.” Opponents decry more traffic congestion and the loss of agricultural space.

Hundreds Of Low-Income Maui Residents May Face Eviction Ratna Heilscher

Hundreds Of Low-Income Maui Residents May Face Eviction

Their taxpayer-subsidized apartment building was supposed to be affordable for 50 years. But a loophole could end that arrangement far sooner.

Parents Camp Overnight To Get Their Kids In Summer Fun Program Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Parents Camp Overnight To Get Their Kids In Summer Fun Program

For struggling families, the city’s popular recreation program offers a bargain compared to other summer options on Oahu.

Budget Committee Scraps Property Tax Hike For Hotels PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Budget Committee Scraps Property Tax Hike For Hotels

UPDATED: The panel also eliminated a proposed increase in fares for TheHandi-Van, but preserved a bus fare boost.

Fee Increases For Parking Meters, Bus Fares Clear Another Hurdle Natanya Freidheim/Civil Beat

Fee Increases For Parking Meters, Bus Fares Clear Another Hurdle

The City Council Budget Committee approves most of the money-raising measures proposed by Mayor Kirk Caldwell.

For Many Local Grads, Staying in Costly Hawaii Is Worth The Struggle Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

For Many Local Grads, Staying in Costly Hawaii Is Worth The Struggle

On Saturday, about 2,000 students are expected to attend graduation at UH Manoa — and most will likely stay in Hawaii after getting their diploma.

Committee Proposes Fee, But Balks At Total Ban On Plastic Bags Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Committee Proposes Fee, But Balks At Total Ban On Plastic Bags

Environmentalists who once supported a Honolulu City Council bag bill, now say that the amended version doesn’t go far enough.