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.

Chinatown Has A New Shelter For The Homeless Mentally Ill Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Chinatown Has A New Shelter For The Homeless Mentally Ill

Not everyone is happy about the relocation of the Safe Haven shelter to a new spot four blocks away.

Honolulu May Pay To Fix Feral Cats Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Honolulu May Pay To Fix Feral Cats

The city already helps owners get their pets spayed and neutered. Now it may spend some of that money on the wild ones.

Junk Cars Are Piling Up On Oahu Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Junk Cars Are Piling Up On Oahu

As scrap yards close or start charging to take derelict vehicles, it’s often cheaper to ditch a worn-out car than legally dispose of it.

Council Committee Defers Proposal To Develop Haleiwa Farmland Anthony Quintano/ Civil Beat

Council Committee Defers Proposal To Develop Haleiwa Farmland

Two bills would have rezoned seven acres of agricultural land to urban or residential and allowed for up to 35 homes

State Steps Up Its Homeless Sweeps Along Highways Cory Lum/Civil Beat

State Steps Up Its Homeless Sweeps Along Highways

Aggressive new effort comes as officials question if moving people along encourages them to use shelters.

Honolulu Council Considers Another Expansion Of Sit-Lie Ban Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Council Considers Another Expansion Of Sit-Lie Ban

To avoid legal challenges, the latest measure to keep the homeless off busy city sidewalks would apply only to commercial streets.

Council Considers Residential Parking Zones For Honolulu Neighborhoods Natanya Freidheim/Civil Beat

Council Considers Residential Parking Zones For Honolulu Neighborhoods

The bill would allow creation of districts offering residents the chance to obtain special permits in high-congestion areas.

Reclaiming History: Oahu’s Last Hawaiian Fishing Village Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Reclaiming History: Oahu’s Last Hawaiian Fishing Village

Tiny Mokauea Island is threatened by pollution and rising sea levels, while the handful of residents face uncertainty about their long-term lease with the state.

Honolulu May Allow Transportation Companies To Regulate Waikiki Streets Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu May Allow Transportation Companies To Regulate Waikiki Streets

A special improvement district with private financing would be tasked with reducing congestion in Oahu’s busiest tourist area.

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.