Civil Beat Staff

Natanya Friedheim

Natanya Friedheim is an intern at Civil Beat. She covers stories from the neighborhoods of Kalihi and Chinatown.

Natanya joined Civil Beat 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. 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.

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

Honolulu March For Science Draws Nearly 1,000 Protestors Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Honolulu March For Science Draws Nearly 1,000 Protestors

As part of protests across the country, the crowd marched from the University of Hawaii to Moiliili Park Saturday in opposition to Trump administration policies.

Waimanalo Gym Closure Leaves A Town Feeling Sidelined Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Waimanalo Gym Closure Leaves A Town Feeling Sidelined

Residents are frustrated by the long wait to start a $3.12 million repair job on the damaged gym, which was a “safe haven” for kids.

Honolulu Climate Change Office Hasn’t Opened, But It’s Already Shrinking Natanya Freidheim/Civil Beat

Honolulu Climate Change Office Hasn’t Opened, But It’s Already Shrinking

Budget Committee looks for spending cuts as Mayor Caldwell broaches possibility of raising property taxes for rail construction.

Most Hawaii House Members Won’t Say Where They Stand On Aid In Dying Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Most Hawaii House Members Won’t Say Where They Stand On Aid In Dying

The House Health Committee’s deferral of the bill let other members off the hook on making their position on the issue known to the public.

Proposal To Charge For Honolulu Trash Pickup Discarded For Now Department of Environmental Services

Proposal To Charge For Honolulu Trash Pickup Discarded For Now

But the City Council Budget Committee approves some of the other tax and fee proposals from Mayor Kirk Caldwell.

Proposed Increases In Honolulu Taxes And Fees Will Be ‘A Tough Sell’ Flickr.com

Proposed Increases In Honolulu Taxes And Fees Will Be ‘A Tough Sell’

City officials say the cost of government operations is growing — including salaries, pensions and other benefits. But some council members are pushing back.

Council OK’s Bill Eliminating Cap On Rail Money Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Council OK’s Bill Eliminating Cap On Rail Money

City council members say the measure will help satisfy federal officials concerns over a spending cap.

Will Tiny Homes Help Big Island Farmers? Courtesy of One Island Sustainable Living

Will Tiny Homes Help Big Island Farmers?

Providing housing for farm workers is one way to attract employees.

Why It’s So Hard To Eat Healthy In Hawaii If You’re Poor Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Why It’s So Hard To Eat Healthy In Hawaii If You’re Poor

Making local produce more available can feed the stomachs and nurture the cultures of Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders.

Low-Income Tenants Ask State To Keep Their Housing Affordable Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Low-Income Tenants Ask State To Keep Their Housing Affordable

The case of a Maui apartment complex raises the question: What happens when an affordable housing requirement expires?

Aid In Dying Bill Clears Senate Despite Emotional Appeal Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Aid In Dying Bill Clears Senate Despite Emotional Appeal

On a big day at the Capitol, senators also passed a rail tax bill while the House voted to decriminalize drug paraphernalia possession.

State To Schools: Customize Your Hawaiian Education Approach Cory Lum/Civil Beat

State To Schools: Customize Your Hawaiian Education Approach

The Na Hopena A’o program encourages new approaches to helping students appreciate the “Hawaiian perspective.”