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.

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.”

New Honolulu Housing Aims To Help Artists ArtSpace

New Honolulu Housing Aims To Help Artists

A publicly funded affordable housing complex in Kakaako will offer low-cost units to artists.

Committee Chairs Halt Bills To Ban Foam Food Containers Flickr.com

Committee Chairs Halt Bills To Ban Foam Food Containers

The prohibition continues to gain support from Hawaii environmentalists, but is effectively dead this session.

More Sit-Lie Bans Advance In Honolulu City Council Cory Lum/Civil Beat

More Sit-Lie Bans Advance In Honolulu City Council

Councilman Brandon Elefante continues to oppose the idea of moving homeless people around by making it illegal to sit or lie down on some city streets.

How A Kakaako Mural Festival Took Hawaii’s Art Scene Global Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

How A Kakaako Mural Festival Took Hawaii’s Art Scene Global

It started in Hong Kong, but now Oahu hosts the flagship event for POW! WOW! festivals held in many cities.

Medical Aid In Dying Bill Stays Alive In Hawaii Senate Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Medical Aid In Dying Bill Stays Alive In Hawaii Senate

The proposal, which didn’t even receive a hearing last year, has cleared one committee and its prospects seem good in a second.

Libraries Struggle With A New Role: Social Services Center Natanya Friedheim/Civil Beat

Libraries Struggle With A New Role: Social Services Center

Hawaii provides library security guards, but so far bucks the trend of training employees to better serve patrons with special needs.