Civil Beat Staff

Natanya Friedheim

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.

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.

Why Oahu’s Neighborhood Boards Are ‘The Pulse Of The Community’ Natanya Freidheim/Civil Beat

Why Oahu’s Neighborhood Boards Are ‘The Pulse Of The Community’

Elections are underway for members of the island’s 33 volunteer advisory panels.

Council Takes Step To Allow Use Of Property Tax For Rail Construction Cory Lum/CIvil Beat

Council Takes Step To Allow Use Of Property Tax For Rail Construction

The Legislature is insisting that Honolulu leaders lift their prohibition on using city tax revenues for the project.

Honolulu Council Gives Preliminary OK To Tax And Fee Increases flickr.com

Honolulu Council Gives Preliminary OK To Tax And Fee Increases

For now Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s budget proposals are mostly meeting with approval — but rail funding is a big uncertainty.

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.