Civil Beat Reporting Fellow

Natanya Friedheim

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.

City Council Holds Off On Stricter Plastic Bag Rules Civil Beat

City Council Holds Off On Stricter Plastic Bag Rules

Advocates on both sides of the issue agree a fee is better than handing out thicker plastic bags for free.

Will This Be The Year For A Styrofoam Ban? Christian Razukas/ Wiki Commons

Will This Be The Year For A Styrofoam Ban?

A Senate bill to ban polystyrene food containers is slated for its first hearing Wednesday.

Gun Bills Advance In Hawaii Senate Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Gun Bills Advance In Hawaii Senate

Gun rights supporters won and lost on Thursday.

Bill Banning Many Sunscreen Products Advances In House Marina Riker/Civil Beat

Bill Banning Many Sunscreen Products Advances In House

The measure would prohibit sales of items containing oxybenzone, which harms coral reefs.