Civil Beat Reporting Fellow

Natanya Friedheim

Council Votes To Curb Commercial Activity At Waimanalo Beaches Courtesy of My Kailua Facebook page

Council Votes To Curb Commercial Activity At Waimanalo Beaches

“The rights of the resident” trump those of commercial tour operators, the Honolulu City Council decides.

Hawaii Christian Church Says No Gays Allowed At Upcoming Banquet Screen shot

Hawaii Christian Church Says No Gays Allowed At Upcoming Banquet

A church’s Sweethearts Banquet at the Hale Koa Hotel advertises it is open to all married couples comprised of “a man & woman by birth.”

Senator Wants More Transparency For Charter School Funds Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Senator Wants More Transparency For Charter School Funds

Jill Tokuda complains that State Public Charter School Commission is the only state agency to hold its funds in private accounts.

Sewage Spills Will Likely Continue Near Ko Olina Until Pipes Replaced Natanya Friedheim/Civil Beat

Sewage Spills Will Likely Continue Near Ko Olina Until Pipes Replaced

Prematurely corroding pipes must be replaced at an estimated cost of $34.6 million, a City Council committee is told.

Young Entrepreneurs Make A Stand In Honolulu’s Chinatown Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Young Entrepreneurs Make A Stand In Honolulu’s Chinatown

A few blocks from the bustle of open-air markets, the arts district gets an infusion of restaurants and other new businesses.

Board Of Education Discusses How To Find New Superintendent Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Board Of Education Discusses How To Find New Superintendent

Some critics want a more transparent search process, others want the board to reconsider its decision to replace Matayoshi.

Activists Fear Thomas Square Could Become A ‘Revenue Cow’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Activists Fear Thomas Square Could Become A ‘Revenue Cow’

The downtown Honolulu park has long been the site for political and cultural events, as well as free services for the needy.

Angela Kaaihue Removed From City Council Meeting After Disruptions kaaihue4congress.com

Angela Kaaihue Removed From City Council Meeting After Disruptions

She said renaming an aquatic center after the late Mark Takai was a “disgrace,” and suggested naming it for Donald Trump instead.

Baby Death Lawsuit Cites A Hospital Language Barrier Nick Grube/Civil Beat

Baby Death Lawsuit Cites A Hospital Language Barrier

A Chuukese couple’s child died after a series of visits to the emergency room at Kapiolani Medical Center, their lawyer says.

Services For The Needy Generate Hope, Complaints In Chinatown Natanya Freidheim/Civil Beat

Services For The Needy Generate Hope, Complaints In Chinatown

Can the area pull off the balancing act of helping the homeless while still allowing businesses to thrive?

This Kalihi Bike Shop Is Helping Kids Learn Life Lessons Cory Lum/Civil Beat

This Kalihi Bike Shop Is Helping Kids Learn Life Lessons

A small shop provides a sanctuary for the community’s youths, including residents of nearby public housing projects.

Hawaii’s General Election Turnout Dipped To 58.3 Percent This Year Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii’s General Election Turnout Dipped To 58.3 Percent This Year

The last presidential election in 2012 attracted a 61.9 percent turnout, but that ballot included Hawaii-born Barack Obama.