Civil Beat Reporting Fellow

Natanya Friedheim

City Council OKs Issuing $350 Million In Bonds For Rail Construction Natanya Freidheim/Civil Beat

City Council OKs Issuing $350 Million In Bonds For Rail Construction

Supporters and opponents of the over-budget project fill Honolulu Hale to testify before the vote.

Reclaiming History: Oahu’s Last Hawaiian Fishing Village Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Reclaiming History: Oahu’s Last Hawaiian Fishing Village

Tiny Mokauea Island is threatened by pollution and rising sea levels, while the handful of residents face uncertainty about their long-term lease with the state.

Honolulu May Allow Transportation Companies To Regulate Waikiki Streets Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu May Allow Transportation Companies To Regulate Waikiki Streets

A special improvement district with private financing would be tasked with reducing congestion in Oahu’s busiest tourist area.

One Man’s Quest To Revive A Forgotten Kalihi Park Cory Lum/Civil Beat

One Man’s Quest To Revive A Forgotten Kalihi Park

Robert Silva has spent two years restoring a taro patch in a small park that was once a gathering spot for Hawaiian royalty.

Bike Tour Offers Firsthand Look At Kalihi’s History — And Potholes Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Bike Tour Offers Firsthand Look At Kalihi’s History — And Potholes

Organizers of an upcoming tour want to show off the “hidden gems” of the working class community — and raise awareness of road problems.

The Sorry State Of Many Honolulu Parks Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The Sorry State Of Many Honolulu Parks

Millions of dollars have been spent on Oahu parks in the past decade, but some have fared better than others.

Council Rejects Proposal To Ban All Plastic Bags At Checkout Counters Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Council Rejects Proposal To Ban All Plastic Bags At Checkout Counters

A ban on thin plastic bags remains, but some stores have gotten around it by using thicker bags.

City Council Votes to Raise Parking Meter Fees And Vehicle Weight Tax Natanya Freidheim/Civil Beat

City Council Votes to Raise Parking Meter Fees And Vehicle Weight Tax

Work on the 2018 Fiscal Year budgets concludes with some proposed tax and fee increases approved and others rejected.

Developer Wants To Convert Farmland To Housing In Haleiwa Anthony Quintano/ Civil Beat

Developer Wants To Convert Farmland To Housing In Haleiwa

He calls it “working class housing.” Opponents decry more traffic congestion and the loss of agricultural space.

Hundreds Of Low-Income Maui Residents May Face Eviction Ratna Heilscher

Hundreds Of Low-Income Maui Residents May Face Eviction

Their taxpayer-subsidized apartment building was supposed to be affordable for 50 years. But a loophole could end that arrangement far sooner.

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.