Civil Beat Staff

Nick Grube

Nick Grube is an investigative reporter who covers everything from politics to police accountability. He also writes about Honolulu’s controversial commuter rail project.

Nick joined Civil Beat in May 2012. Prior to moving to Honolulu, he worked as a reporter in Oregon, California and Wisconsin. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin in Madison with a degree in journalism and environmental studies.

News tips are welcome and appreciated. You can send them directly to nick@civilbeat.org or anonymously using this Tipbox link, which uses automatic encryption. (NOTE: If you send a tip through Tipbox I cannot respond unless there’s contact information in the body of the message.)

Kealoha’s Quest For City To Pay His Legal Fees Takes A Nasty Turn Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Kealoha’s Quest For City To Pay His Legal Fees Takes A Nasty Turn

The former Honolulu chief’s attorney accused a police commissioner of breaking the law, but then she fought back.

Firefighters Union Protests Lack Of Information On Marco Polo Investigation Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Firefighters Union Protests Lack Of Information On Marco Polo Investigation

The Honolulu Fire Department knows the cause of the fire, but is refusing to reveal it — even to their own firefighters — until reports are finalized.

News Outlets Challenge Honolulu Police Commission Secrecy Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

News Outlets Challenge Honolulu Police Commission Secrecy

Civil Beat and the Star-Advertiser have teamed up in an effort to make sure the public has access to hearings for officers who want taxpayers to foot their legal bills.

How A Police Officer’s Complaints About HPD Corruption Went Viral Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

How A Police Officer’s Complaints About HPD Corruption Went Viral

Denny Santiago says he’s worried about being ostracized for speaking out about the Kealoha scandal to the Police Commission.

Hawaii Prison Warden’s Case Shows Firing A Public Worker Isn’t Easy Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Prison Warden’s Case Shows Firing A Public Worker Isn’t Easy

Despite dozens of sexual harassment and discrimination concerns, appeals board says her prior clean record counts for a lot.

Honolulu’s Search For A New Police Chief Down To 9 Candidates Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu’s Search For A New Police Chief Down To 9 Candidates

The process to replace Louis Kealoha, who resigned after being named as the target of a corruption investigation, has taken longer than anticipated.

SHOPO: Don’t Release Police Officer Names For Salary Database Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

SHOPO: Don’t Release Police Officer Names For Salary Database

Honolulu officials had planned to release salary information, including officers’ names. But the state police union says that endangers officers.

Hawaiian Heiress Hires Doctors To Help Reclaim Her $215M Fortune Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaiian Heiress Hires Doctors To Help Reclaim Her $215M Fortune

Abigail Kawananakoa, 91, says she’s mentally fit to manage her own finances even though she suffered a stroke in June.

OHA’s Peter Apo To Pay $25,000 For Ethics Violations Cory Lum/Civil Beat

OHA’s Peter Apo To Pay $25,000 For Ethics Violations

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs trustee admitted using his position to benefit his private company.

Grand Jury Probe Zeroes In On ‘Safe House’ Property Deal Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Grand Jury Probe Zeroes In On ‘Safe House’ Property Deal

Several people were asked to testify recently about a land deal involving Honolulu prosecutor Keith Kaneshiro and a politically active real estate investor.

Royal Hawaiian Heiress Asks Judge To Silence Her Former Attorney Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Royal Hawaiian Heiress Asks Judge To Silence Her Former Attorney

The fight over Abigail Kawananakoa’s $215 million fortune continues to intensify.

Is Hawaii’s Royal Princess Mentally Fit? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Is Hawaii’s Royal Princess Mentally Fit?

With her $200 million fortune at stake, her former attorney wants an independent investigation into Abigail Kawananakoa’s mental state.