Civil Beat Staff

Noelle Fujii

Noelle Fujii is an intern for Civil Beat covering the Waikiki, Kakaako and Downtown neighborhoods.
She graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in May 2016 with a degree in journalism and a minor in Japanese. During her time at UH, she worked at the student newspaper, the Ka Leo, as news editor and editor-in-chief. She also had internships at Hawaii Business magazine and the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
This past summer, she participated in the Asian American Journalist Association’s VOICES program where 15 student journalists from around the country reported on and received multimedia training at the organization’s annual conference.
Her interests include environmental and education stories, such as those on UH politics and Hawaii’s culture.
Originally from California’s Bay Area, Noelle is a third generation twin. In her free time, she likes to cook and read on the beach.
She can be reached at nfujii@civilbeat.com or via Twitter at @nkfujii1.
State’s Offer On Pay Is Unacceptable, Teachers Union Says Cory Lum/Civil Beat

State’s Offer On Pay Is Unacceptable, Teachers Union Says

The governor’s office won’t confirm it, but the union says the offer is 1 percent lump sum payments in each of the next two years.

Legislators Question Removal Of School Superintendent Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Legislators Question Removal Of School Superintendent

As they consider the Department of Education’s budget request, some lawmakers say Kathryn Matayoshi should be retained.

Can More Be Done To Prevent School Employee Misconduct? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Can More Be Done To Prevent School Employee Misconduct?

There’s been a decline in pending cases of workers placed on paid leave, but a school board committee wants more progress.

New Kakaako Park Rules Could Keep Homeless Away Chad Blair/Civil Beat

New Kakaako Park Rules Could Keep Homeless Away

The HCDA says the changes mostly clarify rules that already existed. Recent problems have involved vandalism and homelessness.

Kakaako Shelters Work To Move Homeless Into Housing Faster Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Kakaako Shelters Work To Move Homeless Into Housing Faster

With new rules looming, state-run facilities look to expedite the shelter-to-housing process.

Senators Voice Concerns Over UH Budget Requests Civil Beat file photo

Senators Voice Concerns Over UH Budget Requests

Lawmakers said the university needs to make sure it’s using all the resources it already has before asking for more.

Teachers Cleared To Travel For Free On Educational Trips Flickr: ackook

Teachers Cleared To Travel For Free On Educational Trips

The teachers union reaches an accord with the state Ethics Commission, which had previously moved to ban the practice.

Bringing Fresh Local Food And City Dwellers Together in Honolulu Noelle Fujii/Civil Beat

Bringing Fresh Local Food And City Dwellers Together in Honolulu

A community group wants to see more local food in urban areas, including some that could be grown there.

School Board Adopts Timeline In Search For Superintendent Civil Beat

School Board Adopts Timeline In Search For Superintendent

A new top administrator for Hawaii’s public schools should be selected by June, according to the plan.

Blueprint For Education Still Being Refined, School Board Told PF Bently/Civil Beat

Blueprint For Education Still Being Refined, School Board Told

The document being prepared by a governor’s task force is expected to complement the Department of Education’s own strategic plan.

Hawaii By The Numbers Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii By The Numbers

Here are a few statistical tidbits about the islands gleaned from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2015 American Community Survey.

Union Joins Effort To Let More People See School Board Meetings Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Union Joins Effort To Let More People See School Board Meetings

Volunteers have been recording the meetings and making them available online. Now they’ll have help.

January 2017

Friday, January 20

State’s Offer On Pay Is Unacceptable, Teachers Union Says

Tuesday, January 17

Legislators Question Removal Of School Superintendent

Tuesday, January 10

Can More Be Done To Prevent School Employee Misconduct?

New Kakaako Park Rules Could Keep Homeless Away

Monday, January 9

Kakaako Shelters Work To Move Homeless Into Housing Faster

Thursday, January 5

Senators Voice Concerns Over UH Budget Requests

Tuesday, January 3

Teachers Cleared To Travel For Free On Educational Trips

Bringing Fresh Local Food And City Dwellers Together in Honolulu

December 2016

Tuesday, December 20

School Board Adopts Timeline In Search For Superintendent

Blueprint For Education Still Being Refined, School Board Told

Tuesday, December 13

Hawaii By The Numbers

Monday, December 12

Union Joins Effort To Let More People See School Board Meetings

Tuesday, December 6

Board Of Education OKs A Strategic Plan That Leaves Details To Schools

Principals Push For A Louder Voice In Public Education Reform Efforts

Thursday, December 1

City Gets Authority To Condemn Private Kakaako Streets

Council Approves $150K To Pay Lawyers For Police Chief

Angela Kaaihue Removed From City Council Meeting After Disruptions

November 2016

Tuesday, November 29

Services For The Needy Generate Hope, Complaints In Chinatown

Councilwoman Wants To Stop Manoa Flooding Before It Returns

Wednesday, November 23

Kakaako Food Pantry To Close — At Least For Now

Friday, November 18

Will Residents Ever Feel Safe In This Downtown Honolulu Park?

Thursday, November 17

Amid The Buzz Of Waikiki, 21,000 People Who Call It Home

Tuesday, November 8

Fee Plan Along Rail Line Pits Schools Against Affordable Housing

Monday, November 7

City Wants To Clean Up Bike Path By Designating It A Park

October 2016

Monday, October 31

Measure Asks: Are All Those Boards and Commissions Needed?

Once The ‘Wild West’ Of The City, Kakaako Is Trying To Settle Down

Friday, October 28

2 Finalists For Manoa Chancellor

AG Offers A Shortcut To Acquire Troublesome Kakaako Roads

Wednesday, October 26

This Clear Water Has Been Flowing Under Kakaako Since The 1920s

Tuesday, October 25

Defining Downtown Honolulu Isn’t As Easy As You’d Think

Monday, October 24

Amendment Would Help Fund Honolulu Zoo With Property Taxes

Tuesday, October 18

Effort To Condemn Private Kakaako Streets Moves Forward

Monday, October 17

The History Of Kakaako, Told In Student Essays From Decades Ago

City Spending $1 Million On Buses That May Have Nowhere To Go

Monday, October 10

City Plans Bus System To Connect To Rail Stop That May Never Come

Monday, October 3

Can Homeless Families Really Find Housing Within 90 Days?

September 2016

Tuesday, September 20

City Postpones Effort To Condemn Obstructed Kakaako Streets

Monday, September 19

Honolulu Parking Stalls Become Tiny Public Parks For A Day

Friday, September 16

Catholic Charities Hawaii Will Run New Kakaako Homeless Center

Thursday, September 15

Homeless Families In Kakaako Will Soon Have Another Place To Go

State’s Offer On Pay Is Unacceptable, Teachers Union Says

The governor’s office won’t confirm it, but the union says the offer is 1 percent lump sum payments in each of the next two years.