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Rui Kaneya

Rui Kaneya joined Honolulu Civil Beat as a reporter in February 2015.

Born and raised in Japan, Rui came to the United States after graduating from high school and spent nearly 20 years in Chicago, where he worked as a correspondent for the Columbia Journalism Review and investigations editor at The Chicago Reporter.

A recipient of the Investigative Reporters and Editors Minority Fellowship and the Robert R. McCormick Tribune Minority Fellowship in Urban Journalism, Rui has received numerous journalism awards, among them the Watchdog Award for Excellence in Public Interest Reporting from the Society of Professional Journalists and the National Association of Black Journalists’ Salute to Excellence National Media Award.

You can reach Rui by email at rkaneya@civilbeat.org or follow him on Twitter at @ruikaneya.

Hawaii State Hospital Wasn’t Built For The Type Of Patients It Serves AP

Hawaii State Hospital Wasn’t Built For The Type Of Patients It Serves

Some lawmakers want tighter security at the psychiatric hospital, where seven patients have escaped since 2014, until new facilities are built.

Officials Still Silent About How Killer Escaped From Hawaii State Hospital PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Officials Still Silent About How Killer Escaped From Hawaii State Hospital

The AG’s office issued a $500,000 warrant for the arrest of Randall Saito, calling him a “dangerous individual” who needs to be off the street.

Nevada’s ‘Most Dangerous’ Inmates Move In With Hawaii Prisoners Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Nevada’s ‘Most Dangerous’ Inmates Move In With Hawaii Prisoners

The private Saguaro Correctional Center in Arizona says the new prisoners will be fenced off and separated from the 1,600 Hawaii inmates.

‘Preferred’ Jail Site Currently Houses Animal Quarantine Station Cory Lum/Civil Beat

‘Preferred’ Jail Site Currently Houses Animal Quarantine Station

The Halawa Valley project’s $525 million price tag includes $17.5 million for a new quarantine facility.

Officers Hope New Chief Will Clear Away ‘Dark Cloud Over HPD’ Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Officers Hope New Chief Will Clear Away ‘Dark Cloud Over HPD’

Susan Ballard is sworn in as Honolulu’s police chief to a chorus of praise as the department looks to move beyond the Louis Kealoha years.

Susan Ballard To Be Sworn In Wednesday As Honolulu Police Chief Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Susan Ballard To Be Sworn In Wednesday As Honolulu Police Chief

The 32-year veteran will be first woman to lead the police department in its 85-year history.

Susan Ballard Picked As New Honolulu Police Chief Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Susan Ballard Picked As New Honolulu Police Chief

UPDATED: Police commissioners unanimously chose the veteran HPD major from among seven finalists.

Interviews For Next Honolulu Police Chief Begin Amid Growing Scandal Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Interviews For Next Honolulu Police Chief Begin Amid Growing Scandal

The top federal public defender calls for the Honolulu Police Commission to start over with the selection process.

A Guide To The Case Against The Kealohas Cory Lum/Civil Beat

A Guide To The Case Against The Kealohas

The former Honolulu police chief and his wife, a city prosecutor, have pleaded not guilty to the charges contained in a federal indictment.

Former Honolulu Police Chief And Prosecutor Wife Arrested Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Former Honolulu Police Chief And Prosecutor Wife Arrested

UPDATED: Louis and Katherine Kealoha, the center of a years-long investigation by the U.S. Justice Department, pleaded not guilty to 20 counts of abuse of power and public corruption.

Caldwell Names Two New Honolulu Police Commissioners Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Caldwell Names Two New Honolulu Police Commissioners

But the two won’t be on board in time to help with the selection of a new police chief, under the current timeline.

Questions Surface Over Integrity Of HPD Chief Candidate Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Questions Surface Over Integrity Of HPD Chief Candidate

A well-known former Hawaii judge is raising a red flag about Honolulu police chief finalist Tommy Aiu. But no one will talk about what’s behind it.