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Rui Kaneya

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.

Why Aren’t Federal Attorneys Moving Quickly To Appeal Travel Ban Ruling? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Why Aren’t Federal Attorneys Moving Quickly To Appeal Travel Ban Ruling?

The Trump administration said the travel ban was needed to avert an urgent security crisis. But officials are slow to file an appeal.

Virginia Judge Sides With Trump On Travel Ban Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Virginia Judge Sides With Trump On Travel Ban

Still, key parts of the order remain on hold by rulings issued in Hawaii and Maryland.

New Trump ‘Extreme Vetting’ Directive Aimed At Those Seeking Visas Cory Lum/Civil Beat

New Trump ‘Extreme Vetting’ Directive Aimed At Those Seeking Visas

It’s unclear how the new screening policy, which includes a social media check, will affect foreign tourists and others coming to the islands.

Hawaii Asks Judge To Double Down Against Trump’s Travel Ban Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Hawaii Asks Judge To Double Down Against Trump’s Travel Ban

Attorneys for the state say the temporary restraining order should now be a longer-term stay that lasts until the case is fully decided.

Hawaii Judge Refuses To Narrow His Ruling Against Travel Ban Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Hawaii Judge Refuses To Narrow His Ruling Against Travel Ban

Federal judge Derrick Watson issued a short decision Sunday saying his original order was perfectly clear.

Derrick Watson: An Apolitical Judge Caught In A Partisan Firestorm U.S. District Court

Derrick Watson: An Apolitical Judge Caught In A Partisan Firestorm

Acquaintances call the federal judge from Honolulu reserved and unemotional. But he’s under attack from the president and his supporters.

Hawaii Judge Halts Trump’s Travel Ban Nationwide Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Judge Halts Trump’s Travel Ban Nationwide

UPDATED: Judge Derrick Watson ruled “the executive order was issued with a purpose to disfavor a particular religion.”

Travel Ban Challenged In 3 Cities Wednesday — Including Honolulu Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Travel Ban Challenged In 3 Cities Wednesday — Including Honolulu

A local hearing is scheduled to begin six hours after one in Maryland and 90 minutes before another in Seattle.

Battle Lines Drawn In Hawaii’s Case Against Trump Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Battle Lines Drawn In Hawaii’s Case Against Trump

Responding to the state’s challenge of the new travel ban, the administration argues it has the authority and Hawaii can prove no harm.

More States Sue Trump Over New Travel Ban Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

More States Sue Trump Over New Travel Ban

While Hawaii’s lawsuit came first, it’s unclear whether the next court action will occur in Honolulu or Seattle.

Hawaii Becomes First State To Challenge Trump’s New Travel Ban Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Becomes First State To Challenge Trump’s New Travel Ban

The state claims that the newly revised executive order is “infected with the same legal problems” as the original.

Hawaii Plans To Sue Trump (Again) Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Hawaii Plans To Sue Trump (Again)

UPDATED: A federal judge agrees to lift his stay on Hawaii’s lawsuit against the Trump administration.