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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.

Bill Clamps Down On State’s Habit Of Segregating Inmates Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Bill Clamps Down On State’s Habit Of Segregating Inmates

A proposal to reduce the use of and length of inmate isolation is headed for a vote of the full Hawaii Senate.

Hawaii Stands Ready To Challenge Trump’s Promised New Order Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Stands Ready To Challenge Trump’s Promised New Order

The president said he would rescind his earlier travel ban — now stalled in court — and instead issue another one.

Another Federal Injunction Issued Against Trump’s Travel Ban Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Another Federal Injunction Issued Against Trump’s Travel Ban

Meanwhile, a judge in Honolulu allows Hawaii to add another plaintiff in its suit against the Trump administration.

Appeals Court Deals Blow To Trump’s Travel Ban Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Appeals Court Deals Blow To Trump’s Travel Ban

Refugees and other immigrants can still travel to the U.S. — which means Hawaii’s lawsuit will remain on hold.

Hawaii Lawsuit Must Wait For Appeals Court Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Lawsuit Must Wait For Appeals Court

Hawaii’s legal challenge of the Trump administration travel ban is on hold until the 9th Circuit decides what to do in a similar mainland case.

Trump Seeks To Put Hawaii Case On Hold Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Trump Seeks To Put Hawaii Case On Hold

The Trump administration says Hawaii’s challenge of travel ban should wait until a mainland case is resolved.

Settlement Protects Religious Rights For Hawaiian Prisoners Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Settlement Protects Religious Rights For Hawaiian Prisoners

The lawsuit sought to ensure Native Hawaiians being held in an Arizona prison could engage in customary religious practices.

Should Hawaii Become A Sanctuary State? Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Should Hawaii Become A Sanctuary State?

Some elected officials and community activists are working to position Hawaii to better help people affected by Trump’s immigration policies.

Hawaii Sues Trump To Block New Immigration Policy Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Sues Trump To Block New Immigration Policy

Hawaii Attorney General Doug Chin says the state is uniquely harmed by the president’s recent executive order that bars refugees and others from entering the U.S.

New Oahu Jail Will Cost Hundreds Of Millions Cory Lum/Civil Beat

New Oahu Jail Will Cost Hundreds Of Millions

Lawmakers heard cost projections Thursday but it’s too early in the planning process to get a firm estimate.

Civil Beat Joins National Effort To Document Hate Incidents ProPublica

Civil Beat Joins National Effort To Document Hate Incidents

Current databases are inadequate, so ProPublica is organizing a coalition of media outlets to keep better track of these cases.

Honolulu Protesters Join The Outcry Over Immigration Ban Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Honolulu Protesters Join The Outcry Over Immigration Ban

Demonstrators gather at Honolulu International Airport on Sunday as similar scenes play out across the country.