Civil Beat Staff

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 or follow him on Twitter at @ruikaneya.

Clemency For 3 Hawaii Men Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Clemency For 3 Hawaii Men

With 330 new cases, President Barack Obama has granted more clemencies than any other president in history.

No Quick Fixes For Prison Overcrowding In Governor’s Budget Cory Lum/Civil Beat

No Quick Fixes For Prison Overcrowding In Governor’s Budget

The Department of Public Safety has not started on expansion of three jails, a $37.5 million project approved by lawmakers last year.

How Hawaii’s Prisoners Are Ending Up In Facilities All Over The Country Cory Lum/Civil Beat

How Hawaii’s Prisoners Are Ending Up In Facilities All Over The Country

But, citing privacy and security reasons, state prison officials won’t say why prisoners are being transferred or where they have gone.

ACLU Calls For Federal Probe Of Hawaii Prison Conditions Cory Lum/Civil Beat

ACLU Calls For Federal Probe Of Hawaii Prison Conditions

The complaint alleges overcrowding has led to “systemwide deterioration” at seven prisons and jails.

Homeless Count Volunteers Sought PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Homeless Count Volunteers Sought

Organizers are gearing up for the annual count of homeless people, but they are facing a serious shortage of volunteers.

Do Hawaii Prisons Overuse Solitary Confinement? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Do Hawaii Prisons Overuse Solitary Confinement?

Most of the islands’ maximum-custody inmates live in special holding cells for up to 23 hours per day. The policy bucks a national trend.

200 To Receive Rental Assistance

200 To Receive Rental Assistance

Nearly four months after opening up the waitlist for the Section 8 program, the Hawaii Public Housing Authority is ready to hand out housing vouchers.

Lawsuit Targets Secrecy In Hawaii Tax Change Proposals ©PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Lawsuit Targets Secrecy In Hawaii Tax Change Proposals

Why did the Ige administration try to change rules on tax refunds and general excise tax licenses? It doesn’t want you to know.

Former Big Island Prison Warden Sues State Over Firing Hawaii Department of Public Safety

Former Big Island Prison Warden Sues State Over Firing

Ruth Forbes’ lawsuit alleges disgruntled employees conspired to get her fired.

Other States Are Shrinking Prison Populations — Why Not Hawaii? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Other States Are Shrinking Prison Populations — Why Not Hawaii?

The Justice Reinvestment Initiative approved in 2012 was supposed to be a game-changer in the islands. It hasn’t been.

Private Prison Operator Sees A Financially Healthy Future Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Private Prison Operator Sees A Financially Healthy Future

Corrections Corporation of America says rebranding itself as CoreCivic will help its bottom line.

Hawaii Prison Officials Say It Will Cost $23,000 For Public Records Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Prison Officials Say It Will Cost $23,000 For Public Records

Eight months after we asked, the state wants big bucks for records pertaining to violence at an Arizona prison.

January 2017

Thursday, January 19

Clemency For 3 Hawaii Men

Thursday, January 12

No Quick Fixes For Prison Overcrowding In Governor’s Budget

How Hawaii’s Prisoners Are Ending Up In Facilities All Over The Country

Tuesday, January 10

ACLU Calls For Federal Probe Of Hawaii Prison Conditions

Wednesday, January 4

Homeless Count Volunteers Sought

December 2016

Thursday, December 22

Do Hawaii Prisons Overuse Solitary Confinement?

Thursday, December 1

200 To Receive Rental Assistance

Lawsuit Targets Secrecy In Hawaii Tax Change Proposals

November 2016

Tuesday, November 29

Former Big Island Prison Warden Sues State Over Firing

Monday, November 21

Other States Are Shrinking Prison Populations — Why Not Hawaii?

Thursday, November 3

Private Prison Operator Sees A Financially Healthy Future

October 2016

Monday, October 31

Hawaii Prison Officials Say It Will Cost $23,000 For Public Records

Friday, October 21

Oahu’s Inmates Are Facing Some Seriously ‘Inhumane’ Conditions

Thursday, October 13

Hawaii Finds Itself Stuck As Others Abandon For-Profit Prisons

Monday, October 10

Longer Comment Period For OCCC

Wednesday, October 5

What To Do About Oahu’s Crumbling Correctional Center

September 2016

Tuesday, September 27

Honolulu Star-Advertiser To Cut 15 Newsroom Jobs

Only 215 Hawaii Prisoners Were Tested For Valley Fever In Arizona

Monday, September 26

Group Wants To Suspend Hawaii’s Effort To Build A New Jail

Wednesday, September 21

Job Cuts At The Star-Advertiser By ‘End Of The Month’

Wednesday, September 14

Hawaii Prison-Reform Efforts Look To Be On Conflicting Paths

Tuesday, September 13

Lawsuit Against Homeless Sweeps Could Cost Taxpayers $1M

Thursday, September 8

New Visitation Policy For OCCC Inmates

AP: Fishermen Exploited In Hawaii

Wednesday, September 7

New Chief For Paroling Authority

Tuesday, September 6

Hawaii Prison Contractor Executives Were Convicted Of Fraud And Bribery

August 2016

Tuesday, August 30

Obama Commutes More Sentences

Monday, August 29

Secret Deals: Prison Operator Is Mum On Hawaii Court Cases

Wednesday, August 24

CCA Faces Shareholder Revolt

Tuesday, August 23

Second Lawsuit Over Hepatitis A

Star-Advertiser Rescinds Buyout Offer For Newsroom Employees

Monday, August 22

How One Attorney Is Trying To Make Food Safer

Friday, August 19

Justice Department Will Stop Using Private Prisons

Thursday, August 18

A Full-Year Homeless Emergency

Wednesday, August 17

First Lawsuit Filed In Hepatitis A Outbreak

Monday, August 15

Lawsuit Over Homeless Sweeps A Step Closer To Settlement

How Retail Ad Decline Is Hurting Newspapers — Even In Hawaii

Wednesday, August 3

Job Cuts Loom At The Honolulu Star-Advertiser

Arizona Prison Is Not Reporting Disease Cases To Health Agency

Tuesday, August 2

Hawaii Re-Ups With Arizona Prison For $45 Million Per Year

July 2016

Friday, July 22

Valley Fever Risk Won’t Slow Flow Of Hawaii Prisoners To Arizona

Thursday, July 21

Ige Looks To Reduce Unsheltered Homeless To ‘Functional Zero’

Wednesday, July 13

Why Hawaii Has A Double Standard On Isolating Prisoners

Tuesday, July 5

Hawaii Extends Negotiation On New Private Prison Contract

Friday, July 1

ACLU Lawyer To Be State Ethics Chief

June 2016

Wednesday, June 29

Hawaii’s Homeless Population Still On The Rise

Monday, June 27

A Deadly Dust Is Plaguing Hawaii Prisoners In Arizona

Monday, June 20

Hawaii Doesn’t Know If Prisoners Sent To Mainland Are Likelier To Reoffend

Thursday, June 2

Is Hawaii Doing Enough to Protect Transgender Inmates In Prisons?

May 2016

Wednesday, May 25

Is Hawaii Really Saving Millions By Using A Mainland Prison?

Wednesday, May 18

Hawaii Keeps Secret What Happens In Its Private Prison

Wednesday, May 11

Hawaii Ranks No. 3 In Access To Justice

Monday, May 9

Criminal Justice Reform Fails To Get Much Legislative Love

Monday, May 2

Experts: Act Now To Improve The Contract With An Arizona Prison

April 2016

Friday, April 29

Lawmakers Fail To Cut A Deal To Rebuild Hawaii’s Oldest Jail

CCA Submits The Only Bid For Hawaii’s Private Prison Contract

Wednesday, April 27

Lawmakers OK Claims Worth $11 Million

Monday, April 25

Prison Officials Quietly Move To Extend An Out-Of-State Contract

Friday, April 15

Lawsuit Claims Widespread Infringement of Prisoners’ Religious Rights

Tuesday, April 12

The Prison Visit That Cost My Family $2,370

Friday, April 8

How Did A Man Lose His Fingers And Feet To A Jailhouse Infection?

March 2016

Monday, March 7

Prison Operator Wants Native Hawaiian Prisoners’ Suit Wrapped Up

Tuesday, March 1

Lawmakers Consider ‘Mobile Court’ For Homeless Defendants

February 2016

Thursday, February 18

City Pays For Damages Over Homeless Sweeps

Tuesday, February 16

State Pulls Request For Prison Environmental Studies Exemption

Thursday, February 11

Lawmakers Consider Releasing Some Offenders To Relieve Overcrowding

Tuesday, February 9

‘Smart On Crime’: Lawmakers Take Up Wide-Ranging Reforms

Friday, February 5

Bill Targeting Homeless on State Land Advances At Hawaii Legislature

Super Bowl Looms, And A Lot Of Prison Guards Feel Colds Coming On

Thursday, February 4

Mandatory Shelter Stay for Probationers?

Tuesday, February 2

Homeless Relocation Program Likely Grounded

January 2016

Thursday, January 28

OCCC Relocation Could Be Almost A Half-Billion-Dollar Proposition

Ankle Bracelets Could Help Cut Hawaii Prison Costs And Overcrowding

Friday, January 22

New Bill Seeks To Ban Sitting Or Lying On State Lands

Jailhouse Rock: Moving OCCC Is A Priority For Gov Ige

Thursday, January 21

Lawsuit Claims Native Hawaiian Religion Being Restricted Behind Bars

Wednesday, January 20

Court OKs New Rules On Homeless Sweeps

Homeless Sweeps Would Proliferate Under Ige’s Budget Plan

Tuesday, January 12

Ige’s Proposed Budget Tackles Chronic Overcrowding At Jails

EPA Fines Hawaii’s Geothermal Plant Operator

December 2015

Wednesday, December 23

Should State Profit From Exorbitant Cost Of Prison Phone Calls?

Tuesday, December 22

Homeless Move A Few Feet To Avoid First The State, Then The City

Monday, December 21

City Crew To Sweep Kakaako — Again

Wednesday, December 16

Caldwell: Honolulu On Right Track In Tackling Homelessness

Monday, December 14

In Kakaako Parks, State Wades Into Thorny Issue of Property Confiscation

Wednesday, December 9

State Gears Up To Sweep Homeless Encampments At Kakaako Parks

Monday, December 7

Kinder, Gentler Sweeps Of Honolulu’s Homeless?

Tuesday, December 1

Hawaii Officials Begin Converting Kakaako Shed Into Homeless Shelter

November 2015

Tuesday, November 24

Feds: Big Island Coffee Farmer Paid Migrant Pickers 40 Cents A Pound

Thursday, November 19

Sand Island Facility Opens Its Doors To The Homeless

City Agrees Not to Throw Out ‘Personal Property’ During Homeless Sweeps

Wednesday, November 18

Willing To Foot The Bill To Help Hawaii’s Homeless Families

Thursday, November 12

‘Zero’ Veteran Homelessness In Virginia

Tuesday, November 10

Hawaii’s Veterans Are Among Top Earners

Friday, November 6

Bedbugs Infest Oahu Jail — Again

Thursday, November 5

Hawaii Is Spending Tens Of Millions To Lock Up Low-Level Drug Offenders

Wednesday, November 4

Keep What You Sweep, Homeless Plaintiffs Urge City In New Motion

Monday, November 2

Obama Calls For Help For Offenders

Phoning Home From Prison: Excessive Prices Will Be Reined In

October 2015

Monday, October 26

State To Clear Out Homeless Encampments At Kakaako, Kewalo Parks

Friday, October 23

Hawaii Drug Offenders To Be Freed Early In Federal Sentencing Overhaul

Wednesday, October 21

Hawaii Panel to Keep Prisoners From Reoffending Does Nothing — And Never Has

Friday, October 16

Hawaii Governor Declares State of Emergency for Homelessness

Friday, October 9

Updated: Sweeps to Resume Tuesday

Many of Kakaako’s Homeless Are Not Shelter-Bound

Thursday, October 8

Will the Sit-Lie Ban Cost Agencies Trying to Help Honolulu’s Homeless?

Wednesday, October 7

Kakaako Encampment Braces for the Final Sweeps

Monday, October 5

Here’s What Homeless People Have to Do to Get Their Property Back

September 2015

Wednesday, September 30

Tourism Money to Fly Away the Homeless

Tuesday, September 29

Treating Hawaii’s Sex Offenders: ‘Here, We Don’t Give Up on People’

Monday, September 28

Is the City Violating the Law in Destroying Homeless People’s Property?

Tuesday, September 22

Federal Judge Refuses to Immediately Halt Honolulu Homeless Sweeps

Monday, September 21

Motion Seeks Immediate Halt to Sweeps

Thursday, September 17

City Sweeps Another Stretch of Kakaako Homeless Encampment

Honolulu Plans Modular Housing in Waianae

Wednesday, September 16

Lawsuit Filed Over Seizure of Homeless People’s Property

Monday, September 14

Honolulu Plans Second Sweep in Kakaako

Sunday, September 13

Is Help With the Rent an Answer to Homelessness?

Tuesday, September 8

Honolulu Launches First Phase of Homeless Enforcement in Kakaako

Thursday, September 3

How Do You House the Homeless When No One Wants Them Nearby?

Tuesday, September 1

Ige’s Team to Relocate All Homeless Families From Kakaako by the End of Year

August 2015

Thursday, August 27

Caldwell: Honolulu to Resume ‘Phased Enforcement’ at Kakaako Encampment

Wednesday, August 26

Ige’s Team Cuts Kakaako’s Homeless Population by 10 Percent

Tuesday, August 25

Honolulu Beaches Remain Closed Pending Water Test Results

Inmate Work Furlough Program: Statistical Success or a Public Danger?

Thursday, August 20

Gabbard Says She’s Open to Possibility of Running for Vice President

Monday, August 17

Ige’s Team Considers Converting Kakaako Shed Into Temporary Shelter

What’s Happening to Hawaii’s Push for Criminal Justice Reform?

Friday, August 14

Death of Hawaii Prisoner in Arizona Prison Is Ruled a Homicide

Tuesday, August 11

New Ad Campaign Launched In Hawaii to Back Iran Accord

Monday, August 10

Ige Taps Leading Advocate to Be His Homelessness Coordinator

Friday, August 7

Death of Hawaii Prisoner Under Investigation at Arizona Prison

Wednesday, August 5

City Council Passes Bill That Could Target Kapalama Canal Encampment

Tuesday, August 4

The Homeless: Easier to Say Where They Shouldn’t Be

Monday, August 3

Ige: Number of Hawaii Prisoners Incarcerated in Arizona Will Go Up Before it Goes Down

July 2015

Tuesday, July 28

City Won’t Acquire Hilo Hattie Property for Homeless Shelter

Monday, July 27

Ige Creates a New Leadership Team to Tackle Homelessness

Friday, July 24

Pro-Israel Lobby Fills Hawaii’s TV Airtime to Push Against Iran Deal

Thursday, July 23

Tom Brower to Press Charges Against Homeless Teens in Kakaako

Wednesday, July 22

Endless Sweep: City Keeps Rousting Homeless at a Cost of $750,000 a Year

Friday, July 10

VA Secretary to Landlords: Pitch in to Help End Veteran Homelessness

Wednesday, July 8

HCDA Hears Tenant Concerns About the Homeless in Kakaako

Tuesday, July 7

Hawaii’s Fiscal Fitness: 11th Worst in the Nation

Monday, July 6

Will the Hammer Fall on Homeless Encampment in Kakaako?

Thursday, July 2

IHS Gets Contract to Operate Sand Island Facility for Homeless

June 2015

Tuesday, June 30

Why Did Tom Brower’s Visit to Homeless Encampment End in Violence?

‘One-of-a-Kind’: Woman Runs Her Own Homeless Shelter

Monday, June 29

Homeless Czar Gets One-Month Contract Extension

Thursday, June 18

Hawaii’s Homeless Population Continues to Surge

Partisan Fight Erupts in US Senate Over the Defense Budget

Homeless Czar Has Been in Limbo for 6 Months, But the End May Be Near

Monday, June 15

Honolulu Makes Top 10 Among Big Cities for Job Hunting

Revised Sand Island Plan for Homeless Borrows From a Mainland Model

UH Study: City’s Recent Moves Aren’t Curbing Homelessness

Wednesday, June 3

Honolulu City Council Will Keep Pushing to Move the Homeless Along

Monday, June 1

Want to Fill Up Your Homeless Shelter? Ditch Some of the Rules

May 2015

Friday, May 22

Takai Joins a Push to Support New Mothers at Airports

Thursday, May 21

Honolulu Mayor Vetoes Latest Sit-Lie Bill

Wednesday, May 20

Can Honolulu’s Sit-Lie Ban Pass Constitutional Muster?

Friday, May 15

US House Passes a Sweeping Defense Policy Bill

Thursday, May 14

Record Number of Votes Cast in Neighborhood Board Elections

Tuesday, May 12

The Barack Obama Foundation Promises a ‘Lasting Presence’ in Honolulu

Mayor Caldwell Calls Off Kakaako Homeless Sweeps

How Can ‘Housing First’ Work When the Housing Isn’t There?

Tuesday, May 5

Schatz and Hirono Call for Stronger Monitoring of Birth-Control Mandate

Hirono Releases Her ‘Top 10’ Critique of the GOP Budget

April 2015

Thursday, April 30

Hawaii Loses Its Bid for Obama Library

Study: Big-Time Political Spending Came from Elite Donors

Wednesday, April 29

DHHL Told to Clean Up Wastes at Former Race Track Site

Geothermal Developer Denies Fraud in Response to Whistleblower Lawsuit

Monday, April 27

Roll Call: Hawaii’s DC Delegation Packs the Least Punch

Friday, April 24

Battle Over Geothermal Contract Plays Out in Court and at PUC

Monday, April 20

More Federal Funds to End Homelessness Among Vets

Suit Alleging Massive Fraud Includes Hawaii Geothermal Plant

Wednesday, April 15

New Report Estimates More Taxes From Undocumented Immigrants

Monday, April 13

Could Hawaii Geothermal Plant Become a Windfall for Public?

Tuesday, April 7

A Cultural Exchange Program or a Ticket to Sweatshop Labor?

March 2015

Tuesday, March 24

Housing Program for Homeless Veterans Hits a Snag in Hawaii

Monday, March 16

Krishna Cult Rumors Still Dog Tulsi Gabbard

February 2015

Friday, February 27

No Political Pedigree: Can Gabbard’s Top Advisor Succeed in D.C.?

Tuesday, February 24

Eyebrow Raiser: Tulsi Gabbard’s New Chief of Staff Baffles Political Insiders

Clemency For 3 Hawaii Men

With 330 new cases, President Barack Obama has granted more clemencies than any other president in history.