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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.

No Relief In Sight For High Cost Of Prison Phone Calls Cory Lum/Civil Beat

No Relief In Sight For High Cost Of Prison Phone Calls

After a federal court overturned a national limit on the price of the calls, activists turn to state and local governments.

Judge Grants Hawaii’s Request On Refugees In Travel Ban Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Judge Grants Hawaii’s Request On Refugees In Travel Ban

UPDATED: The Trump administration will appeal the ruling, which found that grandparents, grandchildren, uncles, aunts and other relatives should be exempted.

Honolulu Judge Rejects Hawaii’s Latest Challenge To Travel Ban Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Honolulu Judge Rejects Hawaii’s Latest Challenge To Travel Ban

State had argued that subjecting grandparents and other relatives to the travel ban was “preposterous.”

Hawaii Claims Scaled-Back Trump Travel Ban Still On ‘Flawed Trajectory’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Claims Scaled-Back Trump Travel Ban Still On ‘Flawed Trajectory’

The state argues the new rules are remain too restrictive because they subject grandparents and other relatives of visa holders to the travel ban.

Inmate Deaths Leave Families, Advocates Searching For Answers Leo Azambuja

Inmate Deaths Leave Families, Advocates Searching For Answers

The deaths of eight inmates, including five suicides, at local correction facilities during the last 18 months have spurred calls for changes.

 

Chin ‘Cautiously Optimistic’ Supreme Court Will Back Hawaii On Travel Ban Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Chin ‘Cautiously Optimistic’ Supreme Court Will Back Hawaii On Travel Ban

After winning at the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Hawaii’s attorney general expects the challenge to Trump’s executive order to reach the high court.

Maui Mother Of Two Avoids Deportation — At Least For Now Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Maui Mother Of Two Avoids Deportation — At Least For Now

She faced the possibility of being put on the next flight to Mexico. Instead, she got a temporary reprieve on a $5,000 bond.

Big Island Company Recalls More Imported Ahi Tainted With Hepatitis A Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Big Island Company Recalls More Imported Ahi Tainted With Hepatitis A

It was distributed on the mainland but not in Hawaii. Last month, another subsidiary of the company distributed tainted tuna on Oahu.

Civil Beat Poll: Voters Dislike Trump, Support Lawsuit Against Travel Ban The White House

Civil Beat Poll: Voters Dislike Trump, Support Lawsuit Against Travel Ban

The president’s approval rating of 32 percent is actually higher than the percentage of the state vote he received in November.

Most Of The Imported Seafood We Eat Isn’t Inspected Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Most Of The Imported Seafood We Eat Isn’t Inspected

Hawaii experienced a hepatitis outbreak last year due to tainted scallops and may be on the verge of another due to bad ahi.

Federal Judges Question Whether Trump’s Travel Ban Is A ‘Muslim Ban’ C-SPAN

Federal Judges Question Whether Trump’s Travel Ban Is A ‘Muslim Ban’

A 9th Circuit Court of Appeals panel Monday heard arguments in Hawaii’s lawsuit to block key parts of the executive order restricting travel and immigration from countries.

Hawaii’s Case Against Travel Ban May Hinge On Trump’s Own Words The White House

Hawaii’s Case Against Travel Ban May Hinge On Trump’s Own Words

Should remarks the president made before and after taking office be considered by judges deciding on a challenge to the executive order?