Civil Beat Staff

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.

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?

Is Hawaii Starting To Turn The Corner On Homelessness? Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat

Is Hawaii Starting To Turn The Corner On Homelessness?

An annual statewide count found that Hawaii’s homeless population dipped for the first time in eight years, even as it rose slightly on Oahu.

Hawaii’s Inaction On Replacing Jail Is A Victory For Justice Reformers Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii’s Inaction On Replacing Jail Is A Victory For Justice Reformers

The failure by lawmakers to agree on a plan to replace the overcrowded Oahu Community Correctional Center buys more time to study broader reforms.

Raw Ahi Sold At Several Oahu Outlets Tests Positive For Hepatitis A Hawaii Department of Health

Raw Ahi Sold At Several Oahu Outlets Tests Positive For Hepatitis A

The frozen tuna imported from Indonesia was sold from April 27 to Monday, according to the state Health Department.

Lawmakers Provide No Money For Rat Lungworm Research Tad Bartimus/Civil Beat

Lawmakers Provide No Money For Rat Lungworm Research

Legislation that would have provided support for a team of researchers at the University of Hawaii Hilo failed to make it out of committee yesterday.

Honolulu Joins Movement To Protect Undocumented Immigrants Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Honolulu Joins Movement To Protect Undocumented Immigrants

The City Council approves a resolution calling for a limit on cooperating with the federal crackdown on immigration.

Should Hawaii Have Gotten Serious About Rat Lungworm Sooner? Tad Bartimus/Civil Beat

Should Hawaii Have Gotten Serious About Rat Lungworm Sooner?

As state health officials try to balance public education with preventing panic, some critics believe the state should have addressed the issue more vigorously earlier.

Six New Rat Lungworm Cases Reported In Hawaii Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Six New Rat Lungworm Cases Reported In Hawaii

As many as six people on the Big Island may have contracted the parasitic infection after drinking a homemade kava brew.

Should Hawaii Defy Trump On Immigration Enforcement? Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Should Hawaii Defy Trump On Immigration Enforcement?

Lawmakers are debating whether Hawaii should join communities balking at cooperating with the crackdown on criminal immigrants.

Hawaii Set To Roll Back Nation’s Toughest Drug Paraphernalia Laws Steven Depolo/Flickr.com

Hawaii Set To Roll Back Nation’s Toughest Drug Paraphernalia Laws

A bill decriminalizing the possession or sale of pipes, bongs and other drug paraphernalia is cruising through the Legislature, despite strong opposition from prosecutors.

Hawaii Cooperates With Feds On Immigration Holds, Even As Other States Balk Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Hawaii Cooperates With Feds On Immigration Holds, Even As Other States Balk

A recent study shows that Hawaii is one of just seven states that fully complied with federal requests to hold immigrants in custody beyond their release dates without a warrant.