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.

November 2017

Thursday, November 16

Hawaii State Hospital Wasn’t Built For The Type Of Patients It Serves

Tuesday, November 14

Officials Still Silent About How Killer Escaped From Hawaii State Hospital

Nevada’s ‘Most Dangerous’ Inmates Move In With Hawaii Prisoners

Wednesday, November 8

‘Preferred’ Jail Site Currently Houses Animal Quarantine Station

Wednesday, November 1

Officers Hope New Chief Will Clear Away ‘Dark Cloud Over HPD’

October 2017

Monday, October 30

Susan Ballard To Be Sworn In Wednesday As Honolulu Police Chief

Wednesday, October 25

Susan Ballard Picked As New Honolulu Police Chief

Monday, October 23

Interviews For Next Honolulu Police Chief Begin Amid Growing Scandal

Friday, October 20

A Guide To The Case Against The Kealohas

Former Honolulu Police Chief And Prosecutor Wife Arrested

Wednesday, October 18

Caldwell Names Two New Honolulu Police Commissioners

Tuesday, October 17

Questions Surface Over Integrity Of HPD Chief Candidate

Sunday, October 15

FBI Arrests Two Allegedly Tied To Honolulu Police Corruption Probe

Tuesday, October 10

Hawaii: Trump’s Latest Travel Ban Still Contains ‘All Of The Legal Flaws’

Monday, October 9

Espero Wants Probe of Man’s Pepper-Spraying In Patrol Car

Friday, October 6

Acting Honolulu Police Chief To Retire As Search For Replacement Continues

Thursday, October 5

Hawaii Poised To Challenge Trump’s ‘Travel Ban 3.0’

Wednesday, October 4

Public Input Favors Retired HPD Major’s Candidacy To Be Police Chief

Tuesday, October 3

Overcrowding May Have Sparked Attack On Oahu Jail Guards

Monday, October 2

The Disturbing State Of Mental Health Care In Hawaii’s Prisons

September 2017

Tuesday, September 12

Star-Advertiser Cuts Nearly 10 Percent Of Its Newsroom Staff

Tuesday, September 5

Hawaii ‘Dreamer’ Protest: ‘This Is The Worst Thing He Could Have Done’

Friday, September 1

Hanabusa Gears Up For Gubernatorial Race Against Ige

August 2017

Thursday, August 31

Hope For Legal Status In The US Turns To Uncertainty For This ‘Dreamer’

Monday, August 28

Is Honolulu Turning Homeless People Into Criminals?

Thursday, August 10

Why Hawaii Won’t Join Battle Against Trump’s ‘Sanctuary City’ Crackdown

Wednesday, August 9

First Rat Lungworm Case Since 2010 Reported On Oahu

Wednesday, August 2

Rat Lungworm: Hawaii Kicks Off $1 Million Campaign To Halt Spread of Disease

July 2017

Wednesday, July 26

State Steps Up Its Homeless Sweeps Along Highways

Friday, July 14

No Relief In Sight For High Cost Of Prison Phone Calls

Thursday, July 13

Judge Grants Hawaii’s Request On Refugees In Travel Ban

Thursday, July 6

Honolulu Judge Rejects Hawaii’s Latest Challenge To Travel Ban

Wednesday, July 5

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

June 2017

Wednesday, June 21

Inmate Deaths Leave Families, Advocates Searching For Answers

Monday, June 12

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

Wednesday, June 7

Maui Mother Of Two Avoids Deportation — At Least For Now

Friday, June 2

Big Island Company Recalls More Imported Ahi Tainted With Hepatitis A

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

May 2017

Tuesday, May 30

Most Of The Imported Seafood We Eat Isn’t Inspected

Monday, May 15

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

Friday, May 12

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

Wednesday, May 10

Is Hawaii Starting To Turn The Corner On Homelessness?

Tuesday, May 9

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

Tuesday, May 2

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

April 2017

Friday, April 28

Lawmakers Provide No Money For Rat Lungworm Research

Wednesday, April 26

Honolulu Joins Movement To Protect Undocumented Immigrants

Monday, April 24

Should Hawaii Have Gotten Serious About Rat Lungworm Sooner?

Wednesday, April 19

Six New Rat Lungworm Cases Reported In Hawaii

Monday, April 17

Should Hawaii Defy Trump On Immigration Enforcement?

Wednesday, April 12

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

Friday, April 7

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

Monday, April 3

Hawaii Injunction Against Travel Ban Goes To Appeals Court In May

March 2017

Thursday, March 30

Trump Appeals Hawaii Judge’s Ruling That Stopped Travel Ban

Wednesday, March 29

Hawaii Judge Refuses To Back Down, Extends Ruling Against Travel Ban

Tuesday, March 28

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

Friday, March 24

Virginia Judge Sides With Trump On Travel Ban

Thursday, March 23

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

Tuesday, March 21

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

Sunday, March 19

Hawaii Judge Refuses To Narrow His Ruling Against Travel Ban

Friday, March 17

Derrick Watson: An Apolitical Judge Caught In A Partisan Firestorm

Wednesday, March 15

Hawaii Judge Halts Trump’s Travel Ban Nationwide

Tuesday, March 14

Travel Ban Challenged In 3 Cities Wednesday — Including Honolulu

Monday, March 13

Battle Lines Drawn In Hawaii’s Case Against Trump

Thursday, March 9

More States Sue Trump Over New Travel Ban

Wednesday, March 8

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

Tuesday, March 7

Hawaii Plans To Sue Trump (Again)

Trump’s New Travel Ban Is Out But Is It Any Better?

February 2017

Friday, February 24

Bill Clamps Down On State’s Habit Of Segregating Inmates

Thursday, February 16

Hawaii Stands Ready To Challenge Trump’s Promised New Order

Tuesday, February 14

Another Federal Injunction Issued Against Trump’s Travel Ban

Thursday, February 9

Appeals Court Deals Blow To Trump’s Travel Ban

Tuesday, February 7

Hawaii Lawsuit Must Wait For Appeals Court

Monday, February 6

Trump Seeks To Put Hawaii Case On Hold

Settlement Protects Religious Rights For Hawaiian Prisoners

Should Hawaii Become A Sanctuary State?

Friday, February 3

Hawaii Sues Trump To Block New Immigration Policy

Thursday, February 2

New Oahu Jail Will Cost Hundreds Of Millions

January 2017

Monday, January 30

Civil Beat Joins National Effort To Document Hate Incidents

Sunday, January 29

Honolulu Protesters Join The Outcry Over Immigration Ban

Thursday, January 26

Can One Attorney Sue The Chief And Defend Him At The Same Time?

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

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