Honolulu Civil Beat is the largest news outlet dedicated to public affairs reporting about Hawaii. Our focus is on investigative and watchdog journalism, in-depth enterprise reporting, analysis and commentary that gives readers a broad view on issues of importance to the community.

The philanthropic gift that Pierre Omidyar gave to create Civil Beat in 2010 began a unique opportunity for Hawaii to develop a non-commercial media platform whose mission it is to inform and educate Hawaii residents so they can make good decisions about vital issues.

Civil Beat has quickly become one of the most respected news sites in Hawaii. Our journalists have won dozens of state, regional and national awards and Civil Beat has been named the best news website in Hawaii for the past five years by the Society of Professional Journalists.

Civil Beat also hopes to foster community discussion by providing a place where citizens can debate important issues in a civil manner, free from cheap shots and personal swipes. We do that through encouraging a wide variety of reader-submitted Community Voices, public events and through our integrated Civil Comments platform.

Why Support Us?

Civil Beat is a member of the Institute for Nonprofit News and adheres to the organization’s guidelines and accountability.  You can read about those standards here.

INN also serves as our fiscal sponsor and you can view its IRS form 990 here.

We believe that news is a public asset, something that the community itself can find good reasons to support.  The strength of any nonprofit flows from the broad support of the community and we hope that donors will embrace our mission not because they have to but because they want to.

In order to continue to provide a free, independent voice for our community and beyond, we look to those who also believe in our mission to join us as financial partners to ensure that this locally owned, important resource continues to be available to our community for generations to come.

By becoming a sustaining member with your tax deductible gift, you are helping support us to do the work that it takes to keep this mission strong.

We welcome you to the civic square.

Civil Beat Staff

About Us 2016

  • Pierre Omidyar, CEO & Publisher
  • Randy Ching, Co-Founder
Engagement Editor
Multimedia Producer
Business & Marketing


Selected Awards






Click here to see a full list of awards.

Site Notes

We recognize the significance of diacritical markings in written Hawaiian as pronunciation guides, but have opted not to use them on Civil Beat because they display inconsistently across various computer platforms and browsers.

For diacritically accurate Hawaiian spellings, consult these sources: Hawaiian Dictionary, Revised and Enlarged Edition, by Mary Kawena Pukui and Samuel H. Elbert (UH Press); Place Names of Hawaii, Revised and Expanded Edition, by Mary Kawena Pukui, Samuel H. Elbert and Esther T. Mookini (UH Press).

These references can also be found online via the Hawaiian electronic library Ulukau.

www.CivilBeat.com was launched on May 4, 2010 in Honolulu, Hawaii.