Honolulu Civil Beat is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt news organization 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 believes that news is a public asset that should be available to everyone, regardless of their ability to pay.  We are an independent voice with no obligation to any special interest. We adhere to the strictest journalistic ethics and standards. We strive to be fair, but we recognize that there are correct answers to important questions and that those answers need to be shared. We report the truth even if it’s not popular with everyone.

We also understand that the strength of any nonprofit flows from the broad support of the community. 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 everyone for generations to come.

By becoming a supporter with your tax deductible gift, you are helping Civil Beat do the work that it takes to keep this mission strong.

Honolulu Civil Beat is a registered 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization #81-2803662.

Civil Beat Staff

  • Pierre Omidyar, CEO & Publisher
  • Randy Ching, Co-Founder
Multimedia Producer
Social Media
Fundraising and Operations

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.