Civil Beat recently converted to a nonprofit organization. Read more about our decision to make that transition in this column, “Civil Beat: Finding Our Place In Hawaii’s Media Landscape.” And you can learn about our new membership program by clicking here.

We also have a new Editorial Independence and Corporate Donations Policy here.

Check out the About Us page for general information about Civil Beat.



Why should I become a member?

Membership revenue helps fund a professional staff of journalists who focus on investigative and explanatory reporting to help inform the community about issues of importance. The strength of any nonprofit organization lies in the support of community members through their donations and gifts.

To become a member, click here.

What are the membership options?

Our membership program allows for support at several levels. You can see those options on our membership page.

How do I become a member?

You can become a member by clicking the “Donate Now” button at the top of our homepage or you can click here.

I currently pay my subscription every month. What happens now?

You will automatically become a founding member and your monthly payment will continue unless you contact us to cancel it. If you pay your subscription monthly, your payment will become tax deductible effective June 1, 2016. You can contact us at

I currently have a pre-paid subscription.  How does this switch to membership affect me?

Subscribers with pre-paid annual subscriptions will also become founding members. But you will not be able to deduct the annual payment from your taxes if you made it prior to June 1, 2016. Once you renew as a member, your contributions are tax deductible.

How do I get a receipt to declare my tax deduction?

When you donate, our system will send a receipt to the email address you provide. You will receive another statement at the end of the year acknowledging your donation to Civil Beat. You can use either for tax purposes.

What is Civil Beat’s policy on donations?

You can read our policies relating to fundraising, donations and conflicts of interests in more detail by clicking here.

How will Civil Beat handle the relationship between editorial and donor interests?

Civil Beat is an independent news organization. Our editorial integrity is of paramount importance. Our donors have no influence over editorial content or the decisions that go into developing stories, photos, videos and audio reports. For more information, please visit our Corporation Donations Policy page.

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I want to receive the Morning Beat email at a different email address. How do I change that?

You can email us at with your old and new email addresses and we’ll be happy to change your account information for the Morning Beat.


Why does Civil Beat hold events?

Part of Civil Beat’s mission is to foster civic conversations about important issues in Hawaii. We do this by taking the conversation to the community, so people can listen and ask questions of policy makers and other community members. We try to hold at least one public event a month. Civil Cafes bring together people involved in an issue in a panel presentation. Our Hawaii Storytellers feature people from the community sharing their own stories about issues of interest to us all. These events are announced on our website and in our daily newsletter. To watch videos of some of our past events, click here.

Community Voices

 How do I submit a Community Voice?

The Community Voices section aims to encourage broad discussion on topics of community interest. It’s kind of a cross between Letters to the Editor and op-eds. This is your space to talk about important issues or interesting people who are making a difference in our world. Columns generally run about 800 words (yes, they can be shorter or longer) and we need a photo of the author and a bio. We welcome video commentary and other multimedia formats. The submission must be exclusive to Civil Beat, and not have appeared in other publications. Send to

Commenting Guidelines

How do I comment on a Civil Beat story or column?

To comment on a story that appears on, you must establish an account through the site’s Civil Comments system.  You do not need to be a member to comment. You may use a pseudonym. Civil Comments requires users to rate themselves and rate each other before they can post. For more details about this commenting platform, please read the Civil Comments users guide.

Click here for a video tutorial.

What are your guidelines on commenting?

We do not tolerate personal attacks against other readers, our staff or the people we cover. We encourage diverse — and often opposing — views on the many issues facing Hawaii. But critiques should be substantive, not personal. We also ask that you stay on point.

We will immediately remove comments that are racist, sexist, or derogatory to anyone’s culture, faith, ethnicity or sexual orientation. We won’t tolerate bigoted or offensive language.  We will remove spam and comments that are potentially libelous or that violate a person’s right to reasonable privacy.

Do users need to disclose their backgrounds?

No. But if you’re commenting on an issue you’re involved in, or if you represent a group or organization that has a position on an issue, please let the community know that.

Can I post links to other relevant websites?

As long as they’re not spam, or offensive or lewd in nature, we encourage sharing of other news sources, links and documents under our stories. The more information, the better the conversation.

Can I still comment using Facebook?

Yes, but only on stories that were published prior to May 18, 2016. You can also comment on our stories via our Facebook page, which obviously still uses Facebook comments.

Why did Civil Beat stop using Facebook for commenting?

Facebook offers a good way to comment that requires a high level of transparency. But the use of Facebook accounts in comments also has led to some harassment and intimidation of commenters, particularly women. By switching to Civil Comments, which allows users to comment under a “persistent pseudonym,” we hope to encourage new voices and a broader spectrum of views as well as involve the community in steering civil discourse on important yet sometimes contentious issues.