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Updated May 2017

Honolulu Civil Beat is an online news service launched on May 4, 2010. It focuses on enterprise, in-depth and investigative journalism about public affairs and issues of importance to Hawaii.

In June 2016, Civil Beat became a nonprofit, member-supported news site.




Honolulu Civil Beat is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt news organization dedicated to cultivating an informed body of citizens, all striving to make Hawaii a better place to live. The site specializes in investigative and watchdog journalism, in-depth enterprise reporting, analysis and commentary that gives readers a broad view on issues of importance to the community.

Entrepreneur and philanthropist Pierre Omidyar launched Civil Beat in 2010 as a local digital platform that looks beyond traditional print and television media approaches to create a “civic square” where the community can come together to learn about important public policy issues and to share ideas.

Civil Beat started as a subscription site but never took advertising as part of its business model. In 2016, recognizing its mission strategy, the company converted to a nonprofit, eliminated its paywall and now solicits tax-deductible donations from the community as well as foundations and charitable organizations.

Civil Beat is a member of the Institute for Nonprofit News, a coalition of more than 100 nonprofit newsrooms across the U.S.


Civil Beat publishes an online news website that is updated regularly with news stories, columns, photos, video and reader-submitted Community Voices (op-eds).

Civil Beat also produces a long-form audio podcast called “Offshore” that is available for download on iTunes or at

A robust social media effort includes Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with a heavy video component. Civil Beat livestreams many community events, news conferences and public appearances via Facebook Live and produces short videos that reach millions of viewers.

Thousands of people subscribe to Civil Beat’s free emailed newsletter, called the Morning Beat, and access news stories and commentary through the email.

Additionally, Civil Beat puts on regular community events such as Hawaii Storytellers and Civil Cafes as well as other public events as a way to engage more people in civic issues. In 2017, Civil Beat launched a series of news literacy discussion forums to help people understand how the news media works and how to navigate the overwhelming flow of news and blogs on the internet.


Civil Beat

February 2018

Tuesday, February 6

Understanding The News: We’re Bringing You Behind The Scenes At Civil Beat

October 2017

Sunday, October 29

We Have A New System For Reader Comments

July 2017

Monday, July 17

Say Aloha To Suevon Lee, Civil Beat’s New Education Reporter

Monday, July 10

Reader Rep: Star-Advertiser Should Stop Skipping State Journalism Contest

Monday, July 3

Honolulu Civil Beat Named Hawaii’s Best News Site For 7th Straight Year

June 2017

Wednesday, June 14

New Members Bring Fresh Perspectives To Civil Beat’s Editorial Board

Monday, June 12

Reader Rep: When Public Officials Hide Information From The Public

May 2017

Tuesday, May 30

Pod Squad: A Chat With Civil Beat’s New Managing Editor

Monday, May 22

Reader Rep: Podcasters Helping Put Spark Back In Journalism

April 2017

Thursday, April 20

Judge Blocks Access To AG Investigation Of Hawaii Auditor

March 2017

Wednesday, March 8

Civil Beat: The Morning Beat Gets A Makeover

Monday, March 6

Reader Rep: The News Media’s Shifting World

December 2016

Monday, December 19

Covering The Trump Administration, Civil Beat-Style

November 2016

Monday, November 28

Reader Rep: Watch What You Say Or Face The Obvious Consequences

October 2016

Friday, October 21

Civil Beat’s Work Is Honored By Local Groups

Wednesday, October 12

Civil Beat Draws On Local Talent To Bring Back Cartooning

September 2016

Monday, September 19

Civil Beat’s Newest Intern Is Already Retired

August 2016

Monday, August 29

New Civil Beat Initiative: Meet 3 Aspiring Young Hawaii Journalists

July 2016

Tuesday, July 5

How to See More News On Facebook

June 2016

Monday, June 27

Ben Nishimoto Is Our New Director Of Philanthropy

Saturday, June 25

Civil Beat Named Best Hawaii News Site For The 6th Year In A Row

Wednesday, June 8

Civil Beat: Finding Our Place In Hawaii’s Media Landscape

May 2016

Wednesday, May 18

Trolls Beware: Civil Beat Has A New Commenting System

Tuesday, May 17

Series On Micronesians Wins Awards

April 2016

Friday, April 29

The Projector: Crunch Time At The Legislature

January 2016

Monday, January 25

Patti Epler: Our Beef With The Donald Trump Campaign

December 2015

Sunday, December 20

And The Winners Are …

November 2015

Wednesday, November 11

Civil Beat Emerging Writers Contest Now Open To Any And All Media Forms

October 2015

Tuesday, October 13

Bob Ortega: 5 Baffling Flaws Hawaii Shouldn’t Shrug Off

Wednesday, October 7

Civil Beat Beefs Up Its Editing Team

June 2015

Saturday, June 27

Civil Beat Named Best News Site in Hawaii By Journalism Group

March 2015

Thursday, March 12

LIVE: Day 2 of Carleton Ching’s DLNR Nomination Hearing

Wednesday, March 11

LIVE: Carleton Ching’s DLNR Nomination Hearing

February 2015

Saturday, February 14

From Moscow, With Aloha: A Recap of Snowden’s Talk in Hawaii (VIDEO)

Wednesday, February 11

Have Something to Say to Civil Beat? Here Are Our Commenting Guidelines

Tuesday, February 10

Pod Squad on Omidyar, Philanthropy and Civil Beat

December 2014

Friday, December 26

Civil Beat’s 10 Most Read Stories of 2014

Wednesday, December 24

Hawaii’s 2014 in 25 Tweets

October 2013

Friday, October 11

Civil Beat Drops Subscription Rate

June 2013

Tuesday, June 4

New Deputy Editor Joins The Civil Beat Team

May 2013

Wednesday, May 29

HuffPost Hawaii Will Allow Civil Beat To Expand Watchdog Effort

May 2012

Tuesday, May 1

A Letter From Civil Beat

April 2012

Thursday, April 12

From a Few Hands to Many

Saturday, April 7

10 Must Read Stories From The Week Of April 2 – 6

March 2012

Thursday, March 29

Civil Beat Editor to Join Washington Post as Managing Editor

Friday, March 16

Saying Goodbye

Friday, March 9

New Civil Beat Blogs Offer More Fresh News

Saturday, March 3

10 Must Read Stories From The Week Of Feb. 27 – March 2

February 2012

Saturday, February 25

10 Must Read Stories From The Week Of Feb. 20 – 24

Friday, February 17

Civil Beat Is Looking for a Reporter-Host

10 Must Read Stories From The Week Of Feb. 13 – 17

Saturday, February 11

10 Must Read Stories From The Week Of Feb. 6 – 10

Sunday, February 5

Civil Beat Is Back — We Apologize for the Outage

December 2011

Monday, December 26

2011 Year in Review — Civil Beat Tells Hawaii’s Story

Friday, December 23

10 Must Read Stories From The Week Of Dec. 19 – 23

Tuesday, December 6

The Gift of Civil Beat – Three Months at 50% Off, Plus One Month Free

Saturday, December 3

Introducing ‘The Beat’ — A New Everyday Live Blog

Friday, December 2

10 Must Read Stories From The Week Of Nov. 28 — Dec. 2

November 2011

Thursday, November 17

Tired of Economic Woes, Negative News? Share Thanksgiving Stories

Saturday, November 12

10 Must Read Stories From The Week Of Nov. 7 – 11

Thursday, November 3

Vote For Our Next Change Begins With a Question™ Topic

October 2011

Friday, October 28

10 Must Read Stories From The Week Of Oct. 17 – 21

Friday, October 14

VIDEO – KITV Week In Review: Oct. 14

Saturday, October 1

10 Must Read Stories From The Week Of Sept. 26-30

September 2011

Friday, September 30

VIDEO – Civil Beat on KITV This Week

Wednesday, September 28

Civil Beat Comments — Confusing No More

Saturday, September 24

10 Must Read Stories From The Week Of Sept. 19-23

Saturday, September 17

10 Must Read Stories From The Week Of Sept. 12-16

Friday, September 9

10 Must Read Stories From The Week Of Sept. 5-9

Thursday, September 8

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Editor Joins Civil Beat

Saturday, September 3

10 Must Read Stories From The Week Of Aug. 29 – Sept. 2

August 2011

Friday, August 26

Coverage Expands With an Eye Toward Asia

Saturday, August 20

10 Must Read Stories From The Week Of Aug. 15-19

Friday, August 12

10 Must Read Stories From The Week Of Aug. 8-12

Saturday, August 6

10 Must Read Stories From The Week Of August 1 — 5

Tuesday, August 2

Change Begins With A Question™: Which News Service Will You Choose?

July 2011

Saturday, July 30

10 Must Read Stories From The Week Of July 25-29

Saturday, July 23

10 Must Read Stories From The Week Of July 18-22

Friday, July 15

10 Must Read Stories From The Week Of July 11-15

Saturday, July 2

10 Must Read Stories From The Week Of June 27 — July 1

June 2011

Tuesday, June 28

Civil Beat’s Birthday Sweepstakes Winners

Saturday, June 25

Civil Beat Named Hawaii’s Best News Website

10 Must Read Stories From The Week Of June 20-24

Sunday, June 19

Civil Beat to Open Bureau in Washington, D.C.

Saturday, June 18

10 Must Read Stories From The Week Of June 13-17

Saturday, June 4

10 Must Read Stories From The Week Of May 30-June 3

Wednesday, June 1

The Editorial Judgment Behind Fact Checks

May 2011

Saturday, May 28

10 Must Read Stories From The Week Of May 23-27

Tuesday, May 24

Civil Beat Discussions – New And Improved

Friday, May 20

10 Must Read Stories From The Week Of May 16-20

Saturday, May 14

10 Must Read Stories From The Week Of May 9-13

Our Birthday Sweepstakes Winners Announced

Tuesday, May 10

Help Civil Beat Choose a Community Project

Saturday, May 7

10 Must Read Stories From The Week Of May 2-6

Temple’s Take: Looking to The Future

Wednesday, May 4

On Civil Beat’s Birthday, The Gifts Are For You

Civil Beat’s Year In Review

April 2011

Friday, April 29

Week 52: Time to Start Counting in Years

Wednesday, April 27

We Like Birthdays!

Saturday, April 23

Week 51: An Open Letter to You

Wednesday, April 20

Civil Beat’s Inouye Article Sparks Civil Tweets

Saturday, April 16

Week 50: News You Won’t Find Anywhere Else

Saturday, April 2

Week 48: What’s Going on at Honolulu Hale?

March 2011

Wednesday, March 23

Off The Beat: What Gets Biggest Headline in Honolulu Star-Advertiser

Saturday, March 19

Week 46: Sticking with the Hawaii Tsunami and Japan Radiation Stories

Thursday, March 17

Civil Beat Is Hiring

February 2011

Saturday, February 19

Week 42: Keeping the Beat

January 2011

Friday, January 14

Week in Review: Gearing Up for the ‘Ledge’

Friday, January 7

Week 36: Civil Beat’s Brand of Journalism Now Free for Occasional Readers

December 2010

Wednesday, December 29

The Year in Review — 2010 Recycled

Friday, December 24

Week 34: Civil Beat’s 12 Days of Christmas

Saturday, December 11

This Holiday, Give the Gift of Civil Beat

November 2010

Monday, November 15

Civil Beat Welcomes Nanea Kalani and Robert Brown

Saturday, November 13

Week 28: What Are Journalists for, Anyway?

Saturday, November 6

Week 27: Observations About Governor’s Race and Civil Beat Polls

Tuesday, November 2

Election Day and Three Free Content Days

October 2010

Monday, October 25

Public Employee Salaries Are Public

Tuesday, October 19

Going ‘Over the Top’ – Rappelling 31 Stories for Charity

Friday, October 15

Week 24: Rail, Politics and a New Mayor

Thursday, October 14

Thinking Differently with [re]think Hawaii

Thursday, October 7

HPD: Law Doesn’t Apply to Us

Friday, October 1

Week 22: We Mark Six Months Since Editorial Team Came Together

September 2010

Wednesday, September 29

Site Maintenance Today at 2 p.m.

Friday, September 24

Week 21: An Election to Remember

Tuesday, September 14

Civil Beat Presents Free Content Days

Wednesday, September 8

Envision Hawaii Hosts Local News Media

Hawaii, Your Pictures Are Worth 1,000 Words

Friday, September 3

Can’t Miss Comments, Sept. 4 — Change is Good

Week 18: Enjoying the Fruits of Our Labor

August 2010

Monday, August 30

Ian Lind Explains Value of Civil Beat’s Salary Coverage in Op-Ed on Hawaii Public Radio

Civil Beat Gets a Makeover

Tuesday, August 17

What Are These Beatups All About Anyway?

New Look for Civil Beat Coming Soon

Monday, August 16

Civil Beat Editorials Will Take Positions on Issues, But We Won’t Be Endorsing Candidates

July 2010

Thursday, July 29

Meet ‘Value of Hawaii’ Editors at Civil Beat

Saturday, July 10

Comments You Don’t Want To Miss – July 10

Friday, July 9

Week 10: The News Never Stops

Saturday, July 3

Week 9: Two Months Feels Like a Year

Thursday, July 1

Civil Beat Publishes Corrections Policy

June 2010

Friday, June 25

Week 8: So Much I Don’t Want You to Miss

Saturday, June 19

Comments You Don’t Want To Miss – June 26

Friday, June 18

Week 7: Human Trafficking, Rail and Teacher Pay