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Thursday, March 23, 2017·Windward Community College

Civil Cafe: The Legacy of Patsy Mink and Why Title IX Still Matters

In recognition of Women’s History Month, Civil Beat screened the award-winning documentary film “Patsy Mink: Ahead of the Majority” by filmmaker and Windward Community College journalism instructor Kimberlee Bassford. A panel discussion with Cathy Betts (Hawaii State Commission on the Status of Women), Denby Fawcett (Civil Beat), Marilyn Moniz-Kahoohanohano (University of Hawaii), Alyssa Simbahon (William S. Richardson School of Law) and Kimberlee Bassford (Windward Community College) followed the screening.

Friday, March 24, 2017·Maui College

Conversation and Coffee

Civil Beat held our first-ever neighbor island Conversation and Coffee at the University of Hawaii – Maui College in March. Civil Beat editor and general manager Patti Epler made the trip, along with director of philanthropy, Ben Nishimoto, and membership and events manager, Mariko Chang. Hana resident and new Civil Beat Maui-based columnist Tad Bartimus was our featured guest.

Saturday, February 25, 2017·Kakaako Agora

Civil Cafe: Why We Need Sharks

This Civil Cafe highlighted the importance of sharks in a healthy, balanced ecosystem. The event began with a brief tour by local mural artist Kai Kaulukukui who talked about his shark series and his involvement with global marine conservation organization PangeaSeed Foundation. The event continued with a panel discussion at Kakaako Agora moderated by Civil Beat Reporter, Nathan Eagle. Panelists included William Aila Jr. (former Director of the Department of Land and Natural Resources), Mike Coots (shark attack survivor and shark advocate), Kim Holland (Researcher at the Hawaii Institute for Marine Biology) and Tre’ Packard (Founder and Executive Director of PangeaSeed Foundation).

Friday, February 24, 2017·Hawaii State Capitol

Capitol Debate: Expand GE Tax to Fund Rail?

The Capitol Debate series aims to raise the level of civil discourse on controversial issues. On Friday, 2/24, debaters from the University of Hawaii, Hawaii Pacific University and teams from the mainland debated the motion: This House Would expand the GE Tax to fund rail.  The debate was adjudicated by a panel of legislators, aides, community leaders and journalists. To watch the archived video of the debate, please visit Civil Beat’s Facebook page.

Sunday, February 12, 2017·Honolulu Museum of Art

13th + Panel Featuring Black Lives Matter Co-founder Patrisse Cullors

Civil Beat partnered with the Hawai’i Council for the Humanities as part of the Honolulu African American Film Festival at the Doris Duke Theatre. This event was free and open to the public and included a screening of 13th, a new documentary directed by Ava Duvernay.  More information can be found here.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017·Morning Brew

Conversation and Coffee

On Tuesday afternoon, February 7, Civil Beat hosted our monthly Conversation and Coffee on the Windward side of Oahu. Members joined us from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. at Morning Brew in Kailua Town.

Thursday, January 26, 2017·The Manifest

Civil Cafe: Legislative Session: What Can I Do?

This live event featured panelists, Keanu Young (Public Access Room), Beppie Shapiro (Women’s League of Voters), and Corie Tanida (Common Cause). Together, they touched upon the lawmaking process and how individuals can get involved by contacting their legislators, submitting testimony, and much more.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017·Honolulu Civil Beat

Conversation and Coffee

In January, Civil Beat welcomed 30 supporters for an inside look at the newsroom. Editor and General Manager, Patti Epler, opened with updates for 2017, including the appointment of Civil Beat’s federal reporter, Kirstin Downey, and Maui columnist, Tad Bartimus; recent on-the-ground inauguration coverage; and a successful year-end fundraising campaign.

Friday, November 18, 2016·The ARTS at Marks Garage

Hawaii Storytellers: What Can Hawaii Teach America About Race?

This live event was a continuation of the Hawaii Storytellers series and was based on Season 1 of Civil Beat’s recently released podcast, Offshore. The event included preshow interactives such as caricature drawings, a printmaking workshop, and a zine station, followed by intimate stories about race in Hawaii from Lois-Ann Yamanaka, Denby Fawcett, Spencer Toyama, Jonathan Okamura, Mark Landsberg and Kumu Hina.

Thursday, November 3, 2016·University of Hawaii, Manoa

Election Trivia

In this pre-election event at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, contestants went head-to-head in three rounds of questioning, testing their knowledge of voter turnout and local and national election topics. By the end students and faculty participants left with a deeper understanding of current issues as well as local and national voting practices.

Thursday, October 6, 2016·Kapiolani Community College

Civil Cafe: Election Trivia

This edition of Civil Cafe tested participants’ knowledge of local and national politics through fun, fast-paced, interactive trivia. The event began with live audience polling, followed by a trivia showdown between KCC’s Student Congress and Faculty Senate. Election Trivia was presented in partnership with The Associated Students of Kapi`olani Community College (KCC) and the KapCC Paralegal Program.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016·Honolulu Civil Beat

Conversation and Coffee

September marked our second Conversation and Coffee, a monthly member benefit, which offers supporters an inside look at the Civil Beat newsroom. Editor and General Manager, Patti Epler, spoke on the progress of Civil Beat’s internship program and our new podcast initiative, as well as introduced our upcoming storytellers series in partnership with Hawaii Public Radio and announce our national award for our five-part series, The Harbor.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Spotlight Film Screening

This movie night featured a free screening of the Academy Award-winning film “Spotlight”. Civil Beat columnist Denby Fawcett gave a special introduction, mentioning Hawaii’s connection to the events portrayed in the movie and reminding us of the importance of good investigative journalism.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Civil Cafe: Apathy & Influence

We returned to the Hawaii State Capitol to discuss the “good government” bills that survived crossover, what didn’t and why — with a focus on legislation relating to voter turnout and campaign finance reform. Sen. Maile Shimabukuro, Common Cause Executive Director Carmille Lim, and the League of Women Voters’ Janet Mason served as panelists in a discussion moderated by Civil Beat reporter Chad Blair (with a surprise appearance by Sen. Russell Ruderman!). Panelists also discussed low voter turnout, campaign finance reform and the practice of legislators sharing their campaign funds with other politicians. Click here for the full video.

Thursday, February 11, 2016·The ARTS at Marks Garage

Hawaii Storytellers: Should I Stay Or Should I Go?

The stories we tell define who we are – individually and as a community. This live storytelling event continued our series at The ARTS at Marks Garage. Journalists at Civil Beat and HuffPost Hawaii and other writers shared stories about life-changing decisions: committing to or giving up on Hawaii, other places, careers or people. Storytellers were Jessica Terrell, Bob Ortega, Chris D’Angelo, Anthony Quintano, Beau Ewen, Colby Lawton, Gene Park and Drew Tarvin.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Hawaii Storytellers: The Micronesians

Our first Hawaii Storytellers event kicked off with an evening of live storytelling featuring three Micronesian immigrants and Civil Beat reporter Chad Blair, who grew up partly on Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands. The event took place in conjunction with the release of our special multi-part, multimedia report “The Micronesians: An Untold Story of American Immigration.” Storytellers Alice Ehmes, Joakim Peter, Sheldon Riklon and Chad Blair told personal stories of identity and immigration. Click here for the full video.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015·The ARTS at Marks Garage

Civil Cafe: Are We Overfishing Hawaii Waters?

Civil Beat hosted its first Civil Cafe at The ARTS at Marks Garage on the issue of pacific fishery closures and overfishing. Panelists were Paul Dalzell, Senior Scientist/Pelagics Program Coordinator for the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council, David Henkin, Staff Attorney for the Mid-Pacific Regional Office of Earthjustice, and Joshua Shade of Ahi Assassins Fish Company. Todd Simmons, Opinion Editor of Civil Beat, moderated a lively discussion that aired on Olelo. Click here to watch the full video.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015·The ARTS at Marks

Merchants of Doubt Film Screening

Civil Beat hosted its first movie night at The ARTS at Marks Garage with a free screening of the documentary Merchants of Doubt, based on a book of the same name. Audience members munched on popcorn while learning about “pundits-for-hire” who present themselves as scientific authorities as they work to sway political opinion.

Monday, April 27, 2015·Green Rows Farm

Civil Cafe: How Can Hawaii Become Food-Self Sufficient?

Civil Beat teamed up with FarmLovers Farmers’ Market and Ulupono Initiative for this special Civil Cafe exploring Hawaii’s food self-sufficiency. The event was held at Green Rows Farm in Waimanalo and included a farm tour and potluck dinner along with the panel discussion.

Panelists Scott Enright, director of the Hawaii Department of Agriculture, Vincent Mina, president of Hawaii Farmers Union United, and Sen. Russell Ruderman, agriculture committee member and owner of Island Naturals stores, joined Civil Beat reporter Nathan Eagle to discuss Hawaii’s unique situation when it comes to agricultural sustainability.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015·Hawaii State Capitol

Civil Cafe: Can Hawaii Be 100% Renewable By 2040?

On April 15, Civil Cafe made its way to the State Capitol to tackle the question, “Can Hawaii Be 100% Renewable By 2040?” Sen. Mike Gabbard, Rep. Chris Lee, and Hawaii State Energy Office Administrator Mark Glick sat down with Civil Beat reporter Nathan Eagle to explore how the state has fared in meeting its renewable energy goals so far, and what obstacles might prevent us from achieving the overall goal by 2040. Click here for the full video.