Civil Beat Staff

April Estrellon

April Estrellon is Civil Beat’s multimedia producer, creating audio, video and graphics for the website. She also produces Civil Beat’s award winning Offshore podcast as well as weekly episodes of Pod Squad.

April has degrees in journalism and anthropology from the University of Hawaii Manoa. Her interests include history and cultural studies of Asia and the Pacific and storytelling through new media.

April is often glued to her headphones, but you can get her attention by emailing her at april@civilbeat.org.

Pod Squad: To Build A Better Hawaii

Pod Squad: To Build A Better Hawaii

A hui of local architects invites the public to participate in workshops focused on making Honolulu and the state better places to live.

Pod Squad: Hawaii Democratic Leader Talks About ‘Healing The Party’

Pod Squad: Hawaii Democratic Leader Talks About ‘Healing The Party’

Kealii Lopez on her party’s deep bench, the challenge for local Republicans and the state of Democrats under Trump.

VIDEO: 9 Questions For David Ige And Andria Tupola

VIDEO: 9 Questions For David Ige And Andria Tupola

See what the Hawaii gubernatorial candidates have to say about key issues — and the last movie they watched.

Hawaii Civics 101: What’s A ConCon?

Hawaii Civics 101: What’s A ConCon?

Every 10 years, voters are asked if they want to hold a state constitutional convention. The last one occurred in 1978.

Pod Squad: Teachers Union Leader Makes Case For ConAm Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Pod Squad: Teachers Union Leader Makes Case For ConAm

Corey Rosenlee argues why the state should be allowed to levy a surcharge on property taxes to help pay for education.

Pod Squad: Gene Ward On ‘Broken Promises’ For Hawaiians Chad Blair/Civil Beat

Pod Squad: Gene Ward On ‘Broken Promises’ For Hawaiians

The GOP state representative advocates for more funding and better management of the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands.

Pod Squad: Why We Should Stop Punishing Drug Users April Estrellon/Civil Beat

Pod Squad: Why We Should Stop Punishing Drug Users

The leader of a national drug policy group talks about recreational marijuana and criminal justice reform.

Pod Squad: House Speaker Talks About Disaster Relief For Counties Courtesy James Gonser

Pod Squad: House Speaker Talks About Disaster Relief For Counties

The Pod Squad goes to the Capitol between legislative sessions to catch up with Scott Saiki.

Hawaii Civics 101: Neighborhood Boards

Hawaii Civics 101: Neighborhood Boards

Have a problem with something in your neighborhood? Here’s how your neighborhood board can help.

Hawaii Civics 101: Independent Candidates

Hawaii Civics 101: Independent Candidates

Why is is so hard to run — and win — as an independent in Hawaii?