Civil Beat Staff

April Estrellon

April Estrellon is Civil Beat’s multimedia producer and works on creating audio, video and graphic elements for the website. She also produces Civil Beat’s podcasts which include Hawaii Storytellers and weekly episodes of Pod Squad and Offshore.

April has degrees in journalism and anthropology from the University of Hawaii Manoa. As a student she helped produce and host the student run news broadcast Ka Hui Ho’olauna for KFVE. She also volunteered at UH’s archaeology lab, helping photograph and catalogue fishhooks for their reference collection.

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.

Hawaii Civics 101: Lieutenant Governor Agatha Danglapin

Hawaii Civics 101: Lieutenant Governor

The lieutenant governor is the second highest position in the Aloha State. But what does the LG do?

New! Hawaii Civics 101: Office of Hawaiian Affairs PF Bentley/Civil Beat

New! Hawaii Civics 101: Office of Hawaiian Affairs

This explainer video on OHA kicks off our new series aimed at helping you understand politics, government and democracy in the Aloha State.

On Campus: Here’s What Happens When Kids Do The Podcast Cory Lum/Civil Beat

On Campus: Here’s What Happens When Kids Do The Podcast

Pomaikai Elementary students report from inside their Maui school.

On Campus: A Culture of Collaboration Cory Lum/Civil Beat

On Campus: A Culture of Collaboration

Civil Beat visits Pomaikai Elementary, an arts integration school on Maui, to see why Kamalani Academy’s founders used it as a model for their charter school.

Pod Squad: What’s Next For Medical Aid In Dying? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Pod Squad: What’s Next For Medical Aid In Dying?

Now that Hawaii has become the seventh state to pass the law, an education campaign is underway.

Pod Squad: Ravi Shankar Talks Peace And Happiness In Honolulu Art of Living Foundation

Pod Squad: Ravi Shankar Talks Peace And Happiness In Honolulu

The spiritual leader and founder of the Art of Living Foundation seeks to relieve individual stress, societal problems and violence.

Pod Squad: AARP’s National President Backs A Retirement Savings Board Courtesy Craig Gima

Pod Squad: AARP’s National President Backs A Retirement Savings Board

Eric Schneidewind visits Hawaii to advocate for a bill at the Hawaii Legislature calling for helping employees through payroll deductions.

Pod Squad: Getting Guns Out Of The Wrong Hands April Estrellon/Civil Beat

Pod Squad: Getting Guns Out Of The Wrong Hands

Supporters of a bill to speed up surrender of firearms after court action say it could save lives, especially in domestic abuse cases.

Pod Squad: Rep. John Mizuno Calls Medical Aid In Dying A ‘Civil Right’ April Estrellon/Civil Beat

Pod Squad: Rep. John Mizuno Calls Medical Aid In Dying A ‘Civil Right’

The Hawaii legislative leader talks about what has changed to put the controversial measure on the brink of passage.

Pod Squad: Henk Rogers Makes The Case For The Thirty Meter Telescope April Estrellon/Civil Beat

Pod Squad: Henk Rogers Makes The Case For The Thirty Meter Telescope

The Blue Planet founder says one of the things that makes Mauna Kea a magical place are the telescopes that have furthered human knowledge.

Pod Squad: Kauai Mayor Carvalho — Politician, Musician, LG? Landess Kearns/Civil Beat

Pod Squad: Kauai Mayor Carvalho — Politician, Musician, LG?

The longtime Garden Island leader now has his sights on the state’s No. 2 gig.

Pod Squad: Why Republican Andria Tupola Wants To Be Governor Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Pod Squad: Why Republican Andria Tupola Wants To Be Governor

The House minority leader says the state’s myriad challenges require bipartisan cooperation and dynamic leadership.