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Alicia Lou

Alicia Lou is a Civil Beat reporting intern. She recently graduated from the University of Hawaii Manoa with a degree in journalism and a minor in English.

Prior to Civil Beat, Alicia interned at Hawaii Business Magazine and wrote for Ka Leo, the UH Manoa student newspaper.

Although born in Nevada, Alicia has spent most of her life moving. She has lived on several islands, in 12 U.S. cities, six countries, and has had the privilege to visit many more.

During her prolonged gap year, Alicia became a dive instructor and worked and lived on boats — sparking her passion for marine life and sustainability, which she continues to nurture in her free time.

Also, she is an aspiring dog owner.

Hawaii Will Soon Have A Women’s Court In An Effort To Reduce Recidivism Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Will Soon Have A Women’s Court In An Effort To Reduce Recidivism

Advocates hope the three-year pilot program will prevent more women from being incarcerated and re-entering the criminal justice system.

One Man’s Mission To Map 35 Trails In Hawaii Courtesy: Tony Barnhill

One Man’s Mission To Map 35 Trails In Hawaii

The effort is part of a state initiative to provide better signage and information for hikers that improves access and public safety.

Snorkel Safety Study Sheds Light On Unexplained Drownings In Hawaii Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Snorkel Safety Study Sheds Light On Unexplained Drownings In Hawaii

The three-year project finds many snorkeling-related deaths aren’t from inhaling water, and that long flights beforehand may play a role.

‘It’s All Connected’: Hawaii’s First Large-Scale Food Waste Composter Touts A Host Of Benefits Courtesy: Ricky Thomas/2021

‘It’s All Connected’: Hawaii’s First Large-Scale Food Waste Composter Touts A Host Of Benefits

Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii and partners launched a composting operation in Waimanalo that they hope will revolutionize the way Oahu disposes of food waste.

Waimanalo Businesses Are Struggling To Survive Ongoing Road Work Alicia Lou/Civil Beat/2022

Waimanalo Businesses Are Struggling To Survive Ongoing Road Work

Residents are steering clear of the congested Kalanianaole Highway while businesses suffer.

Trial Date Set For Suspects In 2017 Killing Of North Shore Teacher Courtesy: Hawaii News Now

Trial Date Set For Suspects In 2017 Killing Of North Shore Teacher

Charged with second-degree murder and several other charges, co-defendants Stephen Brown and Hailey Dandurand are now set to stand trial together this October.

Death, Fines, And Captive Animals: Is Sea Life Park Part Of A Bygone Era? Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Death, Fines, And Captive Animals: Is Sea Life Park Part Of A Bygone Era?

Many have fond memories of Oahu’s sometimes controversial marine animal park, but what will be its role in a changing business?

Experts Expect Drought And Wildfire Conditions To Worsen Courtesy: DLNR/2022

Experts Expect Drought And Wildfire Conditions To Worsen

As Hawaii enters its 12th driest wet season in the past 30 years, drought and wildfire concerns and conditions are both on the rise.

These 3 Hawaii Beaches Have Chronic Pollution Problems Courtesy: Surfrider Foundation

These 3 Hawaii Beaches Have Chronic Pollution Problems

Surfrider Foundation shares its top 10 list of popular U.S. beaches that fail to meet health standards for recreational users.