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Allan Parachini is Civil Beat’s Kauai columnist. Indulging a passion he first developed 35 years ago, he makes furniture in Kilauea, on the island’s North Shore. He is represented by the Halelea and Black Pearl Galleries on Kauai.
But before furniture, he had two previous careers. From 1965 to 1991, he was a reporter for newspapers and wire services, primarily in New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles. He was a medical writer for the Chicago Sun-Times and the Los Angeles Times, where he worked for 13 years. From 1991 until 2010, he held headed public affairs operations at the ACLU of Southern California, the California Community Foundation and the Los Angeles Superior Court.
Allan is a graduate of Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication and held a fellowship in drug abuse reporting at the Columbia University School of Journalism. He was an adjunct instructor in public relations, reporting and news writing at Northwestern University, Occidental College, DePaul University, the University of Southern California and Cal State Los Angeles.
He’s a member of the Society of Professional Journalists, PEN America, the Furniture Society and the Urban Salvaged and Reclaimed Woods Network. He serves on the board of the nonprofit Hawaii Forest Industry Association. His wife, Gina Lobaco, is a fundraiser for The Nature Conservancy.
His furniture emphasizes native Hawaiian woods, usually combined with upcycled materials from items like forklift pallets and shipping crates.
He’s interested in stories that illustrate, if only in a small way, challenges—political, social and other—the island faces and what events today may imply about Kauai’s future.
They hope the Legislature will move decisively to liberalize regulations that limit the marketing of hemp products.
The concept of living and working in close proximity has taken hold in Seattle and other mainland cities.
Critics say a homeowner was allowed to cut down trees and brush along a popular trail in order to improve his view.
A new business development program on Kauai aims to provide small operators with tools and resources to grow.
Gather Federal Credit Union’s CEO estimates the number of credit unions in Hawaii has shrunk from nearly 100 to slightly more than 50 in the last decade.
Blues icon Taj Mahal and bluegrass legend Peter Rowan will headline Kauai’s first large folk festival at the Grove Farm Museum.
County officials agreed that giving up park land for the proposed affordable housing was more than the community would tolerate.
The Jewish Community of Kauai will also celebrate the completion of a new Torah during the High Holidays.
Health department surveys provide the most detailed assessment yet of how people are responding to new state preparedness recommendations.
Ever since the most distant stretch of the Kuhio Highway reopened, a group has been detaining nonlocal vehicles and passing out inaccurate parking information.
Todd Raybuck commanded one of nine patrol divisions packed into a single city. Now he oversees a short-staffed department, and it can get lonely out there.
The Department of Land and Natural Resources also hopes to cut in half the number of daily visitors to Haena State Park and its famed beaches and trails.