Columnist

Allan Parachini

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.
Kauai: This Drag Revue Goes On After Star Performer’s Suicide Allan Pararchini/Civil Beat

Kauai: This Drag Revue Goes On After Star Performer’s Suicide

A man who inspired well-attended monthly performances in the Native Hawaiian stronghold of Anahola was despondent over losing his job.

Kauai: Mayor Bernard Carvalho Ponders A Future Outside Of Politics Allan Pararchini/Civil Beat

Kauai: Mayor Bernard Carvalho Ponders A Future Outside Of Politics

The bigger-than-life leader needs time to figure out what’s next, because he never expected to lose in the Democratic primary for LG.

Kauai: Lane Resoaks Areas That Were Deluged In April Storm Hawaii Department of Transportation

Kauai: Lane Resoaks Areas That Were Deluged In April Storm

UPDATED: The Kuhio Highway is closed near Hanalei, where business activity has come to a standstill. Sound familiar?

Kauai: Body Cameras Are Police Officers’ New Best Friends Allan Pararchini/Civil Beat

Kauai: Body Cameras Are Police Officers’ New Best Friends

Garden Isle cops have been wearing cameras since 2016. There was some initial reluctance, but now “it’s part of our uniform.”

Kauai: There May Be No Stopping Derek Kawakami’s Mayoral Campaign Allan Pararchini/Civil Beat

Kauai: There May Be No Stopping Derek Kawakami’s Mayoral Campaign

Meanwhile, a political newcomer emerges in the County Council race on a day when some of the island’s few voters were inspiring.

Kauai: No Island Is Immune From The Opioid Scourge Courtesy of Kauai County

Kauai: No Island Is Immune From The Opioid Scourge

Authorities routinely recover dirty syringes and other big-city drug paraphernalia. All manner of prescription painkillers are turning up.

Kauai: A Tiny Company’s Big Battle Over Water Rights Courtesy of Kauai Springs Water

Kauai: A Tiny Company’s Big Battle Over Water Rights

The bottlers have long sought a permit to validate the taking of a small amount of spring water that some customers say has healing qualities.

Kauai: Why Hanalei Has Turned Into A Traffic Nightmare Allan Parachini

Kauai: Why Hanalei Has Turned Into A Traffic Nightmare

With the North Shore’s marquee destinations still off-limits to tourists, the small town has become a packed daytime destination.

Kauai: Biggest Local Election In A Generation Allan Pararchini/Civil Beat

Kauai: Biggest Local Election In A Generation

New political blood is assured as six candidates seek the mayorship and a whopping field of 24 seek posts on the County Council.

Kauai: Why The Beef Industry Is Rapidly Expanding On The Garden Island Allan Pararchini/Civil Beat

Kauai: Why The Beef Industry Is Rapidly Expanding On The Garden Island

The Hawaii market develops a taste for meat born, raised and slaughtered in the islands, and these ranchers are happy to serve it up.

Kauai: The Unlikely Journey Of A Cello Named Henrietta Courtesy of Ivan Chuah

Kauai: The Unlikely Journey Of A Cello Named Henrietta

The 30-year-old cello is now an important player in Kauai’s fledgling chamber music scene.

Kauai: Peace, Quiet And A Revived Sense of Community allan

Kauai: Peace, Quiet And A Revived Sense of Community

For those living beyond Hanalei, it’s tough to get to jobs or shop, but many feel liberated with the tourist mobs gone.

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