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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: Residents Just Saved This Park From Becoming A Housing Project Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Kauai: Residents Just Saved This Park From Becoming A Housing Project

County officials agreed that giving up park land for the proposed affordable housing was more than the community would tolerate.

Kauai: New Rabbi Marks A Turning Point For Island’s Tiny Jewish Community Allan Parachini/Civil Beat

Kauai: New Rabbi Marks A Turning Point For Island’s Tiny Jewish Community

The Jewish Community of Kauai will also celebrate the completion of a new Torah during the High Holidays.

Kauai: 14 Days Of Emergency Supplies? Who Has That? Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Kauai: 14 Days Of Emergency Supplies? Who Has That?

Health department surveys provide the most detailed assessment yet of how people are responding to new state preparedness recommendations.

Kauai: Some Residents Are Waylaying Tourists On The North Shore Courtesy of Kuhio HIghway Regulation

Kauai: Some Residents Are Waylaying Tourists On The North Shore

Ever since the most distant stretch of the Kuhio Highway reopened, a group has been detaining nonlocal vehicles and passing out inaccurate parking information.

Former Las Vegas Captain Adapts To New World As Kauai Police Chief Allan Parachini/Civil Beat

Former Las Vegas Captain Adapts To New World As Kauai Police Chief

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.

Kauai: As Crowds Grow, Tourists Will Start Paying to Visit The Most Popular Parks Allan Parachini/Civil Beat

Kauai: As Crowds Grow, Tourists Will Start Paying to Visit The Most Popular Parks

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.

Kauai: Can $13 Million Save Lihue? Allan Parachini/Civil Beat

Kauai: Can $13 Million Save Lihue?

A federal grant to reconfigure roads in the core of this island’s county seat could spur enough private investment to bring back the good times.

Kauai: More Trouble For Hanalei As Unstable Hillside Forces Traffic Delays Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Kauai: More Trouble For Hanalei As Unstable Hillside Forces Traffic Delays

Only one lane of the Kuhio Highway will be open on the stretch approaching the North Shore community for months.

Kauai: This Island’s Only Bookstore Is Thriving Allan Parachini/Civil Beat

Kauai: This Island’s Only Bookstore Is Thriving

Small independent bookstores can survive despite today’s proclivity toward digital downloads and a giant online retailer.

Charter Schools Have By Far The Highest Rates Of Unvaccinated Kids Allan Parachini/Civil Beat

Charter Schools Have By Far The Highest Rates Of Unvaccinated Kids

The statewide percentage of students exempted by their parents from being immunized is 8.1% at charter schools, 2.7% at private schools and 1.4% at traditional public schools.

Kauai Tops State For Percentage Of Unvaccinated School Kids Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Kauai Tops State For Percentage Of Unvaccinated School Kids

UPDATED: For the first time, the state Department of Health has released statistics on vaccination rates for individual public and private schools.

Hawaii Pushes Bank Of America To Resolve Multimillion-Dollar Dispute Mike Mozart/Flickr.com

Hawaii Pushes Bank Of America To Resolve Multimillion-Dollar Dispute

The company left the islands in 1997, but it had already been ordered to make $180 million in loans, partially because of discrimination against Native Hawaiians and Filipinos.