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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: These Small Sheds May Soon Shelter Quarantined Family Members Courtesy:Homestead Community Development Corp.

Kauai: These Small Sheds May Soon Shelter Quarantined Family Members

Residents of Department of Hawaiian Home Lands properties are eligible for the new program, which aims to alleviate overcrowding in many homes.

Hawaii’s Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Remain Open During Virus Crisis Allan Parachini/Civil Beat

Hawaii’s Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Remain Open During Virus Crisis

Like other businesses, the pot shops are offering special kupuna services and social distancing practices.

Hawaii’s Blood Banks Need Your Help To Avert ‘A State Crisis’ Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat

Hawaii’s Blood Banks Need Your Help To Avert ‘A State Crisis’

Supplies are dropping and hospitals are conserving blood as much as possible. But health officials say it’s still safe to give blood.

Kauai: Mayor On Curfew — ‘I’m Willing To Be Criticized For Overreacting’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Kauai: Mayor On Curfew — ‘I’m Willing To Be Criticized For Overreacting’

Derek Kawakami, frustrated by the tourist influx, imposed a curfew for the island.

Kauai: Violent March Storm Soaks The Island Allan Parachini/Civil Beat

Kauai: Violent March Storm Soaks The Island

The Hanalei River overflowed as it did in the destructive April 2018 flooding, but Kuhio Highway west of Hanalei on Tuesday had not sustained the severe damage it did in that storm.

 

Kauai: The Depth of Arrested Council Member’s Troubles Shouldn’t Have Been A Surprise Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Kauai: The Depth of Arrested Council Member’s Troubles Shouldn’t Have Been A Surprise

I, like others, believed Arthur Brun’s story that he had turned his life around after earlier legal problems. His recent arrest for allegedly running a meth ring showed we missed a lot of warning signs.

This Helicopter Safety Bill Is Unenforceable. Why Do So Many Lawmakers Support It? Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

This Helicopter Safety Bill Is Unenforceable. Why Do So Many Lawmakers Support It?

Spurred by recent tour helicopter crashes in Hawaii, the proposed legislation would set stiffer state requirements for tour pilots. But the feds, not the state, regulate the skies.

Kauai: Hawaiians Use Shuttle To Drop Knowledge On Tourists Allan Parachini/Civil Beat

Kauai: Hawaiians Use Shuttle To Drop Knowledge On Tourists

A company worked with scholars to develop a message that educates visitors en route to the North Shore about the place and its people.

FAA Abruptly Stopped Enforcement Action Against Hawaii Helicopter Tours Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

FAA Abruptly Stopped Enforcement Action Against Hawaii Helicopter Tours

The agency took 24 actions against three of the four helicopter tour companies with the most crashes over the past 20 years but stopped in 2013.

Kauai: Farmers Fight To Keep Irrigation System Running Allan Parachini/Civil Beat

Kauai: Farmers Fight To Keep Irrigation System Running

Updated. The state has announced its intent to shut down key reservoirs if the Legislature and a water cooperative don’t find a solution.

Kauai: Council Weighs Resolution To Fix DHHL Mortgage Programs Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Kauai: Council Weighs Resolution To Fix DHHL Mortgage Programs

Updated. The County Council voted unanimously to pass the resolution Wednesday.

Tour Helicopter Crashes — And Flights — Have Escalated In Recent Years Allan Parachini/Civil Beat

Tour Helicopter Crashes — And Flights — Have Escalated In Recent Years

A recent spate of crashes in the last two years — including the deadly crash on Kauai that killed 7 people last month — has put the industry under increased scrutiny.