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: 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.

Kauai: Repairing Storm Damage Is A Chance To Solve Tourist Congestion Contributed by David Kuraoka

Kauai: Repairing Storm Damage Is A Chance To Solve Tourist Congestion

Fixing Kuhio Highway will be costly and complicated, but may provide impetus for a long-term plan limiting daily visitors in the area.

Kauai: Public Utility Gets Creative With Plan To Recirculate Reservoir Water Courtesy of KIUC

Kauai: Public Utility Gets Creative With Plan To Recirculate Reservoir Water

The Garden Island already uses renewable energy sources for 43 percent of its electricity, with more solar and hydropower on the way.

Kauai: Rum Distilleries Keep Hawaii’s Sugar Industry Alive Allan Parachini/Civil Beat

Kauai: Rum Distilleries Keep Hawaii’s Sugar Industry Alive

The islands’ cane crop will never return to the production levels of plantation days, but it’s essential for these local businesses.

Kauai: Record Storm Drives Tourists Out But Hanalei Residents Dig In Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Kauai: Record Storm Drives Tourists Out But Hanalei Residents Dig In

Construction crews arrive in force and businesses and homeowners clean up,  but residents are keeping a wary eye on weather reports.

Kauai: The Path To Recovery In Hanalei Will Be A Long One Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Kauai: The Path To Recovery In Hanalei Will Be A Long One

UPDATED: After the record-setting storm, which dumped 28 inches of rain in 24 hours, “the lay of the land is totally different.”

Kauai Storm: 28 Inches Of Rain Brings Landslides, Floods And Wrecked Homes Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Kauai Storm: 28 Inches Of Rain Brings Landslides, Floods And Wrecked Homes

The storm left Hanalei looking like a “huge lake” and cut off some North Shore communities, prompting Gov. Ige to declare a state of  emergency.

Kauai: County Will Sue Big Drug Companies Over Opioid Crisis Kauai County

Kauai: County Will Sue Big Drug Companies Over Opioid Crisis

The opioid crisis is growing on Kauai, county officials believe.

Kauai: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Has Few Friends On This Hawaiian Island Allan Parachini/Civil Beat

Kauai: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Has Few Friends On This Hawaiian Island

The social media mogul’s neighbors aren’t happy with his new island estate or, for that matter, Facebook in general.

Kauai: The Death Spiral Of A Local Shopping Mall Allan Parachini/Civil Beat

Kauai: The Death Spiral Of A Local Shopping Mall

Kukui Grove Shopping Center on Kauai is not alone in its demise, but its fadeout is still a community loss.

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