Civil Beat Staff

Anita Hofschneider

Anita Hofschneider is a reporter covering social issues for Civil Beat. She previously covered city and state politics, the environment, land use and housing. Her work has won multiple national, regional and local awards.

Prior to starting at Civil Beat, Anita covered the 2013 Hawaii legislative session for the Associated Press and interned at the Wall Street Journal in New York. She graduated from Harvard with honors in 2012.

You can follow Anita on Twitter @ahofschneider, on Instagram @anitahofschneider or email her at ahofschneider@civilbeat.org.

Court: Hawaiians Deserve Compensation For State’s Poor Oversight Of Homelands Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Court: Hawaiians Deserve Compensation For State’s Poor Oversight Of Homelands

The state Supreme Court decision came more than two decades after the original suit was first filed. Nearly 400 original plaintiffs have died since then.

COVID-19 Disparities For Pacific Islanders Worsen Nationally Cory Lum/Civil Beat

COVID-19 Disparities For Pacific Islanders Worsen Nationally

The virus has been particularly devastating for Marshallese residents in Arkansas.

HPD Data Shows Racial Disparities In Stay-At-Home Enforcement Cory Lum/Civil Beat

HPD Data Shows Racial Disparities In Stay-At-Home Enforcement

An analysis by Hawaii Public Radio shows Micronesian, Samoan and Black communities are disproportionately affected by arrests.

HPD Chief Says There’s Less Racial Bias In Hawaii. She’s Wrong Cory Lum/Civil Beat

HPD Chief Says There’s Less Racial Bias In Hawaii. She’s Wrong

HPD data says Black, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities experience force at the hands of police at higher rates than white and Asian communities.

COVID-19 Cases Among Pacific Islanders Surge In Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat

COVID-19 Cases Among Pacific Islanders Surge In Hawaii

State health officials say Pacific Islanders are likely more at risk for the disease because they have high poverty rates and often live in overcrowded conditions.

Major Player In Illegal Marshallese Adoptions Pleads Guilty To Fraud maricopa.gov

Major Player In Illegal Marshallese Adoptions Pleads Guilty To Fraud

Paul Petersen faces more than a decade in Arizona state prison and still faces charges in Utah and Arkansas.

Man Who Died In Honolulu Police Custody Identified As 28-Year-Old Kaneohe Resident Courtesy of Noelle Pama

Man Who Died In Honolulu Police Custody Identified As 28-Year-Old Kaneohe Resident

Isaiah Pama’s wife, Noelle, says she doesn’t want her husband’s death to be used in the Black Lives Matter movement.

Honolulu Police Chief Hopes Nationwide Reform Movement Skips Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Police Chief Hopes Nationwide Reform Movement Skips Hawaii

Chief Susan Ballard also told the Honolulu Police Commission that while more bias training would be helpful, Honolulu officers have a “lot less” implicit bias than on the mainland.

Man Dies In Kaneohe While In Honolulu Police Custody Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Man Dies In Kaneohe While In Honolulu Police Custody

A police spokeswoman said the man, who was combative and punching, became unresponsive while being restrained with handcuffs and shackles.