Civil Beat Reporting Fellow

Bianca Smallwood

Bianca Smallwood was a reporting fellow at Civil Beat.

Cranking Up The Youth Vote: Register When You’re 16 Young Progressives Demanding Action

Cranking Up The Youth Vote: Register When You’re 16

Nonprofit organizations join the state in efforts to establish the voting habit in young people.

Political Signs Must Include Disclaimers Starting Aug. 20 Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Political Signs Must Include Disclaimers Starting Aug. 20

The requirement had been waived because the Legislature voted to eliminate it, but Gov. Ige vetoed the measure.

Honolulu Cab Companies ‘Discouraged’ By Caldwell Pricing Proposals Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Cab Companies ‘Discouraged’ By Caldwell Pricing Proposals

The mayor has introduced measures that would have both taxi and ride-hailing companies follow the same pricing rules.

Council OKs Property Tax Break For Active-Duty Military Personnel Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Council OKs Property Tax Break For Active-Duty Military Personnel

If signed by the mayor, the exemption would cost Honolulu an estimated $1 million a year.

State Details Plans For Spending $3.1 Million In Election Security Funds Brian Tseng/Civil Beat

State Details Plans For Spending $3.1 Million In Election Security Funds

Software and staff upgrades will make Hawaii’s voting system less vulnerable to cyberattacks, officials say.

Trump Inspires More Women Candidates In Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Trump Inspires More Women Candidates In Hawaii

Statewide, females make up 38 percent of candidates this year, compared to 32 percent in the prior election cycle.

Businessman Runs For Senate In Hawaii — And Several Other States Facebook

Businessman Runs For Senate In Hawaii — And Several Other States

The California millionaire says he loves Hawaii, but he’s also running in Florida, Minnesota, Vermont, Washington and Wyoming.

UH Scientist Reports Promising Development In Alzheimer’s Research Deborah Manog/UHMed

UH Scientist Reports Promising Development In Alzheimer’s Research

His discovery is leading to ongoing efforts to produce a drug that could reverse the effects of the disease.

Hawaii Will Pay $10.25 Million To Settle Special Education Lawsuit Civil Beat

Hawaii Will Pay $10.25 Million To Settle Special Education Lawsuit

The state violated federal law by denying services to disabled students before they reached the age of 22.

The Debate Over ‘Safe Zones’ Is Heating Up In West Oahu Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The Debate Over ‘Safe Zones’ Is Heating Up In West Oahu

As the homeless population increases on the Leeward Coast, a new plan for legal encampments is getting mixed reviews.

Audit: Honolulu Parks Could Save Millions By Reducing Potable Water Use Courtney Teague/Civil Beat

Audit: Honolulu Parks Could Save Millions By Reducing Potable Water Use

Water usage increased 13 percent over three years, and there are formal plans to install more nonpotable fixtures at city parks.

Would New Uber And Lyft Rules Hit West Side Drivers Hardest? Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Would New Uber And Lyft Rules Hit West Side Drivers Hardest?

A lot of drivers live on the Leeward Coast, where incomes are generally lower and driving distances are longer.

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