Civil Beat Intern

Blaze Lovell

Blaze Lovell is a reporting fellow for Honolulu Civil Beat. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Born and raised on Oahu, he graduated from Pearl City High School in 2014 before migrating to the desert to study journalism. In his college years, Blaze served as the managing editor for UNLV’s paper, the Free Press, and also played rugby, which is like football without pads or rules.


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Why American Samoans Can’t Run For Office — Or Even Vote Courtesy of Wespac

Why American Samoans Can’t Run For Office — Or Even Vote

Unlike people born in other U.S. territories, they are not citizens but U.S. nationals. They do have a pathway to citizenship, however.

The Primary Turnout Was Low — But Not As Low As 2016 Eugene Tanner

The Primary Turnout Was Low — But Not As Low As 2016

The turnout of 38.6 percent included 179,078 people who voted by mail or at early polling places.

It Looks Like Voter Turnout Will Be As Low As Ever For Saturday’s Primary Cory Lum/Civil Beat

It Looks Like Voter Turnout Will Be As Low As Ever For Saturday’s Primary

The pattern of absentee voting is similar to the 2016 primary, which ended up having the lowest turnout in state history.

Army Agrees To Restore Access To Makua Valley Cultural Sites Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Army Agrees To Restore Access To Makua Valley Cultural Sites

Waianae Coast cultural practitioners have long battled for the public’s right to visit parts of a military reservation.

Hawaii Elections Officials Already Have 112,000 Ballots In Hand Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Elections Officials Already Have 112,000 Ballots In Hand

On Oahu, about 70,000 mail ballots have been returned, and another 4,700 people have voted at walk-in polling places.

Air Dropping Rat Poison Could Help Save Rare Hawaiian Bird Courtesy of U.S. Army Oahu Natural Resources Program

Air Dropping Rat Poison Could Help Save Rare Hawaiian Bird

The U.S. Army, which says only about 1,200 elepaio birds remain on Oahu, proposes stepping up eradication efforts.

Honolulu Will Spend $85 Million To Upgrade Maxed-Out Sewers Blaze Lovell/Civil Beat

Honolulu Will Spend $85 Million To Upgrade Maxed-Out Sewers

The Dowsett Highlands project in Nuuanu Valley is one of hundreds of sewer projects undertaken in compliance with an EPA order.

Waianae Board: New Development Too Expensive For Locals Blaze Lovell/CivilBeat

Waianae Board: New Development Too Expensive For Locals

Critics say a Pokai Bay subdivision would increase traffic and demand on the sewer system while being too costly for current residents.

The Fight To Save Ancient Hawaiian Archeological Sites Blaze Lovell/Civil Beat

The Fight To Save Ancient Hawaiian Archeological Sites

Fearing future development of a Leeward valley rich with cultural history, some community members are pushing for preservation.

Oahu Valleys Are Prone To Landslides — And The Lawsuits That Follow Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Oahu Valleys Are Prone To Landslides — And The Lawsuits That Follow

A legal battle over a landslide and sewer line break in the Nuuanu Valley is one example of the unstable ground many people live on.

Waipahu Businesses Have Hopes For Rail — If They Can Survive Construction Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Waipahu Businesses Have Hopes For Rail — If They Can Survive Construction

With some owners reporting a sharp decline in customers, the Honolulu City Council has set aside $2 million for property tax relief for struggling businesses.

These Giant ‘Honu’ Planes Will Cost Hawaii $30M To Accommodate Screen shot from Airbus

These Giant ‘Honu’ Planes Will Cost Hawaii $30M To Accommodate

All Nippon Airways wants to fly the world’s largest aircraft to Honolulu, and the state transportation department is on board.

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