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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UH Regents Approve New Leadership Organization PF Bentley/Civil Beat

UH Regents Approve New Leadership Organization

The recombining of the University of Hawaii system president with the Manoa chancellor is among other bureaucratic shifts coming to UH.

Honolulu City Council Moves Forward With Higher Bus Fares Noelle Fujii/Civil Beat

Honolulu City Council Moves Forward With Higher Bus Fares

The rates could go up as soon as next year if the measure continues to gain approval.

Bus Fares Will Likely Increase For The Second Year In A Row flickr.com

Bus Fares Will Likely Increase For The Second Year In A Row

Seniors and other adults would see the largest fare jumps, but Handi-Van fares would rise only slightly.

Hawaii’s Voter Turnout Was Almost A Historic Low Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii’s Voter Turnout Was Almost A Historic Low

The 398,398 ballots cast in this general election represented a turnout rate of 52.6 percent — slightly higher than in 2014.

Early Voting Is Way Up Nationwide, But Not In Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Early Voting Is Way Up Nationwide, But Not In Hawaii

There’s a lot of drama on the mainland with control of Congress up for grabs. Hawaii’s races hold less suspense.

Report: DOE Has Mostly Fixed Flaws In Its Bus Transportation System Katherine Poythress/Civil Beat

Report: DOE Has Mostly Fixed Flaws In Its Bus Transportation System

UPDATED: A 2012 state audit had faulted the department for allowing costs to skyrocket as competitive bidding for contracts ceased.

UH Wants $40 Million To Help Students Lower Their Tuition Costs Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

UH Wants $40 Million To Help Students Lower Their Tuition Costs

The university is asking legislators for money to expand the Hawaii Promise program to the Manoa, Hilo and West Oahu four-year campuses.

Election Day Is Already Over For Almost 80,000 Hawaii Voters Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Election Day Is Already Over For Almost 80,000 Hawaii Voters

Of the 254,880 mail ballots sent out so far, about 75,000 have been returned. Another 5,000 voters already went to early walk-in polling places.

Two Council Veterans Tackle Housing Shortage In Maui Mayoral Race

Two Council Veterans Tackle Housing Shortage In Maui Mayoral Race

Elle Cochran and Mike Victorino both say they will make the need for more housing their top priority.

UH Students And Staff Will Pay For $35 Million In Parking Garage Repairs Cory Lum/Civil Beat

UH Students And Staff Will Pay For $35 Million In Parking Garage Repairs

Parking rate increases will be phased in over the next six years in a plan approved by the Board of Regents.

Commission Doubles Fines For First-Time Campaign Spending Violators Blaze Lovell/CivilBeat

Commission Doubles Fines For First-Time Campaign Spending Violators

New penalties were levied against 25 candidates and committees. Maui mayoral candidate Mike Victorino will pay the biggest penalty.

City Mistakenly OK’d Permit For Site With Native Hawaiian Remains Cory Lum/Civil Beat

City Mistakenly OK’d Permit For Site With Native Hawaiian Remains

A residential development is on hold while a developer devises a plan for the iwi — 12 years after the state warned the city of their possible presence.