Civil Beat Reporter

Blaze Lovell

Blaze Lovell is a reporter for Honolulu Civil Beat. Previously, he was a reporting fellow and intern. 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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Bill Would Lower Voting Age To 16 For State And Local Elections Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Bill Would Lower Voting Age To 16 For State And Local Elections

The proposed constitutional amendment represents the latest effort to expand the electorate. Earlier attempts haven’t gone far.

Gov. Ige’s Administrative Director Is Now Also His Chief Of Staff Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Gov. Ige’s Administrative Director Is Now Also His Chief Of Staff

Ford Fuchigami will have dual roles in the governor’s office, and former Chief of Staff Mike McCartney has been picked to lead the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism.

Minimum Wage Hike Gets Immediate Support As Legislature Convenes Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Minimum Wage Hike Gets Immediate Support As Legislature Convenes

UPDATED: Disaster relief for Kauai and the Big Island and addressing illegal vacation rentals are also top priorities.

Supreme Court Focuses On Late Mail Ballots In Ozawa-Waters Vote Challenge Natanya Friedheim/ Civil Beat

Supreme Court Focuses On Late Mail Ballots In Ozawa-Waters Vote Challenge

Until the justices rule, there is no Honolulu City Council member representing District 4.

Court Demands Mail Ballot Information In Challenges To Ozawa Victory Courtesy of the candidates

Court Demands Mail Ballot Information In Challenges To Ozawa Victory

City Council candidate Tommy Waters and a group of East Honolulu residents question what happened with late-arriving ballots.

Gov. Ige’s New Cabinet Is Still Almost Half Empty Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Gov. Ige’s New Cabinet Is Still Almost Half Empty

He has made 11 appointments so far, and nine of the department heads are carryovers from his first term.

Task Force Criticizes ‘Punitive Mentality’ Of Hawaii Criminal Justice System Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Task Force Criticizes ‘Punitive Mentality’ Of Hawaii Criminal Justice System

UPDATED: The group opposes the construction of a bigger Oahu Community Correctional Center and calls for a new focus on rehabilitation.

Ige Selects Trial Lawyer To Be Hawaii’s New Attorney General Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ige Selects Trial Lawyer To Be Hawaii’s New Attorney General

Clare Connors, who has worked for a Honolulu law firm since 2011 after serving as an assistant U.S. attorney, will face a Senate confirmation vote.

Election Challenge Prevents Ozawa From Being Sworn In For New Term Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Election Challenge Prevents Ozawa From Being Sworn In For New Term

UPDATED: The Honolulu City Council begins the new year short a member, pending a Supreme Court ruling on the election result.

Two Election Outcomes Still In Limbo As New Terms Are About To Start Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Two Election Outcomes Still In Limbo As New Terms Are About To Start

UPDATED: The state said Monday there were no inaccuracies in the vote count for the state Senate race or a Honolulu City Council seat.

‘Top Secret’ Clearance Expected For UH Lab Doing Navy Research Blaze Lovell/CivilBeat

‘Top Secret’ Clearance Expected For UH Lab Doing Navy Research

The University of Hawaii Applied Research Laboratory is closing in on a new $80 million contract for cybersecurity and renewable energy research.

OHA Wants A Lot More Ceded Land Money From The State Cory Lum/Civil Beat

OHA Wants A Lot More Ceded Land Money From The State

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs says the annual cap of $15.1 million is too low and that state agencies should do a better job reporting their revenues.