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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Minimum Wage Bill Teed Up For House Vote Blaze Lovell/CivilBeat

Minimum Wage Bill Teed Up For House Vote

If also approved by the Senate and governor, Hawaii’s minimum wage would rise to $13 an hour by 2024.

Uber And Lyft Are Fine With Hawaii Regulating Them — Just Not Too Much Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Uber And Lyft Are Fine With Hawaii Regulating Them — Just Not Too Much

The ride-hailing companies take issue with parts of a House bill that gives the state Department of Transportation more power to investigate them.

Longtime Native Hawaiian Activist Announces Run For House Seat Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Longtime Native Hawaiian Activist Announces Run For House Seat

Walter Ritte has led some of the most iconic cultural movements in modern Hawaii.

Six Feet Above: Where To Draw The Line On Sea Level Rise Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Six Feet Above: Where To Draw The Line On Sea Level Rise

Lawmakers are considering how far to set back new developments as well as specific strategies to deal with climate change.

Lawmakers Limit Scope Of Bill Banning AG’s Probe Of Hawaiian Nonprofit ronitphoto

Lawmakers Limit Scope Of Bill Banning AG’s Probe Of Hawaiian Nonprofit

Amendments would prohibit the attorney general from investigating KAHEA and other nonprofits if the investigation would create a conflict of interest.

A Proposed Native Hawaiian Commission Is Already Getting Pushback Cory Lum/Civil Beat

A Proposed Native Hawaiian Commission Is Already Getting Pushback

UPDATED: Critics say Native Hawaiians, not the governor, should pick the members and the issues it considers.

State Lawmakers Are Weighing A Slate Of Bills That Affect Native Hawaiians DHHL via Facebook

State Lawmakers Are Weighing A Slate Of Bills That Affect Native Hawaiians

But DHHL reforms and measures that cover cultural practitioners have a long way to go this session.

Hawaii Taxpayers To Foot Bill For Student’s Near-Drowning, Teen’s Fatal Scooter Crash Blaze Lovell/CivilBeat

Hawaii Taxpayers To Foot Bill For Student’s Near-Drowning, Teen’s Fatal Scooter Crash

The Ige administration is asking the Legislature to approve over $1 million worth of settlements.

Bill Banning Moonlighting Mayors Moves Forward Nick Grube/Civil Beat

Bill Banning Moonlighting Mayors Moves Forward

UPDATED: The bill must still pass several more votes before it goes to Gov. David Ige.

Hawaii Lawmakers Want State To Reconcile With Native Hawaiians Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Lawmakers Want State To Reconcile With Native Hawaiians

Resolution would create a “blue ribbon commission” to establish a new relationship based on trust.

New Police Misconduct Reports Show A Range Of Bad Behavior Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

New Police Misconduct Reports Show A Range Of Bad Behavior

But the annual reports to the Legislature are lacking in the level of detail needed for meaningful public scrutiny.

TMT Hot Potato: Hawaii Leaders Are Ducking Responsibility On Mauna Kea Cory Lum/Civil Beat

TMT Hot Potato: Hawaii Leaders Are Ducking Responsibility On Mauna Kea

Since protests resumed six months ago, top elected officials have struggled to take ownership of resolving issues surrounding a major telescope project.