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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Why Do These Candidates Want To Lead Hawaii’s Public Schools? Submitted

Why Do These Candidates Want To Lead Hawaii’s Public Schools?

The Board of Education is preparing to select the next Department of Education superintendent in front of the public.

Hawaii Police Standards Board Finally Gets Some Money From Lawmakers Ludwig Laab/Civil Beat/2021

Hawaii Police Standards Board Finally Gets Some Money From Lawmakers

Hawaii is the last state in the country to set up minimum qualifications for its law enforcement officers.

Will Former Lawmakers’ Bribery Charges Lead To Broader Government Reform? Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Will Former Lawmakers’ Bribery Charges Lead To Broader Government Reform?

The Legislature made some progress this year in increasing government transparency, but leading politicians say there is still much more work to be done.

Election-Year Scramble Looms As Veteran Hawaii Lawmakers Retire PF Bentley/Civil Beat/2014

Election-Year Scramble Looms As Veteran Hawaii Lawmakers Retire

Updated: Longtime Maui Sen. Roz Baker is one of three veteran senators and several House members who are departing this year.

Legislature Closes Historic Session For Housing And Hawaiians Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Legislature Closes Historic Session For Housing And Hawaiians

Hawaii lawmakers passed almost every proposal they said they would in a rare session bolstered by billions of dollars in extra revenue.

Legislature Gives Final Approval To Minimum Wage, Mauna Kea And Teacher Pay Bills Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Legislature Gives Final Approval To Minimum Wage, Mauna Kea And Teacher Pay Bills

Other measures approved Tuesday would settle claims by Hawaiians on the homelands waitlist, and require judges to release some petty, non-violent offenders without bail.

Bills Advance To Reform Child Welfare System And Create New Law Enforcement Agency Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Bills Advance To Reform Child Welfare System And Create New Law Enforcement Agency

Lawmakers also gave the nod to a flurry of other bills, such as extending agricultural leases and expanding the search for geothermal resources.

Hawaii Lawmakers Finally Agree On Raising The Minimum Wage Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Hawaii Lawmakers Finally Agree On Raising The Minimum Wage

House Bill 2510 also makes a state earned income tax credit refundable. Meanwhile, many taxpayers could soon get a $300 tax rebate.

$600M Homestead Package Marks ‘Banner Year’ For Native Hawaiians At The Legislature Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

$600M Homestead Package Marks ‘Banner Year’ For Native Hawaiians At The Legislature

Amid historic funding agreements for Hawaiians, lawmakers race to reach a compromise on dozens of measures ahead of key legislative deadlines.