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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Hawaii LG Candidate Junior Tupa‘i Is Sounding A Lot More Like Duke Aiona Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Hawaii LG Candidate Junior Tupa‘i Is Sounding A Lot More Like Duke Aiona

The GOP nominee for lieutenant governor has backed away from his primary campaign rhetoric and is aligning with his gubernatorial running mate.

Former TV Anchor And Longtime Activist Face Off In Rural Oahu Senate Race Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Former TV Anchor And Longtime Activist Face Off In Rural Oahu Senate Race

The candidates, one a current Republican and the other a former Republican, want to prioritize agriculture and cost of living in Oahu’s largest Senate district.

Hawaii Commission Fines Kai Kahele’s Campaign For Illegal Solicitations Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Hawaii Commission Fines Kai Kahele’s Campaign For Illegal Solicitations

The Hawaii Campaign Spending Commission is also proposing a sweeping package of campaign finance reforms for the upcoming legislative session in 2023.

Hawaii Gov. Ige Wants To Build New Aloha Stadium ‘As Quickly As Possible’ Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat/2017

Hawaii Gov. Ige Wants To Build New Aloha Stadium ‘As Quickly As Possible’

The top candidates for governor say they are likely to follow through with Ige’s new plans.

Maui Bribery Case: Milton Choy And Stewart Stant Plead Guilty Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Maui Bribery Case: Milton Choy And Stewart Stant Plead Guilty

Both men admitted in court that they conspired to funnel lucrative contracts to one of Choy’s companies.

Victorino Orders Audit Of No-Bid Contracts Linked To Maui Bribery Case Ludwig Laab/Civil Beat/2022

Victorino Orders Audit Of No-Bid Contracts Linked To Maui Bribery Case

The contracts that were the target of an FBI investigation were awarded under former Mayor Alan Arakawa’s administration.

Wastewater Executive Milton Choy Charged With Bribing Former Maui Official Screenshot: Hawaii Senate

Wastewater Executive Milton Choy Charged With Bribing Former Maui Official

The county’s former environmental management director was also indicted for accepting more than $2 million in bribes to steer contracts to Choy’s company.

GOP Geography: In Hawaii, Support For Republicans Has Grown In Ewa And Kona Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2017

GOP Geography: In Hawaii, Support For Republicans Has Grown In Ewa And Kona

The Aug. 13 primary saw Republican turnout rise significantly, especially in rural areas.

Duke Aiona Unveils Affordable Housing Plans Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Duke Aiona Unveils Affordable Housing Plans

The Republican candidate for governor focused on building programs that could lead to more affordable homeownership than adding more housing units.