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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October 2020

Tuesday, October 27

Hawaii Construction PAC Spent Nearly $1 Million On Oahu Races

Friday, October 23

Governor Nominates Todd Eddins To Hawaii Supreme Court

Tuesday, October 20

Gyms, Arcades, Vacation Rentals Could Reopen Thursday

In Hawaii, Your Ballot Has To Be In By 7 p.m. On Election Day. Here’s Why

Thursday, October 15

Police Standards Board Asking For More Time, Money — Again

Wednesday, October 14

Campaign Spending Commission: Ad Reporting Law Needs Changed

Central Oahu Senate Candidates Want To Help Businesses

Friday, October 9

Maui Voters Will Decide On New Ag Dept, Managing Director And More

Former Hawaii Residents Sue Over Absentee Ballot Access

Thursday, October 8

Hawaii House Lawmakers Look To Capture Open Senate Seats

Friday, October 2

Hawaii PACs Pump Another $500K Into Local Campaigns

Thursday, October 1

Why Is This New Super PAC Spending Big Bucks On Maui Council Races?

September 2020

Monday, September 28

Can Hawaii Republicans Gain Ground In The Senate This Year?

Thursday, September 24

Panel: We Need Solid Data To Predict Hawaii’s Economic Future

Wednesday, September 23

Aloha Aina Party Hopes To Gain Ground With Nontraditional Voters

Monday, September 21

No Problems Expected For Hawaii’s New Vote-By-Mail System For The Nov. 3 Election

Friday, September 18

Hawaii Supreme Court Considers Petition To Impeach Keith Kaneshiro

Thursday, September 17

Civil Beat Economy Panel: ‘We Don’t Survive’ Without Reopening Tourism

Tuesday, September 15

Ige Signs Domestic Violence Bills, Vetoes 5 Others

Friday, September 11

UH Manoa May Cut Theater, Journalism, Social Welfare Programs

Wednesday, September 9

Commission: Amemiya’s Midweek Ad Didn’t Break The Law

Tuesday, September 8

State Makes Rental Assistance Available For Hard Hit Residents

Thursday, September 3

University Of Hawaii Regents Reject ‘Shell Game’ Budget Proposal

Tuesday, September 1

Hawaii Animal Rights Activists Want Feds To Investigate Cockfighting

August 2020

Monday, August 31

Ige May Veto Domestic Violence Measure, 5 Other Bills

Tuesday, August 18

Kauai Candidate Took Illegal Contributions, State Commission Says

Thursday, August 13

Vote-By-Mail Helped Perk Up Hawaii Turnout But So Did Some Competitive Races

Saturday, August 8

More Voters Are Casting Ballots In Hawaii’s All-Mail Primary Election This Year

Friday, August 7

Bar Codes, Signatures And Fire-Safe Drop Boxes Help Secure Hawaii’s All-Mail Election

Oahu Students Will Move To Distance Learning Through Sept. 12

Thursday, August 6

Deputy Sheriff Shoots Maui Man On Oahu

Hawaii’s Homeless Voters Face Hurdles With All-Mail System

Wednesday, August 5

Supreme Court Hears Challenge To Lawmakers’ Gut-And-Replace Tactics

Tuesday, August 4

Oahu Voters Have Already Cast More Ballots Than In 2016 Primary

Monday, August 3

How Hawaii’s New Voting System Could Help Disabled Voters

July 2020

Thursday, July 30

Ige Waiting On Congress To Act Before Boosting Unemployment Benefits

Labor Unions Spend Heavily Trying To Sway Hawaii Elections

Tuesday, July 28

New Super PACs Pour Money Into Honolulu Races

Wednesday, July 22

Is Hawaii Ready To Vote By Mail?

Thursday, July 16

UH Regents Set To Consider ‘Whatever Available Means’ To Cut Costs

Friday, July 10

Hawaii Lawmakers Salvage Bills Despite Pandemic

Incumbents Maintain Money Advantage In Hawaii Legislative Races

Wednesday, July 8

Coal-Burning Ban Among Measures On Track To Clear Hawaii Legislature

Hawaii Lawmakers Won’t Give Health Director Broad COVID-19 Screening Powers

Monday, July 6

Ige’s Tax, Budget Nominees Run Into Senate Opposition

Hawaii Legislature Removes Police Exemption For Misconduct Cases

Sunday, July 5

A Setback For Clean Energy? No More Free Parking For Electric Vehicles

Thursday, July 2

Hawaii Legislature Advances Vaping Ban, Police Reforms, Vacation Rental Crackdown

More Discord Between Hawaii Governor And Senate Over Tax Director

June 2020

Friday, June 26

Hawaii Legislature Approves Public Worker Pay Raises

Wednesday, June 24

Lawmakers Move To Eliminate Exemption That Has Hidden Police Misconduct For 25 Years

Feds: Hawaii Travel Quarantine Discriminates Against Out-Of-State Residents

Native Hawaiian Activists Turn Into Candidates For The 2020 Elections

Tuesday, June 23

Negotiations Begin On Hawaii Police Misconduct Bill

Sunday, June 21

Hawaii Lawmakers Get Back To Work Monday As Critical Issues Collide

Friday, June 19

Lawmakers: $600 Million In Federal Relief Funds Will Now Go To Hard-Hit Residents, State Agencies

Thursday, June 18

Hawaii Has Lots Of Issues To Figure Out Before Tourism Can Ramp Up

Wednesday, June 17

What’s Happened To Hawaii’s Police Shootings Review Board?

Wednesday, June 10

Gov. David Ige Extends Trans-Pacific Travel Quarantine To July 31

Tuesday, June 9

Hawaii Legislature Expects To Reconvene On June 22

Monday, June 8

Hawaii House Speaker Says Cop Misconduct Bill Is ‘On Our Radar’

How A Major Campaign Donor Got A Million-Dollar Cleaning Contract In Honolulu

Thursday, June 4

Budget Chief: Deep Cuts Loom For The University of Hawaii

Tuesday, June 2

New Party Hopes To Give Hawaii Legislative Incumbents A Run For Their Money

May 2020

Thursday, May 28

Experts: State Budget Hole Much Deeper Than Predicted

Thursday, May 21

Legislature Passes Budget Cuts But Will Be Back In June

Monday, May 18

Lawmakers Still Eyeing Vacant Positions To Fill State Budget Hole

Friday, May 15

House Committee Wants More Detailed Reports On Jail Releases

Hawaii Lawmakers Tighten Spending Plan For COVID-19 Relief

Thursday, May 14

Lawmakers Still Concerned About How Agencies Will Spend Federal Money

Tuesday, May 12

Lawmakers Are Deciding How To Spend Federal Bailout Money

Monday, May 11

Back In Session: Hawaii Lawmakers Grapple With A Billion-Dollar Budget Hole

Sunday, May 10

Maui Council Has Figured Out How To Do Virtual Meetings Right

Saturday, May 9

Legislative Deal In The Works Would Use Untapped Funds To Dodge Budget Cuts

Thursday, May 7

Hawaii Lawmakers Will Go Back To Work Monday, Looking To Cut $1 Billion From The Budget

Tuesday, May 5

Some Hawaii Businesses Including Malls Will Reopen By Thursday

Monday, May 4

UH Plans To Resume In-Person Classes This Fall

Economic Downturn Could Hit Public Pension Funds Hard

Saturday, May 2

One New COVID-19 Case Reported In Maui County

Friday, May 1

UPW Head Ousted Over Financial Abuse

April 2020

Thursday, April 30

Hawaii Senate Committee: Why Can’t We Enforce The Travel Quarantine?

Saturday, April 25

Ige Extends Stay-At-Home Order, Quarantines To May 31

Total Number of COVID-19 Cases in Hawaii Rises To 604

Thursday, April 23

Honolulu Will Hold Off On Purchase Of Questionable Virus Test Kits

Caldwell: Reopen Golf Courses First, Church Services Will Have To Wait

Wednesday, April 22

Virus Test Kits Touted By City Lack Federal And State Approval

Tuesday, April 21

Caldwell Extends Oahu Stay At Home Order To May 31

Saturday, April 18

Hawaii Reports 21 New COVID-19 Cases

Friday, April 17

Things Are Not Good Between Hawaii Senators And The Governor

Wednesday, April 15

Lawmakers, Union Officials Are Pushing Back Against State Pay Cuts

Monday, April 13

Caldwell: No More Night Driving Restrictions For Oahu

Sunday, April 12

Hundreds Line Up For Free Food At Ala Moana Center

Saturday, April 11

Hawaii Reports 21 New COVID-19 Cases And 9th Death

Friday, April 10

Hawaii Reports 2 More COVID-19 Deaths

Thursday, April 9

Nighttime ‘No Driving’ Rules To Be In Place On Oahu Over Easter Weekend

Wednesday, April 8

More Than 700 State Workers Are Home Awaiting Reassignment

Sunday, April 5

Hawaii Officials Are Struggling To Get Help To Overburdened Agencies

Saturday, April 4

Hawaii Records 32 New COVID-19 Cases, One Death

Friday, April 3

Gov. Ige: Banning Air Travel To Hawaii Is ‘Impossible To Enforce’

Wednesday, April 1

No Statewide Text Alerts, Ige Says

March 2020

Tuesday, March 31

Hawaii Reports First COVID-19 Death

Monday, March 30

Report: Hawaii’s Economic Downturn Will Be ‘Sharp And Painful’

Saturday, March 28

Hawaii Reports 29 New COVID-19 Cases, The Largest Jump In A Single Day

Hawaii Public Employees May Lose Out On Pay Raises Due To Virus

Thursday, March 26

State Leaders: We Need To Work Together To Fight The Virus

Hawaii Travelers Quarantine: ‘I Think I Might Go Insane’

Hawaii Health Workers Are Already Running Low On Protective Gear

Monday, March 23

Ige Orders Hawaii Residents To Stay At Home

Sunday, March 22

Here’s What The Governor Can Do In An Emergency

Friday, March 20

As Public Clamors For Information, Senate Panel On COVID-19 Goes Dark

Wednesday, March 18

Last Call: Caldwell Orders Bars, Restaurants To Restrict Service Starting Friday

Tuesday, March 17

Hawaii Governor Wants Bars And Clubs To Close Or Cut Back

Monday, March 16

Hawaii Legislature To Suspend Session Amid Coronavirus Fears

Thursday, March 12

Can Hawaii’s Construction Industry Make Up For Slumping Tourism?

Wednesday, March 11

Coronavirus Forecast To Take $300 Million Bite Out Of Hawaii Tax Revenues

Tuesday, March 10

Economists: Hawaii Visitor Spending Will Drop 10% From Coronavirus

Monday, March 9

Minimum Wage Hikes Have Had Little Long-Lasting Effect On Business

Friday, March 6

Judge: Honolulu City Council Violated Open Meetings Law

Thursday, March 5

Senate Passes Ban On Side Gigs For Mayors And Governor

Wednesday, March 4

Hawaii Preparing For Possible Economic Effects Of Coronavirus

Tuesday, March 3

Priority Bills On Housing, Education And Wages Advance At Hawaii Legislature

Ad Watch: Amemiya Leans On Sports Record In New TV Spots

Monday, March 2

What’s Likely Dead, What’s Still Alive As Hawaii Legislature Reaches Halfway Mark

February 2020

Wednesday, February 26

Gun Bills Likely To Pass In Wake Of Diamond Head Shooting

Tuesday, February 25

Former House Speaker Eyes Open Honolulu City Council Seat

Friday, February 21

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

Tuesday, February 18

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

Tuesday, February 11

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

Monday, February 10

A Proposed Native Hawaiian Commission Is Already Getting Pushback

Friday, February 7

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

Thursday, February 6

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

Tuesday, February 4

Hawaii Lawmakers Want State To Reconcile With Native Hawaiians

Monday, February 3

New Police Misconduct Reports Show A Range Of Bad Behavior

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

January 2020

Friday, January 31

Caldwell Raises Nearly $300K For 2022 Governor’s Race

Thursday, January 23

Senators Delay Vote After Grilling Aila As Head Of Hawaiian Home Lands

Tuesday, January 21

Sunday Shooting Overshadows Hawaii Governor’s State Of The State

Police Find Human Remains At Diamond Head Home Where Two Cops Were Killed

Sunday, January 19

Man Suspected Of Fatally Shooting 2 HPD Officers Was Facing Eviction

Wednesday, January 15

Can Hawaii’s Elected Leaders Save The State From ‘Drowning?’

Tuesday, January 14

Minimum Wage, Preschool, Housing Top Rare Legislative Platform

Monday, January 13

Legislature 2020: Making Hawaii Livable Again

Thursday, January 9

State Tax Revenues Steady, For Now

Tuesday, January 7

Get Ready For An Economic Slowdown, State Economist Says

Friday, January 3

Hawaii Tour Helicopter Owner Rejects Congressman’s Criticism

Thursday, January 2

‘Blast From The Past’: Why Hawaii Won’t Stop Setting Off Fireworks