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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November 2019

Thursday, November 21

Monsanto Fined $10 Million For Using Banned Pesticide On Maui

Tuesday, November 19

Restoring Kawainui Marsh After Years Of Neglect Is Not As Easy As It Could Be

Monday, November 18

More Arrests As Oahu Wind Farm Protest Enters Second Month

Friday, November 15

Study: Hawaii Has A Number Of Options For A Paid Family Leave Program

Wednesday, November 13

How The Counties Are Preparing For All-Mail Voting

Wednesday, November 6

Singapore Is An Affordable Housing Model, But Can Hawaii Follow?

Monday, November 4

Lawmakers Consider Fixes To Hawaiian Homelands Shortcomings

October 2019

Monday, October 21

27 Arrested In Second Kalaeloa Standoff Over Wind Farm

With Eye On Mauna Kea, Oahu Isn’t Letting Protesters Stop Unpopular Projects

Friday, October 18

Wind Farm Protesters Arrested As They Blockade Road For Construction Vehicles

Monday, October 14

Hawaii Boaters Upset About Steep Fee Increase At State-Run Harbors

Thursday, October 10

Waimanalo Gulch Landfill Would Close By 2028 Under New Land Use Permit

Monday, October 7

Where Hawaii Legislators Stand On The Thirty Meter Telescope

September 2019

Monday, September 30

Big Island Mayor Calls For Restructuring Management On Mauna Kea

Monday, September 23

AG Won’t Press Charges Against Deputy Sheriff In Capitol Shooting

Friday, September 20

AG Probes Office of Hawaiian Affairs Support of Mauna Kea Protest

Thursday, September 19

City Slaps UH With $35 Million Sewer Bill After Failing To Charge It For 7 Years

Wednesday, September 18

Anti-Caldwell PAC’s Inaccurate Reporting Leads To $15,000 Fine

Prosecutors Won’t Charge Guard in Fatal OCCC Shooting

Friday, September 13

State Puts Pressure On TMT Protesters Over Environment, Threats To Officials

Tuesday, September 10

Kim Proposes Giving Native Hawaiians A Say In Managing Mauna Kea

TMT Protesters Who Flocked To Mauna Kea For A Showdown Are Still Waiting

Friday, September 6

UH Will Ask The Legislature For Money To Build, Demolish And Consolidate

Wednesday, September 4

Looming Recession Expected To Take A Bite Out Of State Revenues

Tuesday, September 3

College Without Expensive Textbooks? How UH Is Making That A Reality

August 2019

Friday, August 30

Three Young Protesters, Three Different Paths To Mauna Kea

Friday, August 9

Mauna Kea Telescopes Are Getting Back To Work But It May Take Weeks

Tuesday, August 6

Hawaii Democratic Party Chair Leaves To Run AARP

UH Will Allow Students To Earn Credit While Protesting TMT

July 2019

Tuesday, July 30

Ige Calls Off Mauna Kea Emergency Proclamation

Monday, July 22

Can The Thirty Meter Telescope Survive Growing Opposition?

Judges Ponder Whether To Halt Ige’s Mauna Kea Emergency Proclamation

Thursday, July 18

Ige: No Additional National Guard Troops Coming To Mauna Kea

Another Day Of Waiting For Protesters, Authorities At Mauna Kea

Friday, July 12

Court Rejects Feds’ Withholding Of Info In UH Biolab Inspection Report

Tuesday, July 9

Ige Vetoes Reform Of Hawaii’s Civil Asset Forfeiture Program

Monday, July 8

Hawaii Ignores Deadline To Create New Standards For Cops

Friday, July 5

Legislature Won’t Hold Special Session To Fight Possible Vetoes

Wednesday, July 3

Legislative Leaders Counting Votes In Case They Try To Override Vetoes

Two Fatal Shootings By Public Safety Officers Are Under Review For Criminal Charges

June 2019

Friday, June 28

HPD Investigating Fatal Shooting By Deputy Sheriff As A Possible Murder Case

Wednesday, June 26

Hawaii Supreme Court: Boards Must Prove Privacy Interest To Close Meetings

Monday, June 24

Ige Set To Veto $56 Million In New Taxes On Real Estate Trusts And Vacation Rentals

Ige Likely To Veto Vacation Rentals, REIT Tax Bills

Wednesday, June 12

The Problem With Hawaiian Homestead Land? Much Of It Can’t Be Developed

Monday, June 10

Spending Big On Lobbying Didn’t Guarantee Success At Legislature

Wednesday, June 5

Project To Help Homeless Imperiled By Major Donor’s Bankruptcy

May 2019

Thursday, May 30

Caldwell Unveils Tax Plans To Increase Affordable Housing

Wednesday, May 29

Alexander & Baldwin Had A Tough Legislative Session Despite Its Lobbying

Wednesday, May 15

Ige Signs Bill To Cover $5.1 Million In Repairs After Maui Jail Riot

UH Wants To Cut Tuition For Some Grad Students — Especially Out-Of-Staters

Monday, May 13

Condo Associations May Be On Verge Of Gaining More Foreclosure Power

Friday, May 10

Housing Advocates Might Love This Project, But The Neighbors Don’t

Friday, May 3

Senate Closes The 2019 Session With Some Sharp Divisions

April 2019

Monday, April 29

Why The Police Misconduct Bill Failed To Pass The Legislature — Again

Friday, April 26

Lawmakers Shoot Down Airbnb Tax But Agree To Tax Big Real Estate Investments

Thursday, April 25

A Flurry Of Deal-Making At The Hawaii Legislature As End Of Session Looms

Wednesday, April 24

Senate Votes To Keep Nolan Espinda As Public Safety Chief

Tuesday, April 23

Hawaii Takes Another Step Toward Statewide All-Mail Voting

Tuesday, April 16

Legislature Approves Spending Millions For Elderly Care

Group Opposed To Taxing Billions In Real Estate Trusts Is A Big Spender At Capital

Saturday, April 13

Waters Defeats Ozawa In Honolulu City Council Rematch

Thursday, April 11

Ige Stands By His Public Safety Chief After Senate Panel Calls For Espinda’s Ouster

Tuesday, April 9

Senators’ Questions About Jail Riot, Shootings Go Unanswered

Minimum Wage Increase Among Hundreds Of Bills Moving Forward

Friday, April 5

Bills Lighten Up On Pot Possession, But Add Penalties For Drugged Driving

UH Loses Bid To Expand Scholarship Program To 4-Year Campuses

Thursday, April 4

Senators’ Scrutiny Of Public Safety Chief Will Stretch Into Next Week

Bill Would Criminalize Driving Under The Influence Of … Almost Anything

Monday, April 1

$3M Settlement After Rock Slide Adds To Taxpayers’ Legal Bill

March 2019

Thursday, March 28

Planning For New Stadium Assumes It Would Be Built In Halawa

Tuesday, March 26

State Ohana Zone Money Is Beginning To Produce Housing, Services

Friday, March 22

State Withholds Names Of Inmates Transferred After Maui Riot

Friday, March 15

Lawmakers Looking Closely At Public Safety Director’s Performance

Maui Riot Just The Latest Sign Of Trouble In State’s Overcrowded Jails

Thursday, March 14

21 Maui Inmates Transferred to Halawa After Riot

State Deputy Sheriffs Still Aren’t Accredited — 8 Years After the Law Required It

Thursday, March 7

House Votes To Decriminalize Possessing Small Amounts Of Pot

Tuesday, March 5

Senate Approves Proposed Tax Increase To Help Public Schools

Monday, March 4

Here’s What’s Not Passing The Hawaii Legislature This Year

Friday, March 1

Gut And Replace Resurfaces At Hawaii Legislature

February 2019

Thursday, February 28

‘It’s More Than Pay’: The Plight Of UH Grad Assistants

Friday, February 22

Some Pot Bills Are Still Alive, But Recreational Use Looks Like A Nonstarter

Thursday, February 21

Two Honolulu Police Shootings In Less Than A Day, One Of Them Fatal

Tuesday, February 19

Man Dies After ‘Extreme Struggle’ With Deputy Sheriff Outside Hawaii Capitol

Kirk Caldwell’s Side Job At The Bank Would Be Outlawed Under This Bill

Tuesday, February 12

City Councilwoman Calls For Forensic Audit Of Honolulu Rail Project

Friday, February 8

Taxpayers Hit With $1.1 Million Tab After State Settles Lawsuits

Wednesday, February 6

Effort To Pump Up Voter Interest In Elections Goes Nowhere In Legislature

Monday, February 4

Report: Far Fewer HPD Officers Were Fired Or Suspended Last Year

January 2019

Thursday, January 31

Kauai, Big Island Mayors Dubious About Raising Minimum Wage

Almost Half The Senate Signs On To Bill To Legalize Recreational Marijuana

Wednesday, January 30

Dozens Of Proposed Bills Could Change The Way We Vote

Tuesday, January 29

If Mayor Caldwell Has His Way You Couldn’t Turn Right On A Red Light Anymore

Friday, January 25

Supreme Court Invalidates Ozawa-Waters Election Result

Thursday, January 24

Judge Dismisses Suit Challenging Gut-And-Replace Legislation

Tuesday, January 22

Bail Reform Could Get Serious Consideration From Legislature

Monday, January 21

Sen. Kai Kahele Gets A Jump On 2020 In Announcing Congressional Bid

Friday, January 18

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

Wednesday, January 16

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

Minimum Wage Hike Gets Immediate Support As Legislature Convenes

Tuesday, January 15

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

Tuesday, January 8

Court Demands Mail Ballot Information In Challenges To Ozawa Victory

Monday, January 7

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

Friday, January 4

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

Thursday, January 3

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

Wednesday, January 2

Election Challenge Prevents Ozawa From Being Sworn In For New Term