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 2021

Tuesday, October 19

OHA Has Lots Of Job Openings Amid A Controversial Restructuring

Thursday, October 14

New Hawaii Election Districts Are Drawing Fire

Tuesday, October 12

Wanted: Developer To Turn Aloha Stadium Parking Lot Into Entertainment District

Tuesday, October 5

Las Vegas Police Captain Selected As Final Candidate For Maui Police Chief

Monday, October 4

Green Calls For Quicker End To Hawaii Covid-19 Restrictions

Friday, October 1

Maui Police Chief Candidates Answer Questions In Televised Interview

September 2021

Thursday, September 30

Testimony: New Maui Police Chief Should Come From Outside The Department

New University of Hawaii Astronomy Director Seeks Balance On Mauna Kea

Monday, September 27

Hawaii Governor Says Covid-19 Improvements Likely To Open Door To Tourism For The Holidays

Friday, September 24

As TMT Works To Build On Mauna Kea, Two Telescopes Are Coming Down

Thursday, September 23

Ua Pohihihi Ko OHA Moʻohelu Kālā I Kekahi Hulihia E Hiki Mai Ana  

Big Island Police Killings Often Involve Troubled Victims And Guns — And The Number Has Spiked

Tuesday, September 21

Agribusiness Agency Pleads For More Time To Deal With Longstanding Issues

Monday, September 20

Lawmakers Question State Auditor About His Probe Of Agribusiness Agency

Wednesday, September 15

Maui Commission Debates Whether To Hire Next Police Chief In Private

Tuesday, September 14

Hawaii Lawmakers Question Rent Payments On State Land

Monday, September 13

Ige Warns Of More Gathering Restrictions If Covid Cases Spike Again

Sunday, September 12

Biden’s Sweeping New Vaccination Mandate Is ‘Huge’ For Hawaii

Thursday, September 9

Redistricting Panel: No Changes In Hawaii Legislative Seats

Friday, September 3

Hawaii Hospitals Near ‘Worst Case Scenario’ As Officials Try To Rein In Labor Day Gatherings

Thursday, September 2

How The Hawaii Supreme Court Has Shaped Policing In The State

August 2021

Thursday, August 26

Hawaii Supreme Court Hears Arguments Over County Police Jurisdiction

Wednesday, August 25

Hawaii Senate Committee Considers A New Nominee For Appeals Court

Monday, August 23

Hawaii’s Vaccine Mandate For State Lawmakers Is Unusual

Monday, August 9

University Not Liable For Death Of Construction Worker At Football Field, UH Official Says

Friday, August 6

Ige Lifts Suspension Of Hawaii’s Open Government Laws

Ige Appoints Deputy Prosecutor To Intermediate Court Of Appeals

Cabinet Kala: Who Gets Campaign Cash From Top State Officials

Wednesday, August 4

Council Members Call For Honolulu Rail Critic To Stay On HART Board

Rejection Of Ige’s Judicial Nominee Raises Questions Of Diversity In Hawaii Courts

Monday, August 2

Green Has $600K In Campaign Cash More Than A Year Before Election Day

July 2021

Thursday, July 29

Senate Rejects Dan Gluck’s Appointment To Intermediate Court Of Appeals

Wednesday, July 28

Senate Committee Rejects Dan Gluck’s Nomination To Appeals Court

Tuesday, July 27

Ige’s Appeals Court Nominee Faces Questions Over Experience, Diversity

Monday, July 26

Hawaii Governor Considers Vaccine Requirement For State Workers

Friday, July 23

House Panel Subpoenas Land Fund, Agriculture Agency

Wednesday, July 21

Maui Commission Announces 5 Finalists For Police Chief

Tuesday, July 20

Judge Allows Case Against HPD Officers In Sykap Shooting To Move Forward

Monday, July 19

The Case Of 3 Honolulu Cops Charged With Killing Teen Is Ramping Up

Sunday, July 18

Back Rent And Seized Wine: The Legal Battle Behind Shirokiya’s Closure

Thursday, July 15

Honolulu Prosecutor: Sykap Case Is ‘No Perry Mason Moment’

Other States Have Tough Police Standards Boards. Hawaii’s Is Still Struggling

Monday, July 12

Hawaii Police Shootings Board Still Won’t Say What Cases It’s Reviewing

Thursday, July 8

Legislature Fixes Budget Glitches At Close Of Special Session

Hiki I Ka Hoʻolilo ʻĀina ma Honouliuli Ke Waele I Wahi No 400 Home Hoʻokūʻonoʻono Hawaiʻi

Wednesday, July 7

Taxpayers May Foot The Bill For Lawyers For Officers Charged In Sykap Shooting

Tuesday, July 6

Legislature Overrides Ige’s Objections, Defunds Tourism Authority

Friday, July 2

Proposals Seek Stronger Oversight Of Police On Maui

June 2021

Wednesday, June 30

Honolulu Prosecutor: Police Officers Who Shot And Killed Lindani Myeni Were Justified

Tuesday, June 29

House Speaker: Lawmakers Will Return To The Capitol July 6

Wednesday, June 23

Wanted: Maui Seeks New Police Chief. FBI Training Is A Plus

Monday, June 21

Hawaii Gov Intends To Veto Dozens Of Bills, Likely Triggering A Special Session

Friday, June 18

Big Island Police Kill Knife-Wielding Man

Thursday, June 17

A Potential Shakeup At OHA Is Clouding The Agency’s Budget

Monday, June 14

Ewa Beach Land Transfer Could Clear Way For 400 Hawaiian Homesteads

Hilo Man Shot To Death By Police

Tuesday, June 1

Extending State Land Leases Could Benefit Businesses, But At What Cost To Taxpayers?

May 2021

Tuesday, May 25

Maui Police Commission Won’t Discipline Former Police Chief For Hit-And-Run

Friday, May 21

Maui Police Commission: Former Chief Had ‘Room For Improvement’

Monday, May 17

Redrawing Of Hawaii’s Political Boundaries Could Stretch Into Early 2022

Ige Says Slew Of Pandemic Rule Changes In The Works

The Investigation Into The Ex-Maui Police Chief’s Hit And Run Is In

Thursday, May 13

Taxpayers On The Hook For $2.3M To Settle Legal Claims Against The State

Tuesday, May 11

Hawaii Police Shootings Board Says It Will Step Up Its Work

Monday, May 10

Hawaii Police Shootings Review Board Has At Least A Dozen Cases

Thursday, May 6

University Of Hawaii Officials Push Back Against Proposed Budget Cuts

Monday, May 3

Ige Rules Out Vaccine Passports For Trans-Pacific Travelers For Now

Sunday, May 2

A Cautious Legislature, Locked In The Capitol, Played It Safe

April 2021

Thursday, April 29

Lawmakers Credit Federal Relief Funds For Saving Session

Ma Muli O Ka Hui Lawe Hana I Noi ʻIa, Ua Kupu ʻĒ Mai He Mau Pilikia

Tuesday, April 27

New County Hotel Tax Is Approved In Final Vote

Monday, April 26

Hawaii Keeps US House Seats But Expects Delay In Redistricting

Sunday, April 25

New Aloha Stadium Development May Finally Move Forward

Friday, April 23

Hawaii Legislature Agrees To Defer Pay Raises Ahead Of Final Votes

Thursday, April 22

New Taxes, Tourism Funding Cuts Among Bills Pushed Through As Legislature Winds Down

Wednesday, April 21

Bail Reform Stalls In Hawaii Legislature

Tuesday, April 20

Hawaii Asset Forfeiture Reform Appears Dead This Year

Monday, April 19

Hawaii Plans Vaccine Passports For Interisland Travelers First

Friday, April 16

Lawmakers OK Fines For Pandemic Rule Violators

Hawaii Supreme Court Ends Early Release Of Inmates

Tuesday, April 13

Hawaii House Will Likely Delay Pay Raises Until 2023

Monday, April 12

Police Shootings Board Is Still Doing Nothing As Cases Pile Up

Friday, April 9

Bans On High Capacity Magazines For Guns Fail At Legislature

Aloha Stadium Plan Will Burden Taxpayers. Is It Worth The Risk?

Monday, April 5

Ige Calls For Patience On Travel Restrictions, Vaccine Passports

Friday, April 2

New CDC Guidance Paves The Way For Hawaii To Implement ‘Vaccine Passports’

Thursday, April 1

Kahuku Wind Farm Case Goes Before Hawaii Supreme Court

New Sunshine Rules Would Require Requests For Some In-Person Meetings

March 2021

Monday, March 29

Lawmakers Want New Group To Determine Future Of OHA Kakaako Makai

Wednesday, March 24

9th Circuit Upholds Hawaii Laws Against Open Carry Of Firearms

The Hawaii Capitol Is Closed To The Public, But Some Lobbyists Still Have Entree

Thursday, March 18

Hawaii Lawmakers Seek Exemption From Political Ad Disclosures

Monday, March 15

Funding Fight Slows Action On Police, Prison Reform

Wednesday, March 10

Civil Cafe: Hawaii Money Chairs Share Their Thoughts On Taxes And The Budget

Tuesday, March 9

Hawaii Senate Votes To Legalize Marijuana, Raise Minimum Wage

Sunday, March 7

Lawmakers End Efforts To Revamp Oversight Of Watchdog Agencies

What’s Dead And Alive At The Hawaii Legislature

Wednesday, March 3

Most Police Reform Measures Fail To Gain Traction At Legislature

February 2021

Thursday, February 25

Proposed Mauna Kea Working Group Is Already Creating Divisions

Friday, February 19

Lawmakers Want Native Hawaiians To Help Decide Future Of Mauna Kea

Family Sues Over Fatal State Capitol Shooting By Deputy Sheriff

Wednesday, February 17

State Officials Looking For Ways To Finance New Stadium, Repair Old One

Tuesday, February 16

Hawaii Lawmakers Are Considering Clamping Down On Gov’s Emergency Powers

Friday, February 12

More In-Person Voting Sites Proposed For Hawaii

Wednesday, February 10

Senate Panel Moves To End Suspension Of Public Records Law

Monday, February 8

Hawaii Senate Proposes $12 Minimum Wage By 2022

Thursday, February 4

Hawaii Lawmakers Want Their ‘Gifts Of Aloha’ Back

Wednesday, February 3

Green Leads Caldwell In Campaign Donations For Next Governor’s Race

Tuesday, February 2

Saiki Wants To Take Mauna Kea Management Away From UH

Monday, February 1

New Police Disciplinary Reports Reveal Serious Misconduct By Dozens Of Officers

January 2021

Friday, January 29

Panel: Hawaii Justice System Needs Better Data Collection

Thursday, January 28

Legislative Leaders: Pay Raises For State Workers May Be Tough This Year

Wednesday, January 27

Former OHA Finance Chief Sues Over Whistleblower Retaliation

Hawaii Chief Justice: Courts Must Address Systemic Inequities

Wednesday, January 20

Hawaii Legislature Launches ‘Laser Beam’ Session In A Locked Down Capitol

Tuesday, January 19

The Battered State Budget Will Dominate The Next Hawaii Legislature

Friday, January 15

No More ‘Gifts Of Aloha’ For State Lawmakers

Tuesday, January 5

Will Hawaii Legislature Reverse Ige’s Suspension Of The Public Records Law?