Civil Beat Staff

Brittany Lyte

Brittany Lyte is a general assignment reporter for Civil Beat who specializes in watchdog reporting, narrative storytelling and coverage of neighbor island and social issues. Prior to joining the Honolulu newsroom in March 2018, Brittany lived on the north shore of Kaua’i, where she juggled a freelance writing career. Her writing during this period appeared in publications including The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Atlantic and Hana Hou! magazine. In 2021 she moved back to Kaua’i to help expand Civil Beat’s coverage on the outer islands. Previously, she worked for Hearst Newspapers in Connecticut. An Upstate New York native, she has a degree in journalism from Boston University.

In a decade of reporting, Brittany has traveled to Russia, Poland and across the U.S., interviewing subjects ranging from the Dalai Lama to Ghostface Killah of the Wu-Tang Clan. Her writing has explored a similarly vast range of topics, from the plight of an accused cannibal on the run from police to an investigation into undocumented toxic waste buried beneath suburban Connecticut homes. Her series on the latter subject earned national accolades and inspired the state legislature to adopt a new real estate disclosure law to better protect homebuyers.

In pursuit of a good story, Brittany has learned to fly an M-26 Air Wolf and chased down a suspected killer while wearing heels and a silk dress.

Kauai County: Voters Favor Incumbents In Mayor, Council Races Brittany Lyte/Civil Beat/2022

Kauai County: Voters Favor Incumbents In Mayor, Council Races

Mayor Derek Kawakami held a commanding lead as voters also narrowed down the council race to the top 14 candidates.

EPA Fines State Agency For Illegal Kauai Cesspool Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat/2019

EPA Fines State Agency For Illegal Kauai Cesspool

The Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources agreed to scour its 1.3 million acres of property for any additional illegal cesspools.

The Community Is Mobilizing Again To Buy Molokai Ranch. Will It Work? Brittany Lyte/Civil Beat/2022

The Community Is Mobilizing Again To Buy Molokai Ranch. Will It Work?

If they succeed, the residents would become the new owners of the seventh-largest landholding in Hawaii.

Molokai Travelers Have Direct Line To Airline Executive Who Can ‘Make A Flight Appear’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Molokai Travelers Have Direct Line To Airline Executive Who Can ‘Make A Flight Appear’

The pandemic slashed Molokai air travel options. In a pinch, this airline executive gets Friendly Isle residents where they need to be.

Kauai Voters Rarely Elect Women To County Council. Will That Change This Election? Courtesy: Kauai County Council

Kauai Voters Rarely Elect Women To County Council. Will That Change This Election?

Unlike other counties, Kauai’s council has never had a female majority. Experts say voter bias isn’t to blame.

DOT Backpedals On Kauai Airport Expansion Following Public Outrage Brittany Lyte/Civil Beat/2022

DOT Backpedals On Kauai Airport Expansion Following Public Outrage

The new master plan for Lihue Airport will focus on improving existing facilities rather than adding more gates.

First-Time Kauai Mayoral Candidates Attack Kawakami’s Rigid Pandemic Response Brittany Lyte/Civil Beat/2022

First-Time Kauai Mayoral Candidates Attack Kawakami’s Rigid Pandemic Response

The same public health policies that won Kauai Mayor Derek Kawakami statewide praise now serve as ammunition for three new political candidates vying to oust him.

Ke Hoʻopili Nei Kēia Papa ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi I Nā Haumāna Mai ʻAmelika A I Aotearoa Courtesy: Maile Naehu/2022

Ke Hoʻopili Nei Kēia Papa ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi I Nā Haumāna Mai ʻAmelika A I Aotearoa

No nā kānaka he nui, he mamao nui ka hoʻonaʻauao kaiapuni ʻana ma o ka ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi. Hoʻāʻo kekahi kahu hoʻonaʻauao hou e hoʻopōkole i ua mamao nei. 

This Hawaiian Language Class Is Reaching Students On The Mainland To New Zealand Courtesy: Maile Naehu/2022

This Hawaiian Language Class Is Reaching Students On The Mainland To New Zealand

For many, Hawaiian immersion education is geographically out-of-reach. A new virtual learning platform aims to make it more accessible.