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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 while learning to surf, scuba dive, hunt wild pigs, prepare delicious ulu pancakes and perfect the soursop cocktail. Her writing during this period appeared in publications including The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Atlantic and Hana Hou! magazine. 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.
After a 50-year career in public interest law and advocacy, Hawaii Appleseed Center co-founder Victor Geminiani announced on Wednesday that he will step down as the agency’s longtime executive director.
Scientists are already jockeying for time slots for ambitious research projects on the proposed Thirty Meter Telescope and another giant telescope being constructed in Chile.
The inaugural Hawaii Art and Mental Health Summit will explore how creativity and self-expression can support healing and aid recovery from mental illness.
The Polynesian staple crop stars in an upcoming Nat Geo television series featuring 16-Michelin star chef Gordon Ramsay.
Hawaii is vulnerable to hurricanes, tsunamis, floods, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, lava flows and sea level rise. A new guidebook offers local leaders tools for tackling these hazards.
A volunteer initiative, Waikiki Safe Walk, is documenting pedestrian hazards and eyesores in a campaign to make the tourism hub easier to walk.
The suit filed in federal court alleges a young woman received minimal care when her case was turned over to Hawaii’s adult mental health division, leading to the deterioration of her condition.
From California to the Galapagos, overwhelmed tourist destinations are experimenting with ways to control the overflow and pay for repairing the damage.
So far this year six people have contracted rat lungworm disease. But researchers on the Big Island have also begun to study the presence of the infection in animals.
The steepened penalty is expected to deter problematic illegal parking near popular beaches, trailheads and attractions on Kauai’s secluded North Shore.