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 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.

Can Urban Farming Solve Hawaii’s Food Crisis? Courtesy: Kalera/2021

Can Urban Farming Solve Hawaii’s Food Crisis?

High-tech farming is costly and limited in what it can grow, but techniques could help Hawaii with its dependency on food imports.

Conservationists Threaten To Sue Maui Resort Over Injured Seabirds Courtesy: Andre Raine/2021

Conservationists Threaten To Sue Maui Resort Over Injured Seabirds

For more than a decade, artificial lighting on the grounds of the Grand Wailea Resort has been causing endangered seabirds to fall from the sky, a pair of conservation groups says.

Controversial Kauai Glamping Resort Hits Stumbling Block Allan Parachini/Civil Beat

Controversial Kauai Glamping Resort Hits Stumbling Block

A bill that would foil the planned luxury campground on a Princeville golf course got the green light from county planning commissioners.

Hawaiian Airlines Debuts In-Flight ‘Travel Pono’ Crash Course Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaiian Airlines Debuts In-Flight ‘Travel Pono’ Crash Course

A five-minute video on the do’s and don’ts of visiting Hawaii will play prior to landing on trans-Pacific flights.

Native Seabirds Keep Turning Up Dead On A Popular Kauai Walking Trail Brittany Lyte/Civil Beat/2021

Native Seabirds Keep Turning Up Dead On A Popular Kauai Walking Trail

Feral cats and off-leash dogs are killing wedge-tailed shearwaters at Kauai’s Makahuena Point. Efforts to stop the carnage so far haven’t worked.

Special December Election Set To Replace Kauai’s Prosecutor Brittany Lyte/Civil Beat/2020

Special December Election Set To Replace Kauai’s Prosecutor

Kauai Prosecutor Justin Kollar, who steered the county’s criminal legal system away from mass incarceration, is resigning later this month.

Kauai Police Chief Sued By Cop Who Complained Of Discrimination Brittany Lyte/Civil Beat

Kauai Police Chief Sued By Cop Who Complained Of Discrimination

Paul Applegate alleges he was passed over for a promotion because of his race — a claim that was found to be unsubstantiated.

‘That Is Not Aloha’: Dr. Lorrin Pang Is Pushing Back Against His Critics Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

‘That Is Not Aloha’: Dr. Lorrin Pang Is Pushing Back Against His Critics

The Maui state health officer explains why he believes it’s important for doctors to explore all possible treatments for the rapidly spreading Covid-19.

Maui State Health Director Faces Mounting Pressure Over Disputed Covid Treatments Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Maui State Health Director Faces Mounting Pressure Over Disputed Covid Treatments

State lawmakers called on Gov. David Ige and the Department of Health to fire Dr. Lorrin Pang after he was quoted recommending the use of controversial drugs.