Civil Beat Staff

Christie Wilson

Christie Wilson is a Maui-based reporter who joined Civil Beat in 2023 after a long career in newspapers, most recently as deputy content editor for the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

She grew up in Honolulu and is an alumna of Kalani High School. After graduating from the University of California Santa Barbara, Christie spent almost seven years on Guam with the Pacific Daily News before returning home, taking a job as the courts and police reporter for The Maui News. She was named the first city editor in the venerable newspaper’s history, and later joined the Honolulu Advertiser as Neighbor Island editor overseeing news bureaus on Maui, Kauai and Hawaii island while continuing to report on major stories. At the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Christie served as Features editor before moving to the city desk, handling editing and reporting duties.

She has lived on Maui for almost 35 years.

First Major Rains Of Wet Season May Test Runoff Measures In Lahaina Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat/2023

First Major Rains Of Wet Season May Test Runoff Measures In Lahaina

County, state and federal agencies say steps have been taken to mitigate the threat of toxic runoff entering the ocean.

Housing Shortage for Maui Fire Survivors Puts Focus On Short-Term Rentals Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat/2023

Housing Shortage for Maui Fire Survivors Puts Focus On Short-Term Rentals

UPDATE: Mayor Richard Bissen called for "shared sacrifice" but said a moratorium on vacation rentals would likely bring costly legal challenges and unintended consequences.

New Maui Office Begins Navigating The ‘Complex Landscape Of Recovery’ Kevin Fujii/Civil Beat/2023

New Maui Office Begins Navigating The ‘Complex Landscape Of Recovery’

The county is seeking staff and nearly $21 million for the Office of Recovery, while getting advice from other communities that were devastated by wildfires.

Nascent Lahaina Land Trust Starts Building A Base Of Support David Croxford/Civil Beat/2023

Nascent Lahaina Land Trust Starts Building A Base Of Support

A panel discussion on opening day of the Native Hawaiian Convention on Maui explored ways to provide affordable housing by purchasing properties burned in the Aug. 8 wildfire.

Upcountry Maui Is Entering The Next Phase Of Fire Recovery. But Anxiety Persists Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat/2023

Upcountry Maui Is Entering The Next Phase Of Fire Recovery. But Anxiety Persists

Kula residents readily acknowledge their losses are nowhere near the level experienced by Lahaina wildfire survivors but they share many of the same frustrations.

Deadline Extended For Maui Fire Survivors Seeking Federal Assistance Christie Wilson/Civil Beat/2023

Deadline Extended For Maui Fire Survivors Seeking Federal Assistance

County officials hosted the first in a series of public meetings to update residents on wildfire recovery efforts and improve communication.