Civil Beat Staff

Claire Caulfield

Claire Caulfield is a reporter for Honolulu Civil Beat and audio producer for the Offshore podcast.

In 2021, Claire is covering the future of agriculture for Civil Beat’s Hawaii Grown podcast.

Last year Claire hosted the podcast “Are We Doomed? And Other Burning Environmental Questions.” The project answered reader questions about recycling, climate change and environmental education. Her work on season 4 of Offshore focused on how Native Hawaiians changed U.S. History and shared the struggles and successes of life in the modern Hawaiian diaspora.

Claire has worked in Arizona, Louisiana, Washington D.C., Montana and New Jersey. Her reporting has won multiple awards, including a Rocky Mountain Emmy and a Webby.

If you want to talk about island issues or chat about your favorite podcasts, contact Claire at ccaulfield@civilbeat.org or @CaulfieldCM.

PODCAST: Lessons from Hawaii’s Successful Battle With The Avocado Lace Bug Kuʻu Kauanoe/Civil Beat

PODCAST: Lessons from Hawaii’s Successful Battle With The Avocado Lace Bug

When the invasive avocado pest was first spotted in Hawaii, farmers were worried. But collaboration provided a path forward, and can help combat other threats.

PODCAST: Two Ideas For How To Build More Housing For Hawaii Farmers Cory Lum/Civil Beat

PODCAST: Two Ideas For How To Build More Housing For Hawaii Farmers

Efforts to build communal housing or make it easier to place tiny homes on farms have so far fallen flat, but advocates aren’t giving up.

How People Across Hawaii Are Creating Spaces To Grow Their Own Food Courtesy of Amanda Spangler

How People Across Hawaii Are Creating Spaces To Grow Their Own Food

Locally grown vegetables are expensive, so communities are coming together to grow fresh produce.

These Makaha Residents Are Hoping To Move A Major Highway Claire Caulfield/Civil Beat

These Makaha Residents Are Hoping To Move A Major Highway

Moving Farrington Highway mauka of Makaha Beach Park has been part of a master plan since 1998. Now residents worry a bridge repair project means it will never be moved.

‘Fake Farms’ Are Squeezing Out Serious Agriculture Potential In Hawaii Stewart Yerton/Civil Beat

‘Fake Farms’ Are Squeezing Out Serious Agriculture Potential In Hawaii

Some developers have turned acreage earmarked for farming into high-end luxury homes with high prices and restrictions on what the land can be used for.

There Are 10 Community Gardens On Oahu. None Of Them Are On The Westside Courtesy Miki‘ala Lidstone

There Are 10 Community Gardens On Oahu. None Of Them Are On The Westside

Unequal access to community gardens has some people calling for a revamp of the decades-old program.

PODCAST: This Kauai Nonprofit Has A Plan For Creating More Demand For Local Food Cory Lum/Civil Beat

PODCAST: This Kauai Nonprofit Has A Plan For Creating More Demand For Local Food

The state’s agriculture park program was set up with the agriculture economy, not local food, in mind. But one nonprofit is flipping that around.

Hawaii Farmers Need Land. State Efforts To Help Aren’t Working Kuʻu Kauanoe/Civil Beat

Hawaii Farmers Need Land. State Efforts To Help Aren’t Working

Providing small farmers land is key to producing more local food, but the state’s go-to model isn’t moving the needle.

PODCAST: What Will It Take For Hawaii To Grow More Of Its Own Food? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

PODCAST: What Will It Take For Hawaii To Grow More Of Its Own Food?

Government funding, private investment or returning to traditional knowledge: which path will help Hawaii reduce its reliance on imported food?