Civil Beat Staff

Claire Caulfield

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

In 2021, Claire was 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.

From Fishermen To Rugby Players, Climate Change Has Become A Fact Of Life In Fiji Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat/2017

From Fishermen To Rugby Players, Climate Change Has Become A Fact Of Life In Fiji

The Pacific island nation was the first to relocate a community due to the effects of a warming planet. The struggle continues as families learn to adapt.

How This Kauai Community Is Benefiting From Hosting The Island’s Landfill Ku‘u Kauanoe/Civil Beat/2022

How This Kauai Community Is Benefiting From Hosting The Island’s Landfill

The west Kauai community has received more than $2 million through a benefits fund that residents have used for solar projects, youth sports and more.

Hawaii Is Beefing Up Its Potential To Produce More Meat Locally Ku'u Kauanoe/Civil Beat/2021

Hawaii Is Beefing Up Its Potential To Produce More Meat Locally

A billionaire’s investment in the state’s biggest slaughterhouses and a shift to more grass-fed operations could help ranchers keep their cattle in the islands after years of sending them to the mainland.

Climate Change Will Make It Harder To Protect The Environment Around Oahu’s Next Landfill Ku‘u Kauanoe/Civil Beat/2021

Climate Change Will Make It Harder To Protect The Environment Around Oahu’s Next Landfill

The effects of a warming planet are also expected to make it more expensive to safeguard land and water.

The Proposed Sites For Oahu’s New Landfill Would Threaten Drinking Water, Officials Say Ku‘u Kauanoe/Civil Beat/2021

The Proposed Sites For Oahu’s New Landfill Would Threaten Drinking Water, Officials Say

The four sites under consideration are all above groundwater aquifers. But finding a new location could require repealing a law meant to protect communities and delaying the city’s already tight deadline.

From ‘Sacred Place’ To ‘Dumping Ground,’ West Oahu Confronts A Legacy Of Landfills Cory Lum/Civil Beat

From ‘Sacred Place’ To ‘Dumping Ground,’ West Oahu Confronts A Legacy Of Landfills

Mental health professionals say the community is working to overcome the negative stereotypes associated with decades of hosting the island’s less desirable municipal facilities.

PODCAST: What To Feed Animals During A Pandemic? Pigs And Chickens Are Pickier Than You Think Claire Caulfield/Civil Beat/2021

PODCAST: What To Feed Animals During A Pandemic? Pigs And Chickens Are Pickier Than You Think

A group of farmers, entrepreneurs and researchers came together during the pandemic to find a solution to reduce the price of imported feed and, hopefully, make Hawaii’s meat and poultry industries more resilient.

Raising Chickens Became More Than A Hobby For Some During The Pandemic Courtesy: Donnie Alverson of Paradise Poultry

Raising Chickens Became More Than A Hobby For Some During The Pandemic

It’s part of a growing trend of people pushing for more opportunities to take food security into their own hands.

Hawaii Has A Ban On Sunscreen Chemicals But No One’s Sure Who Should Enforce It Courtesy of Kiera Ryon and Kiana Liu

Hawaii Has A Ban On Sunscreen Chemicals But No One’s Sure Who Should Enforce It

Selling sunscreens containing oxybenzone and octinoxate became illegal this year, but lawmakers are relying on sellers to self-police and consumers to hold them accountable.