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.
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.
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.
Locally grown vegetables are expensive, so communities are coming together to grow fresh produce.
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.
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.
Unequal access to community gardens has some people calling for a revamp of the decades-old program.
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.
Providing small farmers land is key to producing more local food, but the state’s go-to model isn’t moving the needle.
Government funding, private investment or returning to traditional knowledge: which path will help Hawaii reduce its reliance on imported food?