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

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.

Ka Hoʻohana ʻIa ʻAna O Kekahi Lāʻau Haole E Kekahi Kāne Ma Hawaiʻi No Ka Hānai ʻAna Aku I Kona Kaiāulu Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Ka Hoʻohana ʻIa ʻAna O Kekahi Lāʻau Haole E Kekahi Kāne Ma Hawaiʻi No Ka Hānai ʻAna Aku I Kona Kaiāulu

Manaʻo ke kamaʻāina no Waiʻanae i ka hiki ʻana o ke kiawe ke hulihia i ko Oʻahu ʻōnaehana meaʻai a kōkua i kēia hanauna aʻe e aloha aku i ko lākou ʻāina noho. 

The Heat Is Especially Dangerous For Honolulu’s Homeless Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

The Heat Is Especially Dangerous For Honolulu’s Homeless

Honolulu wants to plant 100,000 trees in the next few years to help provide shelter from rising temperatures and a growing urban heat island.

The Problem With Honolulu’s Single-Use Plastic Ban At Restaurants Rafael Bergstrom

The Problem With Honolulu’s Single-Use Plastic Ban At Restaurants

Honolulu’s plastic reduction effort is eliminating fossil fuel waste, but also reflects the struggle to find a solution that’s both eco-friendly and convenient.

How One Hawaii Man Is Using An Invasive Tree To Nurture His Community Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

How One Hawaii Man Is Using An Invasive Tree To Nurture His Community

The Westside resident thinks kiawe trees can revolutionize Oahu’s food system and help the next generation learn to love where they live.

PODCAST: Hawaii’s Complicated Relationship With European Honey Bees Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

PODCAST: Hawaii’s Complicated Relationship With European Honey Bees

Many farmers rely on European honey bees to pollinate their plants, but the introduced species can negatively impact a native pollinator.

UH Report Finds Hawaii Needs To Prepare For More Frequent High-Tide Flooding Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

UH Report Finds Hawaii Needs To Prepare For More Frequent High-Tide Flooding

Eventually, tidal cycles won’t be enough to keep the ocean from our doors.