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Denby Fawcett

Denby Fawcett is a longtime Hawaii television and newspaper journalist, who grew up in Honolulu. Her book, Secrets of Diamond Head: A History and Trail Guide is available on Amazon. Opinions are the author's own and do not necessarily reflect Civil Beat's views.
Denby Fawcett: River Of Life Mission Is Leaving Chinatown Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Denby Fawcett: River Of Life Mission Is Leaving Chinatown

Critics call it a significant development that will reduce homelessness and crime in the area.

 

Denby Fawcett: Is Everything Fair Game Now For Vandals In Chinatown? Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Denby Fawcett: Is Everything Fair Game Now For Vandals In Chinatown?

Broken windows at the police station and many Chinatown businesses signal increasing disorder in the historic downtown neighborhood.

Denby Fawcett: How Covid-19 Has Warped Our Sense Of Time Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Denby Fawcett: How Covid-19 Has Warped Our Sense Of Time

Stress can make time seem to pass more slowly, boredom more quickly, and both have been at play during the pandemic.

Denby Fawcett: This Man Spent 30 Years Standing Up For Hawaii’s Beaches Courtesy: Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources

Denby Fawcett: This Man Spent 30 Years Standing Up For Hawaii’s Beaches

Sam Lemmo, who retired last week as administrator of the Office of Conservation and Coastal Lands, took flack from all sides but stayed focused on his mission.

Denby Fawcett: Navy And Monk Seal Killers Win My Hewa Awards For Shameful Acts Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Denby Fawcett: Navy And Monk Seal Killers Win My Hewa Awards For Shameful Acts

Hewa is the opposite of pono, and the Navy’s actions in the Red Hill drinking water crisis and whoever shot a monk seal on Molokai certainly fit the definition.

Denby Fawcett: Time To Kiss Aloha Hugs Goodbye Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Denby Fawcett: Time To Kiss Aloha Hugs Goodbye

People are returning to the traditions of affection even as the pandemic refuses to go away.

Denby Fawcett: Chinatown Needs More Than Government Lip Service To Solve Its Problems Lauren Teruya/Civil Beat/2021

Denby Fawcett: Chinatown Needs More Than Government Lip Service To Solve Its Problems

In a recent exchange with Chinatown business owners, Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney Steve Alm offered an encouraging report about a program to get incapacitated homeless people off the streets.

Denby Fawcett: The Importance Of Holiday Rituals In A Time Of Loss Denby Fawcett/Civil Beat/2021

Denby Fawcett: The Importance Of Holiday Rituals In A Time Of Loss

My immediate thought was to call off Thanksgiving, but I decided to go ahead with a scaled-back dinner party.

Denby Fawcett: A Historic Mural Now Belongs To The People Of Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Denby Fawcett: A Historic Mural Now Belongs To The People Of Hawaii

First Hawaiian Bank has agreed to donate a mural by Jean Charlot as a gift to the state after it vacates its current Waikiki branch.