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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: The Unseen Cost To Taxpayers Of Vaccine Exemptions Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Denby Fawcett: The Unseen Cost To Taxpayers Of Vaccine Exemptions

State and city governments are allowing their workers to avoid the vaccine for religious or medical reasons, but processing the requests and keeping track of the workers takes time and money.

Denby Fawcett: Even In Blue State Hawaii, It’s Time To Be Vigilant About Abortion Rights Getty Images

Denby Fawcett: Even In Blue State Hawaii, It’s Time To Be Vigilant About Abortion Rights

Other states are already looking to emulate restrictive new laws like those in Mississippi and Texas.

Denby Fawcett: Coffee Is Saving Our Sanity During The Pandemic Denby Fawcett/Civil Beat/2021

Denby Fawcett: Coffee Is Saving Our Sanity During The Pandemic

A daily caffeine boost supports small business and promotes good health.

Denby Fawcett: Anti-Vaccine Protesters Don’t Know The Meaning Of Aloha Denby Fawcett/Civil Beat/2021

Denby Fawcett: Anti-Vaccine Protesters Don’t Know The Meaning Of Aloha

Vaccine opponents are trying to co-opt the Hawaiian words for love and social responsibility, but their actions irresponsibly undermine public health.

Denby Fawcett: The Pope Says Getting Vaccinated Is An ‘Act of Love.’ He’s Right Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Denby Fawcett: The Pope Says Getting Vaccinated Is An ‘Act of Love.’ He’s Right

People have the right to refuse to get vaccinated. But that leaves them with a moral responsibility to give up many daily freedoms to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

 

Denby Fawcett: How The Magic Of China Walls Became A Menace Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Denby Fawcett: How The Magic Of China Walls Became A Menace

Once the haunt of serious surfers drawn by the long wall of water, it’s now the site of many rescues, official and unofficial.

Denby Fawcett: Developer Defends Monster Houses As Criticism Mounts Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Denby Fawcett: Developer Defends Monster Houses As Criticism Mounts

The laws are stricter now, but they still don’t go far enough to prevent supersized homes from spreading throughout Oahu’s older neighborhoods.

Denby Fawcett: Diamond Head Mom Who Took Over Road Riles Neighbors By Charging For Parking Denby Fawcett/Civil Beat/2021

Denby Fawcett: Diamond Head Mom Who Took Over Road Riles Neighbors By Charging For Parking

Mary Moriarty Jones says she wants to slow down traffic on Leahi Avenue with 30 new parking stalls, but residents say it’s unsafe.

Denby Fawcett: The Pandemic Has Turned Us Into Big Tippers. How Long Will That Last? Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Denby Fawcett: The Pandemic Has Turned Us Into Big Tippers. How Long Will That Last?

Overtipping was a means to show solidarity and compassion to waiters struggling beneath their masks to dish out food and drink in the confines of small spaces.