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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: A Ceremony For A Hawaiian ‘Princess’ Unlikely To Be Repeated Denby Fawcett/Civil Beat/2023

Denby Fawcett: A Ceremony For A Hawaiian ‘Princess’ Unlikely To Be Repeated

Abigail Kawananakoa's public viewing at Iolani Palace drew some 1,600 people.

Denby Fawcett: Is The Funeral Of Abigail Kawananakoa The Last Hawaiian Royal Burial? Courtesy: Friends of Iolani Palace

Denby Fawcett: Is The Funeral Of Abigail Kawananakoa The Last Hawaiian Royal Burial?

Construction on the new tomb is expected to start later this month, with all costs and future maintenance paid for in perpetuity by her estate.
Denby Fawcett: How One Man Overcame Addiction And Homelessness David Croxford/Civil Beat/2022

Denby Fawcett: How One Man Overcame Addiction And Homelessness

Stan Webb found a home and fulfillment after living in a tent on Diamond Head for almost 10 years.
Denby Fawcett: Hostile Design Won’t Stop Homelessness. It Just Makes Us All Uncomfortable Denby Fawcett/Civil Beat/2022

Denby Fawcett: Hostile Design Won’t Stop Homelessness. It Just Makes Us All Uncomfortable

Honolulu recently replaced many old-fashioned park benches along the Ala Wai Canal with green metal seats capable of holding only two people.
Denby Fawcett: New Iolani Palace Exhibit Will Describe The Hawaiian Kingdom’s Overthrow David Croxford/Civil Beat/2022

Denby Fawcett: New Iolani Palace Exhibit Will Describe The Hawaiian Kingdom’s Overthrow

Expected to be completed in 2024, it will be the first major new exhibit the palace has undertaken in decades.
Denby Fawcett: We Have Become Numb To The Plight Of Homeless People Denby Fawcett/ Civil Beat/2022

Denby Fawcett: We Have Become Numb To The Plight Of Homeless People

Some government actions seem to signal defeatism, but Gov.-elect Josh Green promises a fresh approach.
Denby Fawcett: Feeling Grateful That Voters Opted For Sanity This Year Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Denby Fawcett: Feeling Grateful That Voters Opted For Sanity This Year

The country is just as divided as it was before the election, but the fact that it could have been so much worse offers the smallest glimmer of hope for better days ahead.
Denby Fawcett: We Should Support Independent Bookstores. They Open New Worlds To Us David Croxford/Civil Beat/2022

Denby Fawcett: We Should Support Independent Bookstores. They Open New Worlds To Us

Independent bookstores are enjoying a comeback in Hawaii as readers look for a more personalized experience.