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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: Men Can Swear Out Loud, Why Can’t Mazie Hirono? Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Denby Fawcett: Men Can Swear Out Loud, Why Can’t Mazie Hirono?

The Hawaii senator’s newfound coarse language is getting a lot of attention, not all of it positive.

Denby Fawcett: Taking The #MeToo Movement To The Next Level Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Denby Fawcett: Taking The #MeToo Movement To The Next Level

This is about power more than sex. Until women achieve equality in the workplace, they will be vulnerable to unwanted advances.

Denby Fawcett: Time To Cut Honolulu’s Monster Houses Down To Size Christine Otto Zaa

Denby Fawcett: Time To Cut Honolulu’s Monster Houses Down To Size

Members of an advisory task force are already criticizing the planning department’s regulations for not going far enough.

Denby Fawcett: Was Hawaii’s Last King A Branding Genius? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Denby Fawcett: Was Hawaii’s Last King A Branding Genius?

David Kalakaua was a roving royal ambassador, developing nearly 100 Hawaii offices around the world, among other international outreach efforts.

Denby Fawcett: How This Political Rookie, 72, Pulled Off A Big Senate Upset Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Denby Fawcett: How This Political Rookie, 72, Pulled Off A Big Senate Upset

Sharon Moriwaki beat state Sen. Brickwood Galuteria by 20 percentage points in a district full of high-rise condos.

Denby Fawcett: Has Carpenters Union Lost Some Of Its Political Muscle? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Denby Fawcett: Has Carpenters Union Lost Some Of Its Political Muscle?

Its super PACs have spent big money in recent elections, but its anointed candidates often lose. The latest example: Colleen Hanabusa.

Denby Fawcett: Survivors Of Childhood Abuse Urge Others To Seek Justice Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Denby Fawcett: Survivors Of Childhood Abuse Urge Others To Seek Justice

The state has again extended the statute of limitations for filing lawsuits in cases of alleged childhood sexual abuse.

Denby Fawcett: Race Still Matters In Hawaii Politics Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Denby Fawcett: Race Still Matters In Hawaii Politics

When an analyst said Ed Case has an advantage as the only white Democrat running for Congress, many of us were taken aback. We shouldn’t have been.

Denby Fawcett: ‘Slap On The Wrist’ For The Diamond Head Hawker Denby Fawcett/Civil Beat

Denby Fawcett: ‘Slap On The Wrist’ For The Diamond Head Hawker

Park officials said the small fine is still a good step because it means prosecutors are taking illegal park activities seriously.

Denby Fawcett: Hawaii Politics Has Never Been For The Faint-Hearted Wikimedia Commons

Denby Fawcett: Hawaii Politics Has Never Been For The Faint-Hearted

Rough political attacks are nothing new. In 1874, supporters of Queen Emma physically assaulted backers of David Kalakaua in the aftermath of a royal election.

Denby Fawcett: Politically Correct Terms for Race Are Racist Themselves Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Denby Fawcett: Politically Correct Terms for Race Are Racist Themselves

Harry Kim caused controversy by referring to someone as “colored.” Let’s move past all ways of describing people by their complexions.

Denby Fawcett: This Psychiatrist Takes His Practice To The Streets Courtesy oF Chad Koyanagi

Denby Fawcett: This Psychiatrist Takes His Practice To The Streets

A Honolulu doctor has spent years caring for mentally ill people who are homeless, trying to earn their trust and overcome their resistance to getting care.