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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: Ala Moana Not The Best Place For A ‘World-Class’ Playground Courtesy of Paani Kakou

Denby Fawcett: Ala Moana Not The Best Place For A ‘World-Class’ Playground

More voices need to be heard before the city goes forward with a privately funded playground in one of Honolulu’s most beloved parks.

Denby Fawcett: The Kealohas’ Trial Strategy — Dressing For Success In The Courtroom Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Denby Fawcett: The Kealohas’ Trial Strategy — Dressing For Success In The Courtroom

Legal experts evaluate the tactic of coordinated outfits and public displays of affection.

Denby Fawcett: Getting Lost In The Woods Can Happen To Anyone Courtesy of Denby Fawcett

Denby Fawcett: Getting Lost In The Woods Can Happen To Anyone

A dramatic rescue on Maui brings back memories of an ill-fated Sierra Club excursion that included now-UH President David Lassner.

Denby Fawcett: Mailbox Crime Didn’t Begin With The Kealoha Case Flickr.com

Denby Fawcett: Mailbox Crime Didn’t Begin With The Kealoha Case

Even those big blue Postal Service containers have been stolen occasionally. But most mail thieves grab the contents and run — they don’t take the boxes.

Denby Fawcett: Yellow Bowls And The Ugly Wartime History They Symbolize Courtesy Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii

Denby Fawcett: Yellow Bowls And The Ugly Wartime History They Symbolize

The 120 bowls in varying shades of yellow are being taken to camps where innocent Japanese-Americans were imprisoned during World War II.

Denby Fawcett: Kakaako Homeless Population Grows While City And State Dither Over Land Transfer Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Denby Fawcett: Kakaako Homeless Population Grows While City And State Dither Over Land Transfer

The state is in the process of signing the area over to the city but the deal is taking longer to work out.

Denby Fawcett: Why Hawaii Has Many Opioid Users But Few Overdose Deaths Courtesy of Kauai County

Denby Fawcett: Why Hawaii Has Many Opioid Users But Few Overdose Deaths

There are several theories about why the islands haven’t been hit as hard as the mainland, even though a lot of people here have prescriptions for painkillers.

Denby Fawcett: Fighting Back Against Robocalls And Other Phone Scams Getty Images/iStockphoto

Denby Fawcett: Fighting Back Against Robocalls And Other Phone Scams

A few suggestions for how to frustrate the callers who frustrate you. But use them on scammers, not legitimate telemarketers.

Denby Fawcett: Feeding The Homeless When The City Says Not To Courtesy of Danica Fong-Shoji

Denby Fawcett: Feeding The Homeless When The City Says Not To

A nonprofit bringing food and hot shower services to Kakaako Gateway Park is sparking a debate about the downside of free meals in parks.

Denby Fawcett: This Trevor Ozawa Campaign Call Is Actually A Blast From The Past Courtesy of the candidates

Denby Fawcett: This Trevor Ozawa Campaign Call Is Actually A Blast From The Past

The voice on the phone is Mayor Kirk Caldwell. But it’s been lifted from a recording he made last year and now being used to falsely imply he’s currently stumping for Tommy Waters.

 

Denby Fawcett: Don’t Destroy State Capitol’s Openness With Security Barriers Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Denby Fawcett: Don’t Destroy State Capitol’s Openness With Security Barriers

The architectural wonder of the Capitol building with open access to the public is beneficial to everyone except for the few sneaky lawmakers who want to hide.