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Lorin Eleni Gill

Lorin Eleni Gill is a reporter covering public health for Civil Beat. Her coverage is funded in part by a grant from Report for America, an initiative of the GroundTruth Project.

She covers disparities in health care outcomes and access to care among Native Hawaiians and other ethnic groups, low-income communities and residents of more remote areas.

She has won numerous awards for excellence in journalism from the Society of Professional Journalists Hawaii Chapter.

Eleni was born and raised in Honolulu and graduated from Roosevelt High School. She graduated from American University in 2014 and earned her master’s degree in journalism from UC Berkeley in 2019.

Hawaii Medical Cannabis Patients Can Get Card Extensions Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Hawaii Medical Cannabis Patients Can Get Card Extensions

Eligible patients will soon be able to renew their cards for up to two years, according to the Department of Health.

Changing Habits Yields Health Benefits At MA’O Farms In Waianae Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Changing Habits Yields Health Benefits At MA’O Farms In Waianae

Early data from a UH study shows interns at the farm lowered their diabetes risk by altering eating habits and lifestyles —  with a ripple effect of health benefits for friends and families.

Air Quality in Central Maui Reaches ‘Unhealthy’ Levels Yoohyun Jung/Civil Beat

Air Quality in Central Maui Reaches ‘Unhealthy’ Levels

As a wildfire continues to burn, health department officials are warning residents with respiratory problems to protect themselves. 

State Sends Residents New Survey As It Assesses Foodborne Illnesses Tad Bartimus/Civil Beat

State Sends Residents New Survey As It Assesses Foodborne Illnesses

People chosen randomly are being asked about their diets and where they purchase or grow their food.

New Law Lets SNAP Cardholders Double Up On Local Produce Big Island Hunger

New Law Lets SNAP Cardholders Double Up On Local Produce

UPDATED: Hawaii’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program will offer more local produce for half the price to low-income families, starting in January. 

New Hawaii Law Requires Healthy Drinks On Kids’ Menu Cory Lum/Civil Beat

New Hawaii Law Requires Healthy Drinks On Kids’ Menu

Next year, Hawaii will become the second state to require restaurants to offer zero-sugar default choices for beverages.

Survey Will Assess Kauai Residents’ Disaster Preparedness

Survey Will Assess Kauai Residents’ Disaster Preparedness

Confidential questionnaires will be conducted at random across Kauai to assess how ready residents are for an emergency.

Hawaii Hospital Dispute Could Prove Costly For Patients Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Hospital Dispute Could Prove Costly For Patients

Updated: Kaiser recently filed a federal lawsuit against Queen’s after the two sides failed to negotiate a payment rate for emergency services. 

Filling A ‘Massive’ Need To Provide Glasses For Hawaii’s Kids Project Vision Hawaii

Filling A ‘Massive’ Need To Provide Glasses For Hawaii’s Kids

The state law requiring regular hearing and vision screening has been ignored for nearly 25 years, leaving nonprofits to cover at least part of the gap.