Civil Beat Staff

Joel Lau

Joel Lau is a Civil Beat summer news intern. He grew up on Oahu and graduated from Hawaii Baptist Academy. He is a student at Boston University, majoring in journalism and political science, and plans to return there for his sophomore year in September.
Loss Of NOAA’s Primary Honolulu Ship A Setback For Research Courtesy of NOAA

Loss Of NOAA’s Primary Honolulu Ship A Setback For Research

Stationed on Oahu since 2004, the Hi’ialakai played a key role in monitoring deep-sea wildlife and cleaning up fishing debris.

‘Sanctuary City’ Measure Dies In Honolulu City Council Cory Lum/Civil Beat

‘Sanctuary City’ Measure Dies In Honolulu City Council

Bill 31 would have restricted the Honolulu Police Department from aiding federal immigration authorities.

Push To Increase College Financial Aid Applications May Be Paying Off Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Push To Increase College Financial Aid Applications May Be Paying Off

Education officials hope this results in more graduating seniors enrolling in college this year, especially those from low-income families.

City Council Considers Measure To Make Honolulu A ‘Sanctuary City’ Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

City Council Considers Measure To Make Honolulu A ‘Sanctuary City’

A proposal would prevent police from honoring U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainment and information requests in many cases.

City Council OKs Court Challenge Over Louis Kealoha Legal Fees Cory Lum/Civil Beat

City Council OKs Court Challenge Over Louis Kealoha Legal Fees

The council wants to overturn the Police Commission’s decision to pay for the former police chief’s defense in a public corruption trial.

City Council Targets Decision To Pay For Louis Kealoha’s Legal Defense Cory Lum/Civil Beat

City Council Targets Decision To Pay For Louis Kealoha’s Legal Defense

A council committee wants to file a lawsuit in an attempt to overturn a Honolulu Police Commission decision.

Case And Schatz Say It’s Not Yet Time To Pursue Impeachment Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Case And Schatz Say It’s Not Yet Time To Pursue Impeachment

As the calls for action intensify, the Hawaii Democrats say Congress should continue its investigations.

Mayor Signs Bill Reducing Street Activities in Waikiki Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Mayor Signs Bill Reducing Street Activities in Waikiki

The measure cuts the maximum number of parades and other street events in an effort to lessen traffic disruptions.

City May Reserve Some On-Street Parking Spaces For Car-Sharing Companies Courtesy of Hui Car Share

City May Reserve Some On-Street Parking Spaces For Car-Sharing Companies

The City Council is considering a proposal to allow the companies to pay for spots to park vehicles that they rent out for short periods.

Arson Suspected As Bulldozer, Excavator Burn At Sherwood Forest Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Arson Suspected As Bulldozer, Excavator Burn At Sherwood Forest

About $250,000 in damage was done to the machines at site of the Waimanalo Bay Beach Park redevelopment project, which has generated strong community opposition.

It’s Too Soon For A Pedestrian Safety Commission, Council Panel Decides Cory Lum/Civil Beat

It’s Too Soon For A Pedestrian Safety Commission, Council Panel Decides

Honolulu’s transportation chief says the city should first consider a newly released plan to protect pedestrians. Twenty-seven of them died on Oahu last year.