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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. Follow him on Twitter @JoelLau808.
Toxic Runoff At Issue As State Considers New Permit For Kaneohe Boat Facility Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Toxic Runoff At Issue As State Considers New Permit For Kaneohe Boat Facility

Some residents worry contaminated dust will continue to be a problem if maintenance operations start again.

More Hawaii Students Are Leaving The State For College Cory Lum/Civil Beat

More Hawaii Students Are Leaving The State For College

The percentage of Hawaii kids choosing out-of-state schools is significantly higher than the national average.

Lawmakers’ Financial Disclosures Don’t Always Paint A Complete Picture Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lawmakers’ Financial Disclosures Don’t Always Paint A Complete Picture

Sen. Russell Ruderman, who owns health foods stores, was the only lawmaker to report more than $1 million in outside income last year. Several of his colleagues reported no income beyond their legislative salaries.

Complaint Says Hawaii DOE Suspends Too Many Students With Disabilities Ku’u Kauanoe/Civil Beat

Complaint Says Hawaii DOE Suspends Too Many Students With Disabilities

The ACLU recently published data that shows Hawaii issued more suspensions, on average, to students with disabilities than any other state in the U.S.

Ige Veto Means Some Eligible Patients Still Can’t Get Medical Cannabis Legally Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ige Veto Means Some Eligible Patients Still Can’t Get Medical Cannabis Legally

The bill to allow interisland transport of the medicine would have been especially helpful for patients on Molokai and Lanai, which have no dispensaries.

Hawaii Governor Keeps His Official Visitor List Under Wraps Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Governor Keeps His Official Visitor List Under Wraps

David Ige’s office says he does not keep track of his visitors, raising transparency concerns.

Civil Cafe: To Protect Pedestrians, Fix Oahu’s Street Designs Alana Eagle/Civil Beat

Civil Cafe: To Protect Pedestrians, Fix Oahu’s Street Designs

Panelists at a recent Civil Beat event discussed efforts to improve pedestrian safety on the island.

‘Mountains Full Of Trash’: Residents Say Bulky Pickup Pilot Isn’t Working Cory Lum/Civil Beat

‘Mountains Full Of Trash’: Residents Say Bulky Pickup Pilot Isn’t Working

The city is working to better serve densely populated neighborhoods as Honolulu’s Bulky Item Pickup Pilot continues.

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.

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