Civil Beat Staff

Keona Blanks

Keona Blanks is an editorial page intern for Civil Beat. She is a rising junior studying Earth Systems at Stanford University. Within her interdisciplinary environmental science degree, she focuses on science communication to bridge her passion for reporting and her eclectic interests in sustainability, disease ecology and traditional ecological knowledge.

At Stanford, Keona writes for Stanford Rewired and The Stanford Daily. She also contributes to research on infant health through the Stanford King Center on Global Development and engages in leadership roles at Stanford’s Haas Center for Public Service. 

Though she grew up on Oahu, half of Keona’s heart is in Japan where she was born and where her extended family lives. She spends her summers in Hawaii striving to engage her community in building a sustainable future through various internships, such as with the Institute for Climate and Peace, the William S. Richardson Environmental Law Program, and now Civil Beat. When she’s not learning Jack Johnson songs on the guitar, she’s looking for a new book to start but never finish.

Keona Blanks: Aina-Based Education Is The Path To A Sustainable Future Courtesy: Visionize Media

Keona Blanks: Aina-Based Education Is The Path To A Sustainable Future

A growing movement looks to raise Hawaii’s next leaders through place and experiential learning.

How To Make Hawaii’s Legislature Work Better For The Public Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

How To Make Hawaii’s Legislature Work Better For The Public

Lawmakers could easily allow the public to see and understand more about exactly how they do our business.

Keona Blanks: When It Comes To Good Bikeways, Hawaii Has A Flat Tire Courtesy: Anthony Chang/2022

Keona Blanks: When It Comes To Good Bikeways, Hawaii Has A Flat Tire

The battle for better bike infrastructure has been raging since the 1980s, but we’ve seen little progress.

Civil Beat/HNN Poll: Approval Ratings Improve for Ige, Slip For Green Hawaii News Now

Civil Beat/HNN Poll: Approval Ratings Improve for Ige, Slip For Green

Kai Kahele does not fare well with voters while the rest of the delegation remains relatively popular. Rick Blangiardi is well-liked. The Legislature not so much.

Civil Beat/HNN Poll: Case, Tokuda Far Ahead In Democratic US House Races Hawaii News Now

Civil Beat/HNN Poll: Case, Tokuda Far Ahead In Democratic US House Races

First-time congressional candidates Sergio Alcubilla and Patrick Branco have little name recognition.

Civil Beat/HNN Poll: Dems Unsure Of Who To Vote For In Lt. Gov. Primary Hawaii News Now

Civil Beat/HNN Poll: Dems Unsure Of Who To Vote For In Lt. Gov. Primary

Luke polls best but Anderson is not far behind, while Amemiya and Menor-McNamara remain in the hunt.

Civil Beat/HNN Poll: Aiona, Penn Lead Field In GOP Gov Contest Hawaii News Now

Civil Beat/HNN Poll: Aiona, Penn Lead Field In GOP Gov Contest

Name recognition helps explain the advantage of the two front-runners in a race that features 10 contenders.

Civil Beat/HNN Poll: Green Enjoys 30 Point Lead Over Kahele, Cayetano In Gov Race Hawaii News Now

Civil Beat/HNN Poll: Green Enjoys 30 Point Lead Over Kahele, Cayetano In Gov Race

The lieutenant governor is thus far heavily favored in the Democratic primary next month.