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Kevin Dayton is the former Capitol Bureau chief for the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. He was formerly Capitol Bureau chief and Big Island Bureau chief for The Honolulu Advertiser, which was Hawaii’s largest circulation daily newspaper until it closed.
He also reported for the Hawaii Tribune-Herald in Hilo, the Honolulu bureau of the Associated Press, Sun Press weekly newspapers in Kaneohe, and the Tucson Citizen.
He also worked as an executive assistant and executive director for Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi, and is a former U.S. Army sergeant and infantry fire team leader.
He holds a master’s degree in political science from the University of Hawaii Manoa, and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Arizona.
He and his wife Mahealani live in Hilo and have six children, five of them grown. They have been state-licensed foster parents since 2009.
Report by a committee of HART board members claims there may be hundreds of millions of dollars in new revenue or cost savings to be had.
Amid an ongoing federal investigation, members of one of the most influential unions in Hawaii are electing a new state director.
A staffer says false data in a 2018 audit of the Maui jail hid deviations from staffing requirements under the federal Prison Rape Elimination Act.
Honolulu and Maui counties will no longer be limited to 50% capacity at restaurants, bars and gyms because they require proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test.
Human Resources Officer Shelley Harrington allegedly “strong-armed” an investigator into changing his report, unions say.
State corrections officials refuse to reveal who has died behind bars, saying medical privacy laws prohibit disclosure.
As Finance Committee chairwoman, Luke controls the money, has command of the details and has made a lot of friends.
One longtime lawmaker describes the new district maps as a “gerrymander,” and incumbents plan to lobby for changes.
A law passed in 2017 required the state to provide convicts with identification upon release to help them manage on the outside.