Senior Reporter

Kevin Dayton

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.

Hawaii House Speaker Scott Saiki’s High-Profile Agenda Is Raising Questions Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii House Speaker Scott Saiki’s High-Profile Agenda Is Raising Questions

Saiki has empowered the House to be a much-needed political player this year. But concerns about his methods and his ultimate goal are growing.

Lawmakers Reach Agreement On A New Two-Year State Budget Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lawmakers Reach Agreement On A New Two-Year State Budget

House and Senate negotiators say they have used federal funds to cancel out most of Gov. Ige’s budget cuts.

Hawaii House Will Likely Delay Pay Raises Until 2023 Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii House Will Likely Delay Pay Raises Until 2023

Speaker Scott Saiki uses “gut-and-replace” to try to postpone salary increases for state officials, but it’s unclear what the Senate might do.

Here’s How Hawaii’s New State Budget Is Shaping Up Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Here’s How Hawaii’s New State Budget Is Shaping Up

With just a few weeks left in session, both the House and Senate plan to bail out Hawaii employers and pass some tax increases.

Labor Leaders Urge Lawmakers To Move Minimum Wage Increase Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Labor Leaders Urge Lawmakers To Move Minimum Wage Increase

Teamsters, ILWU and Local 5 leaders ask House Speaker Scott Saiki to schedule a floor vote by Wednesday.

Senate Panel Approves Increases In Hawaii Estate, Conveyance Taxes Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Senate Panel Approves Increases In Hawaii Estate, Conveyance Taxes

The measure would also suspend some excise tax exemptions for various industries to generate extra tax revenue.

Hawaii Supreme Court May Lift COVID-19 Order To Free Inmates Without Bail Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Supreme Court May Lift COVID-19 Order To Free Inmates Without Bail

The order was designed to reduce jail populations and limit the spread of COVID-19, but infections in jails have stabilized, the court says.

Hawaii Senate Committee Mulls Inheritance And Conveyance Tax Increases Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Senate Committee Mulls Inheritance And Conveyance Tax Increases

Even after a $1.6 billion federal bailout, a key lawmaker says the state might need more money.

Hawaii Lawmakers Advance Capital Gains Tax Increase Flickr: Chris Potter

Hawaii Lawmakers Advance Capital Gains Tax Increase

The higher state capital gains tax rates would initially raise more than $57 million extra next year.