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.

Court Urged To Order More Hawaii Inmate Releases To Slow Virus Spread Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Court Urged To Order More Hawaii Inmate Releases To Slow Virus Spread

Supreme Court justices signaled they may order corrections officials to make reports every 90 days on pretrial jail inmates.

The Pandemic Taught Us Broadband Is Essential. But Where Is It? State of Hawaii/2021

The Pandemic Taught Us Broadband Is Essential. But Where Is It?

A Big Island nonprofit plans to map underserved areas on the neighbor islands.

Inmate Vaccination Rates Climb In Hawaii Prisons And Jails Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Inmate Vaccination Rates Climb In Hawaii Prisons And Jails

Oahu Community Correctional Center remains the site of the largest coronavirus outbreak in state jails and prisons.

State Appears Lax In Reviewing The Cases Of People Sitting In Jail Awaiting Trial Cory Lum/Civil Beat

State Appears Lax In Reviewing The Cases Of People Sitting In Jail Awaiting Trial

But prison officials say they already comply with a 2019 law that requires reviews of all pretrial detainees every three months.

Biden’s Sweeping New Vaccination Mandate Is ‘Huge’ For Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Biden’s Sweeping New Vaccination Mandate Is ‘Huge’ For Hawaii

UHERO economist predicts more than 85% of Hawaii employees will work for companies with vaccination mandates, filling many of the gaps.

Months After Delivery, Portable Cells Sit Unused At Hawaii’s Largest Jail Courtesy: Department of Public Safety

Months After Delivery, Portable Cells Sit Unused At Hawaii’s Largest Jail

Crowded conditions in state-run jails are aggravating the spread of Covid-19, but the portable cells have been no help so far.

Honolulu Prosecutor Argues Against Further Inmate Releases Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2019

Honolulu Prosecutor Argues Against Further Inmate Releases

The prosecutor and corrections officials say the releases aren’t needed to reduce the spread of Covid-19 because inmates now have access to vaccines.

Panel Will Oversee Efforts By Prisons And Jails To Manage Pandemic Threat Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Panel Will Oversee Efforts By Prisons And Jails To Manage Pandemic Threat

The state will allow a five-member panel to review its efforts to control the spread of Covid-19 after more than 2,700 inmates were infected.

State Public Defender Asks Supreme Court To Order More Inmate Releases Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2019

State Public Defender Asks Supreme Court To Order More Inmate Releases

The filing argues the threat from Covid-19 inside Hawaii prisons and jails is greater now than it was last year when some prisoners were released.