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.

Saving The State Budget: Furloughs And Layoffs Are Looking More Likely Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Saving The State Budget: Furloughs And Layoffs Are Looking More Likely

Even public employee union leaders are warning their workers that the Legislature will have to make the best of a dire budget situation this coming year.

‘How Do We Go Forward?’ Honolulu Rail Leaders Kill P3, Confront Unknown Costs Cory Lum/Civil Beat

‘How Do We Go Forward?’ Honolulu Rail Leaders Kill P3, Confront Unknown Costs

Officials will start a fourth attempt to find a way to finish the final four miles while adding hundreds of millions of dollars to the overall budget.

Has Saguaro Prison Failed To Protect Hawaii Inmates From COVID-19? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Has Saguaro Prison Failed To Protect Hawaii Inmates From COVID-19?

UPDATED. More than half of the state’s inmates serving time at the Arizona facility were infected, and one inmate was confirmed to have died Tuesday.

15 States Have Now Legalized Recreational Cannabis. What About Hawaii? Anthony Quintano / Civil Beat

15 States Have Now Legalized Recreational Cannabis. What About Hawaii?

Hawaii’s attorney general has assembled a team to advise lawmakers on the issues, and how Hawaii might regulate legal use.

Ige Planning To Defer $1.85B In Health Fund Payments, Furloughs Still On The Table Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ige Planning To Defer $1.85B In Health Fund Payments, Furloughs Still On The Table

Discussions with unions are already underway as furloughs could begin in December. Gov. David Ige’s financial plan also includes a big loan from the feds.

Hawaii Legislature: GOP Loses A House Seat, Stays Even In The Senate Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat

Hawaii Legislature: GOP Loses A House Seat, Stays Even In The Senate

A fresh crop of younger lawmakers — all of them Democrats — won legislative seats.

COVID-19 Cases Among Hawaii Inmates In Arizona Now At 378 Cory Lum/Civil Beat

COVID-19 Cases Among Hawaii Inmates In Arizona Now At 378

An inmate from Hawaii was found dead in his bunk Thursday, but it is not known if he had the virus.

Hawaii Inmates Can Now File For $1200 Federal Stimulus Checks Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Inmates Can Now File For $1200 Federal Stimulus Checks

A judge in Northern California decided the U.S. Treasury cannot block prisoners from claiming the payments.

Saguaro Prison Inmate From Idaho With COVID-19 Dies Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Saguaro Prison Inmate From Idaho With COVID-19 Dies

Mass testing of 1,011 Hawaii inmates at Saguaro was completed Thursday.