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.

New HART Report Floats Some Cheerier Budget Possibilities Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

New HART Report Floats Some Cheerier Budget Possibilities

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.

Troubled United Public Workers Union Holds A Pivotal Election Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2016

Troubled United Public Workers Union Holds A Pivotal Election

Amid an ongoing federal investigation, members of one of the most influential unions in Hawaii are electing a new state director.

Whistleblower Alleges Prison Officials Provided False Audit Data Yoohyun Jung/Civil Beat/2019

Whistleblower Alleges Prison Officials Provided False Audit Data

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.

Ige Modifies Travel Requirements To Make International Arrivals Easier Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Ige Modifies Travel Requirements To Make International Arrivals Easier

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.

A Top Hawaii Prison Official Faces An Internal Affairs Investigation Hawaii News Now/2015

A Top Hawaii Prison Official Faces An Internal Affairs Investigation

Human Resources Officer Shelley Harrington allegedly “strong-armed” an investigator into changing his report, unions say.

Civil Beat Files Lawsuit To Learn Who Has Died In State Custody Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Civil Beat Files Lawsuit To Learn Who Has Died In State Custody

State corrections officials refuse to reveal who has died behind bars, saying medical privacy laws prohibit disclosure.

Sylvia Luke’s Bid For LG Will ‘Shake Things Up’ At The Legislature Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Sylvia Luke’s Bid For LG Will ‘Shake Things Up’ At The Legislature

As Finance Committee chairwoman, Luke controls the money, has command of the details and has made a lot of friends.

Proposed Reapportionment Plans For Oahu Could Mean Painful Political Fallout Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Proposed Reapportionment Plans For Oahu Could Mean Painful Political Fallout

One longtime lawmaker describes the new district maps as a “gerrymander,” and incumbents plan to lobby for changes.

Hawaii Prisons Are Finally Moving Forward With An ID Program For Inmates Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Hawaii Prisons Are Finally Moving Forward With An ID Program For Inmates

A law passed in 2017 required the state to provide convicts with identification upon release to help them manage on the outside.