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.
Some controversial measures will become law, including long-term state lease extensions and a new Aloha Stadium proposal.
While the rest of the state hopes to achieve “herd immunity,” data on the at-risk inmate population gives no indication of when that might happen inside.
The rail authority has also been borrowing on its own to cover its costs and pay its contractors.
Gov. David Ige says he wasn’t involved in the deal with a major campaign donor. But it’s raising questions about whether the contract should have been competitively bid.
Federal pandemic relief funding is slated to help pay for badly needed connectivity improvements, especially in rural areas of the state.
The state has already won $11 million through litigation over the botched transportation project by Ciber Inc.
Rail authority CEO Lori Kahikina provided no details, but said she believes public interest in riding the train is still high.
Critics hoped the pandemic would be the catalyst for significant changes to address long-term problems facing Hawaii. But the budget shortfall dominated the 2021 session.
But Gov. David Ige questions the need to reduce funding for the Hawaii Tourism Authority and moving around some state agencies.