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 seven children, five of them grown. They have been state-licensed foster parents since 2009.

Duke Aiona Is Running For Governor Again. Will This Time Be Any Different? AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy/2022

Duke Aiona Is Running For Governor Again. Will This Time Be Any Different?

The Republican former lieutenant governor and retired judge is well known, but must “thread the needle” as he campaigns in heavily Democratic Hawaii.

Some Inmates Were Stuck At The Hilo Jail Because They Couldn’t Post $15 Bail Tim Wright/2019

Some Inmates Were Stuck At The Hilo Jail Because They Couldn’t Post $15 Bail

A state prisons expert says she was surprised by how bad the conditions are at the Big Island corrections facility.

The Son Of A Slain Oahu Jail Inmate Is Suing The State Over Lax Practices Submitted

The Son Of A Slain Oahu Jail Inmate Is Suing The State Over Lax Practices

Oahu Community Correctional Center failed to follow “common sense correctional practices” and placed the 62-year-old prisoner in jeopardy, the lawsuit says.

Black Market Weed Is Still The Buyer’s Choice Over Legal Marijuana In Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Black Market Weed Is Still The Buyer’s Choice Over Legal Marijuana In Hawaii

Market structure and regulation have made medical cannabis far more expensive than illegal products, and consumers are choosing the cheaper option.

Civil Beat Asks Judge To Force Hawaii To Identify Prison Inmates Who Died Behind Bars Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Civil Beat Asks Judge To Force Hawaii To Identify Prison Inmates Who Died Behind Bars

Other states routinely identify inmates who die in custody, but Hawaii refuses to do so. That prevents the public from learning how most of those inmates died.

Lack Of Working Video Cameras At Hawaii Prisons Complicates Abuse Investigations Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2019

Lack Of Working Video Cameras At Hawaii Prisons Complicates Abuse Investigations

The Women’s Community Correctional Center has a long history of allegations of sexual misconduct, and broken cameras make it harder to prove cases.

Hawaii Oversight Commission Finds ‘Unacceptable’ Conditions At The Crowded Hilo Jail Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2020

Hawaii Oversight Commission Finds ‘Unacceptable’ Conditions At The Crowded Hilo Jail

Corrections officials agree to transfer inmates to a prison on Oahu to ease dangerous overcrowding at the Hawaii Community Correctional Center.

Hawaii Inmates Returning From An Arizona Prison Test Positive For Covid-19 Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Hawaii Inmates Returning From An Arizona Prison Test Positive For Covid-19

So far 21 prisoners who were on the flight from Arizona have caught the coronavirus.

‘An Epic Fail:’ Hawaii Inmate Medical Records System Hasn’t Worked Right For Months Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

‘An Epic Fail:’ Hawaii Inmate Medical Records System Hasn’t Worked Right For Months

A top prison official said computer updates weren’t done for the system, and health workers at Hawaii’s jails and prisons lost access to thousands of records.