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.

Hawaii Gov Intends To Veto Dozens Of Bills, Likely Triggering A Special  Session Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Hawaii Gov Intends To Veto Dozens Of Bills, Likely Triggering A Special Session

Some controversial measures will become law, including long-term state lease extensions and a new Aloha Stadium proposal.

Hawaii Prison Officials Still Don’t Know How Many Inmates Are Vaccinated Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Prison Officials Still Don’t Know How Many Inmates Are Vaccinated

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.

HART Asks The City To Borrow Up To $550 Million To Keep Rail Moving Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

HART Asks The City To Borrow Up To $550 Million To Keep Rail Moving

The rail authority has also been borrowing on its own to cover its costs and pay its contractors.

No Bid, No Problem? Hawaiian Telcom Lands A $25 Million State Broadband Contract Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2020

No Bid, No Problem? Hawaiian Telcom Lands A $25 Million State Broadband Contract

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.

Legislature Directs Federal Funds To Patch Up Hawaii’s Shaky Broadband System Tim Wright/Civil Beat/2021

Legislature Directs Federal Funds To Patch Up Hawaii’s Shaky Broadband System

Federal pandemic relief funding is slated to help pay for badly needed connectivity improvements, especially in rural areas of the state.

State Gets Another $20 Million In Lawsuit Over Software Failure Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2019

State Gets Another $20 Million In Lawsuit Over Software Failure

The state has already won $11 million through litigation over the botched transportation project by Ciber Inc.

Honolulu Rail Chief Says Ridership Projections Have Dropped Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Rail Chief Says Ridership Projections Have Dropped

Rail authority CEO Lori Kahikina provided no details, but said she believes public interest in riding the train is still high.

A Cautious Legislature, Locked In The Capitol, Played It Safe Cory Lum/Civil Beat

A Cautious Legislature, Locked In The Capitol, Played It Safe

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.

Lawmakers Credit Federal Relief Funds For Saving Session Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lawmakers Credit Federal Relief Funds For Saving Session

But Gov. David Ige questions the need to reduce funding for the Hawaii Tourism Authority and moving around some state agencies.