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.

Ige Seeks $30 Million To Repair Capitol Reflecting Pools Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ige Seeks $30 Million To Repair Capitol Reflecting Pools

Some lawmakers questioned the project, with one calling the maintenance costs a “nightmare.”

Autopsy: Hawaii’s Longest Serving Prison Inmate Died Of COVID-19 Hawaii Department of Public Safety

Autopsy: Hawaii’s Longest Serving Prison Inmate Died Of COVID-19

George Shimabuku, 84, is one of four Hawaii prisoners serving time in Arizona who died with the disease.

Hawaii Governor Weighs Income Tax Increases On Wealthy Residents Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Governor Weighs Income Tax Increases On Wealthy Residents

Ige’s chief of staff also suggests upping the “barrel tax” on fossil fuels to help balance the budget.

ACLU Urges State To Allow At-Risk Inmates To Be Vaccinated Early Cory Lum/Civil Beat

ACLU Urges State To Allow At-Risk Inmates To Be Vaccinated Early

Inmates and staff at correctional facilities are being infected at a higher rate than anyone else.

Hawaii Will Collect More Taxes Than Expected, State Panel Says Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Will Collect More Taxes Than Expected, State Panel Says

The state Council on Revenues says Hawaii will collect $300 million more in taxes this year than previously projected.

State Finance Director Says Carbon And Sugar Taxes May Be Among Increases Cory Lum/Civil Beat

State Finance Director Says Carbon And Sugar Taxes May Be Among Increases

Craig Hirai stressed that nothing is settled but dropped some hints about possible tax increases in a House Finance Committee hearing.

Ige Blames President Trump For Violence At US Capitol Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ige Blames President Trump For Violence At US Capitol

Peaceful protesters gathered outside the Hawaii Capitol to support the president and object to the pandemic response.

Proposed State Budget Would Cut 30% From Sex Abuse Treatment Funding Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Proposed State Budget Would Cut 30% From Sex Abuse Treatment Funding

The Ige administration budget would also “eviscerate” state enforcement of anti-discrimination laws.

State Budget Director: It’s Too Soon To Tell If Tax Increases Are Coming Cory Lum/Civil Beat

State Budget Director: It’s Too Soon To Tell If Tax Increases Are Coming

It is 16 days before the Legislature opens, but Gov. David Ige is still mulling the options.