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.

October 2021

Wednesday, October 13

Hawaiian Home Lands Residents May Be Out Of Luck When It Comes To Help With Broadband Bills

Tuesday, October 12

Supreme Court: No More Expedited Releases For Hawaii Inmates

Monday, October 11

Redrawing Hawaii’s Election Districts: ‘People Are Going To Be Pissed’

Friday, October 1

Corrections Commission Is Poised to Hire Staff After Two Years Of Delay

September 2021

Wednesday, September 22

Court Urged To Order More Hawaii Inmate Releases To Slow Virus Spread

Monday, September 20

The Pandemic Taught Us Broadband Is Essential. But Where Is It?

Tuesday, September 14

State Appears Lax In Reviewing The Cases Of People Sitting In Jail Awaiting Trial

Sunday, September 12

Biden’s Sweeping New Vaccination Mandate Is ‘Huge’ For Hawaii

Wednesday, September 8

Months After Delivery, Portable Cells Sit Unused At Hawaii’s Largest Jail

Tuesday, September 7

Honolulu Prosecutor Argues Against Further Inmate Releases

Friday, September 3

Panel Will Oversee Efforts By Prisons And Jails To Manage Pandemic Threat

August 2021

Tuesday, August 31

State Public Defender Asks Supreme Court To Order More Inmate Releases

Thursday, August 26

Covid-19 Is Surging Again At Hawaii Prisons. The Oahu Jail Is Especially Hard Hit

Thursday, August 19

Problems Persist As Corrections Officials Struggle To Comply With Federal Order

Wednesday, August 18

Emerging Plan Would Pump Hotel Room Tax Revenue Into Rail

Monday, August 16

Beating Death In Oahu Jail Ends With Acquittal Of Mentally Ill Killer

Tuesday, August 10

Ige Imposes New Restrictions On The Size Of Gatherings As Caseloads Mount

Thursday, August 5

Hawaii Public Workers Need To Be Vaccinated Or Tested Weekly

Wednesday, August 4

City Council Member Andria Tupola Will Not Run For Governor Next Year

House Speaker Scott Saiki Mulls A Run For LG

July 2021

Friday, July 30

Hanabusa Becomes Chair Of The Honolulu Rail Authority Board — Again

Vice Principal Fired For Affair On Campus Accuses Her Union Of Failing To Defend Her

Friday, July 23

HART’s Expecting Fewer Riders — Even Absent The Pandemic

Monday, July 19

Inmate Deaths In Hawaii Prisons And Jails Are On The Upswing This Year

Thursday, July 15

A New Oahu Jail May Need To Be A Lot Bigger In The Near Future

Wednesday, July 14

Former First Lady Vicky Cayetano Is Mulling A Run For Governor

Tuesday, July 13

Federal Judge Rules Prison System Has Failed To Protect Inmates From COVID-19

State Tax Collections Soared Back To Pre-Pandemic Levels In The Past Year

Friday, July 9

Federal Court Case: Corrections Officials Botched COVID-19 Response In Prisons

Tuesday, July 6

Legislature Overrides Ige’s Objections, Defunds Tourism Authority

June 2021

Tuesday, June 29

House Speaker: Lawmakers Will Return To The Capitol July 6

Friday, June 25

More Than Half Of Hawaii’s Inmates Have Been Vaccinated Against COVID-19

Thursday, June 24

Ige: Lack Of Public Input Is Driving Concerns Over Bills — And Possible Vetoes

Monday, June 21

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

Monday, June 7

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

Thursday, June 3

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

May 2021

Sunday, May 23

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

Wednesday, May 19

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

Tuesday, May 18

State Gets Another $20 Million In Lawsuit Over Software Failure

Wednesday, May 12

Honolulu Rail Chief Says Ridership Projections Have Dropped

Sunday, May 2

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

April 2021

Thursday, April 29

Lawmakers Credit Federal Relief Funds For Saving Session

House Creates Panel To Probe Land Fund, Agriculture Agency

Tuesday, April 27

New County Hotel Tax Is Approved In Final Vote

Senate Democratic Majority Leader J. Kalani English To Retire

Friday, April 23

Hawaii Legislature Agrees To Defer Pay Raises Ahead Of Final Votes

Thursday, April 22

New Taxes, Tourism Funding Cuts Among Bills Pushed Through As Legislature Winds Down

Wednesday, April 21

House Speaker Expects Pay Raises For Lawmakers Will Be Deferred

Tuesday, April 20

Hawaii House Speaker Scott Saiki’s High-Profile Agenda Is Raising Questions

Monday, April 19

Lawmakers Reach Agreement On A New Two-Year State Budget

Tuesday, April 13

Hawaii House Will Likely Delay Pay Raises Until 2023

Wednesday, April 7

Here’s How Hawaii’s New State Budget Is Shaping Up

March 2021

Wednesday, March 31

Hawaii Supreme Court May Lift COVID-19 Order To Free Inmates Without Bail

Tuesday, March 30

Hawaii Senate Committee Mulls Inheritance And Conveyance Tax Increases

Monday, March 29

Hawaii Lawmakers Advance Capital Gains Tax Increase

Many Inmates Leaving Prison Are Still Having Trouble Getting ID Cards

Thursday, March 25

Lawmakers Advance Bail Reform To Fix A ‘Broken’ System

Tuesday, March 23

Two Pay Raises For Lawmakers Over The Next Year Are Raising Eyebrows

Thursday, March 18

Questions Raised Over COVID Outbreak At Maui Jail

Wednesday, March 17

Special House Committee Will Investigate Hawaii Lawmaker’s DUI Arrest

House Spending Plan Fills State Budget Holes — And Then Some

Friday, March 12

The Hike In State Income Taxes On Top Earners Is As Good As Dead

Tuesday, March 9

Hawaii Senate Votes To Legalize Marijuana, Raise Minimum Wage

Monday, March 8

Latest Federal Pandemic Relief Bill Will Shore Up The State Budget

Friday, March 5

Here’s How Tax Increases Are Shaking Out In The Hawaii Legislature

Wednesday, March 3

Death Behind Bars: In Hawaii, The Death Of A Prisoner Is Often A Closely Held Secret

February 2021

Wednesday, February 24

Hawaii’s Fiscal Picture Is Looking Up. So Why Do Lawmakers Still Want To Raise Taxes?

Friday, February 19

Ban On Large-Capacity Rifle Magazines Clears Committee

Thursday, February 18

State Has Spent Nearly $10 Million So Far Planning A New Jail At Halawa

Hawaii’s Tax ‘Imbalance’: Would A New State Property Tax Fix It?

Tuesday, February 16

Senate Committee Advances Bill To Legalize Recreational Marijuana

Friday, February 12

The Fight Between Hawaii’s State Auditor And House Speaker Is Heating Up

Wednesday, February 10

State Lottery To Fund Public Education Moves Forward

Tuesday, February 9

Proposal To Scrap Kauai’s Two-Test Protocol For Arriving Travelers Advances

Saying ‘Labor Savings’ Are Still Needed, Ige Proposes Cuts To Pay, Benefits

Friday, February 5

Hawaii Lawmakers Advance New Tax On Alcoholic Drinks

Thursday, February 4

State Auditor: Protect The Agency’s Independence

Ige: Twice Monthly Furloughs Not Necessary This Year

Tuesday, February 2

Senate Committee Scraps Proposal For Rent Control Law

State Seeks Someone To Build And Finance New Oahu Jail

January 2021

Friday, January 29

Proposed Tourist Tax Could Help Hawaii Deal With Climate Change Impacts

Thursday, January 28

Ige’s Proposed ‘Sugar Tax’ Could Generate $60 Million A Year For The State

Wednesday, January 27

Bill Would Give Lawmakers Control Over Auditor’s Paycheck

Monday, January 25

Ige’s State Of The State Speech Skips The Difficult Details

Saturday, January 23

Proposed Budget Cuts Would ‘Basically Gut’ Hawaii State Auditor’s Office

Wednesday, January 20

Hawaii Legislature Launches ‘Laser Beam’ Session In A Locked Down Capitol

Tuesday, January 19

Hawaii Owes The Feds $700 Million. Businesses May Have To Pay The Tab

The Battered State Budget Will Dominate The Next Hawaii Legislature

Friday, January 8

Hawaii Will Collect More Taxes Than Expected, State Panel Says

Wednesday, January 6

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

Ige Blames President Trump For Violence At US Capitol

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

Monday, January 4

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

For The Honolulu Rail Project, 2020 Was The Year The Wheels Fell Off