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.

December 2020

Thursday, December 31

Hawaii’s Longest Serving Convict, Dead At 84, Outlived His Notoriety

Tuesday, December 29

State Land Board To Decide On Dredging Of New Beach At Pohoiki

Monday, December 21

Ige’s New Budget Proposal Would Wipe Out The Jobs Of 149 State Workers

Sunday, December 20

Hawaii Gov. David Ige: There’s No Money To ‘Sustain Government As It Existed’

Thursday, December 17

Corrections Commission Wants To Pause Planning On New Oahu Jail

Friday, December 11

Gov. Ige Says He Doesn’t See How State Government Can Avoid Layoffs

Thursday, December 10

Public Worker Unions Urge Ige To Halt Furlough Plan, Cite Confusion In State Departments

Wednesday, December 9

Hawaii Governor To Furlough State Workers Beginning In January

Monday, December 7

Two More Hawaii Inmates Who Died At Saguaro Prison Had COVID-19, New Details Show

November 2020

Monday, November 30

Saving The State Budget: Furloughs And Layoffs Are Looking More Likely

Friday, November 20

‘How Do We Go Forward?’ Honolulu Rail Leaders Kill P3, Confront Unknown Costs

Thursday, November 19

Has Saguaro Prison Failed To Protect Hawaii Inmates From COVID-19?

Wednesday, November 11

15 States Have Now Legalized Recreational Cannabis. What About Hawaii?

Monday, November 9

Ige Planning To Defer $1.85B In Health Fund Payments, Furloughs Still On The Table

Tuesday, November 3

Hawaii Legislature: GOP Loses A House Seat, Stays Even In The Senate

Monday, November 2

COVID-19 Cases Among Hawaii Inmates In Arizona Now At 378

October 2020

Friday, October 30

Hawaii Inmates Can Now File For $1200 Federal Stimulus Checks

Monday, October 26

Mass Testing To Begin In Arizona Prison After 7 Hawaii Inmates Are Hospitalized

Another Federal Grand Jury In Hawaii? This Time It’s About United Public Workers Union

Friday, October 23

Honolulu Mayoral Candidates Can’t — Or Won’t — Say What They’ll Do About Rail

Thursday, October 22

Democrats Rally To Defend Leeward House Seat In Eli-Garcia Race

Monday, October 19

Hilo Veterans Home Deaths: Shigeto ‘Toto’ Setoda Was Banker For The Business Leaders

Thursday, October 15

Courts And Prosecutors Are Keeping Jail Populations Lower During Pandemic

Friday, October 9

State Inspection: Maintenance Crew Likely Spread COVID-19 At Veterans Home

Open House Seats Offer Opportunities For Candidates This Year

Sunday, October 4

Corrections Staff Concerned Over New Cases At State’s Largest Jail

Friday, October 2

State Fails Again To Record Video Evidence Of ‘Riot’ At Hawaii Jail

September 2020

Wednesday, September 30

Unemployed Workers Will Get Cards Worth $500 To Spend In Local Restaurants

Monday, September 28

New Program: Hawaii’s Unemployed Could Eat For Free At Local Restaurants

Friday, September 25

Avalon Health Care Will No Longer Manage Hawaii Veterans Home

Monday, September 21

Report: ‘Culture’ At Hilo Veterans Home Contributed To Deadly Spread Of COVID-19

Sunday, September 20

Sen. Brian Schatz: Failures At Hilo Veterans Home ‘Infuriating’

Friday, September 18

Hilo Veterans Home Deaths: Rev. Richard Uejo Ministered To Many In Hawaii

Wednesday, September 16

Hawaii Has Spent Only A Small Fraction Of CARES Act Money

Monday, September 14

Hilo Veterans Home Deaths: War Veteran And Storyteller Melvin Tomita Was A Fighter To The End

Wednesday, September 9

State Tax Collections Forecast To Drop $200 Million Next Year

Tuesday, September 8

Inmates Set Fire, Barricade Doors In Housing Unit Of Hilo Jail

Ige Appoints Special Master To Oversee Department Of Public Safety

Thursday, September 3

DOH Struggles To Trace Surge In Big Island Cases To Large Gatherings

Tuesday, September 1

2 Inmates Killed In 2 Weeks In Hawaii Correctional System

Can Hawaii ‘Reset’ With New Public Safety And Health Directors?

August 2020

Monday, August 31

Anderson, Espinda Out In Ige Cabinet Shake-Up

Friday, August 28

Lawmakers: DOH Needs To Disclose Any COVID-19 Cases Caused By Ex-Inmates

Thursday, August 27

Crucial Contract For Honolulu Rail Project Delayed For 6th Time

AG Won’t Release Information On COVID-19 Outbreak At Hawaii Jail

Tuesday, August 25

Unions Call For Removal Of Hawaii Prison Chief Espinda

Monday, August 24

DOH Official: Some Inmates Who Were Released Caused ‘Spillover’ Infections

Sunday, August 23

Oahu Jail Released Inmate Who Had Tested Positive for COVID-19, Sergeant Says

Friday, August 21

At Oahu Jail, Healthy Inmates Are Being Housed With COVID-19 Cases

Thursday, August 20

Inmates Are Released As COVID-19 Spreads Inside Hawaii’s Largest Jail

Tuesday, August 18

Ige Plans Furloughs For Public Workers Starting In November

Sunday, August 16

Inmates Start Fires Over Quarantine Lockdowns, Cramped Conditions

Friday, August 14

Hawaii Supreme Court Mulls New Release Of Inmates

Maui Jail Memos Show Newly Admitted Inmates Are Isolated For Only 5 Days

Corrections Staff Describe Jail Conditions That Make Social Distancing Impossible

Thursday, August 13

COVID-19 Cases Erupt At OCCC — 70 More Inmates, 7 ACOs Test Positive

Tuesday, August 11

Mass Testing Begins As More OCCC Inmates Test Positive For COVID-19

Hawaii Corrections Workers Fear Infection As COVID-19 Outbreak Grows

Sunday, August 9

Public Defender Wants Inmates Released As Outbreak Grows At Oahu Jail

Saturday, August 8

Hawaii Legislature: House Speaker Saiki Defeats Iwamoto

Friday, August 7

First Hawaii Inmate Tests Positive for COVID-19 Along With 4 Corrections Officers

Wednesday, August 5

Iwamoto Challenges Speaker Saiki For Hawaii House Seat

July 2020

Thursday, July 30

Experts Predict ‘Shocking’ Income Drop For Hawaii Residents As Tourism Shutdown Continues

2 Hawaii House Races Draw Most Campaign Spending

Cachola, Ganaden Have Rematch To Represent Kalihi District In Hawaii House

Tuesday, July 28

Hawaii Has Huge Stake In Negotiations Over Federal COVID-19 Aid

Thursday, July 23

HART: COVID-19 Could Cost Rail $450 Million

Longtime Activist Walter Ritte Challenges Rep. Lynn DeCoite For House Seat

Wednesday, July 22

Lawmaker Worries Ige Is Moving Too Slowly On COVID Relief Plans

Why Ige Vetoed Two Bills And Allowed Three More To Become Law

Tuesday, July 21

More Details Surface About Hawaii Inmates COVID Exposure In AZ Prison

Friday, July 17

Arizona Prison That Houses Hawaii Inmates Reports COVID-19 Cases

Hawaii Gov Finds New Ways To Help Shore Up $2.3 Billion Budget Gap

Tuesday, July 14

Hawaii Prisoner Tests Positive For COVID-19