Kirstin Downey

A Kailua girl, Kirstin Downey is a special correspondent for Civil Beat. A longtime reporter for The Washington Post, she is the author of "The Woman Behind the New Deal," "Isabella the Warrior Queen" and an upcoming biography of King Kaumualii of Kauai. She can be reached at kdowney@civilbeat.org.
The Clock Is Ticking As Native Hawaiians Wait For Homeland Inheritance Reform Cory Lum/Civil /2021

The Clock Is Ticking As Native Hawaiians Wait For Homeland Inheritance Reform

An effort to allow more part-Hawaiian children and grandchildren of Hawaiian homeowners to inherit the properties has stalled in Washington.

A Key Part Of Hawaii’s Nursing Workforce Is Shrinking Fast Cory Lum/Civil Beat

A Key Part Of Hawaii’s Nursing Workforce Is Shrinking Fast

Even before the pandemic, licensed practical nurses, who do much of the work at long-term care facilities, were calling it quits.

Pandemic Hardships Have Made Hawaii’s Nursing Shortage Even Worse Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2020

Pandemic Hardships Have Made Hawaii’s Nursing Shortage Even Worse

As nurses left the profession, bottlenecks in education made it hard to replace them.

Over Decades, Hawaii Cut Acute Care Hospital Beds. Then Came The Pandemic Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Over Decades, Hawaii Cut Acute Care Hospital Beds. Then Came The Pandemic

Health and government officials argued that advances in medicine and patient preference reduced the need for the beds, but now, there aren’t enough.

Hawaii Isn’t The Only Place Where Local-Born People Are Leaving In Droves Getty Images/iStockphoto

Hawaii Isn’t The Only Place Where Local-Born People Are Leaving In Droves

The lure of better jobs, cheaper housing and other opportunities beckons many residents, particularly in western states.

 

Four Ex-Hawaii Governors Say They Fear For Our Future Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Four Ex-Hawaii Governors Say They Fear For Our Future

Civil Beat interviewed four of Hawaii’s most prominent leaders. They had a lot to say about our growing social and economic problems and the lack of leadership to help resolve them.

City Officials, Hawaiians Find Path Forward On Sherwood Forest Park Cory Lum/Civil Beat

City Officials, Hawaiians Find Path Forward On Sherwood Forest Park

The deal drew a mixed reaction when it was unveiled at the Waimanalo Neighborhood Board meeting.

Rents Are Dipping In Hawaii, At Least For Some People Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Rents Are Dipping In Hawaii, At Least For Some People

Experts say some apartment rental rates have been coming down even before a crackdown on Oahu vacation rentals.

Kaneohe Cemetery Expansion Threatens Rare Damselfly Courtesy: Nate Yuen

Kaneohe Cemetery Expansion Threatens Rare Damselfly

State officials will decide at a hearing that starts next month if the developer’s mitigation plan adequately protects this endangered species.