Civil Beat Staff

Ku'u Kauanoe

Kuʻu Kauanoe joined Honolulu Civil Beat as a digital producer in November 2018.

Born and raised on Oʻahu, she’s spent most of her life on the Westside, graduating from Kapolei High School in 2011 and University of Hawaii-West Oahu in 2016.

Kuʻu holds a dual degree in English literature and creative media. Her greatest passion is serving her community through storytelling. You can reach Ku’u at kkauanoe@civilbeat.org

ʻO Nā Mea A Ka Limu E Hōʻike Aku Ai E Pili Ana I Ko Kākou ʻĀina Ma Hawaiʻi Ku‘u Kauanoe/Civil Beat/2022

ʻO Nā Mea A Ka Limu E Hōʻike Aku Ai E Pili Ana I Ko Kākou ʻĀina Ma Hawaiʻi

ʻO ka limu ʻōiwi, ua pili ia i ka moʻomeheu Hawaiʻi a me kāna mau ʻōnaehana kaiaola e kākoʻo aku ai. Ua pilikia ka limu i ke kūkulu hale ma nā kapakai, ka hoʻohuli aniau, a me nā lāhui haole. 

What Seaweed Can Tell Us About Our Environment In Hawaii Ku‘u Kauanoe/Civil Beat/2022

What Seaweed Can Tell Us About Our Environment In Hawaii

Native limu, which is linked to Hawaiian culture as well as the ecosystems it supports, faces threats from coastal development, climate change and invasive species.

How This Kauai Community Is Benefiting From Hosting The Island’s Landfill Ku‘u Kauanoe/Civil Beat/2022

How This Kauai Community Is Benefiting From Hosting The Island’s Landfill

The west Kauai community has received more than $2 million through a benefits fund that residents have used for solar projects, youth sports and more.

West Oahu Reps Plan To Tackle Traffic, Tech And The Cost Of Living Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

West Oahu Reps Plan To Tackle Traffic, Tech And The Cost Of Living

Lawmakers want the public to weigh in this session on the bills that matter most to their communities.

Ke Hoʻāʻo Nei Kahi Kaiāulu E Hoʻopakele I Nā Iwi Kupuna I Hūnākele ʻIa E ʻOle Ka ʻAʻaiawā ʻIa E Ke Kai Ku‘u Kauanoe/Civil Beat/2021

Ke Hoʻāʻo Nei Kahi Kaiāulu E Hoʻopakele I Nā Iwi Kupuna I Hūnākele ʻIa E ʻOle Ka ʻAʻaiawā ʻIa E Ke Kai

Ke hoʻopilikia nei ka hoʻohuli aniau i nā iwi kupuna mai uka a i kai. ʻŌlelo aku nā loea, loaʻa nā mea pono e ʻimi ʻia ai kahi haʻina, akā e pono ana ke kūpaʻa politika.

A Community Is Trying To Save Hawaiian Burials From Eroding Into The Sea Ku‘u Kauanoe/Civil Beat/2021

A Community Is Trying To Save Hawaiian Burials From Eroding Into The Sea

Climate change is threatening iwi kupuna from mauka to makai. Experts say the tools exist to come up with a solution but it will require political will.

Climate Change Will Make It Harder To Protect The Environment Around Oahu’s Next Landfill Ku‘u Kauanoe/Civil Beat/2021

Climate Change Will Make It Harder To Protect The Environment Around Oahu’s Next Landfill

The effects of a warming planet are also expected to make it more expensive to safeguard land and water.

From ‘Sacred Place’ To ‘Dumping Ground,’ West Oahu Confronts A Legacy Of Landfills Cory Lum/Civil Beat

From ‘Sacred Place’ To ‘Dumping Ground,’ West Oahu Confronts A Legacy Of Landfills

Mental health professionals say the community is working to overcome the negative stereotypes associated with decades of hosting the island’s less desirable municipal facilities.

The Next Community To Host Oahu’s Landfill Can Learn From The Westside Ku‘u Kauanoe/Civil Beat/2021

The Next Community To Host Oahu’s Landfill Can Learn From The Westside

As the city searches for a new site, the Westside offers lessons on how a place can turn into the island’s perceived ‘dumping ground.’