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

Stories Of Pain And Success From The Hawaiian Diaspora Kuʻu Kauanoe/Civil Beat

Stories Of Pain And Success From The Hawaiian Diaspora

A few months ago we asked Native Hawaiian readers outside of Hawaii to tell us why they left the islands. Here’s what they had to say.

Am I Hawaiian Enough? Kuʻu Kauanoe/Civil Beat

Am I Hawaiian Enough?

Reporter Kuʻu Kauanoe set out to explore the Native Hawaiian diaspora. She discovered unexpected things about her own identity along the way.

How Las Vegas Became Hawaii’s 9th Island Kuʻu Kauanoe/Civil Beat

How Las Vegas Became Hawaii’s 9th Island

Hawaiians started moving to Las Vegas in the 1970s, and the community there continues to grow.

What Does It Mean To Be Hawaiian Outside Of Hawaii? Kuʻu Kauanoe/Civil Beat

What Does It Mean To Be Hawaiian Outside Of Hawaii?

Nearly half of all Native Hawaiians live outside Hawaii. But, as we discover in the new season of Offshore, Hawaiians carry the islands with them to far-flung places.

Here’s What Oahu Looks Like Without Tourists Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Here’s What Oahu Looks Like Without Tourists

A series of then-and-now photos show the impact of the coronavirus on tourism and traffic in Hawaii.

Hawaii Storytellers: A Letter To Our Hapa Daughters

Hawaii Storytellers: A Letter To Our Hapa Daughters

Mark Noguchi and Amanda Corby Noguchi share how the love for their community brought them together.

Hawaii Storytellers: Locals Need Non-Locals

Hawaii Storytellers: Locals Need Non-Locals

Dann Seki tells us about growing up in Aiea and his pride in being local.

Hawaii Storytellers: A Song For Hilo Moon

Hawaii Storytellers: A Song For Hilo Moon

Sean Choo tells us what it means to be local and how Hilo inspired his love for the land.

Hawaii Storytellers: Undeniably Local

Hawaii Storytellers: Undeniably Local

From our Hawaii Storytellers Feb. 21 event: Kuʻu Kauanoe talks about what it’s like being a “local girl,” but not always feeling like one.