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

Can The Rich History Of Ewa Villages Spark A New Sense Of Community? Ku‘u Kauanoe/Civil Beat/2021

Can The Rich History Of Ewa Villages Spark A New Sense Of Community?

Less expensive housing has drawn more people to the former sugar town, but that’s also changing the character of a place once known for how well it cared for those who lived there.

E Hana Nui Ana Kēia Mau Kupa Noho Kapa Komohana E Hoʻomaʻemaʻe I Ko Oʻahu Mau Pāka Kahakai Courtesy: Tyler Shortt/2020

E Hana Nui Ana Kēia Mau Kupa Noho Kapa Komohana E Hoʻomaʻemaʻe I Ko Oʻahu Mau Pāka Kahakai

Ke hoʻolilo nei nā lālā kaiāulu i ko lākou ukiuki i ke kahakaha kolohe a me ka luku wale i kuleana na lākou a pau e mālama pono ʻia ai nā wahi lehulehu.

Westside Students Learn About Waianae Coast — And Themselves Kuʻu Kauanoe/Civil Beat/2021

Westside Students Learn About Waianae Coast — And Themselves

Pua Kaiaulu, a new internship program, is helping high schoolers prepare for their next steps in life.

These West Oahu Residents Are On A Mission To Clean Up The Island’s Beach Parks Courtesy: Tyler Shortt/2020

These West Oahu Residents Are On A Mission To Clean Up The Island’s Beach Parks

Community members are channeling their frustration with graffiti and vandalism into a kakou kuleana – shared responsibility – to take care of public spaces.

Union Says Ongoing Closure Of Health Clinic In Nanakuli Is ‘Equity Issue’ Kuʻu Kauanoe/Civil Beat/2021

Union Says Ongoing Closure Of Health Clinic In Nanakuli Is ‘Equity Issue’

Kaiser patients on the Waianae Coast are being redirected to facilities in Kapolei.

ʻŌlelo Nā Kamaʻāina No Oʻahu Komohana I Ke Kuhihewa A Ka Nūhou I Ko Lākou Kaiāpuni. Makemake Mākou E Hoʻololi I Kēlā Kuʻu Kauanoe/Civil Beat

ʻŌlelo Nā Kamaʻāina No Oʻahu Komohana I Ke Kuhihewa A Ka Nūhou I Ko Lākou Kaiāpuni. Makemake Mākou E Hoʻololi I Kēlā

E hoʻololi ana ʻo Civil Beat i kā lākou kaʻina hana ma ke kūkala nūhou ʻana e pili ana i ka ʻaoʻao komohana ma o ka hoʻopili kanaka a me ke koho moʻolelo ʻana e hōʻike pono ʻia ai ke kapakai komohana o Oʻahu. 

Ua Lawa Koʻu Hawaiʻi ʻAna? Kuʻu Kauanoe/Civil Beat

Ua Lawa Koʻu Hawaiʻi ʻAna?

Ua huakaʻi ka mea kākau ʻo Kuʻu Kauanoe e huli i nā Kānaka ma nā ʻāina ʻē. Ua ʻimi ʻia a loaʻa nā mea i kuhi ʻole ʻia e pili ana iā ia iho ma ka hehi ʻana aku i ke alahele. 

How The Westside Is Restoring The Coconut Tree As A Food Source In Hawaii Kuʻu Kauanoe/Civil Beat/2021

How The Westside Is Restoring The Coconut Tree As A Food Source In Hawaii

A group from the University of Hawaii West Oahu sees planting coconut trees as a way of improving food security and cultural ties in Hawaii.

West Oahu Residents Say The Media Is Getting Their Community All Wrong. We Want To Change That Kuʻu Kauanoe/Civil Beat

West Oahu Residents Say The Media Is Getting Their Community All Wrong. We Want To Change That

Civil Beat is taking a new approach to our coverage of the Westside with deep engagement and stories that better reflect the west coast of Oahu.