Civil Beat Staff

Marina Starleaf Riker

Marina Starleaf Riker is a reporter covering Maui for Civil Beat.

She grew up in Haiku and graduated from University of Hawaii Manoa in 2015. While in college, she got her start in journalism working as an intern for Civil Beat. In the years that followed, she wrote about the Hawaii Legislature for the Associated Press and covered local government for newspapers in Bend, Oregon and Victoria, Texas.

Most recently, Marina worked on the San Antonio Express-News’ projects team, where she produced investigations that ranged from examining officials’ lack of communication during Texas’ deadly winter freeze to identifying the city’s most prolific evictors, including landlords who profited from taxpayer-funded programs. She has extensive experience reporting on affordable housing, disaster recovery and health care equity.

You can get in touch with Marina by emailing mriker@civilbeat.org or follow her on Twitter at @marinastarleaf.

Another Former Maui County Official Has Been Charged With Accepting Bribes Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Another Former Maui County Official Has Been Charged With Accepting Bribes

It’s the latest development in a public corruption scandal involving wastewater contracts in Maui County.

Citing Water Crisis, Maui Makes Fodor’s List Of Places To Not Visit Next Year Marina Riker/Civil Beat/2022

Citing Water Crisis, Maui Makes Fodor’s List Of Places To Not Visit Next Year

The travel publication listed the island among regions “suffering from water crises.”

Maui Lawsuit Seeks New County Council Election For Wailuku Marina Riker/Civil Beat/2022

Maui Lawsuit Seeks New County Council Election For Wailuku

The lawsuit alleges that hundreds of uncounted ballots could have swayed the outcome of a race decided by 513 votes.

Maui Trout Farmer Is Closing Up Shop After A Rough Year Marina Riker/Civil Beat/2022

Maui Trout Farmer Is Closing Up Shop After A Rough Year

Kulahaven Farms is now running into one of the most common obstacles for Hawaii’s food producers — land. But the owner hopes to find new land to make a fresh start.

The State Just Cracked Down On This West Maui Water Company Marina Riker/Civil Beat/2022

The State Just Cracked Down On This West Maui Water Company

Olowalu Water Co. was accused of taking more water than it was allowed from a stream, a rule that’s aimed at protecting fragile natural ecosystems.

Victorino Is The Latest Maui Mayor To Not Win A Second Term Tim Wright/Civil Beat/2022

Victorino Is The Latest Maui Mayor To Not Win A Second Term

After 1998, three consecutive mayors failed to win re-election. Political analysts say a combination of factors led to Richard Bissen’s huge win last week.

As Brush Fire Spreads, Launiupoko Residents Told To Be Ready To Evacuate Maui Fire Dept. Facebook

As Brush Fire Spreads, Launiupoko Residents Told To Be Ready To Evacuate

The brush fire in West Maui scorched an estimated 1,200 acres and was 40% contained as of Wednesday.