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.

Maui County Wants Your Feedback About Its New Paid Parking Program Marina Riker/Civil Beat/2022

Maui County Wants Your Feedback About Its New Paid Parking Program

The current plan is to charge visitors for parking at some of Maui’s busiest spots.

Maui County To Take Over 45 Acres Of Park And Shoreline Land Marina Riker/Civil Beat/2022

Maui County To Take Over 45 Acres Of Park And Shoreline Land

The properties include some of Maui residents’ favorite recreation spots, including Baldwin Beach Park.

Central Maui Residents Have Been Under A Cloud Of Red Dust Marina Riker/Civil Beat/2022

Central Maui Residents Have Been Under A Cloud Of Red Dust

The state health department is looking into where the dust came from — and if something could have been done to prevent it.

Maui County: Voters Narrow Down Crowded Field For Mayor, Council

Maui County: Voters Narrow Down Crowded Field For Mayor, Council

UPDATED: Mayor Michael Victorino is on track to face former judge Richard Bissen in the November general election.

Maui County Warns Lanai Resorts To Not Block Public Beach Access Courtesy: Russell deJetley/2022

Maui County Warns Lanai Resorts To Not Block Public Beach Access

The company said it closed the park because of flooding. A resident says the gate stayed shut after the water receded.

In Haleakala National Park, Crews Look To The Past To Understand The Present Marina Riker/Civil Beat/2022

In Haleakala National Park, Crews Look To The Past To Understand The Present

More funding and focus has recently been put toward restoring some of Maui’s most historic places.

Money Is Flowing Into Maui County Races As The Primary Election Nears Ludwig Laab/Civil Beat/2022

Money Is Flowing Into Maui County Races As The Primary Election Nears

Developers, real estate investors and business interests are pouring contributions into local campaigns.

Should Maui County Take Over Water Long Controlled By Private Companies? Marina Riker/Civil Beat/2022

Should Maui County Take Over Water Long Controlled By Private Companies?

Voters will have a say in whether the county should create new water authorities charged with managing the island’s most precious natural resource.

Here Are Answers To Commonly Asked Questions About Voting In Maui County Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2020

Here Are Answers To Commonly Asked Questions About Voting In Maui County

Still not registered to vote? Not sure whether you can vote by mail or in-person?