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Megan Tagami

Megan Tagami was a reporting intern for Honolulu Civil Beat. She is a rising senior studying political science and public affairs at UCLA.

At UCLA, Megan writes for the Daily Bruin and contributes to the features and national news and higher education beats. She is also an editor for PRIME, The Bruin’s quarterly magazine. She enjoys covering developments throughout the University of California system as well as Asian American communities on campus and throughout Los Angeles.

In addition to interning at Civil Beat, Megan is a fellow for AAJA VOICES, which provides college students with the opportunity to develop long-form stories throughout the summer while receiving training from professional journalists.

Megan was born and raised in Honolulu. In her free time, she is out looking for a good cup of coffee or finding new hiking trails with her cousin.

How Homeless People Have Weathered The Pandemic In Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

How Homeless People Have Weathered The Pandemic In Hawaii

Data collected from Hawaii and several other states shows that Covid-19 spread more slowly among homeless people compared with the general population.

Hawaii’s Board Of Education Appoints Heidi Armstrong As Deputy Superintendent Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Hawaii’s Board Of Education Appoints Heidi Armstrong As Deputy Superintendent

Armstrong, who has served in the role on an interim basis since July, joins two other deputy superintendents who were appointed last month.

A New Hawaii Abortion Guide Seeks To Address Gaps In Care Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

A New Hawaii Abortion Guide Seeks To Address Gaps In Care

Advocates hope the guide will help clear up confusion over access to abortions in the islands — where it remains legal — after the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision that overturned Roe v. Wade.

The New 988 Mental Health Hotline Is Off To A Busy Start In Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

The New 988 Mental Health Hotline Is Off To A Busy Start In Hawaii

Hawaii CARES, which receives local calls from the 988 lifeline, now faces the challenge of efficiently connecting callers with in-person crisis mobile outreach.

‘How Are We Supporting These Kids?’: Schools Add Emotional Development To The Curriculum Ka'u High and Pahala Elementary School

‘How Are We Supporting These Kids?’: Schools Add Emotional Development To The Curriculum

Hawaii educators hope new initiatives and programs will help students recover from social and academic setbacks caused by the pandemic.

Hawaii’s Board Of Education Approves 2 New Deputy Superintendents David Croxford/Civil Beat/2022

Hawaii’s Board Of Education Approves 2 New Deputy Superintendents

Tammi Oyadomari-Chun will serve as deputy superintendent of strategy, and Curt Otaguro will serve as deputy superintendent of operations.

Hawaii Expands Access To Monkeypox Vaccine As Case Count Rises To 16 CDC/Cynthia S. Goldsmith

Hawaii Expands Access To Monkeypox Vaccine As Case Count Rises To 16

The Department of Health said it has received about 2,800 doses of the Jynneos vaccine and more than 1,000 doses have been administered.

West Oahu Charter School Finances Expansion Through Municipal Bonds DreamHouse Ewa Beach

West Oahu Charter School Finances Expansion Through Municipal Bonds

One of Hawaii’s newest charter schools turns to an untraditional source of funding to finance its expansion.

More Help Is Coming For Hawaii’s Homeless Youth Megan Tagami/Civil Beat/2022

More Help Is Coming For Hawaii’s Homeless Youth

Act 130, recently signed into law, establishes the Safe Spaces for Youth Pilot Program under the Department of Human Services.