Civil Beat Reporting Fellow

Natanya Friedheim

Natanya Friedheim is a reporting fellow at Civil Beat. She covers city government, general assignments and produces video content.
Natanya joined Civil Beat as an intern in August 2016 after completing an internship at Pacific Business News. Born and raised on Oahu, Natanya moved to Oakland, California to attend Mills College. As a student, Natanya taught civics classes at a public middle school in Oakland and worked in a preschool classroom. Upon completing her B.A. in literary and cultural studies with a minor in government, she returned to Oahu to settle down and start her career in journalism.
In her free time, Natanya is at the beach, skateboarding or makes goofy videos for her social media platforms.

For tips, story ideas or comments, you can reach Natanya at natanya@civilbeat.org. Her twitter handle is @natanya_hnl.

Can Setting Out Tables, Painting Street Murals Transform Honolulu’s Neighborhoods? Natanya Friedheim/ Civil Beat

Can Setting Out Tables, Painting Street Murals Transform Honolulu’s Neighborhoods?

A new Honolulu program encourages residents to create do-it-yourself “pop-up” urban design projects to make their communities safer and more walkable.

A Loss For Tommy Waters Is A Loss For Mayor Caldwell Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat

A Loss For Tommy Waters Is A Loss For Mayor Caldwell

Incumbent Trevor Ozawa’s narrow victory over his challenger blocked the mayor from having a majority of allies on the City Council.

Ozawa Edges Waters In Tight Race For Honolulu City Council Seat Natanya Friedheim/Civil Beat

Ozawa Edges Waters In Tight Race For Honolulu City Council Seat

Councilman Trevor Ozawa received 22 more votes than challenger Tommy Waters in a contest that went down to the wire.

Why The State Wants To Build This Ala Moana High-Rise Above A Shelter Courtesy of HHFDC

Why The State Wants To Build This Ala Moana High-Rise Above A Shelter

Unlike the luxury condo towers rising nearby, all 200 units in the complex would be affordable housing. It’s considered a model for future use of state-owned land.

Two More Condo Towers Proposed Near Ala Moana Center Courtesy of Cuzco Development

Two More Condo Towers Proposed Near Ala Moana Center

Developers continue to seek special permits for building near rail stations that allow taller, denser structures.

Why Are City Lawmakers Involved In This Lobbyist’s Backyard Tiff? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Why Are City Lawmakers Involved In This Lobbyist’s Backyard Tiff?

Alicia Maluafiti’s dog kennels are upsetting her Ewa Beach neighbors. Now City Council Chair Ernie Martin has introduced a bill that would legalize them.

The Strange Intersection Of A Rail Deadline And City Council Politics Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The Strange Intersection Of A Rail Deadline And City Council Politics

The incumbent has stalled council bills considered crucial for the project, while the challenger is a close ally of the mayor who leads the charge for rail.

From Capri Suns To Resumes: Meeting The Needs Of Homeless Young People Cory Lum/Civil Beat

From Capri Suns To Resumes: Meeting The Needs Of Homeless Young People

A first-of-its-kind program specializes in helping those 18-24 move from the street to independent living.

This Waianae Homeless Camp Is Going Legit Courtesy of Puuhonua O Waianae

This Waianae Homeless Camp Is Going Legit

Residents, who fought off state plans to sweep the camp at the Waianae Boat Harbor, want to create a new self-made village for up to 300 homeless people.

These Two City Council Candidates Are Political Worlds Apart Cory Lum/Civil Beat

These Two City Council Candidates Are Political Worlds Apart

In the shadow of Honolulu rail, one envisions a future built around train stations. The other wants to rein in runaway rail spending.

Council Rejects Big Bus Fare Hikes For Seniors And The Disabled Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Council Rejects Big Bus Fare Hikes For Seniors And The Disabled

Taxpayers will continue to subsidize public transportation at a higher level than called for in city guidelines.

That Long Line For A Driver’s License May Get Even Longer Cory Lum/Civil Beat

That Long Line For A Driver’s License May Get Even Longer

The number of expiring licenses increased from about 2,000 per month in the summer of 2017 to 12,000 per month this summer.