Civil Beat Reporting Fellow

Natanya Friedheim

Most Hawaii House Members Won’t Say Where They Stand On Aid In Dying Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Most Hawaii House Members Won’t Say Where They Stand On Aid In Dying

The House Health Committee’s deferral of the bill let other members off the hook on making their position on the issue known to the public.

Proposal To Charge For Honolulu Trash Pickup Discarded For Now Department of Environmental Services

Proposal To Charge For Honolulu Trash Pickup Discarded For Now

But the City Council Budget Committee approves some of the other tax and fee proposals from Mayor Kirk Caldwell.

Proposed Increases In Honolulu Taxes And Fees Will Be ‘A Tough Sell’ Flickr.com

Proposed Increases In Honolulu Taxes And Fees Will Be ‘A Tough Sell’

City officials say the cost of government operations is growing — including salaries, pensions and other benefits. But some council members are pushing back.

Council OK’s Bill Eliminating Cap On Rail Money Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Council OK’s Bill Eliminating Cap On Rail Money

City council members say the measure will help satisfy federal officials concerns over a spending cap.

Will Tiny Homes Help Big Island Farmers? Courtesy of One Island Sustainable Living

Will Tiny Homes Help Big Island Farmers?

Providing housing for farm workers is one way to attract employees.

Why It’s So Hard To Eat Healthy In Hawaii If You’re Poor Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Why It’s So Hard To Eat Healthy In Hawaii If You’re Poor

Making local produce more available can feed the stomachs and nurture the cultures of Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders.

Low-Income Tenants Ask State To Keep Their Housing Affordable Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Low-Income Tenants Ask State To Keep Their Housing Affordable

The case of a Maui apartment complex raises the question: What happens when an affordable housing requirement expires?

Aid In Dying Bill Clears Senate Despite Emotional Appeal Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Aid In Dying Bill Clears Senate Despite Emotional Appeal

On a big day at the Capitol, senators also passed a rail tax bill while the House voted to decriminalize drug paraphernalia possession.

State To Schools: Customize Your Hawaiian Education Approach Cory Lum/Civil Beat

State To Schools: Customize Your Hawaiian Education Approach

The Na Hopena A’o program encourages new approaches to helping students appreciate the “Hawaiian perspective.”