Civil Beat Reporting Fellow

Natanya Friedheim

Honolulu’s Vanishing Crosswalks: Why The City Is Taking Them Out

Honolulu’s Vanishing Crosswalks: Why The City Is Taking Them Out

The city has removed 34 crosswalks since September 2016, despite protests from some neighborhood groups. 

These Blue Beach Chairs Are Riling The Ala Moana Regulars Courtesy of Sharlene Chun-Lum

These Blue Beach Chairs Are Riling The Ala Moana Regulars

When a luxury condo promises to “prepare the perfect beach day” for residents, some locals fear more commercialization of a favorite park.

Should The Mayor Choose Honolulu’s Police Chief? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Should The Mayor Choose Honolulu’s Police Chief?

One Honolulu council member is pushing to amend the city charter to revamp how the chief and police commissioners are chosen.

Hawaii Homeless Numbers Drop By 10 Percent Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Homeless Numbers Drop By 10 Percent

The latest “point in time” count also shows an almost 9.4 percent drop on Oahu.

Are Waikiki’s Public Pavilions Hopelessly Crime-Ridden? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Are Waikiki’s Public Pavilions Hopelessly Crime-Ridden?

“Demolish them,” says Councilman Trevor Ozawa, but the Kalakaua Avenue shelters also offer tourists a respite from the sun or the rain.

Chinatown Sidewalk Extensions Please Some But Infuriate Others Natanya Friedheim/ Civil Beat

Chinatown Sidewalk Extensions Please Some But Infuriate Others

A City Council committee passes a bill that would prohibit any more extensions, even though they’re intended to increase safety.

Honolulu’s Morgue Is So Run Down Even The Autopsy Room Leaks Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu’s Morgue Is So Run Down Even The Autopsy Room Leaks

The conditions raise concerns about employee health and the quality of lab results, including whether evidence is being contaminated.

Legislators Push To Send $100 Million To Kauai For Flood Damage Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Legislators Push To Send $100 Million To Kauai For Flood Damage

UPDATED: They also plan to set aside $25 million to help other parts of the state. Meanwhile, Gov. Ige addresses Oahu damage.

New City Council Leadership Challenges Caldwell’s Proposed Budget Cory Lum/Civil Beat

New City Council Leadership Challenges Caldwell’s Proposed Budget

The Budget Committee declined the mayor’s request to set aside $44 million for rail operating costs.

Council Leaders, Mayor Caldwell Will Talk With Feds In DC About Rail Funding Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Council Leaders, Mayor Caldwell Will Talk With Feds In DC About Rail Funding

Honolulu Council Chair Ernie Martin and Budget Chair Trevor Ozawa, who proposed big cuts in the city budget to raise rail funds, will travel with the mayor to the Capitol.

Council Considers Big Cuts In Honolulu’s Climate Change Office Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Council Considers Big Cuts In Honolulu’s Climate Change Office

Voters created the office less than two years ago. Now Council Chair Ernie Martin wants to slice its budget in half.

Caldwell Wants A Sidewalk Sit-Lie Ban Everywhere On Oahu Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Caldwell Wants A Sidewalk Sit-Lie Ban Everywhere On Oahu

If it’s approved, the proposal to move more homeless people out of public spaces could face a legal challenge.