Civil Beat Reporting Fellow

Natanya Friedheim

Islandwide Homeless Restrictions Approved — But Are They Legal? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Islandwide Homeless Restrictions Approved — But Are They Legal?

A recent federal court ruling has some cities pulling back their bans on homeless people camping in public places.

Privately Funded, ‘Destination’ Playground Proposed For Ala Moana Park Courtesy of Paani Kakou

Privately Funded, ‘Destination’ Playground Proposed For Ala Moana Park

A nonprofit would oversee building the free, fenced-in site featuring zip lines, fountains, a snack concession and a police office.

Two Losing Candidates Ask For Election Recounts Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat

Two Losing Candidates Ask For Election Recounts

City Council candidate Tommy Waters and state Senate candidate Matt LoPresti both lost their races by razor-thin margins.

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.