Civil Beat Reporting Fellow

Natanya Friedheim

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.

Will Lawmakers Help These Low-Income Tenants Stay In Their Lahaina Homes? Anna Barbeau

Will Lawmakers Help These Low-Income Tenants Stay In Their Lahaina Homes?

More than 250 tenants of a subsidized Maui apartment complex fear eviction amid the owner’s plans to raise rents to market rates.

New Honolulu Housing Bill Seeks The Middle Ground Cory Lum/Civil Beat

New Honolulu Housing Bill Seeks The Middle Ground

UPDATED The City Council passed a measure Wednesday that includes concessions to both housing advocates and developers.

Honolulu Can’t Access 66,000 Personal Documents After System Crashed Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Can’t Access 66,000 Personal Documents After System Crashed

Some birth certificates, passports, and other documents can’t be retrieved because of a vendor’s computer malfunction.

Hawaii County Closes Its ‘Safe Zone’ Homeless Experiment Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii County Closes Its ‘Safe Zone’ Homeless Experiment

For seven months Kailua-Kona’s 1-acre government sanctioned homeless encampment sheltered about 25 people.

Oahu’s First Trailer Park Just The Latest In New Wave Of Public Housing Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Oahu’s First Trailer Park Just The Latest In New Wave Of Public Housing

Since Gov. David Ige’s emergency proclamations loosened up regulations, some new-look subsidized housing is taking shape.

Community Vents Frustration Over State’s Mixed Signals On Waianae Camp Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Community Vents Frustration Over State’s Mixed Signals On Waianae Camp

At a special neighborhood board meeting Thursday, supporters of a homeless encampment asked for a long-term plan.

Ige: State Looking For Land To Relocate Waianae Encampment Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ige: State Looking For Land To Relocate Waianae Encampment

The governor contradicts state officials who last week announced an imminent sweep and a possible federal grant to build an education center.

This Honolulu Architect Designs Low-Cost Housing, Often For Free Cory Lum/Civil Beat

This Honolulu Architect Designs Low-Cost Housing, Often For Free

Russell Wozniak has become a leader of Oahu’s efforts to develop innovative solutions to the low-income housing shortage.

Waialua Landowner Proposes 30-Home ‘Affordable’ Subdivision Courtesy of Aaron Jones

Waialua Landowner Proposes 30-Home ‘Affordable’ Subdivision

The 8-acre site is currently zoned for agricultural use. Its owner says some of the homes would be for his children.