Civil Beat Reporting Fellow

Natanya Friedheim

Newcomers Challenge A Career Politician In Honolulu City Council Race Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Newcomers Challenge A Career Politician In Honolulu City Council Race

Can Carol Fukunaga’s hyperlocal approach overcome the islandwide perspective of three challengers, including one with widespread union backing?

How Charles Djou Is Keeping His Hand In Honolulu Politics Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat

How Charles Djou Is Keeping His Hand In Honolulu Politics

The former Republican congressman, who unsuccessfully ran for mayor against Kirk Caldwell in 2016, is backing several City Council candidates.

Homeless Village May Get A New Neighbor: A 150-Foot Radio Tower Courtesy: Duane Kurisu

Homeless Village May Get A New Neighbor: A 150-Foot Radio Tower

Hawaii businessman Duane Kurisu, who developed living units for the homeless, wants a permit to build a radio tower next door.

Here’s How These 5 LG Hopefuls Would Make That Office Relevant Screenshot: Hawaii News Now

Here’s How These 5 LG Hopefuls Would Make That Office Relevant

The five Democratic candidates for Hawaii’s lieutenant governor spent an hour Monday evening trying to win over voters.

The Struggle For Power In Honolulu Is Coming To A Head Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

The Struggle For Power In Honolulu Is Coming To A Head

New taxes and other fees. More money for rail. Even monster houses. The fate of contentious city issues hinges on who’s elected.

Caldwell Wants To Sell $44 Million In City Bonds For Rail Natanya Freidheim/Civil Beat

Caldwell Wants To Sell $44 Million In City Bonds For Rail

UPDATED: The Honolulu mayor said there’s a tight time line to gain council approval and start funneling city money to the project’s construction.

Caldwell Vetoes Bill To Cap Uber And Lyft Prices Natanya Freidheim/Civil Beat

Caldwell Vetoes Bill To Cap Uber And Lyft Prices

UPDATED: Without “surge pricing,” the companies could not increase their supply of drivers to meet high demand, the Honolulu mayor said.

Is Honolulu Hale Making City Staffers Sick? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Is Honolulu Hale Making City Staffers Sick?

City Council Chairman Ernie Martin thinks so — and wants to relocate the legislative branch out of the 90-year-old building.

Ethics Commission Audit Quashed On Advice Of City’s Lawyer Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ethics Commission Audit Quashed On Advice Of City’s Lawyer

The Honolulu auditor was concerned its results might be “discoverable” in a lawsuit filed by Louis and Katherine Kealoha.