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Rui Kaneya

Rui Kaneya is an investigative reporter for Civil Beat.
Trump Immigration Plans Would Hit Hawaii’s Filipino Families Hard Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Trump Immigration Plans Would Hit Hawaii’s Filipino Families Hard

Filipinos have become the state's largest ethnic group, in part because of family-based immigration policies.
Audit: Hawaii Needs To Get Its Act Together In Responding To Outbreaks Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Audit: Hawaii Needs To Get Its Act Together In Responding To Outbreaks

When it comes to communication and record keeping, the Health Department seems to start from scratch with each disease outbreak.
Hawaii And Other States Reach Settlement On Deceptive Drug Marketing Boehringer Ingelheim

Hawaii And Other States Reach Settlement On Deceptive Drug Marketing

Hawaii will receive about $150,000 as part of a multimillion-dollar settlement with a German drug manufacturer.

Gov. Ige Makes Two Cabinet Appointments Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Gov. Ige Makes Two Cabinet Appointments

The governor named a temporary replacement for the outgoing State Budget Director, and a new head for the Human Resources Development Department.

Why The Number of Criminal Defendants Sent To The State Hospital Is Soaring Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Why The Number of Criminal Defendants Sent To The State Hospital Is Soaring

Experts cite Hawaii's large number of homeless mentally ill, who are often charged with minor crimes, and the lack of preventive services.
One Senator’s Prescription For Making The State Hospital Safer Cory Lum/Civil Beat

One Senator’s Prescription For Making The State Hospital Safer

Officials say they’re already taking steps to make the facility more escape-proof by adding fences and suspending patient privileges.

Hawaii State Hospital Wasn’t Built For The Type Of Patients It Serves AP

Hawaii State Hospital Wasn’t Built For The Type Of Patients It Serves

Some lawmakers want tighter security at the psychiatric hospital, where seven patients have escaped since 2014, until new facilities are built.

Officials Still Silent About How Killer Escaped From Hawaii State Hospital PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Officials Still Silent About How Killer Escaped From Hawaii State Hospital

The AG’s office issued a $500,000 warrant for the arrest of Randall Saito, calling him a “dangerous individual” who needs to be off the street.

Nevada’s ‘Most Dangerous’ Inmates Move In With Hawaii Prisoners Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Nevada’s ‘Most Dangerous’ Inmates Move In With Hawaii Prisoners

The private Saguaro Correctional Center in Arizona says the new prisoners will be fenced off and separated from the 1,600 Hawaii inmates.
‘Preferred’ Jail Site Currently Houses Animal Quarantine Station Cory Lum/Civil Beat

‘Preferred’ Jail Site Currently Houses Animal Quarantine Station

The Halawa Valley project's $525 million price tag includes $17.5 million for a new quarantine facility.
Officers Hope New Chief Will Clear Away ‘Dark Cloud Over HPD’ Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Officers Hope New Chief Will Clear Away ‘Dark Cloud Over HPD’

Susan Ballard is sworn in as Honolulu’s police chief to a chorus of praise as the department looks to move beyond the Louis Kealoha years.

Susan Ballard To Be Sworn In Wednesday As Honolulu Police Chief Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Susan Ballard To Be Sworn In Wednesday As Honolulu Police Chief

The 32-year veteran will be first woman to lead the police department in its 85-year history.