Come and talk story with our reporters on Wednesday at the public library.

We love these pop-up newsrooms!

Two weeks ago, about 100 high school kids from James Campbell High School showed up at our Ewa Beach pop-up to talk about the civics projects they’re working on and the news writing class many of them are taking this year.

That was in addition to people who wanted to update us on a number of projects in the west side community and express concerns about some issues facing the state.

We’re so thrilled that so many of you are finding these day-long meetings with Civil Beat journalists to be worth your time. Our event on Wednesday at the Kalihi-Palama Public Library will be the 17th time we’ve taken our staff on the road to meet with folks in the community — people who might not have much of a chance to discuss their issues and ideas otherwise.

Since October, we’ve been holding these pop-ups in partnership with the Hawaii Public Library System. The concept is simple — our staff just works out of the library for the day and spends time talking to whoever shows up.

It’s very informal, just stop in any time during library hours and grab an empty chair. We’ve been bringing a pretty good mix of reporters, editors, social media and engagement staff but please let me know in advance if there is anyone in particular you’d like to meet with.

On Wednesday, we will be at the library — 1325 Kalihi St. — from noon to 7 p.m. We hope that will give people time to scoot over after work.

Check out our Pop-Up Newsroom landing page to see videos of what people in the communities we’ve visited have to say about their hometown.

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