Civil Beat staff will be available to talk with readers on Thursday, Nov. 2.

Honolulu’s largest botanical garden is the setting for the latest Civil Beat pop-up newsroom.

The 400-acre Hoomaluhia Botanical Garden celebrated its 40th anniversary last year. Built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers the lush garden doubles as important flood protection for Kaneohe.

By now, Civil Beat readers will probably be familiar with our format. On Thursday, Nov. 2 team members will be available to talk story with the public and answer any questions about our journalism from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Readers often take the opportunity to suggest local issues they believe Civil Beat should be covering.

We’ll be set up to meet in the lecture room of the garden’s visitor center at 45-680 Luluku Rd. in Kaneohe.

The pop-up event Thursday is the first of three events scheduled for the Windward Coast of Oahu before the end of the year.

Le Jardin Academy in Kailua will host a pop-up on Monday, Nov. 13. from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and we’ll be back at the Waimanalo Public Library for a second time on Tuesday, Dec. 12 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

We also have two more Maui pop-up newsrooms planned and we’ll remind you about those as the dates draw closer.

Please let your community know that we are there to listen and we look forward to meeting you.

This project is supported by the Hawaii Community Foundation and the League of Women Voters of Honolulu Education Fund.

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