Waimanalo Gulch Sanitary Landfill is Oahu's only municipal landfill and is set to close in 2028.

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Elections Guide

Hawaii’s 2022 elections are right around the corner and Civil Beat’s elections guide is here to help with essential information, candidate positions, news stories and more.

Hawaii v. Parental Rights

Our ongoing series examines the state's process for removing children from their parents, including why, in 85% of cases, it's done without a court order.

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Struggling To Get By

This ongoing series examines the factors that are making it so hard for Hawai's working class citizens to survive and thrive.

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Candidate Forum

This election year, we're publishing commentary written by political candidates for any office as a way to get more information directly to the voters. 

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Hawaii's Changing Economy

We explore where Hawaii's economy is headed and whether it can grow beyond tourism. Reporting is funded by a grant from the Hawaii Community Foundation.

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Ka Ulana Pilina

This special section is an ongoing collection of news articles and opinion pieces written in Hawaiian to better connect with our Indigenous readers, identify underreported stories and improve our engagement with an underserved community.

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On The Hook

This Civil Beat special report takes a deep at the Western Pacific Fishery Management Council and explores its use of public money to influence public policy rather than manage fish stocks in a way to make sure they continue to flourish.
Cece Cullen at a protest in Las Vegas against the Thirty Meter Telescope.

Offshore: Far From Home

What does it mean to be Hawaiian outside of Hawaii? This season Offshore is taking a deep dive into the Native Hawaiian diaspora and sharing the stories of Native Hawaiians abroad.
Best Podcast: Under 1 million unique monthly visitors category
2020 Editor and Publisher, EPPY Awards

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Reeling It In

The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council is at the center of a Civil Beat investigation that reveals conflicts of interest, political favoritism and lax oversight when it comes to using federal dollars to further commercial fishing interests.
First Place for Energy/Natural Resources – Small division
2019 Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing
Kookie Gideon with her daughter at home in Ohio. She still longs for a child given up in an earlier adoption.

Black Market Babies

Dozens of women from the Marshall Islands are traveling to the U.S. every year to adopt out their babies to U.S. families despite government efforts to crack down on this unique baby pipeline. We examine the people and practices that are continuing to perpetuate the problem.
First Place for Asian American Pacific Islander Issues, Multimedia
2019 Asian American Journalists Association Awards
King Tides. Flooding preparedness.

Are We Ready?

Experts agree it’s only a matter of time until Oahu gets hit by a hurricane or tsunami. We examine the island’s vulnerabilities and what steps are being taken to make it more resilient.
First Place for Punch Sulzberger Award for Digital Innovation
2019 News Leaders Association
"Teaching is complex. I didn’t realize how hard it was until I got into the nitty gritty of it," said Potter, who is in her first full year of teaching in the DOE.
Workers Comp IME Daniel Junker with documents at Kalaeloa.

Waiting In Pain

A Civil Beat Investigation: In Hawaii’s workers’ comp system, people with long-lasting injuries are often forced to battle doctors hand-picked by insurance companies to get treatment and disability payments.
Honorable Mention for Public Service
2018 Associated Press Managing Editors Awards

The Last Wild Place

The Northwestern Hawaiian Islands is one of the most remote places on Earth. Now, it’s threatened by climate change, pollution and politics.
Multimedia Award for General Excellence
2018 Asian American Journalists Association

The Shark Chasers

University of Hawaii researchers tracked dozens of hungry tiger
sharks to a remote atoll in the Papahanaumokuakea Marine
National Monument this summer. Civil Beat photojournalist Alana
Eagle documents the expedition in this multimedia special report.
Visitors pose for photos at Lanai Lookout as large surf from Tropical Storm Guillermo pounds the shoreline cliffs.

Dying For Vacation

Why are so many tourists dying in Hawaii? We examine the causes of visitor deaths and the effort — or lack of it — to address one of the highest rates of visitor drownings in the country.
First Place, Airlines/Travel
2016 Best In Business, Society of American Business Editors and Writers
Candles alit in the entrance area to Hagatna’s Cathedral. Guam.

Faith Betrayed

Decades of sexual abuse by Catholic priests on the island of Guam have left the community feeling shattered.
Excellence in Radio or Podcast Religion Reporting
2018 Religion News Association Awards
Shina Gonzalez spent two years constructing her home in The Harbor.

The Harbor

Hawaii has the highest number of homeless people per-capita in the nation. We spent months inside a unique homeless “village” on Oahu’s west coast that more than 200 people have quietly turned into a home.
First Place, Feature, Small Newsroom
2016 Online Journalism Awards
Ejit island on Majuro, Marshall Islands. At low tide people can walk back and forth to Majuro island. December 2014

The Micronesians

Micronesians are leaving their home islands by the tens of thousands and coming to the U.S. This special report follows that journey and examines the effect it’s having on the communities in which they are settling.
First Place, Immigration and Border Reporting and Online Presentation
2016 Best of the West Awards

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In The Name Of The Law

An investigative series about the secrecy surrounding police misconduct in Hawaii.
Gannett Foundation Award for Innovative Investigative Journalism
2013 Online Journalism Awards