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.

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.

Featured Ongoing Series

Hawaii's Mental Health Crisis

An ongoing series exploring the challenges facing the state’s stressed-out mental health system and innovative efforts to confront those problems.



“Wayfinding” offers a street-level look at the challenges of getting around Oahu and the neighbor islands.


Hawaii Behind Bars

How Hawaii is managing its troubled prison system, including four prisons and four jails in Hawaii, and a contract private prison in Arizona.


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.
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

Featured Multimedia

Joe Rubin/Civil Beat

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
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
A coral is really thousands of units called polyps, which are visible in this macro photo of a coral off the north shore of Oahu.

Saving Coral

Researchers in Hawaii are involved in cutting-edge science aimed at countering the effects of climate change on the world’s oceans.