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Wednesday, December 14, 2022 · 5:30 - 7 p.m. · da Shop Warehouse - 3565 Harding Ave, Honolulu, HI 96816

Civil Beat Book Club – “No Country For Eight-Spot Butterflies”

Graphic of Civil Beat Book Club event "No Country For Eight-Spot Butterflies" on Wednesday, December 14 from 5:30 - 7 p.m. at da Shop

This in-person book club discussion will be hosted by reporter Anita Hofschneider and will be held at da Shop located at 3565 Harding Ave. in Kaimuki.

Drinks and light pupu will be served.

“No Country For Eight-Spot Butterflies (A Lyric Essay)” by Julian Aguon is collection of essays on resistance, resilience, and collective power in the age of climate disaster from Chamorro human rights lawyer and organizer Julian Aguon.

Click to learn more and register to attend in-person.

Wednesday, January 25, 2023 · Hawaii Public Libraries - Various Locations

Civil Beat “Pop-Up” Newsrooms

Civil Beat reporters and staff will be working out of various Hawaii State Public Libraries across the state.

Come and learn more about how we do our jobs and talk to us about what stories you think need to be covered. Find more details about this project.

Here’s where we’ll be:

Tuesday, November 29 – Hilo Public Library, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Wednesday, January, 25 – Honokaʻa Public Library, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

More to be announced.

If you’d like to reach us ahead of a visit or arrange for one in your town, please email membership@civilbeat.org.


Friday, November 11, 2022 · 5 - 8 p.m. · Ka Waiwai Moiliili

NHPI Health Inequities: Root Causes and Systemic Solutions

Event graphic for NHPI Health Inequities Root Causes and Systemic Solutions event on Fridya, November 21 from 5 - 8 p.m.High rates of diet-related health disparities have long impacted the Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (NHPI) communities of Hawaiʻi. This session will provide an overview of the social and cultural determinants of health for Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders and their current health status. Examples of successful and culturally responsive health promotion programs for Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders will be discussed.

The featured speaker will be Joseph Keaweʻaimoku Kaholokula, Ph.D. hosted by Civil Beat Reporter, Anita Hofschneider.

Doors open at 5 p.m. for booths, music and food. Speakers will start at 6 p.m, followed by an optional post-discussion community forum from 7 – 8 p.m.

Tickets are $5 which includes complimentary food.

Click here to register in-person or receive the recording of this event.

Monday, October 31, 2022 · Various Times · Virtual

Hawaii Book & Music Festival

The Hawaii Book and Music Festival will run from October 1 – 31, 2022.

There will be 75 Zoom events featuring national, international, and Hawai‘i authors with programs on Hawaiian culture, wellness, sustainability and innovation. Civil Beat staff will be hosting a number of festival discussions, which you can register for below.

  • Windward Housing HuiChad Blair, Terry George, ‘Atalina Pasi, Nick Redding Thursday, October 6 at 6 p.m.
  • Reflections in Stone & BronzeDenby Fawcett, Cheryl Soon, Kim Duffett, Peter Apo Sunday, October 9 at 4 p.m.
  • Systemic Corruption in HawaiiChristina Jedra, Doug Chin, Alexander Silvert, Heather Ferguson Tuesday, October 11 at 6 p.m.
  • Malama One WaterChristina Jedra, Christin Reynolds, Kaleo Manuel, Stuart Coleman, Leah Bremer Wednesday, October 12 4 p.m.
  • Pandemic Isolation and Surge in Eating DisordersBrittany Lyte, Adam Coles, Liz Kaoh, Sarah Thom, Anita Johnson Tuesday, October 18 4 p.m.
  • Potential for Hawaii’s Other AquacultureThomas Heaton, Dylan Howell, Todd Low Wednesday, October 26 at 6 p.m.


Register for the festival and create your schedule here.

Friday, October 21, 2022 · 5 - 7 p.m. · UH Maui College

Civil Cafe: Maui County Charter Amendments

This November, Maui County voters have a chance to weigh in on 13 proposals that seek to transform how their local government works.

The vast majority of the questions that Maui County voters will see on the Nov. 8 ballot are the culmination of more than a year of work by a group of residents tasked with reviewing the County Charter — the document that serves as the government’s constitution. That process only happens once every 10 years.

Now, it’s up to Maui County voters like you to decide if you want to support the suggested changes. Among the proposals: Whether the county should operate as a bilingual government, create a new housing department and require more government transparency.

Join Civil Beat reporters Marina Riker and Brittany Lyte as they cohost a discussion about the 13 proposed Maui Charter Amendments.

Guest Speakers:

  • Shane Sinenci – Chair of the Agriculture and Public Trust Committee
  • Keoni Kuoha* – Vice Chair, Maui Charter Commission
  • Michael Williams* – Board of Directors, Maui Tomorrow Foundation
  • Dave DeLeon* – Former County official and former government affairs director for the Realtors Association of Maui.

*Members of the Charter Commission


5 – 6 p.m. Civil Beat will host a pupu hour where you can mingle with our staff and reporters

6 – 7 p.m. The discussion will be held inside Ike Lea Room 144

Register here to attend in-person or watch the live-stream.

Wednesday, October 19, 2022 · 12:00 - 1 p.m. · Virtual on Crowdcast

One Water Forum: The Benefits Of Water Reuse

Event Graphic for the One Water Forum: The Benefits of Water Reuse discussion on Wednesday, October 19 at noon. Register at civilbeat.org/events.Water conservation is more important than ever due to the shutdown of three major BWS water sources near Red Hill. One way to help maximize our groundwater resources is through the practice of water reuse. This includes repurposing stormwater, wastewater, and graywater for uses such as on golf courses and landscaping, cooling towers, industrial needs, and more.

Oahu has repurposed wastewater since August 2000, with the opening of the Honouliuli Water Recycled Facility used for irrigation, agriculture, and industrial needs across the Ewa plain, saving millions of gallons of potable water per day.

The panel will discuss the future of water reuse, how it works, its benefits, and the countless ways it’ll help to protect our precious yet limited water resources.

Viewers will also be given a chance to ask questions during the forum.


Marcel Honore – Honolulu Civil Beat


Ernest Lau – Manager & Chief Engineer, Board of Water Supply

Roger Babcock – Director & Chief Engineer, City’s Department of Environmental Services

Christin Reynolds – Director at One World One Water

Elson Gushiken – Vice President of ITC Water Management, Inc.

Register here to attend virtually or watch the recording.

Monday, October 3, 2022 · 6 - 7 p.m. · Ka Waiwai Moiliili

Know Your Candidate: Governor

Governor candidates Duke Aiona and Josh Green sit down for a casual hour-long conversation with Honolulu Civil Beat’s Politics and Opinion Editor, Chad Blair, and Reporter Blaze Lovell.

This event will be free and open to the public for in-person attendance at Ka Waiwai in Moiliili.

The discussion will also be live-streamed on Crowdcast and a recording will be sent to everyone who registers for live-stream or in-person.

We want to hear what questions you have for the Gubernatorial candidates, so please submit your questions before the event through this form.

Register to attend this event in-person or to view the live-stream.

Friday, September 16, 2022 · 5 - 8 p.m. · Ka Waiwai

Food Insecurity in Hawaiʻi: Understanding Root Causes & Systemic Solutions

The Future of Food & Agriculture in Hawaiʻi is a monthly speaker series featuring thought-leaders, academics, community leaders, state officials and practitioners from across the state and the nation.

Presented by The Hawaiʻi Institute for Sustainable Community Food Systems at University of Hawaiʻi – West Oʻahu, Honolulu Civil Beat, UH Better Tomorrow Speaker Series, and Waiwai Collective, this series is meant to generate key opportunities for community dialogue among a diverse audience, aiming to achieve a healthy, equitable, resilient and sustainable food system for Hawaiʻi.

The first installment of the series will be: Food Insecurity in Hawaiʻi: Root Causes and Systemic Solutions on Friday, September 16 at Ka Waiwai. Location: 1110 University Avenue Suite 100 Honolulu, HI 96826

Featured speakers will be Amy Marvin, President and CEO of Hawaiʻi Foodbank and Catherine Pirkle, Associate Professor in Health Policy and Management at UH Manoa, hosted by Civil Beat reporter, Brittany Lyte.

Doors open at 5 p.m. for activities and booths. Speakers will start at 6 p.m, followed by an optional post-discussion community forum, hosted by Mahina Paishon-Duarte of Waiwai Collective from 7 – 8 p.m.

Register here to attend.

Wednesday, August 17, 2022 · 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. · Yoga Under the Palms Kaimuki (3574 Waialae Ave.)

Conversation And Coffee

graphic for conversation and coffee event on wednesday, august 17 from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. at yoga under the palms in kaumukiMeet Civil Beat reporters, editors and staff in-person at this casual discussion debriefing on the results of the 2022 primary election.

This will also be an opportunity to learn what Civil Beat is about and share what issues you’d like to see more reporting coverage on.
Complimentary coffee and light snacks will be provided.

Even though the venue is a yoga studio, there will be no yoga at this event.

Register to attend here.

Wednesday, July 27, 2022 · 6 - 7:30 p.m. · da Shop Warehouse in Kaimuki

Civil Beat Book Club Discussion – “The Mailbox Conspiracy”

The next pick for the Civil Beat Book Club is “The Mailbox Conspiracy: The Inside Story of the Greatest Corruption Case in Hawai‘i History,” by Alexander Silvert.

There will be two separate events on this book. This listing will register you for the in-person Book Club Discussion hosted by Nick Grube on Wed. July 27 at 5:30 p.m. at da Shop’s Warehouse. Light pupu and refreshments will be provided.

Tune into the separate virtual Q&A with author Alexander Silvert and reporter Nick Grube on Thurs. July 7 at 11 a.m. Register here.

Book Summary:

When Honolulu police chief Louis Kealoha and his wife, Katherine, the city’s deputy prosecutor, reported their mailbox stolen to frame a family member, it was only the beginning of an elaborate conspiracy—and a corruption case that soon became the most notorious in Hawaii history. Riveting and meticulously told by the federal defender who learned the story from the inside, The Mailbox Conspiracy is a fascinating study in the corruption of power and the abuse of public office.

Register to attend in-person.