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Wednesday, June 30, 2021·2 - 3 p.m.·Zoom Webinar

IDEAS Live: How Can We Improve The Health Of Our Ocean Waters?

Join Civil Beat IDEAS Editor Julia Steele, for a discussion with WAI’s Stuart Coleman, DLNR’s Emma Yuen and Surfrider’s Daniel Amato.

This discussion is based off the recent IDEAS essay, “The Work To Convert Hawaii’s Cesspools Continues,” by Stuart Coleman.

Register here to attend live or receive the recording.

Wednesday, June 30, 2021·5 - 6 p.m.·Zoom Meeting

Civil Beat Book Club “When You Trap A Tiger” by Tae Keller

Civil Beat’s education reporter, Suevon Lee, will host a virtual discussion on “When You Trap A Tiger,” a children’s literature book written by Honolulu-born author Tae Keller.

Add this book to your children’s summer reading list and invite them to participate in this discussion. Written for children and grown-ups alike, this tale will captivate both young and older hearts.

“When You Trap A Tiger” is the winner of the 2021 Newbery Medal and Asian/Pacific American Award for Children’s Literature.

Register for the discussion here.

Friday, December 31, 2021

Civil Beat Book Club 2021 Reading List

March 31: “Sunny Skies, Shady Characters: Cops, Killers, and Corruption in the Aloha State.” by Jim Dooley
Hosted by Nick Grube

May 26: “Murder Leaves Its Mark” by Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl
Hosted by Claire Caulfield

June 30: “When You Trap A Tiger” by Tae Keller (kid’s book)
Hosted by Suevon Lee

July 28: “Nānā I Ke Kumu, Helu ʻEkolu (Volume III)” contributors: Lynette Paglinawan, Likeke Paglinawan, Dennis Kauahi, Kalei Kanuha, and artist Īmaikalani Kalahele
Hosted by Ku‘u Kauanoe

September 29: “Food and Power” Edited by Aya Hirata Kimura and Krisnawati Suryanata
Hosted by Claire Caulfield

November 24: “Value of Hawaii 3” Edited by Noelani Goodyear-Kaʻōpua, Craig Howes, Jonathan Kay Kamakawiwo‘ole Osorio, and Aiko Yamashiro
Hosted by Julia Steele

The Civil Beat Book Club is a partnership with local book store, da Shop.

Book club members receive 10% off the monthly book club selections when purchasing online with code “CB10” or in the Kaimuki shop.

Visit their site for all the upcoming and past book club selections.

Wednesday, June 16, 2021·2 - 3 p.m.·Zoom Webinar

IDEAS Live: Should UH Manoa Offer A Criminal Justice Degree?

Join Civil Beat IDEAS editor Julia Steele, for a discussion with UHM professor emerita Meda Chesney-Lind, UHM associate professor Helen Yu, Hawaii warden Mark Patterson and University of Nebraska criminology professor Chris Eskridge.

This discussion is based off the recent IDEAS essay, “The University Of Hawaii Needs A Criminal Justice Department,” by Meda Chesney-Lind and Helen Yu.

Register here to attend live or receive the recording.

Thursday, June 10, 2021·2 - 3 p.m.·Zoom Webinar

Civil Cafe: Health Equity in Hawaii

What does health equity in Hawaii look like a year into the pandemic? What have we learned from coronavirus disparities, and what should we be doing moving forward?

Join Civil Beat reporter Anita Hofschneider in conversation with community stakeholders as we delve into health equity issues in Hawaii.

Guests include:

Josie Howard, Chief Executive Officer, We Are Oceania

Dr. Sheri Daniels, Executive Director, Papa Ola Lokahi

Chantelle “Tellie” Matagi, Contact Tracing Lead Investigator Team 6B, State Department of Health’s Pacific Islanders Outreach Team

Civil Beat’s health reporting is supported by Kaiser Permanente Hawaii, the Atherton Family Foundation and Papa Ola Lokahi.

Register here to attend live or receive the recording.

Wednesday, June 2, 2021·2 - 3 p.m.·Zoom Webinar

IDEAS Live: Power To The People

IDEAS Live Public Initiatives

Join Civil Beat IDEAS editor, Julia Steele, with Judge Daniel Foley, Maui GMO initiative petitioner Alika Atay and attorney R. Brian Black.

The group will discuss how in Hawaii, every county provides a process for citizen initiatives and how to force a citizen vote on a specific issue of concern.

This discussion is based off the IDEAS essay, “Use The County Initiative Process To Create Change In Hawaii,” by Brian Black and Casey Shoji.

Register here to attend live or receive the recording.

Wednesday, May 26, 2021·5:30 - 7:00 p.m.·Crowdcast + Zoom Meeting

CB Book Club + Author Talk

The Civil Beat Book Club and da Shop are reading “Murder Leaves Its Mark,” by Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl and will be hosting a two-part event on Wednesday, May 26.

From 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. join us for a talk with the author and Civil Beat reporter Claire Caulfield. The author talk will be held on Crowdcast and the audience may participate by asking questions. 

Immediately following the author talk we will shift to our Civil Beat book club meeting from 6:15 to 7:00 p.m. The discussion will be held on Zoom, in meeting format, where everyone can be seen and talk freely about the book.

Register here.


Thursday, May 20, 2021·3:30·Zoom Webinar

Coming Of Age In The Time Of COVID-19

During the global pandemic of 2020, Honolulu Civil Beat and The Center for Oral History at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa separately documented the experiences of Hawaii’s community members through audio, video and written stories.

Civil Beat distributed audio recorders to nine teenagers and asked them to record their daily reflections on school, family and teenage life during the pandemic for the multimedia story, “The Kids Are Alright: 2020 Through The Eyes Of Hawaii’s Teenager.”

The Center for Oral History initiated the Hawaiʻi Life in the Time of COVID-19 Project to engage Hawaii’s communities across the islands in examining, articulating and sharing the impacts of COVID-19.

During this event Civil Beat and the Center for Oral History will come together to reflect on the impact of the pandemic on Hawaii’s youth. Some of the teenagers from Civil Beat’s project will discuss where life has taken them since then and we’ll listen to and watch some of the interviews from the Center for Oral History’s project.

Register here to attend live or for the recording.

Wednesday, May 19, 2021·2 - 3 p.m.·Zoom Webinar and FB Live

IDEAS Live: Solving Our Traffic Woes

Join Civil Beat IDEAS editor, Julia Steele, with Sumner LaCroix and Justin Tyndall from UHERO and Civil Beat’s Marcel Honore.

Register to attend live or to receive the recording.


Wednesday, May 12, 2021·2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.·Zoom Webinar

IDEAS Live: Tracking The Money

IDEAS Live Money CARES FundsJoin Civil Beat IDEAS editor, Julia Steele, with Chief State Economist Eugene Tian, former state Sen. Jill Tokuda, Beth Giesting from the Hawaii Budget and Policy Center and former Congressional aide Melissa Hampe.

Take a look at how much funding the Islands have received since the outset of the pandemic, how those funds have been spent, what federal funding is coming next and how that money could and should be spent.

Register to attend live or for the recording here.