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Wednesday, March 10, 2021·11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.·Online Event

Civil Cafe: Legislative Update

Join Civil Beat politics and opinion editor, Chad Blair, as he hosts this virtual panel featuring Hawaii’s lawmakers. Tune in to get a sense of what bills are still alive and which ones will need to be revisited next year.

Panelists include:

Chad Blair, Civil Beat Politics and Opinion Editor

Kevin Dayton, Civil Beat Reporter

Rep. Sylvia Luke, House District 25, Chair of the House Finance Committee.

Sen. Donovan Dela Cruz, Senate District 22, Chair of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means and a Member on the Committee on Education.

Sherry Menor-McNamara, President and CEO, Chamber of Commerce Hawaii

Register here.

Thursday, March 18, 2021·2 - 3 p.m. HST·Zoom Webinar

Shining A Light On Public Records

Join Civil Beat reporter Christina Jedra and Brian Black from the Civil Beat Law Center for a discussion on Hawaii’s public records law and the push to end the suspension Gov. Ige placed last year during the pandemic.

Register Here.

Wednesday, March 31, 2021·5 - 6:30 p.m. HST·Zoom Meeting

Civil Beat Book Club “Sunny Skies, Shady Characters: Cops, Killers and Corruption in the Aloha State” by James Dooley

This year we’re reading books written by local authors and inviting them to participate in our group discussion. The list is inspired by Civil Beat’s coverage and includes fiction, nonfiction and occasional special events.

Our first book of 2021 is “Sunny Skies, Shady Character: Cops, Killers and Corruption in the Aloha State,” by Jim Dooley.

The group discussion will take place on Wednesday, March 31 at 5 p.m. HST.

Civil Beat’s D.C. reporter Nick Grube, who has had quite a bit of experience covering corruption since first reporting about the Kealohas and the stolen mailbox incident, will be guiding our discussion with author Jim Dooley.

The Civil Beat book club is open to the public and members can join at any time. The discussion will be held online in a Zoom meeting and we encourage attendees to participate in the discussion.

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, February 24, 2021·2 - 3 p.m.·Facebook Live

IDEAS Live: Getting Beyond Plastic

A conversation with Zero Waste Hawaii’s Nicole Chatterson, Zero Waste Washington’s Heather Trim, and global packaging expert Joachim Quoden.

Tune in on Civil Beat’s Facebook live page and “like” it to receive notifications for when we go live.

Watch live here.

Thursday, February 18, 2021·2 - 3 p.m.·Online Event

Reporters Roundtable w/ Anita Hofschneider and Kevin Knodell

During this Reporters Roundtable, Civil Beat military reporter Kevin Knodell will share his experiences covering conflict in the Middle East, how he’s been covering the military in Hawaii during the pandemic since joining Civil Beat last year and what he hopes to write about moving forward.

Longtime Civil Beat reporter Anita Hofschneider will discuss her reporting on the environmental impacts of the military in Hawaii and the broader Pacific and veterans issues.

Register here.

Thursday, February 4, 2021·2 - 3 p.m.

Hawaii’s Shot: A Conversation About The COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout with Josh Green


Join Civil Beat reporters Brittany Lyte and Eleni Avendaño for a conversation with Lieutenant Governor Josh Green as they discuss the status of Hawaii’s vaccination rollout and what we can expect in the near future.

This virtual event will be recorded and sent to everyone who registers, including those who cannot make it live.

Register here.

Thursday, January 28, 2021·2 - 3:30 p.m.·Zoom Webinar

Civil Cafe: Legislative Preview

Join Chad Blair, Civil Beat’s politics and opinion editor, as he hosts this virtual panel featuring the leaders of the Hawaii Legislature and the head of the good-government nonprofit Common Cause.


Chad Blair, Civil Beat Politics and Opinion Editor

Senate President Ron Kouchi

House Speaker Scott Saiki

Sandy Ma, Executive Director of Common Cause Hawaii

Register here.

Thursday, January 21, 2021·2 - 3:30 p.m.

The Hawaii Variable: COVID-19 Dashboards Workshop

Moderated by Civil Beat’s data reporter, Yoohyun Jung, the panelists will show you how to navigate Hawaii’s many COVID-19 data dashboards and figure out how to extract the most important and interesting information out of them, including the state’s two main dashboards— Hawaii Emergency Management Agency’s (HiEMA) daily COVID-19 data dashboard and Hawaii’s Dept. of Health’s Disease Outbreak Control Division’s (DOCD) COVID-19 summary metrics dashboard. As well as, Hawaii Data Collaborative’s current situation dashboard and other resources.


Yoohyun Jung, Honolulu Civil Beat

Nick Redding, Hawaii Data Collaborative

Joshua Quint, Hawaii Disease Outbreak Control Division

Niea Gardner, Hawaii Emergency Management Agency

Victoria Fan, University of Hawaii Manoa and Hawaii Pandemic Applied Modeling Work Group

Register for this free workshop here.

Thursday, January 14, 2021·2 - 3 p.m. ·Zoom Webinar

Reporters Roundtable w/ Kevin Dayton and Blaze Lovell

The Reporters Roundtable is a new event series where reporters open up their notebooks and share insights into what they’re covering.

Reporters Blaze Lovell and Kevin Dayton chat about the upcoming session of the Hawaii Legislature, which resumes Jan. 20. Join the conversation as they share how the pandemic may reshape and refocus lawmakers’ priorities for the coming year.

This event has passed. Watch the recording here.