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Wednesday, January 22, 2020·12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.·Hawaii State Capitol Building, room 329

Civil Cafe: 2020 Legislative Preview

Honolulu Civil Beat hosts a Civil Cafe panel event previewing Hawaii’s 2020 legislative session.

This event will be moderated by Civil Beat’s politics and opinion editor Chad Blair. The panel will include Civil Beat reporter Blaze Lovell and more to be announced. This event will be recorded and shared on civilbeat.org.

Have a question about the 2020 session? Submit your questions for the panelists through this form.

This event is free and open to the public but please reserve your spot in advance.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020·6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.·da Shop 3565 Harding Ave, Honolulu, HI 96816

Civil Beat Book Club

Join the Civil Beat Book Club for a discussion on “The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry” written by Garbielle Zevin. Our host for this meeting will be Claire Caulfield, Civil Beat’s audio producer.

Civil Beat’s book club is open to the public and members can join at any time.

Join our facebook group for more discussion and register to attend the next book club meeting here.

Thursday, January 9, 2020·6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.·Honolulu BeerWorks

News and Brews Pau Hana Feat. CB Columnists

Join us after work and meet some of Honolulu Civil Beat’s columnists and reporters at this casual pau hana.

Columnists joining us will be Neal Milner, Denby Fawcett, Ian Lind and Trisha Kehaulani Watson.

Light pupu will be provided by Civil Beat and Honolulu Beerworks is offering 15% off your tab as part of this event.

Space is limited so sign up now.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019·6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.·Ka Waiwai, 1110 University Ave. Honolulu, HI 96826

Neighborhood Haiku Poetry Reading

Civil Beat ran our first Neighborhood Haiku poetry contest where we asked readers to submit poems using their ZIP codes.

The winning poems will be read by the poems’ authors and there will be a special poetry reading from acclaimed local author and poet Lee Tonouchi, also known as “Da Pidgin Guerrilla.”

This event is free and open to the public but please register in advance.


Wednesday, December 4, 2019·6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.·da Shop 3565 Harding Ave, Honolulu, HI 96816

Civil Beat Book Club Discussion “Doxology: A Novel”

The Civil Beat Book Club will hold its first book discussion on the book “Doxology: A Novel” by Nell Zink, chosen by investigations editor, John Hill.

Don’t forget to join our facebook group and sign up for the discussion on “Doxology” here.


Wednesday, October 16, 2019·6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.·da Shop 3565 Harding Ave, Honolulu, HI 96816

Civil Beat Book Club Launch Mixer

Read what Civil Beat reporters read, besides the news, and join the Civil Beat Book Club! Our official launch mixer is on October 16, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at da Shop (3565 Harding Ave.).

Meet our book club hosts, have some drinks and pupu, plus if you join the book club and purchase a book club selection at the launch party, you’ll receive 10% off your entire purchase!

Every other month a different Civil Beat reporter or staff member will choose a book and host a discussion at da Shop. As a book club member you’ll have access to special events and extra discussions online with our facebook group so make sure to join. If you don’t have facebook, please reply to this email requesting your book club membership.

Thursday, September 26, 2019·6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.·Entrepreneurs Sandbox (643 Ilalo St. Honolulu, HI 96813)

Civil Beat Brainstorm: School Suspensions and Student Discipline

Civil Beat is trying something different. Join us for a new type of collaborative engagement event: Civil Beat Brainstorm. Instead of hosting a panel around a specific story or issue that we’ve already written about, we want you to come to us with your ideas and share your knowledge on a topic we feel deserves a stronger media spotlight.

This Civil Beat Brainstorm will focus on school suspensions and student discipline, and Civil Beat education reporter Suevon Lee wants to hear from you to gather ideas for future stories.

Maybe you’re an educator who sees a need for more mental health counseling at schools; a parent who has seen a child go through the disciplinary process; or someone who knows of a school that is a “bright spot”: trying something new in the area of restorative justice.

More details and registration here.

Friday, September 6, 2019·5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.·Ka Waiwai, 1110 University Ave. Honolulu, HI 96826

Hawaii Storytellers: How I Live With Dying

Civil Beat in partnership with Hawaii Arts Alliance and Waiwai Collective presents an evening of live storytelling by members of our local community on the theme of death and dying.

Each storyteller will share an account of remarkable past events in their life, illuminating their personal relationship with matters related to mortality and life’s impermanence. Together, we’ll take in these narratives of strength, love, loss, science, spirituality and grief in a safe, intimate venue.

Storytellers include:

  • Halealoha Ayau, expert in repatriation of Native Hawaiian remains
  • Dr. Rae Seitz, hospice and palliative care medical specialist
  • Cortney Gusick, owner of Pahiki Caskets
  • Dr. Charles “Chuck” Miller, clinical oncologist who came out of retirement to assist Kaiser Permanente Hawaii with the new medical aid in dying law
  • Hiro Ito, program director of Kids Hurt Too Hawaii
  • Hosted by Brittany Lyte, reporter for Civil Beat

Purchase your ticket to Hawaii Storytellers:How I Live With Dying here.


Friday, August 23, 2019·TBD·TBD

Conversation And Coffee – Wailuku and Lahaina, Maui

Hey Maui readers, we’re hosting two Conversation And Coffee events on your island. We hope you will join us as we get overly caffeinated and talk about the news. We’ll be in Wailuku in the morning and Lahaina in the afternoon. Locations TBD.

This casual conversation is a chance for you to meet the people behind Civil Beat and let us know what issues are important to you and your Maui communities.

We are also searching for a Maui columnist, so if you are interested or know of anyone, please have them join us at this event.

Know of a good location for us to host this event? Email us at membership@civilbeat.org.

Friday, August 23, 2019·6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.·Maui Brewing Company Kihei

News And Brews Pau Hana – Kihei, Maui

Wind down from the work week and join us at Maui Brewing Company in Kihei, Maui for a meet-and-greet with Civil Beat reporters and staff, including criminal justice reporter, Yoohyun Jung and Editor and General Manager, Patti Epler.

This no-host pau hana will be located in the Maui Brewing Company tasting room. Light pupu will be provided.

Sign up in advance here.