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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.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019·6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.·Le Jardin Academy, Wang Auditorium, 917 Kalanianaʻole Hwy, Kailua, HI 96734

Civil Cafe: What’s Happening To Kailua?

Join us for a Civil Cafe hosted by Civil Beat’s business reporter, Stewart Yerton, as he and the panel discuss what is happening to Kailua. The beach town has seen a lot of changes over the past couple of decades with the increase of visitors, spreading development and rising housing costs, all contributing to drastic changes in the community. So what does the future of Kailua look like?

Panelists include:

Kumu Hula Mapuana de Silva

Terrence George, President & CEO, Harold K.L. Castle Foundation

Danny Casler, My Kailua

Senator Laura Thielen

This event is free and open to the public, but please register to attend.

This event is a part of Civil Beat’s “Hawaii’s Changing Economy”  series and is supported by a grant from the Hawaii Community Foundation as part of its CHANGE Framework project.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019·6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.·Impact Hub Honolulu,

Civil Cafe: Pedestrian Safety

Join Civil Beat transportation reporter, Marcel Honore, as he moderates a panel discussion on pedestrian safety and transforming Oahu into a more walkable island.

Marcel is a bike commuter, and is tackling the island’s transportation issues in his special series, Wayfinding.

Panelists include:

Kathleen Rooney – Transportation Systems Manager, Ulupono Initiative

Jon Nouchi – Deputy Director, Department of Transportation Services

Daniel Alexander – Co-Director, Hawaii Bicycling League

Anthony Chang – Advocate for safer streets and Urban Planning Master’s student at UH, focusing on walking and bicycling safety.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019·9:30 AM - 10:30 AM·Civil Beat Office

Conversation And Coffee

Fresh off our spring fundraising campaign, we’re inviting all our members, new and old, into our office for a casual conversation with Civil Beat reporters and editors.

Get to know the newsroom that’s supported by you. Share your community concerns and what you’re enjoying about our coverage.

Space is limited, so please RSVP in advance