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Tuesday, November 28, 2023 · Hawaii Public Libraries - Various Locations

Civil Beat “Pop-Up” Newsrooms

Pop-Up Newsroom logoCivil 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.

Civil Beat’s pop-up newsrooms are supported by the Hawaii Community Foundation and the League of Women Voters of Honolulu Education Fund.

New popups are added frequently so be sure to check back often!

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

Thursday, November 9, 2023 · 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. · 3650 Waialae Ave Suite 200 Honolulu, HI 96816

Conversation & Coffee

Join us for an opportunity meet Civil Beat reporters and staff, learn more about our nonprofit newsroom and share what issues you’d like to see more coverage of.

Complimentary coffee and light snacks will be provided.

This event will be held at the new Civil Beat headquarters in Kaimuki, located on the second floor above Goodwill Hawaii. Parking is located within the building at 3650 Waialae Avenue, entrance on Wilhelmina Rise. Parking validation will be provided for all attendees.

Click here to register.

Thursday, October 19, 2023 · 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. · Ka Waiwai Collective

Disaster Preparedness and Food System Resilience in Hawaii: Best Practices and Lessons Learned from a Summer of Extreme Weather

The Maui fires exposed Hawaii’s vulnerability to extreme climate change-induced weather events, once again raising questions over how disaster-ready the state is. This panel discussion will highlight the needs and strategies for building greater food system resilience and disaster preparedness for Hawaii.

Presented by The Hawaii Institute for Sustainable Community Food Systems at University of 

Hawaii – West Oahu, 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 Hawaii.

Featured Panelists:

Chad Buck – Founder and Owner of Hawaii Foodservice Alliance

Jennifer Walter – Deputy Director of Department of Emergency Management City and County of Honolulu

Dexter Kishida – Deputy to the Chairperson at Hawaii Department of Agriculture

This panel discussion will be moderated by Civil Beat reporter Thomas Heaton.


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

Watch the event recording here.

Friday, September 22, 2023 · 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. · Virtual Event

The Threat of Hawaii Wildfires: A Panel Discussion

Join Civil Beat’s fire panel to learn more about how and why wildfires have taken hold of Hawaii’s landscape – and how to prevent the worst-case scenario where you live. In light of the Aug. 8 fires that swept across Maui, including the tragic events in Lahaina, Civil Beat reporter Thomas Heaton will be joined by three panelists who have been dealing with wildfire for years. They will share tips, tools and understanding accumulated over their collective decades working in academics, in the community and on the frontline.

Featured Panelists:

Clay Trauernicht – Ecosystems and Fire Specialist at The University of Hawaii at Manoa

Elizabeth Pickett – Co-Executive Director at The Hawaii Wildfire Management Organization

Shermaih “Bulla” Iaea – Owner at Makaha Aqua Farms and Retired Firefighter for City and County of Honolulu

Watch the recording from the event.

Thursday, August 17, 2023 · 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. · Virtual Event

A Conversation with Governor Josh Green

Civil Beat’s Senior Reporter Stewart Yerton, sits down with Gov. Josh Green for 30 minutes to discuss the topic of the housing for all those who have been displaced from their homes due to the Maui fires.

This free virtual event will be recorded and sent to everyone who registers, including those who cannot make it live. Transcripts will be available by request following the event.

Watch the recording from the event.

Thursday, August 3, 2023 · 5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. · ProArts Playhouse - Kihei, Maui

Storytellers Event: Where I Live – Maui

This storytelling event will feature community members from the island of Maui and will take place at ProArts Playhouse in Kihei. The event will be hosted by Civil Beat’s very own Director of Philanthropy, Mariko Chang

We will begin our event at 5:00 p.m. where you may register, participate in interactive activities and pre-purchase items at the concession stand. The doors will open for seating at 5:30 p.m. and the storytellers will begin at 6:00 p.m. 

Featured Storytellers:

Malika Dudley KITV4 Meterologist & Host of the Communification Podcast

Lance D. Collins – Attorney & Filmmaker

Kainoa Horcajo – Cultural Consultant, Writer, Actor, Farmer & Community Servant

Archie Kalepa – Ocean Sport Pioneer, Former Head of Maui Ocean Rescue and Safety & Recipient of the Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation’s Hawaii Waterman Hall of Fame Award.

Madame Donut – Owner of Donut Dynamite!

Watch the recording from the event.

Thursday, July 20, 2023 · 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. · Honolulu Coffee Experience Center

Coffee With Columnists

If you enjoy Civil Beat’s columns then this is your chance to chat with a few of the column writers. Each of them will share about their current coverage followed by open questions and discussion.

Featured Columnists:

Other Civil Beat reporters, editors and staff members will be in attendance as well so come to mingle and learn more about what Civil Beat is working on.

Complimentary coffee and pastries will be provided.

Limited spaces available.

Click here to reserve your spot. 

Thursday, June 22, 2023 · 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. · da Shop Warehouse - 3565 Harding Avenue Honolulu, HI 96816

Conversation & Coffee

Civil Beat event - conversation & coffee on Thursday, June 22 from 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. at da Shop.Join us for an opportunity to learn more about Civil Beat and share what issues you’d like to see more reporting coverage on.

Complimentary coffee and light snacks will be provided.

Parking is available on the street around the neighborhood and at nearby parking lots.

Register here to attend.

Friday, June 2, 2023 · 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. · Palikū Theatre - Windward Community College

Hawaii Storytellers: Where I Live – Windward Oahu

This Windward Oahu storytelling event will feature community members from Koolaupoko and take place at Palikū Theater on the campus of Windward Community College.

The doors will open at 6 p.m. and the storytellers will begin at 7 p.m. Come when doors open to enjoy interactive activities, food and music.

Featured Storytellers:

Kuʻulani Keohokalole (Miyashiro) – Founder of People Strategies Hawaii

Mahealani Cypher – Cultural Consultant, board member of Koʻolau Foundation

Taurie Kinoshita – Director, playwright and teacher at Windward Community College

Keliʻi Kotubetey – Assistant Executive Director at Paepae o He`eia

Liko Hoe – Owner, Waiahole Poi Factory

Watch the event recording here.


Wednesday, May 3, 2023 · 12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. · Hawaii State Capitol Room 309

Civil Cafe: Legislative Wrap Up

Civil Cafe Legislative Wrap Up Event on Wednesday, May 3 from noon-1:30 p.m. at the Capitol in Room 309.

This Civil Cafe will take place in-person at the Hawaii State Capitol in room 309 (changed from 329).  If you’re not able to join us, register to receive the post-event recording.

Featured Panelists:

Representative Dee Morikawa – House District 17, Majority Floor Leader

Representative Nadine Nakamura – House District 15, House Majority Leader

Senator Chris Lee – Senate District 25, Senate Assistant Majority Whip

Watch the event recording here.