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Friday, February 28, 2020·10:30 a.m - 11:30 a.m.·Ha Coffee Bar - 4180 Rice St, Lihue, HI 96766

Conversation and Coffee – Lihue, Kauai

Civil Beat is taking our talk story coffee event to Lihue, Kauai!

Join us for a cup of coffee, pastries and conversation with Civil Beat editor and general manager Patti Epler, VP of operations and philanthropy Ben Nishimoto, reporter Brittany Lyte and digital producer Ku’u Kauanoe.

Get to know the newsroom that’s supported by you. Share your community concerns, what you love about Civil Beat and what you’d like to see more of in 2020.

Stick around after the event to interview for a Civil Beat video related to our Fault Lines special project.

Space is limited so please register in advance.

Friday, February 21, 2020·5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.·Ka Waiwai, 1110 University Ave. Honolulu, HI 96826

Hawaii Storytellers: What Local Means To Me

Hawaii Storytellers’ theme of “What Local Means To Me” is inspired by Civil Beat’s 2020 special reporting project, Fault Lines, which is focusing on Hawaii’s changing demographics, a myriad of fault lines and how communities can come together to bridge those.


Ku’u Kauanoe – Digital Producer, Honolulu Civil Beat

Mark “GOOCH” Noguchi – Chef/Co-Founder, The Pili Group, Daddy, Curriculum Specialist, Punahou

Amanda Corby – Owner & Creative Director, Under My Umbrella & Pili Group

Rob Burns – Founder, Local Motion, Real Estate Agent

Dann Seki – Local actor, producer and storyteller

Sean Choo – Local composer and performer

Get your tickets here before they sell out!

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: “The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry”

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.

The following discussion will be on the book “Bad Blood,” hosted by Anita Hofschneider on April 15.

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 hosted a Civil Cafe panel event previewing Hawaii’s 2020 legislative session.

Our panelists were Representative Cynthia Thielen, Senator Jarrett Keohokalole, Gavin Thornton from Hawaii Appleseed, and Blaze Lovell from Civil Beat.

The discussion was moderated by Civil Beat’s Chad Blair.

You can watch the recording of the panel discussion 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.