Civil Beat is the largest news outlet dedicated to public affairs reporting about Hawaii. Our focus is on investigative and watchdog journalism, in-depth enterprise reporting, analysis and commentary that gives readers a broad view on issues of importance to the community.

Created in 2010 by eBay founder and philanthropist Pierre Omidyar, Civil Beat has quickly become one of the most respected news sites in Hawaii. Our journalists have won dozens of state and regional awards and Civil Beat has been named the best news website in Hawaii for the past four years by the Society of Professional Journalists.

Civil Beat also hopes to foster community discussion by providing a place where citizens can debate important issues in a civil manner, free from cheap shots and personal swipes. We do that through encouraging a wide variety of reader-written Community Voices, public events and through our integrated Facebook comments.

Why Support Us?

Our goal is to challenge our leaders to do better. We are the watchdogs of the public’s trust and we take seriously the mission to ensure our government and civic leaders are not abusing that trust.

But it’s not only our responsibility. Citizens have a critical role to play in moving our society forward by engaging in and discovering the best solutions. A news organization like Civil Beat depends on the community that it serves to help carry out its mission.

By purchasing a subscription, you are helping support us to do the work that it takes to keep this mission strong.

We welcome you to the civic square.

Civil Beat Staff

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  • Pierre Omidyar, CEO & Publisher
  • Randy Ching, Co-Founder
Engagement Editor
Multimedia Producer
Business & Marketing




Site Notes

We recognize the significance of diacritical markings in written Hawaiian as pronunciation guides, but have opted not to use them on Civil Beat because they display inconsistently across various computer platforms and browsers.

For diacritically accurate Hawaiian spellings, consult these sources: Hawaiian Dictionary, Revised and Enlarged Edition, by Mary Kawena Pukui and Samuel H. Elbert (UH Press); Place Names of Hawaii, Revised and Expanded Edition, by Mary Kawena Pukui, Samuel H. Elbert and Esther T. Mookini (UH Press).

These references can also be found online via the Hawaiian electronic library Ulukau. was launched on May 4, 2010 in Honolulu, Hawaii.