Hawaii Accountability Project

Civil Beat was the Hawaii partner in what's known as the State Integrity Investigation.

The State Integrity Investigation measured the strength of laws and practices that encourage openness and deter corruption in all 50 states. The project was a data-driven assessment of transparency, accountability and anti-corruption mechanisms.

Journalists in 2011 and early 2012 worked with the Center for Public Integrity, Global Integrity and Public Radio International on what turned out to be a massive and challenging reporting effort. The project was funded in part by the Omidyar Network, a philanthropic investment firm founded by Civil Beat Publisher and CEO Pierre Omidyar and his wife, Pam.

Hawaii got a C grade, coming in 11th overall. However the state fared poorly when it came to what's called the enforcement gap, the difference between what the law says and the reality on the ground. It ranked 44th by that measure.

Here is a complete list of the stories Civil Beat produced on government accountability in Hawaii:


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