Ashley Mizuo

General Assignment/Community Reporter

Born and raised on O’ahu, she’s a graduate of ‘Iolani School and has a BA in Journalism and Political Science from Loyola University Chicago and an MA in Public Affairs Reporting from the University of Illinois-Springfield.   

Ashley’s first experience in audio storytelling was recording conversations with her grandfather about what it was like to grow up in Japanese internment camps during the second World War. More recently, she has been working as a statehouse reporter in Illinois’s capital city and before that as an editorial fellow at Washingtonian Magazine. She’s also done internships at the CBS Chicago bureau in their Specials and Investigation Unit and at Honolulu Magazine, where she wrote an award-winning feature story. She’s also worked in social media and produced and hosted a podcast asking people about their worst day at work—with the descriptive title “Work Sucks.”

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State researchers are enjoying a rare opportunity to observe the formation of new life on Hawaii Island's Pohoiki shoreline.

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The Federal Transit Administration on Thursday approved the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation’s plan to correct its relocation services following a July report critical of the rail agency's handling of payments to those displaced by the transit line.

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Hawaii lawmakers heard from election officials on Wednesday about efforts to move to mail ballot elections next year starting with the August primary, a transition that some legislators and community groups worry might cause problems for voters.

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The first local survey focused on sexual harassment in the workplace found that lifelong Hawaii residents were half as likely to report harassment compared to those who moved to the state in the last 10 years.

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The Honolulu City Council passed a measure Tuesday to sue large oil companies, backing plans by Mayor Kirk Caldwell to seek compensation for the damaging effects of climate change.

 

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Maui Fire Department

Climate change could be creating conditions in Hawai'i similar to those in California, where wildfires have devastated parts of the state, according to a University of Hawai'i wildfire expert.

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Beneficiaries and those on the waitlist for Hawaiian homestead property called for legislative change before the state Senate Committee on Hawaiian Affairs on Monday.

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Researchers at the University of Hawai'i John A. Burns School of Medicine are studying why Native Hawaiians who smoke have a higher risk for lung cancer than white and Japanese people with the same smoking history.

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The long-awaited removal of soil with high lead levels on Factory Street in Kalihi won't start this month as planned. Instead the Environmental Protection Agency postponed the soil removal until next year because it is still seking a disposal site for the contaminated soil. 

Anthony Quintano / Civil Beat

The race for Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional Distrct seat will be much more crowded without incumbent Tulsi Gabbard, political experts say.

Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreation

The City and County of Honolulu is clearing large amounts of debris from Kea'au Beach Park and conducting enforcement activity to remove homeless encampments from the space.

Blue Planet Foundation

The Blue Planet Foundation, an environmental non-profit, lowered Hawaii’s overall clean energy grade from a B- to a C.

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The Honolulu City Council Budget Committee amended a bill that would allow companies that rent small vehicles, such as electric scooters to pay to reserve parking spaces.

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The Honolulu Police Department arrested 55 protestors who were attempting to block trucks from delivering equipment to the planned wind turbine project in Kahuku on Thursday night into Friday morning.

Protesters in Kahuku who have been blocking the movement of equipment for a wind farm said they would support a solar farm in its place.

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A Hawaii County Council committee approved a measure Tuesday that would ban the county from using toxic herbicides in an effort to reduce public and workers' exposure to potentially harmful chemicals.

Chief Mass Communication Specialist Shawn P. Eklund / U.S. Navy

The public will have two chances this week to hear about the U.S. Navy's proposed plans to upgrade underground tanks at the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility to satisfy an agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency and the Hawaii Department of Health.

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The state Land Use Commission last week gave the City and County of Honolulu until March 2, 2028 to close Waimanalo Gulch Landfill when the panel approved a special use permit allowing the solid waste facility to operate for now.

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The State Land Use Commission voted to grant a special use permit allowing the City and County of Honolulu to continue operating Waimanalo Gulch Landfill at its current location, but only until March 2, 2028.

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The Hawaii Department of Transportation on Thursday urged travelers going to the Daniel K. Inouye Honolulu Airport to leave their cars at home and have someone drop them off as the parking structures are reaching capacity.

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A Mainland visitor to the Big Island who fell ill is the state's seventh confirmed case of rat lungworm disease this year.

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The Maui County Council last month voted to settle the Clean Water Act lawsuit scheduled for oral arguments before the United States Supreme Court in November, but a dispute over the council's authority may land the case before the high court anyway.

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The Hawaii Land Use Commission is taking up the issue of closing the Waimanalo Gulch Sanitary Landfill, Oahu's only municipal solid waste refuse dump.

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The Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources found an illegal lay net estimated at 1,000 feet long in Kaneohe Bay on Sunday.

Hawaii Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program

Work on Factory Street in Kalihi addressing high lead levels in the soil is scheduled to start later this month. The project, run by the Environmental Protection Agency, will take three to four weeks to complete.

Snail Extinction Protection Program / Department of Land and Natural Resources

A new project at the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum may help researchers find Pacific island land snails thought to be extinct.

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Some Chinatown merchants are not happy with the new garbage bag mandate that requires their trash be disposed of in city-required yellow bags for pickup by city trash collectors.

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Government officials reminded travelers Thursday that, in about a year, a Hawaii state driver’s license or ID without a star will no longer be accepted as proper travel identification across the country, although other authorized identification such as passports can be used.

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A Honolulu City Council committee approved a public hearing for a bill that will increase fines for people who illegally enter watershed areas.

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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientists euthanized two pygmy killer whales Tuesday after the mammals stranded themselves on Sugar Beach in Kihei, Maui. It's near where other whales beached themselves last month.

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