Casey Harlow

General Assignment Reporter

Casey Harlow was born and raised in Honolulu, HI. He started as a Board Operator at HPR in 2012, after graduating from the University of Oregon. Following some time in a specialized program rotating through departments from underwriting and membership to operations and production, he’s been with news since 2016. Casey has worked as a digital producer and then news producer, reporting an increasing number of stories and helping to coordinate daily news assignments. He’s also filled in as local host for Morning Edition and All Things Considered. 

From 2015-2019, he hosted a Soul/R&B show on Sunday mornings at the University of Hawaiʻi's college radio station KTUH.

Ways to Connect

AP Photo/Caleb Jones, File

Hotels are ramping up safety and cleaning protocols to welcome back guests and staff in anticipation of a busier summer travel season.

AP Photo/Frank Augstein, Pool

The Hawai‘i Department of Health believes the state will still be able to reach herd immunity against the coronavirus, and it’s taking a grassroots approach to getting more residents vaccinated.

AP Photo/Mary Altaffer

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa is a host site for the Overwatch League's East vs. West tournament this week. This is the first time a mainstream international esports tournament is being held in the state, and it could help launch a major economic opportunity for Hawaiʻi.

Casey Harlow / HPR

Updated 5/4/21, 8:37 a.m.

Nearly 3,000 bills were proposed this past legislative session. But only a few hundred were passed by both the House and Senate last week. Among those that were approved, are measures that could improve the state's broadband infrastructure.

Casey Harlow / Hawaii Public Radio

State Senator J. Kalani English is retiring at the end of this week - citing issues caused from the long-term effects of COVID-19.


A proposal to transfer the responsibility of Oʻahu's emergency services system from the state to the city is moving forward at the legislature. Although city offiicals were surprised at first, the Blangiardi administration believes it will improve ambulance services on the island.

Updated 4/21/21, 1:15 p.m.

A proposal to raise the fare for Oʻahu’s paratransit service is moving forward at Honolulu Hale.

Art on the Zoo Fence / Facebook

As Oahu businesses continue to reopen, a local art mart is wondering when they will be allowed to return to a stretch of fence at the Honolulu Zoo.

Catherine Cruz / HPR

Bikeshare Hawaii will be downsizing its Biki service starting Thursday due to economic impacts caused by the coronavirus pandemic.


Honolulu’s Department of Planning and Permitting is further considering possible regulations for vacation rentals.

AP Photo/Caleb Jones

Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi re-emphasized that he is "dead set against" rolling Oʻahu back to Tier 2 restrictions, and he is discussing possible amendments to the city's reopening plan to keep the island in Tier 3.

Sandee Oshiro/HPR

The City and County of Honolulu reopened its rent and utility relief program for struggling households Monday afternoon. But hours after its launch, the city temporarily closed the online portal in order to process the 8,000 applications it received.

noe tanigawa

A state Senate committee will discuss a proposal to improve pre-kindergarten education in the state, but the measure also includes a change to the age eligibility of incoming kindergartners.


A measure to again increase the price of admission for tourists at Hanauma Bay State Park is advancing at Honolulu Hale. This is the second time in less than a year the City Council is discussing an increase to the nonresident fee at the nature preserve.

Hawaii State Legislature

A special legislative committee will not review state Representative Sharon Har’s conduct until after her case for allegedly driving under the influence concludes, the committee decided Tuesday.

Wokandapix from Pixabay

A new report from the University of Hawaiʻi finds there is discriminatory policing at Oʻahu schools. And the department of education fails to accurately report the policing to the federal government.


A state proposal would transfer the responsibility and costs of emergency medical services on Oahu from the state Department of Health to the City and County of Honolulu. But the City is urging the legislature to oppose the measure.

Catherine Cruz / HPR

There could be another delay to the interim service of Honolulu's rail project. Interim rail authority executive director Lori Kahikina told city council members that during a budget review of the semi-autonomous agency.

Casey Harlow / HPR

Affordable housing, infrastructure, and homelessness are some of the priorities Rick Blangiardi wants to tackle during his time as Honolulu mayor. He gave his first State of the City address Monday outlining his vision for Oʻahu this year and beyond.

Cheryl Holt from Pixabay

Governor David Ige approved Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi's request to loosen restrictions under Oʻahu's Tier 3. Blangiardi announced a series of modifications Thursday that include the restart of organized sports and reopening of bars.

Office of Governor David Ige

State superintendent Christina Kishimoto is not seeking to renew her contract to lead the Department of Education for another three years. Kishimoto notified the Board of Education and Governor David Ige of her decision on Tuesday.

NikolayFrolochkin from Pixabay

The state's economy will be determined by two things this year: more federal relief and the vaccine rollout. That's according to the latest report from the University of Hawaii's Economic Research Organization, or UHERO, forecasting the year ahead.

Daniel Dennison (State of Hawaii)

Starting next Monday, people age 70 and older will be eligible to get to their COVID-19 vaccination.

Courtesy DLNR/DAR

A state effort using a native sea urchin to combat invasive seaweed has reached a big milestone. More than a decade ago, the state established a sea urchin hatchery to control an algae that could kill coral reefs in Kaneohe Bay.

Casey Harlow / HPR

Mayor Rick Blangiardi announced Tuesday that Honolulu will be moving from Tier 2 to Tier 3 on the county's framework of reopening. The move will loosen certain restrictions on businesses and other activities.

TBIT from Pixabay

Updated 2/23/21, 9:40 a.m.

A proposal to raise the minimum wage to $12 an hour is moving forward at the state legislature. But is increasing the minimum wage a good idea for Hawaiʻi's economic recovery?

Kevin Schneider from Pixabay

The wage gap between women and men is narrower in Hawaii than in most of the country. That's according to a recent study from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. While that's a positive indicator for gender equality, some in the state are skeptical and believe more can be done.

AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy

Updated 2/18/21, 2:36 p.m.

Various measures that would affect funding for art and culture in Hawaii are moving through the state legislature. While the need in other sectors has never been greater, arts advocates say cutting state funding for the arts could eventually hamper the state's recovery.

Updated 2/17/21, 12:08 p.m.

The Honolulu City Council is considering two measures that address abandoned boats and trailers on city streets today. The measures aim to address safety concerns in communities, while also clarifying jurisdictions and procedures for their removal.

AP Photo/Steven Senne, File

Updated 2/12/21, 12:05 p.m.

A Hawaiian housing organization plans to file federal racketeering charges against Bank of America for failing to fulfill a decades-long pledge to provide home loans to Native Hawaiians.