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Dan Nakaso is the Capitol Bureau chief at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. He has been an editor and reporter in Hawaii for nearly 30 years, starting at the former Honolulu Advertiser and now at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.


Before then, he worked as an editor or reporter at the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Examiner and San Jose Mercury News (twice). Prior to becoming a professional journalist, Nakaso was a reporter and the top editor at the San Jose City College student newspaper before becoming a reporter and the top editor at the San Jose State University Spartan Daily newspaper. He attended San Jose City College and San Jose State University simultaneously to get as much newspaper experience as possible. During his college years, Nakaso had six professional newspaper internships, including two at the Los Angeles Times and was hired as a full-time reporter two weeks into his second internship at the Times.


At the Star-Advertiser, Nakaso covers a wide range of stories but has focused on coverage of homeless issues since 2015. He is currently assigned to the Star-Advertiser's Capitol bureau.
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                                Gov. Josh Green.
‘Good government’ bills headed to Green’s desk

The full House on Wednes­day sent 10 “good government” bills, as it called them, to Gov. Josh Green — but none will lead to any sweeping ethics, campaign spending or other reforms to change the way the Legislature does business. Read more

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                                This is Joyce Farrell looking out toward the ocean from their home. Mike and Joyce Farrell purchased their Haleiwa home which fronts Kawailoa Beach, in 1970 for the quiet lifestyle of the North Shore.
Vacation rental bill is headed to uncertainty

State Sen. Jarrett Keohokalole remembers playing as a boy in the 1990s at homes in Kaneohe that have now become illegal short-term rentals — including one directly behind his house that’s outfitted with a putting green and tiki torches. Read more

                                Homes consumed in wildfires are seen in Lahaina, Hawaii, on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2023.
Skyrocketing Maui rent shrinks housing options for wildfire survivors

Rent control might be needed as Maui landlords continue to demand more money for limited housing to accommodate survivors of the Aug. 8 wildfires, according to officials with the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement who say victims might need to consider moving off-island for a year or more. Read more

                                At top, Courtney Lazo of Lahaina Strong paused while speaking at Thursday’s rally at the state Capitol.
Lahaina group seeks phase-out of vacation rentals

Members of Lahaina Strong flew to the state Capitol on Thursday for the second time this legislative session to urge passage of either of two House and Senate companion bills that would give counties the option to phase out short-term vacation rentals on their islands. Read more

                                The federal trial in the pay-to-prosecute case against former City Prosecutor Keith Kaneshiro, engineering firm CEO Dennis Mitsunaga and four of his associates continued at U.S. District Court in Honolulu on Wednesday. Pictured leaving the courthouse are Mitsunaga, left, and Kaneshiro.
Kaneshiro, Mitsunaga federal bribery trial begins

Political donor Dennis Mitsunaga, his associates and family members contributed $48,250 in campaign funds to then-­Honolulu Prosecutor Keith Kaneshiro as Kaneshiro’s office pursued a criminal case against a fired Mitsunaga employee who later sued the company for discrimination. Read more

                                <strong>Brian Schatz: </strong>
                                <em>“Whether in Lahaina or in Burlington (Vt.), survivors are not getting the full support of the federal government. …” the U.S. senator said</em>
Congress ‘failing’ survivors of disasters, says Sen. Schatz

U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz had planned Tuesday to address his colleagues on the floor of the U.S. Senate about record funding for Native American communities, but first took the opportunity to say that Congress “is failing disaster survivors” in Lahaina and across the country. Read more

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