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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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Federal grant will pave way for rural internet

Nearly $5.6 million in federal funding is designed to provide the first phase of high-speed internet access to “unserved and underserved” communities such as Native Hawaiian homesteads, Lanai and Molokai to create an “internet for all,” Gov. David Ige announced Wednesday. Read more

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Former U.S. Rep. Kai Kahele has been cleared of one congressional ethics allegation but faces another for allegedly posting hundreds of inappropriate social media posts while unsuccessfully running to become Hawaii’s next governor. Read more

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Optimism high for progress with Hawaii affordable housing

The political will and millions of dollars of funding are in place, leading to high hopes for the upcoming legislative session that Hawaii will see real progress in developing badly needed affordable housing for kupuna, working families, Native Hawaiians and young people — all who could use encouragement to stay home. Read more

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