Honolulu Civil Beat v. Department of Health

Online publication Civil Beat challenged the Department of Health’s refusal to identify employees and contract hires with responsibility for contact tracing. Despite initially providing the names of contact tracers, DOH later claimed that the information was confidential. To the contrary, the identities and responsibilities of government employees and contractors is information that the Legislature expressly stated was public record.  The case is assigned to Judge John M. Tonaki.  Civil No. 1CCV-21-284.  On September 13, 2021, the circuit court granted Civil Beat’s motion for summary judgment.