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Ian Lind

Ian Lind is an award-winning investigative reporter and columnist who has been blogging daily for 15 years. He has also worked as a newsletter publisher, public interest advocate and lobbyist for Common Cause in Hawaii, peace educator, and legislative staffer. Lind is a lifelong resident of the islands. Read his blog here.
Ian Lind: The Crazy Lease Fight Over Molokai Mule Rides PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Ian Lind: The Crazy Lease Fight Over Molokai Mule Rides

The family that has operated the Kaulapapa tours for decades is fighting eviction with claims based on long-discredited conspiracy theories.

Ian Lind: Playing Hardball Paid Off For Hawaii Kai Tree Lights Ian Lind/Civil Beat

Ian Lind: Playing Hardball Paid Off For Hawaii Kai Tree Lights

Recently released documents show a Honolulu businessman threatened to cut down the tree if his lights weren’t turned on.

Ian Lind: This Ex-Marine’s Wife Has Been ‘SLAPPED’ By The Navy Courtesy of Cara Barber

Ian Lind: This Ex-Marine’s Wife Has Been ‘SLAPPED’ By The Navy

A classic retaliatory lawsuit was filed after she raised concerns about possible housing contamination at Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe.

Ian Lind: Make Peace, Not War Wikimedia Commons

Ian Lind: Make Peace, Not War

Hawaii's false missile alert proves we need to work harder to eliminate the tensions that could lead to an unthinkable end.
Ian Lind: Conspiracy Charges Up The Ante For Kealohas Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Ian Lind: Conspiracy Charges Up The Ante For Kealohas

The former police chief and his prosecutor wife could be punished for crimes that were committed by other defendants.
Ian Lind: How A Tree Named Bob Became A Blue Beacon Of Christmas Ian Lind/Civil Beat

Ian Lind: How A Tree Named Bob Became A Blue Beacon Of Christmas

A Kahala couple’s holiday tradition attracts a steady stream of visitors and can be glimpsed from faraway points.

Ian Lind: If You Like Your Privacy You’ll Love This Hawaii Court Ruling Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Ian Lind: If You Like Your Privacy You’ll Love This Hawaii Court Ruling

By finding that police conducted an illegal search from a helicopter in a marijuana case, the state Supreme Court strengthened privacy rights.

Ian Lind: Why A Tree In Hawaii Kai Is Raising Questions Of Favoritism Ian Lind/Civil Beat

Ian Lind: Why A Tree In Hawaii Kai Is Raising Questions Of Favoritism

A father’s gift to remember his dead son has become a story of special treatment by the Honolulu City Council.

Ian Lind: Don’t Ban Campaign Fundraising During Legislative Sessions Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ian Lind: Don’t Ban Campaign Fundraising During Legislative Sessions

Some people seem to equate holding fundraisers during sessions to accepting bribes, but there’s a free speech issue here.

Ian Lind: It Turns Out We Owe Chuck Totto A Big Thank-You PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Ian Lind: It Turns Out We Owe Chuck Totto A Big Thank-You

Federal indictments in the Honolulu police corruption case vindicate the former ethics director but raise questions about the Caldwell administration.

Ian Lind: The Empty Patriotism Of Trump’s National Anthem Fury Flickr: Gage Skidmore

Ian Lind: The Empty Patriotism Of Trump’s National Anthem Fury

The president’s attacks ignore how the right to protest — even against the flag — has long set the U.S. apart from other countries.

Ian Lind: Condo War Breaks Out On Maui When Homes Become Hotels Steve Isaacs/Flickr.com

Ian Lind: Condo War Breaks Out On Maui When Homes Become Hotels

When people were required to wait in line at the front desk to check into their own units, they started complaining.