Columnist

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.

November 2017

Thursday, November 9

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

Thursday, November 2

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

October 2017

Wednesday, October 18

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

September 2017

Wednesday, September 27

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

Wednesday, September 20

Ian Lind: It’s Time To End The Secrecy Surrounding Police Officers

Wednesday, September 13

Ian Lind: Going The Distance With A Sick Pet

August 2017

Wednesday, August 30

Ian Lind: No One Has Won The Fight Over Fixing This Waikiki Seawall

Thursday, August 24

Ian Lind: Don’t Be Fooled By ‘Friends Of Rail’

Thursday, August 10

Ian Lind: A Judge’s Findings Leave TMT Opponents Few Options

July 2017

Wednesday, July 26

Ian Lind: Hawaii’s Nuclear Preparedness Is Same Old Fear Mongering

Tuesday, July 18

Ian Lind: Does The Risk Justify The Cost Of Sprinklers In Older High-Rises?

June 2017

Wednesday, June 28

Ian Lind: Lawmakers Got Ethics Awards For Not Breaking The Law

Wednesday, June 14

Ian Lind: An Uneasy Final Goodbye To My Mother And My Sister

Wednesday, June 7

Ian Lind: The Kahala Hotel’s New Shoreline Plan Could Reduce Public Beach Access

May 2017

Thursday, May 11

Ian Lind: Here’s Why Hawaii Judges Are Not ‘War Criminals’

Wednesday, May 3

Ian Lind: Installing A Missile Defense System Is A Bad Idea

Monday, May 1

Ian Lind: Could Leasing Bill Ease Way For Thirty Meter Telescope?

April 2017

Wednesday, April 19

Ian Lind: Union Says Suspensions Shouldn’t Stop Prison Guard Promotions

Wednesday, April 12

Ian Lind: Why Condo Associations Are Sweating After A Judge’s Ruling

March 2017

Wednesday, March 15

Ian Lind: Hawaiian Activist Was Right All Along, Supreme Court Rules

Wednesday, March 8

Ian Lind: There’s No Stopping The Big Money In Honolulu Politics

Thursday, March 2

Ian Lind: Hawaii Moves Too Slow On Asset Forfeiture Reform

February 2017

Wednesday, February 22

Ian Lind: Count On Hawaii To Ignore Logical Prison Report

Thursday, February 16

Ian Lind: Tightening The Rules For Lobbyists

Wednesday, February 1

Ian Lind: Public Interest Measures Surface At Legislature

January 2017

Thursday, January 26

Ian Lind: Hawaii Lawmakers Needlessly Renew Assault On The Judiciary

Thursday, January 19

Ian Lind: HPD Needs To Stop Shooting At Cars

Wednesday, January 11

Ian Lind: Police May Be Blocked From Aerial Surveillance In Hawaii

September 2016

Wednesday, September 21

Ian Lind: How Do We Honor The Animals That Shared Our Lives?

Wednesday, September 14

Ian Lind: The Sound Of Money Talking

Thursday, September 8

Ian Lind: No, These Condos Don’t Mean The End Of Old Kahala

August 2016

Wednesday, August 31

Ian Lind: Wrongful Foreclosure Claims Rock The Condo World

Wednesday, August 24

Ian Lind: Behind The Democrats’ Failed Push To Close The Primary

Wednesday, August 10

Ian Lind: Are OHA Candidates Trask And Akina Teaming Up?

July 2016

Wednesday, July 27

Ian Lind: Ethics Commission Takes A Licking

Wednesday, July 6

Ian Lind: Ominous Court Rulings For The State Ethics Commission

June 2016

Wednesday, June 22

Ian Lind: HPU-Police ‘Conspiracy’ Report Told Less Than Half the Story

Wednesday, June 8

Ian Lind: Looking To Squelch The Voices Of The Neighborhoods

Wednesday, June 1

Ian Lind: Retirees Still Pressing Legal Fight For Better Health Benefits

May 2016

Wednesday, May 25

Ian Lind: Justices Aren’t Buying That Voting Rights Weren’t Violated

Wednesday, May 11

Ian Lind: Legislators, And The Political Process, Deserve More Respect

Wednesday, May 4

Ian Lind: Time For Native Sovereignty Running Out, Abercrombie Says

April 2016

Wednesday, April 27

Ian Lind: Lyft Took Us For Quite A Ride

Wednesday, April 13

Ian Lind: City Charter Change Would Let Lobbyists Give More Gifts

March 2016

Thursday, March 31

Ian Lind: Kenoi Had Good Reason To Think He Could Misuse Funds

Wednesday, March 23

Ian Lind: It’s Time To Quit Playing Politics With Judges

Thursday, March 17

Ian Lind: The Dung Sisters’ Family Feud Gets Out Of Control

Wednesday, March 9

Ian Lind: Lawmakers Return To The Bad Old Days Of Backroom Deals

Wednesday, March 2

Ian Lind: Why Did News Media Ignore Native Hawaiian Convention?

February 2016

Wednesday, February 24

Ian Lind: Why Is This Unpopular Idea Still Alive At The Legislature?

Wednesday, February 17

Ian Lind: Hawaii Fights Against Regulating The Catching Of Reef Fish

Wednesday, February 3

Ian Lind: Falling Short Again On Prisons

January 2016

Wednesday, January 27

Ian Lind: Legislators Propose Gutting State Ethics Law

Wednesday, January 13

Ian Lind: Don’t Be Steered Astray — You Do Need A Driver’s License

Wednesday, January 6

Ian Lind: Ethics Violation By Nonprofit Group Raises Questions

December 2015

Wednesday, December 30

Ian Lind: Kahoolawe 40 Years Later

Wednesday, December 23

Ian Lind: Has UH Adequately Addressed Cancer Center’s Sticky Issues?

Wednesday, December 16

Ian Lind: Is Anyone Paying Attention To the Honolulu Charter Commission?

Wednesday, December 9

Ian Lind: What The Supreme Court’s TMT Decision Didn’t Say

Wednesday, December 2

Ian Lind: Hawaii Gets A Gold Star For Consumer Complaints

November 2015

Wednesday, November 11

Ian Lind: War Crimes on Kauai?

Wednesday, November 4

Ian Lind: Setting A Low Bar For Hawaiian Vote

October 2015

Wednesday, October 28

Ian Lind: Will Ruling In Council Case Derail Honolulu Ethics Enforcement?

Wednesday, October 21

Ian Lind: Is the Hawaiian Election a Public or Private Affair?

Wednesday, October 7

Ian Lind: Native Hawaiian Election Throws Out All the Rules

Thursday, October 1

Ian Lind: How Did the City Get It So Wrong on Waikiki Tower Proposal?

September 2015

Wednesday, September 9

Ian Lind: Lawsuit Exposes Blind Spot in Hawaii Lobbyist Law

Wednesday, September 2

Ian Lind: Dispute Muddies Already Confusing State of Sovereignty Claims

August 2015

Wednesday, August 5

Ian Lind: Ex-Legislator May Make a Good Ethics Commissioner

July 2015

Wednesday, July 29

Ian Lind: Former PUC Chair Speaks Out Against Solar Subsidies

Thursday, July 23

Hawaii’s Student Travel Still Up in the Air as Free Trips Debated

Wednesday, July 22

Ian Lind: The ‘Kingdom Defense’ Is a Dead End for Mauna Kea Protesters

Wednesday, July 15

Ian Lind: Illegal Lobbying Machine Was Hidden in Plain Sight

Wednesday, July 8

Ian Lind: Aging Police Officer Raises Questions About Reserve Program

June 2015

Wednesday, June 24

Ian Lind: Land Dispute Goes Back to Hawaiian Kingdom Days

Wednesday, June 17

Ian Lind: House Speaker Joe Souki’s Financial Reports Are Full of Errors

Wednesday, June 10

Ian Lind: Ethics Director Survives Political Challenge

Wednesday, June 3

Ian Lind: Untangling the Ethics of Educational Travel

May 2015

Wednesday, May 27

Under Fire: Hawaii Ethics Director Defends His Strict Ethical Views

Ian Lind: Dear Joe, If You’re Concerned About Ethics Problems Look in the Mirror

Tuesday, May 12

Shareholder Votes Come Up Short for Hawaiian Electric Merger

Wednesday, May 6

Ian Lind: Still No Love for Public Interest Bills at Hawaii Legislature

April 2015

Wednesday, April 29

Ian Lind: Dangerous Intersection of Social Policy and ‘Sacred’

Wednesday, April 22

Ian Lind: The Legal Challenge to the Thirty Meter Telescope

Wednesday, April 8

Ian Lind: Lobbyist Spending Is Concentrated at the Top

Thursday, April 2

Hawaii Monitor: Order Blocks Enforcement of Ban on Teachers’ Flyers

March 2015

Wednesday, March 25

Hawaii Monitor: Ethics Commission Ruling Draws Teachers’ Union Lawsuit

Wednesday, March 11

Hawaii Monitor: Unexpected Flood of Info Before the Ching Hearing

February 2015

Wednesday, February 25

Hawaii Monitor: Is a Weak Lobbying Law Getting Weaker?

Friday, February 20

No More Free Trips for Hawaii Public School Teachers

Wednesday, February 18

Hawaii Monitor: Shifting Ground in Debate Over Ching Nomination

Wednesday, February 11

Hawaii Monitor: The Case of a Wayward Land Use Lobbyist

Wednesday, February 4

Hawaii Monitor: Ching Nomination Ended Honeymoon

January 2015

Wednesday, January 28

Hawaii Monitor: Wanted — Good Home for Government Watchdog

Wednesday, January 14

Hawaii Monitor: Ex-Chief of Staff Negotiates Revolving Door as Lobbyist

Wednesday, January 7

Hawaii Monitor: Could Airship Ferry Residents Stranded by Lava Flow?

December 2014

Wednesday, December 31

Hawaii Monitor: Mortgage Refinancing Turns into a Banking Nightmare

Wednesday, December 17

Hawaii Monitor: Do Public Agencies Have to Keep Accurate Records?

Wednesday, December 10

Hawaii Monitor: The Problem With Lobbyists — and Their Regulators

Wednesday, December 3

Hawaii Monitor: Haseko Calls Disclosure of PR Plan ‘Embarrassing’

November 2014

Wednesday, November 19

Hawaii Monitor: Let’s Tackle the Public Policies Promoting Obesity

Friday, November 7

Hawaii Monitor: Ballot Issue Grew Out of Abercrombie’s Retreat Into Secrecy

October 2014

Wednesday, October 29

Hawaii Monitor: Constitutional Amendment for Ag Bonds Stirs Up Late Debate

Wednesday, October 22

Hawaii Monitor: We Need More Timely Disclosure of Money in Elections

Wednesday, October 15

Hawaii Monitor: Nonprofit Event Gets Tangled Up With Politics

Wednesday, October 8

Hawaii Monitor: Why Consumers Get Speared by the Fine Print

September 2014

Wednesday, September 24

Hawaii Monitor: Peeking Behind a Developer’s PR Campaign

Wednesday, September 17

Hawaii Monitor: Thinking Clearly About the Islamic State

Wednesday, September 10

Hawaii Monitor: The Hard Choice Between Digital Providers

August 2014

Wednesday, August 27

Hawaii Monitor: Puna Voters Had Practical Problems, Not Legal Defects

Wednesday, August 20

Hawaii Monitor: Mufi’s Lowball Bet Looking Unlikely to Pay Off

Wednesday, August 13

Hawaii Monitor: Perusing the Financial Disclosures of Hawaii Gov Candidates

July 2014

Wednesday, July 30

Hawaii Monitor: Fallen Apple Has Immediate Practical Consequences

Wednesday, July 23

Hawaii Monitor: Why Has Florida Company Picked a Fight Over Aerial Advertising?

Wednesday, July 16

Hawaii Monitor: We’ll Soon Forget the Fuss About Financial Disclosures

Wednesday, July 9

Hawaii Monitor: Did Hawaiian Hearings Set Up a Political Train Wreck?

Wednesday, July 2

Hawaii Monitor: Push for Death Penalty Merited Pushback

June 2014

Wednesday, June 25

Hawaii Monitor: Inside the New World of Negative Political Campaigns

Wednesday, June 18

Hawaii Monitor: Contaminated Dirt Triggers Military Housing Lawsuit

Wednesday, June 11

Hawaii Monitor: Shifting the Sands to Evade Waikiki’s Zoning Limits

May 2014

Wednesday, May 28

Hawaii Monitor: Legislative Silence Shouldn’t Trump Ethics Oversight