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Neal Milner

Neal Milner: ‘Shady Characters’ Tell a Spicy History of Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Neal Milner: ‘Shady Characters’ Tell a Spicy History of Hawaii

Veteran reporter Jim Dooley's new book recounts his coverage of the state's darker side — political scandals, crime and corruption.
Neal Milner: An Idyllic Niche In Kakaako Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Neal Milner: An Idyllic Niche In Kakaako

We crave more destinations we can walk to, places where we can get to know our neighbors. Think small parks and sidewalk cafes.
Neal Milner: What Will Be the Legacy of Obama Campaigns? Steve Rhodes/Flickr.com

Neal Milner: What Will Be the Legacy of Obama Campaigns?

The president twice marshalled support with unique organizing efforts that put more power into the hands of volunteers. What will they do next?
Neal Milner: A Bum Knee Sparks Ruminations on Rejuvenation — and Sex iStock.com

Neal Milner: A Bum Knee Sparks Ruminations on Rejuvenation — and Sex

In my grandparents’ day people were more likely simply to passively accept old age. That made them older faster.
Neal Milner: What Hawaii Kai Tells Us About Honolulu Bert Kimura/Flickr

Neal Milner: What Hawaii Kai Tells Us About Honolulu

Changes in the neighborhood speak to what living in a diverse and growing city is all about.
Neal Milner: Ige Plays Small Ball, Abercrombie Went for Home Runs PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Neal Milner: Ige Plays Small Ball, Abercrombie Went for Home Runs

Hawaii's new governor breaks problems into small parts, while his predecessor tackled substantial issues all at once. Both approaches are hazardous.
Neal Milner: Looking for a Great Read? Try Auditor’s Annual Report billsophoto/Flickr.com

Neal Milner: Looking for a Great Read? Try Auditor’s Annual Report

You may not want to cozy up in your favorite chair with it, but employ a little literary license and you might be riveted by what it says about state government.
Neal Milner: Should a Democrat Ever Marry a Republican? Stephen Shepard/Flickr.com

Neal Milner: Should a Democrat Ever Marry a Republican?

Party identification has increasingly become a significant way that people assess character.
Neal Milner: Ige’s Old Senate Faction Gets Checked MichaelMaggs via Wikimedia Commons

Neal Milner: Ige’s Old Senate Faction Gets Checked

The Chess Club's actions around the governor's nominee to lead the DLNR deserve criticism, not pity. There are lessons to be learned, both for the Senate and Ige.
Neal Milner: Stories of Inequality And Isolation Creative Commons

Neal Milner: Stories of Inequality And Isolation

Two books on race and class help explain the commonness of inequality in America, as well as social and economic segregation here in Hawaii.
Neal Milner: Paradise and the Grandparent Tariff

Neal Milner: Paradise and the Grandparent Tariff

The golden years often come with difficult choices, whether children and grandchildren are here, on the mainland or elsewhere.
Neal Milner: The Hawaii Legislature’s Persistent Rhythms Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Neal Milner: The Hawaii Legislature’s Persistent Rhythms

There are some longstanding reasons why change comes slowly at the Capitol, if it comes at all.