There was a lot to think about after Monday’s debate, “Knowing the Past, Shaping the Future,” with authors from “The Value of Hawaii” and “The Price of Paradise.”.

The authors rekindled a conversation about the state of Hawaii that began 20 years ago, with the publication of the first Price of Paradise book. The speakers — all academics with ties to the University of Hawaii — engaged with an audience of more than 60 people, touching on a variety of topics important to Hawaii: public education, unions, health care, the status quo, transparency and accountability. Some issues hadn’t changed since the 1990s. Others, it seemed, have grown worse, as recounted in “The Value of Hawaii,” a collection of essays published last year before the election.

The event, held Monday afternoon at the Art Auditorium on the UH Manoa campus, featured authors: David Callies, Randall Roth, Susan Chandler, Deane Neubauer and Jon Osorio.
 The session was moderated by Civil Beat Assistant Editor Sara Lin.

Watch the recording of the conversation – then share your reactions in the comments below.

About the speakers:

David Callies is the Kudo Professor of Law at William S. Richardson Law School, University of Hawai‘i, and an elected member of the College of Fellows, American Institute of Certified Planners; American College of Real Estate Lawyers; and the American Law Institute. He holds the following degrees and honors: A.B., Depauw University; J.D., University of Michigan; LL.M., Nottingham University; Life Member, Clare Hall, Cambridge. He is past chair of: Academics Forum, International Bar Association; Section of State and Local Gov. Law, American Bar Association; Section of State and Local Government Law, American Association of Law Schools; and Section of Real Property and Financial Services, Hawaii State Bar Association. He is national co-editor (with Tarlock), of the Land Use and Environmental Law Review. The author of more than 70 articles, his casebooks on property (LexisNexis) and land use (Thomson/West) are in their 3rd and 5th editions, respectively. The second edition of his Hawai‘i land use book, Regulating Paradise: Land Use Controls in Hawaii, was published in 2010 by the University of Hawai‘i Press. He was awarded a University of Hawai‘i Regents Medal for Excellence in Teaching in 2009.

Randall Roth has been a member of the faculty at three law schools and was named Professor of the Year at all three. At UH he has also received the Regents Excellence in Teaching Award and the Clopton Award for Outstanding Community Service. In 2000 the Honolulu Star-Bulletin included Roth on its list of “100 Individuals Who Made a Difference in Hawai’i during the 20th century” and in 2005 the City of Honolulu’s Centennial Commission put Roth on its list of “100 Who Made Lasting Contributions During Honolulu’s First 100 Years.” In 2009 Morehouse College presented Roth with the Gandhi, King, Ikeda award for pursuit of social justice by non-violent means.

Susan M. Chandler is the Director of the College of Social Sciences Public Policy Center and a Professor of Public Administration at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. From 1995 to 2002 she served in Governor Benjamin J. Cayetano’s administration as the Director of Human Services. From 1976 to 2006 she was a Professor in the UHM School of Social Work. She teaches in the areas of public policy, network governance, community and organizational change, and policy implementation. She recently completed a book with Richard Pratt, Backstage in the Bureaucracy: Politics and Public Services (U of Hawai‘i P, 2010).

Deane Neubauer is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. He also currently serves as Senior Consultant to the International Forum for Education 2020 Program of the East-West Center, and as Senior Research Fellow for the Globalization Research Center, UHM. His research focus is on policy and globalization, with particular interests in health and educational policy.

Jonathan Kay Kamakawiwo‘ole Osorio, PhD, is Professor of Hawaiian Studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, a historian of the Hawaiian Kingdom, and a practicing musician and composer. He has been an advocate for the restoration of Hawai‘i’s political independence, and writes about the sovereignty movement in Hawai‘i. He and his wife Mary live in Pālolo, and have sent all of their children to public schools and Kamehameha High School.