Chad Blair has been a writer, editor and teacher in Honolulu for more than 25 years. His job as reporter and editor is to cover Hawaii, especially how political decisions impact people and communities.
Chad has worked as a journalist for Pacific Business News, Hawaii Public Radio and Honolulu Weekly. He has taught at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu Community College, Hawaii Pacific University and Chaminade University of Honolulu.
A “military brat,” Chad was born on an Army base in Alabama and later lived with his family in Germany, Illinois, Nebraska and Kwajalein in the Marshall Islands. He earned a bachelor’s degree in English at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, where he edited the school newspaper. He also minored in Spanish and studied for a semester in Mexico.
Chad worked for a year on Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean, where he tracked satellites for the U.S. Air Force/NORAD. He then earned a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in American studies from UH Manoa. His dissertation, “Democracy in Hawaii: Class, Race and Gender in Local Politics” (1996), was published as “Money, Color and Sex in Hawaii Politics” (Mutual Publishing; 1998).
Many of us are anxious, lonely and depressed, obviously. But it’s not a healthy trend.
The Hawaii Legislature chose not to advance a bill this year to make pot legal, even as more states progress in the opposite direction.
But 44% say it should go all the way to Ala Moana Center instead of shortening the 20-mile route.
But Gov. David Ige gets low marks as does Speaker Scott Saiki, the Legislature and former Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell.
Only 12% say they have chosen not to be immunized for COVID-19. There is also support for vaccine passports and employer mandates.
The two faced off in a close primary election for DeCoite’s House seat in 2020.
Jeff Esmond plans to draw on his own experience as a gay dad to help other families in similar situations.
House and Senate conferees agreed on Wednesday to language in the legislation.