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).
Past proposals have perished at the Hawaii Legislature, but the success of mail-in voting suggests a favorable sea change.
They include Laura Thielen for Parks and Recreation and Dean Uchida for Planning and Permitting.
They include Big Island such notables as Chris Todd, Wil Okabe, Amy Kalili and “Fresh” Onishi.
A DHHL proposal to build a casino in Kapolei has folks again talking up the idea of legalized gaming in the islands.
Hawaii’s chief executive answers questions ranging from the state budget crisis to how he is coping with leading the state through a very tough time.
The legislation would prevent people deemed males at birth from participating in women’s sports.