Civil Beat Staff

Chad Blair

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).

You can reach him by email at or follow him on Twitter at @chadblairCB.

June 2021

Sunday, June 13

Chad Blair: The Tales Of Two Hawaii Trailblazers

Thursday, June 10

DOH Fines Waipahu Care Home Owner $828K

Tuesday, June 8

Hawaii Marks World Oceans Day With 9 New Laws To Protect Sharks And Marine Life

Sunday, June 6

Chad Blair: Tulsi Gabbard Has Been Making Headlines Again And Fox News Is Listening

May 2021

Monday, May 24

Chad Blair: How Hawaii Helped Lead The Fight For Marriage Equality

Monday, May 17

COVID-19 Vaccines Required For UH Students This Fall

Thursday, May 13

Chad Blair: Why We Drink So Much During The Pandemic

Friday, May 7

Civil Beat/HNN Poll: Voters Split Over Recreational Marijuana

Thursday, May 6

Civil Beat/HNN Poll: Majority Of Oahu Voters Oppose Rail Project

Wednesday, May 5

Civil Beat/HNN Poll: Hawaii Voters Really, Really Like Lt. Gov. Josh Green

Tuesday, May 4

Civil Beat/HNN Poll: Most People Surveyed In Hawaii Say They Will Get Vaccinated

April 2021

Monday, April 26

Chad Blair: Marriage Equality Advocate Joins State Commission On Fatherhood

Tuesday, April 13

Chad Blair: ‘Mount Trumpmore’ And Justice For Abused Cats On Maui

Wednesday, April 7

Court Rules In Favor Of A&B, Land Board In Maui Water Dispute

Thursday, April 1

Report: State Auditor Not In ‘Complete Compliance’ With Constitution

Leonardo DiCaprio Lends Support To Hawaii Bill Protecting Sharks

March 2021

Wednesday, March 31

Chad Blair: Sen. Stanley Chang’s Harmful Remarks At An Anti-Hate Rally

Sunday, March 28

Chad Blair: Goodbye COVID-19, Hello Climate Change

Thursday, March 25

Hawaii AAPI Democrats Back Iolani Graduate For Biden Post

Monday, March 15

Chad Blair: You Think Ige Is Bad? At Least He Isn’t Cuomo

Friday, March 5

Chad Blair: A Lawmaker, A Bill And A Shark Named Laverne

February 2021

Monday, February 22

Chad Blair: A New Conservative Voice Hopes To Persuade Islanders

Monday, February 15

Chad Blair: Are House Lawmakers Out To Get Josh Green?

Sunday, February 7

Chad Blair: Is Scott Saiki The De Facto Governor Of Hawaii?

Monday, February 1

Chad Blair: Who’s Leading The Hawaii House GOP? Nobody Knows

January 2021

Tuesday, January 26

Former Big Island Mayor Billy Kenoi Dead At 52

Monday, January 25

Chad Blair: New Progressive Caucus Hopes To Be A Force At The Legislature

Monday, January 4

Chad Blair: Advocates Again Pushing For Automatic Voter Registration