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.

December 2012

Friday, December 28

Campaign Cash Aready Fueling Hawaii’s 2014 Senate Race

Neil Abercrombie, Agent of Transition

Thursday, December 27

Task Force Demands Action On Hawaiian Incarceration

Wednesday, December 26

Why Abercrombie Didn’t Pick Hanabusa

Saturday, December 22

Akaka To Inouye: ‘My Brother, Aloha ‘Oe, A Hui Hou’

Abercrombie to Inouye: ‘You Are Home With Us in Paradise’

Inouye’s Last Wish Is Abercrombie’s Biggest Burden

Thursday, December 20

Who Wants To Be A U.S. Senator?

Wednesday, December 19

Was Ed Case Right About Senate Transition?

Tuesday, December 18

Lesson From Alaska: Loss of Inouye Won’t Be as Bad as We Thought

Monday, December 17

Who Will Succeed Inouye in the Senate? Hawaii Governor Will Choose

Friday, December 14

Is Hawaii Sen. Dan Inouye On The Mend? No One Will Say

Thursday, December 13

Legalize It? Legislature Might Amend Hawaii Pakalolo Laws

Sunday, December 9

The Price of a Congressional Seat in Hawaii? More Than $1 Million

Thursday, December 6

Hawaii Legislator Salaries Going Up 25 Percent

DC808: On the Wire — Closing The Deal

Wednesday, December 5

Abercrombie: Hawaii Heading In ‘Other Direction’ of Fiscal Cliff

Tuesday, December 4

[VIDEO] Newsmaker: Freedom To Marry’s Evan Wolfson

November 2012

Friday, November 30

Who Will Lead If Inouye and Abercrombie Leave Office?

Powerball Players In 42 States Eligible For $587M Jackpot, But Not Here

Thursday, November 29

DC808: On the Wire — The Fiscal Slope

Wednesday, November 28

Tax Review Panel Wants Hawaii Version of Simpson-Bowles

The Difficulty Of Hawaii Authors Getting Published On The Mainland

Tuesday, November 27

Former Hawaii Journalist Pens Mystery Novel

Monday, November 26

Abercrombie Will Ask Legislature To Consider All-Mail Voting

Thursday, November 22

DC808: On the Wire — The Thanksgiving Day Episode

Wednesday, November 21

What Would the House of Souki Mean for Hawaii?

Tuesday, November 20

Is Hawaii Next for Gay Marriage? Local Gay Rights Advocates Say Yes

Senate: We’re Not Through With The University of Hawaii Just Yet

Monday, November 19

Hawaii Senate: Leadership Plays A Game Of Political Musical Chairs

Thursday, November 15

DC808: On the Wire — Over The Cliff

Wednesday, November 14

Is the NRA Gaining Ground in Hawaii? National President Visits

Monday, November 12

God, Religious Freedom and Sex in Mililani

Thursday, November 8

For Hawaii Governors, Second Acts Are Tough

Wednesday, November 7

House Democrats May Dump Say For Souki

Tuesday, November 6

I Approve This Message

Monday, November 5

Lingle Vetoed National Popular Vote Bill

OHA: Incumbent Apoliona Wins New Term

Hawaii Legislature: Big Night for Democrats, Incumbents

Hawaii U.S. Senate: Hirono Trounces Lingle

President Obama Wins Second Term

Friday, November 2

What’s At Stake In The 2012 Election

Thursday, November 1

Democrats Have Huge Cash Advantage Over GOP In House Races

October 2012

Wednesday, October 31

DC808: On The Wire — Eye of The Storm

Tuesday, October 30

State Senate Incumbents Outspend Challengers

Saturday, October 27

Primary Runner-up Sues To Stop Winning Candidate

Friday, October 26

Tax Panel Chief Warns Of Fiscal Crater

Thursday, October 25

DC808: On The Wire — Native Hawaiians Say Aloha To Washington

Wednesday, October 24

Inouye And Hirono Skip Planned Media Interviews

Why So Many Hawaiian, Samoan And Filipino Youth In Justice System?

Monday, October 22

Debating the Debates

Friday, October 19

Lingle and Hirono, On The Attack

Thursday, October 18

Hawaii Boy Scout Leaders Named In ‘Perversion Files’

DC808: On The Wire — Who’s The Greatest President Ever?

Wednesday, October 17

Lingle Pollster: ‘Very Close Race’

Monday, October 15

Hey, Big Spender

Friday, October 12

Cal Lee: I’ll Bring Teamwork to OHA

Thursday, October 11

Dinner And Drinks? It’s On Jim Donovan!

DC808: On The Wire — Hotline Between Hawaii And The Nation’s Capital

Monday, October 8

Should UH Say Aloha To Football?

Smooth-Talking Lingle Gets Under Hirono’s Skin

Saturday, October 6

Party Control of 2013 Legislature? Blue Hawaii

Thursday, October 4

New Aid-In-Dying Service Getting Inquiries

Tuesday, October 2

Senate Hearings on UH: What Did We Learn?

September 2012

Sunday, September 30

Hawaii Senators Push For Unredacted Fact-Finder’s Report From University

Friday, September 28

Cayetano’s Transit Plan: Back to the Future

Wednesday, September 26

Hanabusa Takes Round One in Djou Rematch

Democrats Might Censure Sen. Donovan Dela Cruz

Monday, September 24

The University of Hawaii’s Costly Fumble

Friday, September 21

Tax Review Panel Won’t Recommend Gambling

Thursday, September 20

Abercrombie Loses Another Top Aide

Gov’s Kauai Meeting Clouded by PLDC Outrage

Wednesday, September 19

Lingle, Djou Mum On Romney Rant

Tuesday, September 18

Abercrombie: PLDC Could Help Waikiki Natatorium

Going Back To School With Tulsi Gabbard

Monday, September 17

Hirono: Lingle TV Spot Misleads Voters

Thursday, September 13

Quiet Rematch For Hawaii’s 1st District Seat

Wednesday, September 12

AARP Issues ‘Wake Up Call’ on Entitlements

Tuesday, September 11

Tax Review Commission: Don’t Kill the Messenger

Monday, September 10

Third Party Presidential Candidates on Hawaii Ballot

Saturday, September 8

Ben and Kirk Talk Journalism And, Of Course, Politics

Friday, September 7

U.S. Senate Foes Reveal Tactics, Debate Facts

Thursday, September 6

Hawaii Democrats Question Another Candidate’s Standing

Tuesday, September 4

Election Could Bring New Leadership to OHA

August 2012

Friday, August 31

Hawaii’s Mormons: ‘Chosen People, Promised Land’

The Rail Election

Thursday, August 30

The Man from HOPE

Wednesday, August 29

Surf and Turf: An Analogy Between Hawaii Superferry and Honolulu Rail

Tuesday, August 28

‘Stunning’ Opposition Plagues Hawaiian Home Lands Director

Friday, August 24

Tulsi Gabbard’s Opponent? He’s the Smoking Guy

Thursday, August 23

Meet Kawika Crowley, Candidate for Congress

May I Speak With the Candidate, Please?

Saturday, August 18

Political Analysts Say Make Way for Sen. Hirono

Thursday, August 16

Hawaii Law Prohibits Voter Intimidation

Wednesday, August 15

Gabbard: Would Be First Female Combat Veteran Elected to Congress

Concerns Of Voter Intimidation Raised In Cachola Victory

Monday, August 13

Tuesday Morning Quarterbacking

Sunday, August 12

Where The Hawaii Senate Race Goes From Here

Thursday, August 9

What’s At Stake In Hawaii’s Primary Election

Hawaii Legislature: Primary Results Could Bring Leadership Change

Hirono Trounces Case, Sets Sights On Lingle

Wednesday, August 8

Hawaii Judge Upholds Same-Sex Marriage Ban

Why Would Anybody Want This Job?

Hawaii Pot Minister to Stay in the Slammer

Monday, August 6

As Hawaii Primary Nears, Lingle Still Raking It In

Saturday, August 4

Groups: Pono Isn’t Being Pono

Thursday, August 2

Nobel Laureate Brings Message of Hope and Forgiveness to Hawaii

Wednesday, August 1

Mufi’s Last Chance?

Hawaii Tilt Stores Remove Las Vegas-style Slots

July 2012

Monday, July 30

Hirono and Lingle Already Focusing on Each Other

Friday, July 27

Generation Dan

Thursday, July 26

Case Versus Hirono, But Lingle’s In the Mix

Wednesday, July 25

Touring Next Step: My Visit to a Homeless Shelter

Tuesday, July 24

Complaints Escalate At Kakaakao Homeless Shelter

Monday, July 23

Linda Lingle: U.S. Chamber Made?

Friday, July 20

Hirono’s War Chest Keeps Pace With Lingle’s

Abercrombie Promises No More ‘Fiscal Sinkhole’

Wednesday, July 18

Djou and Hanabusa On The Issues

Please Leak To Me

Tuesday, July 17

Hawaii Senate Contenders Differ On Super PACs

Monday, July 16

Hannemann and Gabbard Race For The Cash

Friday, July 13

Thielen, Ryan Raise Equal Amounts in Senate Race

Thursday, July 12

Candidates for 2nd Congressional District Stress Background

Wednesday, July 11

Party Favor? Independent Candidates Have A Tough Time In Hawaii Primary

Tuesday, July 10

Hawaii Lawmaker Suspects Gambling in Kaneohe

Friday, July 6

Dissent, Patriotism and Ed Nakamura

Tuesday, July 3

Should Church Come to State in Hawaii?

Monday, July 2

Is Mazie Hirono Getting Nervous?

June 2012

Saturday, June 30

Ariyoshi on Hawaii Tourism and Sustainability

Ariyoshi on Hawaii’s Role in the Asia-Pacific

Friday, June 29

Health Care Ruling Could Hurt Hawaii GOP

Tuesday, June 26

Political Tempest In A Hawaii Teapot

Monday, June 25

Hawaii Gov Singles Out 19 Bills for Possible Veto

Saturday, June 23

‘Public Hug Fest’ For State High Court Nominee

Thursday, June 21

‘First Step’ Taken to Transform Criminal Justice System

Tuesday, June 19

Haole? The Unbearable Whiteness of Being

Monday, June 18

Overthrowing the Democrats? Independents Are A Long Shot

Saturday, June 16

National Political Analysts Predict Hirono Will Win Hawaii Senate Race

Friday, June 15

Senate Hopefuls Hirono and Case Go Out Swinging

Thursday, June 14

Familiar Senate Debate Sees Fresh Exchanges

Wednesday, June 13

Hawaii U.S. Senate Race: The Maui Debate

Tuesday, June 12

Hannemann Final Radio Show Prompts Opponent To Seek Equal Time

Monday, June 11

Kauai OHA Seat Is One Of The Year’s Hottest Races

Friday, June 8

Thielen Donated to Hawaii GOP Candidates

Wednesday, June 6

Stanford Confuses Lanikai Islets With Melanesia

Should Hawaii Democrats Stop Laura Thielen?

Abercrombie: Change Retirement Age for Judges

Tuesday, June 5

Off and Running: The Race for Hawaii’s Legislature

Why Run? GOP Candidate Says She’s ‘Fed Up’

Friday, June 1

The Campaigns of Ed and Mazie: A Contrast

May 2012

Wednesday, May 30

Case and Hirono, Together at Last

Monday, May 28

Why They Are Democrats

Sunday, May 27

Hirono: ‘Let’s Furlough Linda Lingle’

Case: ‘High Stakes’ In U.S. Senate Choice

Saturday, May 26

Abercrombie: ‘There Is A War On Our Basic Values’

Thursday, May 24

The Hawaii Supreme Court: A Legacy for Gov. Neil Abercrombie?

Wednesday, May 23

Lawsuit Filed Over Death of Second Arizona Inmate

Tuesday, May 22

Hawaii Democrats Charge Candidates $500 a Minute to Address Convention

Arizona Demands Obama Birth Certificate But Takes A Pass On Romney’s

Thursday, May 17

Does Lingle Support U.S. Chamber of Commerce?

Wednesday, May 16

What To Do When Your Candidate Is Your Boss

ACLU: Hawaii Denied Prisoners Marriage Rights

Who’s Making Big Bucks Working for Hawaii’s U.S. Senate Candidates?

Saturday, May 12

Hawaii GOP Hopes the Future Is Theirs

Lingle: United Hawaii GOP Can Win More Seats

Friday, May 11

Djou: I Accepted No PAC Money Last Quarter

Oshiro: Obama’s Stance No Guarantee for Gay Marriage in Hawaii

Thursday, May 10

Dear Dan: Cayetano’s Email to Inouye

Wednesday, May 9

Obama Support for Same-Sex Marriage Ripples Through Hawaii Politics

Monday, May 7

Is Sen. Dan Inouye Out of Touch With Hawaii?

Friday, May 4

Disagreement, Exemptions Marked 2012 Ledge

Thursday, May 3

Live Blog: Closing Day at the Hawaii Legislature

Tuesday, May 1

Who’s Giving Big Bucks to Our Senate Candidates?

April 2012

Sunday, April 29

Hawaii Legislature Brings 47 Bills Back to Life

Friday, April 27

Is Calvin Say Holding the Budget Hostage?

Thursday, April 26

Hawaii Lawmakers Stretch Deadline to Pass $11.2B Budget

Wednesday, April 25

Dog the Bounty Hunter, Wife Lobby Against Hawaii Justice Reform Initiative

‘Narrow’ Religious Exemption for Civil Unions Law?

Tuesday, April 24

Hawaii Democrats: ‘Emotional Chickens With Our Heads Cut Off’

Monday, April 23

Hawaii Lawmaker Voted on Bills Backed By His Employer — Oceanic Cable

Thursday, April 19

Hirono Won’t Debate Case On Top TV Networks

Wednesday, April 18

Senate Democrats Help Each Other Raise Campaign Cash

Tuesday, April 17

A Pillar of Peace for the Hokulea

Dalai Lama Says China Must Investigate Tibetan Self-Immolations

Monday, April 16

One Paddle, Two Paddle for the Dalai Lama

Sunday, April 15

The Gift of the Dalai Lama

Friday, April 13

Who Has Worst Hawaii Senate Attendance?

Thursday, April 12

Inouye: The Only Thing That Will Stop Rail is World War III

Linda Lingle’s Role Model: Susan Collins of Maine

OHA-Kakaako Deal A Victory for Abercrombie

Wednesday, April 11

Dalai Lama Visit Inaugurates Peace Program

Senate: DLNR Officers Don’t Need Taser Training

Friday, April 6

Who Has Worst Hawaii House Attendance?

The Thielen Affair: Debate Continues On Senate Floor

GOP Veteran Fred Hemmings Will Seek Former Senate Seat

Thursday, April 5

Party Chair Dismissed Legal Opinion on Thielen

Tuesday, April 3

Top Democrats Condemn Party for Rejecting Thielen

Descent Into Haole: ‘The Descendants’ Dissed

Monday, April 2

Hawaii Doctors Form Aid In Dying Advisory Council

March 2012

Saturday, March 31

Hannemann Courts GOP Donors On Guam

Hawaii Gov Remains Defiant on HSTA Standoff

Friday, March 30

Staff Turnover Doesn’t Bother Abercrombie

Thursday, March 29

Who Speaks for the Abercrombie Administration?

Abercrombie: Environmental Critics Are ‘Apocalyptic’ Naysayers

Tuesday, March 27

Sen. Roz Baker Blasted Over Hearing Conduct

Saturday, March 24

March Madness: Hawaii Legislative Resolutions

Friday, March 23

Hawaii Lawmakers Revive Vacation Rental Bill

Developing Kakaako: The Big Picture

Thursday, March 22

Legislature May Sacrifice Environment for Economy

Wednesday, March 21

Civil Unions Returns to the Hawaii Legislature

Tuesday, March 20

Rep. Awana Still Tardy With Election Filings

Thursday, March 15

Case Tries to Shake Up Quiet Senate Race

Hawaii AG Search Reveals No ‘Hot’ Alexander Emails

Tuesday, March 13

Hawaii Republican Caucuses: Hawaii Kai

Hawaii Victory Gives Romney Something to Cheer About on Santorum’s Night

Monday, March 12

House Shelves Hawaii Vacation Rental Bill

Saturday, March 10

Capitol Watch — Hawaii Politics and Government — Mar. 12-18

How Are ‘Good Government’ Bills Faring at the Ledge?

Friday, March 9

Reapportionment Panel Completes Map Quest

Thursday, March 8

Lingle Ads Cost U.S. Chamber Big Bucks

New Rules for Non-Hawaii Owned Vacation Rentals Advancing In Legislature

Wednesday, March 7

Still Alive at the Hawaii Ledge

Not So Public: When Emails Brought Down Hawaii Official

Monday, March 5

Washington Place Reserved for Top Gov Donor’s Family

Saturday, March 3

Capitol Watch — Hawaii Politics and Government — Mar. 5-11

Thursday, March 1

DAGS Responds to Civil Beat — Two Weeks Later

Does Calvin Say Control Reapportionment?

February 2012

Wednesday, February 29

Americans Elect Qualifies for Hawaii Ballot

A Plan to Return Hawaii’s Mainland Inmates

Tuesday, February 28

Non-Hawaii Owners of Vacation Rentals in Uproar

Saturday, February 25

Capitol Watch — Hawaii Politics and Government — Feb. 27-Mar.4

How Other States Treat Aid In Dying

A Conversation About Aid In Dying In Hawaii

Friday, February 24

Gay Websites Extoll Gov’s Marriage Ban Stance

Thursday, February 23

Reapportionment: Neither Pono nor Kapakahi

Tuesday, February 21

Gabbard Campaign Benefits from Generous Family Support

Hawaii Homeless Shelter in Kakaako Is ‘A Mess’

Sunday, February 19

Capitol Watch — Hawaii Politics and Government — Feb. 20-26

Friday, February 17

Governor’s Emails Auto-Deleted After 60 Days

Thursday, February 16

Death of Hawaii Prisoner Raises Concerns About Arizona Facility

Wednesday, February 15

New Political Maps: Big Island Gains Seat, Oahu Incumbents to Face Off

HCDA: Director Tony Ching Deserves Pay Raise

Monday, February 13

John Radcliffe — Prophet or Pariah?

Saturday, February 11

Capitol Watch — Hawaii Politics and Government — Feb. 13-19

The Speaker’s PAC

Thursday, February 9

Former State Workers Say Governor’s Office Was Warned About Alexander

Wednesday, February 8

Leaders Split on Lawmaker Disclosure Deadline

Tuesday, February 7

Campaign Ads Now Hitting Hawaii Airwaves

Monday, February 6

Why the Emphasis on Local Financial Support in U.S. Senate Race?

Sunday, February 5

Capitol Watch — Hawaii Politics and Government — Feb. 6-12

Hirono: I’m Only Candidate Who Opposed Bush Tax Cuts

January 2012

Monday, January 30

A Bill to Stop Mitch Kahle?

Saturday, January 28

Capitol Watch — Hawaii Politics and Government — Jan.30-Feb.5

Friday, January 27

Hawaii GOP’s Wish List At The Ledge

Hot Issue At The Hawaii Legislature: Cybercrime

Thursday, January 26

Opponents Slam Hawaii Effort to Track Web Usage

Lingle, Flush With Cash And On Message

Tuesday, January 24

Hawaii GOP Still Looking For CD2 Candidate

One Year Later – 2011 State of the State Scorecard

Say, Tsutsui Bask in Governor’s Love

Monday, January 23

Abercrombie: Hawaii Has ‘Turned Corner’

Capitol Watch — Hawaii Politics and Government — Jan. 23-29

Saturday, January 21

House Labor Wants Salary, Names To Remain Public

Thursday, January 19

Remembering Ben: The Cayetano Years

Bill Resurfaces to Make Public Employee Names, Exact Salaries Private

Wednesday, January 18

‘Justice Reinvestment’ Faces Public Safety Hurdle

Saturday, January 14

Capitol Watch — Hawaii Politics and Government — Jan. 16-22

Judge Rejects Complaint Against Kawaiahao Church

Hedging Bets at the 2012 Hawaii Ledge

Thursday, January 12

Reapportionment Puts Candidate Filings On Hold

Wednesday, January 11

Ethics Boss Nixes Lobbyist Invites to Lawmakers

Monday, January 9

Judiciary: Make Reporters’ Shield Law Permanent

Saturday, January 7

Capitol Watch — Hawaii Politics and Government — Jan. 9-15

AG: Alexander Sex Allegations ‘Not Directly Related’ to State Job

Friday, January 6

Hawaii Homeless Chief Resigns Amid Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Thursday, January 5

U.S. Military in Hawaii: ‘Bright Future Ahead’

Sunday, January 1

Hawaii Celebrates First Civil Unions