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 2017

Friday, December 29

Chad Blair: Did Hawaii Really Try To Thwart CNN’s Homelessness Report?

Wednesday, December 27

Chad Blair: Micronesia Won’t Soon Break Its Addiction To US Dollars

Friday, December 22

California Approves Saito Extradition To Hawaii

Learmont To Replace Oshiro In Hawaii State House

OHA Trustees’ Settlement Cost $879,000 In Legal Fees

Thursday, December 21

Chad Blair: A Maui Publisher Notches A First Amendment Win

Wednesday, December 20

Hawaii Delegates Speak Out Against GOP Tax Bill ‘Scam’

Friday, December 15

Civil Beat Poll: Lottery Has Big Support In Hawaii

Thursday, December 14

Civil Beat Poll: Voters Just Say No To Legalizing Recreational Marijuana

Wednesday, December 13

Civil Beat Poll: Support Is Still Strong For Medical Aid In Dying

Tuesday, December 12

Civil Beat Poll: Power To The People — Voters Want More Control

Monday, December 11

Civil Beat Poll: Let’s Have A Constitutional Convention

Friday, December 8

Chad Blair: Will You Please Just Be Quiet, Please?

Monday, December 4

OHA Settles Lawsuit That Pitted Trustee Against Her Colleagues

Friday, December 1

Chad Blair: ‘If We Love Hawaii So Much, Why Don’t We Vote?’

November 2017

Monday, November 27

Chad Blair: Brian Schatz Is In The Hot Seat Now

Monday, November 20

Why Is This Hawaii State House Seat Vacant?

Friday, November 17

Chad Blair: A Trip Back To Hawaii Journalism In The ’60s

Monday, November 13

Chad Blair: Why Would Anyone Want To Run For Congress?

Wednesday, November 8

OHA Sues State, UH Over ‘Longstanding Mismanagement’ Of Mauna Kea

October 2017

Tuesday, October 31

This May Be The Election When We Stop Ignoring OHA

Wednesday, October 25

Kauai Mayor Wants To Be Hawaii’s Lieutenant Governor

Tuesday, October 24

High Court Rejects Media Complaint About Police Commission Secrecy

Chad Blair: The Story Of Micronesians Fighting America’s Wars

Friday, October 20

Chad Blair: Doug Chin Sure Sounds Like He Might Run For Congress

Thursday, October 19

GOP Rep. Andria Tupola To Run For Hawaii Governor

Tuesday, October 17

Chad Blair: Pro-Rail Groups Spent $200K On Special Session Lobbying Blitz

Friday, October 13

Chad Blair: Why Is It So Hard To Find Police Commissioners?

Tuesday, October 3

Chad Blair: Special Interests Spend Big On Their Lobbyists

Monday, October 2

Chad Blair: Hawaii’s Surprising Number Of Lobbyists

September 2017

Tuesday, September 26

Chad Blair: @OahuDemocrats Is A Must-Read For Politicos

Friday, September 22

Chad Blair: Schatz On Wrong Side Of Vote To Debate Endless War

Tuesday, September 19

Chad Blair: Should Hawaii Be More Like California?

Thursday, September 14

Chad Blair: Showering Hawaii Officials With Manapua

Thursday, September 7

Chad Blair: My Akamai Guide To The 2018 Elections

Tuesday, September 5

Rail Bailout Bill Becomes Law As Ige Signs $2.4 Billion Measure

Hawaii Delegates Call DACA Decision ‘Heartless, Inhumane’

August 2017

Thursday, August 24

Lawmakers Strike Deal To Increase Hotel Tax, GET To Pay For Rail

Hirono Finds Her Mojo In The Era of Trump

Former Hawaii AGs Want Trump To Denounce Hate

Tuesday, August 22

Why Hotels Will Likely Get Stuck With Honolulu Rail Tab

Friday, August 18

Hawaii DOE: Progress Made On Hiring More School Bus Drivers

Thursday, August 17

Census To Count Micronesians In Hawaii, US Territories

Tuesday, August 15

Sen. Brian Schatz: Trump Is ‘Not My President’

Will Native Hawaiians Be The Victims In This Fight Over A Royal Fortune?

Friday, August 11

Hanabusa Considering Run For Hawaii Governor

Gov. Ige’s Campaign Cash As Low As His Poll Numbers

Wednesday, August 9

Chad Blair: Academy Teaches Aspiring Leaders How To ‘Change The World’

Tuesday, August 8

First Hawaii Dispensary Approved For Medical Marijuana Sales

Tuesday, August 1

Feds Offer An Additional $3 Million To Help Ease Impact Of Micronesian Migration

Chad Blair: Honolulu’s Alternative Weekly Rides Again In Digitized Back Issues

July 2017

Monday, July 31

Court Rejects Marshall Islands’ Suit Against US Over Nuclear Treaty

Thursday, July 27

Chad Blair: Hey! What About The Native Hawaiians?

Wednesday, July 26

Military Transgender Ban Draws Ire Of Hawaii Congressional Delegation

Hawaii AG Takes A Break From Trump Suits To Handle Dog Leash Case

Tuesday, July 25

$16K Gift To Pay OHA Trustee’s Legal Fees Raises Ethical Questions

Friday, July 21

Hirono’s Up For Re-Election Next Year But Schatz Has Twice The Cash

Thursday, July 20

Gabbard Rakes In Far More Campaign Cash Than Hanabusa

Wednesday, July 19

National Poll Finds That David Ige Is One Of The Least Popular Governors

Monday, July 10

Chad Blair: This Young Leader Is All Fired Up

Wednesday, July 5

Chad Blair: Hawaii’s Senators Get Feisty With Tweets And Sound Bites

Monday, July 3

Hawaii Unlikely To Cooperate With Trump’s Voter Fraud Panel

June 2017

Monday, June 26

Chin Says It’s ‘Premature’ For Trump To Claim Victory In Travel Ban Case

Chad Blair: Can Ige Turn Modesty Into A Campaign Asset?

Wednesday, June 21

Hawaii Lawmakers Revive Push To Provide Medicaid for Micronesians

Monday, June 19

Hawaii Democrats Poised To Invite Rep. Fukumoto To The Party

Chad Blair: Why Staring At Cellphones In Crosswalks Should Be Illegal

Tuesday, June 13

Hawaii Leaders Say State Is Under ‘Attack’ With Loss Of Federal Funds

May 2017

Tuesday, May 30

How Did Donovan Dela Cruz Just Become Hawaii’s Most Powerful Senator?

Thursday, May 25

Hawaii Taxpayers Are On The Hook For $18 Million To Settle Claims

Tuesday, May 23

Schatz: Trump’s ‘Cruel’ Budget Is ‘Dead On Arrival’

Run, Tulsi, Run? Gabbard’s Name Pops Up As Presidential Contender

Friday, May 19

Hawaii Prof To White Guys: ‘Get Out Of The Way’

Wednesday, May 17

Mueller As Special Counsel Pleases Hawaii Delegation

How House Leaders Scuttled Better Pay For Foster Parents

Tuesday, May 16

Mazie Hirono Diagnosed With Kidney Cancer

Monday, May 15

Campaign Cash Flowed To Hawaii Lawmakers As Hot Topics Debated

Wednesday, May 10

OHA Gets An F Grade For Telling You How It Spends Your Money

Tuesday, May 9

Hirono: Comey Firing A ‘Disservice To The American People’

Former Congressional Candidate Shirlene Ostrov Wants To Be GOP Chair

Monday, May 8

Who Won And Who Lost In A Legislative Session Marked By Failure

Thursday, May 4

Lawmakers Adjourn Without Deal To Pay For Rail

Rep. Andria Tupola Running For Chair Of State GOP

Wednesday, May 3

House Speaker Joe Souki Expected to Lose His Post, Members Say

Sen. Jill Tokuda To Be Ousted As Ways And Means Chair

Ige Won’t Extend Session Unless A Deal Is Made On Rail Tax

Tuesday, May 2

As Time Runs Out, House And Senate Still Divided Over How To Pay For Rail

Life And Death Drama— For Bills — At The Hawaii Legislature

April 2017

Friday, April 28

All-Mail Balloting Bill Dies In Final Hour Of Conference

Lawmakers Strike Deal to Fund Honolulu Rail Project With Higher Hotel Taxes

Wednesday, April 26

Maui Mayor Arakawa Wants To Be Lieutenant Governor

Debate Over Rail Tax Extension Grows Heated

Majority Leader Leads Senate In Absenteeism This Session

Tuesday, April 25

Governor’s Political Fortunes May Rise With New Teachers’ Contract

Friday, April 21

Hirono Has $1 Million On Hand For Likely Senate Re-election Bid

Thursday, April 20

Hawaii Senate To Propose 10-Year Extension On Rail Tax

Attorney General Sessions’ Criticism Of Hawaii Judge Draws Fire

Wednesday, April 19

Hawaii Legislators Make Headway On State Budget

Tuesday, April 18

Campaign Cash Flowing To Hawaii’s Congresswomen

Thursday, April 13

Why Tom Gorak’s Appointment To The PUC May Be In Trouble

Hawaii Film About Transgender Woman Is At Center Of Federal Debate

Tuesday, April 11

House Legislators Clash Over Bill To Trim Judges’ Pensions

AG: Hawaii Senate Improperly Withheld Testimony From Public

Friday, April 7

Is OHA’s CEO Keeping Ties To Companies Secret From Ethics Panel?

Why Hawaii Still Won’t Require Disclosures Of Pesticide Use

Mixed Reaction From Hawaii Delegates Over Syria Attacks

Thursday, April 6

Hawaii Senators Denounce GOP Rule Change To Confirm Gorsuch

Wednesday, April 5

House Panel Ponies Up Another $1.2 Billion For Honolulu Rail

Bills To Improve Child Care Facilities Near Approval

Will Joe Souki Be Hawaii’s Next Lt Gov?

March 2017

Thursday, March 30

Hawaii Inches Closer To Becoming A Vote-By-Mail State

Wednesday, March 29

Senate Committee Unveils A Streamlined State Budget

Lawmakers Urge Medical Help For Micronesian Veterans

Tuesday, March 28

Money Talks To Lawmakers During Legislative Session

Monday, March 27

Hirono Will Oppose Gorsuch Nomination To High Court

Friday, March 24

Hawaii Dems Take Victory Lap Over Demise Of ‘TrumpCare’

Wednesday, March 22

House Restores Honolulu Rail Tax — For Now

Hawaii Republican Quits Party After Criticizing Trump

Tuesday, March 21

Lawmaker Blows Smoke At Teen Lobbyists

Gabbard: Decriminalize Marijuana At The Federal Level

Monday, March 20

Hirono: Gorsuch Has Pattern Of Ignoring ‘The Little Guy’

Wednesday, March 15

Hawaii House Sends ‘Prudent’ State Budget To Senate

Tuesday, March 14

Help Wanted: Panels On Ethics, Campaigns Need Volunteers

Hawaii Delegates: ‘Trumpcare’ A Bad Deal For Americans

Monday, March 13

McKelvey Booted From Chairmanship In Rare Mid-Session Shake-Up

Sunday, March 12

Lawmaker May Lose Committee Chair Over Pesticide Bill

Thursday, March 9

House Uses Sleight Of Hand To Kill Pesticide Disclosure Bill

Ige: Real Change In DC Will Be ‘Slow To Come’ Despite Trump

Wednesday, March 8

House Panel Wants Budget Slashed By $500M

Tuesday, March 7

Aid In Dying Bill Clears Senate Despite Emotional Appeal

Monday, March 6

Trask Sues Apo Over Alleged Sexual Harassment Settlement

Agencies Seek Info On Death Of Kauai Monk Seal

Friday, March 3

Bills To Raise Hawaii’s Minimum Wage Are Non-Starters

Thursday, March 2

Hawaii’s Congresswomen Say Attorney General Should Resign

Wednesday, March 1

How News Media May Get More Access To Disaster Scenes

February 2017

Tuesday, February 28

Aid In Dying Bill Edges Closer To Hawaii Senate Approval

Monday, February 27

Senators Shoot Down Rail Tax Extension — At Least For Now

Friday, February 24

Anti-Trump Movement Urges Hawaii Politicians To Take A Stand

Thursday, February 23

Bill Would Require Recounts In Close Hawaii Elections

Wednesday, February 22

Hawaii Lawmaker Accepted Junket From Turkish Opposition Group

Tuesday, February 21

Ceiling Tiles Fall At Hawaii Capitol

Thursday, February 16

Caldwell Vows ‘Laser-Like’ Focus on Affordable Housing

Wednesday, February 15

As Two Tax Bills Advance, Honolulu Rail Has Legislators’ Attention

Tuesday, February 14

Minimum Wage Hike Clears Hawaii Senate Committee

Monday, February 13

Drivers May Face Higher Taxes, Fees To Maintain Highways

Measure To Stop Mayors From Moonlighting Shelved

Big Changes In Store For Hawaii Public Radio

Why Are Hawaii Judicial Nominees Mostly Men?

Thursday, February 9

Hawaii Senate To Make Substantial Changes To Rail Tax Bill

Machado Once Again Leads Office Of Hawaiian Affairs

Wednesday, February 8

Gabbard Met Assad Twice For A Total Of Two Hours

‘Obama Slept Here’ Signs Coming Soon?

Tuesday, February 7

Cost Of Gabbard’s Trip To Syria And Lebanon? $9,000

Monday, February 6

Rail Tax Measures Face Big Votes This Week

Saturday, February 4

Introducing The Mark Takai Atomic Veterans Healthcare Parity Act

Thursday, February 2

OHA Infighting Continues As Chairwoman Rowena Akana Is Ousted

Wednesday, February 1

Petition Calls for Gabbard’s Removal From Key US House Posts

Hawaii GOP Lawmaker May Switch Parties

January 2017

Tuesday, January 31

Hirono, Schatz Disappointed With Trump’s Pick Of Gorsuch

Gabbard To Pay Back Costs Of Her Trip To Syria

Sunday, January 29

Hawaii’s AG Joins Others Opposing Immigration Ban

Schatz To Oppose Tillerson, Sessions Nominations

Thursday, January 26

Measures Aim To Help Domestic Violence Victims Get Help

Gambling Measures Surface At The Legislature

Wednesday, January 25

Hawaii Judiciary Launches Mobile App

Lau Spent Much More Money Than Kim In Mayor’s Race

Tuesday, January 24

OHA Chair Says Allegations Against Her Are Unfounded

Bill Banning Second Jobs For Mayors Would Affect Caldwell’s Bank Deal

Monday, January 23

Ige Promises Skeptical Lawmakers He’ll Supply More Budget Details

Saturday, January 21

Thousands Defy Rain And Trump During Rally In Honolulu

Thursday, January 19

Matson: $725K Molasses Fine

Wednesday, January 18

Rail Project’s Huge Shortfall Looms Over Legislature’s Opening Day

Apo: Don’t Jump To Conclusions

Tuesday, January 17

Report: Native Hawaiians Face A ‘Public Health Crisis’

Counties Again Seek Greater Share Of Hotel Tax, Lifeguard Immunity

Monday, January 16

Gun-Death Rates In America

Hiraoka On Judge Nominees List

Hawaii Most Integrated State

Friday, January 13

Petition: Dump Akana, Keep CEO

Death And Taxes: Two Certainties For This Year’s Hawaii Legislature

Thursday, January 12

OHA Trustees Walk Out After Chair Squelches Public Testimony

Wednesday, January 11

Want To Be On Hawaii’s 2020 Presidential Ballot? Show Us Your Taxes

STEM Jobs? Not In Honolulu

Chaos At OHA: A Power Struggle And Employee Accusations

Tuesday, January 10

A $22 Minimum Wage?

Monday, January 9

Schatz Named Chief Deputy Whip

Hirono Acts On Medicare, Medicaid

Sunday, January 8

New Consumer Advocate Named

Wanted: Ethics, Campaign Panels

Saturday, January 7

Senators Oppose National Registry

Thursday, January 5

Legislature’s Financial Leaders To Ige: Give Us A ‘Real Budget’

Why Hasn’t Hawaii Hired A Chief Negotiator For Union Talks?

Ige Campaign Chair Resigns

Wednesday, January 4

OHA Board Votes To Buy Out Contract Of CEO Crabbe

Oahu Repaves 332 Miles

Tuesday, January 3

Does Council’s New Leadership Mean A Smoother Ride For Rail?

Our Christian US Congress

Monday, January 2

More ‘Star’ Chatter On Gabbard

Warren Makes Pitch For Hirono