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 2018

Thursday, December 27

Chad Blair: This Local Brew Comes With Some Political Bite

Wednesday, December 19

Chad Blair: Some Grumbling Over Senate Committee Posts

Friday, December 7

Chad Blair: Things Are Actually Looking Up At Honolulu Airport

Monday, December 3

Ige Begins Second Term With Call To ‘Move Forward, Together’

November 2018

Wednesday, November 28

Chad Blair: Have You Hugged An ‘Exceptional Tree’ Lately?

Tuesday, November 20

Chad Blair: Time For Honolulu To Finally Decide On Natatorium’s Future

Wednesday, November 7

Chad Blair: Wild Night On Mainland, But It’s Politics As Usual In Hawaii

Tuesday, November 6

Democrats Keep Their Tight Lock On The Legislature

October 2018

Tuesday, October 30

Chad Blair: Here’s What Residents Of Other States Will Get A Chance To Vote On

Monday, October 22

Chad Blair: Is Rowena Akana’s Political Career On The Line?

Friday, October 19

Chad Blair: The Senate Confirms Judges, So Why Is The House Butting In?

Wednesday, October 17

Civil Beat Poll: Voters Like The Idea Of A ConCon, They’re Just Not Going To Vote For It

Civil Beat Poll: Voters Want Term Limits For State Legislators

Tuesday, October 16

Civil Beat Poll: Hawaii Voters Oppose ConAm On Property Taxes

Sunday, October 14

Ad Watch: Four Hawaii Govs Team Up To Defeat ConAm

Thursday, October 11

Chad Blair: Pal Of Ige Or Not, Keith Hiraoka Is A Good Choice For Appeals Court

Monday, October 8

Ad Watch: First TV Spot Says A ConCon Would Cost Too Much

Friday, October 5

Chad Blair: I Read Hawaii’s Constitution So You Don’t Have To

Ad Watch: TV Spots Attack Constitutional Amendment For School Taxes

September 2018

Wednesday, September 26

Chad Blair: Can Anything Help The GOP In Hawaii?

August 2018

Friday, August 31

Chad Blair: Do Aloha Shirts Win Campaigns In Hawaii?

Sunday, August 12

Chad Blair: On The Day After, Democratic Dominance On Display

Saturday, August 11

OHA Candidates Headed To General Election Runoff

Friday, August 10

Take The Civil Beat 2018 Primary Election Quiz

Tuesday, August 7

Chad Blair: You’d Be Surprised Which Candidates Favor Legalizing Pot

Monday, August 6

Ad Watch: Governor, LG Wannabes Hone Their TV Pitches

July 2018

Monday, July 30

Chad Blair: Did David Ige Tell Colleen Hanabusa To ‘Sit Down And Shut Up’?

Thursday, July 26

Ad Watch: Hawaii Governor’s Race Switches Into Attack Mode

Friday, July 20

Candidates For Governor Hone Their Messages At Hilo Forum

This Democratic Party Email Promoting Hanabusa Is Raising Eyebrows

Tuesday, July 17

Chad Blair: How I Spent My Summer Vacation

June 2018

Tuesday, June 19

Ad Watch: Ige And Hanabusa On What Makes Them Different

Monday, June 18

Chad Blair: She’s Back! Hawaii’s Most Notorious Candidate Returns

Monday, June 4

Ed Case Prepares To Enter Hawaii Race For Congress

Clayton Hee Withdraws From Hawaii Governor’s Race

May 2018

Sunday, May 27

Hawaii’s Future Is At Stake, Hanabusa Tells State Democratic Convention

Saturday, May 26

Ige Takes Shots At Trump To Fire Up Audience At Democratic Convention

Friday, May 25

We’re Now Taking Comments On The Latest Civil Beat Poll

Civil Beat Poll: Hawaii Voters Seem Ready For A Constitutional Convention

Thursday, May 24

Civil Beat Poll: Tulsi Gabbard Is Hawaii’s Most Popular Politician

Chad Blair: Candidates For Congress Sound A Lot Alike In Dissing Trump

Wednesday, May 23

Civil Beat Poll: Kim Leads Chin In Race For Congress

Saturday, May 19

SLIDESHOW: Hawaii Bids A Final Aloha To Sen. Daniel Akaka

Friday, May 18

Chad Blair: Harry Kim Shouldn’t Get A Pass On Racist Comment

Wednesday, May 9

Chad Blair: Naked And Afraid In Hawaii

Saturday, May 5

Banking On Trump, Hawaii GOP Says Its Future Looks Bright

Wednesday, May 2

Chad Blair: The Most Progressive Legislative Session In A Long Time

April 2018

Friday, April 27

Pesticide Compromise Reached As Conference Committee Time Expires

Hawaii Lawmakers Want To Spend $30M On Legal Homeless Encampments

Thursday, April 26

Bill To Regulate Pesticide Use Coming Down To The Wire

Wednesday, April 25

Bump Stock Ban Passes Hawaii Legislature In Wake Of Las Vegas Massacre

Tuesday, April 24

Ad Watch: David Ige Reminds Voters Of His Roots

Friday, April 13

Ad Watch: Who’s Kim Coco Iwamoto Again?

Friday, April 6

Chad Blair: Dan Akaka Was The Gentlest Man In Washington

Former US Sen. Daniel Akaka Dead At 93

Wednesday, April 4

Chad Blair: Hirono Fired Up To Take On Cancer And Trump In Campaign

March 2018

Friday, March 30

Ige Fires Back: Hawaii Doesn’t Need ‘Backroom Deals’

Thursday, March 29

Hawaii’s Top Lawmakers Unite Against Gov. Ige’s Re-Election

Chad Blair: She Was An ‘R,’ Now She’s A ‘D’ — And Running For Congress

Tuesday, March 20

Chad Blair: What’s Next For Charles Djou — And The Hawaii GOP?

Thursday, March 15

Chad Blair: A Legislator Who Likes To ‘Drink Beer In The Ocean’

Tuesday, March 6

Chad Blair: Guns Suddenly Become An Issue In Governor’s Race

Thursday, March 1

Chad Blair: Should Hawaii Politicians Accept Mainland Cash?

February 2018

Tuesday, February 27

Former Sen. Clayton Hee Is Running For Governor

Wednesday, February 21

Chad Blair: Here’s Who Takes Money From The NRA In Hawaii

Tuesday, February 20

Chad Blair: A Kids Museum Struggles Amidst Homeless Squalor

Thursday, February 15

Chad Blair: Draining The Swamp At Hawaii’s Capitol

Wednesday, February 14

Bill Would Spare Micronesians A Yearly Trip To The DMV

Why We Publish Provocative Community Voices

Monday, February 12

This Trump Pick Wins Rare Applause from Hawaii’s Democratic Senators

Thursday, February 8

Chad Blair: Was Maui Official Ousted For Skipping Mayor’s Campaign Event?

Tuesday, February 6

Chad Blair: What A Constitutional Convention Might Mean For Hawaiians

January 2018

Tuesday, January 30

Hawaii Praises And Pans Trump Speech

Chad Blair: Telling The Public A Little Less About What It Pays Its Workers

Monday, January 29

Tsutsui Stepping Down As Hawaii Lieutenant Governor

Thursday, January 25

Women’s Caucus Wants Easier Access To Abortion Services

Wednesday, January 24

Gabbard Shakes Up Governor’s Race By Endorsing Hanabusa

Monday, January 22

Chad Blair: Media Isn’t Ready To Let Ige Put Missile Alert Behind Him

Thursday, January 18

Complaint Filed Over Use Of Late Congressman’s Campaign Funds

Palace And Capitol: Hawaiian Event Bridges Two Worlds

Wednesday, January 17

Chin’s Opponents Pile On Criticism Of Candidate’s Campaign Manager

Tuesday, January 16

Chad Blair: Is David Ige’s Political Nene Cooked?

Friday, January 12

Chin Tells Campaign Manager To ‘Get House In Order’

Thursday, January 11

Chad Blair: Hawaii Superferry’s Voyage Of The Damned

Monday, January 8

Hanabusa Launches Campaign With Swipe At ‘Rudderless’ Ige

Sunday, January 7

Chin To Step Down As Hawaii AG In Run For Congress

Thursday, January 4

Chad Blair: Why Colleen Hanabusa Can’t Sit Still