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 2019

Monday, December 30

State Auditor Suspends Review Of OHA LLCs

Thursday, December 26

Chad Blair: Tulsi Gabbard’s Flailing Presidential Campaign

Thursday, December 12

Chad Blair: Following The Money At The Hawaii Legislature

November 2019

Wednesday, November 27

Rep. Case Demands Hawaii Be Paid Millions More For COFA Costs

Tuesday, November 12

White Nationalists Try To Claim Aloha Spirit As Their Own

Friday, November 8

Chad Blair: Is SpongeBob SquarePants More Than Just Nautical Nonsense?

Thursday, November 7

Sen. Laura Thielen Won’t Seek Re-Election To Hawaii Senate

Friday, November 1

Chad Blair: Handicapping Hawaii’s CD2 Election

October 2019

Monday, October 28

Chad Blair: Why Tulsi Gabbard Should Quit Congress Right Now

Thursday, October 24

Tulsi Gabbard Won’t Run For Re-Election To US House

Tuesday, October 8

Chad Blair: Hawaii GOP Leaders Stand By Their Man Trump

Monday, October 7

Where Hawaii Legislators Stand On The Thirty Meter Telescope

September 2019

Friday, September 27

You Think Your Job Is Stressful? At Least You’re Not Me

Tuesday, September 24

Rep. Ed Case Backs Pelosi’s Call For Impeachment Inquiry

Monday, September 23

Schatz Calls For Impeachment Proceedings Against Trump

Thursday, September 19

Chad Blair: What’s Right-Wing Provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos Doing In Honolulu?

August 2019

Tuesday, August 20

Caldwell Considering Possible Run For Governor

Thursday, August 15

Hanabusa Takes First Steps In Run For Honolulu Mayor

Wednesday, August 7

Civil Beat Poll: Strong Support For TMT But Little Love For Ige

July 2019

Thursday, July 25

Chad Blair: Why Is Tulsi Gabbard Really Suing Google?

Wednesday, July 24

Chad Blair: Putting Harry Kim In Charge May Be Ige’s Best Move In TMT Standoff

Friday, July 19

Politicians Weigh In On TMT Protests As Standoff Continues

Tuesday, July 16

Gabbard Has Missed Nearly A Quarter Of House Votes This Year

Thursday, July 11

Chad Blair: City Prosecutor Job May Draw Crowded Field Of Candidates

Friday, July 5

Chad Blair: Where Did All The Beards And ‘Staches Go On Hawaii Politicians?

June 2019

Monday, June 24

Report: Trump Vetted Gabbard For Administration Job

Thursday, June 20

Ige: Construction Of TMT On Mauna Kea Can Begin

Chad Blair: Today Is Not The Day For Tulsi Gabbard’s Political Memoir

Tuesday, June 18

New Ruling In Maui Water Case Still Doesn’t Resolve Old Dispute

Thursday, June 13

Chad Blair: It Looks Like All-Mail Voting Is Finally On Its Way

Wednesday, June 12

Most Of Legislature’s Major Bills Are Still Sitting On Ige’s Desk

Tuesday, June 4

Chad Blair: What I Learned Renewing My License At The DMV

May 2019

Wednesday, May 22

Chad Blair: Why Bikini Islanders Bought Land On The Big Island

Friday, May 17

Last-Minute Opposition Almost Derailed Smartphone Privacy Bill In House

Monday, May 13

Hawaii Delegation To Look For Affordable Housing Solutions In Singapore

Monday, May 6

Chad Blair: This Is What It Sounds Like When Bills Die

Friday, May 3

Chad Blair: Despite Legislative Setbacks, Ige Sees ‘Progress’ For His Agenda

April 2019

Tuesday, April 30

Chad Blair: Last Chance For The Water Rights Bill

Monday, April 29

Donovan Dela Cruz Plays Hardball With Foes Of The Airbnb Tax

Friday, April 26

Lawmakers Shoot Down Airbnb Tax But Agree To Tax Big Real Estate Investments

Minimum Wage Increase Dead For 2019 Session

Thursday, April 25

A Flurry Of Deal-Making At The Hawaii Legislature As End Of Session Looms

Friday, April 19

Ige Assures Caldwell Of Ala Wai Flood Control Financing Plan

Thursday, April 18

Ige Calls For Reconsideration Of Water Bill

Two Ethics Reform Measures Clear House-Senate Conference Committee

Wednesday, April 17

Chad Blair: Why, Tulsi, Why?

Monday, April 15

Honolulu Mayor To Legislature: Let’s Partner On Fixing The Ala Wai

Friday, April 12

Hawaii Loses Leading Civil Rights Advocate Joakim ‘Jojo’ Peter

Thursday, April 11

Chad Blair: Inside The Legislature’s Backroom Brawl Over A Water Rights Bill

Tuesday, April 9

Minimum Wage Increase Among Hundreds Of Bills Moving Forward

Chad Blair: Possible Resurrection Of Water Bill Has Capitol Abuzz

Monday, April 8

Ed Case’s ‘Talk Story’ Has Aged Well

Saturday, April 6

A&B Water Rights Bill May Have New Life

Thursday, April 4

Water Rights Bill Goes Down The Drain In ‘Historic Vote’

Tuesday, April 2

Vote On Water Rights Bill Postponed After Heated Testimony

Monday, April 1

Lawmakers Revive Bail Reform Efforts To Reduce Overcrowding

March 2019

Friday, March 29

Ige Decides Not To Renominate Two Cabinet Members

Thursday, March 28

Chad Blair: How To Pick A President

Thursday, March 21

Chad Blair: Are Hawaii Legislators Paid Too Much?

Tuesday, March 19

Senate Shoots Down Proposal To Buy Underused Federal Prison

Wednesday, March 13

Big Pay Raises Coming For Lawmakers And Top State Execs

Chad Blair: Why Is Keith Kaneshiro Still Getting A Paycheck?

Friday, March 8

Chad Blair: David Ige Unwinds And Chats About Hawaii’s Future

Tuesday, March 5

Senate Approves Proposed Tax Increase To Help Public Schools

Monday, March 4

Here’s What’s Not Passing The Hawaii Legislature This Year

Friday, March 1

Gut And Replace Resurfaces At Hawaii Legislature

February 2019

Wednesday, February 27

Chad Blair: How Much Hate In The 808 These Days?

Thursday, February 21

Chad Blair: Public Records Chief Is Still Trying To Make It Harder To Get Public Records

Friday, February 8

Chad Blair: Bestiality Is Still Legal In Hawaii

Wednesday, February 6

Senate May Invoke Rarely Used Subpoena Power For Hearing On Prison Chief

Saturday, February 2

Tulsi Gabbard On Running For President: ‘We Must Fight For The Soul Of Our Country’

January 2019

Thursday, January 31

Chad Blair: Do We Really Need A Dan Inouye Day? Or An Obama Ice Cream Shop?

Monday, January 28

Not All Hawaii Lawmakers Embrace Gut-And-Replace

Wednesday, January 23

Caucus Pushes Bills Addressing Violence Against Women

Tuesday, January 22

Ige: ‘The Future Is Personal’

Wednesday, January 16

Gov. Ige’s Administrative Director Is Now Also His Chief Of Staff

Minimum Wage Hike Gets Immediate Support As Legislature Convenes

Chad Blair: The Incredible Shrinking Tulsi Gabbard

Friday, January 11

Tulsi Gabbard Running For President In 2020

Thursday, January 10

Minimum Wage And Marijuana: What To Expect In The 2019 Hawaii Legislature

Sunday, January 6

Obama: ‘We Have A Deficit Of Leadership And We Need New Blood’

Thursday, January 3

Chad Blair: Tulsi Gabbard’s Unlikely Path To The Presidency