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 2021

Wednesday, December 29

Chad Blair: Can The Green Party Turn Hawaii Greener?

Thursday, December 23

Chad Blair: A Memoir By A Former Hawaii AG Fills In Some Holes In Recent State History

Tuesday, December 14

Chad Blair: Is Tulsi Gabbard Still A Democrat?

Wednesday, December 8

House Panel’s Rare And Controversial Investigation Of Audits Drawing To A Close

November 2021

Wednesday, November 24

Veteran Hawaii Journalist Bob Jones Dead At 85

Wednesday, November 10

Josh Green Raises Money On Mainland For Hawaii Governor’s Race

Wednesday, November 3

Court Says Hawaii State Auditor’s Working Documents Are Confidential

Monday, November 1

Chad Blair: A Running Back From Mississippi Is Running For Hawaii Governor

October 2021

Thursday, October 28

Former City Auditor: Les Kondo Is The ‘Poster Child For Bad Auditing’

Tuesday, October 26

Kirk Caldwell Prepares To Join The Race For Hawaii Governor

Sunday, October 24

Hawaii Rep. Sylvia Luke Plans To Run For Lieutenant Governor

Wednesday, October 20

Hawaii House Panel Probes Potential ‘Irregularities’ By The State Auditor

Tuesday, October 12

Hawaii House Panel Warns It May Hold The State Auditor In Contempt

Monday, October 11

Chad Blair: Ed Case Draws A Challenger From The Left

Wednesday, October 6

City Council Approves Dave Matlin To Honolulu Fire Commission

Tuesday, October 5

Chad Blair: Do We Really Want Deadly Drones Based In Hawaii?

Sunday, October 3

Can This Venerable Makiki Heights Home Be Transformed Into A Filmmaking Hub?

September 2021

Tuesday, September 28

Biden Nominates Hawaii AG Connors To Be US Attorney

Tuesday, September 21

Training Records May Be Sticking Point In Fire Chief Deadlock

Friday, September 10

Who’s Behind This Increasingly Vocal Hawaii Group Opposing Covid-19 Mandates?

Friday, September 3

Chad Blair: How Water In Hawaii Became A Matter Of Public Trust

Thursday, September 2

Chad Blair: Why Would Anyone Want To Be Governor Of Hawaii?

August 2021

Monday, August 30

Vicky Cayetano Offers A ‘Humble Spirit’ In Run For Hawaii Governor

Thursday, August 26

Harris Meets With Hawaii Troops As Afghanistan Crisis Escalates

Chad Blair: Hawaii’s Challenge As A ‘Dream Destination’

Sunday, August 22

Chad Blair: Understanding Hawaii Through Its Data

Thursday, August 19

Chad Blair: Here’s How Hawaii’s Top 2022 Political Races Are Shaking Out

Sunday, August 15

Chad Blair: Want To Be A Judge In Hawaii? Go To Law School At UH

Wednesday, August 11

Chad Blair: How Opponents Of COVID Measures Are Stoking Local Resistance

Sunday, August 8

Chad Blair: How Tasers Became Legal In Hawaii

Friday, August 6

Honolulu Fire Commission Stalemates On Hiring New Chief

Tuesday, August 3

Court Limits A&B East Maui Stream Diversion

Sunday, August 1

Chad Blair: Honolulu Appears Overrun With Teslas. That’s Good News For EVs

July 2021

Thursday, July 29

Chad Blair: ‘A Pandemic For The Unvaccinated’

Sunday, July 25

Chad Blair: Honolulu Was Already Transformed By Tourism In 1969

Wednesday, July 21

Disabled Kailua Tenants Say New Parking Rule ‘Makes Things Tough’ For Them

Sunday, July 18

Chad Blair: A 30-Year-Old Rant On Hawaii Tourism Still Rings True

Wednesday, July 14

Former Hawaii Lawmaker Bob Nakata Dies At 80

Wednesday, July 7

Chad Blair: When It Comes To Veto Overrides, Ige’s No Lingle

Saturday, July 3

Hawaii Lawmakers Have A Tentative List Of Which Vetoes They’ll Override

June 2021

Wednesday, June 30

Case, Kahele Urge Biden To Appoint Envoy To Micronesia

Sunday, June 27

Chad Blair: Why Is It So Hard To Name Something After Obama In Hawaii?

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