Eric Pape

Eric Pape began his journalism career in 1993 in Cochabamba, Bolivia, where he evolved from a drug policy analyst into a journalist writing on the U.S. drug war in Latin America — at least when he wasn’t playing “rainforest basketball” alongside coca leaf growers.

He’s since worked as a journalist on five continents — largely for Newsweek and The Daily Beast, but also for the Los Angeles Times and Foreign Policy.

Eric has authored long-form narrative articles for the Los Angeles Times Sunday magazine on exiles, ethnic communities in American cities, and the impact of 9/11 on New York City. He has interviewed world-city mayors, heads of state, a former dictator or two, accused war criminals and a convicted terrorist on his release from prison for his involvement in an assassination in Washington, D.C. While living in Manhattan, Eric wrote on extremism, terrorism and the evolution of the city’s ethnic diversity.

He has contributed to The New York Times, The Guardian, The Independent on Sunday, the LA Weekly, Los Angeles magazine, Mother Jones, Salon, Slate, and Vibe magazine. His writings on Sierra Leone and the Democratic Republic of Congo for Spin magazine earned a special mention and inclusion in the annual “Best Music Writing” journalism anthologies.

His formative journalism experiences came in Southeast Asia, where he focused on investigative reporting on the end of Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge movement, particularly brutal human rights abuses, and a violent political power struggle.

Newsweek magazine hired Eric to work out of its Paris bureau in 2003 as a special correspondent on Europe and northern Africa. He interviewed top politicians, artists and intellectuals, and reported on the ground in Madrid on the terrorist train bombings of 2004, from the streets of Parisian ghettos during fiery riots that rocked France in 2005, and on the 2006 war between Israel and Hezbollah in Lebanon.

Eric has often appeared as a commentator/analyst on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, Al-Jazeera, the BBC, and dozens of other broadcasters in the US, Europe, Asia and Latin America. He speaks Spanish and French, and is a co-author of Shake Girl, a graphic novel that was based on one of his articles.

He was a 2008 John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University. Previously, he earned a BA in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of California at Santa Cruz, and an MA in International Journalism from City University in London. Eric grew up on the west side of Los Angeles, mostly in Venice Beach and Santa Monica.

Here in Hawaii, he is particularly interested in the global diversity on these islands, not to mention their elaborate links to the world beyond these shores.

He is available to chat about these and other things, and he’s especially eager to hear about the best pick-up basketball game in town. Reach him at and follow him on Twitter at @ericpape.

August 2016

Tuesday, August 2

What’s Next For The Company That Shaped Hawaii History?

Back To The Future — The ‘Honolulu Of Tomorrow’

Monday, August 1

How The Quest For Clean Energy Sank HECO’s Biggest Deal Ever

July 2016

Thursday, July 28

Why It Took A Republican Governor To Get Blue Hawaii On The Path To Clean Energy

Monday, July 25

Big Risks Led To Big Losses For Hawaiian Electric

Wednesday, July 20

How A Mideast War Made HECO Start To Think Green

Monday, July 18

Hawaiian Electric Shares Take A Dive After Merger Rejection

What Happened When HECO Went To Wall Street

Tuesday, July 12

Why Everyone Wanted To Work For Hawaiian Electric

Monday, July 11

How HECO Helped Pull Hawaii Through The Tough Times

Thursday, July 7

Learning To Live In The Electric Century

Wednesday, July 6

Friends In High Places Helped HECO Tighten Its Grip On Hawaii

Tuesday, July 5

How One Company Turned ‘Darkness Into Day’

June 2016

Wednesday, June 15

Hawaii’s New Ice Age: Meth And Regaining Motherhood

April 2016

Tuesday, April 26

Living Hawaii: The Pipe Dream Of Teaching In Paradise Goes Global

Monday, April 25

Living Hawaii: Why Our Salaries Aren’t Rising Faster

Thursday, April 21

What Does SunEdison’s Bankruptcy Mean For Oahu’s Solar Power?

Friday, April 15

Hawaii Would Love Trader Joe’s

Thursday, April 14

Aborted Solar Projects Create Headaches For HECO and Regulators

Wednesday, April 13

Spend Too Much? You’re Not Alone

Living Hawaii: Do We Need A $15 Minimum Wage?

March 2016

Thursday, March 31

The Final Arguments Against NextEra

Living Hawaii: In The Islands, Does ‘Middle Class’ Mean Poor?

Wednesday, March 30

Richard Ha’s Farm Ends Operations

Monday, March 21

Living Hawaii: Our Surprising Property Tax Poison

Wednesday, March 16

Living Hawaii: How Much Are You Saving On Gas and Electricity?

Friday, March 11

A Scuba Diver In NextEra’s Nuclear Pipe

Thursday, March 3

Half Of Big Island Power Is Renewable

Tuesday, March 1

What’s Next For NextEra’s Bid?

February 2016

Monday, February 29

The NextEra-Hawaiian Electric Hearings Are Almost Over

US Oil Reserves Are Huge

Thursday, February 25

What Do HECO’s Top Executives Earn?

Why Do Business, Labor Groups Support The NextEra Merger?

Friday, February 19

Fortune: The Top Energy Company Is NextEra

Was Florida Power & Light Part Of A ‘Secret Campaign’ That Targeted Regulators?

Thursday, February 18

SunEdison’s Drop Means Less Solar For Oahu

Tuesday, February 16

Can Kauai Solve The Solar Riddle?

Friday, February 12

The Solar Wars In NextEra’s Home State

Wednesday, February 10

Bad Blood From Florida Surfaces At Power Company Merger Hearing

Big Island Co-op’s Clean Energy Plan

Monday, February 8

Pointing to Hawaii Gas, NextEra Claims It Faces A Double Standard

Friday, February 5

Would A Failed NextEra Deal Mean A Return To The Same Old Utility?

Wednesday, February 3

PUC Scrutinizes NextEra Talks With Military That Led To New Promises

Tuesday, February 2

Can the PUC Keep Control Of A NextEra-Owned Utility In Hawaii?

Living Hawaii: Can You Afford To Be A Teacher In The Islands?

Monday, February 1

HECO Official: Company Was Slow To Respond To ‘Tidal Wave’ Of Change

January 2016

Thursday, January 28

NYTimes: Pricey Oahu Home, Low Tax

Monday, January 25

Analyst: LNG Likely Would Save Hawaii Billions

Tuesday, January 19

Hawaii Gas Promises To Save Us $1.3 Billion — If Only We Let Them

Living Hawaii: What Is Sapping The Energy Of Our Farmers?

Saturday, January 16

Study Suggests MECO Should Be Replaced

Monday, January 11

Living Hawaii: New Studies Show The Price Of Paradise Is Still Defeating Us

Friday, January 8

Honolulu City Council Will Consider An Alternative To HECO

Monday, January 4

When People Power Meets Electricity On The Big Island