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Ian Lind

Ian Lind is an award-winning investigative reporter and columnist who has been blogging daily for 15 years. He has also worked as a newsletter publisher, public interest advocate and lobbyist for Common Cause in Hawaii, peace educator, and legislative staffer. Lind is a lifelong resident of the islands. Read his blog here. Opinions are the author's own and do not necessarily reflect Civil Beat's views.
Ian Lind: Backers Of $3M Ala Moana Playground Carry Lots Of Clout Denby Fawcett/ Civil Beat

Ian Lind: Backers Of $3M Ala Moana Playground Carry Lots Of Clout

Donors linked to the non-profit group promoting the project have been large campaign contributors to the mayor and many council members.

Ian Lind: The Crazy Lease Fight Over Molokai Mule Rides PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Ian Lind: The Crazy Lease Fight Over Molokai Mule Rides

The family that has operated the Kaulapapa tours for decades is fighting eviction with claims based on long-discredited conspiracy theories.

Ian Lind: Playing Hardball Paid Off For Hawaii Kai Tree Lights Ian Lind/Civil Beat

Ian Lind: Playing Hardball Paid Off For Hawaii Kai Tree Lights

Recently released documents show a Honolulu businessman threatened to cut down the tree if his lights weren’t turned on.

Ian Lind: This Ex-Marine’s Wife Has Been ‘SLAPPED’ By The Navy Courtesy of Cara Barber

Ian Lind: This Ex-Marine’s Wife Has Been ‘SLAPPED’ By The Navy

A classic retaliatory lawsuit was filed after she raised concerns about possible housing contamination at Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe.

Ian Lind: Make Peace, Not War Wikimedia Commons

Ian Lind: Make Peace, Not War

Hawaii's false missile alert proves we need to work harder to eliminate the tensions that could lead to an unthinkable end.
Ian Lind: Conspiracy Charges Up The Ante For Kealohas Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Ian Lind: Conspiracy Charges Up The Ante For Kealohas

The former police chief and his prosecutor wife could be punished for crimes that were committed by other defendants.
Ian Lind: How A Tree Named Bob Became A Blue Beacon Of Christmas Ian Lind/Civil Beat

Ian Lind: How A Tree Named Bob Became A Blue Beacon Of Christmas

A Kahala couple’s holiday tradition attracts a steady stream of visitors and can be glimpsed from faraway points.

Ian Lind: If You Like Your Privacy You’ll Love This Hawaii Court Ruling Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Ian Lind: If You Like Your Privacy You’ll Love This Hawaii Court Ruling

By finding that police conducted an illegal search from a helicopter in a marijuana case, the state Supreme Court strengthened privacy rights.

Ian Lind: Why A Tree In Hawaii Kai Is Raising Questions Of Favoritism Ian Lind/Civil Beat

Ian Lind: Why A Tree In Hawaii Kai Is Raising Questions Of Favoritism

A father’s gift to remember his dead son has become a story of special treatment by the Honolulu City Council.

Ian Lind: Don’t Ban Campaign Fundraising During Legislative Sessions Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ian Lind: Don’t Ban Campaign Fundraising During Legislative Sessions

Some people seem to equate holding fundraisers during sessions to accepting bribes, but there’s a free speech issue here.

Ian Lind: It Turns Out We Owe Chuck Totto A Big Thank-You PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Ian Lind: It Turns Out We Owe Chuck Totto A Big Thank-You

Federal indictments in the Honolulu police corruption case vindicate the former ethics director but raise questions about the Caldwell administration.

Ian Lind: The Empty Patriotism Of Trump’s National Anthem Fury Flickr: Gage Skidmore

Ian Lind: The Empty Patriotism Of Trump’s National Anthem Fury

The president’s attacks ignore how the right to protest — even against the flag — has long set the U.S. apart from other countries.