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Neal Milner

Neal Milner is a former political science professor at the University of Hawaii where he taught for 40 years. He is a political analyst for KITV and is a regular contributor to Hawaii Public Radio's "The Conversation." His most recent book is The Gift of Underpants. Opinions are the author's own and do not necessarily reflect Civil Beat's views.
Neal Milner: Struggling To Hang On In Hawaii? It’s OK To Go Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Neal Milner: Struggling To Hang On In Hawaii? It’s OK To Go

As painful as it may be to leave such a special place, opportunity awaits elsewhere.

Neal Milner: When Aloha Becomes A Cudgel Denby Fawcett/Civil Beat/2021

Neal Milner: When Aloha Becomes A Cudgel

The polarized debate over vaccine mandates is threatening to shred Hawaii’s let-it-slide ethic.

Neal Milner: How To Make Democracy Work The Way It’s Supposed To Suevon Lee

Neal Milner: How To Make Democracy Work The Way It’s Supposed To

Instead of going through the “proper channels,” a group in Cincinnati showed how to achieve true grassroots change.

Neal Milner: Tourism Ain’t Going Away Anytime Soon, So Deal With It Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Neal Milner: Tourism Ain’t Going Away Anytime Soon, So Deal With It

Talk of transforming the economy ignores the reality on the ground: people rely on tourism jobs, and alternatives take a long time to develop.

Neal Milner: The Appeal Of Sticking With An ‘Acting’ Official Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Neal Milner: The Appeal Of Sticking With An ‘Acting’ Official

Let’s face it, job searches are a drag. Which is why we have so many agencies that are led by ‘interim’ heads.

Neal Milner: The Art Of Long-Distance COVID Grandparenting Getty Images/iStockphoto

Neal Milner: The Art Of Long-Distance COVID Grandparenting

When the granddaughter visits, swimming in the ocean is a go. Dining out at Zippy’s — we’ll have to see.

Neal Milner: Learning To Live With Vaccine Hesitancy Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Neal Milner: Learning To Live With Vaccine Hesitancy

Vaccine hesitancy is yet another expression of how polarized we are, and it’s not going away.