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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: The Honolulu Police Commission Can’t Just Hand Over Finding A New Chief To A Consultant Screenshot: Honolulu Police Commission livestream

Neal Milner: The Honolulu Police Commission Can’t Just Hand Over Finding A New Chief To A Consultant

The commission, whose reputation has been battered by the recent indictment of its former chair, should stay on top of the process the whole way.

Neal Milner: College Football Transfers Are A Microcosm Of A Very Familiar Hawaii Dilemma Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Neal Milner: College Football Transfers Are A Microcosm Of A Very Familiar Hawaii Dilemma

New rules allowing increased mobility for UH football players once again shows how economic forces can overwhelm cultural attachments.

Neal Milner: The 7 Deadly Trends For American Democracy Nick Grube/Civil Beat/2021

Neal Milner: The 7 Deadly Trends For American Democracy

It’s a frightening picture, but there are still grounds for hope if we can transcend politics.

Neal Milner: How Christmas Today Erases Our Distinctive Traditions Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat/2021

Neal Milner: How Christmas Today Erases Our Distinctive Traditions

Societal trends have turned Christmas into an interfaith holiday, but much has been lost along the way.

Neal Milner: How To Get The Honolulu Police Commission Moving On New Chief Jacob Geanous/Civil Beat/2021

Neal Milner: How To Get The Honolulu Police Commission Moving On New Chief

The mayor needs to play a stronger role and the commission should be clearer and more confident about what it wants.

Neal Milner: What The Honolulu Marathon Says About Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2015

Neal Milner: What The Honolulu Marathon Says About Hawaii

This year’s race, set for Dec. 11-12, will undoubtedly return to the pre-pandemic levels of crowds, noise and hundreds of runners.

Neal Milner: Take A Hard Look At Cool Ideas For A New UH Stadium Courtesy: Crawford Architects

Neal Milner: Take A Hard Look At Cool Ideas For A New UH Stadium

Football plays on nostalgia and hope, but two proposals for a new stadium have yet to show that they’re good ideas — or feasible.

Neal Milner: The Worst Job In Hawaii May Be School Superintendent Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2019

Neal Milner: The Worst Job In Hawaii May Be School Superintendent

People look to superintendents to transform schools, when schools are beset by deeply ingrained structural problems beyond their control.