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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: Pacific Islanders Are Mentors Not Victims Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Neal Milner: Pacific Islanders Are Mentors Not Victims

Pacific Islanders have been hard hit by the coronavirus in Hawaii. But they’re not waiting for government to take care of things for them like so many of us are.

Neal Milner: The Pandemic Is Teaching Us A Lesson About Trust That We Shouldn’t Ignore Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Neal Milner: The Pandemic Is Teaching Us A Lesson About Trust That We Shouldn’t Ignore

Reversing a growing distrust in government and our leaders is going to be hard to do, especially with the next generation.

Neal Milner: Lawmakers Are Calling Out The State’s Toxic Culture. But Will Anything Change? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Neal Milner: Lawmakers Are Calling Out The State’s Toxic Culture. But Will Anything Change?

New leadership at state agencies isn’t enough to turn around Hawaii’s COVID-19 response.

Neal Milner: The Legislature’s Virus Committee Needs To Raise A Stink Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Neal Milner: The Legislature’s Virus Committee Needs To Raise A Stink

If you are not getting the accountability you want, go public, go loud and up the ante.

Neal Milner: We’re All To Blame For Trusting The Department Of Health Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Neal Milner: We’re All To Blame For Trusting The Department Of Health

Hawaii’s political history should have made us more suspicious of the government’s pandemic response.

Neal Milner: How A Pony Guy (Or A Bat Or A Seal) Could Help Gov. Ige Wikimedia/Cpl. Ben Maher

Neal Milner: How A Pony Guy (Or A Bat Or A Seal) Could Help Gov. Ige

The governor could take a lesson from Queen Elizabeth who has learned to let the pony be the fall guy.

Neal Milner: COVID-19 Is Making Me Rethink My Past And My Future Getty Images

Neal Milner: COVID-19 Is Making Me Rethink My Past And My Future

I’m letting my anxieties take control as I consider whether to stay in Hawaii or move to my next lifestyle on the mainland.

 

Neal Milner: This Presidential Election Is Going To Come Down To White Politics Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Neal Milner: This Presidential Election Is Going To Come Down To White Politics

White wokeness is bumping up against white racial resentment and that may turn the tide in Donald Trump’s favor.

Neal Milner: 4 Ways This Honolulu Mayor’s Race Is Like None Before It Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Neal Milner: 4 Ways This Honolulu Mayor’s Race Is Like None Before It

The COVID-19 pandemic is reshaping both campaigning and what voters are looking for in a candidate.