Sterling Higa

Sterling was raised in Nuuanu. He graduated from Roosevelt High School and later earned a master’s degree in education from Harvard University. Sterling now works as a debate coach and lecturer at Hawaii Pacific University. By candlelight, he is finishing his Ph.D. in education at the University of Hawaii Manoa.

Sterling’s opinions are his own and do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of Civil Beat.

Sterling Higa: The High Cost Of Inequality Between Hawaii’s Public And Private Schools

Sterling Higa: The High Cost Of Inequality Between Hawaii’s Public And Private Schools

If elites continue to isolate themselves and ignore the needs of the masses, they will leave a poor state for their children after graduation.

Sterling Higa: Bans On Plastic Bags, Containers Are No Panacea Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Sterling Higa: Bans On Plastic Bags, Containers Are No Panacea

As the city considers tougher plastic bag restrictions and a ban on Styrofoam food containers, they shouldn’t downplay the cost of the plan for small businesses.

 

Sterling Higa: The Spiraling Impacts Of Property Crime Flickr/GHR2009

Sterling Higa: The Spiraling Impacts Of Property Crime

The causes of rising property crime rates are less certain than the impact: it lowers the quality of life for everyone, particularly the poor.

Sterling Higa: A Millennial Story Of ‘Adulting’ Sterling Higa

Sterling Higa: A Millennial Story Of ‘Adulting’

Forget about pigeonholing millennials. The charge of narcissism often directed at that generation could easily apply to boomers and Gen-Xers.

Sterling Higa: Let’s Make Decisions That Consider The Next Seven Generations Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Sterling Higa: Let’s Make Decisions That Consider The Next Seven Generations

A proposal to open the polls to younger voters is well-intentioned but far less important than thinking long-term.

Sterling Higa: Finding Spirituality in Community Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Sterling Higa: Finding Spirituality in Community

Two religious communities on Oahu are trying to reimagine spiritual life in a way that’s relevant to many millennials.

Sterling Higa: Hawaii Politicians Could Use Lessons In The Art Of Persuasion Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Sterling Higa: Hawaii Politicians Could Use Lessons In The Art Of Persuasion

Leaders need to offer a vision of the future that resonates with the day-to-day experiences of people.

Sterling Higa: Learning From San Francisco’s Efforts To Help The Homeless Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Sterling Higa: Learning From San Francisco’s Efforts To Help The Homeless

Like Honolulu, San Francisco has struggled to provide public toilets, showers and hygiene centers. A public-private partnership there made the problem worse.

Sterling Higa: How Boomers Can Save Social Security Getty Images/iStockphoto

Sterling Higa: How Boomers Can Save Social Security

Just keep working. There are now fewer than three workers to support each retiree in the U.S.

Sterling Higa: The Big Loss Of A Small Garden Sterling Higa/Civil Beat

Sterling Higa: The Big Loss Of A Small Garden

Residents of a senior public housing project found solace and community tending their tiny plots. Recently, the new manager announced the gardens have to go.

Sterling Higa: Why Should I Stay In Hawaii? Annabelle Le Jeune/Civil Beat

Sterling Higa: Why Should I Stay In Hawaii?

Instead of encouraging people to flee, why not focus on preparing them to remain here, committed to improving our state?

Sterling Higa: The Social Media Movement Behind The Mauna Kea Protests

Sterling Higa: The Social Media Movement Behind The Mauna Kea Protests

Facebook, Instagram and other social media platforms are vital for activists behind the protests, whether it’s bolstering turnout or raising money.