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: Some Will Be Left Behind In Revamped Hawaii Economy Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat

Sterling Higa: Some Will Be Left Behind In Revamped Hawaii Economy

While some may be able to take advantage of changes wrought by the pandemic, many others could be mired in increasingly insecure traditional jobs.

Sterling Higa: Hawaii Millennials Buck Stereotype To Pitch In Against Pandemic Courtesy Every1one Hawaii

Sterling Higa: Hawaii Millennials Buck Stereotype To Pitch In Against Pandemic

Every1ne Hawaii switched gears when the pandemic started from voter registration to providing free face masks and recruiting social influencers.

Sterling Higa: Who Will Bear The Burden Of Our Virus Response Effort? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Sterling Higa: Who Will Bear The Burden Of Our Virus Response Effort?

From business shutdowns to government cutbacks to the virus infection rate itself, someone is going to be getting the short end of this particular stick.

Sterling Higa: Life In The Time Of Coronavirus Courtesy of Sterling Higa

Sterling Higa: Life In The Time Of Coronavirus

There’s a certain sameness to every day but uncertainty remains.

Sterling Higa: Pandemic Lays Bare A Fragile Supply Chain Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Sterling Higa: Pandemic Lays Bare A Fragile Supply Chain

This won’t be our last crisis, so it’s time to take steps to counteract the global market’s shortcomings.

Sterling Higa: Gov. Ige, Time To Show You’re In Charge Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Sterling Higa: Gov. Ige, Time To Show You’re In Charge

As Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell has improved his crisis messaging, Ige fades into the background.

Sterling Higa: Gov. Ige’s Quarantine Mandate Is Not Enough Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Sterling Higa: Gov. Ige’s Quarantine Mandate Is Not Enough

The governor needs to take charge and declare a state of emergency. He should order people to shelter in place and call up the National Guard.

Sterling Higa: I’m Not Worried About Coronavirus Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Sterling Higa: I’m Not Worried About Coronavirus

Instead, I prepare and stay informed but find solace in mindfulness meditation, nature and Stoic philosophy.

Sterling Higa: Prevent Homelessness By Helping At-Risk Renters Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Sterling Higa: Prevent Homelessness By Helping At-Risk Renters

The state should fund rental assistance and make emergency loans to prevent people from falling into homelessness in the first place.