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: 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.

Sterling Higa: How Whole Foods Lured Me In Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Sterling Higa: How Whole Foods Lured Me In

The few remaining local grocery chains struggle to compete in Hawaii. But for millennials, it’s hard to resist the convenience and offerings of giants like Whole Foods.

Sterling Higa: It’s Time To Clean Up Chinatown Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Sterling Higa: It’s Time To Clean Up Chinatown

It’s dirty and crime-ridden and in need of an intensive improvement campaign.

Sterling Higa: Is This Any Way To Run An Airport? Sterling Higa/Civil Beat

Sterling Higa: Is This Any Way To Run An Airport?

State officials should give some serious thought to making the international terminal a more inviting experience for those traveling abroad.

Sterling Higa: Why Can’t I Find An Apartment To Rent In Honolulu? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Sterling Higa: Why Can’t I Find An Apartment To Rent In Honolulu?

Government should reform the permitting process, invest in new housing and strive for mixed-used development.

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.