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: Make Our Rail Stations Attractive And Useful Destinations Getty Images

Sterling Higa: Make Our Rail Stations Attractive And Useful Destinations

These won’t be bus stops, and Honolulu would do well to look east to cities where transit centers are integrated into surrounding communities.

Sterling Higa: Viewing Hawaii’s Culture Through A Japanese Lens Sterling Higa/Civil Beat

Sterling Higa: Viewing Hawaii’s Culture Through A Japanese Lens

Look around Osaka, and you’ll see examples of traditional culture surviving in modern urban settings. Can we say the same in the islands?

Sterling Higa: A Marketing Whiz In A World That’s Moving Beyond TV Courtesy of Andrew Tran

Sterling Higa: A Marketing Whiz In A World That’s Moving Beyond TV

A Moanalua High School graduate finds success — and an Emmy Award — in the revolutionary business of social media advertising and promotions.

Sterling Higa: I Don’t Need A Car Anymore, And I’m Not The Only One Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Sterling Higa: I Don’t Need A Car Anymore, And I’m Not The Only One

As we move toward an era of less reliance on personal automobiles, some millennials have never even gotten their licenses.

Sterling Higa: A Promising Plan To Ease Honolulu’s Housing Crisis Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Sterling Higa: A Promising Plan To Ease Honolulu’s Housing Crisis

A proposal to build high-density condos with 99-year leases on state land could help create more of a home ownership culture.

Sterling Higa: The Man Behind The Promises Made To Public Retirees Employees’ Retirement System

Sterling Higa: The Man Behind The Promises Made To Public Retirees

Everyone, from pensioners to taxpayers, has a stake in how well Thom Williams does his job as head of the Hawaii Employees’ Retirement System.

Sterling Higa: Why My Generation Is Lowering Its Expectations Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Sterling Higa: Why My Generation Is Lowering Its Expectations

Hawaii is all about constraint: expensive land, scarce housing, congested roads, import dependence and low-wage jobs.

Sterling Higa: When Everyone Has College Degrees, They’ll Be Worthless Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Sterling Higa: When Everyone Has College Degrees, They’ll Be Worthless

We cannot blindly assume that sending a higher percentage of students to college will benefit them or society.

Sterling Higa: Transforming One Of Honolulu’s Worst Eyesores Anthony Quintano/ Civil Beat

Sterling Higa: Transforming One Of Honolulu’s Worst Eyesores

Redeveloping the worn-out Mayor Wright Homes housing project offers a rare chance for the city to create some inspiring architecture.

Homelessness: An Aging Problem Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Homelessness: An Aging Problem

Read the winning entry in our Emerging Writers Contest.

After Kavanaugh Battle, A Call For Moderation Flickr: Lorie Shaull

After Kavanaugh Battle, A Call For Moderation

This university debate coach insists his students prepare arguments on both sides of every issue. By doing so, they become less quick to attack others for their beliefs.

Calling For A Constitutional Convention Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Calling For A Constitutional Convention

Our current constitution is nearly 40 years old. It could not have predicted the issues our state faces today, and it restricts our ability to respond.

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