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 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.

Sterling Higa: Loss Of Spalding House A Reminder Old Money Alone Won’t Sustain The Arts Richard Wiens/Civil Beat

Sterling Higa: Loss Of Spalding House A Reminder Old Money Alone Won’t Sustain The Arts

The estate in Makiki Heights has been a refuge, thanks to the vision of a longtime patron of the arts. Hopefully, new visionaries will emerge.

Sterling Higa: We Have Enough Parking Lots If We Could Just Find Them Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Sterling Higa: We Have Enough Parking Lots If We Could Just Find Them

The real problem is there’s no easily accessible, publicly maintained resource directing drivers to available parking.

Sterling Higa: Why Living With My Mom Is Not Such A Bad Thing Courtesy of Sterling Higa

Sterling Higa: Why Living With My Mom Is Not Such A Bad Thing

We aren’t rushing into marriage or home ownership. We may even still live with our mothers. But we might come out ahead in the end.

Sterling Higa: The Things I Only See When I Bike Honolulu At Midnight Sterling Higa/Civil Beat

Sterling Higa: The Things I Only See When I Bike Honolulu At Midnight

Nocturnal journeys on two wheels reveal a different world and provide a reminder of how good it feels to have a home to come back to.

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.

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