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: 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.

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?