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 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.

Debate Hawaii: No More Money For Honolulu Rail Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Debate Hawaii: No More Money For Honolulu Rail

Why lawmakers should oppose raising or extending the GET to pay for the Honolulu rail project.

Civil Debate: Pesticide Buffer Zones, Promoting Public Health Zeynel Cebeci/Wikimedia Commons

Civil Debate: Pesticide Buffer Zones, Promoting Public Health

Do buffers represent the right policy to protect students against pesticides? That's one dimension of a bigger debate set for Friday.
Sustaining Democracy Requires Civic Education Fotalia

Sustaining Democracy Requires Civic Education

The lack of clear-eyed civic education threatens to create a nation of malcontents, ill prepared to participate in the institutions of our democracy.
A Model In Self Governance From A Charter Middle School SEEQS via Flickr

A Model In Self Governance From A Charter Middle School

The School for Examining Essential Questions of Sustainability uses a town hall model where students, teachers and administrators make binding decisions.
Proposal to Cut UH Programs Illustrates Misunderstanding Civil Beat file photo

Proposal to Cut UH Programs Illustrates Misunderstanding

There are opportunities to achieve efficiencies, but a legislator's attempt to cut small programs was ham-handed.
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