Trisha Kehaulani Watson

Trisha Kehaulani Watson is a Kaimuki resident, small business owner, and bibliophile. She holds a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Hawaii and J.D. from the William S. Richardson School of Law. She writes about environmental issues, cultural resource management, and the intersection between culture and politics. Opinions are the author's own and do not necessarily reflect Civil Beat's views. You can follow or contact her on Twitter at @hehawaiiau.
Trisha Kehaulani Watson: The Passing Of Haunani-Kay Trask And The Uplifting Of A Nation UH Manoa photo/Kapulani Landgraf

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: The Passing Of Haunani-Kay Trask And The Uplifting Of A Nation

No scholar has had a more profound impact on the intellectual development of the Hawaiian community.

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Hawaii Must Act Now To Promote Diversity, Equity And Inclusion Trisha Kehaulani Watson/Civil Beat/2021

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Hawaii Must Act Now To Promote Diversity, Equity And Inclusion

It’s shortsighted to wait until tensions boil over before having important conversations about making our island communities as just, fair and equitable as possible.

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: ʻO Ka Wā Kākoʻo Kaiāulu Kēia, Pēlā Lākou E Kākoʻo Ai Iā Lākou Iho Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: ʻO Ka Wā Kākoʻo Kaiāulu Kēia, Pēlā Lākou E Kākoʻo Ai Iā Lākou Iho

Ua hoʻokumu mai hoʻi paha ka maʻi ahulau COVID-19 he mau ālaina i ʻike ʻole ʻia ma mua aʻe, he minamina maoli naʻe ke loaʻa ʻole pū mai he mau manawa e makepono ai auaneʻi.

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: It’s Time To Face Painful Truths About Racism Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: It’s Time To Face Painful Truths About Racism

Apologies can’t undue the past, but they are an important part of healing and creating change.

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Celebrating The Resilience Of The Class Of 2021 Trisha Kehaulani Wilson/Civil Beat/2021

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Celebrating The Resilience Of The Class Of 2021

During a time in which we all did our best to “keep calm and carry on,” the pandemic took a heavy toll on high school seniors as they navigated their future.

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: It’s Time To Help Communities Help Themselves Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: It’s Time To Help Communities Help Themselves

COVID-19 may have created unprecedented obstacles, but it would be unfortunate to not also see opportunity.

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Struggling To Make Sense Of Calls To ‘Defund The Police’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Struggling To Make Sense Of Calls To ‘Defund The Police’

I’ve never feared the police in Honolulu. But we need systemic reform that steers law enforcement money to social and community services.

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: George Floyd’s Death Brings Pain To Blacks And Hawaiians Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: George Floyd’s Death Brings Pain To Blacks And Hawaiians

“Our protest is not your protest, but they all seek the same justice. We fight the same injustice,” a law instructor at UH says of the struggles of the two communities.

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Ige Needs To Come Up With A Real Recovery Plan Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Ige Needs To Come Up With A Real Recovery Plan

The governor needs to cooperate with the Legislature instead of making a difficult situation worse.