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: Can The Virus Offer A Chance To Rebuild A Better Hawaii? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Can The Virus Offer A Chance To Rebuild A Better Hawaii?

The world has stopped seeming familiar as we battle the slow-moving threat of COVID-19.

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: As Always, Aloha Will See Us Through Matt Feeser/Civil Beat

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: As Always, Aloha Will See Us Through

We’ve never seen anything like this pandemic, but through fires, floods and volcanos, we’ve always looked out for each other.

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: We Should Elect Leaders Who Can Actually Lead Us PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: We Should Elect Leaders Who Can Actually Lead Us

Hawaii sorely misses the type of leadership, political wisdom and courage that former Gov. John Burns exhibited.

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: The Rise Of #KanakaTwitter Kuʻu Kauanoe/Civil Beat

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: The Rise Of #KanakaTwitter

Social media is bolstering political activism and allowing Native Hawaiians to control their own narrative.

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: The Stakes Are High For Hawaiians To Get Out The Vote Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: The Stakes Are High For Hawaiians To Get Out The Vote

Hawaiians should organize a mass voting effort by using the same social media networks that made movements over the past year so powerful.

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Civic Consciousness Is A Grind Blaze Lovell/Civil Beat

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Civic Consciousness Is A Grind

State lawmakers shouldn’t create a special commission to resolve Native Hawaiian issues if it’s just a poorly veiled cover for finding a solution for Mauna Kea.

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: AG Steering Hawaii In Wrong Direction With TMT Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: AG Steering Hawaii In Wrong Direction With TMT

The state Attorney General’s latest action to subpoena a nonprofit’s bank records borders on a dangerous abuse of power.

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Hawaiians Ready To Descend On Capitol Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Hawaiians Ready To Descend On Capitol

Thousands are expected to rally for the Legislature’s opening day with a strong push to get out the vote.

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Hawaii Should Learn From Australia’s Wildfires Courtesy: Clay Trauernicht

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Hawaii Should Learn From Australia’s Wildfires

With climate change exacerbating wildfires in the islands, we need to come together as a community and take action now.

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: No Reason For A Mauna Kea Showdown Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: No Reason For A Mauna Kea Showdown

The Thursday deadline set by law enforcement for protesters to leave the mountain or get arrested is unnecessary — and counterproductive.

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Crime, Violence And Fear Undermine Our Island’s Resiliency Flickr.com/Tex Texin

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Crime, Violence And Fear Undermine Our Island’s Resiliency

This crime wave is not just a violation of law in the western sense, but a violation of the very tenets of Hawaii’s culture and community.

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Hawaii Needs To Get Better At Resolving ‘Wicked’ Problems AP

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Hawaii Needs To Get Better At Resolving ‘Wicked’ Problems

Rather than celebrating a ban on single-use plastic containers, environmentalists should step up to help small businesses affected by the new regulations.