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: A Hawaiian Revolution Emerges Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: A Hawaiian Revolution Emerges

Today we know our language; we know our culture; we know our rights; and we know what is best for these islands.

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Seeking Long-Delayed Justice On Mauna Kea Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Seeking Long-Delayed Justice On Mauna Kea

The TMT protests are not about science or a telescope. It’s about the needs of Native Hawaiians being disregarded for 125 years.

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Mango-Picking Manners Stand For Much More Denby Fawcett

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Mango-Picking Manners Stand For Much More

It used to be that people would ask permission to take fruit from trees they had not cared for.

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Bikini Atoll Beer Is An Offensive Misappropriation Of Culture Screenshot: Manhattan Project Beer Co.

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Bikini Atoll Beer Is An Offensive Misappropriation Of Culture

Sadly, Manhattan Project Beer Co. is only the latest in a string of companies that have wrongly taken cultural identity for their own profit.

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: It Took A Crisis To Bring Hawaiians Back Together Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: It Took A Crisis To Bring Hawaiians Back Together

What’s happening at Mauna Kea is a form of nation-building, and its value supersedes whatever the Thirty Meter Telescope could accomplish.

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: ‘Kapu Aloha Is Holding Everyone Together’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: ‘Kapu Aloha Is Holding Everyone Together’

Long-held divisions are melting away. Hawaiians are healing, not only as individuals, but as a community.

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Mauna Kea Is Our Modern-Day Kahoolawe Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Mauna Kea Is Our Modern-Day Kahoolawe

Today, no one questions the wisdom of the effort to end the use of the island as a bombing range. In the future, we’ll feel the same about the TMT protesters.

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Radical Acts of Aloha Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Radical Acts of Aloha

We can’t lose track of the true meaning of this concept even as it’s co-opted by others. To receive aloha, you must first give it.

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Time To Force Some Homeless People Into Treatment Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Time To Force Some Homeless People Into Treatment

It’s not humane to make the mentally ill and drug addicts suffer on the streets, and it’s not fair to allow their presence to endanger the rest of us.

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Disrespecting Cultural Issues On Mauna Kea Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Disrespecting Cultural Issues On Mauna Kea

The state’s removal of two structures on the mountain ignored traditional and customary rights laws.

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Saving The Last Hawaiian Salt Ponds Courtesy of Santos Family

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Saving The Last Hawaiian Salt Ponds

The traditional making of Hawaiian salt used to occur across the islands. Now the last bastion in Hanapepe is threatened by activities at an adjacent airport.

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: What Crabbe’s Departure Means For OHA Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: What Crabbe’s Departure Means For OHA

The CEO of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs never really found the right administrator to back him up. Now the board of trustees must take advantage of the chance for a fresh start.