Trisha Kehaulani Watson

Trisha Kehaulani Watson is 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. You can follow or contact her on Twitter at @hehawaiiau.
Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Thinking Of Hawaii’s Treasures As Notre Dame Burned Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Thinking Of Hawaii’s Treasures As Notre Dame Burned

We don’t do enough to protect the abundant historic and sacred sites in the islands.

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Pursuing Hawaiian Sovereignty In The Time of Trump Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Pursuing Hawaiian Sovereignty In The Time of Trump

The defeat of Hillary Clinton in the 2016 flattened the hopes and the voices of those who were hoping, alternatively, to see progress toward federal recognition.

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Look To The Past To Meet Our Future Food Goals Kanaeokana

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Look To The Past To Meet Our Future Food Goals

Hawaii has delicious traditional and local crops, and it’s well past time for us to dig into the potential that’s been around us all along.

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: The Struggle Over Kauai’s Kuleana Lands Tricia Kehaulani Watson

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: The Struggle Over Kauai’s Kuleana Lands

The fight over ownership and preservation of land now surrounded by Mark Zuckerberg’s estate goes back nearly two decades.

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: It’s Time For UH To Walk Away From TMT Huffington Post Hawaii

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: It’s Time For UH To Walk Away From TMT

Astronomers believe there are great discoveries to be made “out there,” whereas Hawaiians believe there are equally great discoveries to be made right here.

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: The Beauty of Being Satisfied With ‘Enough’ Trisha Kehaulani Watson/Civil Beat

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: The Beauty of Being Satisfied With ‘Enough’

It was a tenet of Native Hawaiians and other indigenous people to use resources in moderation and not overaccumulate wealth.

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Protecting Farms Must Be A Climate Priority Katie Boon/Civil Beat

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Protecting Farms Must Be A Climate Priority

While rising sea levels get much of the attention, another significant threat is the impact of severe weather on Hawaii’s mountains, watersheds and ag lands.

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: This Maui Fight Doesn’t Belong In The Supreme Court Darla White/Hawaii DLNR

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: This Maui Fight Doesn’t Belong In The Supreme Court

We’re better off if some environmental battles were resolved with innovation and negotiation rather than in a courtroom.

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Do We Really Know Who We Are Anymore? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Do We Really Know Who We Are Anymore?

The promise of what Hawaii could be seems simultaneously more powerful and empty than ever today.

There’s Nothing Courageous About Hawaiians Attacking Hawaiians Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

There’s Nothing Courageous About Hawaiians Attacking Hawaiians

The recent attack on the Office of Hawaiian Affairs was entirely unacceptable.

Roll of Thunder: Lifting The Veil On Na‘i Aupuni Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Roll of Thunder: Lifting The Veil On Na‘i Aupuni

Many feel Na‘i Aupuni is nothing but an elaborate attempt to force Hawaiians into making a decision they do not fully understand.
Understanding Hawaiian Innovation and Ingenuity

Understanding Hawaiian Innovation and Ingenuity

We're not anti-science. But innovation cannot cause environmental destruction or degradation.
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