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: Let’s Help Waianae ‘Houseless’ Help Themselves Courtesy of Puuhonua O Waianae

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Let’s Help Waianae ‘Houseless’ Help Themselves

The homeless encampment at Waianae Boat Harbor has a plan to build a permanent community and they deserve support from the more fortunate.

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Restoring Hawaiian Cultural Rights At Kawainui Marsh PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Restoring Hawaiian Cultural Rights At Kawainui Marsh

Native Hawaiians, not environmentalists, should be the ones making decisions on how a sacred area like the marsh should be managed.

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Communities Need A Real Voice On Big Projects Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Communities Need A Real Voice On Big Projects

Projects may check all the required boxes and still fall short of addressing community concerns.

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Time To Turn Marching Into Voting Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Time To Turn Marching Into Voting

A strong election turnout would make Hawaiians, some of whom now abstain from voting, a more powerful political force than they have been in decades.

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Hawaii’s ‘No Make Waves’ Culture Is Fading Ronit Fahl/Civil Beat

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Hawaii’s ‘No Make Waves’ Culture Is Fading

Simmering below the surface in what’s sometimes called the “happiest state in America” is a feeling that government no longer listens to the people.

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Bracing For The Fiercer Storms To Come Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Bracing For The Fiercer Storms To Come

There are growing concerns about how climate change is impacting Hawaii’s ability to withstand hurricanes and other severe weather.

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.