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: 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.

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Marketing Hawaii As ‘The Safest Place’ Could Backfire Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Marketing Hawaii As ‘The Safest Place’ Could Backfire

Kudos to state and county leaders for successfully containing COVID-19 in Hawaii. But reopening tourism too fast could put those gains at risk.

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Data, Not Dates, Should Drive Reopening Of Hawaii Allan Parachini/Civil Beat

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Data, Not Dates, Should Drive Reopening Of Hawaii

In a place with such a traumatic history of infectious disease, blanket calls for opening up are offensive.

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Gov. David Ige Is The Wrong Man For This Job Cory Lum

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Gov. David Ige Is The Wrong Man For This Job

When a crisis hits, we should have our best at the helm. I can’t imagine anyone thinking this is the case right now.

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: The Last Thing We Need Right Now Is Conflict Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: The Last Thing We Need Right Now Is Conflict

We need construction jobs but Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s decision to move forward with the Waimanalo ball field project as the virus spreads was irresponsible.

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.