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. You can follow or contact her on Twitter at @hehawaiiau.
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.

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Welcome To Hawaii — Now Show Some Respect Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Welcome To Hawaii — Now Show Some Respect

The islands have the same challenge as other major tourist destinations — preserving what it is that attracts visitors in the first place.

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Some Nations Get It — Happiness Matters Getty Images/iStockphoto

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Some Nations Get It — Happiness Matters

As most Western governments measure success in economic viability, countries like New Zealand show us how to establish better priorities.

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: How I Became A Witness In The Kealoha Corruption Trial Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: How I Became A Witness In The Kealoha Corruption Trial

At the top of their game, Kat and Louie were one of the most recognized, and I’ll dare say, well-liked couples I knew.

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: The Glorious But Functional Art Of Indigenous Cultures Honolulu Biennial 2019

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: The Glorious But Functional Art Of Indigenous Cultures

Honolulu Biennial 2019 weaves cultures from many generations, emphasizing the cords that connect them.

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.

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