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Deane Neubauer

Deane E. Neubauer (Ph.D., Yale, 1965) is currently Vice President for Academic Affairs of the University of Hawaii, Manoa, where he has served as a Professor of Political Science since 1970. Professor Neubauer is also the Executive Director of the Globalization Research Network. Educated at the University of California, Riverside and Yale University, he has taught at the University of California (Berkeley and Irvine), held a postdoctoral fellowship in Anthropology at the University College, London, and currently holds adjunct professorships in Public Health at the University of Hawaii and the Faculty of Health Sciences of the University of Sydney. His research interest lies in health policy, especially the political economy of the U.S. health care system and those of Asia and the Pacific. His work explores globalization phenomena as a major vector of social change throughout the world. In 1980, Professor Neubauer became the founding dean of the College of Social Sciences at the University of Hawaii, a posi
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Editor’s Note: This article is part of a series by participants in a free, public forum on Monday Feb. 28 at the University of Hawaii, bringing together authors from The Price of Paradise books from the 1990s and The Value of Hawaii collection of essays from last year. Learn more.

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The largest differences I see between 1992 and 2010 have to do with demographics, technological change, the structure of government programs and a more mature globalization:

1) Both locally and nationally, as we age there are fewer workers contributing to the economy and a growing percentage of older people, who make large demands on healthcare and pension programs.  We see increasing examples of how difficult it is to maintain effective taxation rates to support public service including education, healthcare etc.

2) Technology change is having staggering effects on education at all levels, especially when these institutions are unable to keep abreast of it. Nationally, proprietary for-profit, employment-focused education institutions are the fast growing segment of education. Many consequences ensue, but the cost of education keeps rising in part driven by technology, and at the higher education level governments support it less–students end up with massive loan obligations, and


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  • Honolulu Star-Advertiser Parent Company Broadens Reach Over Hawaii Media

    ·By Nathan Eagle

    The Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s parent company, Oahu Publications Inc., is expanding its reach over Hawaii media.

    OPI President Dennis Francis announced Wednesday that the company is buying both Big Island daily newspapers, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald and West Hawaii Today, for an undisclosed amount from Stephens Media, based in Las Vegas.

    The acquisition comes less than two years after OPI, which is owned by Canada-based media giant Black Press, bought Kauai’s only daily newspaper, The Garden Island, for $2 million from Lee Enterprises.

    Oahu Publications Inc. announced Wednesday that

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  • Hawaii Voting Registration Deadline Is Oct. 6

    ·By Chad Blair

    The deadline to register to vote in the general election is Monday, Oct. 6. So, “no vote, no grumble,” OK?

    Drive-thru voter registration will once again be held on that day at various locations (see below). Individuals may drive to designated locations and register on the spot.

    “We hope people will take this opportunity to register to vote. It’s quick and easy. Just stay in your car and an election official will have you registered in minutes,” said Chief Election Officer Scott Nago in a press release today.

    A total of 1,200 individuals registered during the primary

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  • Hawaii Candidates for Governor Debate the Future — and the Past

    ·By Nathan Eagle

    Hawaii’s top three candidates for governor took on many issues — from the expected to the improbable — during Tuesday evening’s debate.

    They discussed who has been fiscally responsible and who hasn’t. They talked about social safety nets. They addressed prison overcrowding and GMO labeling. They even bounced around the idea of whether the University of Hawaii needs an expensive new sports stadium and how to fund it.

    But it remains unclear whether specific policy stances will drive voters on Nov. 4 when they choose between Democrat David Ige, Republican Duke Aiona, Hawaii

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  • New Housing Office Would Manage Homeless, Affordable Housing Initiatives

    ·By Sophie Cocke

    Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell plans to create a temporary office to manage city properties, acquire housing for the homeless and advance his affordable housing strategy at a cost of about $500,000 a year, the city’s managing director says.

    In a letter sent to the Honolulu City Council last month, Ember Shinn said the Strategic Development Office would be staffed by eight new employees with various expertise in property management and development. It would be attached to the Department of Community Services.

    Money for the positions isn’t included in this

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  • Common Core Criticisms Miss the Mark

    ·By Jonathon Medeiros

    In their June 8, 2013 opinion piece published in The New York Times, co-writers Andrew Hacker and Claudia Dreifus discuss students taking their “first Common Core State Standards tests.” They go on to imply that the standards are a curriculum complete with mandated assessments that create unhealthy stress on teachers and students and emphasize uniformity.

    This kind of argument against the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) is inaccurate and simply muddies the waters. Despite the erroneous nature of the argument, it contains echoes of concerns that I have heard outside the

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  • Hawaii Lawmakers Grill Honolulu Police Chief on Domestic Violence

    ·By Nick Grube

    Hawaii lawmakers are grappling with ways to improve police transparency and accountability in light of a high-profile domestic violence case that has outraged the public and led to calls for better oversight.

    On Tuesday, more than a dozen legislators heard testimony from top ranking police officials, domestic violence advocates and other experts about domestic violence issues and, in particular, how the Honolulu Police Department handles cases both within its ranks and when dealing with victims.

    The hearing stemmed from lawmakers’ concerns over a Sept. 8 surveillance video showing Honolulu Police Sgt. Darren

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  • Hawaii Candidates for Congress Seek More Money as Election Nears

    ·By Nathan Eagle

    Republican Charles Djou and Democrat Mark Takai are making last-minute pitches for more money as their tight congressional race enters its final 35 days.

    They have until Oct. 15 to submit their quarterly campaign finance reports to the Federal Elections Commission, but Tuesday marked the end of the fundraising period.

    Both candidates vying to represent urban Oahu in Congress for the next two years want to make a big showing when the reports become public next month. Not only is it important in order to keep TV ads on air and mailers

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  • Judge Tosses Calvin Say Lawsuit Questioning Residency

    ·By Chad Blair

    Calvin Say has survived another challenge to his legal residency.

    In a ruling released Tuesday, Circuit Judge Karen Nakasone said Hawaii courts do not have authority to “judge” the qualifications of House members. That authority resides with the House, which intervened in a lawsuit challenging Say’s residency.

    Accordingly, Nakasone agreed to motions from both Say and the House to dismiss Hussey v. Say.

    The lawsuit was filed on behalf of six residents of Palolo, which is part of Say’s District 20, who argued that the former House speaker had not lived in their neighborhood for years.

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  • Solicitation With Birds, or Merely Extending the ‘Aloha Spirit’?

    ·By Chad Blair

    Check out this story from Courthouse News Service about a man who said he was “merely extending ‘his aloha spirit’” in photographing people with his birds and should not have been convicted of solicitation.

    Prosecutors had charged James Abel in 2012 with soliciting with live animals in public in Waikiki. He was convicted and charged $330.

    The Intermediate Court of Appeals affirmed Abel’s conviction, says CNS, “crediting the state’s contention that it need not prove that an actual request for money occurred.”

    But, on Sept. 24, the Hawaii Supreme Court ruled

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  • Want Data on Asian-Americans? There’s An App for That

    ·By Chad Blair

    The White House Initiative on Asian American and Pacific Islanders, in partnership with, has launched, “the most comprehensive hub of government data on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.”

    That’s according to the White House, which issued a press release today. The goal is to help policymakers and the public “understand and address disparities in socioeconomic status, educational attainment, health, and other areas of importance to the AAPI community.”

    Says WHIAAPI Executive Director Kiran Ahuja, “The launch of marks an important milestone for better understanding and responding to the

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  • Hawaii’s Sakai Named ‘Outstanding Director of Corrections’

    ·By Chad Blair

    Hawaii’s prison system may be plagued with lots of problems — e.g., escapees, suicides, overcrowding, visitation cancellation — but the Association of State Correctional Administrators says Public Safety Director Ted Sakai is the recipient of the 2014 Outstanding Director of Corrections Award.

    The group’s current president and commissioner said in a press release, “It was evident that this year’s recipient has made many contributions over the years and even more importantly has touched a number of lives throughout his service as Director. He has an uncanny ability to not only lead effectively, but

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  • Candidate Q&A: U.S. Senate — Michael Kokoski

    ·By The Civil Beat Staff

    Editor’s note: For Hawaii’s Nov. 4 general election, Civil Beat asked candidates to answer some questions.

    The following came from Michael Koskoski, a Libertarian candidate for the U.S. Senate. Democrat Brian Schatz and Republican Cam Cavasso, who did not respond to the questionnaire, are also running.

    Go to Civil Beat’s Elections Guide for general information, and check out other candidates on the General Election Ballot.

    Name: Michael Kokoski

    Office: U.S. Senate

    Party:  Libertarian

    Age: 50

    Community organizations: Private

    Michael Kokoski

    1. Why are you running for the U.S. Senate?

    I am running for United States Senate to

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  • Candidate Q&A: Governor of Hawaii: David Ige

    ·By The Civil Beat Staff

    Editor’s note: For Hawaii’s Nov. 4 general election, Civil Beat asked candidates to answer some questions.

    The following came from David Ige, Democratic candidate for governor. Republican Duke Aiona, Libertarian Jeff Davis and Hawaii Independent Party candidate Mufi Hannemann, who did not respond to the questionnaire, are also running.

    Go to Civil Beat’s Elections Guide for general information, and check out other candidates on the General Election Ballot.

    Name: David Ige

    Office:  Governor

    Party: Democrat

    Profession: Since 2003, I have worked as a Project/Program Manager for Robert A. Ige Associates, Inc.  I provide executive, managerial,

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  • Candidate Q&A: Governor of Hawaii — Duke Aiona

    ·By The Civil Beat Staff

    Editor’s note: For Hawaii’s Nov. 4 general election, Civil Beat asked candidates to answer some questions.

    The following came from Duke Aiona, Republican candidate for governor. Democrat David Ige, Libertarian Jeff Davis and Hawaii Independent Party candidate Mufi Hannemann, who did not respond to the questionnaire, are also running.

    Go to Civil Beat’s Elections Guide for general information, and check out other candidates on the General Election Ballot.

    Name: Duke Aiona

    Office:  Governor

    Party: Republican

    Profession: JRA Inc. providing legal services as an attorney, mediator, and consultant. Substitute teacher with the Department of Education.

    Education: Saint Louis

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  • Candidate Q&A: U.S. Senate — Brian Schatz

    ·By The Civil Beat Staff

    Editor’s note: For Hawaii’s Nov. 4 general election, Civil Beat asked candidates to answer some questions.

    The following came from Brian Schatz, a Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate. Libertarian Michael Kokoski and Republican Cam Cavasso, who did not respond to the questionnaire, are also running.

    Go to Civil Beat’s Elections Guide for general information, and check out other candidates on the General Election Ballot.

    Name: Brian Schatz

    Office: U.S. Senate

    Party: Democrat

    Profession: U.S. senator

    Education: Pomona College, B.A.; Punahou School

    Age: 41

    Community organizations: Helping Hands, CEO (2002-­2010); Democratic Party of Hawaii, chair (2008-2010); Youth for Environmental Service, founder (1994-1998)


    Brian Schatz

    1. Why are you running for the U.S. Senate?

    I’ve been effective in getting things done as your U.S. senator, and I’ve been

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  • Cachola Accuses Former Colleagues on City Council of Ethics Violations

    ·By Sophie Cocke

    Just days after word emerged that state Rep. Romy Cachola had agreed to pay a $50,000 fine over dozens of alleged ethics violations relating to gifts and transportation expenses when he was on the Honolulu City Council, he took aim at former colleagues, arguing that they engaged in similar behavior.

    In documents distributed to media outlets on Monday, Cachola accused current council members Ann Kobayashi and Ikaika Anderson, as well as former council members Nestor Garcia, Todd Apo and Sen. Donovan Dela Cruz, of also violating gift laws. Garcia is

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  • Denby Fawcett: Digging Up Dirt and Opposition Research 101

    ·By Denby Fawcett

    Hawaii’s candidates for governor and the 1st Congressional District may be too squeaky clean and Boy Scout-ish for any dirt to emerge about them in the upcoming election.

    It is difficult to imagine Democratic gubernatorial candidate David Ige — whose friends say the most scandalous thing he ever did was to “toilet paper” friends’ cars in college — involved in anything salacious.

    Or to imagine goodie-goodie Republican congressional candidate Charles Djou staggering down a Chinatown street after drinking too many mango margaritas at the Pig and the Lady.

    An image from

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  • Aiona, Ige Largely Like-Minded on Needed Education Reform

    ·By Alia Wong

    Editor’s Note: Civil Beat asked Mufi Hannemann, the Hawaii Independent Party candidate for governor, numerous times throughout September for an interview for this story but he was never available. 

    Hawaii is the only state that isn’t broken up by multiple school districts. That means Hawaii — whose population of roughly 1.4 million people makes it the 11th smallest state —  actually encompasses one of the largest school districts in the country.

    The ninth largest one, to be exact, costing taxpayers nearly $1.5 billion dollars annually for operations alone. Together, the

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  • Ad Watch: National Dems Play the Democrat Card for Ige

    ·By Chad Blair

    Editor’s Note: It’s an election year and that means lots of political commercials. Ad Watch is an occasional Civil Beat series in which we help you understand what you’re seeing and hearing when it comes to campaign messages from Hawaii candidates.

    Just two weeks ago, the Republican Governors Association began airing a television commercial attempting to link David Ige to Neil Abercrombie. The RGA called the two Democrats “good partners,” even though the state senator toppled the incumbent governor in the primary.

    National Republicans believe the Hawaii governorship is up for grabs, and a recent Civil Beat poll shows

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  • National Park Service Needs to Get Out of the Way of Development

    ·By Aaron Stene

    I’m growing weary of the National Park Service’s repeated attempts to stop development in North Kona.

    They’ve held up three different projects that I’m aware of over the past 14 years. The NPS has intervened in the Kaloko Makai, Kaloko Industrial Park expansion (phases III and IV) and the second phase of the Queen Kaahumanu Highway widening.

    The latter project was slated to start in 2011, but the National Park Service intervened and requested a Section 106 consultation. This opened
    the door for other Native Hawaiian organizations to intervene. The net result of these

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