HuffPost Hawaii: ‘Keep an eye on NSA, Military’

Gene Park/Civil Beat

On the day HuffPost Hawaii launched, I had the chance to sit down briefly — nine minutes to be exact —with Honolulu Civil Beat publisher and CEO Pierre Omidyar, Civil Beat editor Patti Epler and Huffington Post president and editor-in-chief Arianna Huffington.

HuffPost Hawaii had gone live only hours before and was quickly amassing ‘likes’ (and a few dings) for its titillating headlines like The Best Nude Beaches in Hawaii and garish right-hand column filled with busted and busty celebrities. But I didn’t want to talk about twerking teens or top ten lists of weird fruit. I was interested in what Omidyar, Huffington and Epler hoped HuffPost Hawaii might do to shine a light on Hawaii’s often overlooked but massive role as a surveillance and intelligence outpost and headquarters for the U.S. Pacific Command.

Seated around a low coffee table, I launched straight into it. “What role do you think HuffPost Hawaii should have in covering the military in an age of endless confrontations?”

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