** NOTE from website editor
Almost all of my research and scholarly writing since coming to Hawai'i permanently in 1992 has been devoted to issues related to Hawaiian sovereignty. That's because Hawaiian sovereignty is the most complex topic I have ever explored, and it includes strong spiritual and emotional elements as well as intellectual analysis. I believe Hawaiian sovereignty is the most important topic facing the people of Hawai'i since the Statehood vote of 1959, and there is potential for great political disaster and moral evil depending how this matter is resolved. But despite my intense focus on Hawaiian sovereignty, I do occasionally do research, thinking, and writing about other topics.
My Ph.D. was in Philosophy, my masters degree was in Mathematics, and for many years I taught philosophy, mathematics, and teacher-education. I published about 45 peer-reviewed articles on those subjects in scholarly journals before coming to Hawai'i, and before the use of computerized word processing became widely available. Most of those articles are not available in electronic form; so anyone interested in them will need to do a search in the old-fashioned way, using Readers Guide to Periodical Literature, Education Index, ERIC, or other reference tools covering the period from 1966 through 1990. Some of those articles have been scanned and perhaps also digitized, and are available at
Below are a few articles I have written recently on topics not directly related to Hawaiian sovereignty. They are listed in reverse chronological order -- most recent at the top. Enjoy!
To go to the Hawaiian sovereignty website where more than 900 of my major essays since 1998 can be found, click here:
MY TESTIMONY ON MARRIAGE EQUALITY, October 24, 2013
ABSENTEE VOTING: THE NEGATIVES GREATLY OUTWEIGH THE POSITIVES (August 19, 2012)
PRINCIPLES FOR JUDGING FEDERAL EARMARKS AND LOCAL PORK (December 1, 2010)
CAN DEAD PEOPLE VOTE IN HAWAII? YOU BETCHA! [Actual cases from 2010]
EMPOWERING THE BLANK VOTES (October 23, 2010). I believe that if "blank" is the actual winner of a contest, then the voters have spoken and all of those candidates have been rejected by the people. In such a case the Governor should appoint someone to fill the office, but the Governor should be prohibited from appointing anyone whose name appeared on the ballot. Blank votes are counted as "no" votes when it comes to Constitutional amendments. My proposal merely extends that power to the election of candidates to office. In recent elections for Board of Education and for OHA trustees, "blank" has been the winner in most contests.
CIVIL UNION AND MARRIAGE (September 22, 2009). Marriage is the domain of religion. Civil union is the domain of government. Each should be managed separately. Most people will want and should have both. Whether people of the same gender should have a right to be married and/or to have a civil union is analyzed in detail.
ABORTION AND CIVIL RIGHTS (August 1, 2009); A woman's right to terminate her pregnancy does not necessarily conflict with the right of an unborn baby to live.
NOTHING (November 28, 2005); describing the nature of nothing(ness) and its infinite power.
LIFE AND DEATH -- MORAL SHADES OF GRAY (March 31, 2005); analyzing the moral issues underlying the controversy over prolonging or ending the life of Terri Schiavo; focusing especially on identifying the moral issues and logical interconnectedness of the full range of life/death decisions such as contraception, abortion, capital punishment, euthanasia.
SMEARING PUBLIC FIGURES BY REPORTING THE BEHAVIOR OF FAMILY MEMBERS (November 15, 2004); discussing the local controversy in Honolulu regarding whether it is an unethical "smear" for a newspaper editor to publish information during an election campaign about alleged felonious behavior by the wife of "Duke" Bainum, candidate for Mayor of Honolulu.
NEW VOTING PROCEDURES AHEAD (DIRECT RECORDING ELECTRONIC) (June 14, 2004); describing the training program for Hawai'i precinct election officials, the emerging controversy over the need for paper records in the event of recounts or election tampering, and the focus on training precinct officials how to help handicapped voters rather than how to do the main components of the job.
LOCAL PRIDE, 'AMERICAN IDOL', ALOHA SPIRIT (June 11, 2004); analyzing the idolizing of Jasmine Trias in the "American Idol" TV program, and the difference between people who are idolized for their beauty or musical or athletic talent vs. people who are idolized for their intellectual power or moral courage.
WEIGHING THE WEIGHTED STUDENT FORMULA (April 12, 2004); discussing the proposal to allocate state government money to each public school for each student based on a formula that would take account of the costs of educating the student in view of the student's special needs.
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