Tom Coffman is an independent researcher, writer, and documentary producer. He moved to Hawai‘i in 1965, and began his work as a newspaper reporter, first for the Honolulu Advertiser and then the Honolulu Star-Bulletin. He also worked as a field coordinator for the Honolulu Community Action Program. Books by Tom Coffman include Catch A Wave, Nation Within, and The Island Edge of America. Films include O Hawai’i, Nation Within, and First Battle: The Battle for Equality in Wartime Hawai‘i. A written biography of the labor lawyer Ed Nakamura, And Justice for All, is soon to be released by the University of Hawai‘i Press, and a new documentary film, Ninoy Aquino and the Rise of People Power, is being distributed nationally by PBS.
Read an excerpt of this essay as part of our series on Civil Beat: http://www.civilbeat.com/articles/2010/08/30/3861-the-value-of-hawaii-reinventing-hawaii-by-tom-coffman/