Breena Kerr

Journalist and Essayist

San Francisco Bay Area

Breena Kerr

Hawaii and West Coast-based journalist writing on culture, politics, travel, science, sexuality and religion.

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Hawaii politician stops voting, claiming islands are 'occupied sovereign country'

A Hawaii politician has refused to attend months of meetings because she believes Hawaii may not actually be a part of the US. Jennifer Ruggles has served two years as the Hawaii county councilwoman for the district of Puna – the same part of the Big Island that was devastated by the eruption of the Kilauea volcano earlier this year.
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A 1,000-year-old road lost to time

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How HBO Is Changing Sex Scenes Forever

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When office politics meet national politics

It's felt harder than ever to avoid political conversations since the 2016 election, even (maybe especially) in the workplace. We'll look at how employers are handling tough conversations. But first, an unintended consequence of Disney's acquisition of 21st Century Fox: It has to give up 22 regional sports networks, which could be a business opportunity for team owners and new tech players. Link to Story

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Dying is Now A Choice

Hawaii’s Medical Aid in Dying law takes effect Jan. 1, but doctors are among the local professionals who are not ready to deal with the law. Mary, a 78-year-old Hawaii resident, doesn’t look like someone who would want to end her own life. She wears bright colors, is quick to laugh and visits with friends daily.
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4 Reasons You Might Be Experiencing Pain During Sex (and What to Do About It)

About 30 percent of American women had a nasty surprise the last time they tried to get it on: It hurt. Yet many are embarrassed to share this with their doctor, says Georgine Lamvu, MD, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Central Florida and chair of the International Pelvic Pain Society.
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Outrage as Aloha Poke Co tells Hawaiians to stop using 'aloha' with 'poke'

Hawaii residents have criticized a Chicago-based poke chain after it tried to stop other US restaurants selling the trendy sushi bowls from using “aloha” in their business names, accusing the company of cultural appropriation. In May, lawyers for Aloha Poke Co, sent cease-and-desist letters to a native Hawaiian family business in Anchorage, Alaska, ordering it to stop using “aloha” or “aloha poke” in its name, Aloha Poke Stop.
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Future of Sex: How Close Are Robotic Love Dolls?

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Siri, Alexa and That Google Gal Will Get You Only So Far

In 2015, when the Silicon Valley C.E.O. Mike Chen was working on a health care start-up, he and his colleagues had one of those light bulb moments regarding digital assistance. “There should be something where you can just text it, and it just, like, does it for you,” he said. Three years later, his remote personal-assistant company, Magic, has employees in the United States and the Philippines.
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Hawaii's daredevil surfers grab their boards to ride hurricane's epic waves

As Hurricane Lane approached the Hawaiian islands this week, residents made different preparations. Some boarded up windows. Others rushed to stock up on water and food. Others decided that the best thing to do was grab their surfboards and head out into the waves. Hurricane Lane pummels Hawaii with floods and fire as thousands lose power.
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Hawaii's evacuees on why they live under a volcano: it's affordable

Imago Mana had always wanted to move to Hawaii. But it was mostly a dream for the computer technology teacher from Virginia, who put it in the back of her mind. “I always thought: I can’t do that now, Hawaii is too expensive.”. Then, around the age of 50, she began getting debilitating migraines.
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Breena Kerr



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