Recycling scrap metal and broken-down cars can be tricky, especially on Molokai. The County of Maui Environmental Management Solid Waste Division's Molokai Metals Facility (MMF) only accepts metals during certain times in the year. But residents who've been saving their metals may be thrilled that the recycling facility opens today and will be taking scrap metals through Sept. 8. In the past closure period, the county has made a few … [Read more...]
Should We Care That Maui Representative Mele Carroll Still Can’t File A Campaign Finance Report On Time?
You know what's depressing? Reading the newspaper. And I know, because I write for a newspaper. I'm serious. In the last week, it seems that every time I open a paper or check my Google News Reader, I read some downer of a story that forces me to ask why we even bother to have laws and constitutions and things. Case in point is state Representative Mele Carroll (D-East Maui, Lanai, Molokai, Kahoolawe) and her seemingly complete inability to … [Read more...]
After the ‘Opposites Attract’ TV Ad, Why is Ed Case Still Trying To Dance With Mazie Hirono and Linda Lingle in Hawaii’s US Senate Race?
If I were Ed Case, I'd start to consider ending my electoral political aspirations. He's a decent guy, sure, and, when he was in the House of Representatives, as effective as a legislator can be when he or she is from Hawaii. But from the start of his campaign for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by retiring Democrat Daniel Akaka, Case has pretty much been the odd guy out at a dance between current Democratic Representative Mazie Hirono (whose … [Read more...]
BLAME THE VOTERS! I am appalled that your newspaper would list Big Beach as the Best Swimming Beach on Maui (Best of Maui, July 19, 2012). Are you truly unaware of the number of people that have been paralyzed at Big Beach? We have had so many patients young, old, tourists and residents that will never walk again after being tossed by a wave at Big Beach. Your article lists only the beauty and none of the dangers. How many tourists will go to … [Read more...]
JOSEPH PONTANILLA Running for: State House District 9 (Kahului, Wailuku, Paia, Spreckelsville) Running against: Gilbert Keith-Agaran Birthplace: Puunene, HI Profession: Maui County Council member Electoral Win/Loss Record: 5/0 First electoral victory: Maui County Council (2002) Supports: Land development, organized labor, county funding for the Maui Visitors Bureau Opposes: Separating affordable housing units from luxury … [Read more...]
You’re here on vacation–great! You’re at the beach with your wife–awesome! It’s a weekend and all the families are out in full force. And here you are, on your honeymoon and what’s the first thing you do when you settle down in the sand? Light up a big fat cigar?!?! Look, I have nothing against a quick cigarette smoke on da beach (as long as you throw away the butts) or even a little greens behind the bushes, but a two-hour cigar around families … [Read more...]
Big Waste: Kihei Marketplace is having big problems with the EPA over its Large Capacity Cesspool. Here’s why you should worry
By Anthony Pignataro Species extinction. Ocean acidification. Rising sea levels. Invasive species. Solid waste disposal. Land development. Aquifer depletion. Sugar cane burning. Energy conservation. Superfund sites. The list of environmental problems facing Hawaii (much less the rest of the planet) seems endless as it is, and I’m not even scratching the surface with the above accounting. Because when you do scratch the surface, so to speak, … [Read more...]
1. On July 21, county officials began distributing cans to about 1,650 residents in a pilot curbside recycling plan that involves each household receiving separate cans for trash, grass clippings and mixed recyclables, according to a July 22 Maui News story. Over on Oahu, about 160,000 residents enjoy the benefits of curbside recycling. When did that island begin curbside recycling? A. 2011 B. 2010 C. 2009 D. 2008 E. 2007 2. Last week … [Read more...]
Are you an adult who still doesn't know how to swim? Even here on Maui, which is surrounded by a vast ocean, adults who lack an ability to swim aren't as rare as you might think. According to a Red Cross Survey published last year, one in five people aren't strong swimmers, yet most summer activities are planned around the water. Maui Swim Coach Janet Renner says this can be quite an embarrassment at best, while the Red Cross says it can be a … [Read more...]
Feed My Sheep Mobile Food Distribution Feeding Maui Families, Moved From Wailuku to Kahului on Saturdays
As founder Joyce Kawakami humbly describes her Feed My Sheep operation, she almost downplays the significance of her idea back in 1999 to start distributing food out of the trunk of her car to hungry folks. Feed My Sheep is different than some of the kitchens and church pantries in that they distribute bags of food to the needy in five different locations throughout the island every week, and once a month in Hana. They pass out bags of food that … [Read more...]