Pet Food: No one has publicly opposed a law that would ban dog meat in Hawaii. So what’s the holdup?

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If you’re a dog owner and this isn’t your worst nightmare, that’s only because you haven’t considered the possibility: your pet, your beloved companion, stolen, slaughtered, cooked and eaten. Like a piece of meat. It happened on Oahu in 2007, to Frank Manuma and his wife Debbie. The couple’s dog, an eight-month-old German shepherd-Lab mix named Caddy, was stolen from the Moanalua Golf Club while Frank played a round. Eventually police arrested … [Read more...]

Here’s Why Dean Wong Of Maui’s Imua Family Services Will Never Stop Dreaming

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Dean Wong is a dreamer. Not the kind who sits and ponders “what if,” the one who truly believes that a person can make his or her personal and career visions a reality. “I’ve always believed that anything you dream can be possible,” Wong says. “I’ve never not believed that the things you dream can be possible.” Wong has and continues to play many roles on Maui. He’s a father, husband and active member of the Maui community. He’s also the … [Read more...]

Talking Story with Jiva Jive about his long battle to loosen the County of Maui’s dancing restrictions

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Over the last decade or so, I’ve attended more than my fair share of hearings of both the Maui County Liquor Commission and the Liquor Control Board of Adjudication. In that time, a lot of controversial issues have come up–like why the LC enforces noise regulations and punishes establishments for booking acts that use profanity onstage–but nothing seemed so senseless as its ambiguous restrictions on bars and restaurants that want to have dancing. … [Read more...]

Is The Spearpoint Trevor Carter And Bryan Axtell Found In Haleakala National Park Evidence That Pre-Contact Hawaiians Visited South America?

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The story you’re about to read exists because a small, green-gold chunk of obsidian exists. And because that piece of obsidian–chipped and shaped by hands unknown into a beautiful, elegant arrowhead shape–exists, a young man Upcountry now gets nervous when the phone rings. He does so, he says, because agents with the National Park Service who work at Haleakala National Park have taken to behaving like the U.S. Government at the end of Raiders of … [Read more...]

Talking Story With Jill Engledow About Her New Novel ‘The Island Decides’ And What Maui Was Like During The Hippie Days

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It’s hard to believe now, but 40-plus years ago Maui went to war over hippies. The long-haired idealists had been coming to the island since 1967 at least, but at first, locals had welcomed them. By 1970, this welcome had considerably soured. “These are parasites who deride our society, contribute nothing to it, but use the services provided by our ‘grubby’ tax dollars to further indolent, squalid existence,” The Maui News editorialized around … [Read more...]

MauiTime Wedding Guide : Coordinating your Maui Nuptials

There might be something to that age old romantic tale of love on a secluded island. While Maui is no long considered secluded, romantic tales of love and union come true on a near-daily basis. The island is highly regarded when it comes to wedded bliss–in fact, there are many couples around world who've long dreamed of holding their nuptials on the island. In this year's annual Wedding Guide, we asked some of the island's wedding experts for … [Read more...]

Here are 20 state bills that deal with law enforcement and criminal justice that you need to know about

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  There must be hundreds of proposed bills floating around the state Legislature these days, dealing with all manner of topics. Some are vital, others (probably the majority) are considerably less so. Given the importance of law enforcement and criminal justice, we’ve gone through that vast pile of possible future laws and found 20 that we think our readers should know about. A few of these would make important checks on the power of cops and … [Read more...]

If You Like Lego, Then You’ll Love Nathan Sawaya’s Sculptures at Eclectic Image Gallery In Wailea

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From across the room, they look like pixelated people. Well, their top halves, anyway. One is entirely green, while the other is blue. It’s only when you get up close that you see each bust, though pretty much life-size, is composed of LEGO blocks. Though I grew up building up and tearing down LEGO sets, it was my girlfriend who first noticed them. We were walking through the Shops of Wailea, and she saw the green bust inside Eclectic Image … [Read more...]

Who Will Step Forward And Run Against Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa?

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Four years ago this month, Alan Arakawa was in a tough spot. He had been Maui County’s mayor once before, but that was all in the past. Since Charmaine Tavares had defeated his 2006 reelection bid, he’d been out of power, and out of the news. But Tavares had grown seriously unpopular during her term, and by the beginning of 2010, had about $89,000 in her campaign coffers and was looking very vulnerable. Eventually, 10 challengers publicly … [Read more...]

An Open Letter To Maui’s State Legislators Asking Them To Stop Exempting Bad Cops From The State Public Records Law

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Dear Senators Roz Baker, J. Kalani English and Gil Keith-Agaran and Representatives Mele Carroll, Kaniela Ing, Angus McKelvey, Joe Souki, Justin Woodson and Kyle Yamashita: Wow, Opening Day comes around fast. Seems like it was only yesterday that you adjourned for the summer. But here we are: on Jan. 15–just a few days from now–you guys go back into regular session. And while I know you’ve probably got all sorts of important issues (and … [Read more...]