UPDATED: Massive Chilean Quake May Pose Tsunami Risk To Hawaii

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UPDATE, 3:40pm HST: The Maui News is reporting that disaster officials are still evaluating the tsunami threat to Hawaii and hope to announce their report by 5pm. PREVIOUS STORY: At 1:47pm Hawaii time, an 8.2 earthquake struck Chile, about 62 miles off the coast of Iquique, according to the most recent Pacific Tsunami Warning Center report available. A tsunami warning and watch immediately went into effect for the South American nations … [Read more...]

In 2014 Hawaii Senate Race, Taranis Drone Favors Hanabusa Over Schatz

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The year 2013 hasn’t even ended yet and The Maui News is already piling on the tired old political cliches for the upcoming 2014 election. “Hanabusa says she has ‘good ground game’ in Senate race” stated that paper’s Dec. 29 front page story (subscription required) on current Democratic Congressional Representative Colleen Hanabusa’s bid to unseat incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Brian Schatz. In the story Hanabusa told the paper (who referred … [Read more...]

Here’s How You Can Help The Philippines In The Wake Of Typhoon Haiyan

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More than 10,000 people in the Philippines are feared dead from the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful storms ever recorded. Millions more are homeless. Here's a list of a few non-governmental organizations–with brief notes on the organization taken directly from their websites–that are attempting to give aid: Oxfam "Oxfam is an international confederation of 17 organizations networked together in more than 90 … [Read more...]

New UH Manoa/Scripps Institution Study Has Bad News About The Good News Concerning Global Warming

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So lately it's become fashionable in the climate change denial circles to say that global warming actually stopped a decade ago. "The global warming crowd has a problem," Gary North wrote in this July 25 post on the Libertarian blog LewRockwell.com. "Global warming has disappeared. It’s missing in action. The public is cooling toward the idea that we need intervention by governments to stop global warming." In actual fact–and climate … [Read more...]

Who Wants War With Syria? @TheMauiNewsHI Does!

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So today's Maui News staff editorial (subscription required)–which comes from the desk of publisher Joe Bradley–all but calls for an immediate, total assault on Syria. Using the word “monster” three times in as many column inches to describe Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad’s recent alleged use of chemical weapons in that country’s civil war, The Maui News said the U.S. and its allies “must act very soon to stop the slaughter and remove Assad from … [Read more...]

Hawaii Senators Hirono, Schatz Welcome Def. Sec. Hagel To Hawaii With Overused Buzzword

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The word is "rebalance." I'm not really sure it's actually a word (outside jargon-laden military-political circles, that is), but it's apparently what's happening in U.S. strategy in the Pacific these days. Or needs to happen, I guess. I saw the word twice in two separate press releases last night concerning the same event: U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel's visit yesterday to the Kaneohe Marine base on Oahu. Not surprisingly, both U.S. … [Read more...]

Hawaii Congressional Representative Tulsi Gabbard Talks Tough On North Korea Nuclear ‘Threat’

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There’s nothing like a just-before-going-to-sleep screening of the 1965 Sidney Poitier/Richard Widmark film The Bedford Incident to really put your mind at ease regarding nuclear war. Oh, you haven’t seen the flick (or read the 1963 James Poe novel of the same name)? Well, it’s really just Moby Dick, except Ahab is an American guided missile destroyer captain and the whale is a Russian submarine armed with nuclear torpedoes. For those who wonder … [Read more...]

VERY IMPORTANT NOTICE: @MauiTime offices will be closed on Dec. 26 in celebration of Kwanzaa

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LOCAL ALT. WEEKLY'S OFFICES CLOSED ON DEC. 26 IN HONOR OF KWANZAA *** Dear readers, we just wanted to let you know our offices will be closed on Mon., Dec. 26 in honor of the first day of Kwanzaa. All hate mail and singing telegrams will be returned in the order in which they were received on Tue., Dec. 27–unless they are not. Look, we're ignoring you on purpose, we're just really busy picking up our kaftans from the dry cleaner. Kuumba! … [Read more...]

Tryptophan Day is less than a week away, so we’re reflecting on gratefulness. [EXPLICIT]

Flesh-eating piranhas invade Brazilian beach

IN THIS SEASON OF THANKFULNESS, WHAT ARE YOU GRATEFUL FOR? *** AS FOR US, WE'RE HAPPY THAT (1) HAWAII'S STILL PIRANHA-FREE–UNLIKE RUNNER-UP ASSHOLES IN BRAZIL (i.e. ACCORDING TO DANIEL TOSH, SEE BELOW)–AND (2) WE'RE NUMBER ONE! *** "Thousands of flesh-eating piranhas have infested a Brazilian river beach popular with tourists... One of the bathers lost the tip of their toe during a frenzied attack." CLICK HERE to read the entire … [Read more...]

Here’s How the MaiTai Kite Camp And Incubator Could Help Turn Maui Into The Next Silicon Valley

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By Jacob Shafer LOOKING AROUND THE ROOM, it was hard to separate the millionaires—and billionaires—from the kitesurfers. Partly because, in many cases, they were one and the same. “Thanks for being here everybody,” Bill Tai told the assembled crowd, seated under slowly rotating ceiling fans in the cramped yet-sunny meeting room of the Maui Country Club in Spreckelsville. With his broad, tanned face and casual attire, Tai looked every bit … [Read more...]