NPS: No Potable Water At Kipahulu Park ‘For The Forseeable Future’

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If you're going to visit or do some camping at the Kipahulu District of Haleakala National Park, you better take a lot to drink because we just heard that there's no longer any drinking water there. "Due to a leak in the main waterline in the Kipahulu District of Haleakala National Park there is no potable water in Kipahulu for the foreseeable future," stated a July 23 news release from Haleakala National Park officials. "The leak was … [Read more...]

National Park Service Report Shows How WWII Impacted Maui & Haleakala

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The above photo shows U.S. Marines and an amphibious tank at Big Beach in Makena in early 1945. It's taken from a new 501-page report from the National Park Service–Hawaii, the Military, and the National Park: World War II and Its Impacts on Culture and the Environment, written by William Chapman. Today, the Park Service posted a brief write-up on the report here. More than simply an overview of what the military did at Haleakala National Park … [Read more...]

Maui County Youth Attend Global Youth Leadership Summit in San Diego

As you read this, 40 young members of the Hawaii Leaders Core are gaining valuable leadership experience as they take part in the Global Youth Leadership Summit, an esteemed international convention at the University of California, San Diego. Running July 20-24, this five-day program allows children ages 14 to 17 from all over the world to unlock their leadership potential. Those attending the conference are participating in small group … [Read more...]

County Of Maui Appeals Kawano’s Ruling Throwing Out Criminal Case Against MauiTime Publisher Tommy Russo

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So remember a couple weeks ago when we ran this story saying District Court Judge Kelsey Kawano had thrown out the criminal case against MauiTime Publisher Tommy Russo over his photographing Maui police officers two years ago because the cops didn't have probable cause to arrest him in the first place? Well, that turned out to be a bit premature–this morning, County of Maui Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Artemio C. Baxa appealed the decision. … [Read more...]

Hawaii Democratic Party’s GLBT Caucus Hands Out Primary Endorsements

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With the Hawaii Primary Election just a couple weeks away, we're neck-deep in political endorsements. Here's a batch from the Hawaii Democratic Party's Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) Caucus. "The GLBT Caucus used a combination of surveys, candidate forums, and voting records to compile the list of supportive candidates," state's the caucus' July 18 news release on the endorsements. "Due to the number of supportive candidates the … [Read more...]

MTV Show ‘Operation: Vacation’ Brings Foster Mom To Hana

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The reality series Operation: Vacation will surprise a foster mom with a dream vacation to Hana on its July 29 episode. With the secret help of family and friends, the show honors Jacqueline Brooks, who has fostered more than 100 children–many that were severely troubled and needed attention 24/7. The dedicated mom once won a vacation, but did not accept the trip because she couldn’t afford to take her kids along. Now that her house isn’t filled … [Read more...]

A Brief Report On The July 17 Mele Carroll-Barbara Smackdown In Haiku

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Years ago, while covering one of then-Maui County Councilmember Jo Anne Johnson’s reelection campaigns, I made the mistake of asking her challenger what she disliked about Johnson’s record. “I love Jo Anne Johnson,” she said and refused to say anything bad about her opponent. Needless to say, Johnson won that race. At the Haiku Community Association’s July 17 candidates forum at Haiku Community Center, I found to my delight that Barbara J. … [Read more...]

UPDATED: We Look At The Numbers Behind Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa’s Big February Fundraiser At The Grand Wailea

[I updated this post on July 21 to include quotes from an Arakawa donor who attended the Feb. 28 fundraiser] Even strippers don't often pull in more than a grand for four and a half hours of work, but that's what comedian Andy Bumatai made for his appearance at Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa's big Feb. 28 campaign bash at the Grand Wailea Resort, according to Arakawa's most recent campaign finance statement on expenditures. In fact, that statement … [Read more...]

Maui County Mayor’s Race Dwindles To Five Candidates When Maui PD Arrests Nelson Waikiki

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And then there were five. Last night, Maui Police arrested Maui mayoral candidate Nelson Waikiki moments after the big forum at Seabury Hall in Olinda concluded, states a Maui PD news release just sent out. The news release is pretty thin on why the police took Waikiki into custody, but this story in today's Maui News states that it was because "he failed to comply with conditions of his release" from prison after "pleading guilty to four felony … [Read more...]

Sheriffs Deputies Catch MCCC Escapee At Harbor Lights Condo In Kahului

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So much for Junior Jorju's run for freedom. Guy was doing a 15-day sentence at Maui Community Correctional Center (MCCC) for Driving without a License, Failure to Appear and Criminal Contempt when he somehow bailed Saturday night after the 7pm head count. At 9:30 this morning, sheriffs deputies "acting on a tip" found Jorju "hiding in the back parking lot of the Harbor Lights Condominium Complex in Kahului," according to a state Department of … [Read more...]