UPDATED: Hawaii Congress Members Weigh In On VA Chief Shinseki’s Resignation


[The following post has been updated to include a statement from Senator Mazie Hirono, which arrived after it was first published] Normally I don't publish items on national stories, but given my recent cover story on my friend who killed himself six months after his discharge from the U.S. Army, I'll gladly make an exception. My story dealt with the large numbers of veterans who kill themselves every year–which is in excess of the civilian … [Read more...]

University of Hawaii Launches New Boat Drone To Protect Harbors From Spills, Tsunamis and Us


Hawaii stands at the forefront of a new technological revolution in the field of boat drones, states an Oct. 16 press release from the University of Hawaii. The release came emailed with plenty of full-color photos of a new experimental boat drone (sorry–"robotic platform") that the university hopes will "support maritime missions in harbor and port environments." To be honest, our first thought upon seeing the above photo and reading the … [Read more...]

Frontline Eviscerates NFL On Players’ Brain Injuries – Long Live Football!


Football is a major part of life in America, and especially here in Hawaii. Our state lacks pro teams in any of the major leagues, so the University of Hawaii provides sports/entertainment uniting threads that help bind our islands together. Here on Maui, high school football carries the same near-mythic importance as that of just about all the other small towns on the Mainland. That's why it was especially jarring to see Frontline's latest … [Read more...]

Hawaii Residents Still Care About Civil Rights, Right?


We still care about things like “civil rights,” right? Do all of us still hold notions of personal privacy and government accountability dear? When we watch or read the news, does our nation all still really, honestly, believe that power corrupts and, except in rare instances, secrecy does little more than hide criminal acts? I’m just not feeling it anymore. Lately, we seem to be just going through the motions on the whole issue of government … [Read more...]

The Hill Names Rep. @TulsiGabbard One Of Washington’s 50 Most Beautiful People

Calling her the "Hawaiian Heartbreaker," The Hill–a trusted source of daily Capitol Hill news for Washington politicos–has named Hawaii's Democratic Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard the sixth most beautiful person in Washington, according to their new "50 Most Beautiful People" feature. Julie McClain, Hawaii Democratic Senator Brian Schatz's press secretary, also made the list. Ranked 37th, she earned the title "Sunny Side." The feature is meant to … [Read more...]

Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Votes To Defund NSA Spying On Americans

Tulsi Gabbard, the liberal Democrat who represents Hawaii's 2nd District in the U.S. House of Representatives, is also captain in the Hawaii National Guard and thus generally supports the Defense Department in whatever they ask for. Given her background and the size of the military in her home district, this is understandable. But what's fascinating is that she does NOT extend that courtesy to the National Security Agency–the nation's massive … [Read more...]

Documents from Ninth Circuit Court (which includes Hawaii) Now Available Online


In September of 2012, a group of Hawaiian prisoners filed suit against Governor Neil Abercrombie, Ted Sakai the Director of the Hawaii Department of Public Safety and Corrections Corporations of America, the owner of the Arizona prison in which they are incarcerated. The ongoing case hinges on the question of whether the native Hawaiian inmates are freely able to practice their religion in the Arizona jail. Documents from the hearings are now … [Read more...]

Democratic Congress Member Tulsi Gabbard Now Angry At National Security Agency


The other day Tulsi Gabbard, the Democrat who represents Maui and the neighbor islands in the U.S. House of Representatives, was pissed off at the military service chiefs who didn't want to take aggressive steps to root out sexual assault in the ranks. Today, our representative is taking on the spymasters at the National Security Agency (NSA) and, by extension, the Obama Administration over last night's Guardian story that the spy agency recently … [Read more...]

Hawaii Representative Tulsi Gabbard Blasts Pentagon Brass On Sexual Assault In Military


Tulsi Gabbard, the Democrat who represents all of Hawaii except Honolulu in the U.S. House of Representatives, is in a tough spot. As a congressional member, she's responsible for writing legislation that concerns American military policy as well as oversight of the nation's armed services leadership. But as a captain in the Hawaii Army National Guard, she's required to take orders from those same leaders when she's on active duty and away from … [Read more...]

Derrick Kahala Watson Confirmed for Hawaii District Court After Five Months of Senate Obstructionism


After five months of being stuck in nomination filibuster limbo, Derrick Kahala Watson is finally going to be a district judge in the District Court for the District of Hawaii. On April 18, the U.S. Senate finally confirmed him, 94 to zero. President Barack Obama first nominated Watson for the seat on Nov. 13, 2012. When nothing happened before the end of the congressional session, Obama renominated him on Jan. 3. Watson fills the seat of … [Read more...]