Maui Resident Mo Mauer To Appear On New Oahu Show ‘You’ve Got The Power’

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Formed in 1995, the nonprofit organization Assistance Dogs of Hawaii helps residents here get access to guide dogs. Will and Mo Mauer founded it, and today help numerous residents each year at their Upcountry campus. "In 2000, Mo Maurer gave up a successful career as a CPA decided to devote herself full time to the Service Dog industry," states the Assistance Dogs of Hawaii website. "Since then, Assistance Dogs of Hawaii has graduated over 30 … [Read more...]

Hawaii Won’t Be Able To Pray At The NFL’s Pro Bowl Altar Until 2016

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Woe is us–the NFL just announced that they'll play the 2015 Pro Bowl in Arizona. They also said that the game would return to Hawaii's Aloha Stadium in 2016, but that hasn't stopped our state's official boosters from genuflecting before Father Football. "We are pleased that the NFL Pro Bowl will return to Hawaii in 2016 and look forward to welcoming the fans, players and their families back to our Hawaiian Islands," stated the Hawaii Tourism … [Read more...]

Is It Bad That Hawaii Had Another ‘Record’ Year In Firearm Registrations?

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It's not really surprising, but it seems Hawaii residents are registering more guns than ever. At least, that's what a new report from the state Attorney General's office says. Here's a sample of their findings, from a press release sent out today: "A record total of 22,765 personal/private firearm permit applications were processed statewide during 2013, marking a 4.6% increase over the 21,864 applications processed in 2012. Of the … [Read more...]

BREAKING: Pacific Tsunami Warning Center Issues Tsunami Advisory For Hawaii Following Chilean 8.2 Quake

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At 5:46pm the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a tsunami advisory for Hawaii, following a massive 8.2 earthquake earlier today off the coast of Chile. Here's the meat of the Advisory: BASED ON ALL AVAILABLE DATA A MAJOR TSUNAMI IS NOT EXPECTED TO STRIKE THE STATE OF HAWAII. HOWEVER... SEA LEVEL CHANGES AND STRONG CURRENTS MAY OCCUR ALONG ALL COASTS THAT COULD BE A HAZARD TO SWIMMERS AND BOATERS AS WELL AS TO PERSONS NEAR THE SHORE … [Read more...]

Is The Hawaii Legislature Criminalizing Homeless People?

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Today, Civil Beat’s Chad Blair posted a good run-down on bills pending in the Hawaii Legislature that would criminalize homeless people in various ways. House Bill 33 would ban public urination and defecation, HB 2409 would prohibit people from lying down at a bus stop and HB 1660 would prohibit people from “obstructing” a public sidewalk. “I've been reporting on Hawaii's homeless problem for over a decade–at Honolulu Weekly, Hawaii Public … [Read more...]

UPDATED: Hawaii Cops Work Really Hard For Your Money

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So the County of Maui paid out $484,000 in overtime for Maui police officers last year, The Maui News reported on Mar. 20 (curiously, the story is not posted on their website). That's nearly half a million bucks in Golden Time. For any manager in the private sector, justifying such expenses would pretty much be impossible. But when you're Maui Police Chief Gary Yabuta, it's all in a day's work. At the Mar. 19 Maui Police Commission hearing, … [Read more...]

This Wednesday: Maui Senator J. Kalani English To Hold Fundraiser On Oahu

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A notice just posted by the Hawaii Campaign Spending Commission indicates that state Senator J. Kalani English, D-7th District, will try to pick up a few bucks from Oahu's big money donors tomorrow night. The fundraiser, which is scheduled to take place at the Oahu Country Club from 5:30-7:30pm, has a "suggested contribution" of $250 per person. The club bills itself as "Hawaii's oldest and most respected country club." It dates to 1906 and … [Read more...]

Secret Christopher Deedy Trial Transcripts Finally Revealed!

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So yesterday, Honolulu Judge Karen Anh finally gave in and released 64 pages of previously sealed transcripts of a closed hearing during the 2013 trial of Christopher Deedy, the federal agent accused of murdering Oahu resident Kollin Elderts at a Waikiki McDonald's (the trial ended in a hung jury). This particular hearing, in August 2013, had been closed to the media, but a large coalition of Hawaii newspapers and organizations–including … [Read more...]

The Return Of Former Linda Lingle Chief of Staff Bob Awana

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In politics, like soap operas, no one is truly gone until he or she is dead (and even then, there are exceptions). Case in point is one Bob Awana, the former chief of staff for Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle who resigned in 2007 amid myriad stories about an alleged international extortion racket he found himself in. That summer, a number of publications around Hawaii–including MauiTime–chased the story, which involved blackmail, overseas trips by … [Read more...]

Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie Nominates Michael D. Wilson To Supreme Court

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Liberal Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Simeon Acoba is leaving the bench next month because he hit the state's mandatory retirement age of 70, so Gov. Neil Abercrombie told everyone today that he wants liberal Judge Michael D. Wilson to take Acoba's spot. “Both on and off the bench, Judge Wilson is a well-respected leader,” Abercrombie said in a Feb. 18 press release. “He brings a wealth of experience, having served as an attorney and … [Read more...]