This Monday, Sept. 22: HPR Hosts Live Hawaii Governor Candidates Forum

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Does the four-way race to be the next Hawaii Governor have you flummoxed? Are you having trouble placing Democratic candidate David Ige? Or understanding why Independent candidate Mufi Hannemann and Republican James "Duke" Aiona are running again? Or remembering the name of Libertarian candidate Jeff Davis? Well, now you have some help. This Monday night, Hawaii Public Radio will host a live candidate's forum. The forum takes place 7-8pm and … [Read more...]

This Saturday, Sept. 13: Democratic Candidates David Ige, Shan Tsutsui Will Appear At Grand Opening Of Their New Maui HQ

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If you have no idea how the four-way Hawaii Governor's race is going to shake out, join the crowd. Republican James "Duke" Aiona has run before and lost badly, Democrat David Ige may have smashed incumbent Neil Abercrombie but he's largely unknown to most voters, Independent Mufi Hannemann is probably too well known to the electorate and Libertarian Jeff Davis is, well, a Libertarian (no offense!). In fact, today Honolulu Civil Beat quoted … [Read more...]

Coast Guard Helps Relocate Endangered Laysan Ducks From Midway To Kure Atoll

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Yesterday I wrote about how the U.S. Coast Guard–with the help of the Navy–had done something bad in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (specifically, bury a bunch of PCB and lead-filled junk in the sand at Tern Island during and after World War II). Today, I'm going to describe something good the Coast Guard did in the NHI. On Tuesday, Sept. 9, the Coast Guard cutter Kukui transported 28 endangered Laysan ducks from Midway to Kure Atoll in a move … [Read more...]

On Keoua Kuahu’ula, Neil Abercrombie And The Art Of Going Out With Honor

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So this weekend I got a chance to spend a few days relaxing over on the Big Island. And me being the history nerd that I am, I insisted on visiting the imposing and extremely well preserved Pu‘ukohola Heiau, site of perhaps the second most important death in Hawaii in the last couple of centuries (the most important being the killing of Captain James Cook at Kealakekua Bay a few dozen miles away). It’s an impressive site. It was clear the day … [Read more...]

Why Gov. Neil Abercrombie Lost & Other Things We Learned From The Hawaii Primary Election

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There were about a dozen people in the room when it happened. They were seated around tables, watching two televisions. Patriotic bunting and white signs bearing the name “Abercrombie” hung around the windows that faced Main Street in Wailuku. There was a stack of pizzas off to the side, as well as a few cakes, plates of ahi sashimi, bowls of noodles and rice and a cooler full of bottled water. These were Governor Neil Abercrombie’s most … [Read more...]

SNAP Recipients Can Get Reimbursements For Food Lost During Hurricane Iselle

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It looks like most, if not all, Maui County residents who lost power during Hurricane Iselle have gotten back online, though thousands of people across the state remain in the dark (and heat) even now. We forget sometimes that losing power in the tropics causes more trouble than simply forcing us to cope with high humidity–it also spoils food, which can be devastating for poor people on government assistance. According to the state Department … [Read more...]

Hawaii To Get Tiny Share Of Tiny Pfizer Prescription Drug Settlement

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So the state Office of Consumer Protection (OCP) recently announced that Hawaii–along with 41 other states–really put the screws to drug maker Pfizer and managed to squeeze a $35 million settlement out of the company over its immunosuppressive drug Rapamune. The states’ complaints were that Pfizer had misrepresented the uses and benefits of Rapamune, which violated our consumer protection laws. “OCP has taken action in multiple cases over the … [Read more...]

MANA Magazine Dropping Print, Going All Digital

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These are tough times for newspapers and magazines. Print circulation is declining, readers are increasingly going to the Internet–specifically social media sites and mobile apps–for news and the whole advertising business model that has sustained journalism for decades is breaking down. “And with ads declining at a steep rate, newspapers (and magazines) are trying to turn toward readers for digital revenue at the same time that they have … [Read more...]

An Early Look At Hawaii Primary Election 1st Printout

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Maui County polls closed at 6pm or so in the Hawaii Primary Election, but the treasured 1st Printout–representing a little over 104,000 votes, didn't get released until shortly before 7pm. Here are some early looks at a few key races. By now, most everyone in the state knows that incumbent Governor Neil Abercrombie is careening towards an historic upset defeat. I was sitting in his campaign's Wailuku headquarters when the 1st Printout came … [Read more...]

Today: Hawaii Primary Election

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The polls are open across Maui County and won't close until 6pm tonight. Just two polling places are closed on the Big Island due to Hurricane Iselle. Given the relative calm weather out there, we should have our normally poor turnout, rather than the abysmal numbers political analysts were forecasting. You'd think that since Hawaii votes on Saturday rather than a workday, we'd have better turnout rates (the 2012 Primary turnout was 42.3 … [Read more...]