For First Time In 15 Years, Hawaii Public Radio Ends Pledge Drive With Shortfall

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At a time when there's just one alternative newsweekly in the state (you're looking at it) and a single company owns every daily newspaper in the state except for The Maui News, the variety and independence of the programming on Hawaii Public Radio is both refreshing and vital. Funded largely by listeners, HPR depends on regularly scheduled pledge drives. For regular listeners, the drive's constant interruptions for station personnel to ask for … [Read more...]

State Of Hawaii Saves Maui Land & Pine Pensions! Also, Lipoa Point

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Maybe I'm getting senile, but it took me a while to figure out why Hawaii Lt. Governor Shan Tsutsui signed legislation (Act 241) buying Lipoa Point from Maui Land & Pineapple Co. way over at ILWU headquarters in Wailuku yesterday. I mean, he could've easily just driven out to Honolua Bay and surrounded himself with happy beach-goers, surfers and environmentalists, maybe while handing some ML&P official one of those giant novelty checks … [Read more...]

Is Hawaii Missing Out On Big Weed Money?

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Unless you’re following Libertarian Jeff Davis, you’re probably not hearing a lot about legalizing marijuana in all the Hawaii Governor’s race commercials and forums. Davis, like a good Libertarian, is for it. “If I’m elected, we’re gonna legalize marijuana and treat it like wine,” the website Motherboard quoted Davis as saying back in August. “You’ll be smoking pot in the governor’s mansion.” Alas, Davis is the only candidate in the race … [Read more...]

Even Thoughtful, Sensitive ‘Cultural Heritage Tourism’ In Hawaii Can Bring Big Bucks

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Given that Hawaii’s economy continues to live and die on the fortunes of tourism, Pacific Business News last week gave us a brief primer on the virtues of “cultural heritage tourism.” On Sept. 24, in anticipation of the Hawaii Heritage & Hospitality Forum in Honolulu at the end of October, Pacific Business News posted a short interview with “cultural heritage tourism” expert Andrew Witt. Instead of luring tourists to Hawaii with things like … [Read more...]

Of The 4 Men Running For Hawaii Governor, Just Aiona & Ige Have Traction

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Large business associations like the Hawaii Chamber of Commerce rarely write good comedy, but earlier this month, when the organization promoted its upcoming Sept. 23 Gubernatorial Candidate Forum, it did exactly that. "Save the date!" the organization tweeted on Sept. 2. "Hear from all 3 leading candidates on initiatives to shape HI's biz climate." The "3 leading candidates" were, of course, Republican James "Duke" Aiona, Democrat David Ige … [Read more...]

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...]