This Monday, Sept. 15: County Of Maui To Start New Community Budget Meetings Series

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I know, I know, the thrill and excitement of community budget meetings is just too much for most people to handle. But County of Maui officials are saying hold on, they've revamped the annual series of meetings, where they go on the road to various locations around the county and ask people what they want the next budget to look like. "As a new feature this year to the Mayor's annual community Budget meetings, tables will be set up to allow … [Read more...]

Maui County Mayor, Councilmember Throw Hissy Fits Over Garbage

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You have no idea how much I love this election. Not the national races or the four-way race to be governor–those are dull beyond belief. No, I'm talking about the Maui County Council elections–specifically, Mayor Alan Arakawa's and Councilman Mike White's reelection fights. The best part is that Arakawa and White (who's running a tough campaign against former Councilman Mike Molina, who's currently an aide to Arakawa) have been sparring so much … [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...]

County of Maui Sponsoring Workshop On Welcoming Visitors From China

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I always laugh whenever I read some right-winger use the term “communist China,” as though 1950 never ended. China is an extremely large, ancient and complex country that is, quite literally, “communist” in name only. In fact, China is so decidedly non-communist that officials with the County of Maui and the Maui Visitors Bureau are doing all they can to get them to come to our fair island and spend money here on our capitalist trinkets and … [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...]

Hawaii Officials Assessing Hurricane Iselle Damage

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For residents either still taking refuge from now-Tropical Storm Iselle or waiting for it to hit, Governor Neil Abercrombie's repeated use of the cliche "keep calm and carry on" during a press conference earlier today was the best indicator that the storm wasn't nearly as destructive as residents had feared. At current time, Abercrombie said, there have been no "major injury" or casualty reports across the state. He added that state officials are … [Read more...]

2014 Hawaii Primary Election Endorsements

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For us political junkies, the late summer of an even-numbered year is a magical time. Our airwaves, email and inboxes get jammed with misleading, often shameless propaganda. Battalions of volunteers line roadsides to wave colorful but still bland signs at passing motorists. And, for the true believers, forums pop up at community centers around the island, where earnest residents can sit on metal folding chairs while someone at the front of the … [Read more...]

All Non-Emergency Departments Of County Of Maui Shut Down Thursday At Noon

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Looks like the county is closing up shop on just about everything it does tomorrow because of Hurricanes Iselle and Julio: "In preparation for Tropical Storm Iselle, all non-emergency County personnel will be sent home at noon tomorrow (Thursday, August 7) with the possible exception of County elections employees," stated a county news release sent out earlier today. "Determinations regarding County elections employees and walk-in voting … [Read more...]

Maui Police Arrest Yet Another Mayoral Candidate

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Beau Hawkes makes his living at Maui Wowie, which sells bongs made from bamboo (pictured above), but that's not why Maui Police arrested him on Wednesday, July 23. No, a Maui cop tased Hawkes and then arrested him for a variety of traffic offenses, including but not limited to driving without license plates and the ever-popular resisting arrest. The Maui News ran a detailed story today on the arrest that includes a lot of juicy quotes from Hawkes … [Read more...]