UPDATED: We Look At The Numbers Behind Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa’s Big February Fundraiser At The Grand Wailea

[I updated this post on July 21 to include quotes from an Arakawa donor who attended the Feb. 28 fundraiser] Even strippers don't often pull in more than a grand for four and a half hours of work, but that's what comedian Andy Bumatai made for his appearance at Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa's big Feb. 28 campaign bash at the Grand Wailea Resort, according to Arakawa's most recent campaign finance statement on expenditures. In fact, that statement … [Read more...]

Maui County Mayor’s Race Dwindles To Five Candidates When Maui PD Arrests Nelson Waikiki

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And then there were five. Last night, Maui Police arrested Maui mayoral candidate Nelson Waikiki moments after the big forum at Seabury Hall in Olinda concluded, states a Maui PD news release just sent out. The news release is pretty thin on why the police took Waikiki into custody, but this story in today's Maui News states that it was because "he failed to comply with conditions of his release" from prison after "pleading guilty to four felony … [Read more...]

This Tuesday, July 15: Maui County Mayoral Race Candidates Forum

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Thursday, July 10 was the deadline for Hawaii candidates running in the August Primary Election to get their first campaign finance disclosure forms over to the state Campaign Spending Commission. According to the filings, which cover Jan. 1 through June 30 of this year, there is a little more than $359,000 in the collective coffers of the six people running for Mayor of Maui County. Though there are six candidates–Alan Arakawa, Beau Hawkes, … [Read more...]

Thoughts On Day 1 Of Hearing On Neldon Mamuad’s Maui Mayoral Candidacy

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Today marked the first day of a hearing on Neldon "AZD" Mamuad's Maui Mayoral candidacy in Second Circuit Court Judge Peter Cahill's courtroom. Mamuad, the founder of the popular MAUIWatch Facebook page and a former county Liquor Commissioner and radio personality, had wanted to run for mayor, but County Clerk Danny Mateo voided that when it was revealed that Mamuad had not concurrently filed a financial disclosure statement with the rest of his … [Read more...]

Maui County Clerk Voids Neldon Mamuad’s Mayoral Candidacy

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And then there were six... maybe. MAUIWatch founder Neldon Mamuad–one of seven people running for Maui County Mayor this year–got a bad break today when Maui County Clerk Danny Mateo voided his official nomination papers, saying Mamuad didn't meet the deadline in filing his financial disclosure form. "By not filing his financial disclosure statement concurrently with his nomination papers by the June 3 deadline, Neldon Mamuad failed to … [Read more...]

SHOPO Endorses Maui County Mayor Alan Arakawa For Reelection

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That's right, folks: Tenari Ma'afala, the head of the all-powerful state police union who has worked long hours to make sure Hawaii residents aren't able to see the disciplinary records of active duty cops and who loathes our state's new law legalizing same-sex marriage so much that he testified before the state Legislature last year that he would refuse to enforce it has thrown his support (once again) behind Maui County Mayor Alan … [Read more...]

Maui County Mayor Alan Arakawa Endorses Mufi Hannemann For Hawaii Governor

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There are a dozen people running for Hawaii Governor this year (including Democrat Neil Abercrombie, who despite low poll numbers apparently would like a second term), but Maui County Mayor Alan Arakawa has apparently already chosen his favorite: former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann. “I know in my heart of hearts that Mufi Hannemann is the best administrator," Arakawa said in a June 13 press release from Hannemann's campaign. "He is very … [Read more...]

An Early Look At The Money In Maui County’s 2014 Election

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“In a society governed passively by free markets and free elections, organized greed always defeats disorganized democracy.”  -Matt Taibbi, Griftopia: Bubble Machines, Vampire Squids, and the Long Con That Is Breaking America With that bit of optimism, here's my first look at the influence of money in the Maui County's 2014 election. The first real campaign finance reports from candidate committees aren't due for another month (the deadline … [Read more...]

News Quiz: Maui Proclamations, Closed Restaurants and Alleged Sexual Harassment

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1. Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa signs a lot of proclamations, but on June 2, he signed one that, for Maui at least, was a bit unusual. What did it proclaim for the week of June 2-8? A. National Dairy Cow Week B. National Dandruff Prevention Week C. National Mixed Martial Arts Appreciation Week D. National Hemp History Week E. National Map-Makers Week   2. Yet another well-established restaurant on Maui has closed. Which … [Read more...]

UPDATED: Seven People Want To Be Maui County Mayor For Some Reason

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Yesterday the Hawaii Office of Elections released the official roster of official political candidates. The primary election isn't until Aug. 9, but that doesn't mean we can't have some fun with them now. Here are the candidates for Maui County Mayor, in alphabetical order, exactly as they appear on the ballot: ARAWAKA, Alan M.: The incumbent Maui County Mayor. HAWKES, Beau E.: Owner/proprietor of The Maui Wowie, which sells bamboo … [Read more...]