QuizUnderstood: How Well Do Know Linda Lingle’s Current Employer?

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1. According to an Oct. 24 Maui News story, all of the following staffers and assistants to Maui Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa make at least $67,000 a year except one–and that one makes just a little over $49,000 per year. Which one makes the lower salary figure? A. Executive Assistant Mike Molina B. Executive Assistant Randy Piltz C. Communications Director Rod Antone D. Administrative Assistant Joe Pontanilla E. Administrative Assistant Bill … [Read more...]

Don’t Know How To Vote In The Upcoming Election? We Can Help!

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Oh, joy, it’s time for another General Election. In Hawaii, this is a special kind of treat. Voters only got to see a new campaign finance report this week, after what seemed like months of candidate and political action committee (PAC) spending and fund-raising without any reporting whatsoever. Voters also have to contend with a bunch of state constitutional amendments and even a few Maui County charter amendments–one of which is by far so … [Read more...]

Conde Nast Traveler Says Maui Is NO LONGER Top Island In World

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After two consecutive decades of getting named Conde Nast Traveler's "Top Island In The World," Maui has dropped to mere third in this year's rankings. "Hawaii’s second-largest island boasts rugged terrain, volcanic beaches, and the towering Mt. Haleakala," Conde Nast Traveler said about Maui this year. "It’s the place to be for snorkelers, hikers, and food lovers alike." Does this mean the Maui County Council won't be giving the Maui … [Read more...]

Hunt Development Group To Build 68 ‘Luxury’ Homes In Kihei

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The photo above is in jest, but not by much. Just when you thought South Maui had all the "luxury" homes it needed, Hunt Development Group went and broke ground on a few dozen more. On Oct. 6, the company held a groundbreaking and blessing ceremony at the site of their new Nu'u Aina development, which is located mauka of Pi'ilani Highway near the Maui Research and Technology Park in Kihei. "The project will offer 68 luxury residences … [Read more...]

Made In Maui County Festival Increases Vendor Participation

The inaugural Made in Maui County Festival will feature 130 vendors, making it the largest product vendor show in the county. Originally limited to 102 vendors, the Festival—which runs Nov. 7-8–increased the total amount of booth spaces in an effort to accommodate the high demand. Vendor space is now completely sold out and there's a waiting list. The Mayor's Office of Economic Development and the Maui Chamber of Commerce announced the list of … [Read more...]

Here’s A Little Corporate Welfare, County of Maui Style

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Looks like the County of Maui may soon spend about a million tax dollars on beer brewing, deep well drilling, patient care software, stem cell research and a new restaurant called "Da Car Wash Cafe." Back in February, the Maui County Office of Economic Development (OED) started a new experiment of sorts in the world of corporate welfare (as though a government office of “economic development” isn’t already corporate welfare-ish enough). It’s … [Read more...]

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...]