Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa Rakes In Campaign Dough

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So candidate filing in Hawaii for the 2014 election officially began on Monday, Feb. 3. For the next few months, we’ll watch a steady stream of citizens announce publicly that they think they know best how to run our county and state governments. And you know what? More power to ‘em–if they want spend an insane number of hours each week away from the families, begging for money and votes from people they’ve never met and possibly don’t even like, … [Read more...]

An Open Letter To Maui’s State Legislators Asking Them To Stop Exempting Bad Cops From The State Public Records Law

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Dear Senators Roz Baker, J. Kalani English and Gil Keith-Agaran and Representatives Mele Carroll, Kaniela Ing, Angus McKelvey, Joe Souki, Justin Woodson and Kyle Yamashita: Wow, Opening Day comes around fast. Seems like it was only yesterday that you adjourned for the summer. But here we are: on Jan. 15–just a few days from now–you guys go back into regular session. And while I know you’ve probably got all sorts of important issues (and … [Read more...]

Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie Appoints A&B VP Grant Chun To Board of Ed.

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So Governor Neil Abercrombie has decided to replace outgoing Board of Education member Wesley Lo with Grant Chun. In October, Maui Memorial Medical Center CEO Lo resigned from the board eight months before his term ended, citing work constraints. In choosing Chun, vice president of the Alexander & Baldwin Company, as Lo's replacement, Abercrombie has gone with one of Maui's most powerful individuals. Here's how the governor's press … [Read more...]

Super Unique Special Fun MauiTime News Quiz!

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1. On Sept. 27, Pacific Business News ran a story titled “Alexander & Baldwin has grown its influence while showing sustained commitment to Hawaii’s economy.” According to the story, how much has Wall Street valued the company? A. More than $1.2 billion B. More than $1.3 billion C. More than $1.4 billion D. More than $1.5 billion E. More than $1.6 billion  2. On Sept. 29, the Aloha Plate team won The Great Food Truck Race on Food … [Read more...]

FBI Files: Honolulu Agents Kept On Short Leash During 1989 Investigation Into Senator Daniel Inouye’s Alleged ‘Payoff’ From Matson

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In the summer of 1989, agents from the Honolulu office of the Federal Bureau Investigation (FBI) briefly investigated an allegation that the late U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye had taken a “suitcase full of cash” from Matson Navigation Company, say FBI files released on Sept. 16. The files show that though the agents did carry out a minor investigation into the allegation–which came from an anonymous caller whose identity the bureau was apparently … [Read more...]

Mismanagement And Malfeasance Allegations Are Consuming the 26-year-old Wailuku Main Street Association. This Will Change Maui’s Small Towns But That’s A Good Thing

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By Anthony Pignataro There’s a firestorm of controversy engulfing the Wailuku Main Street Association these days. The nonprofit organization may have lasted 26 years–over the last decade alone it’s consumed more than $2 million of county tax money–but there are now serious questions whether it will survive deputy Attorney General Hugh Jones’ allegations of mismanagement, malfeasance and even “illegal” activity. For most people, this must be … [Read more...]

Candidate Kyle Yamashita

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Running for: State Representative, District 12 (Kula, Makawao, Olinda, Pukalani, Pulehu, Ulupalakua) Running against: Ekolu Kalama Birthplace: Honolulu, HI Profession: Incumbent (Superstop II General Manager) Electoral Win/Loss Record: 4/1 First electoral victory: 2004 Supports: Organized labor, health care reform, increasing broadband speeds Opposes: Raising property taxes Gets campaign donations from: Outrigger … [Read more...]

State of Hawaii Representative Candidate Joseph Pontanilla

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JOSEPH PONTANILLA Running for: State House District 9 (Kahului, Wailuku, Paia, Spreckelsville) Running against: Gilbert Keith-Agaran Birthplace: Puunene, HI Profession: Maui County Council member Electoral Win/Loss Record: 5/0 First electoral victory: Maui County Council (2002) Supports: Land development, organized labor, county funding for the Maui Visitors Bureau Opposes: Separating affordable housing units from luxury … [Read more...]

MauiTime Best of Maui BEST ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUE: Sugar Cane Burning #BOM2012

Are there other environmental issues these days? Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar (HC&S), which operates the last mill on Maui, grows sugar on 37,000 acres. For much of the year, company workers burn the fields when the cane has grown about two years. This burning releases a great deal of smoke and ash which contain particulates that can exacerbate respiratory disease, especially in children and the elderly. HC&S–a wholly owned subsidiary … [Read more...]

Reception for Edventure program and A&B Donation at Class Act June 7

The Edventure program at UH Maui College has been offering non-credit course training and skill building to more than 12,000 Maui students annually. For those of us who lack deep pockets, A&B Foundation is helping keep costs down with tuition grants. On June 7, UH Maui will host a reception at Leis Family Class Act in the Paina Building from 5:30 to 7pm to celebrate those who've benefited. During the reception, A&B plans to reveal a check … [Read more...]