Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie Kicks And Screams As He Lets Financial Disclosure Bill Become Law

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So yesterday Governor Neil Abercrombie announced that he was rescinding his earlier intention to veto SB 2682–which adds to the list of public officials whose Financial Disclosure Statements are considered public documents–and will let the bill become law without his signature (the bill unaminously passed the Legislature). Abercrombie had earlier told Honolulu Civil Beat that the disclosure of those forms would be detrimental to women, but this … [Read more...]

HC&S Launches Community Initiative Fund

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Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Company recently launched a $100,000 fund to support Maui-based projects and programs. The HC&S Community Initiative will consider overall community benefit, natural resource stewardship and education in deciding how to donate the funds. Federally recognized charities with 501(c)(3) status, as well as other registered non-profit organizations and community-based projects or groups, will be eligible for grant … [Read more...]

A&B Announces $1.3 Million In Donations, Somehow Forgets To Mention Campaign Contributions

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Leave it to Alexander & Baldwin to tell us what wonderful, charitable souls they are. On Apr. 29, the company sent out a news release saying that from July 2012 (when the company divested itself from Matson Navigation) to the end of 2013, their Kokua Giving Program had donated $1.3 million to various organizations dealing with health, education, culture and the arts. The news release quotes Meredith Ching, A&B's senior VP for … [Read more...]

The Nature Conservancy Scores Huge Upcountry Rainforest Donation From East Maui Irrigation Co.

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Guess this is just a time of good land preservation news. On Apr. 24, The Nature Conservancy announced that Alexander & Baldwin’s subsidiary East Maui Irrigation Co. had agreed to donate 3,721 acres of undeveloped Upcountry rainforest. “This area has been one of The Nature Conservancy’s highest priorities for more than two decades,” Mark White, director of the Conservancy’s Maui Nui program, said in the news release. “The land lies at the … [Read more...]

After Decade-Long Legal Fight, State Of Hawaii Restores Na Wai ‘Eha Stream Flows

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It's hard to believe, but the legal machinations and lawsuits over the diversion of water from the Iao, Waihee, Waiehu and Waikapu Streams (collectively known as the "Na Wai 'Eha," the "Four Great Waters") has ended. On Apr. 21, the state Commission on Water Resource Management announced that all parties in the fight over the water–Hui O Na Wai 'Eha, Maui Tomorrow Foundation, Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Company, … [Read more...]

How You Can Help Sierra Club Maui Expand Baldwin Beach Park

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In the history of environmentalism, there are few more important names than John Muir. A naturalist and author, he also founded the Sierra Club. Though born in the United Kingdom back in 1838, Muir’s legacy stretches all the way to Maui. This week, to honor his 176th birthday, the Sierra Club’s local chapter will hold a little party celebrating him in Spreckelsville on Tuesday, Apr. 22. That’s not actually Muir’s birthday (which is on Apr. 21), … [Read more...]

Super Special Maui News Quiz!

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Time for our weekly MauiTime News Quiz! Did you study? Like that really matters... 1. A few weeks ago, The Maui News reported that Mayor Alan Arakawa’s administration was negotiating with Kehalani and Alexander & Baldwin over where to put a new county service center. Then on Apr. 11, The Maui News reported that a third developer had made a service center offer. Who was it? A. Maui Land & Pineapple Co. B. Everett Dowling C. … [Read more...]

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...]